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Questions tagged [safety]

Keeping children safe from any kind of danger.

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21 month old v/s a floor-to-ceiling window

I know, we should have thought about this when moving in, but we were dumb(er) then. We have 3 floor-to-ceiling windows in our living room - only one of them is easily accessible to our 21 month ...
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My two year old depicted a very violent scenario verbally

I was playing with my two year old where she was spooning sea shells into a bottle. I put out my hand to hold the bottle steady. This is something that she would often object to and she may say ...
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Toy safety 3 years old - what are the reasons?

What motivates the 3 year old limit for toy safety? To make it clear, I am not referring to the choking hazard itself. It is obvious that small parts present a danger and accidents can occur when ...
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Are trampolines safe enough for kids? [closed]

My son will turn 5 soon and we're considering buying a trampoline. He enjoys trampoline-jumping at his cousin's very much and we hear from other parents who have one that 'it was the best toy they ...
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How to tell a toddler cars are dangerous and should not be approached?

My child doesn't fear cars. I keep telling him to walk away from cars, but he doesn't listen to me. For example, we went to the shopping mall and I was holding his hand. Knowing toddlers, he doesn't ...
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Toddler putting small stones in her mouth thinking it's funny

My 1.5 y.o. has recently started putting small stones (the size of hazelnuts) in her mouth when we are outdoors, which of course can be very dangerous. I have tried everything I could think of to ...
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My kid cries when nanny arrives. Is this a red flag?

Our nanny has been with us for over a year and she had been getting along with our almost 2-year-old kid very well. About a few weeks ago, our kid started to cry when she arrives and does not want to ...
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Should a parent delete a teen's social media account if it was handled badly?

My 15 year old daughter has created accounts with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Wattpad, all without my knowledge, six months ago or more. After discovering her using a laptop in bed at 4am, ...
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How to explain to a 4-year-old kid to stop playing with kids who beat him?

My 4-year-old kid is very very energetic. He is very intelligent and he gets bored very easily. He started reading from 2 and a half years old, and now he is reading books in 2 different languages ...
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Should we gently take away thing from a baby's hands before she can eat them?

My almost 1-year-old baby grabs whatever she can from the ground and tries to eat it. Should we take it gently from her and tell her "No"? Should we "hit" it out of her hand with a finger, I am ...
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How do I stop my little brother from throwing things?

My brother is usually very nice to me, but sometimes he acts out. I can't be harsh with him because he is not a mature. He gets in a habit of throwing things. What can I do to get him to stop ...
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How to get fixated child to cooperate?

Background These behaviours aren't the focus of the question, simply provided for background information. I'd appreciate it if answers focused on the main question at the end. Sometimes I look ...
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How to keep 3 year old from chewing on everything?

I have a 3 year old who recently started chewing on whatever is nearby. Whenever he gets bored, or he's sitting watching a show, it's almost guaranteed he'll start chewing on something. Up until ...
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How to childproof an ethernet wall jack

We purchased some excellent Safety 1st boxes to cover standard outlets around the house, but there is one that we can't. Our Internet comes to our router from a standard ethernet cable which is ...
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My 6-year-old son struggles with his 'safety lock' car seat belt - is there anything I can help him with this?

When I was six years old I remember struggling with putting on backseat car belts. We have a Mazda 6 - and the 'autolock' feature of the belts means you have to apply constant pressure to keep ...
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Talk about a weird music video from YT to an 9 yrs old

Son. Dad, have you seen the latest K.P's NSFW video? It is totally funny! Dad [looked up wrong edition, puzzled]. Hm, do you mean that head on the plate ? Son. No, rather how she eats that ...
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Swivel toddler car seats that mount to 2-point seatbelts? [closed]

Do any seats exist that are both swivelling for easy installation/removal of child able to install to a 2-point seat belt in an older vehicle? I have found seats that fulfill each of (1) and (2) ...
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Can A 5 Year Old Use A Swim Spa?

So my little girl loves to swim, she’s like a fish and always gets in the water whenever we give the the opportunity. We want to nurture her love of swimming wherever possible as it’s a great way to ...
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Can/should I ask a sitter to take first aid classes?

I live in a relatively rural area which limits certain options for me. Where I live has no professional sitter services at all, you just have to find someone you personally trust. I have recently ...
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Separated parents. As a dad, how do I exercise tough love without being the bad guy?

I am a father to a nine year old boy, I am separated from his mother and have been since before his birth. We don't really get on but we are civil for his sake and communicate maturely as and when it ...
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Five year old successfully built a Lego set meant for 6-12 year olds. Does this mean anything?

Five year old son successfully built a Lego set meant for 6-12 year olds over 3 to 4 days. He did it with very little help. Is this common? If not, what does this mean? Should we do something ...
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Can a 7-month-old baby be lifted upside down?

Recently saw a video by a nurse swinging a baby probably under 1 year holding baby's legs. Is it safe to lift 7-month-old girl baby using the legs if the baby enjoys?
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My 13-year-old daughter is talking to a 20-year old girl on the internet. Is this normal?

She’s not very open so I have no idea whether their conversations are age-appropriate. She is a really intelligent and responsible kid, and she's definitely smart enough not to give out any personal ...
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3 days ago, my doctor pressed my belly really hard and I haven't felt movement from my baby since then. Should I be worried? [closed]

The doctor pressed my stomach really hard to find where the baby's head was at, since then I haven't felt a movement from my baby and I'm really scared. Should I be worried? Should I go to the ...
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How can I teach a child fire is dangerous?

