Toddler-proof your Christmas tree to keep both the tree and the toddler safe from each other.
It’s the holiday season and chances are your decorations are up or you are still skeptical about putting up your tree because of your toddler. Here are practical tips to safe guard both your toddler and your tree.
1. Avoid previous low-hanging breakable ornaments
Do you have favourite or expensive decorations? Make sure they are beyond the reach of the toddler. Far away from the the ground. Anything breakable belongs in the “too high”.
2. Use bells at the bottom of your tree
Bells always jingle! Set a trap with bells so whenever your toddler goes close to the tree, you will get alerted by the bells.
3. Use a gate
Use a Christmas tree gate — baby gates or indoor fencing will do — this will create a strong barrier between the toddler and the tree.
4. Opt for a Toddler-friendly tree
If your toddler is very active and loves tree climbing, your tree may not be safe after all and neither is your tot. Opt for a small tree or a wall tree so you still have the Christmas feel while keeping your toddler safe.
5. Cover electrical outlets or avoid Christmas lights completely
There is something about children and lights. They find it irresistible and this can cause a serious hazard if the toddler puts it in his mouth or puts his finger into the sockets. Keep it covered to keep the toddler safe.
6. Engage older kids while decorating
If your kids are older, you can let them help when you are decorating and give a stern warning that it is not to be touched after decoration has been completed. Let them know the consequences if they go close to it and make sure you follow through with the consequence if they do.
7. If in doubt, skip the tree this year.
I know you really want to feel like it’s Christmas but Next year — just one year away! Safety first— your toddler will by then be older and wiser and less likely to bite the light bulbs or wrap the wires around his neck.
Is your Christmas tree up already? How are you baby-proofing?
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