Getting your home ready for when the grandkids come to stay

Getting your home ready for when the grandkids come to stay

Having the grandkids for a sleepover? Here’s the easy way to prep your home for the little people…

Having the grandkids for a sleepover? Here’s the easy way to prep your home for the little people…

They’re one of the biggest joys of life, but grandkids come with their fair share of hard work too, particularly when they are still toddlers. So if they are coming to stay with you, here’s how to prep the house for their visit with minimal effort.

Nurseries and playrooms

This is where they’re likely to spend most of their time, so if you have the space to create a dedicated toddler zone, then that is ideal. It also saves extra work toddler-proofing the living room too – it can remain an adult-only area if they have somewhere else to play and will only be in there under close supervision.

Fill the room with their familiar toys and games, but keep a couple of toy boxes on hand so that clearing away is a doddle. Given how inquisitive toddlers can be, and how they’ll pick up anything off the floor and put it in their mouths, use Flash for a floor that’s clean enough to eat dinner off!

The living room

Even if this is going to be an adult-only space, with the toddlers only venturing in under close supervision, it’s still worth toddler-proofing it. If you have a coffee table, move it against a wall rather than leaving it in the middle of the room for wobbly walkers to bump into.

Move any ornaments – ideally they should be out of sight, but at the very least out of reach. If you have a fireplace, put a guard or barrier in front of it. Ensure that any plants you have are not poisonous, and move them out of reach if a toddler might be tempted to take a bite.

The bathroom

This can be one of the more hazardous rooms in the house, with lots of fiddly bits that little hands will want to explore. Obviously you will need to clear all the surfaces and lock away all medicines and sharp items like razors, nail scissors and tweezers.

Get rid of germs with Flash, and make sure to keep the toilet seat down at all times. With extra bodies in the house, the bathroom will be getting more use. Use Viakal to remove watermarks and prevent the build-up of limescale.

The kitchen

You probably already have childproof locks on the cupboards and drawers, but if not then, as with the bathroom, ensure anything hazardous is well out of reach of little hands. That means foods, drinks, products and appliances.

Kids’ toys can get grubby, but this is where the dishwasher comes in. First check that they are dishwasher-safe, and then put them in with Fairy Dishwasher Tablets to blitz germs and get them back to their best.

The bedroom

Aside from the usual dusting and vacuuming, you can make the room feel extra homely. Fresh clean sheets are the starting point. Use new Bold 3in1 Pods – not only is the scent gorgeous, but the included fabric softener means that you don’t need to iron them. Bonus! Even better, the family pack comes with a childproof lock to avoid accidents.

Once the bed is made, you could make sure that a beloved toy or two is waiting for them to remind them of their own bedroom at home. It will help them settle in and hopefully mean that you both get a good night’s rest.

What’s your favourite thing to do with your grandchildren? Let us know in the comments below...

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