Now that your infant has turned into a toddler, they're probably ready to start exploring the outside world around them. Community parks, the movie theater, and even theme parks will help enrich your young child's life and help ensure that they experience a wide variety of activities as they age. But, the world can be a dangerous place for toddlers as they learn about the environments around them. Here are a few things you can do to keep your little one safe as they explore the world with you:
Start Slow With Controlled Environments
When you first start letting your toddler engage in the world without being stuck in a stroller, portable crib, or backpack, it's a good idea to choose controlled environments to visit for the first few months. For example, visit a friend's house after helping them baby-proof the place. And instead of taking them to outdoor playgrounds where they could easily wander off, visit indoor playgrounds at restaurants or community centers in your area. They'll be contained to a small area so it's easier to keep an eye on them.
Scout Out Destinations Beforehand
After your child experiences controlled environments and is ready to explore more open and free spaces, make sure that you scout out any destination you plan to take them to beforehand. This will give you an opportunity to spot any danger areas and make a plan to keep your child safe while visiting together.
For example, if you notice that there are steep slides at the park that would look enticing to your child, you'll want to create a plan on how you'll spend your time together at the park so they don't get distracted by the dangerous equipment. Or if the steps at your local movie theater are steep and dark, you can attach little LED lights to your toddler's shoes so they can see more easily without disturbing other movie-goers.
Schedule Testing for Bee Allergies
One of the most important things you can do to keep your child safe while exploring parks, camping, and traversing on nature trails is to have them tested for stinging insect allergies. Knowing whether your child is allergic to bees will help you prepare for your outings so you can keep your child safe from the chance of getting stung by a bee. And if you know that your child is allergic to bees beforehand, you'll be fully prepared and capable of caring for them if they do get stung.
You'll know exactly where to take your child for professional care and what to do until you can get them to the emergency facility. And you can spend time teaching your child about their allergy and how to protect themselves against getting stung by a bee so they're able to do so once they head to school and start playing outside unsupervised.