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Making A Safe Family Home For My Child

Making A Safe Family Home For My Child

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  There are no affiliate links included in this post.  All thoughts are my own and no others.  This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC.

Becoming a parent has been the biggest roller coaster adventure of my life. The pregnancy made me both nervous and excited, and I couldn’t wait to meet my little bundle of joy. But in the meantime, I had to maintain a healthy diet and wave a heartbreaking goodbye to some of my favorite foods until the end of the pregnancy. Besides, I also needed to exercise gently throughout the pregnancy to make sure my body was ready for the hard work of the delivery day – ultimately, it’s called labor for a reason. But if you thought your job as a parent gets easier with time, let me tell you it doesn’t. As a pregnant woman, your main responsibility was to keep your fetus healthy by adjusting your lifestyle habits and looking after yourself. Once the baby is born, it’s not only your body you need to work on; it’s your entire home. Indeed, you need to transform your family home to make it a safe and happy place for your child.

Safe Family Home

Develop healthy eating habits early

You might need to change your decor

The first thing I came to realize was that my interior decor didn’t fit anymore. Indeed, I needed to make sure the house would be safe for my child, and that means that some elements of the decor had to change for good. Childproofing your home is not just about adding a few protection around sharp corners and keeping a gate in front of the stairs. There is a lot to do. If you don’t know where to start, I suggest reading the House Method’s guide about all the potential health hazards in your home. For instance, have you thought of setting the maximum temperature of your water heater to 120°F? This will save curious toddler’s hands from scalding themselves while playing with the faucet.

How’s the air quality indoors?

Contrary to what you might think, the air in your home is not clean. In fact, the presence of air pollutant indoors is common. Thin toxic particles can come from a variety of sources, starting from plywood furniture – plywood furniture is likely to contain formaldehyde –, dirty air conditioning filters, or simply chemical cleaning products. While these particles are invisible, you can feel their impact on your health. Irritated eyes, itchy nose and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue, are some of the most reported symptoms. But you’re an adult with a strong immune system. I was especially worried that my child’s developing immune system suffers from the exposure to air pollutants. That’s why I’ve made sure to control the air quality in the nursery room. A humidifier helps to manage the humidity in the room and remove air pollutants.

Houseplants improve indoor air quality

Do you keep dangerous chemicals?

As I’ve just mentioned chemical cleaning products above, it’s time to tell you about my little cleaning hack. Chemical products are a health hazard that can be aggressive on sensitive skins. A child playing on a freshly mopped surface might get a rash from the exposure to chemicals. So, I’ve decided to make my own home cleaners with ingredients that are safe for my baby. If you’re looking for an all-purpose cleaner, you can ditch the bleach and mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda with a quart of water. It’s ideal to clean the inside of your fridge.

Do you have all the baby tech?

Technology is going 100 mph, and naturally, baby tech is moving with the flow too. You can’t keep your house organized if you don’t use the best gadgets to look after your child. If you’re using a baby bottle, you’ll love a prep machine that gets the work done in less than 2 minutes. Yes, 2 minutes to sanitize and create the drink at the perfect temperature; that can change your life! Or if you’re still struggling with the tacky baby bouncers, have a look for the Nuna Leaf Curv, which can automatically sway your baby to sleep.

Introducing healthy eating habits

As soon as your child starts eating solids – you need to wait until your baby can sit upright, which can take between 4 and 7 months –, you can introduce them to healthy eating habits. I find that toddlers and young children especially are excited about discovering where their food comes from. So if you can visit a dairy farm or a farmer’s market, do not hesitate, it will be a fantastic lesson. The one thing I have decided to get rid of during my pregnancy was sugary and fatty snacks. I stick to this rule with my child, so that only healthy snacks are available in our home.

The home evolves when your family grows. It becomes a place of health, and ultimately it makes sense. When you have a child, you are responsible for their well-being. So, it’s only fair you resort to family-friendly health and safety 

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  There are no affiliate links included in this post.  All thoughts are my own and no others.  This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC.

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