Safety at Home and Elsewhere

Toddlers become more agile and able every day, increasing their ability to discover—and to put themselves at risk.

As your toddler grows, keep watching for potential hazards—at home, daycare, other people’s homes and out in public. Regularly check your home to ensure you have childproofed adequately.

Here are some additional safety tips you may not have thought about yet:

  • If your child is using ride-on toys with wheels, have him or her wear a properly fitted helmet. Not only will it prevent head injuries now, it will build the habit for later biking and skateboarding days.
  • Now that your child can climb stairs or slides, avoid items of clothing that can catch if he or she slips. This can prevent further injury and even strangulation.
  • Know what to do if your child is choking. Take a first aid or CPR course and learn the Heimlich maneuver. Check out this video!

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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