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How to Prepare Your House for a Child

Wed 11 Jun 2014

When it comes to preparing your house for a child, the first thing you usually think about is their room and nursery. Realistically though, children grow up very fast and before you know it they will be walking around your home exploring.

There are some very easy ways to prepare your home for a child and keep the whole house, and everyone in it, safe and comfortable:

Make Your Home Safe

Children are incredibly inquisitive, so it is important that there is no way they can get into trouble or cause themselves any harm when they are exploring your house from room to room.

Blind and curtain cords can be very dangerous, so make sure you replace them with safe pulley systems or use cord safety devices in every room your child goes in, not just their bedroom.

Power points are very dangerous too, especially for little people who like to stick their fingers into anything that looks interesting. Use outlet plugs in any sockets that are not in use and power point safety covers for those that are. Keep all wires as out the way as possible, as they are easy to trip over and could even look nice to chew.

Stairs are a very dangerous feature when it comes to small children in a home. Make sure you install a stair gate at the top and bottom of any staircases to avoid any exploration taking a bad turn.

Prepare for Loud Noises

If there is one thing children aren’t, it’s quiet! You may have a nice minimalistic home with wooden floors, but unfortunately all that will happen is that noise will reverberate off different surfaces and make an absolute racket.

It is lovely to hear your children having fun and playing games, but after a while the noise can become too much and wear thin. The best thing you can do is to use different furnishing to absorb some of the noise.

If you have wooden floors, then try placing some rugs in the main rooms they play in, this will prevent the noise bouncing off the floor. Use thick curtains on your windows and place lots of cushions around their play rooms.

Bookshelves can also work well for absorbing noise, so fill them with books and place them strategically around your house. If you don’t have any bookshelves, then use cupboards and cabinets full of linen or towels.

Create a Relaxing Environment

You may have a beautifully designed playroom full to the brim with toys, but children are happiest when they are near their mum and dad. The best thing to do is to create a small play area in your sitting room or near the kitchen, so that they can still see you when they are playing.

Think about the design of your home and the items you have on display, because if they are anywhere near child arm height, the chances are they are going to get played with or broken. Keep valuables up high and don’t leave anything to chance.

Make an Outside Space

Believe it or not, gardens can be one of the most dangerous places when it comes to having children in your home. Ponds and decking can cause havoc if your little one is playing outside, as you only need to blink for a moment and they could have fallen in the pond or tripped over the decking, leading to lots of stress and tears.

Make sure there are no sharp corners or edges in your garden and create a variety of activity zones for your child. A sandbox always goes down well and can provide hours of fun for children of all ages.

As the summer months are now well under way, if the weather stays nice you will want to be able to sit outside with your whole family, so just make sure that everyone is safe and happy, and there are lots of different things for your child to do.

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