Your Toddler: Safe Ways to Explore
The typical toddler is programmed to crawl, walk, run, climb, and seek out new experiences. Children between 12 and 24 months of age need stimulation to improve their motor and sensory skills.
You can foster your toddler's strength and coordination:
As your toddler becomes more mobile and curious, safety issues become crucial. At about 18 months of age, toddlers just start to understand cause and effect and that their actions have consequences. But they don't understand dangers such as stairs, pets, toxins, and many other possible hazards. To keep these little explorers safe, parents need to play the role of the "sheepdog" by knowing where their children are and what they are doing at all times.
Some basic toddler safety issues to address include:
For more information on these and other safety issues, see the topic Health and Safety, Birth to 2 Years.
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