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The Best Hands-Free Solutions for Moms

For the majority of moms, it is common to find yourself with your hands full…literally. Whether it’s babies, groceries, school bags, sports equipment, or pushchairs, there always seems to be something that requires you to haul it around. Not only this, but the second you find your hands full usually tends to be the moment that you need them most of all. One way to avoid this dilemma is by opting for hands-free devices. This will make it so much easier to multi-task. Below are a series of suggestions of the best hands-free solutions for Moms everywhere.

Hands-free cars

When you are weighed down with groceries or pushchairs, the last thing you want to think about is how you are going to open the trunk of your car. This is also true for if you are holding hands with your children in a busy car park and don’t want to face the risk of them running off. A solution is found in the Ford Kuga, as this SUV was one of the first to offer a tailgate that opens when you swing your foot underneath its trunk. Another useful piece of hands-free technology, for your vehicle, is the sat nav. This is a clever way to always know where you’re going without having to pull over and look at a map.

Hands-free hoovers

Have you ever dreamt of your household chores magically doing themselves? Well a hands-free vacuuming device will certainly take you closer towards this fantasy. With this clever bit of kit, you will be able to pick up dust in even the hardest to reach of places, and give you some precious time back!

Hands-free Google

Instead of having to log onto your computer to search the internet, why not take a look at Google Home? This hands-free smart speaker is a great way to find an answer without the hassle of physically using a computer. You can ask the device to play music, set alarms, add to your shopping list, and even to control your lights, thermostats and switches.

Hands-free books

The sale of Kindle ebooks has increased year on year, and one popular feature of a Kindle is its ability to turn stored books into audiobooks. This is a great way for you to enjoy your favourite literature whilst continuing with other tasks. This technology allows even the busiest of Moms to keep up with the latest bestsellers without having to physically sit down.

Hands-free baby rocker

When you need to comfort your unsettled baby, give your hands a welcome break with a hands-free baby rocker. This device is a great way to make sure your baby feels tended to without forcing you to remain in one spot. Baby rockers can be moved around the house easily and are the perfect solution for any grizzling infant. They can also help to get your baby to sleep, as the repetitive motion is incredibly soothing. Some models even come with music or attached toys.

Things You Should Do Before Moving into a New Home

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Buying a new home is so exciting. Once the contracts have been signed and you’ve packed up all your things, you just want to move right on in. However, before you rush to set up home in your new place, there are a few things that you should do…

Hire a Reputable Removal Company

First and foremost, before you move into your new place, you should look for a company that offers cheap suburb removals, but who also have a good reputation. A good removal company will take great care of your stuff and make it easier for you to move in without any fuss.

Change the Locks

When you buy a new home, it’s always a good idea to change the exterior locks on any doors and windows. Although the previous owners, real estate agents, cleaners, etc., are probably very nice people who wouldn’t think of doing anything nefarious, it’s better to be safe and sorry, and you’ll feel a lot happier in your new home knowing that only you and your family have working keys.

Clean Up

There’s a good chance the house will already be pretty clean because the previous owners will have wanted to show it in the best light, but you don’t exactly know how they lived; if they had any pets; or if they had any previous pest problems, so it’s probably best to do a full cleaning blitz of the place. If you don’t have the time or inclination to do it yourself, call in the professional and have them do it for you.

Redecorate

If you want to put your own stamp on the place, it’s much easier to redecorate before you move in. The property will be empty, so you won’t have to worry about the logistic s of moving furniture around and finding a safe place to store your valuables o they don’t get covered in paint. Again, you don’t have to do this yourself if you don’t want to, but if you’re planning on decorating in the future, it’ll be much easier to bring it forward and get it done before the move.

Install New Fixtures and Fittings

While you’re decorating, it might be sensible to also go around the house checking for any fixtures and fittings that are old, worn or mismatched –light switches, door handles, lampshades, etc. – and replace them where necessary. They might just be small things, but they can make a huge difference to how comfy your new home is when you do eventually move in.

Install Window Treatments

It’s hard to enjoy those first days in your new home when you have no blinds or curtains in place, and you’re constantly worried about the neighbors peering in at you. So, if your current blinds and curtains don’t fit your new home, buy some before you move in, and you’ll feel safe and comfortable in your new home from day one.

