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.")

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Useful

Nina 1/26/2016

Good advice

saftey

Kenisha 1/10/2016

great article

Love it

Lanette 12/23/2015

Simple and short words they can understand!

Great info

Claire 12/1/2015

Great advice on wording of commands!

Great

10/5/2015

Good info, thanks!

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