Children can be too playful that they cannot be wary of their surroundings while at play. That is why it is the parents’ responsibility to keep their children’s playing area safe. Here are a few tips that you should follow in order for your little one to enjoy playtime in your living room
- Check for sharp edges – Cover corners of tables, drawers, and shelves with soft paddings. As your little one is still learning to walk and move on their own, there’s a possibility that they will fall and tumble most of the time. These paddings will lessen the impact that may harm your child and might result to cuts and bruises.
- Organise cables and electrical outlets – Children will play with anything that fancies their eyes, so hazardous things such as electrical cables and plugs should be kept away from their sight. You can keep cables coiled up and then hide them behind the TV shelf or desks, and cover electrical outlets with caps that would be hard for a child’s hands to take off. It is better if the protective cap has the same colour as the outlet so it will not be noticeable to the child.
- Consider getting a rug – If you have hardwood or marble floorings, it would be better to put a rug on the space where your child will play. This will lessen the impact in the event that they fall or lose their balance. For wide spaces, better get a wide rug or carpet to avoid anyone from slipping on it.
- Look for choking hazards and keep them away your child’s reach – Coins, pen caps, paper scraps, small toys, and the like could get the attention of your child and there’s a tendency that they will put it inside their mouths. Before this happens, clean the area and make sure that knickknacks such as those will never be reached by your little one.
- Keep breakable objects in a secure place – If you have an angel figurine collection, better display them in an enclosed cabinet or shelf rather than just on top of a table. Your child might reach for it and most probably will break that would cut your child.
- Tuck any long cords from your curtains and blinds – Any kind of string can pose danger for strangulation to your child, so it is best to secure them that only big kids and adults can have access to. Since your child will most probably play during day time, open your curtains and blinds wide before they get to the living room.
- Turn off your fireplace when your child is in – Seal your fireplace in using a hearth gate, a U-shaped heat treated gate that corners off the fireplace area completely. Moreover, remember to remove the gas keys and keep it in high places.
Just remember to soften your living room and to clear it from anything heavy, sharp, and life-threatening items. And also, keep your eyes on your little one as it goes around your house to keep them safe and secure.