Child safety: keeping your mobile toddler safe

Child safety: keeping your mobile toddler safe

Every day there are more things your child can do by himself, from walking backward to hopping and jumping. Get some tips on keeping your little mover safe.

At this age, your child's movements are becoming smoother every day. She can do all sorts of exciting things by herself – run up the stairs, walk backward, hop, jump and maybe even ride a Big Wheel. She'll need lots of wiggle time each day, so plan regular outings like trips to the park and walks around the block.

Revel in her independence
Enjoy the delight and sense of adventure with which your child approaches this newfound physical independence. Remember, however, that it's your responsibility to keep her safe. She can't anticipate danger very well at this age, so set very specific, clear rules, such as:

  • "two hands on the swing”
  • "no running in the street"
  • "always hold hands while crossing the street"
  • Vague commands like "Slow down" or "Take it easy" make no sense to your child, so she's likely to ignore them.

    FYI:

    In general, be as clear and specific as possible when you're giving your child commands. She's not good at figuring out what you mean unless you spell it out. (For example, "No bikes in the bathroom" or "No paint in your brother's hair.")

Leave a comment *Mandatory text
I confirm I have written the entirety of the content and agree to the community guidelines and terms and conditions
  • Show comments

great tips

nie 8/26/2015

Good to know what to convey important message across little minds.

mommy

8/14/2015

I'll try this for sure!

thank you

8/9/2015

good examples! very helpful

nice

7/16/2015

This information was very helpful

Helpful

Patovar7 7/14/2015

I really needed this article, thanks.

Newborn Play: Activities with a 2-month old

Convinced your newborn just eats and sleeps her way through the day? As it happens, she enjoys and benefits from stimulation and playtime. Learn more about infant play and development.

Read more

Newborn Baby Activities: Tummy Time and Play

What could be more fun than playing and interacting with your 3-month-old. Engage your little one with these age-appropriate activities that foster baby development.

Read more

Literacy tips for babies: teaching your baby to love reading

Babyhood is when our kids start to acquire a love of stories and interest for words. Discover some easy ways to nurture the joy of reading with your baby!

Read more