The apartment for a small child is a whole world, at first, it’s full of discoveries and opportunities to play. Remember how the floor turned into lava, the couch into a slumbering dragon, and the kitchen cabinet or mom’s cosmetics bag into a treasure trove? But while playing and exploring the apartment world, a child may be in danger of injury. Here’s where it lurks and how to minimize it.
Sharp Corners and Unstable Furniture
Furniture for children’s rooms should have rounded corners, stability and lightweight drawers. Finding such models today is easy, but remember that the world of the little explorer will not long be limited to the nursery.
The child will surely want to use the cabinet furniture as a place to hide or a top to conquer. It is desirable that all cabinets, shelving units, shelves, chests of drawers and drawers in the apartment are securely attached to the wall. Ideally, the number of floor storage systems should be reduced by replacing them with built-in and wall-mounted.
Silicone or rubber overlays on the corners of tables, dressers, and other potentially dangerous acute obstacles in the way of children will not be superfluous.
To prevent a child from falling from a grown-up or childbed, you will need a special removable edge, a safety barrier that is fixed under the mattress. It may be made of wood or be a plastic frame with mesh.
Important Little Things
Imagine you’re moving around your apartment on all fours. What’s the first thing that will get your attention? That’s right. Outlets. The plugs should be placed on the sockets, which will not allow them to become an object of children’s research. If you don’t think about this in advance, the situation will look like gambling at an online casino. For those who know its peculiarities, it is pure joy, for others, it can be dangerous.
In the kitchen, important little things will be pads on the handles of gas stoves that do not allow a child to twist them, and a protective screen for the cooktop, which will prevent burns. In the bathroom, we will need rubber mat against slipping, a protective cover on the faucet, which does not allow children to change the temperature of the water, and a blocker for the toilet lid so that the child does not use it as a sink.
Stoppers that prevent interior doors from closing all the way, so that curious fingers will not be hurt by a sharply slammed door, will be a valuable acquisition.
The Fascinating World of Cabinets and Wires
Household chemicals, which we often place next to the sink in the lower cabinets, it’s worth moving to the upper-tier or at least getting locks to block the cabinet doors. Inaccessible to children should also be medical kits, decorative and grooming cosmetics, perfumes, electrical appliances, sewing kits, pills from moths. But you don’t have to put blockers on every cabinet and drawer in the house: if they don’t have any dangerous content, leave them available for your child to explore the apartment world.
It’s not just the rich inner workings of the cupboards that pose a threat. Anything that hangs down, such as wires and climbing plants, is potentially dangerous.
Make windows safe for children by using special hardware: handles that lock and special “combs” for airing, allowing you to open windows and balcony doors to different sizes, but not wide open.
From escaping to the balcony, the kid will be protected by a special safety gate, which is set in the doorway. They will also save your child from falling down the stairs at the country house and prevent visits to any unsafe rooms.
Children’s room dictates its own requirements for flooring. It should be environmentally friendly, quiet, resistant to abrasion, moisture-resistant and able to withstand the increased load of jumping, running and active games. But most importantly, it should be warm and quiet.
Worthy candidates for the role of flooring in the nursery are soft cork, eco-friendly marmoleum and quiet carpeting, but even better carpet tiles, which can be repaired in fragments in case of stains that are difficult to remove or abrasion of some areas.
In other rooms, you should abandon the frankly slippery or fastidious in everyday life coating.