Whether you are thinking of starting a family or already have a baby on the way, there are many ways that remodeling can help keep children of all ages safe.

When remodeling with babies in mind take the following into consideration:

Paint

Are you planning to paint your baby’s nursery? The same as you’re being careful about your baby’s chemical exposure by investing in non-toxic furniture, and non-toxic baby products, you want to be careful about the type of paint you use in the nursery. There are two options when it comes to choosing a brand of non-toxic nursery paint: zero-VOC paints and natural paints. Here are some brands for you to consider

Kitchen

When planning a kitchen remodel, make sure to pay attention to child safety upgrades in the design and budget. Make sure you kitchen configuration considers having small appliances out of reach and trash is hidden away. Flooring should be easy to clean and disinfect.

Bathrooms

Similarly to the kitchen, consider child safety in your bathroom design and budget.

Set the thermostat on your hot water heater to below 120 F (48.9 C). Aim for bathwater around 100 F (38 C). Check the temperature of bath water with your hand before putting your child in the bath. Choose fixtures that offer bathing options for all ages such an adjustable showered and hand held shower.

Also, Be sure that all electrical outlets are up to code, with GFCI and tamper-resistant protection.

Countertops

Choose a kid-proof countertop. Quartz is a great option as it is scratch and stain- resistant and has the upscale look of granite.