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Safety Tips For The 15 Month Old!



1. Use a forward-facing safety seat if your child weighs at least 20 pounds (9 kg). Be sure that it is properly installed in the back seat according to the manufacturer's instructions and the vehicle owner's manual. Never place your toddler's safety seat in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger air bag. The back seat is the safest place for children of any age to ride.

2. Use locked doors or secure gates at stairwells.

3. Continue to keep the toddler's environment free of smoke.

4. Do not leave heavy objects or containers of hot liquids on tables with tablecloths that your toddler might pull down. Turn pan handles toward the back of the stove. Keep your toddler away from hot stoves, fireplaces, irons, curling irons, and space heaters.

5. Avoid foods such as nuts, bacon, popcorn, hot dogs, carrot and celery sticks, whole grapes, tough meat raw vegetables and hard candy which can be aspirated by children. For the same reason, never give a child plastic bags, marbles and balloons.

6. Be sure there are no dangling telephone, electrical, blind, or drapery cords in your home.

7. Keep syrup of ipecac in the home to be used to induce vomiting only after instructions from the child's physician or the poison control center.

8. There is no such thing as a childproof cap. Poisons, medications and toxic household products should either be excluded from the home or kept in a locked cabinet. Do not store lye drain cleaners in the home. Never underestimate the ability of the 15-month-old to climb. Ensure the crib mattress is on the lowest rung.

9. Guard against electrical injuries from cords and outlets.

10. Always use sunscreen when the your child goes outside to play. Avoid, when possible, going outside between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun's ultraviolet rays are most dangerous.

11. Never leave the 15-month-old unsupervised in or near a swimming pool, bathtub, bucket of water, ditch, well or bathroom. Knowing how to "swim" at this age does not make a child water-safe.

12. Choose caregivers carefully and prohibit spanking.

13. Do not give your toddler plastic bags, latex balloons, or small objects such as marbles

14. Watch your child carefully around dogs, especially if the dog is unknown or is eating.

15. Bolt bookcases, dressers, or cabinets to the wall.

16. Keep your toddler away from moving machinery, lawn mowers, overhead garage doors, driveways and streets.

17. Choose caregivers carefully. Talk with them about their attitudes and behavior in relation to discipline. Do not permit corporal punishment.

18. Be sure that your toddler wears a helmet when riding in a seat on an adult's bicycle. Wear a helmet yourself.

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1. Wash your toddler's hands and your own frequently, especially after diaper changes and before eating.

2. Clean your toddler's toys with soap and water.

3. If your toddler is in child care, provide personal items (e.g., blankets, cups) for individual use.

4. Limit television and video viewing to less than 1 hour per day. Be sure the programs are appropriate. Watch and talk about them with your toddler.

5. Continue to reinforce good sleeping habits. Maintain a regular bedtime routine.

6. Participate in physical activities as a family (e.g., taking walks, playing at a playground).

For more information visit:

Bright Futures.Org: 1 to 4 Years!