Top Tips for Backyard Safety With Toddlers + GIVEAWAY

Posted on June 7, 2018 in Sponsored

  Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Media Brand Ambassador Program with Philips Avent and I received Compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own. 

Now that the weather is beautiful out we tend to spend the majority of our time in our backyard! Hanna is home all day as the others are still in school and not quite out for summer yet, and she wants to be outside all the time. Backyards can often be full of ways for toddlers to get into things and the safety factor can be a bit high. Did you know injuries and accidents in the home claim over 70% of ER visits in children under the age of 4 and are the leading cause of death for children age 4 and under.

We’ve been sure to make sure our backyard is toddler friendly, as for many years we’ve always had a toddler and this year is no exception! Hanna is a toddler that is into everything, curious as can be so we are always making sure she is safe and out of harms way. While you may think your backyard is a safe haven – you may have forgotten to make sure some of these are done!

Always make sure your Gate is LOCKED:
This is one we always have to make sure of 100% of the time because of our kids and our dogs. We don’t want either able to get out and explore the front, it’s unsafe for all with cars and the street so this is something we check daily to make sure is shut, locked and secure. This also helps keep unwanted pets and other people/children out of your yard as well.

Keep that pool COVERED when not in use:
Although our pool is small, it’s small and mighty. Any amount of water can be fatal to a child so always making sure the cover is on the pool when not in use, and always making sure to properly supervise your toddler when near the pool is top priority. Although we always think our child won’t go near it when the cover is on, they are curious little ones and always want to see and touch so never, ever just assume. Keep the cover on tightly, and keep a close watchful eye. If you have a kiddie pool make sure the water is dumped when not in use.

Proper drink and foodware for the backyard:
Giving our little ones glass, or even open cups doesn’t usually work outside. Even giving them to our older kids results in disaster. Not only do the spills never end, but bugs and dirt usually end up in the cups. This is why Hanna although can drink from any cup we give her but she  uses her Philips Avent Anti-Colic Bottles in the backyard. They don’t leak, she can’t spill and this guarantees no drink or bugs get into her drinks. She struggles right now trying to use cups with straws as she always wants to tip them – so the bottle is no fuss for her, and it’s also one of her comfort items for now so I pick my battles, and don’t worry about her age at this point. Once her second birthday hits, the bottles will be tucked away for Mia for the future should she ever need them. They are wonderful bottles, and a great addition to our collection. Having older siblings know the rules, and be able to help out is a great idea too. Sometimes toddlers would rather sit with big sissy and may be a bit more likely to eat their snack sitting with sissy too!Hanna tends to take in a lot of air with other bottles, so I was really impressed these bottles are Anti-Colic and are with an AirFree Vent. Making sure she ingests less air when shes drinking.  The unique AirFree vent is designed to help your baby swallow less air as they drink by keeping the nipple full of milk during feeding. Reducing the amount of air your baby ingests helps w/common feeding issues such as colic, reflux & gas.

Clinical studies have shown that the Philips Avent bottle reduces colic and fussing. Fussing is significantly reduced at night as babies fed with Philips Avent anti-colic bottles experienced 60% less fussing than babies fed with a leading competitor’s vented bottle.Always wear shoes in the backyard:
I know my kids aren’t the only ones who try to always go outside in their bare feet or sock feet! I always tell them shoes are a must! The backyard is no exception. Theirs rocks, and who knows what else on the ground so it’s always best to make sure everyone, including the toddlers are wearing their shoes when in the backyard!

Practice safe play on play equipment:
In our backyard we have a slide and a play house! Making sure the kids, and toddler know always holding on with both hands, no hands on with each other (keep your hands and feet to yourself!) and making sure they are sitting down properly when on this equipment helps eliminate falls and other injuries related to playground equipment! Don’t let anyone climb on play houses or play structures. Explaining this to a very curious and rowdy 4 year old boy gets repetitive but they will understand and not keep trying!

Of course, depending on what you have in your backyard and what you do back there the tips could change. Making sure toddlers and kids are always supervised is top priority, as well as making sure anything they can get hurt on is secure and close by to watch. The statistics for household injuries and death for children age 4 and under in their own home is staggering. Making sure to avoid any and all injuries is always a top priority as a parent – but sometimes little things slip through the cracks! It’s always better to be safe (or overly cautious!) than sorry!

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21 Comments

  • Reply Stacie June 7, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    These are great tips. I love that you addressed the gate and the pool. BOTH of those need to be squared away thoroughly when you have toddlers. They can be extremely dangerous.

  • Reply Neely June 7, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    These tips are so important! We are spending a ton more time outside with our toddler

  • Reply Catherine Sargent June 7, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    These are great tips! We always wear shoes when we play outside, you never know what you might step on.

  • Reply Amy June 7, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    What a cute little girl! I used to use Avent bottles with my kids too!

  • Reply Reesa June 7, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    This was my go to bottle for both of my colicy babies. Such great tips.

  • Reply Kelly Reci June 7, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    We absolutely love Avent in our household!! We’ve been using it since day one and they are such durable bottles.

  • Reply Toni | Boulder Locavore June 7, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    These are really helpful tips! This is such an amazing giveaway for mommies!

  • Reply Scott June 7, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    We don’t enforce the shoes in the back yard thing. We keep it pretty clean and well groomed, so running barefoot is more fun!

  • Reply Clara June 7, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    Sometimes it seems danger is lurking everywhere with young children. I’m sure parents of little ones will appreciate these tips.

  • Reply brianne June 8, 2018 at 10:01 am

    What a great giveaway! And backyard safety is a must for summertime. We have a lock on our pool and always make sure to have an adult in the backyard with them!

  • Reply Denise C June 8, 2018 at 10:12 am

    A good beverage container that doesn’t spill or leak is a must. If kids can spill, they will, and then the bugs come. Ewww!

  • Reply Melanie Payne June 8, 2018 at 11:53 am

    I wish I had those bottles when the kidlets were young, they would have really helped! Great tips on the backyard items!

  • Reply Tami June 9, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    You can’t undo an accident with your babies. Following these safety tips is a must!

  • Reply Athena June 10, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    What great tips!

  • Reply Alannah June 12, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    My son has taken well to the Avent bottles. What I love is the AIRFREE vent is easy to clean and has made a true difference to his eating. Also another bonus is it fits all of our Avent classic+ bottles

  • Reply MommyJenna June 12, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    These are GREAT tips! The gate has always been a priority for me!

  • Reply ASHLEY GERVIN June 12, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    such great tips! so many new or ignorant parents leave the gate unlocked or don’t cover the pool and sadly children get hurt. thank you for spreading awareness!

  • Reply valmg @ Mom Knows It All June 12, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Yes, gates should always be closed and locked, if you have kids or even if you just have pets. For pools I wouldn’t keep it covered all of the time, we have a law requiring a fence be around all pools here, it’s just not practical and even possible to cover some pools after every use.

  • Reply Alicia June 12, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    These are all great tips! There seem to be so many more safety concerns during the warmer months with pools, playing outside, etc!

  • Reply Kristin June 12, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Great tips! We’re super careful about our pool too! It only takes a moment!

  • Reply Roxanne Marie Moon June 26, 2018 at 11:06 am

    My daughter is too small yet to need a gate but thanks for the future reference!

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