How to Ensure Your Home Is Child Friendly

There is a difference between child proofing your home and making it child friendly.

Although they are subtle, these  differences will ensure your home environment remains safe for your child, whilst allowing them to relax, play, explore and discover independently.

Taking small steps to benefit your child will always make the home a happier place

Before we discuss how to make your home a child friendly environment, take a look at these child proof safety tips that are imperative to keeping your young one/s protected.

Tips to keep your home child safe

  • Electric outlets need to be covered, cords should be corralled with cord shorteners and sharp corners should be covered with corner guards
  • Stabilize bookshelves and other items that can be pulled over by anchoring them to the wall
  • Place plants up high and get rid of any that are poisonous – more than likely Junior will gnaw on the leaves at least once
  • Place cleaners and medications in locked cabinets
  • If you have a gas fireplace, remove the key from the gauge and place it up high
  • Move your breakables to higher shelves
  • Put floor lamps and other unstable items in storage or get rid of them all together
  • Add door knob covers to exterior doors– it’s also not a bad idea to install an alarm (usually sounds like a doorbell) that sounds when someone goes outside. It doesn’t take long for a toddler to figure out how to get through a door when Mum or Dad is busy in the kitchen
  • Toilet locks keep the toilet lid down when it is not in use
  • Cabinet locks are a must on all cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom
  • Spout covers keep your young one/s from hurting his/her head if she falls against the bathtub spout
  • Get trash cans with covers
  • Gate off the stairs and kitchen as these tend to be the most dangerous places for children

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There are many household factors to considering that you may not initially come to mind, taking more precautions is better than less
There are many household factors to consider that may not initially come to mind, its better to be safe than sorry

How to maintain a child friendly environment 

Once your home is child proofed you should create at least one space in your home that allows them to explore and play. The best place to set this up would be the family room as it is generally in the centre of your home and they will be a part of the family activities. Making their bedroom baby friendly as well will give you another place that your child can play safely.

Bright colors stimulate learning in children. A small quilt made of brightly colored fabrics is a great place for your baby to play before they begin to move around too much. Later on it can be used as a blanket, to sit on, or make into a fort.

Other possibilities are:

  • Keep a few favorite toys in a basket on the floor
  • Have another basket with squares of different textured fabrics– burlap, corduroy, silk, satin, cotton, etc
  • Place board books on low shelves to encourage an early love of books
  • Decorate with items that can be touched, examined and even chewed without harm
  • Have some child sized furniture in the room

Creating an environment that invites your child to explore and discover will encourage healthy development and confidence, and ensuring they stay safe while doing so is just as important.