Whether you’ve got a few kids, just one, or frequently babysit, kid-proofing your home is pretty essential to the safety of any littles one that come through. But you also want to make sure they have a good time while they’re there! No one wants a bored, crying kid, trust us. We’ve got a few ways you can have a kid-friendly home!
First, make it safe. Get low. Seriously! Literally sit down on the floor of every room in the house and look around for any potentially dangerous things for a child. Kids like to get into e v e r y t h i n g, so don’t make it easy for them to poke an eye out or something. If you see anything that could be a cause for concern, grab it and put up in a high place or behind a closed door.
Clean up after any pets. If there’s going to be a baby crawling around, vacuuming up any stray hairs is a good idea. Also put down blankets if you’ve got wood floors!
Make a little nap area. If the kids are going to be there for more than a couple hours, a little sleeping area will do you and the kiddies a world of good. Create a little area preferably away from noisy spots (living room, kitchen). Your bedroom or guest room will work! Definitely make sure you have a baby monitor if you’re not going to stay in the room.
Must have toys. This is a no-brainer but you’d be surprised how many people forget the essentials, like having all kinds of toys for the kids to play with. Stick to the basics. People tend to go overboard and buy expensive Barbies and big toy cars when most kids are content with Legos and building blocks. Don’t be shocked if little Tommy just wants to bang a spatula on a pot for an hour.
Plan some fun activities. If the kids are little older, like 6 or 7, have a fun activity planned. Spread out a cheap tablecloth or some newspapers and set up a painting area. Or put them in the kitchen to make funny faces out of food. (Pancake smileys are the best).
When in doubt, Netflix. Yes this might be cheating but throwing on a Disney or Pixar movie for a couple hours will give you and the kids some much needed downtime.