November is Child Safety Protection Month so this week our moms are chatting about our best child safety tips. None of us are experts, but we all have kids so that gives us some credibility, right moms?! Here are just a few ideas to keep in mind and we’d love to have you share your best safety tips too. Sometimes the ones that really stick with us are the ones we learn the hard way. Sad but true, but how great to be able to share your experiences and lend a hand to another parent. Chime in in the comments below!
My son is older (6th grade) and we’ve worked really hard to keep communication open. He knows he can come to me with things that are going on. We talk openly about safety a lot. Josh has Autism and one thing about it is that he is so trusting. I love that he sees the good in people, but we talk about how there are times that he shouldn’t always go with the flow. I’m glad he feels safe to come to me with concerns he has and I really want to keep that dialog open!
There are child locks for so many things now. A tip I learned years ago, was to get down on the floor – child level – and it kind of opens up a whole new view of what kids see and can get into. Child proof things before you actually NEED to, that way disasters won’t sneak up on you. Consider getting child locks for things like your toilets, stoves, refrigerators, freezers, doors and especially any cabinets or spaces that hold household cleaners!
Jenni (@sweetpennies) is the mom of one boy and writes at Sweet Pennies From Heaven. Sweet Pennies From Heaven is a hearth and home website that focuses on recipes, crafts and creating a comfortable home.
I think common sense goes a long way. Go with your gut and use that mom instinct to keep your kids out of danger. That being said, one pet peeve of mine is when I see moms prop their infant car seats on top of grocery carts. That’s not a safe place for little babies. Put them down inside the cart or wear them in a baby carrier or sling. It scares me to think what might happen should the cart get bumped and the carrier topple over. Yikes!
I don’t have a ton of tips beyond the obvious but I would say to stand firm in your belief that you are your child’s advocate. Don’t let other’s silence you. If your parents or friends or doctors or anyone else thinks you’re just being overprotective or silly or a “first time parent”, ignore those voices and go with your gut.
Tell me! What’s child safety tips to you have to share?