When it’s just you and your partner, you don’t have to give much thought to the safety of your home. Or if you do, it’s about maintaining the bare minimum of safety. You’re an adult; you’re clued up, you know how to walk around a property without injuring yourself! This, however, cannot be applied to a child. They’re free creatures, unsure of how to keep themselves safe and secure in any surrounding, let alone a home that has danger lacking around every corner. But of course, creating a child-friendly home is about more than just making it slightly less dangerous. It’s also about making it a fun place for a child to be! In this article, we’ll run through some ideas that’ll deliver both end targets. Ready? Let’s go.
Make it Safe
The first priority has to be to make it a safe space. This is essential! Whether they’re your kids or you’re going to be looking after young relatives, you’ll want to take a look at your home through the lens of someone who doesn’t know what danger is. Are there dangerous items within easy reach? If you didn’t know any better, would it be easy to injure yourself in your home? Thinking this way will make it easy for you to remove anything that might be a threat.
Cordoned Off Areas
Children are small. It takes them a long time to get from A to B. As such, it’s likely they’ll contain themselves to specific areas in the house. As such, you’re unlikely to make every room completely sanitary and safe. Still, you never know what they’ll get up to when your back is turned. To prevent any mishaps, look at putting up gates so that the child can’t get into areas they shouldn’t be. A useful space is to put barriers are at the base of stairs and at the entranceway to the kitchen. Any plan they could do some damage, basically!
Get Rid of the Irritants
Your child’s skin is going to be more sensitive than your own. You’d had all these years to build up a resistance to the items that could make your skin break out in a rash; your child hasn’t. As such, it’s important that you’re using products in the home that are not going to irritate their skin. A good place to start is to avoid any products that contain toxic ingredients; they’re easy enough to find, and won’t compromise cleanliness. Indeed, some natural detergents work much better than their toxic-filled counterparts anyway. So long as you’re reading the labels of the products before purchasing, then you should be fine.
Children love nothing more than playing with their toys, so create a space that allows them to do so without restriction. If you have a spare room, it’s a good idea to set it aside as play area. This has dual benefits. They’ll be able to play at their maddening, most creative best, while you’ll be able to rest easy, knowing that all the madness is at least contained to one specific room.
Bring the Color
Only adults may prefer the seriousness of neutral tones and a minimalist style, but that’s all pretty darn boring if you’re a child. To feed their creativity and stoke their imagination, make sure you’re adding plenty of color to proceedings, especially in their bedrooms. There are few things your child will enjoy more than a wall that has been brought to life with a mixture of bright colors.
Get Them Involved
You want your children to feel comfortable in your home, and a good way to do this is to get them involved in the decision-making process. Of course, they’ll have little sense of style, so guide them towards an agreeable suggestion by asking leading questions, like: “do you like this one, or this one?”
Children deserve to play in the outdoors. After all, being outside is part of being a human being! Alas, many parents are afraid of letting their kids play outside, believing – not always correctly – that the world is a dangerous place. Still, better to have them onsite anyway. Why not take a look at transforming your garden into a child-friendly play zone? It can be as simple as planting some grass, adding a few extras like a slide and swing, and well, that’s it. They’ll be able to get muddy and have fun, and they won’t have left your sight. Everyone wins!
Relax Your Tidy Ambitions
Yes, you may want to have a home that is orderly, neat, and clean. But when there are children involved, you might have to be a little bit more realistic. If you’re trying your hardest to have a place that is always completely spotless, you’ll only drive yourself mad – this just isn’t possible when you have energetic children running around the house! As such, lower your expectations. If your home has a bare level of presentability, then you’re on the right track.
Adjust as they Age
Your children’s rooms will be perfect once you’ve got it all sorted, but alas, it’s not going to be perfect forever. As we’re sure you already know, children grow up some fast! One day they’re big into dinosaurs, the next they’ve moved on to the mysteries of the cosmos. Oh, how fickle children can be! As such, it’s a good idea not to invest too much time or energy into their bedrooms. Try to make it so things can be easily tweaked and adjusted to reflect their new interests; it’ll help prevent any tantrums they may have if, when they’re seven, they’re complaining that their living in a baby’s room (how quick kids want to grow up these days!).
And there we have it. Once you’ve implemented the above steps, you’ll have a home that is both safe for children to be in, and fun enough to keep them entertained. Now you just need to hope that they don’t spill any hard to clean liquids on your new rug….