Keeping Babyproofing Simple: Smart Tips

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Parents want to keep their little ones safe at home at all times, and that is completely understandable. Before going on a babyproofing mission, there are many factors to consider, and here is a short guide on what to pay attention to when going on that quest.

Making a place safe for a growing kid is an ongoing job. From rounded corners to cordless blinds, here’s everything you need to know.

Babyproofing Is Crucial

First things first, parents have to do some babyproofing for the big stuff. Broken windows, leaky water heaters, and smoke detectors that are acting up need fixing ASAP. If a home is from before 1978, watching out for lead paint is also crucial. Getting a pro to handle any renovations involving lead-based paint is highly recommended.

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As for furniture, some of it could hold potential tipping hazards for children. Secure them to walls, and when buying, go for things with rounded corners and fewer chemicals used in their production. The kitchen can be a tricky spot. If there is an open layout, find smart ways to keep little hands away from cabinets. For example, magnetic locks work better than plastic latches. Cover stove knobs and move cleaning supplies out of reach.

Babyproof Smart, Not Hard

Now, the nursery – it’s got to be super functional. Dresser toppers parents can remove when they’re done with them make life easier. Decorate smartly so nothing becomes a toy. Think about adding flair to a wall by painting an accent, using wallpaper, or trying a wall decal. These options are fantastic because they cannot be moved and add a nice touch. When a child gets new toys on their birthday, make sure to store them safely and check each one for any choking risks.

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Bathrooms and laundry rooms also need a close look when babyproofing. Lock up cabinets and drawers to keep kids away from meds and cleaning stuff. Check every nook and cranny for potential dangers, from laundry pods to electrical gadgets. Use non-slip strips in the tub, and toilet locks, and keep an eye on them in the bathroom.

Five Ways to Involve & Entertain Children in Any DIY Project

There’s nothing quite like having your child help you with a DIY project. If you struggle to take your child off the screen, then you should definitely try and involve them in your new do-it-yourself activity. It doesn’t matter whether you build a new shelf, repaint, or create a feature in your garden. Have fun with it, and remember to read the following five ways to involve your kids in your activities.

Tools Should Be Introduced One at a Time

Five Ways to Involve & Entertain Children in Any DIY Project

As you know, children can get easily distracted. If you don’t allow them to take their time with all the tools they will need for the process, you risk compromising their enthusiasm. So, there is no way to stress this enough — always introduce tools one at a time. Your kid will not remember all the equipment you put in front of them if you don’t allow them to slowly learn about them.

Always Work at Their Height

This is especially important if you plan to involve a smaller child in your next DIY project. After all, you wouldn’t be comfortable handling work on a surface that is too high or too low, right? Well, why should you put your kids through it? There are child-size workbenches you can use. Keep in mind that the optimal size for preschoolers is 2 x 4 ft. and should stand 24 in. high. For elementary-age children, increase the height of the workbench by another three inches at least.

Don’t Neglect Safety

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No DIY activity will be fun if it ends in an accident, right? For this reason, you should always follow strict safety rules. Tie up your kid’s hair if it’s too long. Wear the right shoes. Always put glasses on when using a saw or similar instrument.

Don’t Do it for Them

While you may be tempted to get the screw from your kid’s hands and finish the job for them, trust us when we say don’t do it. Many DIYers don’t have the patience to watch their child struggle with the simplest tasks. But, remember this: by doing these seemingly simple activities, your child will learn valuable life skills. So, guide them if needed, but let them work undisturbed, and you will not regret it.

Bubble Wrap Time!

Remember how fun it used to be when you were a kid and had bubble wrap in your hands? If you order something that comes with bubble wrap, give your kid the gift of playing with it! If it’s big enough, you can put it on the floor so that the whole family can have some fun!