Start applying sunscreen BEFORE you even leave the house. This is extremely important as toddler skin is very sensitive and burns easily. Taking the time to apply sunscreen beforehand ensures that you can get their whole body covered and not miss any spots.
Diaper padding only goes so far. Those hard shopping cart seats can be irritating to some toddlers. Consider making or buying a shopping cart cover to keep your toddler comfortable while shopping. This will have the added benefit of preventing your toddler from being exposed to the myriad of germs that can be found on the shopping cart.
A little fluoride is a good thing for your child’s teeth, but swallowing too much of it over time can lead to a condition called fluorosis that can cause white spots to show up on his adult teeth. From: BabyCenter.com
Gliders with fabric skirts avoid the problem of tiny fingers being pinched under rocking chairs or in the glider spring mechanism.From: Wisconsin Child Care Improvement Project
Never leave your toddler in the bathtub alone, even for a short time. Toddlers can drown in as little as two inches of water. From: ParentingToddlers.com
Make a point to only buy non-toxic materials. Although your toddler may be at the point where they won’t eat those crayons or drink the paint, it is inevitable that it will get on their hands and end up in their mouths.
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Never carry hot liquids or food near your baby or while holding him.
To prevent your baby from choking, cut her food into small bites. Don’t allow your baby to play with anything that may cover her face or is easy for her to swallow.
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Place your baby in a car safety seat every time he rides in the car.
The safest place for his safety seat is in the back seat of the car. Children who are less than one year OR are less than 20 pounds should be placed in a rear-facing care seat.
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Store remotes where prying fingers can’t get to batteries – which might seem like enticing objects for your child to put in his mouth. source
As soon as child is old enough to know her own name & address, teach him or her to dial 9-1-1 to call for help in case of an emergency source
Two-thirds of home fires that kill children under 5 occur in homes without a working fire alarm source
Proper grounding, electrical safety devices and avoiding hazardous situations can help prevent electrical shock in children source
Wash tots hands frequently, they put hands into their mouths often & this is the chief way of transmitting colds and viruses. source
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping children rear-facing car seat until age 2 source
Toddlers can be hard to manage indoors. Save headache of saying ‘no’ all the time & lock up (or put out of reach) valuables source
Set a good example when crossing the road by choosing a safe place and talking to your child about what you’re doing. source
Outlet plug covers are a must. Outlets – and the things that plug into them – seem to be fascinating for children. source
Little fingers want to touch everything take extra precautions to keep free of burns. Turn pot/pan handles inward on the stove. source
Keep the number for poison control 1(800) 222-1222 on or near your phone. source