Setting Up Your Nursery

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: What do you really need in your nursery?
Air Date: 4/6/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
Setting Up Your Nursery
Setting up your nursery is an exciting event. You pick out themes, paint the walls, and get new furniture.

You want your child to have the best environment in early life, so you plan and decorate accordingly.

What do you actually need in your nursery to give your baby the safest, healthiest infancy?

  • Adjustable crib with a mattress you can lower as the baby ages. The bed only needs a tight-fitting sheet-- no bumpers, pillows or toys.
  • Chair you can't sleep in. The chair is for feeding and burping the baby, not for sleeping.
  • Changing table with safety belt. Make sure diapers and wipes are in reach.
  • No baby powder or cornstarch. If the baby has some diaper rash, let him air out for a few minutes before re-diapering. Use over-the-counter ointments when absolutely necessary.
  • Keep all cords out of reach and use safety plugs in unused outlets.
  • Secure all furniture so your curious toddler doesn't pull anything down.
  • If you need a nightlight in the nursery, make sure it is dim. You don't want the baby to think it's party time if she wakes during the night.
Listen in as Corinn Cross, MD, discusses what you really need in your nursery.
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