Your children are going to want you to paint a galaxy on the ceiling, have a rollercoaster coming out of the wall, and a candy dispensing machine in their room when you decorate it. Their imaginations truly run wild when you let them know you’re going to decorate their rooms and the first thing you should think about when redecorating is children’s room safety.
From painting the walls with different shapes and story murals to find cool blinking lights to hang from the ceiling there are so many interesting and engaging ideas that parents can employ when it comes to decorating their child’s room. But make sure you don’t get carried away and forget that while you do want your child room to be fun for them you also want to be safe and practical.
There are so many moving pieces when it comes to decorating and making sure the environment is still child-friendly that some parents may think that means making the room boring. That’s not the case at all so we are going to give you three decorating tips that will help you get your child room decorated and keep them safe all at the same time.
Skip heavy pictures or mirrors
These may seem like a great idea and a great addition to any child’s room but in fact, it is the exact opposite. Heavy pictures and mirrors are dangerous because children have a tendency to pull on things because that’s what they do; babies are extremely curious.
It only takes one tig to many to bring a mirror down off of the wall. And sometimes for no reason, a picture just falls and you do not want your child standing under a large picture when it comes down.
It can cause severe injury to a child if it falls on them so we recommend that you skip the idea of large pictures and heavy mirrors and instead opt for wall decals or posters instead. A decal can’t be taken off the wall unless you peel it off the wall and the posters can easily be hung with a command pull away strip or a tack.
Employ the use of safety locks
Babies love to open any and every drawer that they can get into. Just saying from parent to parent think about all the times your child gets really quiet and then out of nowhere they bring you a shirt or some socks that moments before we’re tucked safely inside their drawer.
By using safety locks you can keep all of their clothes safely organized where they are supposed to be. It also makes it unlikely that your child will be able to pull a drawer out onto themselves causing injury.
Another reason safety locks are important is it will keep their little hands and fingers from finding their way into a nook and cranny where they can become stuck or slammed, which can result in broken or fractured fingers.
The same way your children enjoy putting their fingers into sockets is the same way they will enjoy putting their fingers into the spaces that make no logical sense but somehow are alluring to children. Therefore the use of safety locks takes away the prospect that they are able to open the drawer or closet door without your help, to begin with.
Attach furniture to the wall
There are so many beds and dress drawers that are in the shapes of unicorns, fire trucks, and so many other fun and entertaining shapes, but that doesn’t make them any less dangerous. You may think that a moon-shaped dresser is a fun idea until it somehow tips over onto your child.
That’s why we recommend that you secure all the furniture to the walls. You can do this with a different nail and hook combinations that you find in any store in the baby-proofing aisle. Securing furniture to the wall will keep it from sliding or falling over without you having to worry about your child being in their room.
By taking the time to employ these safety measures you won’t exactly protect your child from any and every injury they could encounter but you will lessen the likelihood that a catastrophic injury could happen.