Prepare a fun, child-friendly home with less bumps and bruises
Driven by curiosity and the thirst for knowledge, an uncontrollable force of human nature, accidents tend to happen and the safety of your child is not interchangeable with anything in this world. It is the adults that have to fill in and be responsible for the young ones’ safety. Let’s make our home a safe environment for your child to learn in.
During the first six years of our lives, the brain develops the fastest. However, your child’s body changes and is different with age. Therefore, we have to keep in mind your child’s physical evolution when organizing your homes.
This is the time that the little one will spend sleeping. Therefore, choosing the right kind of bed, mattress, and pajamas is vital as being emerged in deep sleep results in the positive development of one’s mind and body. When your child is 3-6 months, they will start to wiggle about, reaching to grab items around them, so you have to make sure that there are not any dangerous objects near the bed. And they will start to crawl about when they reach 7-9 months, so we have to create a safe zone for your child by installing a playpen or using a baby monitor.
Avoid purchasing bed frames with a distance of two inches between each bar or mattresses that don’t fit the bed perfectly, leaving some space in between because your child could get stuck. Moreover, bed slats should be strong and have great ventilation for a more comfortable, safe sleeping time.
Choose one that isn’t too soft or one that easily deflates because if your child sleeps on their stomach, their face could sink into the mattress, causing lack of air. If you would like mattresses with zippers, then keep in mind that you should choose ones that are child-friendly and can be used with a washing machine.
Blankets and Sleeping Bags
Not too big or too thick for the little one because it could suffocate your child. Avoid synthetic fabrics that could cause possible skin irritations and beware of loose threads or decorations that could cause potential harm.
Avoid long nets or ones with strings to prevent accidents where the child ends up tangled.
This is the period that children rapidly develops physically and mentally, training themselves to walk, run, and crawl on their own to develop their muscle strength. Their world will widen rapidly, expanding outside their safe zones. Therefore, reorganizing your homes and increasing levels of safety for your child to explore and discover is vital.
Use socket covers to protect your child from sticking their fingers into the sockets.
Designs with round corners are your best bet or you could also try sticking Table Edge Guards or Corner Bumpers.
This is a whole new territory for toddlers who are training themselves to new things. To prevent any possible accidents, install a baby gate then test its sturdiness and proper installation to ensure that your child will not be able to open it on their own.
Doors and Shelves
Lock, lock, lock! Make sure you lock all kinds of doors securely, use safety door stoppers, or finger pinch guards because little ones, especially 2-2½-year olds are curious and adventurous in their own way.
Around 13-15 months, your toddler will be able to hold spoons and fork and feed themselves. Therefore, you should find plastic dining utensils that fit in their little hands. Colorful utensils that are safe to dine with so that your child will be able to engage in eating and enjoy each meal while developing their muscle strength.
Curtains, Shades, and Cords
Avoid using window treatment with long strings and cords. Opt for those equipped with draw rod or keep the cord out of reach of children.
Children at this age are learning to help themselves, socialize, develop language skills at a rapid speed and learn from their surroundings. Therefore, you should allow your child to have a hands-on experience so that their brains can develop to the fullest.
Children at this age will start to brush their own teeth and help out with some chores like dishwashing and preparing food. However, with their height, helping out can be a problem. Try buying your child a chair that helps them reach, help out, and ultimately learn and grow.
They enjoy moving their bodies, so we should support our children to engage in physical activities such as stretching, balancing, etc. By using all five of their senses, children are able to flourish their minds to their full potential. There are various activities that your child can enjoy such as modeling clay, cycling, swings, origami, building blocks toys, etc. But also make sure to give them safety equipment such as helmets, knee guards, gloves, etc.
Keep chemicals, sharp objects, plastic wrap and bags, cleaning material, etc. in a cabinet out of children’s reach.
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