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The Ultimate Guide to Design a Fun, Functional Kids Playroom at Home

By Andrea Lozoya

Playing is more than just a way to have fun; it’s also an essential part of healthy childhood development. As parents, you can adapt any space at home and design a playroom where your kids can explore, get creative, and learn. When designing a playroom, it’s crucial to think about it from a kid’s perspective. Our guide shows you how to create a fun and functional kids playroom that your children will love for many years to come.

Brainstorming with Your Children

While you’ll have most of the say about the design of the playroom (after all, this is your home), it’s important to let your children provide some input before you set up their new playroom. Ask them about their favorite subjects in school and what type of things they’d like to have in the room. From furniture and toys to kids’ entertainment, sit down and write out a list of all the most important things to your child. When you brainstorm together, you’ll ensure that the final result is something you and your kids will both enjoy and appreciate. Make sure you design a space that’s “evergreen” and one that will grow and adapt as your child gets older. This is the best way to make the most of the playroom and keep it functional and useful over the years as they develop and mature.

Pick a Theme

Choosing a theme for your new playroom can make it fun and exciting, but keep in mind that certain themes might not be appealing to your child in a year or two. Try to stick with themes centered around their favorite activities rather than characters from movies or TV shows. Here are some tips to help you develop the perfect theme for your child’s playroom:

Theater / Dance

Add a small stage to the room where your children can practice their acting and dancing skills. Stock the room with various costumes so the kids can play dress-up and do a little bit of theater right at home. If your child likes to dance, install a large mirror on one wall of the room. Bring in a stereo system or a record player so they can enjoy their favorite plays and dance to music.

Music

Fill the playroom with various instruments like a small drum set, a keyboard, and a tambourine. Stock your child’s playroom with sheet music if they’re skilled at playing the piano or other instruments, so they always have something new to learn. Display some music-themed décor in the room like oversized music notes, framed sheet music, or artwork of images like people or animals singing and playing instruments. 

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Art

Set up a roomy, sturdy craft table where your child can paint, draw, and work on a variety of arts and crafts projects. Stock the playroom with watercolor and finger paints, an easel, paint brushes, scissors, glue, and construction paper. Find a place where your kids can display their art, such as a large bulletin board or a magnetic board for easy hanging.

Sports

Decorate the room with items that display your child’s favorite sports like a framed picture of a baseball field, a hockey stick hung on the wall, or a picture of their favorite player. If you’re feeling brave, install a ceiling-mounted cargo climbing net so your child can play and let off some steam indoors. Bring in some books about sports so your child can read about their favorite games and expand their mind whenever they’re not on the playing field.

Game Room

From cards to board games, you can easily make your child’s playroom a fun game room by stocking it with a variety of games geared for their age group. Paint a tabletop in a checkerboard design so the kids can play a game of checkers or chess anytime they want. If you have space (and the budget), bring in a large game like a foosball table or ping pong table to serve as the room’s focal point. 

Furniture

Once you’ve chosen a theme, it’s time to pick out some furniture for your kid’s playroom. Here are a few tips to help you get started and ensure that this room is functional and fun to use:

Stick with neutral furniture that’s not too loud or colorful. The more neutral the furniture is, the better the odds are that your child will grow with it instead of out of it. 

Choose furniture that’s durable and easy to clean and aim for multifunctional furniture that includes storage like an ottoman or storage bench.

It’s important to ensure that the entire family feels welcome in this room. While kid’s furniture is excellent for little ones, consider bringing in a full-size couch and table so your older children and the adults will feel comfortable in this space, too.

To add a pop of color, bring in some rugs, curtains, and décor to fill the room with bright and cheerful hues. Leave the wall color neutral so it’s easy to adapt the room as your child grows.

Make sure that this space has flooring that’s easy to clean and maintain. Linoleum and vinyl are both good options, and they don’t require a lot of maintenance to keep them looking new. Protect the floors (and your child’s knees and elbows) with some soft, machine-washable area rugs. 

Storage Space

Your child must have fun in their playroom, but it’s also important that this part of your home stays clean and organized. With the right storage, you can keep everything neat, tidy, and in its place.