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Attaining Future Financial Freedom For Your Family

Everyone wants the best for their kids. You want them to go on and have the best possible job they can find. You want them to be able to enjoy their life freely; without having to work too hard. And, of course, you don’t want them to have to worry about money. Unfortunately, most people fail to secure these things for themselves; let alone their kids. So, to help you out, this post will be going through some of the best things you can do to ensure stress-free future finances for you and your kids. Now, you just have to do the legwork!

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You

It’s best to start a process like this by thinking about yourself. If you can’t afford to support yourself; you won’t be able to afford to support your child. In most cases, it’s best to do this sort of work before you have any children. This isn’t always possible, though. So, you may have to simply start as soon as possible. This section will be going through a couple of the areas that have to be considered before you start making provisions for your kids.

Most people’s finances aren’t exactly in the best shape. It’s getting harder and harder for people to save their money; thanks to lower incomes and higher prices in stores. But, if you can’t save your money; you won’t be able to do anything for your kids. So, you need to look at the improvements you can currently make. A lot of people don’t need to buy everything that they spend money on. Instead, they could use cheaper alternatives or nothing at all. The biggest industries that this applies to are cosmetics and technology; which are both unnecessary to life. Using websites like Experian can give you loads of great ideas to help you start working on your finances. And, they don’t cost a fortune to use. Along with this, you could also ask your bank for some advice.

Next, you need to be considering what life will be like when you leave work. Retirement has become a huge issue for a lot of countries. You’re very likely to retire much later than your parents did. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Most people earn enough to contribute to a decent private pension, to supplement whatever they have. To find out whether or not you need to improve this area, you need to do some work. Look at your current rate of pension investment, and use calculators to see what it could be worth when you retire. Most people find that they won’t have enough money to get by.

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The Kids

Once you have a better handle on your own money, you can start to consider what you want to do for your children. At this point, you have to establish a balance. Your child won’t need much money until they leave home. So, you shouldn’t be showering them with money while they grow up. Instead, you should teach them the value of money. And, give them ways to make sure that they don’t lose it.

It’s very beneficial to a young person to have some savings behind them, in the modern world. Nowadays, to rent a property, you need to have huge amounts of money to pay in fees and deposits. Of course, this won’t be impossible for them to pay. But, it really helps if they have the money in advance for their first time. Being able to buy a car as soon as they can drive is great, too. Along with a host of other benefits that come from savings. Your child should play an active part in their savings, too. Where you can, you should have them make deposits into their own account. This will start to teach them about savings, and why they are important. Just make sure that you are building some savings for yourself at the same time.

Investments are one of the best possible ways to give your child financial freedom in the future. And, there are loads of options that you can take advantage of. To start, you need to think about risk. All investments come with some degree of risk. Investments with higher risk will usually have a better return; but, ones with lower risk will have a lower return. At the start, you can afford to take some risks with your money. But, as time goes on and you make more to invest; you’ll want to start getting a little safer. One of the best investments to make for your children is a savings bond. This sort of investment is incredibly secure, while still offering a good return. A lot of the time, these options are government backed. This means that even if they do fall through; you still get your investment back.

One of the biggest and best investments to make for a child comes in the form of property. It’s getting increasingly difficult for young people to buy their own homes. But, for those who already have a home, it’s much easier. It’s likely that you have the finances to pay for a small mortgage if you’re able to make other investments. Finding property for sale is nice and easy, too. Most places have loads of businesses that specialise in this sort of trade. This sort of investment will give you child the freedom of living rent-free. And, once they’ve left the property; you can start to rent it out to other people. Whether you decide to give the property to the child or not; it’s still a great way to help them out.

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Good Money Tips

It can be hard to make sure that you have enough money to cover things like this. Most people don’t have huge amounts of money to put away for their children. So, you might have to employ some clever tactics to make this possible. A big part of this will come from the research that you do yourself. But, to help you out, this section will be covering some basic tips to help you out.

First, it’s time to consider budgeting. When you want to start budgeting your money, you have to be very hard on yourself. People with habits of overspending will find it very easy to slip into old habits, without the right work. So, your first budget should only include the absolute essentials. And, you should live this way for at least a month. After this period, you should have a good idea of how much money you have going spare. Most of this money should go into your savings. But, of course, you will deserve a treat after this time. So, it’s okay to spend a small portion of the money on yourself.

Saving can be greatly aided by simply taking the right approach. A lot of people see their savings as a money sink. It’s something that takes money each month, without giving any real benefits. But, what if you lost your job? Or, what if your child gets into a school overseas and can’t afford to get there? Issues like this can be made into nothing; if you have savings behind you. Being aware of how something can help you will give you a lot of motivation to keep working on it.

