One of the most important tasks of any parent is making sure that the home is child proof. However, this may not be easy when you want to be sure that your home is not only safe, but also feels warm and cozy at the same time. You would like to infuse modern living and not make it appear to be a modern psych ward. There are ways to incorporate safety and style.
As soon as child learns to crawl or walk, he or she is into everything. Babies start to learn activities in the baby crib. Cribs are expensive, but at the same no mother or father would want to sacrifice safety with a good bargain. A garage sale sounds good, but the downside is you have no idea of the history behind the crib. You are also left with the issues the crib has such as missing hardware or rickety part and worse, a lead base paint. The crib has to be the safest place your baby must have in your home. Cribs must also be clutter free. The bigger and commodious the crib is the better for the baby to crawl and move around inside it.
Small children have no idea what can hurt them making them vulnerable even inside the nursery. To prevent items or furniture toppling all over them, put in anti-tip restraints on the furniture. They screw into the wall to your home furnishings and prevent climbing toddlers from accidents. Anti tip restraints are supplied by furniture stores for free or can also be bought for a few dollars and it is all worth it considering the peace of mind it can give you knowing they will keep your children from harm's way.
Another way to keep your home child proof is to refrain from placing furniture beside windows. Children love to see through the window and they often use furniture like drawers, tables and chairs to go up onto it. Keeping furniture near a window is really hazardous to curious children.
The kitchen is a intriguing place for children. In addition to being the place where their food is prepared, children see pots and pans as toys that they can play with like a musician would with his set of drums.
Teaching children that kitchen items are not toys is another way to child proof the kitchen. Be firm in informing them that they should never play with kitchen utensils like knives. If you have to have the children in the kitchen with you, do not allow them play with the actual kitchen items. Alternatively, have them bring their toy kitchen utensils and make sure that the real kitchen utensils are out of their reach as you do your chores.
Kids will not know the difference of a hot pot and pan if you let them play with it once in a while. So do not make it possible for them play with them ever until they are old enough to know the difference. Child proofing your home when you have a child is the most effective way to care for them.
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