Use Mason jars with a lid to store and organize small craft items like buttons, beads, and spools of thread. Cubbies are perfect for larger toys and games, and you can easily put them on a shelf or stash them under furniture. Baskets and storage bins work well as a catch-all to toss stuffed animals and other toys in one place. Add a storage bench or ottoman, so the kids have a place to hide their shoes, board games, and other medium-sized items. Make sure your playroom has at least one bookshelf for reading material, sheet music, or art supplies.

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Set up Different Zones

To make the most of your playroom, break it up into different zones. Each zone can be designated for a variety of activities your child enjoys. Put a small desk in one corner of the room for homework, and place shelving with art supplies and a craft table on the opposite side. Keep kid’s toys, games, and accessories in constant rotation so that there’s always something new for them to enjoy. As your child begins to outgrow certain items, donate them to a local nonprofit organization or your school. Make sure there is one part of the playroom designated for home use, such as a spot for a comfy sofa and TV set.

Get Creative

There are many fantastic add-ons you can bring into the playroom to make it more functional and fun to use. Here are some inspirational ideas to help you get started:

Add a swing. Hang a swing from the ceiling of the playroom so your child can swing as they listen to music or watch television. Make sure the swing is anchored securely and that you’re always nearby whenever they use it.

Add a nap station. Naptime is particularly important for younger children, so create a “nap zone” with a comfy mat, cot, or sleeping bag along with a blanket and some pillows so they can take a snooze after playtime.

Create a dress-up corner. Use a rack to hang costumes and accessories in the playroom and add a freestanding mirror in the corner of the room so your kids can have fun playing dress-up.

Add a slide. Bring a sturdy, small slide into the playroom for your younger children. If you really want to go all out, install a tube-style slide that will whisk your child from one floor to the next for a great entrance.

Create a chalkboard wall. Paint one wall with black chalkboard paint so your child can sketch and doodle to their heart’s content. If you’re not keen on painting a wall this way, bring in a large freestanding chalkboard and place it against one wall.

Make a slime station. Playing with slime is lots of fun, but it’s also messy. Make a special “slime station” with all of the supplies so your child can have some slimy fun, and then put everything away when they’re done. 

You don’t have to spend a fortune to design a fun, functional kid’s playroom. There are plenty of ways to DIY and get creative by using items you already have lying around your home. The key is to make sure that you’re having fun while you plan and decorate the playroom. Use these kid’s playroom ideas as inspiration to help you create the perfect space. When it’s finished, everyone will want to come over and play at your house.

This article was originally published at Porch.com

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Fundamentals of Braces for Kids – A Guide for Parents

By Emily Taylor

Whenever a child starts growing up, he or she has numerous structural reforms. And one vital sign is when children begin developing adult teeth. Depending on your child’s body and behavioural patterns, there are chances that they may develop crooked or misaligned teeth. That is the time when they need our attention, care and support, to ensure that they have a healthy dental structure for life.

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When is it ideal for your child to see an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists has recommended that it is ideal for children to have their first orthodontist treatment when they reach 7 years of age. 

Warning Signs That Your Child Needs Orthodontic Treatment

  1. Gapped Teeth

Children who have a prolonged habit of sucking their thumb may pull their front teeth either inwards or forward. And when the teeth undergo this shift, they may develop gaps between each other. This is known as diastema.

Diastema also develops when the child’s jaw is too big, and the teeth are relatively small. This disproportion of space causes gaps between teeth which need treatment. 

  1. Crooked or Crowded Teeth

Kids sometimes tend to have twisted, slanted or overlapping teeth. This occurs when their mouth is too small or narrow for their teeth. 

The crooked or crowded teeth result in misalignment and plaque formation. This can further lead to bad breath, tooth decay or gum disease too in the future.  

  1. Misalignment of Abnormal Growth of the Jaw

If your child faces jaw alignment issues which are causing problems like cheek biting or difficulty in biting any food item, it is best to visit an orthodontist at the earliest. Because when the teeth and jaws don’t meet, your child will face problems with chewing their food. Moreover, it can affect their appearance and their long term health too. 

