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No matter how small the baby nursery is, it's really important to make sure certain things are away from the crib, and away from baby's tiny hands.
You wouldn't keep dangerous chemicals within baby's reach, so pay equal diligence to cords, wires, heavy objects, glass ornaments, etc. A baby is only a newborn for a short period of time and before you know it he's actually acting like a real person. He's going to stretch, yawn, reach, and grab for anything he can get his hands on. That could include anything within reach from the comfort of his crib.
You hear the stories of the people who took a chance, thinking the baby couldn't possibly pull something over, or otherwise get himself into some sort of trouble. They're babies, after all. They can't even roll over on their own for a few months.
Somehow, they manage to do the impossible. The next thing you know, you've got an injured newborn with his baby boy gifts or baby girl gifts dumped on his head.
The best thing you can do is keep the crib away from any shelving, no matter how far away it seems to be from the baby. Don't set up lamps, stereos, televisions, radios, etc., anywhere near the crib. For one thing, baby could accidentally pull the cord into the crib and become tangled in it, or the baby could wind up sticking a finger or toe into the nearby electrical socket. A pet could easily knock an object near the crib onto the mattress or worse, onto the baby.
So, when you're decorating the baby nursery, keep these things in mind so that you can keep your baby as safe as possible.