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Child-Proofing Hard Indoor and Outdoor Areas

Rob Byrne - Friday, December 28, 2012

What we do is all about providing stylish, top quality flooring for your home and outdoor spaces. And come the pitter-patter of tiny feet, it's time to take a look at the best flooring choices for your property AND your family.

Here's just a little advice from our experts and other parents in the know on the subject of childproofing your hardwood or stone home flooring and outdoor spaces.

Indoor Oak Flooring

Wooden flooring like oak is heartily recommended by childcare experts across the board. Carpets can cause allergies to flare up, which is no fun at all with a house full of little ones! Wooden floors are cosy, warm easy to clean and safe. Babies and toddlers are very light in terms of bodyweight, and although some parents worry their little ones will hurt themselves more when they take a tumble on a hard floor, experts say the pros definitely outweigh the cons.

Tile Floors

The number one great thing about stone floors (aside from how stylish they are!) as far as parents are concerned is how easy they are to maintain when kids come along. Parenting website, Mamapedia, makes several suggestions for worried parents, including investing in rubber soft play tiles and rugs to create defined play areas. Some experts even say investing in knee pads for babies and toddlers can minimise any potential for knee scuffs and bumps, just in case. And an unexpected pro of stone flooring is that wheeled baby-walkers can't get tripped up like they can on carpet.

Garden Decking

Encouraging kids to get outside and enjoy the natural world is a great way to give them a healthy respect and reverence for nature. But the garden can be a tough place to childproof!

1. Use screens and fences to block off any dangerous areas like septic tanks, tool sheds and water features. If there are areas you'd like the kids to be able to see but not clamber into, e.g. vegetable patches, use low screens or railway sleepers stacked on top of each other.

2. Try to make sure there are some shady areas to protect your little ones from the glare of the sun during warmer months.

3. Little ones can't help but put things into their mouths. Small pebbles and garden accessories needn't present a danger is properly managed. For example, create a play area on some hardwood decking using panels or fencing that can be removed as the child grows to understand the dangerous sides to spending time in the garden, e.g. picking up small stones, etc.

As children spend more and more time outdoors, it's essential to teach them about things like nettle stings, insect bites and not putting foliage in their mouths. This has to be the best childproofing tip of them all when it comes to creating a happy, healthy, interesting outdoor space for your children.

If you'd like some help choosing the best indoor and outdoor flooring for your family, get in touch today.