3 Tips for Toddler Safety: It’s Not for The Weak

Image via Mindi Stavish
Image via Mindi Stavish

As soon as your child takes his or her first wobbly little steps, your heart skip a beat at the thought of future trips to the ER. Toddlers are quick and fearless. In other words a parent's worst nightmare.

Toddlers are quick and fearless. In other words a parent's worst nightmare.

The first thing that most parents do when their child starts to crawl and then walk is to baby proof the house. There are many actions you can take to ensure your tot stays safe outside of the house, as well. Here are three tips for toddler safety outside of the house.

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Image via Flicker/kris_xx

 1.  Crowd Control – It really is amazing just how fast a toddler can disappear in a crowd.  Whether you glance away from your child for a second or they scamper away from you in true toddler fashion, they can be lost in a crowd in a matter of seconds.  At this age, your toddler can still sit in a stroller, yet if they are anything like my strong willed two-year-old they would much rather walk.  If your child is not one to stay right by your side, a child safety harness may be the only way you can keep them in your line of sight.  Love them or hate them – they work! 

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Image via Flickr/wfeiden

2.  Teach through Play – Use age-appropriate language to teach your child about safety in and around a street or parking lot.  Since toddlers are unpredictable in when they choose to listen, it is helpful to teach them simple games to help with listening.  The game Red Light, Green Light is an easy way to teach your child how to stop when mommy asks.  You will need to introduce this to your toddler many times, prior to them listening to the directions, particularly when distracted in a parking lot or crowded store.  

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Image via Flickr/Sam Howzit

 3.  Playground Safety – A startling 200,000 children per year are treated at the ER, due to playground accidents. Parents of toddlers need to be extra cautious and diligent while supervising their child at the playground. Toddlers don't have the cognitive ability to judge how high off the ground the playground equipment is, so they are at risk for falls. All up-to-date playgrounds typically have age recommendations clearly posted near the equipment. Playground equipment is designed for one of the following age ranges: infants and toddlers under 2, 2- to 5-year-olds (preschoolers), and 5- to 12-year-olds (school-age kids). 

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3 Tips for Toddler Safety: It’s Not for The Weak

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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