Holiday Safety Guide




By Nancy Gottesman

Everything changes during the holidays: the foods we eat, the people who visit, even the way our house looks and works.

It’s a joyous time, a lovely break from our overly scheduled lives during the other 11 months of the year. But when habits change, so must a parent’s observational skills. “A lot of accidents happen at this time of year because of the disruption of our normal routines,” says Charles Shubin, MD, director of Children’s Health Center at the Mercy FamilyCare in Baltimore, Md. “We let our guard down and overlook the usual things that protect our toddlers.”

We asked child-safety experts about the most common toddler mishaps this time of year and how to prevent them. We’re glad to be able to share them with you because we believe that a safe holiday is a happy one.

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