This post was sponsored by Window Covering Safety Council as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
This is a big week for my daughter and I as I officially step into my third trimester of pregnancy. Though the days have certainly been long with this pregnancy, the months have absolutely flown by. With my first pregnancy, I felt great most of the time, I was an overachiever who had everything planned out to a T, the nursery was pretty much completed by this point, and it was smooth sailing waiting for the arrival of our little girl. This time around, I’m moving at a much slower pace, my joints ache something fierce, and my “planning” for baby #2 has been nearly nonexistent. However, one thing has not changed at all from my 1st pregnancy, and that’s my sudden and natural urge to begin nesting with the coming of my third trimester.
And in between my random bouts (but short lived) of energy to start tackling my spring cleaning list and my mandatory tea parties that absolutely must happen while Mommy is in the middle of something, I find myself caught in awe at the beautiful childlike wonder that my 2 year old has. Her exquisite imagination and innocence reminds me exactly why this season of my life is so important. My urge to nest isn’t just for my newborn on the way, but it’s also for my daughter that is already here with us. Not only making our home cleaner, but also making it a safer environment for all of my family members has reached a peak level of importance, and has caused me to reevaluate quite a few of the things on my ever growing cleaning list.
Because my daughter has such a vivid imagination, her play time over the last several months has reached a whole new level of activity. Instead of focusing on just one or two toys at a time, she involves multiple items in her play. Because she’s at an age where she’s driven by her curiosity, sometimes her play time involves more than just toys, but household items that I never considered before. Unfortunately, sometimes those items she chooses to play with cause me to pause and reevaluate if the items is truly safe for her or not.
When I noticed her playing peek-a-boo with me earlier this week behind our curtains, I saw her reach for one of the cords on the blinds and begin to play with it. Knowing that kids and cords don’t mix, I quickly started rethinking what the most important items on my spring cleaning list should be. Ensuring all window coverings in our home were toddler and baby safe became a top priority, so I began to do a little research on how to make the switch to cordless blinds.
Seeing this video released by the Window Covering Safety Council solidified the importance of replacing cordless window products with today’s safer products, and looking for the Best for Kids™ certification label is a great way to identify if a product is suited to go into a home with a curious toddler and a small baby.
Knowing that it only takes just a few seconds for my toddler to get into total mischief, I also know that it can only take a second or two for a seemingly harmless household product to become dangerous in the hands of a child. Keeping a neat and clean household environment for my children is important, but their safety is even more important. During this phase of nesting and preparing for a second little one, child proofing our home is now my top priority, and thanks to the information provided by the Window Covering Safety Council, I understand the importance of using safe window coverings and exactly what to look for as my family makes the switch.
For more information on using cordless window coverings or products that have inaccessible cords in a home with young children, visit the Window Covering Safety Council Website or their Facebook page to help you get started making your home a safer environment. Children are such a precious gift, and their curiosity is something that should allow them to flourish and not potentially cause them harm in their own home. What steps are you taking this spring to make your home a safe environment for your children?