Children often make a mess or break things, it’s just a fact. When you’ve got a young family your house is bound to get a few bumps and scrapes along the way. Hopefully, you won’t get any major damage but it’s still something to consider. The way that you’ve got the house decorated before having kids might not be suitable for a family. However, there are ways that you can protect your house from the general wear and tear of having a family. Make these simple changes to kid-proof your home.
That white carpet you’ve got in the dining room might look great but when you’ve got young kids, you’re just asking for trouble. Any carpets are just ready and waiting for the kids to spill something on them, leaving you with a nice big stain. Taking up the carpets and replacing them with hardwood floors is a simple change that makes life so much easier for you. You don’t need to worry about stains and any spillages can be wiped up easily. It also gives your house a nice rustic feel which is very on trend at the moment.
There’s nothing worse than one of the children drawing on the wall, when you try to wash it off you’ll probably find that the cleaning products take the paint with it. Paint companies have seen this problem and offered a solution. Lots of them now offer a more robust paint range which is easy to wipe clean, specifically designed for families with young children. It costs you a bit more to start with but it’s so much easier in the long run because you don’t have to keep re-painting the room every time somebody decides to draw on the walls.
The best way to keep certain areas from getting damaged is to just keep the kids out of there with a child gate. You can replace carpets in some rooms but in certain rooms you might want to keep it. In that case, just put a gate over the door so they can’t get in there and make a mess. It’s also good for pets if you don’t want them running around the house and getting upstairs where they could cause trouble.
Kids love to explore the world with their hands, that means they’ll get into the cupboards and start pulling things around. The kitchen is a particularly dangerous area. If you’ve got breakables within reach, they’re likely to get pulled down. Not only is this damaging your stuff but it’s also putting the child in a lot of danger as well. Anything breakable should be put on the top shelf, far out of reach. Also consider locks for cabinets.
The toilet is a constant source of fascination for children because they can put stuff down it and flush it. While they might think it’s a fun game, it’s going to cause you lots of expensive plumbing problem. You can get some handy child locks that keep the toilet seat down when they’re young but you need to make sure that, by the time you’ve toilet trained them, you’ve taught them not to stuff things down the toilet.
They are many options out there to help you child-proof your home. Be sure you make cleaning up accidents easier by using a few or all of the ideas above..