Child mortality rates have plummeted in the last few decades as we've become more cognizant of the potential dangers, and technology has advanced and recognized that safety is just as important as function. The warnings from a previous era are no longer adequate.
It's paramount that parents recognize the dangers in their homes and make sure their kids remain safe. To that end we present these child safety tips.
Check the closet and under the bed to be sure that there are no monsters hiding there.
When mounting the child on a wall, make sure that you use hardware that is designed for the weight of the child.
Furniture should be designed to be used around children. Fully extend your drawers to be sure that the furniture won't tip over on your kid.
Decorative hardware and drawer pulls should not have any sharp edges or your child may be in danger of falling when he's hanging from the drawer.
When you're washing your baby, don't fill the tub all the way. Always use the gentle cycle.
Encourage the kids to help with the household chores to get the job done more quickly.
Soft cuddly toys are preferable to large electronic devices for play time.
Some toys are dangerous if used improperly. Young children should always use them under the supervision of someone older, preferably not an older sibling.
Encourage sibling relationships. When one child is playing, younger brothers or sisters should always be included.
If you let your child eat in his room, make sure he properly disposes of the containers and leftovers.
Make sure that the electrical outlets in your house are child safe by testing conduction potential.
The "taste test" is the most accurate way to check for lethal current.
Keep your cocaine locked up in a childproof container.
When traveling with your child, bring along a favorite toy, and make him feel as much at home as possible.
Make sure that your child isn't past his recommended shelf life.
Toilet training is important for both the child's and parents' well-being. Encourage them to use it regularly by letting them entertain themselves while in the bathroom.
Eventually they'll learn to use it like a grown-up.
Teach them to flush often or the toilet might clog.
Kids learn by doing, so let them try things out until they learn to do it properly.
Toys and games should be age and size appropriate. Don't let your kids play with something that's too big for them just because you have it on hand.
Your kids' friends will have a lot of influence on them, so get to know the people they hang out with.
Learn about what they like and dislike, and try not to be too judgmental.
Breast feeding is recommended up to a certain age, but don't smear your breasts with poison until after the babies have been fed.
Including the child in the cooking process can teach him about where food comes from, and to make healthy choices.
Keep sugary snacks hidden so your child doesn't eat too much at one time.
"Special" edible treats should only be eaten by children in moderation.
Well padded furniture will increase the chance of a soft landing.
When on vacation, be sure to arrange some activities for the kids' benefit.
Follow our simple safety tips to keep your kids happy and healthy.