Creating a Safe and Healthy Playroom
The house is the whole family’s abode, but each family member needs a turf of his or her own. And when it comes to infants and toddlers, the playroom is their territory. In creating playrooms, safety and health are key elements to consider.
So how do you create a safe and healthy playroom for your tots?
Avoid things that can’t be seen. We all know how highly susceptible children are to pathogens and allergens. It’s therefore important to keep the room safe from particulates and other microbes that can threaten your child’s heath. Install air purifiers. Use those that emit no ozone and are equipped with HEPA (high-efficiency particulate) filters like Sanyo Air Washer Plus.
Keep it clean and simple. Contemporary is simplicity, which means only a few elements are well-chosen to bring life to the room. Don’t overuse pastels. Go for warmer and more natural earth colors. Such colors will help make a mural or painting standout.
Make walls safe. Paints used on walls must be non-toxic and safe from artificial materials. Choose paints with no VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Distressed paints must be sealed with water-based and clear topcoats to avoid the paint from chipping and getting into the children’s hands, mouth, and food.
Choose natural fibers. Fibers or cloth can also be toxic and harmful to your children. Children’s skin is extremely delicate and very sensitive, so keep anything that can cause irritation away from them. Choose 100% cotton fabrics and rugs.
Cushion the floor. Consider cork when cushioning the floor. Cork is hypoallergenic and low in static, which means it won’t collect moisture, dust, and pet dander. Cork is also soft, making it perfect for kids who are in the crawling stage.
Keep a ready stash of wipes. Wipes like those by Clorox Disinfectant Wipes, can make cleaning and sanitizing quick and instant.
Combine plastics with organics. A playroom doesn’t have to be all-plastic. You can get kid-height wooden chairs and table for their artsy activities. Choose those with round and not sharp edges. You can also add in some pillows to serve as cushions.
Playrooms are your children’s turfs. So while the materials and design would involve your choices as parents, it is the children’s safety and health that would serve as key factors in all of your choices.
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