Making your home child friendly can be pretty tough. But it’s a great investment, especially if you’re planning on having more than one kid. It all depends on what kind of home you have and how far you want to go as parents. You don’t want to do anything drastic that lowers the value of your home. On a side note, there’s no point in making any changes at all if you’re going to move in the next year or so. You’re better off saving up, so you can make any intended changes to your new home. The below tips can get some great ideas brewing for making your home child friendly.
Get The Yard Into Shape
The yard can be a place for all kinds of adventures so long as you get it right. Getting it right isn’t always easy, especially if you haven’t got much space to work with. However, there is so much you can do. A sand pit can help your child explore different textures and let their imagination run wild in what they make out of it. If you want to go down the pure fun route, then backyard swing sets are a great idea. If you have the right kind of tree available, then a tree house is the ultimate spot for your child. Giving them a place out of the home they can call their own can do wonders for them. Just make sure it’s completely safe and not too high. Your child’s age is another huge factor to take into account when you’re designing it.
If you’ve got the space, then investing in a play room will pay dividends down the line, especially if your child hasn’t got the biggest bedroom in the house. If you’ve got a spare room, then turning this into a playroom can be easy. Put kids wallpaper on the walls and their toys on some shelves. Done. Down the line you could put a desk in there, a place they can do homework etc. but for now you can focus on the fun stuff. You can make it educational too. Think about times table posters on the walls, spelling methodology etc. It’ll keep them out from under your feet when they’re playing with large or noisy toys too. If you’re at the point where you can trust them on their own, it’s also a way of giving you some down time.
Yet still, there are stories in the news almost daily regarding children getting hurt by avoidable household instances. It’s your job to keep the house safe. Remember, as babies grow into toddlers, then toddlers into children, more threats can present themselves as kids grow and reaches extend. A kettle is a huge threat. Lots of children pull wires, so keep them out of reach. Plugs are a no brainer; get them sealed up. Heavy objects in reach? Either get rid of or move them back. The yard has to be sealed off, with no other ways to leave if you wanted to leave them unsupervised. The ground needs to be safe too if you are using trampolines or anything of the kind.
Follow these tips, and your home will be a haven for your kids.