Baby-proofing your home can be be quite an eye-opener. Normal, harmless everyday objects are now injury causers or choking hazards. But it’s not just sharp corners and cleaning products you need to worry about. With a baby or toddler, even the plants in your home can pose a potential threat to your little one.

While there are many options out there, here are five plants that are safe for kids and animals and would make a great addition to your home.

Boston Fern

This evergreen plant not only helps to rid the home of harmful toxins, it also improves humidity by helping to restore moisture to the air naturally too. Completely non-toxic and beautiful, they make a great addition to any home.

Baby’s Tears

This pretty trailing plant with its little teardrop-shaped leaves will look great just about anywhere. It needs indirect light and should be watered every five-seven days. The soil should be kept moist, but not wet.

Potted Lavender

This sweet flowering plant doesn’t need to be confined to the garden. Lavender will do just fine in a bright, sunny window. Known for its calming properties, it’s the perfect plant for the kids to play with, especially close to bedtime. Lavender needs full sun and water sparingly.

Herbs

An herb garden has many benefits. You bring the greenery indoors, they are safe for everyone and it makes cooking that much easier. Generally herbs and food producing plants are a great choice. For older children planting herbs and helping you prep the herbs for dinner, can be a fun and educational activity, and is a great way to keep the little ones engaged and quiet.

Calathea Medallion

There are 200 varieties of Calathea and they are non-toxic and extremely beautiful ornamental plants. While they can be finicky drama queens, their beauty makes them a huge favourite of most plant enthusiasts. The medallion is one of the most striking and as a Native to Brazil, this plant prefers tropical conditions, so try putting it in a sunny bathroom where it will thrive in the humidity. Calatheas need bright light, but cannot be put in direct sunlight or their leaves will burn.