It is only when you become a parent that you start to see the dangers in almost everything. The potential risks and threats to your child are much more visible than ever before. It’s normal, particularly as a first-time parent to have worries and fears for your child. However, once you become more experienced and start to relax you learn how to distinguish between genuine threats and your over-tired parent brain. Certain things in your home may present a potential risk to your child, particularly when they are at the toddler age. Knowing how to prevent some risks is fairly straight-forward and can take a lot of worries away from you so you can relax and enjoy watching your children grow up. Making your home kid-friendly can reduce your fears and allow a safer environment for your children.
How To Establish a Kid-Friendly Home
Corners and gates
Once a baby starts to crawl, they will be crawling all-around your house and bumping into everything as they go. Cover all sharp furniture edges and corners with bumpers or padding, as this will be near their head level once they start to stand up and walk. Having baby gates in your home, and especially in front of your stairs is a crucial part of having a kid-friendly home.
If you are lucky enough to have a garden for your children to play in, you will need to take certain precautions to ensure that it is safe for them to explore. As you will know, babies between the ages of four months and three years old will often put things in their mouths as a way of exploring the world around them. This is a positive sign that they are developing as they should be but is, of course, worrying for parents who will need to make sure that any toxic or harmful objects are away from the reach of their children.
In an outdoor setting, you need to be mindful of plants that can be toxic if consumed or touched by humans. Apart from ridding your garden of any potentially harmful plants, it would be best if you placed barriers over any ponds or pools that you have to ensure that your young children do not fall in. Make sure there are no holes or loose panels in your fencing and if so, get in touch with a qualified fencing company who will be able to ensure that the perimeter of your home is protected.
First Aid Course
Taking a first aid course is an excellent way to give you peace of mind when it comes to the safety of your child. Even if you take all the precautions by providing a kid-friendly home, it is impossible to avoid all risk entirely. In the case of an emergency, having basic first aid training can sometimes be the difference between life and death. There are many training courses that parents can take, usually offered by private but sometimes public services. This is not only an investment for your child, but it is also a good skill to have in an emergency situation.
Final Thoughts on Having a Kid-Friendly Home
There are many ways to provide a kid-friendly home for your children. By following the tips above you can eliminate some of the risks for children in your home. Have you made your home more kid-friendly?