It's my son's birthday and we decided to light some candles, but they can't stand still without him trying to take them and we don't know what he wants to do. Basically we don't ever light any fires, ...
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How long is breast milk good out of the freezer?

I was breast feeding but I moved a few hours from were we lived and I had to stop because I had to drive 7 hours back and forth for a few days and didn't have the time to breastfeed or pump, so I ...
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Seventeen year old daughter wants to take an international trip to meet someone she met online

So, my wife and I are emotionally drained. Our daughter is 17. We live in Ontario Canada. She met a girl online that is 16 and she wanted to fly to California over Christmas holidays to see her. ...
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What risks are there to a baby finding and eating marbles?

Sometime my son leaves marbles around and my baby eat them. We already found 3 in her poo. Is this poison or is this ok?
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Baby monitor for outdoor use?

There are tons of baby monitors when searching on Google, but when adding the restriction that it has to also work for outdoor use, I can't find a single one. The baby unit have to work from -5ºC ...
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My girlfriend has mentioned disowning her 14 y/o transgender daughter

My girlfriend's 14 year old daughter came out to me as a girl on a bike ride when her mother wasn't there. I fully accept her and gladly refer to her by her chosen name ('Emily' for the purposes of ...
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I just learned my 15 year old daughter has come out to her friends - should I say anything to her…OR to my wife?

This past weekend I learned that my 15-year-old recently came out to two of her friends. I learned this in a couple of ways: The two of us just traveled alone for a weekend, and she let me use her ...
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How to get a 2-year-old to stay in his seat belt?

After strapping the 2-year-old into the car seat he immediately takes his arms out of the straps. The only way to get them back in is to stop the car and put them back in. Each time after that the ...
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Can running with 8-month-old in a jogging stroller in the forest be harmful to the child?

I love to run and I love to run in the nature. I bought a stroller for running and today it was my first (beautiful) running experience with my 8-month-old baby, but I realized that in the forest ...
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Baby falling backwards when he learn to sit

How can I save a crawler from falling backwards and hitting his head? If I carry him till his back and neck can support his head weight will he learn to sit? We keep him on a rug on the floor when he ...
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Does a newborn/infant need to lay flat in a stroller

I'm on the hunt for an inexpensive stroller to accommodate a newborn without having to buy a travel system and I'm having a really really hard time finding a stroller in any price range that will ...
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How do we determine the right amount of babyproofing? [closed]

We have a young one finally starting into the adventure of mobility. It's very exciting, but we know our house has never been babyproofed. It's going to take some work to get it safe. However, ...
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What are good ways to help a child understand danger better?

My 8-year-old son is very rational and thoughtful, but in my view he doesn't understand danger well. For example, he will run right next to fast moving cars in the sidewalk. It seems he has a model of ...
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Can feeding bottles harm our infant?

Here in south India, most of PDs are not suggesting the parents to take feeding bottles for their infants; the main reason is that feeding bottles are made up of plastics. Though we affirmed that we’...
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How to make sure my 7-year-old daughter doesn't go outside alone, without scaring her or impacting her confidence?

I have a 7-year-old daughter who sometimes likes to go out without me or her mom. Last week we had an incident that she went out of the school premises and got herself in trouble. In my opinion, she ...
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My 6 year old is terrified of monsters is this normal?

Sammy has always been scared of monsters ever since he was around 2, but now his imagination of creating this monster is getting out of control. He rarely sleeps in his own bed, he has to sleep with ...
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Threat of internet predators — how significant is it?

There is a lot of talk about securing your children's access to electronic devices, the web, etc. There are lots of scary stories about terrible things happening, no doubt many terrible things have ...
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How can I deal with a misbehaving 17-year-old girl?

I have a 17-year-old daughter. She does not respect me, she shouts at me and she goes to parties where there are older friends and alcohol consumption, against my wishes. She just goes out every day ...
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How do I child proof a NEMA 6-20 socket?

Our apartment has what appears to be a NEMA 6-20 socket in the living room (used for the air conditioner). Right now the circuit breaker is off but in the summer we'd like to use it. I can't find ...
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How should the children be taught to be wary of online predators? [closed]

Online predators can be known people as well as unknown. What does the child need to know before going online to stop being a prey?
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How should the children be taught to be wary of physically present strangers?

All I have heard from my parents is not to talk to strangers and not to take anything from strangers. I am not sure if in today's date these two rules are sufficient. What should I tell the child ...
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Securing a 70 lbs punching bag safely around a toddler?

I have an Everlast 70 lbs heavy punching bag that I'd like to hang from an Everlast Heavy Bag Stand; it seems pretty secure to me, I'm thinking that if I use the correct Carabiner and maybe replace ...
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Our baby is a climber. How to deal with it?

Me and my wife have a one year old baby. We have a staircase with a fence - something like this https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/c1/bf/38/c1bf38c07feec93bcf3c82226094dd08.jpg One day, while ...
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Playing with legos with a toddler around

I need your advice on how to get my 4-year old son to play less with legos (or to play in a more controlled fashion) when his toddler brother is around. Currently my son goes through a period where ...
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Are there any risks to using crib bumpers?

Crib bumpers are widely advertised, and sometimes sold with cribs. Are there any risks to their use?
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How to behave with 10 months old baby around staircases? [duplicate]

I understand staircases are very dangerous for babies. We have only one staircase at our home. The staircase is 20 cm high. Our baby is very curious and wants to go down that one staircase (20 cm ...