Decorating for the holidays is such a special project. It is something that only happens once a year and lasts for only a short while.
Playing some Christmas music in the background while you hang lights and garland.
Hanging a wreath and breathing in the fresh smell.
Finding the perfect spot for that special ornament.
But it is also a time to be mindful of what is safe for babies and toddlers and what is not. As an ambassador with Safety 1st, I’m reminded of some of the ways we can keep our children safer with the changes that happen during the holidays.
If you visit my house, you’ll see this:
I have a fully decorated mantel but nothing within reach of my 21 month old. It is amazing how far his little body can stretch when he is motivated. He’ll get all the way up on his tip toes if he thinks there is any possibility to reach something (anything) of interest. My plan is to add a couple of fun but safe holiday decorations to the bottom, such as a cute holiday themed stuffed animal that he can hold. Keeping part of it bare might not be as pleasing to the eye, but it sure does keep him safer.
Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert, Julie Vallese, shares these tips as you decorate your own halls this holiday season:
The holidays are a time for food, family, gifts and decorations! For many families, decorations are the highlight of the holiday season, but there are some important things to consider to keep your children safe when decorating.
Lights and Decorations
Once all of your decorations are up, keep a close eye on children and the decorations themselves. Your child will naturally be fascinated by lights. Before you put the lights up check each set, new or old, for broken sockets, and loose connections. Throw out damaged sets, and always replace burned-out bulbs with the same wattage bulbs.
Sometimes curiosity just gets the best of our little ones. Make sure to keep decorations high and out of reach of small children. I am always surprised how high children can reach when they really want something!
Poinsettias and Mistletoe
For a long time we had all been told that poinsettias are poisonous. We now know that is not true, but mistletoe berries are. It is best to avoid mistletoe completely with young children around.
Here is a video to learn more:
Have you made any changes to the way you decorate for the holidays with young children?
Disclosure: I have been compensated through the Safety 1st Ambassador Blogging Program which also included samples. Information shared has been provided by Safety 1st. My thoughts are my own.