Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Safety First

It's been a while since I entered some thoughts...our boy is 18 months young and growing fast...its incredible how fast!

So, now that he is into everything, more attention is being made to safety. Literally everything he is around can potentially be harmful - from electrical sockets, to extension cords to a nail clipper left on my nightstand - we have to constantly think of ways to be proactive to avoid any mishaps.

Now, I'm not saying that you have to watch every move your child makes, but I would suggest a quick check on items around the yard and house that can be placed or moved in a safer place in order to avoid any mishaps. A few tips to keep in mind:

*Reach Out - consider items that are within your child's reach; move to a different location to out smart your child - out of reach!

*Lock It - any draws or closets that may have harmful items - i.e. cleaning supplies; etc... don't take any chance - lock it down with safety clamps or other helpful items.

* Watch the Path - move items that are in the common path of your child - yes, it involves bending down often, but helps avoid those common trips and falls

* Step Lightly - stairs are tricky (to say the least); allow your child to attempt stairs, but make sure you are close behind to avoid any traumatic slips and falls