Fit stair gates that are designed without the fixed bottom bars that adults and children so often trip over.
Give away glass tables. As soon as your babies / child can cruise around holding on to the furniture, it’s time to get rid of your glass tables. If your children doesn’t damage themselves on the edges, sooner or later, they will have a go at jumping on them.
Have enough side tables so that hot cups and fragile glasses aren’t put down on the floor, and these tables out of reach of little ones.
Mask sharp corners with corner guards or improvised solutions, such as Blu Tack covered with masking tape or if edges need to be covered temporarily a pillows or a cushion would do.
Use socket covers. A cheap safety essential for every home with young children, they look like thin platting plugs and cover sockets completely, making them impenetrable for playing fingers.
Keep flexes well out of reach, particularly the flex for the kettle, and site the kettle itself as far as back possible from the edge of the kitchen surface.
Give them a toy camera to snap some photos, some research shows that earlier age is the time they pick up their creativity. Maybe one day your kids may turn into a famous photographer??
Kids can fall so passionately in love with a particular soft toy that it’s a good idea – as soon as you notice the attachment to buy another identical one as an understudy. If, happily, it’s not needed, it can be given away as a gift.
Get a pop-up play house. Cheap, easily assembled, adaptable to all sorts of games and usable throughout the year, an indoor playhouse is great fun for small children. Allow them to fill it with blankets, cushions, boxes and other paraphernalia needed for imaginative games – and dont enter unless given express permission! Children love to have little nooks and crannies that are entirely their own.
Bring home an unusual gift for your kids if you go away without them. Find something exotic that they may not have come across before a miniature magic lantern, a length of sugar cane some leaf, or an shell – whatever will delight and intrigue them. As you present it, weave a traveller’s tale.
Don’t forget to photograph those moment when you give them presents. You will have an opportunity to capture beautiful smiles of your children. Get your camera ready!
Allow noise. A baby should be able to sleep through noise, so allow a reasonable hubbub in the house. Babies like to know that they are near to people and haven’t been abandoned.
Make a mobile out of objects that will attract your baby’s attention, in bright colours, with strong tonal contrasts.
Suspend these from a frame made of a couple coat happens joined at right angles, and keep the mobile well out of baby’s reach.
Use baby books with babies of all ages, including newborns, start with cloth or board looks containing vibrant patterns that your baby will find interesting. Prop the books open around where your baby is lying so that they can gaze at them.
Use toys at changing time. From about four months of babies can get tremendously wriggly during changes. Distract your infant by putting a baby-gym frame over the changing mat so that they can play and give vital seconds in which to change nappy.
Stay in the swim of things. Even though you’ve had a new baby. It’s still possible to stay in touch with the outside world. Put on the radio, watch a bit of TV, scan the newspapers, and chat to friends on the phone. You will get interrupted, but you will still feel better for it.