If you have recently become a parent, there’s a lot to learn in a short period of time and one aspect to think about is safety in the home.
In no time at all, junior will be crawling, which is closely followed by walking, and with that in mind, here are a few things you can do to make your home child-friendly.
- Keep Things Natural – Children should grow up around natural things as much as possible and timber is an ideal material, without any sharp edges (more on that later). Natural materials are less likely to be contaminated and your child will interact with these materials through touch.
- Sharp Edges – When you take a look, there are lots of sharp edges that could be a danger to a toddler and these have to be removed; you can buy rounded corner protectors that clip into place.
- Tiled Flooring – For a baby that is beginning to crawl, tiled flooring is ideal, as it is easy to keep clean and with floor tile adhesive from Amber Tiles, you can create the perfect kitchen flooring that is child-friendly. When the crawling begins, it is vital that the floors are spotless and if you are replacing a floor, consider the baby.
- Soft Play Area – This could be in the nursery, a corner full of soft cushions and fluffy toys; a place where baby can safely explore movement under mum’s supervision. Of course, this would be the ideal setting for a large playpen, where the baby is contained and protected and you can answer the front door without worrying about your child. If you are concerned about spending too much but still be responsible, click here for tips.
- Create No-Go Zones – As your child grows, their curiosity about the world around them increases, and by setting up a few barriers, you can protect shelves and ornaments. Look at your current living room layout, then add a toddler and see what needs to be moved/protected and let’s not forget the power socket covers that are child-proof, they simply clip into place and easy to take off if you know how.
- Air Purifier – It is recommended to have one unit in the corner of the baby’s room and while we adults have a strong immune system, a new-born baby does not yet have a functioning immune system and is, therefore, more at risk from airborne contaminants.
- Digital Baby Monitor – You will simply love this device, which gives you audio and video of your sleeping baby and crying gives you a notification. You won’t be tempted to pop up and see how he is when you have connected to this device and you can view through a mobile app.
Of course, safety is always the primary issue with a baby in the house and as he or she grows, you should check the environment for potential dangers; it is perfectly normal to raise everything a couple of feet higher when a baby begins to walk and avoid using aerosol air freshener, as these contain chemicals and you don’t want baby exposed to that.
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