  1. Unusual Bite or Jaw Structure

Children who have a habit of sucking their thumbs are very prone to a condition known as malocclusion, where the upper and lower jaw do not synchronize well to form a bite. These are teeth that surely need braces. It is best to see an orthodontist in this condition because treatment is much more comfortable as a child. A jaw misalignment, if ignored, can have harmful side effects in the long run. 

  1. Open Mouth 

Mouth breathing occurs when there is some form of blockage in the nasal passage. This results in a change in the tongue’s natural position, which should ideally touch the roof of the mouth. During mouth breathing, the tongue does not affect the roof but drops lower to allow for the passage of the air. The child can thus develop a protruding lower jaw, receding chins, flat cheeks, or even narrow jaws which do not have enough space for all the teeth.

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What braces suit kids the best?

There are different types of braces for kids; some of the popular ones are as below:

  1. Metal Braces – Also known as traditional braces, these are the most common and standard braces used to shift teeth.
  2. Ceramic Braces – These braces have ceramic brackets which are made to match the patient’s teeth colour and texture, and hence less visible as compared to metal braces. 
  3. Lingual Braces – If patients don’t like wearing visible braces, lingual braces can be used. They are mounted on the inner side of the teeth but may take some time to get adjusted to.
  4. Invisalign – This is an advanced technology of removable braces that do not contain any metal components. They are practically invisible. 

How long will your child wear braces?

Like any medical treatment, teeth alignment and correction is also custom for every child. How the child’s teeth respond to the alignment structures and any issues they may develop in the process are the key determiners of the duration for kids getting braces. However, that being said, patients usually take somewhere between a little over a year to two / two and a half years for the complete alignment procedure. 

How should we take care of the braces?

Kids getting braces must have a routine of brushing after every meal. This removes the food which gets stuck in the wires and prevents the consequent formation of plaque. Daily flossing is also a must to mental dental hygiene. 

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Braces for children’s teeth is your investment in your child’s beautiful smile and it is truly worth the effort. 

Emily Taylor found the perfect fit for herself as the Online Marketing Manager at Thurman Orthodontics in Fresno CA as she believes that a great smile does more than just make a person look great – it makes them feel great as well. The power of a smile has always been a mystery to Emily, and she loves researching and writing about it. She loves to write about everything to do with a healthy bite and a beautiful smile – whether is it ways to achieve it or the importance of it in the various aspects of life. What brings a big smile on Emily’s face is her family and surfing. She also likes to bake, and her children and co-workers call her the cookie fairy!

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What do you look for when hiring a newborn specialist?

By Clara Morton
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Having a baby for the first time is a wonderful experience, but it can be stressful. That is why some new parents want to hire a newborn care specialist Los Angeles to make the process easier at first. 

But what should you look for in your newborn care specialist? We asked the experts and this is what they said. 

First, the specialist should be skilled in how to establish a schedule for the baby that includes feeding and sleeping times. She should be able to show you how to fit baby’s schedule into your family schedule so that everything runs smoothly. For the new baby to be healthy and happy, it is essential that she is well fed and gets plenty of sleep, so your specialist should be comfortable setting this up for you. 

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Second, a newborn care specialist should be able to handle common minor baby issues, such as diaper rash, colic, soothing methods, reflux problems, and swaddling. They also should know a lot about breastfeeding and formula. Ask detailed questions about these matters when you interview your specialist. 

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Third, your specialist should be good at educating you about caring for your new baby as well as neonatal issues. It is very important that she be a good, patient educator with you. She also should have knowledge of useful resources in your city and give you referrals and insights about problems that arise. 

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Fourth, you should check to see how long you can have the specialist stay with you. Most newborn specialists can stay with you up to the first three months of baby’s life. But some new parents use the service just until the baby is sleeping through the night. 

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Fifth, you should check if the specialist is certified or non-certified. If she is certified, this means she has been approved and certified by the Newborn Care Specialist Association. This organization requires several criteria to be met for the person to be certified, including passing a test, completing reading requirements, professionals references, knowing CPR and first aid, completion of breastfeeding classes, and completing an internship. 

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It is not required for your specialist to be certified, but it gives some new parents peace of mind. 

Now that you know more about what to look for when you bring in a newborn care specialist, you should be more comfortable that your baby is going to get the care that she needs. 

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