Pickle says… It is quite a shock when a little person comes into your life and your home, we can bring with us so many worries and it can feel like your home has become a place full of dangers with potential accidents around every corner. Well worry not, we have 12 tips to child proof your home and furniture….
- Choose washable covers / throws / cushion covers whenever possible.
- Wooden or laminate floors are much easier to keep clean.
- Choose washable rugs and make sure they have grip strips.
- Leather settees are easy to wipe clean with baby wipes. Darker colours are better, or choose a pattern.
- Wipe clean table cloths protect tables not only from dinner time spills but from messy painting and glue too.
- Set boundaries with older children. Simple rules such as no meals are to be eaten on the new sofas, or shoes must be taken off when going upstairs.
- Be aware of reclining chairs – they can trap little hands and feet.
- Children learn by example so be mindful of how you treat your home and furniture. If you put your feet on the sofa your children will think it is ok for them to do it too.
- Look at your home from your youngest child’s level to see dangerous temptations or risks to them.
- Use stairgates not only for the stairs but to limit access to certain rooms such as the kitchen or a work room. This is a good idea if you have a breakfast bar with wooden kitchen stools that could tip over.
- Make sure that your furniture can’t be used as to climb to something else such as a worktop, table, or bookshelf.
- Be aware of heavy furniture that could tip over – or flatscreen TV’s on stands. You can buy anti-tip straps, or secure to a wall.
Have you any other Tips to Child Proof Your Home and Furniture? I would love to hear them!