How to create a stylish, kid-friendly space
The living room is where the family comes together to relax and spend precious time with one another. Unlike the kitchen, the living room may look like the safest place to let your young children roam free. However, danger exists and it lurks between the furniture, so childproofing this space is crucial.
Listed below are the proper ways to ensure the safety of your children at home, from infancy through toddlerhood.
1.) The right sofa
Sofas are not only comfortable to sit on, but they look great as well – only if they are not covered with chocolate stains and dirt marks. As a solution, choose sofas with the option to be upholstered so that the slipovers can be washed in case of spills. Besides that, a long couch which fits the entire family makes a good bonding instrument while watching TV, too.
2.) Utilize storage units
Let’s face it – having toys all over the floor at home is not a mess you can avoid as a parent. To prevent your child (or you) from tripping over small objects, fill the spaces in the living room with plenty of storage furniture. This allows you to safely conceal the toys when it isn’t playtime, while keeping your house stylish and tidy without any unsightly clutter around.
Remember, young children love fitting things into their mouths, therefore increasing the chance of them choking fatally on small toys.
3.) Secure electrical cords
Power strips should be hidden using a cover to prevent children from unplugging the cords or sticking metal objects into the exposed sockets as this might risk getting them electrocuted. The absence of cords from the floor will result in a significantly tidier, more pleasant looking space!
4.) Accident-proof lamps
Choosing lamps made entirely out of lightweight plastic is a good way to prevent accidents at home. Otherwise, be sure to mount them to the ground or tabletops to prevent your children from knocking them over.
5.) Avoid sharp corners
Babies love climbing furniture, hence exposing them to sharp corners which could hurt them. To prevent unforeseen injuries or the furniture from falling over, choose cabinets with rounded corners that can be mounted to safety.
Even if you feel that your living room has been completely childproofed, chances are that you have overlooked on certain aspects. Simply follow the steps above to remove any hidden risk for the safety of your young children at home.
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