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Safety Tips for the 18 Month Old!

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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. Ensure stair and window safety.

3. All play outside should be supervised. Toddlers do not understand danger and cannot remember "no."

4. Knowing how to "swim" does not make a child water-safe at this age. Supervise the toddler constantly whenever he or she is in or around water, buckets, the toilet or the bathtub. Continue to empty buckets, tubs or small pools immediately after use. Ensure that swimming pools have a four-sided fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate.

5. If your home uses gas appliances, install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors.

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

7. Put sun screen on the toddler before going outside to play or swim. Be particularly careful during the hours between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun is most dangerous.

8. Continue to keep your toddler's environment free of smoke. Keep the home and car nonsmoking zones.

9. Ensure electric wires, outlets and appliances are inaccessible or protected.

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

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

12. Keep medicines, cigarettes, lighters, matches, alcohol, firearms and electrical tools locked up and/or out of the toddler's sight and reach.

13. Always walk behind your car before you back out the driveway.

14. Remember, almost anything in your home can be poisonous.

15. Keep Syrup of Ipecac in the home to be used as directed by the poison control center or the health professional. Keep the number of the poison control center near the telephone.

16. Do not expect your older children to supervise the toddler (e.g., in the house, apartment, playground, or yard).

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

18. Ensure that a toddler riding in a seat on an adult's bicycle is wearing a helmet and wear a helmet yourself.

19. Teach the child to use caution when approaching dogs, especially if the dogs are unknown or eating.

20. Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, alcohol, firearms, and electrical tools locked up and out of your toddler's sight and reach.

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

22. Know how to save a choking child.

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Bright Futures.Org: 1 to 4 Years!


1. Continue to wash your toddler's hands and your own after diaper changes and before eating.

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

3. If your toddler is in child care, continue to 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!