There’s no surefire way to keep your wobbly baby or waddling toddler from taking a dive, but there are ways to reduce the likelihood of one. They include:
• Babyproof, babyproof, babyproof! To minimize the danger zones in your house, take precautions such as putting safety gates at the tops and bottoms of stairs and installing window guards. It’s a good idea to go through another round of childproofing before your baby takes his first steps.
• Never leave your baby or toddler alone on a high piece of furniture such as a bed, changing table, or high chair.
• Always strap your child into the stroller and high chair or onto the changing table.
• Keep “climbable” furniture away from windows so that your child can’t get to open windows (even if they have window guards).
• Don’t use a baby walker since your child may fall out of it or fall down the stairs while using it.
• Always practice playground safety. Watch your toddler when he is playing outside, and stay within arm’s reach when he’s on a high surface.
• If you have a play gym or swing set in your yard, cover the area under and around it with soft materials (like wood chips or rubber mulch) so if (or when!) your toddler tumbles, he will fall onto a softer surface.