Be cautious of certain dog breeds (Rottweilers, pit bulls, German Shepards) that account for over fifty percent of fatal dog bites and closely supervise children when in the presence of animals.
Flavored lip balms are too tasty for kids not to lick & can make chapped lips worse!
Make sure that used or hand-me-down equipment, such as car seats, strollers and cribs haven’t been recalled for safety reasons.
When traveling consider “labeling” your toddler with an ID bracelet. Include your child’s name, your name, destination & home address/phone
Place childproof covers on door knobs to make sure that your toddler can’t get out of the house or into rooms that aren’t childproofed.
Use wall anchors to keep large appliances and furniture from tipping over if your child climbs on them.
Prevent tree accidents, screw a hook into a wall stud and secure the hook with fishing line or sturdy string to your Christmas tree
Lock the kitchen door, or use a safety gate to prevent children going into the kitchen especially when no one is around.
A toddler pillow is one that’s the right size for child of 2yrs+. Prior to age 2, any pillow is considered dangerous & is not recommended
Practice safety in the kitchen. Remove all small magnets from the refrigerator; small items can easily be lodged in a toddler’s throat
Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting.
During Halloween, turn on your vehicle’s headlights, even during the day. They make you more visible.
Keep your child well protected from the cold, and stay outside for short periods of time.
Many companies offer thick car seat covers that act like a bunting for babies in the winter.
Parents should avoid buying any car seat cover or infant bunting that threads through the harness straps of their child’s car seat. Often the packaging of these covers states that the product meets all federal car seat safety guidelines. However, there are no federal guidelines governing after-market car seat accessories.
Secure standing fans, bookcases, lamps and any other appliance that is within the reach of the toddler. Secure anything that will fall if your toddler holds it for support.
When waiting for the bus teach him to wait in a line when the bus is arriving, and not to run directly into the path of the bus in his hurry to catch it. At times the drivers too are helpless and there is only so much they can do to prevent an accident.
When your toddler waits for the bus, teach him to avoid roughhousing behavior. Teach him to be wary of the traffic on the busy roads, and on how to stay away from the traffic and how to stand quietly and safely while waiting.
Check outdoor playground equipment. Make sure there are no loose parts or sharp edges.
Do not place hot fluids on tablecloths in case the child pulls on the tablecloth.
Teach your children to know and use your first & last name in a public place. If they become separated from you, they’ll be able to tell authorities their Mommy or Daddy’s name. Plus the fastest way to get your attention is to hear your own name.
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