Hopefully, this will inspire you to start making some big changes to your finances. Being able to support your child into their adult life is a great gift. And, you can make a huge impact on their success through doing this. Ultimately, this is one of the best things a parent can do. So, if you want to give your child as much as you can; this is the way to do it.`

The Home With No Tear: Child-Friendly Homes 101

There is no such thing as a safe home when you have children. With younger ones, you will need to become an expert at preventing risks, which means that you need to think ahead of what could go wrong. Don’t worry, though; it’s a skill that parents develop incredibly fast – a little too fast maybe.  While everyone is aware of the common risks, such as checking the quality of your tap water – you can buy testing kits online and in DIY shops  – and limiting the presence of harmful substances at home, it doesn’t mean that your home is completely childproof. Indeed, you need to think ahead and to imagine what children are more likely to do. The answer is simple: fall, bump themselves and touch things that they aren’t supposed to are among the common things that parents find their kids do. Put in other words, children spend a lot of time hurting themselves. But it’s what childhood is about. They need to experience the world and explore their surroundings to grow, and that is, unfortunately, synonymous with injuries. Planning ahead means that, while you can’t stop children from getting hurt, you can at least make sure that no injury will be serious.  

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Avoiding Outdoors Injuries

If you have a garden, you will have already noticed that young children love to roam free and play outside. It’s, therefore, important to make the garden as safe as possible for your younger ones. Start by removing any poisonous plants – yes, even the one with the lovely pink flowers that your great Aunt Madge gave you many years ago – and levelling your garden. This will limit any risk of accidental injuries. As the days are getting longer, and you are more likely to let the kids play outside later during the summer, you should make sure that the garden can be easily lit at night, using LED flood lights, for example, to do the job. Additionally, a simple reminder about child safety: avoid hard stone kerbing and edging in your garden, and don’t keep any wooden furniture and accessory that has not been previously smoothed with sandpaper.

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Avoiding Accidental Bumps Indoors

You can’t stop your children from running around and bumping into the furniture. But you can make sure that it will only be a bruise instead of a serious cut by using cushioned edge guards on sharp corners. If you can’t find the appropriate protection, you may want to consider smoothing the corner with an electric sander. Do make sure to use it without the kids in the room and to clean the dust afterwards. Sharp corners are particularly harmful to the soft skin of children.

Avoiding Accidental Allergies Indoors

Last, but not least, you are probably taking care of keeping your chemical cleaning products away from children. But, while this reduces the risks of accidental poisoning, chemical products are still harmful to the skin and can cause allergic reactions. If you can, you should switch to child-friendly cleaning products that are non-flammable and made only from natural ingredients. Indeed, many household chemicals are closely linked to asthma, kidney and liver damages, and skin irritation, when they are not suspecting carcinogen. It’s not a risk that you want to take.

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5 Babyproofing Steps You Should Take Around the Home

Are you lucky enough to have brought a brand new child into the world? Having a baby is one of the most joyful occasions for any young parent, but you’ll need to proactively think about making the house safer. Today, let’s look at five home babyproofing steps you should take.

  1. Stair gates 

Little ones are susceptible to falling down (or even up) the stairs and causing themselves a real issue. Prevent that from happening by installing a gate which stops them from getting too close to the edge of the stairs.

When thinking about the best kind of stair gate to get, weigh up what kind of device would work best for your child, in your house. Whether it’s a screw-in gate or a pressure-fit, you’ll be able to baby-proof effectively with this incredibly simple step.
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  1. Keep toxic substances out of reach 

Things like bleach, clothes softener and weed killer are all potentially deadly substances, and absolutely have to be kept out of the reach of young children. The bottles are often colourful and would naturally appeal to young kids.

While toddlers might be able to differentiate between something they should and shouldn’t be putting in your system, the same is definitely not true of babies. Whatever age your kid is, don’t take the risk.

  1. Baby monitor 

We all loved walkie talkies as kids, but now they have a genuine purpose. Keeping track of your child’s night time habits will go a long way to ensuring they’re in as good a health as possible.

Baby video monitors have a number of benefits, with some of the most notable including being able to see if the child is facing any dangerous situations, or finding it easy to fall asleep. Resist the temptation to sit and watch the monitor constantly, though.

  1. Use door guards 

Small children run the risk of accidentally getting their hands caught in door frames, so make sure to do your best to lower the chances of one of them slamming shut suddenly.

