Sasha Watts's 2-year-old daughter Hailey eagerly opens her presents Christmas morning.
Safety tips for holiday childproofingHoliday trees - First, get a gate that you can install around your Christmas tree to encompass the area or at the doorway of the room containing it. Also make sure to keep the light strings and any ornaments high enough out of the child’s reach and beware of table trees that could fall.
Festive candles - For people who like to light candles during the season, keep them a least four feet off the ground on a table or mantle piece, or consider getting battery-operated candles. Also, make sure to keep them away from trees and other flammable materials.
Decorations – If possible, decorate your holiday tree with nonbreakable ornaments. Keep wreaths, ribbons and garlands out of a toddler’s reach and make sure to secure the objects so that they don’t fall on the ground.
Visiting homes – Since you can’t always be sure that the home you’re visiting with your tot is childproofed, you can take your own precautions by purchasing traveling safety accessories. Invest in portable gates that will allow you to block off hallways, doorways and stairwells to keep children confined to a designated safe area. Playpens also provide a great solution for keeping children safely enclosed when visiting other homes.
Source: Bob Baulac, owner of Safe Surroundings Childproofing