With warmer weather, summer break and birthday parties galore, chances are you will be hosting a few parties at your home this summer. But is your house ready for tiny little strangers – aka other people’s children?
Check these tips to make sure you’re not caught off guard at your own party.
Block off hazardous rooms
After taking into consideration how many guests you will be hosting, map out which rooms you want or need to block off. Common rooms that usually get blocked off during a house party include:
- Upstairs bedrooms
- Laundry room
- Guest bedroom
- Formal living room
- Formal dining room
Tip: Some parents have fears of animals due to a traumatic experience or for other unknown reasons. It’s generally a good idea to keep your animals in a blocked-off room or at a neighbor’s house during your party.
Why should you baby proof your home for your party guests?
This is especially important if you are hosting a party for your baby, toddler or preschooler. While your children may be accustomed to your house rules and the layout of your home, children who are visiting your home are not – and will naturally want to explore their new surroundings.
Baby proofing your home for a party should help provide a more fun and relaxing environment for your guests and you. If you’ve ever taken your young child to a house that only has older children, you know exactly what I’m talking about – there’s nothing more stressful than trying to enjoy a party and celebrate with someone else when you’re not familiar or confident with the surroundings for your own curious baby.
How to baby proof your home for your party
Follow these tips to create a baby-friendly and less stressed environment for your guests.
Secure, drain or remove any standing water: Pools, spas, bathtubs, toilets and buckets are the most common drowning hazards for children. According to SafeKids.org, two-thirds of drowning deaths occur in the bathtub while at home, and swimming pools are the most common drowning hazard for children under age five.
How to baby proof your yard for your party
If you decide to host an outdoor party, go through these same steps to ensure the safety of your children and guests.
- Block off and secure your pool, pond or fountain.
- Drain any play water tables.
- Check your sand box for hazards.
- Keep children away from your BBQ or fire pit.
- Check the yard for broken sprinkler heads or other small choking hazards.
- Clean up any pet droppings.
Hire another set of eyes
If you’re hosting a large party with a lot of children, consider hiring a babysitter or two to help with the kids. Having an extra set of eyes is never a bad idea – and then you don’t feel like you’re torn between worrying about your guests, your children and entertaining.