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Toddlers and safety

Advice for keeping your little one safe

We could worry about everything, but only a few things need special attention! 

By now your toddler is probably very excited about exploring the world around them. Think about eating development and the wandering, toddling walking...

At a glance

  • Walking and mastering the stairs
  • Food safety and choking hazards
  • Road safety
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The stairs, the stairs...

When yours does master walking, the stairs will definitely be next on their list to conquer.  Now is a great time to teach them how to walk up and down the stairs but always supervise them.  Many children will need supervision with stairs up to the age of four.

You can recap on our advice for sane safety-proofing, including bathing, emergency preventions, kitchens, cruising and walking.

Eat safely

At this age they are likely to be beginning to eat more solid food and snacks. They are also still likely to be putting things (their own limbs, toys, pets etc) in their mouths.

  • Cut food up so that it’s small enough but not so small they could accidentally swallow it.  Cutting vegetables or fruit into long ‘batons’ can be a good idea as this means they can be easily held

  • Avoid small hard foods such as nuts or boiled sweets

  • Supervise your toddler while they are eating and encourage them to sit down to eat rather than running around

  • Keep an eye out for any small choking hazards – such as coins, buttons or parts from older children’s toys and move them out of reach.  A great way to do this is by getting down to their level so you can see what they can see

  • Make sure that plastic bags are kept out of reach

Walk safely

When you’re out and about, talk to them about road safety and why it’s important to find safe places to cross the road.  When walking, hold their hands at all times and explain why it’s important.  When they are in their pushchair make sure they are correctly buckled in.

You may also be interested in our guide to toddler car seats.  Ready for the next steps?  Read our guide to safety for pre-schoolers.

At a glance

  • Walking and mastering the stairs
  • Food safety and choking hazards
  • Road safety
Keep an eye out for small choking hazards – such as coins, buttons or parts from older kids' toys 

Toddlers and safety