Child seat tip

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.

Safety Tip.

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.

Waiting for the bus

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.

Bus safety tip

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.

Check outdoor playground equipment. Make sure there are no loose parts or sharp edges.

Table safety tip

Do not place hot fluids on tablecloths in case the child pulls on the tablecloth.

Plan for problems in public

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.

Co-sleeping safety tip

When co-sleeping make sure your mattress fits snugly in the bed frame so that your baby won’t become trapped in between the frame and the mattress.

Home safety tip

Place safety latches on all doors and cabinets, especially where cleaning products and medicines are located.

baby gate safety tip

Exercise caution when accepting hand-me-down baby gates, for they may not be as safe as todays models.

Water and toddlers don’t mix

Never leave your toddler near or around water (that is, bathtubs, pools, ponds, lakes, whirlpools, or the ocean) without someone watching her.

Fireworks and toddlers don’t mix

Young children should not be allowed to play with fireworks under any circumstances.

Sparklers, often mistakenly considered a safe firework for young children, burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing. The sparks that are emitted can easily cause burns to hands and exposed skin. Young children cannot understand the danger involved and often will not act appropriately in case of an emergency.

Childproofing survey

Do a “childproofing” survey of your home. A child’s-eye view home survey should systematically go from room to room, removing all the “booby traps” that await the curious toddler or preschooler. Think of poisons, small objects, electrical outlets, sharp edges, knives and firearms, and places to fall.

Washing hands

Wash your hands frequently, and make sure your children do the same.

Car Seat Tip

Ensure that the car seats does not move more than an inch in any direction. See your car seat’s owners manual to determine what can be done about it, if they move more than that.

Electricity and kids

Do not leave children unsupervised around any kind of electrical lighting or open flame.

Drinking Liquids with kids around

Never drink hot objects while your child is sitting on your lap. Sudden movements can cause a spill.

Car Seat Buying Guide

The American Academy of Pediatrics has one of the most comprehensive buying guides complete with a side by side comparison of the major brands on the market.

Toddler Bed Location

Choose the location of your toddler’s bed with care. Keep away from extremes of temperature such as windows, doors or radiators and strangling hazards such as blind cords. Make sure that your toddler cannot become trapped between the side of the bed and the wall.

Thick coats and child seats.

Parents everywhere bring out their babies’ winter coats or snowsuits to keep baby warm during travel. However, thick winter coats or snowsuits can compromise your child’s car seat safety.

In order for a baby car seat or toddler booster seat to function properly, the straps need to remain tight against the child’s chest.