Although your child is becoming more active from one day to the next, her mental development continues at a fast pace and she no longer stays sitting in your lap, she still needs the security of your affectionate arms hugging her. In this/her period, you can take different safety measures oriented to her needs and be prepared against new risks. In this/her way, you can support her happiness filled development, as you provide her with an environment in which she can move freely, burn off her energy and continue to live safely and securely.

Home safety

The source of joy in your home, your child is a ball of energy that cannot stay long in one place and has to be on the move at all times. Taking care in particular to prevent him/her from standing up in the bathtub can be a chore, but worth it in consideration of the risks. You can protect him/her against falls and slips by keeping the bathroom floor dry and/or using anti-slip floor covers.

Your child, who no longer uses or will soon stop the use of his/her highchair, will be taking his/her place at the dinner table, sitting in a chair like you. You have to pay attention and prevent, if necessary, your child from precariously balancing himself/herself on the legs of the chair during his/her happy and joyful transition from highchair to a chair by the table. Moreover, you must ensure that his/her dining experience is a safe and secure one by supplying him/her child-safe cutlery to be used in feeding himself.

With children of this/her age, windowsills and balconies are places you should pay special attention to. Use of window and door locks will be helpful in mitigating any hazards. You can ensure his/her safety by not leaving him/her alone in rooms with open windows and balcony doors. Lace curtain cords, roller blind chains, long necklaces, belts and accessories such as ribbons must be kept at places out of your child’s reach as they can easily get entangled around his/her neck.

Outdoor Safety

One of the subjects that has been repeatedly emphasized in recent years is the necessity to not leave children alone in cars – especially in hot weather. Furthermore, because your child is older now, replacing her car seat with a model more in keeping with her height and weight would be a good idea in terms of her safety and comfort.

If your child has started riding a bike, you should not neglect equipping her with a helmet and elbow and knee pads, regardless of whether she drives a tricycle. The protective gear will protect your child against unexpected injuries. It is important that you don’t leave your child by herself when she is biking. Don’t forget that drivers in vehicles may not notice her. The same rule applies when she is not on the bike.

You can also start teaching your child, whose communication skills have been improving with each passing day, how to cross the street. You should warn her to be careful of the cars on the road and always walk on the sidewalks. Seeing you adhere to the traffic rules will be good training for her.

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