As a parent, your instinct is to protect your child. But kids find a way to “get into” just about everything. As your baby start crawling and eventually walking, he or she will start exploring. It’s so important to make sure that your child’s environment is a safe one, because the minute you look away, your baby will find trouble.
Constantly Saying “NO” is a No-No
Create a safe space that encourages exploration. While it is important to teach your child to avoid dangerous situations, don’t put yourself in the position where you are constantly saying “no” to your curious toddler. Don’t wait too long to start child-proofing. Most children get injured before parents realize that they are capable of getting into a dangerous situation. Consider the following check-list when baby-proofing your home and vehicle.
Safety Tips Checklist:
• Install a car seat that was made within the last 6 years and have it inspected by a trained
• Cover all outlets
• Put gates at the top and bottom of stairwells
• Tie blind cords out of reach and keep electric cords out of sight but not under carpets
• Put latches on cabinet doors and possibly the toilet, although it is often easier to keep
the bathroom door closed. A hook and eye at the top of the door would be an option for
keeping it closed rather than having a child lock him/herself in the bathroom.
• Never give your child medicine in the dark. Make sure that you have the right medicine
container and the right dose. Keep the poison control number by the phone Poison
• Never leave your child alone in the bathtub. Babies can drown in the time it takes to
answer the phone.
• A child that sunburns under the age of six months has a 50 percent chance of getting
skin cancer later in life. Use sunscreen on children over the age of 3 months. Testing
a small area first to make sure that your child doesn’t have a reaction.
Click here for a printable checklist including even more safety tips.
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