Toddlers need lots of space outdoors to run and jump and climb, and a place indoors to play games and explore. You can protect your child from injury by making her play environments as safe as possible.
- Give your child play activities she can handle. Large playgrounds may look fun but toddlers will have difficulty playing safely on oversized ladders, slides, and stairs.
- Make sure backyard pools, streams, and ponds are not accessible to small children.
- Toddlers should always wear helmets when riding in bike trailers or carrier seats.
- Make sure your children’s toys are age-appropriate and that both toys and clothes are safe and approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
- Keep caution reasonable. Your child needs a wide variety of physical activities to develop the motor skills, balance, strength, and agility that will help him keep his own body safe as he grows and tries new things.
- Protect your preschooler from the sun’s damaging UV rays by using protective clothing like hats and sunsuits, applying sunscreen, and limiting exposure.