One of the happiest moments of a new family is when they find out they are pregnant. Indeed, there is joy in knowing that your home that roofs two will soon be roofing three...or four...or five! However, having little tykes in the house certainly equates to adjusting your lifestyle. This includes your home decor and furniture. As your baby grows up and becomes more mobile, certain changes are inevitable: décor with sharp edges is put away; furniture made of hard material is discouraged; light-colored sofas are covered with (cringe) plastic wrap. As responsible parents, safety always topples style…and having that katana set from Japan (yes, the one that all your friends envy) on display in the living room is not the best way to keep your toddler safe.
So, how can you make sure that your love nest is transformed into an acceptable baby-friendly zone without giving up your sense of style? Consider investing in these pieces that will definitely make your place safe and stylish at the same time:
1. Waterproof mattress pads. Ditch that plastic wrap and invest in waterproof mattress protectors that don't let unwanted liquids leak. The best part? These pads are washable as well!
2. Foldable fabric storage boxes. Babies grow up pretty fast and, soon enough, your baby's wardrobe is big enough to rival yours! Avoid big and bulky dressers (especially the plastic ones) and invest in light and breezy foldable fabric storage boxes. Aside from holding your little ones’ itty-bitty pieces safe, these boxes can be easily put away when you don’t need them anymore.
3. Decorative electric outlet covers. Transform store-bought electric outlet covers into little works of art! An amazing idea found online is making these outlet covers look like small doors, but don’t stop there. Let your imagination run wild and think of other ways to make those otherwise boring outlet covers better.
4. Clear edge and corner guards. Scour the market for edge and corner guards that come in the clear variety. That way, guests can still appreciate the shape and color of your coffee table and your child is protected from bumps, cuts and bruises.
5. A wooden rocking chair. It may not contribute much to your child's safety, but a rocking chair is practical to have one around, especially when the baby becomes more restless and sleepless. We recommend the traditional wooden rocking chair for that timeless look, but if you are more into art deco, then a glider in a sleek color would be great.
Indeed, home is where the heart is and this is why we want our homes at their best not only for ourselves, but for our families as well. To everyone expecting out there, congratulations and good luck!