This time of year is a busy one, and decorating is an important part of it. Nothing brings about the holiday warm and fuzzies better than seasonal decorations.
But what if you have children in the house? Decorating becomes a little more difficult, but not if you follow these tips!
When decorating your tree, you’ll want to make sure that everything is out of your baby’s reach. Hang your ornaments and lights a little higher than you normally would, and make sure all cords are out of reach. You can even use a table top tree to keep everything up high.
Be sure to trim away any parts of the tree that are drying out (these are stiff and could be dangerous in little hands). Also, be awry of sharp hooks; use twine or ribbon to hang your decorations.
In some cases, you may want to anchor your tree to the wall. And remember that mistletoe, holly and amaryllis are toxic to children and should always be kept out of reach.
For more tips on caring for your tree, check out this post!
One of the best ways to really know what something is made of is to make it yourself! With good old DIY crafting, you can completely control what your decorations are made of and make sure that they are safe for baby.
If your child is old enough, you can have them help you! Nothing is better than seeing a child’s face light up after making something with their own hands (then again when they tell the whole family!).
This top of from Love from the Oven and is a great idea! Using heavy boxes create boundaries that the little ones just can’t get past. This will limit their access to the tree and any gifts you store behind them.
You can also even just a fence to block off the bottom of the tree. It’s all personal preference!
No matter how much care you put into making sure every thing is out of the way, sometimes things just happen. Investing in shatterproof ornaments and other quality-made, strong decorations will not only protect your child from any accidents but will also last longer!
There’s nothing more devastating than pulling out the holiday decorations, only to find that your favorite ornaments have cracked or shattered.
Bonus—you’re also pet-proofing your home with these tips! Here are more tips for a pet-friendly holiday.
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.