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12/21/12blog post

holiday checklist

I attempted to be creative today and put together my “safety” rendition of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – but realized that finding rhyming words for medications and decorations wasn’t really working. My time is probably better spent making sure that parents have one final safety checklist as the holidays are upon us!

So your tree is up, cooking and baking has started, you’re planning your travels…make sure to do an extra double check on safety. Here are my five big items I’m watching for this holiday season with a toddler in the house:

  • Cooking and baking – I love hosting the family get together because I like to cook, however, Mary knows that the kitchen is not the place for her when I’m cooking for eight! Create a safe space in your kitchen where kids are not allowed. If possible, have someone else watch your children if you are cooking and never have a child in your hands as you prepare the feast!
  • Outdoor fun – I’m hoping that we get at least a little snow this year but I’m prepared for Mary with a good, waterproof snowsuit. If you are going to be outside make sure that children are warmly dressed. Also ensure that they are frequently coming back inside to warm out and switch out wet clothing.

Happy Holidays to everyone! Taking a couple extra safety checks around your home can reduce stress and help you focus on the most important things we have this holiday season – our children and families!