You can do this by installing a number of soft foam protectors which attach to the top of doors to prevent them from closing all the way. These will stop the possibly of trapped fingers, without causing any damage to the existing door or frame.

  1. Bath thermometer 

The temperature of your baby’s bath should be roughly 37 degrees until they’re 6 months old, with water levels covering their shoulders – as they’re unable to regulate their body temperature at this point.

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Have these babyproofing tips helped you to think more about ensuring the safety of your child in the future? We hope you listen to our advice and guarantee your little one doesn’t fall into trouble in the future.

How To Make More Time For Your Kids

If you are a working parent, it can be an extremely difficult balancing act to manage all of your daily responsibilities while also spending quality time with your kids at home. Nowadays, we all live busy lifestyles so the commitments on our time are greater than ever. However, by making a few small lifestyle adjustments, you can really find that you have so much more time to spend with those who matter the most. Here are just a few things you can do to spend more quality time with your kids.

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Parenting Meditation

Meditation is all about existing in the present rather than being consumed by past or future worries. If you have constantly got your mind on something else when you are with your kids, you won’t be able to fully appreciate their personalities as they start to develop or teach them about life. Ultimately, it takes some practice until you can learn to live in the present, but the rewards that you get are certainly worth having.

Free Up Chore Time

So much of the free time we do have is taken up by doing chores. If you can make some changes, you can end up with a lot more time on your hands. For example, you could order your groceries online instead of going to the store. Though this may cost a little more, there are plenty of vouchers available so it doesn’t have to get too expensive. You could also book a cleaner online instead of doing it all yourself. This may not be something you can afford to do on a regular basis but on special occasions it can really make a big difference.

Walk Instead of Driving

If there is somewhere you can get to on foot, consider walking rather than making the journey by car. It will take longer but that is the point and you can spend the time talking to your kids while also getting some exercise. Not only this, it will help your children get to know their neighbourhood a little bit better.

Cook Together

Why not turn a daily household chore into something that you can do with the kids? As well as learning and having fun together, you are also showing them one of the major responsibilities of running a household. Who knows, one day they may reward you with a meal prepared all by themselves!

Play Their Games
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Many kids absolutely love playing video games but this can end up being an activity that causes a divide between you and them. Instead, try giving the games a go yourself. Though you may end up getting beaten pretty easily, you are interacting with your kids and sharing something that they love with them.

Make A Time Plan

We tend to be able to divide up our time easier when it is all planned out. Try making a plan on a week by week basis, working out your responsibilities and how you can spend extra time with the kids.     

Win The Bathtime Battle

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Bathtime. The mere mention of it makes most parents groan. While baths were once relaxing, the arrival of your little one has turned them into trauma. Instead of relating your bath with bubbles and comfort, it now looks like a struggle. We’ve all been there. Wash day for your little one comes around, and they turn into a beast. Worse, they are a beast that will do anything to stay out of the water. You do everything possible to get them clean, but they fight you the whole way. In fact, they develop a sixth sense, As soon as the bathwater starts running, so do they. The goods news is, there are ways to make the job easier. All you need to do is take these easy steps.

TREAT NOT PUNISHMENT

To start with, change the way you speak about baths. Because the trauma feels like a punishment, we get into the habit of treating it like one. The way we approach the subject of bathing does us no favours. Children are perceptive, and your child will pick up on your reluctance. If you go in all guns blazing, they’ll start seeing bathtime as a punishment. Instead, ensure you treat it like a treat. That way, your child won’t be so reluctant. Small things, like changing your language, will make all the difference. Speak to your child before you grab them. Say things like. ‘Aren’t you lucky, it’s bath day today.’ You may not feel positive, but it’s important you act it! A lot of the time, we’re the ones that make the bath seem daunting.

TOYS

Never underestimate the power of toys. Kids love to play, so incorporate that into bathtime. The treat theory will work better if your child has fun in the bath. Stock up on rubber ducks, waterproof action figures, and even bath safe crayons! Keep these hidden and only get them out when it’s bathtime. That way, your child will look forward to playing with them even more. Bribery isn’t always the right way to go, but it can’t hurt if it gets them to wash.

MAKE IT PLEASANT

If you scrub and pull, it’s no wonder your child doesn’t enjoy baths. Instead, make the process as pleasant as possible. Spend time playing with your child before you get down to cleaning them. Run the bath ready, so that the bathroom is warm for your kid. No one likes undressing in a cold room! It’s also worth investing in a towel rail with heating. That way, getting out will be a treat too. No horrible dashes in the cold for your little one!

