Effectively childproofing your home

Effectively childproofing your home

Any parent will be able to tell you that kids can be a real handful at times. Their minds wander and, as soon as they can walk, the world is their oyster. So, you really do need to keep an eye on them at all times. Now, you may think that your home is the safest space for your child to spend time, but it can also hold a lot of potential for accidents. So, to help to maintain your peace of mind, here are a few different ways to effectively childproof your home for your littel ones’ safety.

The Kitchen

The kitchen holds a lot of potential hazards for little ones, so it’s generally best that they are kept outside of this space whenever possible. However, there are extra steps that you can take to ensure that the room is safe should your little ones manage to wander in. Invest in safety locks for cupboards and cabinets, which will keep plastic bags and cleaning products off-limits.

The Lounge

Now, the lounge generally seems like a relatively safe space for children. It doesn’t have all of the immediate threats that lie in other rooms like the kitchen or bathroom. So, your priorities might want to take another turn – protecting the room from your child. Kids are inquisitive and playful and there’s always bound to be some sort of incident in the process of them growing up. Generally speaking, the television tends to take the brunt of many children’s curiosity. Avoid having magnets attached to the screen or the screen smashed by investing in wooden TV stands with doors. These are sturdy and can be closed to keep hands, magnets, and balls at bay.

The Garden

With summer finally making its way into our lives, chances are that your little ones are going to want to spend a little more time outdoors than usual. However, your garden has probably experienced some wear and tear since the last time you set foot in it. Winter winds can wreak havoc with fencing, causing breaks, splits and holes in the panels. Check the perimeter of your garden for any damage to the fencing. You don’t want little ones to escape or hurt themselves on any fractured or exposed woodwork. If you do find any damage, call in a professional fencing service to repair or replace the panel. Next, ensure that your ground is level. Uneven paving slabs can pose a serious trip hazard. Nobody wants their little ones falling over while they’re running about playing games. Finally, make sure that there isn’t any animal mess lying about. Even if you don’t have pets of your own, neighbours pets or wild animals could have used your garden as a litter tray at some point, so scour the floor and pick up any questionable matter with plastic gloves and dispose of it appropriately.

These are just a few different spaces that you might want to focus on. Just remember to always tackle any potential hazards head on and keep your child safe at all times!

 

This is a collaborative post.

HappyDays #48

HappyDays #48

Hi folks,

Welcome to the Happy Days Linky – a place to link up your latest happy-themed blog posts and get that warm fuzzy feeling by reading other people’s. My co-host is the lovely Katy, be sure to pop over to her blog and say ‘hello’.

*HAPPY DAYS LINKY NEWS*

After thinking long and hard about it, I have decided that after this week, I am no longer going to be co-hosting this linky. Katy and I started our little ‘Happy Days’ project over a year ago and some of the posts that I have written over that time have been my favourite to write and I will treasure them forever. I’ve enjoyed getting to know new bloggers who have linked up with us and a lot of those blogs have become my firm favourites. That said, there are weeks when I want to be able to have a break from blogging completely and I’d also like to change up my blog content now and again, too. But being a mum to a toddler, my time is limited and something had to give and so I decided it was perhaps time step away from running a linky.

I hope you will all still visit my blog and I’ll certainly continue to follow and support you all. Katy is going to continue running this linky so of course, you will still have a place to link up your happy blog posts each week! :)

Now, without further ado, here’s what has been making me happy this week:

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  • Last weekend we visited Undley Pumpkin Patch and had an absolute blast. I had been looking forward to going back ever since we went for the first time last year.
  • 3 of my best friends told me they’d be coming up from Bristol to visit me this weekend. I absolutely cannot wait to see them and enjoy a girls night out together.
  • Watching the Bake Off final! Was anybody else a sobbing mess? Well done Nadiya, what a thoroughly deserving winner and inspirational lady. I have a feeling she’ll be on our screens a lot more in the future.
  • Bringing Jasmine’s ‘artwork’ home from nursery. I know parents joke about the amount of ‘crap’ their kids bring home from nursery/school but this is all novel to me and I’m super proud of my girl.
  • After living in this house for over two years we’ve finally started decorating our least favourite room – the kitchen! I’m never going to love our kitchen but I’m looking forward to making it ours.
  • I’ve also had fun planning an ‘office area’ for the spare room. No more blogging on the sofa!

Now it’s over to you to share some happy!

How it works?

Grab the badge and stick it on the end of your happy-themed blog post, link it up with us using the inlinkz tool below. Comment on both of the host’s posts and as many others as you can. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

Don’t forget to tweet us your link @_tinyfootsteps and @WhatKatySaidUK using #HappyDaysLinky and we’ll retweet them for you.

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HappyDays #47

HappyDays #47

Hello Happy-dayers!

Welcome to the Happy Days Linky – a place to link up your latest happy-themed blog posts and get that warm fuzzy feeling by reading other people’s. My co-host is the lovely Katy, be sure to pop over to her blog and say ‘hello’.

Yay, it’s October – possibly my favourite month of the year. I feel like it’s the month that Autumn really kicks into gear and I love everything about it! I’m excited for Autumn walks, visiting our local pumpkin patch and dressing Jasmine up for Halloween. Anyway,  I’m getting sidetracked!

