The safety of your child is the first concern for any parent. Before you have kids, you’ll spend hours baby proofing the house and find every single danger, no matter how small, and get rid of it. But the one thing that parents often overlook is the bedroom. Obviously, you’ll get rid of any immediate dangers but people don’t often realize that there are a lot of things to consider when decorating the room if you want to ensure your child is safe. These are the small safety details that you have to remember when decorating a child’s bedroom.
Kids like to explore the world by touch when they’re young, so you’ve got to be careful about anything dangerous that they might decide to poke their finger into. Plug sockets are the biggest danger there is because they’re close to eye level for young kids, especially babies when they first start crawling. Make sure that you’ve got some good plug socket covers so they can’t accidentally shock themselves. There has been a lot of debate about whether socket covers are a good idea because they can be a fire risk so you have to be extra careful to turn all of the sockets off when they’re not in use, and only then should you put the covers on. If you’re using the socket, always make sure that you’re supervising your child in the room.
I’m guessing you didn’t think about whether the paint was dangerous when you were choosing colours for your child’s room, but there are a lot of potentially harmful chemicals in standard paint and you don’t want you and your family breathing that in all of the time. Luckily, there are some great alternatives like Real Milk Paint child friendly paint which is made with all natural ingredients. It doesn’t have any of the harmful chemicals that you find in the normal paint but it is still as robust and it’ll last for years to come. It’s best to use natural paints throughout the whole house, just to be safe.
When you’re putting up curtains in the house, you need to be careful. The rings on the curtains are a potential choking hazard if they’re small and the cord on a set of blinds can be a strangulation hazard. When you’re putting up curtains, think about the length. People often think it isn’t a worry because there’s no way that your child can reach the small rings on the curtain rail. But they can reach the bottom of the curtain and pull it down. That’s why you should put in shorter curtains so they can’t reach them. If you want to use blinds in their room, be sure to pick the right ones. Anything with a string should be avoided at all costs, instead, you should get the ones with a solid pole that you twist.
It’s easy to forget about these small hazards when you’re thinking about the more obvious things like knives and sharp corners but it’s important that you keep safety in mind when you’re decorating your childs bedroom.