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Feb 18

Safety Precautions to Be Observed When Playing with the Playhouse

Designed for small or large yards, wooden or made of plastic, a playhouse is the perfect escape space for the little ones to interact, to build social skills, but, most of all, to have fun. Some play the host, others are the guests, and they all have something to do in order to burn that energy inside them. Even parents can be invited for tea or supper and the girls can cook on the pretend burner a delicious meal for mom and dad.

Parents, grandparents and babysitters, we are all happy that playhouses were invented, as we know that the little ones have a great time playing with them and that they are safe. Unfortunately, safety is a relative term, and not all the playhouse models on the market ensure it at the same degree.

Thus, the level of safety that a playhouse offers depends on several factors:

  • The design of the playhouse;
  • Whether it is bought or built by the parents
  • The materials used in making it.

    The Design

    As attractive as it may seem, do not get fooled by the colorful exterior. The layout may look funny and interesting, but, before purchasing something for your kid, take all the safety precautions possible, and keep in mind the following aspects.

    For kids under three years of age:

    • A playhouse with a loft and a ladder should not be an option. They tend to climb, so the risk of falling is imminent. Serious injuries may follow.
    • You should be able to see your kid on all levels, in order to make sure that he or she does not fall, swallow things.
    • Some playhouses have doorbells that actually ring. Do not buy one if batteries are needed, as, at this age, toddlers tend to chew everything. So, batteries and small pieces of any kind must be avoided.

    Bought or Built?

    Some parents believe that no one can ensure their children’s safety better than they can, but this, unfortunately, does not verify in practice. The playhouses available on the market are far better finished than what anyone can improvise at home.

    Materials used are especially selected to allow better finishing and proper molding, and it is unlikely for a parent to find such materials in a local store. Therefore, I would go for the commerce versions, as, although they do not incorporate the love and commitment a parent would put in making the playhouse, they are safer and, why not, time effective.

    The Materials

    For toddlers, inflatable playhouses are the best, as they are soft, they ensure side protection and safe landing. Even if they fall, the kids cannot hurt themselves.

    The plastic playhouses come next, as the children grow, allowing a better evening of the edges and a better molding of the corners and of the sides.

    For kids over three, especially five years of age, wood is an excellent choice as well, especially when it comes to the floor and the walls of the house, allowing real life accessories, like windows with shutters and real opening doors.

    From what I have seen, metal playhouses are not bad other, but, perhaps it is just my impression, leaving their durability aside, they are cold, rough, less “friendly” than those made of wood or plastic.

    General Safety Precautions

    • The playhouse should be installed by grownups, even if the kids lend a hand, following the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter;
    • The recommendations regarding the maximum weight and the minimum and maximum age limits should be strictly followed;
    • No matter how safe the playhouse is, the children should not be left unsupervised at least from a distance, depending on their age and on the specifications of the playhouse;
    • The cleaning and the repainting of the playhouse should be done with carefully selected substances that will not harm the skin of the children, especially in case of bruises or scratches;
    • The toys that the children use in the playhouse should be carefully verified, to make sure that they do not include sharp objects, pieces that could be swallowed or dangerous chemical substances.
    • Every month, or according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, the playhouse should be verified to make sure that all the connections, screws and other fittings are tight and in place.

    Conclusion

    Although playhouses are generally safe and an excellent option for the children’s development and entertainment, they do not exempt you from the responsibility of watching over your children 24/7, so, choose one carefully and pay attention to all the above aspects in order to avoid unfortunate accidents.

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