Having a child can change your life in many weird and wonderful ways. When you’re starting a family, moving home or upgrading your current house will probably be high on your agenda. After preparing a nursery room for your newborn, it’s only natural to consider if the rest of your home is ready for a baby.
The moment your child starts to crawl, they mostly have free reign of the house. Features of your home like furniture, walls, and flooring, are at the mercy of your child’s adventurous and creative mind. Bedroom walls become a canvas for crayon drawings while cushions and rugs become essential building blocks for blanket forts.
To help make your house more child-friendly, we’re breaking down some of the most common features you should consider before your bundle of joy arrives.
1. Childproof walls
Chalkboards and whiteboards don’t always provide enough space for your little one’s grand vision. Sometimes they may want to think outside the box, or outside the board in this case!
Applying semigloss paint to your kid’s playroom can provide them with an entire wall to draw on. It may also help discourage them from drawing on other areas around the house. Crayon, chalk, and textas can easily be washed off from any surface with semigloss paint.
Covering bedrooms with wall tiles is another effective and fun way to childproof your walls. Lightweight plastic tiles can easily be applied and removed once your toddler decides they’ve had enough of being a pint-sized Picasso. For a more permanent fix, ceramic wall tiles can also provide a washable alternative.
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2. Washable flooring
Dirt, dust, and spills are just some of the things you’ll contend with when trying to keep your family home clean. Installing washable flooring can help make cleaning up so much easier. Tiles, floorboards, and vinyl are all fantastic options because they’re easy to clean with a mop or vacuum cleaner.
Carpet can be one of the most challenging types of flooring to clean up. It’s easy for dust and dirt to get caught in the fibres of your carpet. The same goes for food scraps and tiny toy parts. However, if you really enjoy the experience of having carpet, there are alternatives.
You can install carpet squares that are easy to remove and wash. The same can be said for rugs. You may even find some rug designs can be thrown into a washing machine. A thorough washing cycle can effectively remove rug stains.
3. Childproof gates for stairs
With smaller blocks of land, it’s becoming increasingly popular for house and land package designs to feature multiple stories that need stairs for access. Unfortunately, it’s very common for young children to find stairs difficult to navigate.
Toddlers often need assistance from a parent to safely go down a flight of stairs. Without parental supervision, there is always the risk of accidental trips and falls that can cause more than just grazed knees.
Installing portable gates with child locks is one of the easiest ways to block your toddler’s access to stairways. A local carpenter will have the expertise to custom design and install a gate for you. Alternatively, you should be able to find these gates available at your local hardware store.
4. Round furniture
Everyday items like sofas can also become safety hazards for small children. What can make the design of furniture so dangerous is the sharp edges and corners you’ll find incorporated into their designs.
Furniture features like corners are at eye-level for a child. So it’s not hard to imagine how easy it easy for a kid to accidentally run straight into furniture and give themselves a nasty bump or scratch on the head. One easy way to counter this hazard is to buy child-safe corner covers. Another alternative is to purchase rounded furniture that doesn’t have sharp corners.
While safety is a top priority, it’s also important to consider furniture designs that are easy to clean and maintain. Having fixed cushion sofas will ensure that no loose cushions are thrown around the room where they can collect additional dust, dirt, and food stains.
5. Electrical protection
Some of the most dangerous hazards in the home are those which can cause an electric shock. By the time your child can crawl around the house, you need to start protecting them from these electrical hazards.
Your home will have electrical outlets in almost every room. Whether your electrical outlets are empty or have a device plugged into them, they can pose a risk. A child can easily prod an object into an electrical powerpoint and receive a dangerous electric shock.
You can protect your child with several types of electrical safety products. Outlet protectors and safety caps can be installed on powerpoints around your home. These products are designed to prevent any electrical wires or sockets from being exposed.
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