How to Toddler-Proof Your Christmas Tree in 10 Easy Steps
There are many temptations over the holidays for curious children, but your sparkly Christmas tree can be the most alluring. Use this safety advice to safeguard your child and your favorite decorations.
When a toddler is around, Christmas might seem magical—until they start misbehaving. Your festive Christmas tree might be to blame for their mischief. After all, what young child can resist the glittering tinsel, sparkling ornaments, and shining star on top?
There’s no need to put your tree back in storage or move it to an inaccessible room if your toddler is continually fidgeting with the ornaments and branches. Follow this tried-and-true safety advice instead to keep your youngster safe into the new year, as well as your beloved holiday decorations.
Plan Where You Will Put Your Ornaments
Your amazing decorating talents are evident by the fact that your toddler may be pulled to your Christmas tree the same way that Santa Clause is drawn to goodies. Would you like to save your most priceless, fragile, or sentimental ornaments? Put kid-friendly decorations on the lower branches and hang them up where they are out of the way.
Do not use hazardous decorations
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, they could include frayed string lights, pointed or breakable decorations, and anything with little removable parts that could pose a choking hazard (AAP).
Also, parents should ensure that no dangerous components are present in the décor. The AAP advises “being wary about trimmings that may contain lead.” “Choose tinsel or plastic or other non-leaded artificial icicles. Lead may occasionally be present in significant concentrations in the wire coating and bulb sockets of light strands.” The growing brain of a child can be harmed by excessive lead exposure.
In place of the ornaments’ metal fish hooks
Unfortunately, many traditional ornament hooks are a serious choking hazard and are prone to falling off. Be careful when removing decorations from storage to prevent hooks from falling to the ground and ending up in your child’s mouth.
Make sure the branches of your tree are properly supported by them. When toddlers are present in the house, ribbon or string are considerably safer options for hanging ornaments.
Make the Tree Stable to Prevent Tipping
The entire thing can topple over if your child leans against the tree to grasp a glittering ornament or even tries to climb it. Choose a strong Christmas tree stand and think about adding some more weight to avert this calamity; bricks wrapped in gift paper are one practical workaround.
Also, you ought to place the tree at a location where its effects, if it were to fall, wouldn’t be disastrous (in other words, stay away from fireplaces, stairwells, breakables, and big windows).
Stay away from ornaments that resemble food
Candy canes and frosted gingerbread may make you feel festive, but children with a sweet taste find them to be just irresistible. Avoid using any decorations that mimic food, whether they are edible or not, advises the AAP.
Moreover, don’t assume you can get away with hanging them on the upper branches because an ornament that resembles a strawberry doughnut with rainbow sprinkles is more likely to encourage your child to start climbing than anything else.
As a Christmas tree alarm system, use bells
It’s true what you just read! Bells can be both gorgeous tree decorations and a warning system for your toddler if they get too close. You may detect small hands and feet moving over the branches by strategically placing a few bells around the tree’s circumference.
Think about ornamental anchors
Consider utilizing ornament anchors to prevent your decorations from going missing (and then being discovered months later stowed in the toy box). With the help of these clever little gadgets, your toddler can touch and admire low-hanging ornaments but cannot just take them off the tree.
Create a Current Blockade
The suspense of Christmas day is increased by the enormous, wrapped presents that encircle the tree and serve as a barrier to prevent anyone from approaching too closely. If those boxes genuinely contain gifts or not, only you need to know!
Baby gate all around the Christmas tree
A baby gate around your Christmas tree may not be as appealing, but if all else fails, this is a good method to toddler-proof it. Fencing for a play area or kennel can also be used. When you can keep a close eye on your child, pick a gate that is simple to fold up and store. You could also be able to simply section off the space where your Christmas tree is placed, depending on where it is located.
Offer young children a little Christmas tree
By providing your youngster with a miniature version of their own, you can reduce some of the temptations of the large tree. You may dress up this “kids’ tree” with enjoyable, unbreakable ornaments that will occupy and divert their small hands, whether it is a real tree or a fake one.
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