New Arrival on the Way? Tips for Baby-proofing Your Home

If you are about to welcome a new baby into your home, you’ve probably done your fair share of reading on sleep schedules, breastfeeding, New Arrival on the way, tips for baby-proofing your new hometeething, when to expect what, and more. Have you thought about baby-proofing your home? Little ones love to explore and need a safe environment. So here are some tips to help you prepare for your precious little one’s arrival.

Secure Furniture that Could Topple

One of the biggest risks to little ones is furniture that has the potential to topple. As your baby learns to crawl, they will no doubt reach for just about anything that they can for support. TV stands, ironing boards, and bookshelves are some of the many items that your baby may try to grab onto. If these items aren’t sturdy and stable, they may be at risk of toppling. You can use furniture straps to make sure that everything is in place, and pay attention to how things are stacked.

Use Outlet Plugs

Children love to poke and pry around, and unfortunately, this sense of curiosity can sometimes be dangerous. Use outlet plugs for outlets that are close to ground level to prevent babies from sticking their fingers or objects into them, which could lead to shock and injuries.

Falling Hazards

WebMD reminds parents that babies learn to roll over, pull themselves up, and move around faster than expected. As your baby becomes more mobile, watch out for fall hazards. If a baby is not strapped into their highchair or shopping cart, for example, and tries to stand, they may topple out. Or, a child that is atop a table for a changing could roll off. Remember to always keep an eye on your child when they are above ground, and use precautions to prevent falls, such as staying nearby at all times and avoiding distractions such as cell phones.

Limit Access to Stairs, Low Cupboards, Pinch Points

As your child learns about their world, they will use their hands and body to explore anything in their immediate surroundings. Most of the time, this is good, but it does have the potential to be dangerous. Limiting access to stairs, cupboards, pinch points by using baby gates and child safety cabinet and door locks can be a good idea.

Toilet Safety

It sounds gross, but small children are absolutely fascinated by toilets – not to mention toilet paper! If they’re able to pull themselves up, they may very well be tempted to splish and splash in the potty, exposing them to germs or other hazards. The best way to prevent this is to know where your little one is at all times, or get in the habit of closing the bathroom door when not in use. There are even toilet locks you can use if it becomes a recurring problem.

Choose the Right Home for You at Any stage in Life

Anyone who has raised kids knows that kids need (safe) space. If you are looking to expand, you may need more space. At Hayden Homes, we offer a variety of modern, spacious new home plans to choose from. Contact us today and come tour one of our model homes in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho to find out what’s right for you.

Indoor Plants to Spruce up Your Home

Open space with house plantsWhile growing plants in your yard is great, allowing for greenery, shade, beautiful flowers, and yummy vegetables and herbs, not all plants can grow year-round in the northwest. What’s more, having plants inside your house has multiple benefits as well, including reducing the levels of certain pollutants and reducing stress levels.

If you love the idea of plants inside your home as a new home buyer, here is a list of some great houseplants that are both pretty to look at and easy to grow.

Succulents

There are dozens of different types of succulents, the vast majority of which are easy to keep indoors (and keep alive) because they don’t require much. Succulents are best grown in an area with sunlight, so consider keeping yours near the window. Some of the top succulents that can spruce up your home include:

  • Agave;
  • Aloe;
  • Crassula;
  • Echeveria; and
  • Sedum.

Pothos

One of the easiest plants to grow indoors is pothos, as it does well at room temperature and can thrive in different lighting situations. The Pothos plant has some other cool benefits too, such as the fact that it has an ability to purify and strip toxins from the air.

Spider Plant inside the homeSpider Plants

Just like pothos, spider plants can do well in a variety of different lighting conditions. It is important to make sure indoor temperatures stay above 60 degrees Fahrenheit in order to keep this plant alive – other than that, they don’t require a lot of care. Spider plants have an interesting look, and work as an instant decorating piece.

Philodendron

Philodendrons are standard indoor house plants, thriving year-round without too much effort. If you want to move this plant outdoors when the weather isn’t too cold, philodendrons don’t get too stressed moving in and out. Sunlight for these plants should be bright, but indirect, and the plant only needs to be watered every few days or so (once the top layer of soil dries out, water again). These plants resemble pothos plants in both color and care.

African VioletAfrican Violets

All of the plant types listed above are leafy, but not flowery. If you want a flowering plant to add a little color to your home, consider the African violet. African violets bloom in deep purple, white, pink, and lavender, and bloom year-round. These plants like low, filtered sunlight and warmth. Water every few days, allowing the top layer of soil to dry before re-watering.

Peace Lily

Another flowering plant that is quite elegant is the peace lily. The flower is very low-maintenance, thriving in low-light and cooler temperatures (perfect for the northwest). This type of flower is one of the easiest to grow indoors throughout the year.

Add a Little Green to Your Life when Building Your Dream Home

Plants in the home are not only decorative, but they also provide a sense of calm and tranquility. If you’re thinking about adding plants to your new Hayden Home in Oregon, Washington, or Idaho, be sure to consider the ones above.