The arrival of a baby is one of the best events in mothers’ lives. As your little one starts growing, however, your kitchen drawers and utensils will no longer be safe from them. If you would like your baby or toddler to get growing and learning in a safe environment, you could easily turn your spare room or conservatory into an indoor playground that will help your baby stay safe while experimenting. Find a few tips below on how to get started.
Clean Paint and Soft Flooring
Before you start the soft indoor playground project, you will need to give the room some fresh paint and make sure that you put down new carpet. You might be able to get away with themed wallpaper, but if you want to get creative and add your own stencil and designs, you might want to have a blank canvas. The flooring needs to be soft, and make sure that it is easy to clean. Loads of accidents can happen in kids’ playrooms.
The most important safety issue you will have to take care of is making sure that the corners of all furniture are covered. If you go for a custom design, you might get a desk and chair made to measure that don’t have any corners. Plenty of accidents can happen, so make sure that there are no sharp edges anywhere. Get a corner guide that is hard to remove, as kids will try everything to get into trouble.
The most common cause of toddler accidents is unprotected plugs. In the first few years, your kids will experiment with different things, so they might try to stick something inside the plug. If you install new plugs, try to put them higher up, so your toddlers will not be able to reach it easily. There are several great design plug protectors that are hard to notice, so there will be less temptation for your little one.
Soft Sponge Floor
You might want to design your own playmat or sponge floor to prevent injuries. Whether or not you want to have a small trampoline in the room or a bouncy castle, you will need to make sure that your kids cannot injure themselves. You might even put some soft sponge cover around the wall about three foot up, so if your little one and their friends play catch in the room they will not hurt themselves when running around and bumping into the wall. A jigsaw foam play mat can be loads of fun, and educational at the same time.
It is important that your shelves are high enough, so your toddler will not be able to reach it and pull it on themselves. Using floating shelves is a good idea, as they are less likely to fall. Use creative solutions to fix the shelving and the furniture, to avoid accidents. Check out Glue Guns Direct for alternatives to nails and screws. Test every shelf to make sure it is safe and secure, even if your little one tries to hang off them.
When it comes to decorating the kids’ playroom, you can get as creative as you want to. Use your crocheting skills to make unique wall coverings, or your embroidery skills to create small pictures of animals to decorate the wall with. You might want to paint the canvas, or create a jungle scene on the wall of colorful felt. Create your own huge baby mobile in the middle of the room for endless fun.
Light and Music
To inspire the baby’s senses, you might want to add music and ambient lighting. Get a color changing light or a bulb that flashes, so your little one and their friends can have fun. Put a wireless Bluetooth speaker on one of the high shelves, and stream your music. If you are planning on leaving a toddler in the room alone for any time, you might want to get a Bluetooth speaker that also functions as a baby monitor, so you always know what is going on.
Whether you would like to create a space where your baby can safely play and grow or a room where you and your family members can bond with the youngest person, you can get creative. You can design your indoor play room on a budget with safety in mind. Look out for injury risks, use bright colors, interesting lighting, and music to stimulate your baby’s senses.