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Moving Tips: Make your home more child-friendly

Carpeting may help keep children safe.

Carpeting may help keep children safe.

Before you finish packing for your new home, you may want to start planning out your new home’s layout, especially if you have a child. Due to this, making some adjustments could be key.

Children like to run around, and ensuring they are as protected as possible is important. Keep in mind, a hardwood floor and a child running in socks could end with an injury. If your new home has hardwood, you may want to consider carpeting. This will allow them to get the traction they need without sliding all over the place. If you aren't sold on adding carpeting to most rooms in the house, you can add a large area rug instead, which will prevent slipping.

When homes get old, floors can expand and contract significantly with the heat and cold. If you don't have a carpet or rug on hardwood, there is a chance that the nails in the home can loosen and begin to pop up. If you notice this problem in your home, nail them back into place, or even re-nail your floor in order to prevent foot injuries.

If you have stairs in the house, adding a carpet or fastened rug could prevent falling up or down the stairs. While this helps when you have children around, it may help you keep your own traction, as well.

It may also be best to invest in tables with rounded edges instead of pointed ones. Kids can be clumsy, and bumping into a table with a rounded corner won't hurt them like a pointed one. This goes the same for counter tops and various bedroom furniture, as well.

These precautions can make life for your child more enjoyable in your new home, and it also can make you worry less when they are running around.