You have likely heard the rhyme about the monkeys that jump on the bed. Swap the word monkeys for children, and that’s what you get in a room where siblings share: cute little monkeys that jump on the bed. As with the whole house, of course you’ll want to make their room as calm as you can, and sometimes that means more than simply child-proofing.
The room that you set up for your child, whether they are six months old and moving into their own bedroom, or a teenager looking for a space that is just theirs alone, should be safe. It should be a place that they can go to relax and be whenever they get overwhelmed by being in the same place as the rest of the family at all times. Making sure that the personal space of your child is safe is a top priority and with the tips below, you can make that happen.
- Painting. You want the room to look beautiful, reflecting the personality of your child and being a colour that they’ll enjoy looking at. Make sure that you use paints that are free from VOCs – volatile organic compounds. These can be toxic, so when you’re painting those stencils onto the nursery wall, make sure you choose low-VOC paint to protect your child.
- Bedding. When you’re sorting a room for an older child, comforters and pillows are a way to make their space comfortable and calm. For a newborn, their cot should be just equipped with a fitted sheet – no bumpers or frills – to keep them safe. If you’ve bought beds from somewhere like Divan Base Direct, think about fitting a pretty valance to make the base look smart and pretty in the bedroom. Beds should be cosy and comfortable.
- Furniture. Children are monkeys that climb, that much is true, and no matter how many times you warn your kids not to climb furniture, the likelihood is that they’ll try it once or twice. Anchoring your furniture to the wall is just good sense. That way, when your child tries to climb and ends up pulling the furniture over, they can’t get crushed under the weight of the furniture.
- Windows. Obviously, you’ll have fitted your child’s windows with locks and tools to stop them pushing the window all the way open. if you haven’t, you should do this now. Then, you should choose window treatments that are safe: no blind cords, please!
- Toys. Children love toys, there’s no secret there. Toys should be safe and age-appropriate. Keeping Lego in the bedroom of your kids is a good idea, but you should ensure that your children are old enough to be playing with Lego unsupervised before you do that. Just in case of choking.
Get on your child’s level and go through the room with their eyes. You can learn to understand a little more about what your child will see and how they can bring dangers in all by themselves.