Published on December 2, 2013 inParenting on LandOMoms.com
While it can be terribly tempting to decorate for the holidays, most decorations are not childproofed. This is the first year our family has a completely mobile toddler running around, meaning things are going to have to be a little different that in year’s past. Here are some tips for decorating with a toddler:
Decorate High – Put all decorations up high and make sure to not put them in places where your toddler can climb up to or pull down.
Give a little wiggle room – Because the holiday decorations can be so tempting and putting them completely out of reach is no fun for your toddler, put a few childproofed holiday decorations within reach for them to have a little fun with!
Lower your electric bill – What I mean is invest in LED lights for your decorations. Not only do they use less electricity, but they don’t get hot like traditional lights. We don’t want your toddler getting burned!
The Tree – If you have a Christmas tree, make sure that it is gated off or tied off to the wall behind it. This way, there will be no way for the tree to fall on the toddler who likes to climb.
When in doubt – Turn it off. Never leave your toddler in the room with the decorations alone. If you do, make sure everything is unplugged and blown out.
Have fun! – Lastly, have fun with it! I’m sure your toddler will love all of your decorations and it will be the beginning of fun and safe holidays to come!