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Taking care of small kids is difficult. It’s difficult mentally, physically, and emotionally. Even still, while it is difficult, it’s absolutely worth it. In fact, it’s one of the most rewarding experiences anyone could hope for in this life, even though it is so difficult. One of the most difficult parts about it is that they tend to create harmful situations for themselves without even realizing it. Often they like to create messes, explore dangerous terrain, and fumble with dangerous items they find such as Christmas ornaments or small toys. It’s important to figure out a way to keep them from hurting themselves with dangerous items.
Create a System
One of the best ways you can protect your little ones is to create a system for keeping track of tiny toys that could be harmful to young ones. It’s a good idea to have a specific place that all small items go in each and every room. That way, you will always know where the potentially dangerous items are for younger toddlers. Older kids can still enjoy their fun toys while knowing where to place them when they are done. Another good rule is to only allow one toy to be played with at a time so that nothing gets lost or misplaced for little hands to find.
Invest in Locking Storage
Locking storage is imperative. Few tactics stop curious toddlers from getting into just about anything. In addition to baby proofing dangerous areas around the home, it’s a good idea to get locking cabinets, drawers, and chests so that any potential dangerous tiny item has a safe place to be tucked away for those brief moments when you take your eyes off your tot. You can find good locking storage in big-box stores or local supermarkets.
Educate Those around You
It’s an old saying, but they do say that raising a child takes a village. This is absolutely true. You cannot possibly keep an eye on your young child at every waking moment. Also, you cannot possibly keep up with cleaning up after everyone all the time, either. It will take the help of those around you to keep him or her safe. So be sure to educate those around you about the system and locking storage you have put into place. This will make it run smoother and have a much higher likelihood of success in keeping those small toys out of your child’s small hands.