Kid-proofing the holiday décor doesn’t need to be difficult, but it does need to be done. Little hands and tiny mouths love to explore. The holidays are filled with shiny, interesting objects that are just begging to be inspected and tasted. Here are a few tips to make your holiday home a safe one for the children in your life.
Pay close attention to the ornaments you choose to hang on your tree or place in bowls around your home. Avoid those made of glass or any with sharp corners and removable parts. Do not use decorations that are shaped like food or candy. Keep all of these items stored safely and pull them out when your children are older.
- Twinkling Lights
Holiday lights make any home look festive, but they can be dangerous for children. Keep cords hidden from your little ones, or tape them down to the walls or floor. Use bulbs that are UL-rated, and make sure that no cords are frayed or otherwise damaged.
- Artificial Trees
You can’t keep your eyes on your toddlers around the clock, no matter how hard you try. If you have an artificial tree in your home that is older, make sure that it does not contain lead. If you can’t be certain or you can’t find out, throw the tree away and get a new one. You don’t want to walk into the room and see your child chewing on lead-filled branches.
- Holiday Plants
Holiday plants are gorgeous and virtually shout festive. They are also potentially poisonous. Not all holiday plants are toxic, but many are. Leave the holly, mistletoe and Jerusalem cherries alone. Opt for fake plants or think of an alternate way to introduce greenery into your home.
A good rule of thumb is this: If you don’t want it broken, don’t put it out. This is especially true if you have toddlers or pets. If you simply could not live with yourself if your grandmother’s antique snowman collection met its end, keep it safely boxed away. Not only will it be dangerous for your children if the items break, but you will be heartbroken. Wait until the kids are older and can respect the sentiments that come with collections like these.
Holiday decorating is fun and can turn a home from dull to festive in an afternoon. You don’t have to skip the decorating when you have toddlers, but you do have to do things a bit differently. Use these tips to make sure that your home is both festive and safe.
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