One- and two-year-olds
are into everything. They can climb onto and fall off of anything.
They can pull chairs around to get on to things you didn't think they
could. The cookies are no longer safe on the counter, or even on top of
the refrigerator. They will make stairs out of drawers. They will
pull chest of drawers over on themselves. They will investigate the
stove, at the wrong time. They will go to the front door and make sure
you are watching them open it, especially if you tell them not to. Your
kitchen knives draw them like a magnet. They will turn on the hot water
(only) in the tub, and then climb in. They will unroll the whole roll of
toilet paper into the toilet, then flush. Twice. They will find your
medicine. They will try to eat everything, including the contents of the
cat litter box. This age is incredibly curious, but not too verbal. That
will come, but they know no fear, and only an attentive parent can keep them
out of serious trouble.
Use these measures to protect your toddler:
- Put high latches on
- Secure heavy things to
- Make sure pot handles
don't face outward.
- Set the thermostat on
the hot water heater to 120 or less.
- Lock away and store
high all medicines.
- Know the poison
control number (800) 222-1222.
- Put away knives and
- Choose your safety
equipment carefully. Child gates and latches should be securely
installed. Children can work a compression gate from a door frame with
- If you have a pool in
the back yard, a locked fence and your constant knowledge of where your child
is, is all that is protecting you all from a very tragic event. Keep your
- Refresh your CPR
page was authored by Dr. James C. Montgomery MD FAAP.