You now have a curious toddler who is moving independently and learning fast! They’re busy putting things in their mouth, climbing, opening doors and reaching up to touch everything they possibly can. They love to copy and rush around on unsteady feet, falling easily.
Often injuries will happen because you aren’t aware of what your toddler can do.
Exploring is all part of your tamariki’s development so the main thing is to make sure their environment is as safe as possible.
Falls are very common because they are unsteady on their feet and always exploring their surroundings.
They’ll grab onto anything to steady themselves, including oven doors, wall heaters etc, which increases their risk of both burns and having large objects fall on top of them.
They are constantly putting everything in their mouth even if it doesn’t taste good and this puts them at greater risk of suffocation, choking and poisoning.
They love to play in water, but left alone they can drown in only 5cm.
Keeping one step ahead
It’s now time to do another safety check, have a look around and see what your toddler could climb, and what they could climb up onto. Are there dangerous things they could get their hands on? If so, find a high cupboard and lock them away.