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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. We have been discussing hiring a landscape architect to improve our backyard even more enjoyable for Hanna but at the moment, we’re still looking at sites like https://edendesignla.com, trying to find the right architect. I’ll keep you updated if we do go through with it though! We want to change our backyard because I just love seeing Hanna running around and having fun in it but, of course, this doesn’t come without its dangers.
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. My friends always say I’m overly cautious with my children, but I do not want them to be getting hurt due to other’s negligence, which is why I don’t see how being a little bit more care can harm anyone. My children are still free to run around, but I just always double-check that they can do so safely. I know far too many people who have had their kids be involved in accidents, sometimes it’s not always even their fault and they have to hire a lawyer to help them get compensation (you can find out more about this here). But I really don’t want to have to lawyers in my life, and I really don’t want my children to be injured, particularly when it can easily be avoided.
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:
We got a pool a while back and it was one of the best decisions we’ve made for our backyard. We thought why not go for it and I decided to get a pool towel rack, pool toys, a robotic cleaner, and a bunch of other pool accessories because we wanted to treat ourselves. And although our pool is small, it’s small and mighty so we had to think about our kids safety. 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! I have considered having artificial grass put down so as there are fewer dangers on the off chance that they do manage to slip outside with no shoes on. A friend of mine from Perth actually told me about an artificial grass wholesalers that she used, and I’ve been trying to find a similar company local to me. It would mean a lot less grass maintenance too which I’m all for!
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!