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Toy Storage Ideas

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There are plenty of toy storage solutions that you may use to keep your kids’ toys organized. You could use stackable storage bins to hold toys with small parts and items, such as Lego, toy cars, etc. Of course, this might mean that you will need to find other storage solutions for what you might normally store in the closet. Here are some tips to help you come up with perfect  toy storage solutions that might work for your situation:

Plan with the kids. Planning the perfect storage system for toys needs the experts’ advice; and those experts are your kids. Your kids will help you determine which items are used frequently, and which toys are not played with so often. Additionally, if you involve the kids in the process of planning, they will become more interested and, who knows, they might also get involved in keeping their toys neat and organized.

Practice your creativity. Apart from the ubiquitous toy chest, you can use other more attractive and convenient ways to store toys. Hanging toy nets are great for storing stuffed toys and at the same time doubling as your kid’s room decor. There are kids size tables that has built in drawers to store your child’s books and toys. These can be good space savers, since they serve as both storage and work area.

Utilize available space. Use the free space under your kid’s bed or that blank wall along the hallway to maximize storage area without taking  additional floor space. You can hang mesh baskets or toy pockets and use plastic storage bins that can fit under the bed. Alas! Instant storage areas without eating up any other free space.

Make organizing a fun routine. It would be pointless if you build a toy storage system when your child does not know how to use it. To guarantee that your kids stick to the getting-neat-and-organized routine, make it a fun and exciting activity. Try singing some tidy it up songs as you clean. Do not forget to congratulate them once the task is done.

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Painting Your Child’s Room

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Is it Safe to Paint Your Kid’s Room? How to Choose ‘Safe’ Paints

Most parents wonder if they can paint their children’s room. Of course you can! Just choose organic paints with no solvent content, or use paints that are free from VOCs or volatile organic compounds. VOCs release a large amount of fumes that may cause side effects, such as respiratory disorders, particularly to children and small babies.

VOC exposure is usually linked to a number of health problems like nose, throat, and ear irritation, headaches, and is also linked to cancer. Inhaling VCOs can also cause damage to the liver, kidneys, and other internal organs. Pregnant women and small children are particularly at higher risk of getting serious side effects from exposure to VOCs.

Avoid oil-based paints when painting any indoor rooms, especially the children’s rooms. Oil-based paints contain more VOCs compared to other types of paints. Not only that, clean-up will also require more solvent as well. Using oil-based paints and stains can leave the room smelling bad for days.

What Paints to Use in Your Kids’ Rooms

The best paints to use in the children’s room are latex paints or water-based paints. Unlike oil-based paints, latex paints use water as pigment carrier and solvent. Latex paints have lower VOC levels and only require water for clean-up, thus avoiding further use of additional VOC-based products. Moreover, latex paints contain no phthalates, mutagens, formaldehyde, ozone-depleting substances, toxins, pollutants, and carcinogens, so they are practically safe for use indoors.

It is recommended to search for the “Green Seal Certification” when buying paint for your kid’s room. The seal is awarded to paints with VOC levels that meet safety standards or levels. The seal also means that the paint does not contain harmful toxins, heavy metals, and other materials that can be health hazards.

Before painting your children’s room, keep these things in mind. It is recommended to use only the best water-based paint for their rooms. Remember, harmful fumes may not immediately affect their health, but can be really harmful, especially for little children.

 

 

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How Your Kid’s Room Colors Can Affect Their Behavior

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Do you know that the color of your child’s room may affect his or her behavior? Yes, it is. Scientists have long explained the effects of colors in the mind and body, thus, we must consider our children when choosing the color of their rooms. Here are some pointers from Suzy Chiazzari The Complete Book of Color:

Orange. We do not usually use orange on walls, but did you know that orange can be great for kids because this warm and youthful color actually encourages independence, confidence, and extroversion? It is considered a social color, which may inspire your kids to interact and communicate even more.

Red. Red is a known energizing color that stimulates the mind, as well as increase the heart rate. But, according to some researches, too much red may cause a child to act aggressively and encourages inability to focus. Red can be a great accent piece to any child’s room, but it is not advisable to use in the room of the child with the tendency to become hyperactive or restless.

Green. If you want a calming, soothing color for your child’s room, try green. Not only that it gives a calming effect, green is also said to enhance a child’s reading capacity and comprehension. Great for anxious adults, too.

Yellow. Yellow promotes cheerfulness and happiness, and can either boost concentration and increase memory, depending on the shade.

Blue. To mask the effects of the color red, here comes blue. Blue is another ideal color for a child’s room, because like green, it can provide calming and soothing effects. It also helps minimize the feeling of anxiety and decrease aggressiveness.

Purple. The color of wisdom, creativity, passion, and spirituality, purple can also promote compassion and sensitivity in children.

Pink. Pink is usually linked to a girl’s room, but can provide a calming effect to both sexes. While it may look cute, avoid using too much pink in your child’s room, since they say that pink is a color which you can quickly grow out.

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Childproofing Your Child’s Room

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Transitioning your baby’s room to a “big-kid” toddler room can be a challenging task. Especially when you think about childproofing. It can be a bit scary to think what he or she may be doing while alone in the room, thus, childproofing is vital.

Here are some tips to make your kid’s room toddler-safe:

Keep the windows and furniture in check. Make sure you use only sturdy furniture to keep them from falling into your child with just a slight shake. It is advisable to secure the furniture into the walls or floor. A window stopper or a window grill or mesh guard is ideal to keep your child from falling or getting out of the room. It does not matter if the room is within the ground floor; regardless of how low or high your child’s room is from the ground, making sure that the windows are secure is important.

Install safe plates on electrical outlets. Make sure your kid is not watching while you cover the outlets with outlet plugs, since they might copy what you do. For wires, conceal them using wire guards to keep your child from seeing the various wires of electrical appliances. Seeing the wires can trigger their curiosity, which may end up to electrical shock.

Install safety gates. Keep the stairs safe by installing a safety gate at the upper part of the stairs. Do this especially when your kid’s room is located upstairs. You wouldn’t know when you will need it, so better safe than sorry. Even if you think you got an eye on her every minute, chances are, you are gonna miss her one way or another.

Steer clear from choking hazards. Make sure to keep small items at bay. Toddlers are prone to choking because they tend to put everything into their mouths, so do not leave things that will fit into their mouths, such as small toys, coins, and especially batteries.

 

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