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.
Wash your hands frequently, and make sure your children do the same.
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.
Do not leave children unsupervised around any kind of electrical lighting or open flame.
Never drink hot objects while your child is sitting on your lap. Sudden movements can cause a spill.
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.
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.
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.
Ensure that the toddler will enjoy a more comfortable ride. Buy a well-padded seat with plenty of head and back support. Also, make sure he can move his arms freely.
Take an inventory of potential hazards you have in your home after decorating and pay special attention to electrical decorations. Christmas lights hung or strung across a wall or window are no exception. These may be low enough for a small child to grab before you can notice.
To keep your child from getting to the Christmas tree, place it inside of a large play yard and scoot the tree toward the wall out of reach.
Make sure to keep your Hanukkah menorah on a high surface, and not too close to the edge of a table. Never leave a child alone in a room with lit candles.
Frying latkes on the stove? Turn pan handles in, and don’t let your toddler get too close — hot oil can spatter.
Don’t leave dreidles where children under age three can find them and choke on them. And make sure that any “gelt” you offer is safe for your children to eat.
Encourage your toddler not to put pencils or crayons in his mouth when coloring or drawing.
To teach kids how to wash their hands more thoroughly, encourage them to count to 10 once they have 2 squirts of liquid soap on their hands.
During times of change and stress children need extra attention, love and security.
When picking a costume choose fabric that is flame resistant. You can even buy pajamas that have a Halloween theme.
Make sure your little goblin is visible after dark. Fix reflective striping to costume, or carry a flashlight or illuminated light stick.
When you are cooking, turn pot handles to the inside so that baby can’t accidentally grab handle & pour hot contents on himself.