Climbing Toddlers

Up & Beyond.

photoHappy Wednesday, y’all!

I’m quite a climber these days; whenever my parents take me to the playground – they let me explore! They do hover over me but they let me climb up a slide, as well without being too scared!

Overall, I’m a boy who loves to be challenged and have fun at the same time! Yet, often times, parents worry a lot and wonder if they can let their children “let loose” at a playground because let’s face it – we don’t want them to get hurt!

But I say: Try not to go overboard protecting your children from every little bump, scratch, and boo-boo. What’s your take on this?

Should you give your kids more freedom to make mistakes and learn from them?

Comment below and share your thoughts!

Playground Safety for Toddlers

Facts and Tips for Parents of Toddlers and Preschoolers.

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If your family is like mine, you are probably spending a lot of time at playgrounds now that summer time is here. I love playgrounds! My favorite activity is going down the slides!

Playgrounds offer us the opportunity to explore, to have fun and to develop our gross motor abilities – yet a lot of accidents happen at playgrounds too. The CDC estimates more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger make a trip to the Emergency Room each year due to playground-related injuries; and an estimated 8,250 of those children are under the age of 2 years old.

This being said – make sure you’re there to supervise your child(ren)!

  • Inspect the equipment and make sure all the hardware is in place
  • Make sure there is protective surfacing underneath the equipment
  • Read signs about which age group the equipment is intended
  • Be aware of any spaces that could entrap children, such as openings in guardrails or in between ladder rungs
  • Look for any tripping hazards, like rocks or tree stumps
  • Inspect your child’s clothing and make sure they don’t have any drawstrings on their clothing that might get tangled on playground equipment
  • Make sure your child is wearing appropriate foot wear (flip-flops aren’t safe for playgrounds!)
  • Teach your child to use the equipment the correct way: “Climb up the ladder and go down the slide.”

Happy Playing!