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Home Safety Tips For Your “Bigger” Little Kids 

 

When curiosity meets mobility, anything is possible. Just as your baby grows into new stages of development, this is a time you need to stay on your toes by adjusting the ways you keep your child safe at home. Prepare for these new stages of development with the appropriate safety information to keep your child free to explore without getting hurt.

 

Big kids are learning to be more independent, growing up and trying new things. By the time children turn 5, they sleep in bigger beds, eat new foods and play with different toys. As a result, big kids will experience an action-packed phase of development that affects their behavior and routines, so it’s important to ensure that they stay safe.

 

 

  1. Keep Medicine Up, Away, and Out of Sight. What you thought was not in “line of sight” has now become front in center thanks to the new talent of climbing and “tippy-toes.” So, in all occasions, the best thing to do is to move all medicine up into cabinets, away into drawers, and out of sight of your suddenly taller little one. This is an important tip to start when kids are infants but even more important now.

 

  1. Keeping a Safe Zone around the Kitchen.Remember when you got that step stool to help your kids brush their teeth and wash their hands? They have quickly learned that you can move that stool to anywhere in the kitchen. Fantastic, right? After praising your kid for their ingenuity, keep them safe by designating a “Hot Zone” around the stove/oven area where step stools are not allowed. But, maybe compromise with a designated place where a little helper chef can mix and add ingredients.

 

  1. Secure all TVs either up on the wall or with safety straps. An early morning episode of Sesame Street became surprising when our bigger” little kid went up to the TV to give Elmo a high-five. The TV tipped backward more than we realized and, had it not been for the TV straps, might have fallen on us and her. Relieved and with the blood soon returning to our faces, we knew that the couple of minutes it took to secure our TV was totally worth it.

 

 

 

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Home safety is a very complex issue that incorporates a lot of information. We have some great tips and advice to help you and your family here!

 

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Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States.  Safe Kids Oregon is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury.  Safe Kids Oregon was founded in 1995 and is proudly led by Oregon Child Development Coalition.

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