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My toddler is prone to accidents and falls. What can I do to prevent these from happening?

Hello everyone,

I am a mom to a very active and adventurous toddler who is prone to accidents and falls. As much as I try to keep an eye on him, he always seems to find his way into trouble. I am constantly worrying about his safety and wondering what else I can do to prevent these accidents from happening.

I have tried baby-proofing my house as best as I can, but it seems like no matter how much I do, he still manages to find something to climb or touch that could potentially harm him. I have also tried talking to him about the dangers of certain things, but he is still too young to fully understand.

I was wondering if any of you have had similar experiences with your toddlers and what strategies you have used to keep them safe. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

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damaris04

Hello,

I completely agree with User 1's suggestions. In addition, I found that teaching my toddler to communicate his needs better has made a huge difference in preventing accidents. My child used to wander off without telling me where he was going. However, we started practicing communicating together, and now he tells me before he moves around.

I also ensure my child wears shoes with good traction, especially when he is running or playing outside. This helps prevent slipping and falling. Another important thing, in my opinion, is getting a baby gate installed. We installed baby gates in risky areas where we can’t supervise him, such as the staircase.

Also, I suggest teaching your toddler the importance of boundaries. I encourage my child not to go near unknown pets or to touch anything which they are unsure of. Additionally, sometimes toddlers could be prone to accidents because they aren't getting enough sleep or are hungry. So ensure that your child has a proper sleep routine and follows a healthy diet for better health.

I hope these tips are helpful to you. All the best!

owaelchi

Hi everyone,

I've also had experience with a very active toddler who is prone to accidents and falls. One strategy that has been helpful for me is to create a safe playpen or play area where I can keep an eye on him while I am doing chores or work. I keep his toys and books within reach so that he can play independently within a safe boundary.

Another thing that has worked well for us is scheduling regular play dates with friends. Playing with other kids can help my toddler develop important social skills, and it’s an opportunity to have an extra set of eyes on him. We often have the playdates at a park or playground which is open and safer to run around in.

What has also been useful for me is seeking advice from other parents, like what we’re all doing on this forum. I find that other parents in my community who have older kids have a wealth of information and experience which they are willing to share.

Finally, I recommend getting down on the floor with your toddler and playing together. You could address any curiosity and redirect their attention to something more appropriate. Spending quality time playing together can, in turn, help to build a deeper connection and bond between you and your child.

I hope these tips help! Take care!

pboehm

Hi there,

I have also faced a similar situation with my toddler who is very active and always on the go. One thing that has helped me is to teach my child how to use age-appropriate safety equipment. We make sure that our little one wears a helmet when riding a tricycle, scooter, or even when we play in the park. We also have a safety harness for when we go for walks which ensures that he is closer to us and less likely to run too far ahead.

Another useful strategy I would recommend is to create routines and structure in your child's day. This ensures that your child knows what to expect and is less likely to run around carelessly. Furthermore, it is essential to keep an eye on your child's activities and habits if they are attending a daycare or a school. It's important to know the safety precautions they are taking while interacting with toys or equipment.

I would also recommend getting some first-aid training so that you can confidently handle accidents and injuries. It’s important to have a first-aid kit at home and in the car at all times. This will help you take care of any injuries immediately and prevent further complications.

I hope these tips are helpful for you, All the best!

madie.corkery

Hello everyone,

I completely empathize with all parents who have such adventurous toddlers. My experience with an active toddler who prone to accidents and falls has taught me some valuable things.

As parents, we should allow our kids to explore their surroundings safely. One strategy that's helpful is creating a Yes Zone where the child is allowed free movement and exploration within structured boundaries. Removing away breakable and sharp items from the area, and providing soft mats, pillows, can prevent serious injuries if your child falls.

Another tip that has saved me from plenty of stress is carrying a simple first aid kit with band-aids, antiseptic, and a few basic medications. This is usually what I need to treat any minor cuts, scratches, or bruises immediately.

In conclusion, I always try to stay positive and proactive when it comes to my child's safety. Of course, my child needs to fall and fail to learn and grow. However, I have realized that proactively creating a safe environment, teaching my toddler how to be careful, and planning ahead of time can eliminate the most severe of accidents.

I hope that these experiences help you with your toddler too. Take care!

euna.will

Hey there,

I totally understand your concern as I also have a toddler who is prone to accidents and falls. One thing that has been helpful for me is to constantly supervise him, especially when he is trying new things. I try to anticipate any potential hazards and intervene before he gets hurt.

Another thing that has been helpful is to teach him how to fall properly. Although it may sound weird, teaching our kids how to fall can prevent them from getting seriously hurt. I showed him how to tuck his head and roll, which has helped to minimize any injuries when he does fall.

I also recommend getting down to his eye level and seeing things from his perspective. This might help you identify any potential hazards that you may have missed before. Additionally, try to create safe play areas in your home and limit his access to certain rooms or areas that may be dangerous.

Finally, I encourage you to remain calm in case an accident does happen. Toddlers can easily pick up on our emotions, so if we react drastically, it can create more fear and anxiety in them. Instead, try to stay calm and administer first aid if needed.

I hope these tips help and wish you all the best in keeping your little one safe.

tremblay.ryann

Hi there,

I am a father of a toddler who is also very active and always on the go. One thing that has helped me prevent accidents is to encourage my child to play outdoors in contained spaces that are safer. I take him to playgrounds that have soft flooring, and age-appropriate equipment that can encourage his agility and balance.

Another valuable tip is using baby monitors. They can be lifesavers or reduce lots of accidents, particularly when the child is in another room or sleeping. You can be more productive and multitask without worrying about your child’s safety.

Furthermore, another strategy that has been useful for me is making sure that my child gets plenty of physical activity that he craves. I ensure that he has enough time to burn off his energy so that he's not running at full speed indoors where he may easily injure himself. I created an obstacle course filled with tunnels, tracks, a balance beam, a trampoline, and some crawl spaces that he can use to burn energy outside.

Lastly, it's important to have a cozy and calming bedtime routine. When my child is overtired or sleep deprived, his agility and balance is compromised, and he's more prone to accidents. I ensure my child gets enough sleep, and his sleep environment is secure and calm to avoid disturbed or restlessness sleep.

I hope these tips are useful for you. Good luck and keep your toddler safe!

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