When you have children you easily find out that there are many dangers around the home, ones you may not have even thought of. It’s important to look at your home from the view of a toddler or a baby to see what could cause potential harm to them.
It’s not difficult to decorate your home in a way that conducive to having a young child around. It doesn’t mean you have to totally gut your home and buy everything new, but it does mean you might need to take extra precautions, especially with new items.
Even your reclining chair can be a hazard to your child. Think of getting furniture that is just as relaxing, but more kid friendly, like a good quality bean chair or two. Bean bag chairs come in all different sizes and they are fun for the whole family. Plus, they are soft, with no wood or metal to harm kids that are a bit rambunctious.
End tables and coffee tables can also be climbing hazards. If you use your regularly you won’t want to get rid of them, but you will want to watch your child closely when they are around them and encourage them not to be too adventurous.
Another issue with kids and tables are pointed corners. No matter what size your child is, there are many dangers when it comes to tables. Coffee tables can be a tripping hazard. If you don’t use yours very often you may consider getting rid of it.
Corners on all household tables, from the dining room to the living room, should be rounded edges. While your just walking toddler may still bump his head on a table edge, a rounded edge is likely to do much less damage.
Get Rid of Clutter
Children make enough clutter of their own, so it’s important that you get rid of yours. That includes any collectibles that are down low that you don’t want kids to play with. If you have stuff around your home that you just can’t let go of, either putting it out of the reach of little hands or pack it up until those little hands are big enough to know better.
You might like having your collection of Precious Moments figurines out, but once your child breaks one and cuts her finger you’ll be looking at them in a different light. Save yourself the hassle and deal with them right away.
It’s really not that difficult to kid proof your home decor and make sure your little one has a safe place to play and be a kid, while still having a home you are proud of and love to show off.
Originally posted on April 22, 2015 @ 7:30 am