The holidays can be a difficult time for parents for keeping curious children out of holiday dangers. The Christmas tree can be a particular source of concern with its twinkling lights and colorful decorations. Make sure the tree is well-anchored in an appropriate stand to reduce the risk of it tipping over if a child tries to pull on the branches.
- Minimize clutter! Keeping counters, floors and stairs clear means a safer environment for everyone.
- Needles and ornaments are inviting to toddlers but not safe! The presents under the tree can also be a hazard. Surround your Christmas tree with a playyard or sectional style safety gate. Use non-breakable ornaments and place them out of the reach of babies and young children.
- Keep emergency contact information within easy reach. Your smart phone is a great place to store this information.
- Be sure to only allow children to play with age-appropriate toys.
- If you’re traveling, bring along tamperproof containers to safeguard medications, toiletries and other unsafe items. If you have visitors, ensure their medications and other dangerous items are safely stored away from children. Also, ensure your baby sleeps in a crib that meets current safety standards.
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Safety tips shared by Safe Beginnings and Safe Nest Babyproofing.