With the holidays coming up, it is important to remember to be cautious when visiting other homes. I’ll never forget visiting my husband’s aunt and uncle when my two oldest were little. I would just about have a heart attack every time we entered because there were so many things they could get into. Some things weren’t safe for them to have such as very small objects in a bowl that were clearly choking hazards. Other things I was just afraid they might break. It was always rather stressful.
So before you head out to holiday gatherings with your little one, consider these tips from Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert, Julie Vallese.
Hidden Hazards Outside the Home
- During the holidays you may be traveling to family or friends homes for parties. Whether you are hosting or you’re a guest at someone’s home, make sure to keep a close eye on your little one.
- Children are very curious and young children will put almost anything in their mouth. Foods that may be common to your toddler, like grapes or tomatoes, are often left out on low tables during holiday parties and when not cut they can be a choking hazard for young kids.
- Additionally, decorations can also be choking hazards. If you spot a bowl of tiny pinecones or potpourri, ask if you can put those items in a place that would be out of reach of your child.
- Ask that your host not put lighted candles on a tablecloth or anything else that a child could pull down or knock over.
- If you have a baby in an infant car seat make sure he or she is always buckled in – even when not in the car. When surrounded by friends and family you never know who is going to pick up that car seat with a sleeping baby and you do not want to risk your child slipping out.
- Remember that with holiday bustle people are always coming and going and doors and safety gates that are usually closed may be left open. Make sure that someone is always watching your child. If someone is playing with your child and you leave the room, make sure they know they are “on duty.”
- The holidays are a time for spending with family and friends, not for rushing to the ER. By following these few simple tips you should be able to happily enjoy the holidays.
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I think one of my favorite tips shared by Julie is to make sure whenever you walk away from your child, someone else knows they are now responsible. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked away for a moment while someone was entertaining or simply in the same room as my child and I assumed they were watching them. This happens often at my parent’s house. They have a fairly open floor plan but there is a partial wall separating the kitchen from the living room and I’m constantly finding my son is out of my sight, going around the corner. I feel like I’m constantly asking others, “Can you see Wesley?” Making sure someone is responsible for him when I’m busy in the kitchen would certainly give me peace of mind.
Do you have a favorite tip to share when you visit other homes?
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.