Having kids means worrying about a lot of things you didn’t used to. Before kids, most of us are only responsible for ourselves. We only have to look out for ourselves and if anything goes wrong, we only have ourselves to blame. But when you have children, you become entirely responsible for someone else’s health, wellbeing and – to a certain degree – happiness. This can feel like a lot. It is. But there are plenty of things you can do to provide your kids with the best upbringing you can possible hand to them. You need to focus on creating a safe home environment for your children. Here are some tips that can help you with this journey!
A hygienic home is a safe home for children. There are all sorts of household threats that can cause safety risks, compromising cleanliness and causing health complaints. Pests need to be resolved with termite control and other measures to ensure that bugs and animal matter aren’t present in your home. Mould should be tackled as soon as it establishes itself, as left to its own devices it can cause respiratory conditions. You need to stick to a general cleaning schedule to make sure that worksurfaces are clean, dust is cleared up and that your home is in generally good shape.
Furniture tends to stay put in adults’ homes. That’s because we use it for its intended purpose. Children, however, can see furniture as a plaything and may be tempted to start climbing it. Of course, you need to teach your children the dangers of this and prevent them from climbing furniture at all opportunities. However, it’s still good to have your furniture secured properly to the wall, just in case your kids begin to lean up it, hide behind it or climb it while you’re not looking. This can prevent furniture toppling or tumbling, which can be very dangerous if it lands on your little ones.
Stairs can actually pose a significant risk to little ones – particularly babies who are learning to crawl and toddlers who are learning to walk. Children can’t maneuver stairs automatically in the same way that we’re used to climbing and descending them, so you need to make sure that they are supervised at all times around stairs. Of course, it’s always best to have a failsafe. This is where baby gates or stair gates can come into play. These devices are easily installed at both the top and bottom of sets of stairs to prevent kids from climbing or falling down them. They are cost effective and an absolutely essential investment.
We store all sorts of belongings in the cupboards of our homes. The issue is that as kids grow, they may become tall enough to access cupboards. If there are potentially dangerous items or substances you want to keep away from your kids – plastic bags, cleaning products or medicine, for example, make sure to fit cupboard locks in the appropriate places.
Each of the steps above can really help to safeguard your kids, no matter where they’re spending time in your home!