LEAD BY EXAMPLE

Your child looks to you for ideas about how to act. If they see you enjoying your baths, they’re more likely to enjoy their own. Leave the bathroom door open while you have a bath, and let your child see you. Explain how much you enjoy bathing, too. Make them jealous that you’re having a soak and not them!

This House Is Not A Home

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Any single mom knows the struggle of trying to provide for a family. It’s not easy when you’re the only breadwinner in your house. Most of us wouldn’t have it any other way. But, that doesn’t lessen the struggle. Living on a budget is always tough, but never more so than when it comes to the home. Not only do you have to take care of the place, but the bills and mortgage payments fall to you alone. That can often mean that you end in a home that’s far from ideal. If you’re trying to cope in a property that’s far from your dreams, it’s time to see the silver lining. Any house can become a home with a little tender loving care. And that’s one thing you have by the bucket load!

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MAKE YOUR MARK


A lot of the time, a house can fail to feel like home because you’ve yet to put your mark on it. Yes, some houses capture our hearts on first viewing. A lot of the time, though, that’s a matter of furniture and decor, rather than an effect of the house itself. Remember that houses are just bricks and mortar. The heart comes from what you fill it with! So, get to work putting your mark on your home as soon as possible. Include your little ones in this. They are, of course, the central part of your heart. So, sit down and get crafting with them. Let them paint pictures and hang them on the walls. Hang photographs, too, to give the place a more comforting feel! It can also help to buy furniture you love. Any room can look fantastic if you pick the right pieces. As you build your collection, you’ll see that the empty shell you found it hard to love is starting to come together.

THERE’S ALWAYS RENOVATION

If your problem is with layout rather than aesthetic, consider renovation. This is still going to cost, but it should be a lot cheaper than buying a larger house. And, remember that you don’t have to do the work straight away. You could save up for the project and get it done later down the line. When the time comes, turn to a company like The Renovation Company. Most renovation companies aim to work fast, so you won’t have to worry about work taking place for too long. You’ll be able to work with the professionals to achieve a home you love.

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A LIVED IN HOME IS A HAPPY ONE

If you’ve just moved in, don’t despair. The same as making your mark, living in a home gives it heart. Before you have any memories there, your home will be an empty shell to you. But, the more time you spend there, the more it will feel like an extension of your family. Make an effort to spend quality time at home, especially to start with. Your family is what will transfer those cold rooms into warm havens of comfort!

The Science of Sleep

What exactly do you know about sleep? Even though we need to sleep each and every night, few of us know a lot about it. Sure, we all know that our body and mind need it to stay healthy, but I’m pretty certain that not many of you will know much about the science behind it. Even though you probably won’t be a scientist researching sleep and the body’s sleep patterns, it is very important to know the basics as it can help you improve your natural rhythms and get a better quality of sleep each night. So, what exactly should you know? Here are some of the simplest facts of the science of sleep for you.

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Circadian Rhythms

Every living orgasm has a circadian rhythm. Even though different species have slightly different rhythms, generally speaking, they are the same between individuals of the same species. This explains why all humans sleep through the night. That’s because our circadian rhythm tells our body to feel tired through the night. However, nocturnal animals such as bats and foxes have a reversed rhythm, which tells them to sleep through the day and wake up at night. But what exactly is this circadian rhythm? It is a 24-hour cycle that our body goes through which tells our body and mind when to wake up and when to fall asleep. It influences our energy levels and feelings of tiredness. If you make sure that you move your sleep patterns so that they are more in line with your body’s circadian rhythm, you will find that it is easier to fall asleep and enjoy a good night’s sleep.

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Relaxation Is Key

If you go to sleep feeling unrelaxed, there is no way you are going to find it easy to drop off! For this reason, you need to take your relaxation before bed very seriously. There are various ways that people like to unwind, some of which will work for you and some which won’t. For instance, it is highly recommended that people take a bath before bed. The warm water can relax muscles and help your mind to switch off. For the ultimate bath, add plenty of bubble bath and spread candles around your bathroom. Some people also like to read in bed before they switch the light off. If you get a good quality mattress from one of the mattress specialists around the country, you can stay cozy while reading and will be able to sleep without suffering from back ache.

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Don’t Go Hungry

One of the most common reasons why people wake up through the night is that they are hungry. Even if they do not feel any hunger, not eating before bed leads to low blood sugar levels, which can cause the body to wake up frequently during the night. So if you have been struggling with broken sleep recently, you should think about having a little snack before you hit the hay. Ideally, it should be a healthy snack that is high in protein. Don’t eat anything with excessive sugar as this can keep you awake. Some good snacks to try are toast with peanut butter or a portion of Greek yogurt.