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Here’s what has been making me happy this week:

  • Meeting up with my friend Gina for a cake and a catch up whilst our babies were at nursery. We hadn’t seen each other all summer so it was lovely to have a chilled out morning together.
  • Getting more of my Lomo photos developed. I LOVE the one above of Stephen and Jasmine. I’ll be sharing a few of the photos here on the blog soon.
  • Having my first hot chocolate of the season. Marshmallows. Check! Cream. Check! Chocolate sprinkles. Check! :)
  • This gorgeous, sunny weather we’ve been having. It’s meant we’ve been able to get out of the house and go to the park loads which always makes for a happier week.
  • We had a trip to Felixstowe at the weekend – always love to be by the seaside.
  • Slipping into clean bedsheets – bliss!

Now it’s over to you to share some happy!

How it works?

Grab the badge and stick it on the end of your happy-themed blog post, link it up with us using the inlinkz tool below. Comment on both of the host’s posts and as many others as you can. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

Don’t forget to tweet us your link @_tinyfootsteps and @WhatKatySaidUK using #HappyDaysLinky and we’ll retweet them for you.

Tinyfootsteps


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HappyDays #46

HappyDays #46

Hello Happy-dayers!

Welcome to the Happy Days Linky – a place to link up your latest happy-themed blog posts and get that warm fuzzy feeling by reading other people’s. My co-host is the lovely Katy, be sure to pop over to her blog and say ‘hello’.

Now, I have to warn you guys not to get too close as we’re still nursing colds. *sneezes* Snotty noses all round! However, we’ve had some lovely, sunny (surprisingly warm) days this week and we’ve tried to make the best of them.

Here’s what has been making me happy this week:

  • We visited Claire Castle Country park for the first time at the weekend. We wore Heidi out and Jasmine enjoyed running around the Motte. You can see more photos from our visit Here.
  • I needed a 0.5lb loss at Slimming World this week to stay within my target weight range and continue having free membership. I managed to knock 1.5lbs off so very chuffed with that!
  • I did it, I went back to Dancejoy on Wednesday! It was a fairly small turnout which is both good and bad in equal measure. It’s hard to ‘blend in’ with less people but I suppose there’s less reason to feel self-conscious. As usual after 10 minutes or so, I was dancing without a care in the world. I’m already looking forward to next one in a couple of week’s time.
  • Jasmine started nursery properly this week. She did really well and I feel so, so proud of her. All my worries about her starting nursery have eased and I feel even more confident that we made the right decision.
  • Discovering Giant Custard Creams (from Tesco). Thank me later. #LifeChanging
  • Now it’s over to you to share some happy!

    How it works?

    Grab the badge and stick it on the end of your happy-themed blog post, link it up with us using the inlinkz tool below. Comment on both of the host’s posts and as many others as you can. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

    Don’t forget to tweet us your link @_tinyfootsteps and @WhatKatySaidUK using #HappyDaysLinky and we’ll retweet them for you.

    Tinyfootsteps


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HappyDays #45

HappyDays #45

Hello Happy-dayers!

Welcome to this week’s Happy Days Linky – a place to link up your latest happy-themed blog posts and get that warm fuzzy feeling by reading other people’s. My co-host is the lovely Katy, be sure to pop over to her blog and say ‘hello’.

I’m back with you this week after taking a bit of bloggy break and having some quality family time on holiday in Norfolk. :) Unfortunately, this week we’ve all got colds and so we’re feeling pretty sorry for ourselves. Jasmine’s been waking up several times a night and we’re all feeling a bit knackered and rough around the edges. So what better time to write my happy list?!

Here’s what has been making me happy over the last couple of weeks:

  • We had such a fab holiday in Norfolk. We stayed in a little cottage in Holt which was the perfect base for exploring lots of the local beaches and seaside towns.
  • Getting a letter and CD (remember those?) in the post from my best friend, Jeni. You just cannot beat good old fashioned snail mail, can you?
  • I also received a pretty toad diary from the lovely Katie from Life On Vista Street – I’ve been using it loads this week and I feel so much more organised already!
  • I booked my Early Bird ticket for Mumsnet’s Blogfest in November. I really enjoyed it last year, although I was very overwhelmed as it was my first ever blogging conference. I’m hoping I’ll feel a bit more relaxed this time and enjoy it even more. Who else is going? :)
  •  Jasmine had two settling in sessions at nursery this week and she did really well. According to her key worker she ‘just got on with it’. That’s my girl! :)
  • After not attending my Slimming World group for most of the summer (it’s just too hectic with a toddler in toe) I went back yesterday. I am 0.5lb over my target weight but I’m sure I can get rid of that by next week.
  • And, on that note, I made Slimming World drop pancakes for Jasmine and I this morning (from the latest SW magazine) and they were so yummy. :)
  • You may remember that time I went dancing with strangers. Well, the DanceJoy folks are finally coming back to my town so I can start going dancing weekly again. I couldn’t make it this week but I’m hoping to go next Wednesday – I can’t wait to get my groove on!

Now it’s over to you to share some happy!

How it works?

Grab the badge and stick it on the end of your happy-themed blog post, link it up with us using the inlinkz tool below. Comment on both of the host’s posts and as many others as you can. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

Don’t forget to tweet us your link @_tinyfootsteps and @WhatKatySaidUK using #HappyDaysLinky and we’ll retweet them for you.

Tinyfootsteps

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