Child-Friendly Home

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Source: ABS CBN Bantay Bata 163

I never really thought of making our home child-friendly as much as I thought of how I can keep my children safe from all threats of harm.  This is why when my sister-in-law Levy asked me if I was willing to have our house featured for a Bantay Bata segment about child-friendly homes, I wasn't actually sure if our house fits the bill. To my delightful surprise, it actually does.

The features that make our home such are quite simple that they can easily be replicated in most homes.  To wit:

1.  No matter the size of the house, everything should have its proper place so that potential areas of danger for children such as the kitchen because of hot and sharp objects are identified outright and properly avoided.

2.  The choice of furniture, equipment, and materials should always be in consideration of the fact that there are young children in the house thus pointed edges and slippery materials such as floor tiles are best avoided.

3.  Children should be given a safe place where they can play as they see fit.  Children are what they are and giving no such space to them only exposes them to the dangers posed in making do with alternatives such as the streets.

4.  Falls, electrocution, bumps and hands getting caught by doors that close suddenly are the most common concerns with young children thus protective features go a long way such as non-slippery mats, outlet covers, corner cushions, and door stoppers.

5.  Whenever possible, it is best to give a child his/her own personal place to take care of.  If an own room is out of the question, then a particular space in a room will do.  The responsibility introduces the children to the need to take better care of themselves especially in situations where parents are not able to respond outright due to distance or time constraints.

My Say

A structurally child-friendly home can be built anywhere but parents will have to exert just a little more effort to make theirs a haven of safety for their own children.  Accidents can happen in the best-planned homes but this should not be a reason to compromise our children's safety by willful neglect.  Parents have the responsibility to make the home the safest place possible for the family.

That said, our respective homes can be our children's fortress of safety no matter the size and the location.





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59 comments

  1. WOW!! You're on national TV(not that I didn't know). Not surprised though that the subject is on child safety. Can't think of a better person to do it. Kudos.....

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  2. Yes, makes me feel that I do manage to get some things right after all.

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  3. Wow, you're house is seen on TV :) when did it air?

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  4. great tips for a child friendly home. :)

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  5. Kids can be naughty and its part of growing up and can lead to many broken stuff. SO rather than having so many restriction for kids, it would be better to have a child friendly home.

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  6. wow this is very helpful i have 3 kids w/c sometimes makes things out of control ugh! thanks for the info in your vid =)

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  7. Wow! congrats you've been featured at Bantay Bata! You've got a very nice home! Perfect for young children! Parents should be reminded of all the tips you have mentioned here.

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  8. Thank you for sharing information for parents and parent wanna bes about how to ensure their children's safety while at home.Im surely learning something from parenthood blogs here.

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  9. Ang galing naman! Very useful tips too. Will share this with mommy/daddy friends. :)

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  10. Congrats for this accomplishment! I'm sure you were able to inspire other parents to make their houses safer for their precious babies. =)

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  11. Thanks Ric, my husband and I do try our best to keep our children safe especially in our own home.

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  12. Very useful tips. It's really true that the kitchen, as well as the bathroom, is one of the most dangerous places at home. chemicals should e carefully placed inside the cabinets

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  13. Good tips. #4 is also helpful to adults. Reminding kids not to run when carrying sharp objects or going up/down the stairs will also help.

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  14. Good tips! Parents should always consider the safety of their little kids whenever they renovate their house.

    Newlyweds should also consider the safety of their future children when they are buying a house.

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  15. nice.. nice.. thanks for sharing this.. parents should take note on this one.. another thing you could add is the sharp edges of all the things in the house.. have it covered or removed..

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  16. Yes Ishmael, couples looking into new homes should seriously consider child safety features.

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  17. Oh my God, you're on TV... great content, I learned a lot especially on making your home child-friendly.

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  18. Thanks Shirgie, it was an exciting experience and we totally enjoyed ourselves doing it.

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  19. I'd like our house to be child friendly too... thanks for this post...

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  20. house should be child friendly always. We want a safety and good environment for our kids. And you did good on it ,nafeature ka pa on tv,how nice.

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  21. Sharing this to my friend :) We've talked about this very thing just weeks ago.

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  22. Awww, you do have indeed a lovely, warm home - your children looks to be enjoying it very much!

    I'm sure it's a great assurance as well to have it confirmed that you have a safe home for children. :)

    The tips, specially no. 5 are helpful for parents when planning how to make home safer.

    Teaching children how to take care of a special place for themselves is an effective way of letting them learn through experience.

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  23. This is very helpful especially on my end. ^_^

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  24. Very useful tips! :D I won't have a family of my own yet some time soon, but I'll definitely be taking note of these.

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  25. Congratulations on the feature and for keeping a child-friendly home...your little girl is so cute as always!

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  26. Wow, that is awesome. It only means that you really have a child friendly home. I noticed, the door it has some kind of block to prevent kids from hurting their fingers. Now, that's a great idea. I must apply it at my house too. Btw, congrats for having a nice child friendly home.

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  27. wow, this is awesome you're on TV :)

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  28. that is one achievement to publish in the show...so cool :-) congrats to your Sister :-)

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  29. I have a 5 years old son and a 5 month old baby. We make sure that they are safe in our very own home. The things you've listed above is indeed a checklist;)

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  30. that's true and I agree, it doesn't matter how small the house is, or there's no enough support, as long as there is love and care from parents, kids can be grow happy.

