As important as it is to give children a welcoming, warm room that they enjoy growing up in, it is vital to ensure that kids rooms are safe and child proof. With my 15 month old daughter now sharing a room with her older sister, I need to be sure that there isn’t anything that might be dangerous for them. Take a look at these tips on how to child proof a nursery for little ones.
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Children are inquisitive little beings, so it’s essential that you safe proof any windows in rooms that they spend time in. Invest in products like window screens and window guards so that they can’t climb out. It’s also a good idea to install cordless blinds so that they can’t get tangled up in a blind or window cord. Don’t put up any photos or ornaments on the windowsill – curious hands will only pull them down.
2. Electric Sockets
Little fingers get everywhere! Identify all the electrical sockets in the house – not just the bedroom – and install outlet protectors. If there is electrical equipment in the children’s room, like a lamp or humidifier, conceal the wires using a wire guard. This means that they won’t be interested in pulling on them or getting into a tangle.
3. Secure furniture
Cots, a changing table, drawers and maybe even a bookcase or wardrobe are just some of the important items that will fill up your child’s bedroom. Make sure that these are secured to the wall so that they don’t topple over. You can do this by using furniture straps! Like the windowsill, be careful not to decorate these with objects that will catch your child’s eye and cause unnecessary intrigue.
It’s probable that the nursery is upstairs and that in the morning the kids might wake up before you do, wanting to make a start on their day. This is why it is ever so important to get a safety gate fitted at the top and bottom of the stairs. This will give you serious peace of mind and you can sit downstairs while the kids take a nap, knowing that if they wake up earlier than expected, they can’t come wandering down the stairs.
5. Choking hazards
Kids love small objects – it’s a fact! Don’t leave anything smaller than the size of a toilet roll in their room. They are prone to putting things in their mouths but won’t be able to do this if the objects are too big. Go through everything in their room to check for size, you might have accidentally accumulated a few things throughout the last few months.
Simple steps and investments can go a long way, giving you peace of mind about the kids’ safety. For more info make sure to check out guides from trusted sources. Once safety proof, you can get to work on decorating with bright colours and picking our colourful bed/cot sheets to brighten up their time spent in bed.
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