When you have children, your world automatically starts to revolve around them. You’ll have their wants, interests and needs at the top of your list of priorities and you’ll do whatever you can to give them the best. Of course, there are countless areas you can focus on when it comes to providing your little one with a good upbringing.
But for now, let’s focus on your home. This is the space where they will grow up and build all sorts of memories. Here’s what you can do to make your home as good as possible for them!
You might want to start considering your home as a whole and where you live when you start considering creating the perfect living space for your child. Moving home isn’t ideal for everyone. It can come at a cost and some children are more easily unsettled than others. But if you are able to move, you may want to consider where would be best for your little one to live. There are so many factors that impact the best location for your home to be.
Some will revolve around your routine and schedule – for example, whether you want to be close to your workplace to reduce the commute or whether you want to live close to friends and family for a good support system. Some will revolve around your child and their more direct needs – for example, being in a good catchment area for a good school, or being close to activities that they enjoy.
When it comes to making sure that the inside of your home is suitable for your little ones, you’re going to have one thing at the forefront of your mind – safety. Houses often tend to be built with adults in mind and from an adult mindset. There could be a host of potential dangers to little ones who don’t know better and don’t yet know how to take care of themselves against danger.
Here are just a few safety points you might want to consider in your own home.
The majority of us opt for either curtains or blinds when it comes to window coverings in our homes. They’re the most popular choices by far and can effectively block out light as and when you need. Now, blinds tend to be a popular choice for those with more modern home design.
They have a sleek and more minimalist look and can be lower maintenance than curtains, which may need to be washed every now and then. However, if you have children, you do need to be aware of some of the threats blinds can make to their safety.
Blinds have cords that are used to raise them up, lower them down and change the angle at which the slats sit. These could easily get tangled around your children if they are within your little ones’ reach – and this can even prove fatal.
Instead, you may want to consider switching all blinds in your home for curtains. If you don’t want to make this change, you can always implement proper blind safety, making sure that cords are wound up and kept well out of the way of your children. This will help to minimize risk.
Fix Furniture to the Walls
Kids tend to see the world as one big climbing frame. What may look like a bookshelf to you can easily looking like a fun climbing frame to ramble for them. This is why you need to make sure to properly fix any larger or heavier pieces of furniture to walls. While children shouldn’t be allowed to climb on the furniture, having it fixed to the wall can help to prevent accidents if they do manage to do this at any point.
Nowadays, most furniture comes with safety tabs on the back that can easily be screwed into the wall. This will all help to stop furniture toppling. If you’re unsure how to do this, professionals will be more than happy to take care of the task for you at a reasonable cost.
Fit Locks to Cupboards
Cupboard locks are a life saver when it comes to looking after children. Kids tend to explore and will delve into anything they possibly can. Cupboards tend to be spaces filled with things they might enjoy, such as snacks or toys. So, it’s not all too surprising that your little ones may take a look through cupboards in your home given the opportunity.
Make sure to lock all cupboards though. Some can contain dangerous items, such as cleaning products, medicine and more. These could prove fatal if ingested. There are plenty of cupboard locks available online and the majority are relatively easy to fit.
You want your home to be comfortable for you and your children. It should be somewhere that you all feel comfortable relaxing in after a long day at work, nursery, school, social activities, days out or whatever else you might find yourself doing. Here are some quick suggestions to increase the comfort of your home:
- Insulation – we’re in the midst of winter and insulation can play a big role in how comfortable and warm your home is. Having good insulation and investing in window replacement with double glazing can really help to keep the heat in!
- Furniture – comfortable furniture can make all the difference to comfort levels in your home too. Remember that there’s furniture that is specially designed for children too, ranging from children’s beds to children’s armchairs.
- Cushions, blankets and throws – to add an extra soft touch to relaxed evenings on the sofa, you may want to invest in a bunch of cushions, blankets and throws that can be pulled out to keep your little ones wrapped up and comfortable in the evenings and on the weekends.
Of course, there are plenty of other areas you could choose to focus on when it comes to providing your little ones with the best. But hopefully, some of the suggestions above should help to get the ball rolling and tick all of your boxes!