Hallway

Safety for Babies and Toddlers

Becoming a new parent and watching your little one turn from baby to toddler is an exciting time in life, but the worries that come along with the excitement can also seem overwhelming to first-time parents. Relax! Don’t let fear of the “what-ifs” hinder your enjoyment of your precious bundle. You’ll quickly learn some things are beyond your control. Others, such as safeguarding your child’s environment, are in your control. When you take control of safety, you’ll feel empowered and confident, and you’ll instill these admirable qualities in your child.

Quick Tip

Installing door locks that are placed towards the top of the doors will keep them out of reach of a curious child.

CLEAR THE CLUTTER AND ENFORCE NO-RUN ZONES

If you want to use a high chair with your young baby, be sure to purchase a reclining high chair or low chair. Reclining chairs support little bodies, and are the only chairs that should be used before a baby can sit up alone. Reclining chairs allow you and your baby to gaze at each other – a delightful part of the bonding process. Babies should be stable sitters before being placed in non-reclining high chairs. This means they should be able to hold their heads and spines up by themselves. Many babies begin to sit up between four and six months of age. This creates a perfect match of child development and parenting because it is the same age range the American Academy of Pediatricians recommends for starting solid foods. Using a high chair at this age gives you freedom of movement while you help your child discover healthy first foods. Many parents also wipe their babies’ gums or brush their toddlers’ teeth while children sit in their high chairs. Using your high chair for several tasks makes it easier to care for your baby.

INSPECT AND PROTECT HALLWAY FURNITURE AND DECOR 

If you want to use a high chair with your young baby, be sure to purchase a reclining high chair or low chair. Reclining chairs support little bodies, and are the only chairs that should be used before a baby can sit up alone. Reclining chairs allow you and your baby to gaze at each other – a delightful part of the bonding process. Babies should be stable sitters before being placed in non-reclining high chairs. This means they should be able to hold their heads and spines up by themselves. Many babies begin to sit up between four and six months of age. This creates a perfect match of child development and parenting because it is the same age range the American Academy of Pediatricians recommends for starting solid foods. Using a high chair at this age gives you freedom of movement while you help your child discover healthy first foods. Many parents also wipe their babies’ gums or brush their toddlers’ teeth while children sit in their high chairs. Using your high chair for several tasks makes it easier to care for your baby.

USE CHILD SAFETY GATES

If you want to use a high chair with your young baby, be sure to purchase a reclining high chair or low chair. Reclining chairs support little bodies, and are the only chairs that should be used before a baby can sit up alone. Reclining chairs allow you and your baby to gaze at each other – a delightful part of the bonding process. Babies should be stable sitters before being placed in non-reclining high chairs. This means they should be able to hold their heads and spines up by themselves. Many babies begin to sit up between four and six months of age. This creates a perfect match of child development and parenting because it is the same age range the American Academy of Pediatricians recommends for starting solid foods. Using a high chair at this age gives you freedom of movement while you help your child discover healthy first foods. Many parents also wipe their babies’ gums or brush their toddlers’ teeth while children sit in their high chairs. Using your high chair for several tasks makes it easier to care for your baby.

KEEP CLOSET DOORS SAFELY LOCKED 

Hallway closets are often full of items that little ones find fascinating, but these are usually not really meant to be played with. Shelving inside may have large items on them that could be pulled down by curious youngsters. Take the time to install door locks on hallway closet doors.

Outfitting your hallway with child safety gates, closet door locks, and a thorough safeguarding review helps you easily create a safer space for your newest – and youngest – family members.