Making your home a "children’s paradise"

It’s almost stating the obvious to say that careful attention to furnishings, decoration and interior design can make a great difference to your home.  Everyone loves a home that’s comfortable and well presented.  But to turn your home into a family paradise, you need to think about your child's room too. Your child needs a place where s/he can not only sleep and play safely but a safe haven and, at times, a retreat from the rest of the house too.  Here are some helpful hints for how to develop your child's room.

Nursery - choice of furniture and decoration

If your home is to become a paradise for your children, their room needs to reflect their preferences and personality.  For younger children, avoid having too many pieces of furniture in the nursery - it can make the room appear cluttered and even intimidating. Simplicity is the key.

Bed

Clearly the most important piece of furniture in any bedroom.  A crib or cot, if your child is younger than 2 years, is a must.  Avoid blankets, duvets and more pillows, and choose a firm mattress for safety and comfort.  A simple cotton sleeping bag will do well and will significantly reduce the danger of suffocation.

After 2 years, you can introduce your child to a “proper” small bed.  However, many parents choose a cot for their younger child which can be adapted as the child grows, by removing the bars and adding a smaller headboard, for example.  This will obviously serve the same purpose while retaining a degree of familiarity for the child.

Storage

A dresser is perfect in your child's room while they’re still small, until it’s time to invest in a proper wardrobe.  Choose a dresser with drawers that slide easily and, if necessary, add a security system to prevent small fingers from getting trapped.  Children grow quickly and, equally quickly some clothes will be outgrown.  Remember to be ruthless and take old clothes to the charity shop or store them away to make room for their replacements.

Finally, arrange the furniture in the child’s bedroom so that it suits their needs and they can move around safely and easily.

An Office for Children

From 2 years old, your child will start making their first scribbles, so you can already think about a small desk in their room. Preferably opt for a type that can grow with your child, perhaps with adjustable height, and pull-out shelves. This “office” will enable you to keep your child from kindergarten to primary school.  As your child approaches school age, you may want to think about a first computer, laptop or tablet.  There are some very affordable tablets for children on the market, and they may well serve as a game station and alarm clock, as well as allowing the child to watch videos, and access the internet (under supervision, of course).  All this is very good for their development.

Lighting

For lighting your children's room, it’s a good idea to consider using dimmer switches which can provide suitable levels of illumination, even at bedtime.