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About This QuizNo matter what your children's ages, you want to make sure their room is safe and comfortable. Whether you're decorating a nursery or a hip teen's room, you will want to incorporate decorating ideas into their rooms that put their well-being first. Before you get started, take our quiz for some great tips on how to decorate with your kids' safety in mind.
Which of the following could pose a safety hazard to your child?
both of the above
You should always check fabrics, paints, furniture and toys for safety before choosing them for your child's room.
Which of the following chairs is recommended for feeding and cuddling your baby?
Be sure to include a gliding chair or rocking chair in your nursery décor. New parents need a comfortable place to cuddle their baby.
Which of the following is the more practical choice for your baby's room?
Cradles and bassinets are safe for your baby for only a few short months. Invest in a well made crib that will grow with your child.
Which safety feature is a must for your baby's changing table?
Be sure to choose a changing table that includes a safety strap as well as a low guard rail for your baby's protection.
Which lighting feature helps you adjust the level of light in your baby's room?
To allow you to adjust the light level in your baby's room, install a dimmer switch for the overhead light and a room-darkening shade for the lamp. You might want to consider a decorative night light as well.
Which colors do newborns like best?
black and white
Studies have shown that newborns can't see subtle colors and details. Choose black and white mobiles and accessories and stick to simple patterns for the first few months.
pink and blue
pink and purple
The most important thing to consider when decorating a toddler's room is:
To keep your toddler safe, make sure furniture is sturdy with smooth corners and that all electrical outlets are covered. Avoid breakable or heavy items that can topple over.
the rules of modern décor
the rules of toddler décor
Which is the best floor covering for your toddler's room?
If you don't have wall-to-wall carpeting, vinyl tiles or wood flooring with non-slip rugs are a good second choice for your toddler's room.
When your child outgrows his or her crib, which type of bed is best?
A youth bed is low to the ground and therefore suited to your preschooler's needs. If you'd rather not invest in a bed with a limited lifespan, a mattress and box spring on the floor will do just as well for a while.
Which type of clothes hanging solution is great for young children?
Install a low row of colorful hooks or pegs so your little ones can keep their clothes neat without too much hassle. Personalize it with your child's name for an extra decorative touch.
Which color carpet is the most practical for your kids' rooms?
both of the above
Patterned or medium-toned carpets and rugs will hide those inevitable stains better than light, solid ones.
Which type of table is best-suited to a busy pre-schooler's needs?
A child-size table and chairs are the perfect size for snacks and art projects. If you invest in a set with charm and character, you can easily adapt it for use as an accessory elsewhere in the house later.
Which type of light bulbs are safest for a kid's room?
Regular or compact fluorescent light bulbs are safest for your kids' rooms. Halogen and incandescent bulbs are dangerously hot when touched.
Which of the following decorating ideas is the most practical when your child wants to decorate his room with the latest cartoon or movie hero?
a Barney pillow
Decorate with throw pillows, sheets or strippable wallpaper borders to accommodate your child's latest hero. Use more long-lasting motifs for larger, more expensive items.
a Sponge Bob bed
a Dora dresser
What is the most important feature of a bunk bed?
a safety rail
For your child's safety, be sure upper bunks have safety rails and that the mattress is well below the top of the railing.
The best way to encourage young children to help with picking up their toys is to:
Provide attractive open storage containers.
Open storage containers make it easy and fun for kids to toss in their stuff. This is a great place to incorporate their favorite colors.
Yell at them.
Preteens need to express their individuality in their room decorations. Which items may take the place of toys at this stage?
both of the above
Give preteens lots of leeway to express themselves in their room décor, encouraging them to play up their interests and accomplishments.
To protect your children from the dangers of the Internet, where is the best place for the family computer?
in the child's room
in the family room
Keep your Internet-connected computer in the family room where you can supervise your children's surfing activities. For homework projects, you might provide them with a computer just for typing in their bedrooms.
in the basement
Teens like it best when their rooms resemble:
a hip studio apartment
To keep teens feeling good about their rooms, now is the time to invest in a makeover. Incorporate some adult touches such as an easy chair and new carpeting to give the feel of a hip studio apartment.
a Disney fantasy
a fifties diner
Teenage girls are very interested in clothes. The most important part of a teenage girl's room is her:
If you can, invest in a professional closet organizing system for your teenage daughter. It will help her keep her growing wardrobe in order.
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