The holiday season can be a difficult one for little ones. Sure, there are presents to open, fun times to be had, and plenty to do. Unfortunately, these celebrations often throw off their normal schedules and new potential dangers are presented. If you want to have a healthier, happier holiday season, try implementing some of these great tips in your home.
1. Skip the heavy stocking holders. There’s nothing more tempting to a toddler than dangling stockings, especially when they know they will soon be filled with goodies, drawing curiosity to reach, grab, and pull. Unfortunately, heavy stocking holders can lead to cuts, bruises, and more. Instead, try using lightweight mantle clips or another method to hold stockings in place without the danger.
2. Keep poinsettias out of reach (or outside). These plants can be toxic if consumed–and unfortunately, that’s not something the average toddler knows.
3. Exercise care with breakable ornaments. Try keeping them up out of reach at the top of the tree, or put those beautiful glass balls away until your child is old enough to know to stay out of the tree. Another solution to keeping tiny hands away from the tree is to invest in a large baby gate that you can place around the base.
4. Keep to a schedule (as much as possible). When you have little ones at home, you know how important it is to keep to a schedule. As you’re planning holiday events and activities, do your best to be at home for nap time and keep your little ones on their regular schedule to help avoid meltdowns.
5. Let go of the food battles. Over the holidays, avoid forcing your child to eat. Try to provide something at each meal that they’ll usually eat, even if that means taking an extra dish or two to family get-togethers. While you might not want to allow dessert if their regular meal hasn’t been eaten, it’s okay to not fight over food during holiday gatherings. On the other hand, keeping your child’s diet as regular as possible while reducing holiday food overload can help improve behavior, especially if there are many sugary options available, such as cookies and candies.
6. Watch your child’s cues. If Santa is terrifying this year, it’s probably not worth the battle to get a picture of a sobbing child in his lap. If your child despises Great Aunt Mary, don’t force him to interact with her. Likewise, an exhausted toddler who is already having a meltdown probably isn’t having fun at that great holiday event, even if you’ve been planning for it all season. By watching your child’s cues, you can avoid sticky situations and help them feel more comfortable and in control of their surroundings this holiday season.
The holidays are one of the most wonderful times of the year, but they can also be very stressful–especially if you have little ones at home. However, by following these tips, they can be much more enjoyable for you and your children. If you have any questions regarding safety for your little one during this season, or more advice in helping your child enjoy the holidays, contact us today.