July 13, 2015

You might be the most attentive parent in the world, but it’s impossible to watch your children at all times. Running around after them and cleaning up as you go, it’s not often that you lose sight of them, but you have to sleep, right? Of course, no one wants to think of the kind of accidents that can happen when our backs are turned, but we must act in a way that minimises risk to our little ones.

Making the perfect environment for them to play, learn and grow isn’t an unachievable dream. Whilst you can’t bundle them up in bubble wrap, there are a few things you can do to make the constant struggle a little easier.

Teach them

You’re probably used to telling them to blow their food and watch the road, but don’t forget to teach them about safety in the home too. They say children learn by doing, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until they have a bump to show them their wrongs. Warn them and make sure they understand the risks. When you’re telling them not to climb the furniture or play underneath the table, explain to them the reason why they shouldn’t. Don’t just tell them they can’t without offering an explanation.

Monitor lighting

Bedtime of course is a constant battle for parents, but you can make it easier by monitoring the light. Especially in the summer months, they know it’s not time for bed while the sun is still up so create the illusion of night with blackout blinds.

As you may have read in our previous blog post, about 1 in 5 of the respondents to our recent survey said one of the first things they’d do to improve their sleep would be to install blackout blinds. Your children will soon fall asleep without the distraction of the daytime sky drifting by and you can ease them into a natural routine, ensuring they get all the rest they need.

Are blackout blinds safe for children? Yes, when you use a cord safety fixing, which we offer free to all customers. Parents are still advised to move cribs and beds away from them to prevent accidents and discourage them from climbing the windowsill. We’re passionate about fitting quality blinds that pose no threat to little ones, and you can read more about this on our child safety page.

Soften all the edges

We’ve all felt that unbearable cringe as our child runs past a table corner or the hard edge of our furnishings, narrowly missing an accident. There’s no quick route to childproofing your home, but there are plenty of things you can do to minimise risk, such as introducing safety guards and subtle cushioning.

You don’t have to completely remove all signs of danger from your home, if you did there would be nothing left! However, these simple tips can help to reduce the risk of any potential tragedies.

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