To avoid any contact with fire, don’t dress your little goblin in any costume with billowing material such as baggy sleeves or flowing skirts.
When picking a costume choose fabric that is flame resistant. You can even buy pajamas that have a Halloween theme.
Go to the bathroom BEFORE leaving the house to trick or treat. And, choosing a costume that is easy to use the bathroom in.
When picking a halloween costume consider comfort. A toddler will become cranky if they are not comfortable while sporting their costume.
Make sure your little goblin is visible after dark. Fix reflective striping to costume, or carry a flashlight or illuminated light stick.
Instead of carving pumpkins, consider decorating with markers & paint. Also consider battery-powered lights for insides instead of candles
Feed your kids a healthy meal prior to trick or treat. Kids will be happier & reduce temptation to devour candy from the first stop.
Statistically, Halloween is the most dangerous day for kids. In fact, kids are 4X as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween other nights.
Talk with your children about eating candy before they get home. You should inspect the candy before they eat it.
When you are cooking, turn pot handles to the inside so that baby can’t accidentally grab handle & pour hot contents on himself.
The most commmon poisons for small children are Cosmetics, Cleaning Substances, Pain Medicine, Coins, Thermometers, Plants, Diaper Care products, Cough/Cold Medicines, Pesticides and Vitamins.
Photograph babies when they are the most alert. Just after nap time works well. Be patient and wait for the moment when their eyes go wide.
To set colors when washing new clothes for the first time, add half a cup of white vinegar and half a cup of salt once the water is in. Wash with regular laundry detergent in cold water.
Child Safety First, check toys often for loose or broken parts.
Use cheap coffee filters to line the potty and then just dump it in the commode after use. This way the potty is always clean.
Use age-appropriate discipline: distraction, reasonable limits, redirection. Don’t unwittingly teach your toddler that might makes right by spanking her. And if you yell at her, you’re teaching her by example that tantrums are ok.
Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners is a guide to manners that anyone would be delighted to follow.
Here beloved children’s author Laurie Keller brings the “Golden Rule” to life in the form of Mr. Rabbit and his new neighbors, the Otters, who animate every page with their well-behaved hi jinks, showing kids that a simple “please” or “thank you” goes a long way in making friends.
If child is unwilling to tip up a sip cup try a reusable straw drink container. Small children tend to suck more readily than tip up a cup
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