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Now that your child is a toddler, you will need to re-evaluate the baby-proofing cautions you’ve taken to make your home safe. Get down on your hands and knees and explore your home with an eye for all the places a curious toddler could find trouble.
  • Ensure your baby’s crib, car seat, stroller, and all other equipment meet safety standards.
  • Store all household cleaners, medications, cosmetics, vitamins, and other poisons in secured cabinets out of reach of your baby. Install safety gates on stairs.
  • Prevent choking by keeping small objects away from your child. Restrict choking hazard foods like nuts and hotdogs and ensure pacifiers meet safety standards.
  • Never leave your toddler unattended in the bath.
  • Ensure toys are age-appropriate and have no small pieces that can be removed or broken off.
  • The lead in old paint and PVC mini-blinds can cause harm to your baby. Repaint and remove blinds from your home.
  • Make sure safety locks are installed on your windows.
  • Lower the temperature of your hot water heater to reduce the danger of scalding.
  • Keep your home smoke-free. Children exposed to cigarette smoke are at higher risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and diseases and illnesses such as asthma.
  • Accidents happen. Take a child first aid class.