Scents Help Sleep

This point may sound a bit like an old wive’s tale, but you will be very surprised to learn that it is totally true – in fact, there is a lot of science to back it up! There have been many studies in the effect that various scents have on our sleep, and almost every one of these studies shows that lavender is the most effective for helping people get a peaceful night’s sleep. The studies looked at the effect of sprinkling lavender essence onto bed sheets. Lots of the studies’ participants found that this helped them drop off quicker than usual. But there are other ways you can incorporate lavender into your sleep routine. For instance, try burning a lavender-scented candle in your living room before you head upstairs to bed.

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Use Neutral Sounds

Does your bedroom overlook a busy road? If so, you are probably disturbed by all the traffic every night. There is one way around this, though. You should use neutral sounds to help block out the noise pollution. One way to do this is to play some white noise in your bedroom through the night. This blocks out annoying noises and can help you drift off in a matter of no time at all!

There we have it – all the science you need to know behind a good night’s sleep!

Making Sure Your Bathroom is Family Friendly

A bathroom needs to be suitable for every member of the family, but often it is not designed with this in mind. Unlike the other communal parts of the home, the bathroom can be somewhat impractical for smaller members of your family.

There are, however, a number of ways that you can make this part of your home more child-friendly, ensuring that it everyone feels comfortable using it.

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Make it look brand new

One of the more drastic ways of making your bathroom family-ready is to use a professional renovating team. This is a particularly good option if your bathroom is a little past it’s best and needs a makeover. Smart Style Bathrooms virtual showroom lets you visualise your bathroom interior before work begins, meaning that the entire family can have their say on how it should look.

Toys, toys, toys

To inject a little bit of fun into your bathroom, why not invest in a few waterproof toys to keep your children (and any big kids in the family) entertained. Bath time is meant to be an enjoyable experience and a few toys can add to this, even if it’s just a few rubber ducks to play with. There are a wide range of children’s toys specially designed for use in the bathroom, including stickers and easy-to-clean pens that let them express their creativity.

Accessories for the little people

Other bathroom accessories provide practical benefits for the little ones. Attaching hooks to the wall at differing heights can ensure that everyone has a place to put their towel and there’ll never be a reason for anyone to leave their wet towel on the floor.

Make it colorful

Try to make the bathroom an inviting space for everyone. Although bathrooms usually adopt a clean, crisp design with neutral shades like black and white, a bit of colour can make the room a lot more interesting for your children. This could be in the form of a bright shower curtain or mat and you could even choose one that includes some of your children’s favourite themes, whether they’re into robots or fairies.

Get rid of tricky taps

If your bathroom is going to be of practical use to the entire family then being able to operate the taps safely is a must. However, twist handle taps can be difficult for little children to use and often result in having one scolding hot tap and one that’s freezing cold. By choosing a single lever tap, the temperature can be controlled much more effectively and your kids can operate it themselves with ease. This means that children can gain independence and learn an important lesson about washing their hands and personal hygiene.

Make room for everyone

A bathroom being used by a whole family needs a lot more space than if it was only being used by a single individual. Think carefully about the fittings you choose and consider whether a larger option would prevent an early morning race to the bathroom. Choosing a longer sink, for example, or even opting for two, would enable more than one person to brush their teeth at the same time.

Let everyone have their own space

When designing your bathroom, it’s important for everyone to have a little space to call their own. Storage may be at a premium in many bathrooms, but try to give each family member a little area where they can put their towel and toiletries. You could give everyone their own drawer or utilise open shelving to let everyone have their own personal bathroom storage basket. If you go for the latter, use named stickers on each one so your children feel like they have something of their own in the bathroom.

Give them a boost

Sometimes it helps to point out even the most obvious aspects of your home. For anyone with little children, you’ll be well aware that reaching things can be a challenge, but have you given them a helping hand in the bathroom? Including a small, but stable, stool in the bathroom can help them reach those high up places and give them some added independence that they will begin to demand as they get older.  

Safety first

A family home needs to be a safe home and this applies to your bathroom too. Even something as simple as a non-slip mat, inside the bath and on the floor outside it, can make a big difference to how child-friendly your bathroom is. With some extra safety features installed, your children will feel more confident in the bathroom and you will feel more confident to let them use it unsupervised.