How to Make Your House More Kid-Friendly

How to Make Your House More Kid-Friendly
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    You may be expecting a bundle of joy sometime soon, or you may already have one, and just realized your house isn’t quite as safe or as kid-friendly as you thought.

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As parents, we want to create the safest possible environment for our kids while still allowing them to satisfy their seemingly endless curiosity.

Here are a few ways to make your home a better place for your little ones.

1. Invest in appliances with child-friendly features

You’d be surprised at how many appliances nowadays have child safety features included. For example, some washers and dryers have door locking mechanisms that prevent the door from being opened until the water has sufficiently drained or until the inside is at a safe temperature.

Ovens and electric stoves have insulated surfaces and button lock settings, which disables the buttons in case an unattended child decides to poke around. Walk in baths make it easier for your kids to get in and out of the tub without the risk of slipping and falling.

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2. Avoid furniture with sharp corners

Children are more prone to clumsiness compared to us adults, and having an energetic toddler running around in a room full of sharp-angled furniture is a recipe for disaster.

Consider swapping out square or rectangular tables for round ones, but if you’re hesitant to get rid of certain furniture because of sentimental value, there are foam or rubber strips you can buy specifically made to cushion the sharp edges of furniture.

3. Use semi-gloss paint

Most, if not all, parents have walked into a room to find their child drawing on the walls instead of on the paper we laid out for them before we went off to get some work done. On most surfaces, crayons, pencil marks, and markers are a nightmare to clean off, but semi-gloss paint is more durable and easier to wash compared to other finishes.

You don’t have to worry about repainting services, which could get expensive. Semi-gloss paint can take a lot of abuse and comes in a wide range of colours, which is why it’s the popular choice for kid’s rooms.

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4. Child locks

Don’t underestimate a child’s ability to get into places they should be. Instead of using a knife block or a utensil holder on the countertop, store all your sharp and pointy kitchen implements in a locked drawer or cabinet.

If the storage spaces in your home don’t come with locking mechanisms, child locks are an effective and cheap way to prevent your kid from accessing dangerous items. Lock up anything that could pose significant risk like glass, gardening tools, alcohol, cleaning agents, and so on.

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Child-proofing the house is a necessary step so that our kids can explore and play. Do not restrict their natural curiosity. Instead, provide sufficient supervision, take the necessary measures, and remember that this is their home too. They should feel just as safe and as comfortable in it as we adults are.

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