Prevent Outdoor Play from Springing a Safety SurpriseIN TODDLERS' HEALTH
As Jack Frost finally begins to loosen his icy grip, you’re eagerly anticipating letting your toddler run off some of his or her seemingly limitless energy outdoors. Before the two of you start enjoying the spring sunshine, ensure your backyard is toddler friendly.
A quick survey of your backyard is likely to find plenty of spots that need toddler proofing. Take, for example, the play set you purchased as a holiday gift for your child. Before you let him or her start sliding and climbing, inspect the set for sharp edges. Spread a mulch bed one foot thick around the base of the set to cushion your toddler’s landings.
Take these additional actions to make your backyard ready for safe play.
- Remove anything you may have stored in the backyard during winter, such as firewood.
- Lock exit gates if your backyard is fenced and secure doors to sheds or garages.
- Do not allow your toddler to play beneath wood structures.
- Ensure your backyard is covered in thick, mowed grass.
Most importantly, don’t forget the best protection you can offer your child anytime he or she is playing outside—your watchful eyes.
|Toys to Make Mother Earth Smile
As you and your toddler prepare to get reacquainted with the backyard after a winter of indoor play, surprise him or her with an eco-friendly toy.
Sustainable living now extends to toys, and whether your little one is interested in tea parties or dinosaurs, you can likely find a plaything that’s made from recycled products or sustainably harvested materials. Sprig Toys, Inc., of Fort Collins, Colorado, makes battery-free toys that are shaped from Sprigwood™, a kid-friendly material composed of recycled wood and reclaimed plastic. The Sprig Toys Dump Truck makes a perfect gift for outdoor adventure.
Green Toys, Inc., of Mill Valley, California, makes all of its toys in the United States and fashions them from something you probably have in your refrigerator right now: a milk jug. Your junior architect will love colorful, oversized Green Toys™ Blocks.
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Sources: med.umich.edu, dhs.wisconsin.gov, greentoys.com, sprigtoys.com
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