3 Toddler Hazards You May Not Be Aware Of

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Hazard #1: Homes of child-free friends.

It can be pretty challenging to make sure your toddler’s safe in homes that aren’t set up for small children—especially when it doesn’t house any kids. However, there are ways that you can have some peace of mind.

  • If there happens to be some sort of play yard in there, that’s usually the easiest way to go. Then again, you can’t expect your child to stay there during your entire stay.
  • Once you arrive, do a quick assessment of the possible dangers. Find ways to block off doorways and stairs, and put away any obviously dangerous things from your child’s reach.
  • Set up your toddler with toys and snacks in the area where you will be so you can keep a close watch on her and still do your task at the same time.
  • Perhaps one of the best ways that you can also seek help from the homeowner in child-proofing the place is to give a heads up. If you’re wary of saying it directly, you can try sharing what stage your child is in. Say something like, “Wow, Max has been walking a lot lately, climbing stairs and touching everything that peeks his curiosity.” Hopefully the homeowner will take the initiative to put away anything breakable and cover outlets.

Hazard #2: Crib climbing.

With new skills, your toddler has turned into an amazing little escape artist. There are several easy ways that you can keep your crib safe for your active toddler.

  • Your toddler may be entertained by stuffed animals, but it may be wise to keep them out of the crib when you don’t want him escaping. Those, as well as bumpers and pillows, can help give your child boost near the edge of the rail
  • Adjust the mattress to the lowest possible level and consider buying a breathable crib tent that attaches to the rails but also provides ventilation while keeping your child inside.
  • Place pillows and blankets on the floor around the crib as an emergency landing pad, in case your toddler still manages to get out.
  • It may help to only put your child in the crib when it’s nap time, so he doesn’t end up associating it with “awake” time. If you want something similar for playtime, a playpen is a better option.

Hazard #3: Shopping malls.

With tons of other people and a million new sights and sounds that could interest your curious and adventurous toddler, it can be easy to lose your little one in just a matter of moments.

  • Limit your child’s range of motion, especially if you’re trying to navigate your way through a mall and can’t keep an eye on him every second.
  • Use a stroller, so it’s much easier to know exactly where your child is and it’s obviously harder for anyone to grab your child.
  • For antsy toddlers who can’t stay put even in strollers, perhaps a child harness would be best for you. He can be mobile, but he’ll still be securely attached to you.
  • If you have more than one child, it may be best to have other adults with you so you can assign each child to a particular adult. This way, there’s no space for miscommunication about who’s supposed to be looking after which child.
  • Leave “in case of emergency” cards with your child. Laminate small cards with your toddler’s name, date of birth, height, weight, and your names and phone number, and put them in your child’s pocket before hitting the mall.
  • Teach your child what to do in case he or she gets lost. Determine and show a safe place ]your child can go to in case she finds herself lost and alone. Also show what security guards and other moms look like, so she can ask any of them for help.

 

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