    Anyway, thanks for these helpful tips!

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  31. Congrats for being featured on tv. I really agree to have a child-friendly home so that the kids can really enjoy their childhood.

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  32. Wow galing congrats at thanks sa tips bahay namin hindi talaga 100% child friendly wahhhh...

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  33. you know what? this reminds me of the local news we watched last night, a 7 months old baby fell down from the 3floor apartment through window and the baby died :( safety is a must especially when we have children around. and i have no idea how that 7 months old crawled to the window and fell down on the concrete.

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  34. Wow congrats on it po! yOU are considered a celebrity na plus are you are able to help parents with your segment.

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  35. Nice tips mommy! and yes i agree that every home should be child-friendly home.

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  36. i agree with you mommy,every home must be a child-friendly home, not just for their safety but as a ground for their learning, mentally and emotionally.

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  37. When we had our first child, my husband bought so many stuff to make our home child-safety which I was very glad. Our Burritos never had any accident at home that hurt them. Kudos to you!

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  38. wow! congrats...yeah right..i have 2years old baby so I need all that tips..

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  39. You have a lovely home...a product of your lovely heart and soul...my kids are now huge haha, glad the stage of them being so fragile is over yet somehow I feel I am missing that time when they were always at home playing with toys and kissing me every hour....thank you for the awesome tips I could share to friends..watched your video and super proud to have a blogging friend featured on television...stay the great mom that you are...have a blessed day...:)

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  40. kulasa: Thanks for taking the time to watch the video. Parenting is really a 24-hour job so it would help a lot if we can assure our children of a safe home so as not to add to our worries. Many thanks for your kind words and hope we can meet at one of the blogger events in the future.

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  41. It's good to know that your house is child-friendly. That's a good thing so you don't have the burden that other homeowners have to ensure that their house meet the safety and security standards of raising kids.

    I'm not sure if our former home can fit the bill of being a child-friendly house too. All I know is that, while my daughter was growing up, I made sure that everything is child-proof. I bought a safety kit for parents to put on appliances so little curious fingers would not be stuck in. I had first aid kit near the kitchen where the maids could access in case my daughter had a boo-boo. I also placed a walkie-talkie next to my daughter's crib so I would always hear her. I hope what I did while she was growing up were enough to give her a safe and secure life at home.

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  42. Congrats to your house feature! For sure, child friendly home talaga :) Keep it up, sis!

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  43. Wow! everyone needs to follow your advice and I'm amaze they showed an inspiring family to take extra cautious to their kids.I love your house. Great one. Though i've already done this in our house parents needs to be reminded all the time.Keep up the good work mommy.

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  44. Wow that is way cool! Being featured on National TV for a child-friendly home :) My son is now 3 and never had bad accidents at home.We have semi-child-proofed our house but I am just one blessed mom to have enjoyed staying at home and just taking care of our son. Most little accidents with kids happen at home and having it child-proof gives us peace of mind.

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  45. wow, ang galing naman ate! seeing you on and your family on TV is amazing...thanks for sharing...:)

    I like how child proof your house is.

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  46. Congrats Teresa, ibang level ka na, celebrity na ang friend ko. But going back to the topic, if I may add, aside from the tangible things a child-friendly house should contain, Love and respect MUST always comes first.

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  47. This is one reason I cannot wait to own a house.. Sa ngayon po kase lagi kami naglilipat, nag rent lang kami.. And with that comes limited things we can do to the house to child-proof it the way we want to.. We have 3 toddlers and it's not easy to watch each of them at the same time while they're playing.. But I'm still glad that our house is child-friendly and I made sure things that could potentially harm them are out of their reach.. And, it helps that I am a SAHM.. I get to watch them and supervise them while they're playing.. That way, I can ensure nobody gets hurt.. =)

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  48. I understand the importance of securing a safe home for the kids. Even us , adults will benefit from all that. Great job Teresa. You are truly an example of a great parent.

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  49. WOW! I feel so proud to have known you po! It's no mean feat to be on national TV. Good thing I come across this post through the FBF ABH. Masyado na akong behind sa balita. Hehehe!

    You are such a big inspiration po to a lot of bloggers and homemakers. Keep it up!

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  50. wow, thanks for leading me here Teresa, so glad to hear you, and see your family, and also learn from how you make your home safety to kids, love that door mechanism device where the door is prevented to shut down which indeed could be dangerous to kids if accidentally they have their hands shut with the door. keep on inspiring everyone through sharing your thoughts here in blogosphere and also in TV, really great medium to share really helpful ideas such as what you always share.

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  51. love the vid! my daughter has her own room to play with and all the sharp corners from tables have this thick rubber which we bought somewhere around here so if ever she acceidentally bump her head it wont bleed or cause much of pain.

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  52. alam mo ba na hanggang ngayon we're not using glass plates and the likes.. and we don't have decors here, Im kinda paranoid when it comes to the safety of my children, that is why

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  53. Congratulations! You nailed it ma'am Teresa :) I think we need to visit your house someday. :D It's great to know more about you :) God Bless

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  54. Parents should really exert efforts in child-proofing the home. Prevention is better than cure.

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  55. I had fun when the ABS-CBN Bantay Bata team tooked this video. I was surprised when I saw the finished product. It was short but full of information. Thank you for agreeing to be in the video :) Next time ulit hahaha

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  56. I totally agree with you. Parents, like us, should really make our homes the safest place for our children.

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