Draping a canopy over your baby's cot 'could be dangerous' – Metro.co.uk

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It’s normal for parents to want to make their baby’s nursery a pleasant space but an expert has warned that a growing interior trend is potentially dangerous for newborns.
Draping a fabric canopy over your child’s cot might look nice on Instagram but doing so poses a risk of strangulation, paediatrician Dr Ruth Barker said.
The doctor told MailOnline: ‘I’ve treated a baby who used a mosquito net to pull up to stand, and ended up wrapping it around her neck.
‘Luckily, her mother came into the room and found her dangling from the net before it was too late.’
As many as 40,000 under-fives are admitted to A&E each year as a result of preventable accidents, with the most common causes being falls, burns, choking strangulation and suffocation.
Another trend being warned against is fairy lights.
Consumer advocacy group Choice Australia has raised concerns that they are also a potential choking hazard.
They argue the strings as well as the individual bulbs, if dislodged, are easy for an infant to choke on – as are any batteries the lights come with.
The good news is that there are some easy steps to take to baby-proof your nursery.
Securing any large items of furniture to the wall, with braces, will ensure that they won’t accidentally topple over.
It’s also a good idea to secure drawers with child-proof locks, to prevent your baby from climbing on them.
Window guards and baby gates are a good way to stop your child from making any potentially dangerous bids for freedom.
Ultimately, when it comes to interior design for your baby’s bedroom it’s safer to err on the side of caution.
Your baby probably doesn’t care too much about aesthetics anyway.
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