Creating a Child-Friendly Home Environment

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The following is a guest post from my new friend, Cooper Klein.  Thanks for sharing, Coop!

Welcoming a bundle of joy to the family is the most beautiful thing in the world. However, prior to that amazing day, you need to make sure that your house is ready for the newcomer as well. What this means is that you’ll need to inspect your home top to bottom and try to identify – and of course, take care of – everything that might potentially endanger your newborn. Yes, some elements of your interior design will probably need to find a new home (at least while your child is still small) and yes, you will have to childproof every corner of your house (literally), but that doesn’t mean that you can kiss your beautiful design goodbye. With these easy tips, you’ll be able to turn your home into a child-friendly environment in no time, without sacrificing its style too much.

Round off all the sharp edges

Sharp edges are your child’s number one enemy. While they are still too little to crawl or walk, these do not pose a threat, but you should take care of them before your baby manages to move around on their own because it will happen sooner than you think. Table and furniture edges should be your primary focus because they are about the same height as your baby’s head, and little kids don’t normally tend to pay too much attention to their surroundings. Therefore, call in a professional to help you buff out those edges, or do this on your own if you have the right tools and skills.

Take care of all the hidden dangers

Of course, here, we’re talking about the electricity and plumbing. While you probably already know that you should take care of all the exposed or easy-to-reach outlets, a thing that none of us really thinks about (until it’s too late) is the state of our wiring. Therefore, call in an expert to inspect your electrical wiring and make sure everything’s in the right order. Also, keep in mind that damaged pipes can lead to some serious problems, such as support the growth of mold and mildew, so inspecting them as well should be on your to-do list. If there’s something wrong, or even if there’s not, you should consider contacting experts for pipe relining to make sure that everything is taken care of and ready for the new member of your family.

Remove all the dangerous decor pieces

Loose floor shelves, tall floor lamps, big floor mirrors as well as any other decor piece that’s not out of reach should be either taken care of or removed from your house entirely. If getting rid of all of these is not an option, make sure you attach some of the pieces to the wall or the floor itself, to prevent them from tipping over and hurting your baby. No matter how good a parent you are, and how much you pay attention to your kid, chances are that they’ll manage to get themselves in trouble the moment you avert your eyes. Accidents happen in a blink of an eye, so make sure you prevent as much of them as possible. Also, stair and door railings will become your new best friends.

Be prepared

The walls will sport new art whether you like it or not. That’s just how it is. Kids see these as beautiful blank canvases and they will do their best to embellish them with whatever they manage to find. So, instead of hoping that you will be the only parents on Earth who’ll manage to avoid this, you should implement writable walls in your interior design. Here, you can either opt the blackboard paint and create a designated writable/drawable area for your little one, or you can attach writable wall panels throughout your home, you can later take down once your child gets big enough.

As you can see, there are a lot of things you need to consider well in advance if you want to make sure that your home becomes a friendly environment for your new family member. So, start planning on time and remove all the potential dangers from your home before your baby arrives to this world.

Bio: Cooper Klein is a cool dad in touch with his feminine side. He’s currently working from home as a blogger for SmoothDecorator and several online magazines. You can find him on Twitter.

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