Parents: How Child-Friendly Is Your Garden?

Parents: How Child-Friendly Is Your Garden?

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Just like the vast majority of parents out there, you probably like letting your kids out into the garden as much as possible. The fresh air, space, and being close to nature are all beautiful things that can help your little ones thrive, after all. However, is your garden actually as safe as you think it is? Some significant dangers are lurking in every backyard in the country, and unless you are making regular safety checks, it can be easy to miss the most obvious things. Let’s take a look at the garden dangers you need to be watching out for.

Infections

Bacteria isn’t just restricted to the inside of your home – there’s plenty outside, too. Legionellosis bacteria, for example, can be deadly and can occur in any place in your garden that is damp, such as decorative fountains, water features, hot tubs and even potted, watered plants. The scary thing about this nasty bacteria is that you don’t even have to get wet – you and your family could end up breathing it in via microscopic water droplets that float in the air. It’s worth getting any source of water tested once in awhile by a professional – experts suggest at least every couple of years.

 

Water danger

There are other inherent dangers with water features in your garden, too. Drowning is, unfortunately, a lot more common than you might think, so if you have a hot tub or pool, find out more about pool covers and try and find the best one for your garden that ensures your kid’s safety. Consider your ponds, too – perhaps fit a grate over them until your little ones are old enough to take care of themselves.

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Weakened trees

We all love the idea of having trees in our garden, and the kids will love them too – especially if they can climb them. However, you need to keep a close eye on the health of your trees. They can fall a lot more often than you might think, and if they catch a disease, they can often get weak – starting with the branches. And if your children are climbing, even the nursery rhymes know what happens when the little bough breaks.

 

Sandboxes

I’ve written before about the dangers of sandboxes, and you might be surprised to hear about their problems. Most play sand contains materials such as crystalline silica, which can cause an incredibly dangerous and incurable lung condition called silicosis. Play sand also contains a substance called asbestos tremolite, which, as you can probably work out, can lead to asbestos-caused lung cancer. No one wants this for their kids, of course, so when buying play sand be very careful about its ingredients.

 

Wildlife

We all want our children to experience wildlife close up, but we should also be careful about educating them about the dangers. Bees, wasps, and some types of flies can all cause nasty stings, of course. But depending on where you live, you might encounter everything from venomous snakes through to bears in your backyard – would your child know what to do in an event like this?

 

So, let everyone know – what dangers do YOU have in your garden?

 

child safety : Have You Baby-Proofed Your Home Enough?

child safety : Have You Baby-Proofed Your Home Enough?

When you have a little one on the way, one of the main tasks ahead of you is properly baby-proofing the home. In order to get this right, you need to ensure that you start the process as early as possible. It is only by starting early that you can ensure that your home is safe and ready for your new arrival. No matter how diligent you might be, there is always the risk that you will miss one or two things. Even experienced parents suffer this fate sometimes. To that end, we have put together this short post on some of the major things you need to consider during this process. Make sure you have done these before it is time for your baby to arrive.

child safety : Have You Baby-Proofed Your Home Enough?

child safety : Have You Baby-Proofed Your Home Enough?

 

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Stairs

This is easily one of the most important parts of all, and for obvious reasons. It is clear why it might be that the stairs need baby-proofing. The last thing you want is a toddler climbing the stairs, after all. Fortunately, the solution to the stair problem is very simple. All you need is a stairgate which you can affix to the top and bottom of the stairs. These are easy to get hold of, and these days are relatively cheap. With this, you probably don’t need to worry until your baby is a little older. But it is still worth thinking about as early as possible. The last thing you want is to leave it to the last moment, or too late.

Crib

It goes without saying that the crib is hugely important in baby-proofing the home. The truth is, most parents find that they spend a good deal of time on this decision – and that’s just as well. In choosing the right crib, you need to think about more than just basic safety. A good crib should also be able to provide a healthier and more comfortable experience for your child. This means finding a mattress with no toxins which is completely natural. This might be harder to source than you think, but there are options. Find Naturepedic Mattress reviews suitable for baby cribs at this link, for somewhere to start looking. As long as you are providing your baby with a decent crib, you can be sure that their comfort is being taken good care of – and their safety.

child safety : Have You Baby-Proofed Your Home Enough?

child safety : Have You Baby-Proofed Your Home Enough?

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In The Kitchen

One of the biggest problem areas for any parent is the kitchen. With a little thought, this is easy to see why. After all, the kitchen is often the place where you keep many potentially dangerous chemicals. Part of the basic housekeeping necessary for the kitchen is ensuring that no lower cupboards can be easily opened by a child. That way, you can ensure that your child will not get their hands on anything particularly dangerous. Moreover, you should make an effort to keep the kitchen area generally as clean as possible. It is easy for germs to spread in this area, and you want to minimize the risk of illness as much as possible.

 

This is a collaborative post with YourOrganicChild.com