Toddler proofing outside your home

Your house may be toddler proof, but neighbors and relatives may not have the need. That means parents must be on particular guard when visiting others’ homes for safety.

Making for safe swing sets

Backyard swing sets and play areas are wonderful, but make sure they are safe by having a soft surface underneath.

Fireworks and tot safety

Sparklers, considered by many the ideal ‘safe’ firework for the young, burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing.

Safety around BBQs

Children are naturally curious about BBQs. Each year about 1,000 people suffer burns. Stay safe this holiday.

Always use a car safety seat

Be sure your child rides in correctly installed seat. If you have any questions, many local fire and police departments will help you

Hot drink safety tip

Drink hot beverages out of spill-proof and unbreakable travel mugs to avoid burns.

Bathroom safety tip

Avoid expensive plumber calls, keep the toilet lid down and locked when not in use.

What’s in your bag?

Come in to your home and plop your bag right on the floor? Pick it up immediately! There could be medications, breath mints, coins & other non tot friendly items

Practice kid safety in the kitchen

Toddlers gravitate to the kitchen. Practice kid safety in the kitchen by cooking on the back burners and turn pot handles away so they aren’t in reach.

Protect toys (and kids)

Secure (with strong tape) the battery compartment of not only every single remote control in the home, but desk clocks, toys, battery-operated toothbrushes, monitors and anything else that requires batteries.

Install toilet seat locks

Install toilet seat locks; turn over all buckets and store them up high, where they cannot collect standing water or be reached by children.

Chemical safety tip

Chemical safety tip: purchase cleaners, household chemicals & other potentially hazardous products with child resistant packaging.

Toddler airport safety tip.

Carry a current photo of each child you are traveling with. If separated you can immediately hand the photo to airport security (or theme park or mall) and they will photocopy it and circulate it very quickly.

Time to leave the crib

Once your child is able to climb out of his crib (and you have already lowered the mattress and removed the bumper pads), it is time to move him into a toddler bed.

 

Supervision in the tub

Never, ever leave your toddler unsupervised in the even for a minute. Children can drown in less than an inch of water.¬†Gather all of the supplies (soap, towel, etc.) you’ll need ahead of time.

 

Dog breeds and chidren

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.

From: pediatrics.about.com.

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Chapped lip tip

Flavored lip balms are too tasty for kids not to lick & can make chapped lips worse!

hand-me-down equipment safety tip

Make sure that used or hand-me-down equipment, such as car seats, strollers and cribs haven’t been recalled for safety reasons.

Safety tip for traveling with toddlers

When traveling consider “labeling” your toddler with an ID bracelet. Include your child’s name, your name, destination & home address/phone

Childproof

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.