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Tips for Your Toddler's Safety

Toddlers have no fear, full of curiosity and energetic. They have no limits. That makes them easier to get injured and between 1 to 2 years are subject of the most frequently injuries. Babysitters, child care providers, parents, and any caregivers of this aged kids experience and know that they have no time for rest as they keep watching the toddler. However, there are some strategies of toddler's safety at home, during a trip or playtime.

Toddler's Safety in the Kitchen
Toddlers love going to the kitchen when we cook or dish. They imitate what we do there and it would be better for us to turn the handles of pan / pot / wok away so it is out of reach. Besides, we can use spill-proof and unbreakable travel mugs while drinking hot beverages. The last one to remember is always unplug any unused electric items and put the cord out of reach.

Toddler's Safety in the Bathroom
Toddlers love water wherever it is. So put the toilet lid down when it not in use. It is also a way to avoid calling a plumber. You can limit the way to the bathroom or just close it whenever it is unused. Put the medication out of reach and always drain the bathtub after use. Even plungers can be fun for toddlers, so never leave them.

Toddler's Safety in the Family Room
Always be aware of tiny toys and objects which can be choking hazard, such as coins, pieces of toys (wheels, button, batteries, etc). Close any access to stairs. Put outlet covers and keep electrical cords out of reach. If you use a carpet, make sure that there is no wrinkle or rolled part.

Toddler's Safety in the Bedroom
On one hand, pictures, area rugs, flowing curtains or drapes, lamps and candles are parts of decoration to raise our mood but on the other hand, they can be dangerous for toddlers.
Table cloth with a table lamp on it can attract your toddlers' attention. They like the light and they attempt to grab them. They may drag a chair and stand on it then try to reach the lamp and this might change to disaster. So, be sure you set the bedroom toddler proof.

Toddler's Safety in the Yard
Swing sets, kiddies pools, play yard, garden are wonderful, but always enclose pools / ponds with fence between any water source and house. Drain the pools when not in used. Put garden equipment, insecticides and power tools in a safe place and out of reach.

Toddler's Safety in the Car
Make sure your toddlers' car seat installed properly and appropriate to safety regulations. Provide a booster seat for height and weight factors. Make sure to activate the child locks so that your toddlers cannot open the window or door.

Toddler's Safety at Others' Homes
You have your own setting at home for your toddler, but others with no toddlers do not have one. So, you need to pay special attention to your toddler's safety when visiting others' homes. You can bring their favorite toys so they will enjoy playing themselves. And do not let your toddlers go to the bathroom alone.

Toddler's Safety Out and About
Toddlers prefer to walk independently. It makes parents a bit worry and difficult to walk along with them in crowded place, from the parking park to a store and vice versa. You need to teach them the rules of holding your hand and other safety matters, including mentioning your and their names. You can tie a balloon on their wrists so you can see them in case you are separated from them.
Toddlers love playing outside. Once they ride their bicycles, you need to provide them with a bike helmet and safety flag to help you recognize them at a glance.

Toddler's Safety at Doing Sports
Choose a program that appropriate with their ages. The basic aims are they exercise, have coordination activities, learn the basic of a sport and have fun. Do not take your toddlers' limitation into account, or else injuries can occur.

All in all, I do hope that the strategies I have prescribed above can be a big help for you to keep your toddler from harm. Remember, every toddler's safety is our responsibilities as a parent.


When will Your Baby Ready to Play?

One comment I ever received was concerning about a baby who just played one toy in a short time then ‘jumped’ to another toy and leaved the others regardless of the fact that those toys were attractive. As a result, his parents only gave one or two toys to play each day. Here I want to share my opinion on this matter.

Every child has his own interest and skill. Young babies, for about four months old, are able to reach out and explore toys using their hands and they begin to grasp, shake and bang their toys. In order to accommodate their abilities, you can give your baby some toys, such as soft-squeezable dolls, rubber rings and rattles with handles which are easily to reach and hold. Besides, you need to pay attention on his safety since anytime he can put it in his mouth.

Babies face difficulties in playing some complicated toys to play, for example a toy with button to press. It causes him lack of interest on such a toy. So it is understandable that he will refuse to play a pop-up toy for example. What he wants now is something he can easily grasp and chew.

Another fact is that every child has different ways in taking information and giving a respond. For instance, there are three babies given the same toys. The first baby will be excited to coo at it, look at and follow it, and move his legs and arms as well. The second one may just look at it not more than 10 seconds before looking at something else around him. The last one may not interested at all and just spend a second to look at it. Seen from the function of the toy for these babies, the same toy does not help the same way to each baby. In conclusion, you can discover your baby’s preference and interest by offering him several toys which are appropriate for his age and waiting for his reaction toward them.

The most important thing of all is that although your baby may not interest in his toys at this moment, he shows his interest in other things or people he meets. Don’t worry since your baby will find a right time to play with his toys. What you can do right now is you can help him explore a lot of things through his five senses. He can look at anything; touch any object with different textures to feel; listen to any kind of music; smell with his nose; taste his food or something new, and try to say a word; and moving his arms and legs to show his excitement.