It begins. Either you have children who are shortly about to become detrimentally energetic toddlers, or you, for whatever reason, are taking care of someone else’s toddlers, who are bound to be a bit manic in one way or another. Whatever the circumstances are, you are seeking advice on how to go about this. How does one alter their living arrangements so that they are suitable for a small child? What constitutes a child-friendly home? Here are a few important tips on how to prepare your household for active toddlers.
Recognise Safety Hazards
Now is the time to check your house for any imperfections that might put you or your child at risk. Among other things, this means checking for any faulty electrical cords, child-locking any cabinets or bottles that contain dangerous substances, installing barriers where need be, and keeping extreme heat and sharp objects out of reach. Carpet is also very important, particularly if this is your child we’re talking about, because it means they will have plenty of opportunities to trip and fall over. When this happens, you’ll want to make sure it happens on a soft surface. While carpet isn’t ideal when wanting to keep play dough out of the floor, establishments like Stainmaster specialize in soft carpet that is resistant to stains and, above all, safe for children to walk on. So if you have a toddler with you for the long run, this would be a worthy investment.
Keep it Child-Friendly
Prepare at least one room for your toddlers to play in. In other words, you should have at least one room with carpet so that, if you need to, you can barricade the room and be confident that the child won’t get seriously hurt while your gone—for instance, if you need to rush into the kitchen to turn the kettle off. This is not to say that you should separate your child from the rest of the house. On the contrary, you should make an effort to include him/her in your everyday activities. Focus on a room where the family tends to congregate—the living room, most likely—and aim to make this room as child-friendly as possible without it becoming an obstacle course for everybody who passes through. This simply means placing some of the child’s favourite toys in this room (perhaps in a basket where they are reachable but out of the way), and covering the furniture so that any mess can be easily cleaned up.
Keep it Child-Proof
Being child-friendly goes hand in hand with being childproof. Save your valuables from any potential damage that might occur when your child is around, meaning keep them in an unreachable place! Any breakables should either be locked away or placed high enough that a toddler would not even consider trying to reach them. You might also consider replacing items at risk of being fiddled with—e.g. replacing your gas heater with an air conditioner, or a floor lamp with a wall lamp.
Essentially, you want your home to be suitable for both the physical and emotion growth of your toddler. In other words, the more thought you put into the conditions of your house, the quicker your child will learn, and the less likely any physical damage will take place. Being proactive in this regard will also benefit the state of your home—a child-proof home is reassurance that everything remains in tact, whilst remaining child-friendly at the same time.
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