The house must not only be beautiful and comfortable but also secure and safe. Every member of the family should have access to a dwelling that’s free from danger from corner to corner. This is a priority especially to the heads of the family, specifically the parents. Their children’s protection is very important to them, even when what they most often do is play in their playrooms.
Some abodes don’t but some have playrooms for kids. These zones are particularly designated and designed for the bliss of the teeny boppers in the family. Having tons of advantages for them and for their parents and guardians, playrooms are well-loved, and zero regret follows the families that own them.
Definitely, the parents are the first ones to enjoy their kids’ play areas. Why and how? Well, the process of creating them and coming up with ideas to decorate playrooms is already fun just by imagining it. As a parent, of course, you’d like to give your best efforts to make your kids’ playroom posh and remarkable; that’s why!
Indeed, there are countless ways to do that and numerous design suggestions you can get online and from people around you. But the aspect that you must not forget about and must not lack preparations for is the invulnerability of these glee spots for the kiddos. With that being said, this list is here to help you decide and plan as you build your babies’ playrooms for your own convenience and their own defense. Check out these 10 tips to build safe playrooms for kids at home!
1 – SET THE PLAYROOM FAR FROM STAIRCASES AND BALCONIES.
If it is not really a room but just a little section inside your bedroom, for example, that you want to transform as a play area, then you can do everything on your own. On the other hand, if you are planning to allocate a separate room for the tiny tots’ leisure and learning, you will need professional help from reliable new home builders. That’s more arduous work requiring expert skills, so to build a doubtlessly safe playroom, you really need the mind and hands of adepts.
While you work with new home builders, it is vital that you know (and have the common sense) to set the playroom far from staircases, balconies and terraces. Basically, the location of the playroom must scratch out the possibility of kids falling down from a high level in the house.
Little kids are playful, and usually, they don’t really know anything yet, so they don’t care about how they just crawl, run, jump here and there without thinking. The playroom should be away from the stairs and balconies because if not, you or the babysitter might unknowingly fall asleep or look away for a while, and your baby can make his/her way to these risky areas.
2 – MAKE SURE THAT THEIR EVERYTHING IS NON TOXIC.
Oftentimes, infants and toddlers love putting inside their mouths anything they pick up with their hands. It seems like there’s an automatic button inside their cute tiny arms that commands them to bring to their mouth whatever they get hold of! That’s the main reason why some babies’ hands are often wet, full of their own saliva.
Many times, your son already has his toy ball in his mouth before you know it, or your daughter already has her doll’s shoes covered in her drool. This may be usual for most parents, but it’s totally unsafe, especially because the items are unsafe.
Since you know that this is very common, make sure that everything in their playroom is nontoxic. From toys and art materials to furniture and fixtures in it, see to it that they are made with nonpoisonous elements that they might swallow or sniff.
3 – SEAL THE FLOOR WITH NON-SLIP COVERS.
When the tiny tots are energetic, they can crawl as excitedly as they can or run as reckless as they want. You, the parents, and their babysitters will be the first ones to get exhausted!
Because they are so frisky and full of pep, they get hurt sometimes as they accidentally trip and slip. It’s the reason for the times some of their small body parts feel pain which you will only know when they cry a lot and look uncomfortable.
To avoid these mishaps that may lead to injuries on kiddos, seal the floor with non-slip covers. They tightly hold onto the floor, so even when the little ones carelessly move around the playroom, they won’t slip and get harmed.
4 – KEEP SOCKETS AND PLUGS OUT OF CHILDREN’S REACH.
Young kids have bags of curiosities inside of them. Some of these pure interests can lead to danger if not guided by adults. The best example to explain that is electricity. Little ones don’t really understand yet the hazards of the wrong usage of and direct contact with electricity.
Because of that, keep sockets and plugs out of their reach. Let your new home builders and electricians know that the room they are creating is for kids, so that they will also know that all sources of electricity must be distant from kids. In that way, toddlers won’t ever attempt to insert their toys, especially metal items, into electrical sockets, and they won’t plug in electrical devices in the playroom on their own.
5 – COVER SHARP EDGES OF FURNITURE.
All parents can relate to the typical scenario of hearing their babies cry after unintentionally bumping their soft heads onto the ends of their table or bed. Though it’s common and often just taken lightly, you never know when these frequent thumps can cause serious pain on the kiddiewinks.
Cover the sharp edges of furniture placed in their playroom, such as those of book shelves, art tables, wooden chairs and folding beds. With an extra coating, even when the lassies accidentally hit their heads, feet, hands or sides on them, they won’t get hurt or the impact will be reduced.
6 – KEEP CHAIRS AND BEDS AWAY FROM WINDOWS.
Kids are exploring nonstop. Some run and walk without direction, and some climb without fear! Keep chairs and beds away from windows. Anything they can use to step on and climb perilous areas and heights, make sure they are kept far from windows. Especially if the windows are made of glass and are easy-to-open, you must carefully take note of this.
7 – AVOID INCORPORATING GLASS OBJECTS.
Wooden, plastic and rubber materials are ideal for playroom items. Avoid incorporating glass objects because they are very fragile and can seriously injure kids. Remember, infants crawl and walk with bare hands and feet in playrooms, so even when you clean up broken glass stuff, micro fragments might still be present and can wound your baby’s precious body. Glass-made objects don’t suit children’s playrooms. That’s it!
8 – PUT ROPES, CORDS AND WIRES AWAY FROM KIDS.
Long items which might choke kids should not be in playrooms or should at least be away from their reach. Ropes, cords, wires, belts and the like should be placed far from them. They don’t really know what these are for. They might accidentally get strangled by them while they are just trying to discover what these long things are!
9 – DO NOT PUT HEAVY ITEMS ON HIGH AREAS.
If falling on high areas will not bring danger to your kiddo, falling items from high areas will! Do not put heavy objects on high places. Do not install the TV and the audio speakers on top of a tall shelf in the playroom. Even toys should be just on the floor if they are big and weighty.
10 – POSITION SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS.
You’ve done all the 9 tips above, but you feel like you want to be more assured? Position surveillance cameras in the playroom. In this way, even when you leave your kids in it for a little while as you clean the dishes, you can monitor them. If they get hurt, you will know what happened; if it is because of an inefficient portion of the playroom, then you can do something to improve it.
SAFE PLAYS IN A SAFE PLACE
Playrooms are made for the little ones’ enjoyment and learning. As the kids grow up, they surely cherish their favorite fun zones that have kept them amused and giggling and that have witnessed them crying too. They hold amazing childhood memories and family bondings from the heart of their own residence.
Make your kiddos’ playrooms as safe as they can be and as safe as they need to be! It’s for your babies’ well-being and for your own peace of mind. Worries get not even a small space in your home when you know that you utilize your utmost diligence to keep your household unharmed in all ways possible.
As loving parents, there’s no better happiness for you than seeing your children happy and secure. You can help them render wonderful recollections from their tender ages by letting them get a kick out of terrific and risk-free playrooms. How nice it really is when you can provide a safe place for your youngsters where they can fully enjoy safe plays whatever time of day it is!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. Quality and well-researched writing is her worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. She is a daytime writer for Horizon Homes, a boutique home building and designing company in Australia. Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.