If you’re welcoming a little one in your life, you’re probably giddy with anticipation. Don’t allow this excitement to overwhelm you and prevent you from making logical choices when it comes to your child’s safety. Generally speaking, less is more when it comes to baby proofing your home. Do you really need that coffee table in the living room or can you move it aside until your toddler grows up? Your tiny tot needs space to crawl and explore, so you don’t want obstacles in the way unless you absolutely need them. There are hundreds of safety measures you can take to prevent your baby from encountering danger in the house. Keeping sharp objects off limits, installing baby gates, poison proofing your bathroom and installing covers on kitchen utilities are often the most thought of measures, but an often overlooked factor are the floors your child will be crawling around on. Here are 3 things to keep in mind when it comes to flooring for your newborn.
Rugs on Hardwood Floors
If you have hardwood floors, it’s a good idea to cover them up with something softer and more forgiving. You don’t want your baby developing bruises from crawling around the hard surface of a wood floor. Big area rugs are perfect for covering that hard wood floor and providing that level of protection your baby needs. Foam play mats also are a good way to cover hard surfaces. Of course, those areas will be solely reserved for playing and not provide a practical use to the adults of the house.
If you’re thinking about installing flooring for rooms your child will be spending time in, cork is a great option. There are many benefits to cork; it’s warm, soft, anti-allergenic, anti-microbial and it’s eco friendly! Cork cushions falls very well and is very forgiving – two factors that are of paramount importance for babies.
One of the most popular flooring options for kids is undoubtedly carpet. Like cork, carpet is soft, comfortable and forgiving. It will protect your baby from bumps and bruises with ease. However, there are some major drawbacks that you might overlook when it comes to carpeting and children. Dust mites, mold and mildew can quickly accumulate on your carpet causing a less than ideal environment for allergies or asthma. Also, new carpets often contain toxic chemicals that could make your little one sick. Many people prefer carpeting and there’s nothing wrong with that. Just remember to install your carpet well ahead of your baby’s arrival, giving it plenty of time to air out.
There is lots of work to be done when it comes to baby proofing a home. Be careful not to overlook the flooring. For free in-home estimates on flooring options, give us a call at Floor Coverings International of Concord, CA. Your child will spend most of their early years on the floor after all, so you don’t want to make the wrong decision.
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