Make Your Home Kid-Friendly For Better Playtime

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The pitter-patter of little feet running through the home is a beautiful sound … until it’s followed by shattering glass and crying. Where there are children, there’s no doubt that messes will happen.

But having little ones also brings laughter, fun, and excitement to the home. You can enjoy all the precious time with kids without stressing about their destructive tendencies. You just have to make sure each room they’ll be in is kid-friendly!

These seven tips will help you childproof your house so you can spend more time laughing together and less time cleaning up messes!

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1. Designate a Play Area 

Here’s a tip from pro parents worldwide: If you don’t make a designated play area, the entire house will be one.

Chances are, you’re going to find evidence of children everywhere. But a designated play area entices them to keep the majority of their imagination in one room.

It is even more critical to make sure this playroom has a door that you can close when you don’t want to see the mess!

Yes, it’ll be great to have it cleaned up regularly, but between those perfect moments will be big disaster areas. That’s life with kids, and it’s wonderful to let them be able to have fun!

2. Make Room for Toys

It’s hard to teach kids “a place for everything and everything in its place.”

But if you make it easy for them to return their designated spots, they’re more likely to do it.

In the playroom or wherever you plan to keep your kid-friendly playthings, be sure to have a large toy box or easy access bins. As the children get older, they can even help you label and sort everything.

Until they’re old enough to help, though, try to keep things simple and easy to understand. If you get too fancy with the label maker, it’s okay — if you want to organize the toys yourself each day!

3. Set Up a Safe Space Outside 

Kids and the outdoors are the perfect matches. But letting them go outside willy-nilly isn’t safe. 

Prep for making your yard a somewhat controlled place for children to play and explore is different for everyone. 

There are a few things you should watch for, regardless of where you live, though, like:

  • Exposure to dangerous animals, poisonous plants, or broken furniture and wood with nails
  • Proximity to the road, even in less-traveled areas
  • Any standing water, including pools, rivers, and even puddles for little ones to avoid
  • Telephone or electric wires

Always make sure to supervise when children are outside, even if you have a fence. Accidents do happen, especially when little ones are present!

4. Use Sturdy Furniture 

Not only is it possible, and even probable, for rambunctious children to break fragile furniture, but they could get hurt in the process. Always try to keep your prized lamp or other breakables out of reach of little fingers or wrestling matches.

Check the edges of all the furniture. Roughhousing is a typical pastime for kids of all ages, and sharp edges of coffee tables and nightstands are easy to land on accidentally.

Watch for tall furniture like dressers and bookshelves that could get pulled on and land on an unsuspecting child. Even a small microwave cart is the perfect height for toddlers who like to pull up on furniture. When it tips over, though, it can be dangerous.

5. Encourage Reading and Art

Reading and art are two innate passions that all children have. Both of these areas let them explore their imaginations. Encouraging these skills young fosters a love that kids will take into adulthood.

Set up an area for reading, like a small book nook with a child-friendly bookshelf. Make sure to use indestructible books if you have toddlers.

For art time, bring in an easel and some crayons, chalk, and paint. Let them draw outside of the lines and make purple dogs if they want to. This is creativity, and it’s important to encourage.

Kid-friendly tip: Keep anything breakable or messy out of the reach of little hands!

6. Aim for Easy-to-Clean Surroundings

If you know you plan on having children in your home someday, start by planning smart. As you design your rooms, think about how little ones often accidentally destroy their environment through play.

Walls are the perfect surface for those crayons and markers (or makeup!) they find. Use glossy paint to prevent headaches and re-wallpapering.

Couches and chairs are the best places for kids to wipe their chocolate or barbecue-covered fingers, of course! Get around this expensive certainty by choosing stain-resistant upholstery.

7. Let Them Decorate

Children show you they care and trust you by giving you their creations. You can build their self-esteem and encourage this by showcasing their work visibly.

Kids love to be helpful. There isn’t too much that makes a child feel more grown-up than when they’re allowed to decorate the home!

Choose an area of the home or an entire room that can use an imaginative touch. For many adults, this is the fridge. But it can be a wall, a corkboard, or any other surface.

Let the kids decorate it or hang their own artwork. When other people are around, and the children are nearby, brag about your beautiful decor!

Conclusion

A kid-friendly home is a happy place for both the children and the adults living there. Less stress over destructive tendencies of the smaller people running around equals enjoying the time with them more.

Instead of forcing them to sit still and be quiet, encourage their natural explorative minds and imaginations. Use these tips to create a welcoming, kid-friendly atmosphere in your home.

[Author bio]

Dominique Daniels has five years of Property Management experience working primarily in high-end apartment community living. Her ability to consistently deliver white-glove service to her residents and prospects has propelled her in a successful career that now finds her leading the team at Vida at Daybreak.

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