Parenting Tip of the Week – Protecting Your Toddler at Home

Toddlers are curious and love to explore, but they don’t know when they’re getting into dangerous situations. It’s up to you to keep your little one safe! Here are some tips on making your home as safe for your toddler as possible.

Making Your Home Safe for Toddlers

According to the CDC, unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4. In order to prevent these kind of injuries, it is necessary to child-proof your home as soon as your baby starts to crawl. Each home is different, so walk through yours with an eye to what will appeal to your toddler. For example, if your toddler is especially interested in squeeze bottles, make sure you take extra steps to keep the Windex or other cleaners out of reach!

Another key to keeping your toddler safe at home is getting down to your child’s level to see the world from their point of view. You may find new potential dangers or things that you thought didn’t matter at all, such as easily opened drawers or ways to access valuable items you don’t want damaged or destroyed.

Protecting your Toddler at Home

  • Always be prepared! Keep emergency numbers next to your telephone in case of injury, fire, poisoning, or any other situation requiring immediate assistance.
  • Keep medicines and cleaners out of reach. Store medicines and household cleaners on a high shelf. But remember closets and shelves aren’t the only place to find these dangerous items. For example, medicine may be found in women’s purses, and poisonous cleaners may be in your garage.
  • Prevent falls! If you have stairs in your home, prevent falls by blocking them with safety gates.
  • Keep matches or lighters on a high shelf and ensure they are hidden. Your toddler may play with them and accidentally start a fire.
  • Putting small toys in wall sockets is tempting to toddlers. Keep the sockets covered with safety plugs.
  • Keep electrical cords out of the way. Small children can pull the cord and be injured when something heavy falls on them.
  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to protect your child from burns. Fill the bathtub and turn off the water before you place your child in the tub. If the water is running, a toddler can turn the handle and be scalded even if you are supervising him or her.
  • Be sure your child is never alone around water. Children can drown in as little as a few inches of water.
  • For more information, check out the CDC Child Injury Prevention Center for more stats, facts and tips!

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