Safety First, Rear-Facing Carseats Until Age 2
Health and safety are often at the forefront of parents’ minds when they think about their toddlers, and rightfully so. Household injuries are one of the top reasons that children under age 3 visit the ER.
Keep car seat safety in mind. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2. Make sure your wiggly tot is securely fastened with the chest clip at the proper height – buckling in a child this age can be tricky, especially when she arches her back or fights when you are putting her in.
Get on your child’s level and explore your home to see what they see. Chances are you’ll notice things you’ve never seen before, including potential dangers that were previously overlooked. Toddlers are exploratory and don’t understand cause and effect, so make sure things like furniture, television sets, and heavy objects are properly secured.
Has your child gotten his first cold yet? Unfortunately there’s no cure for the common cold, but there are ways that you can make it less hellish for both of you. Consider putting a vaporizer or humidifier in her room, which will make it easier for her to breathe. Loss of appetite is normal, but push lots of clear liquids and steer clear of sugar and dairy until she’s all better.
Scary Mommy Tip: Giving a toddler medicine can be downright TERRIBLE. Try using a syringe to squirt liquid meds directly into your child’s mouth.