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Child-friendly design, as we see it certainly, shouldn’t only be tempered by what’s cool for kids, but by factors such as maturation and sharing with siblings.
But it doesn’t stop there: junior design, to cope with the rough and tumble of everyday life, should also have practicality — and safety — at its very root.
The secret to success? A washable, comfy background that can be modified as time and tastes fluctuate.
The last thing you need is the prospect of facing a complete gut down six months after your child’s allegiances springboard from Batman to Superman, or from Barbie to My Little Pony. Right?
Adults can assess their own risks, but children, particularly young ones, need special consideration. If the following six point counsel sounds like we’re teaching our grannies to suck eggs, please excuse us, but all these tips are super important: 1. Tiny fingers can be hurt in door hinges, so fit big box store plastic safety mechanisms which you’ll find in Home Depot. 2. Ensure window, blind and curtain cords are tucked out of harms way. A large number of injuries (and worse) happen each year when little souls become trapped in the workings of ‘innocent’ window apparatus. 3. Avoid trailing electrical cords and ensure plugs are fitted with childproof covers. 4. Keep exposed radiators on a separate thermostat so they don’t overheat, or employ a safety screen to protect delicate fingers. 5. Rugs on hard flooring should be anchored on anti-glide mats to inhibit slip issues. 6. Avoid hanging shelves at low level: excited play can result in head-on collision.
For further advice, check out the home safety section at safekidscanada.ca
Ensure finish is wipe-able so crayon marks and pen scribbles can be easily erased. Matt latex, for example, is less durable than silk finish: study spec-