Playing It Safe

Your neighborhood’s playground can be a bonanza for walking, running, climbing and jumping toddlers. Stay close by as your toddler plays and follow these safety precautions:

  • Make sure your child uses toddler-safe swings (with close supervision).

  • Check metal surfaces to make sure they aren’t hot enough to burn your child.

  • Avoid equipment like see-saws and jungle gyms, which—while tempting for toddlers—require more advanced motor skills than they possess.

Choosing a Safe Playground

Before you let your toddler head off to explore and play, take a good look at the playground. Evaluate it for the following:

  • Points or corners that can cause injury.

  • Cargo nets or openings wide enough to stick heads or limbs through.

  • Tripping hazards, such as ropes, cables, tree roots and rocks.

  • Equipment that is not secured to the ground.

  • A ground surface that is not soft enough to offer some cushioning.

If it doesn’t appear safe, find another play space.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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