We never had to worry about my daughter putting things in her mouth. I don't know why, but she never seemed to feel the need to try and taste everything, so like most new parents, we pat ourselves on the back, chalked it up to good parenting and found other silly things to obsess about. [ENTER] Child #2: BOY WERE WE WRONG. We weren't good parents - WE JUST GOT LUCKY.
Our son is 1 year old and pretty much tries to kill himself ever 2 minutes. One of his favorite ways to freak Mom and Dad out is to put small choking hazards into his mouth like they're candy. The only problem is...many of those small objects are toys (or parts of toys) that my daughter doesn't necessarily want to throw away - a colorful stone, a souvenir penny, a Barbie shoe, etc. So I started to see piles of these little objects on high shelves in every room. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I thought - all of this needs to go in one place....so VOILA! the Choke Bottle was born!
How'd You Do That?
All you need is a plastic bottle with a medium-sized neck and a cap. If it can fit through that hole, then it can choke a kid, is my rule.
Tips & Tricks
It's so easy to get caught up in the fun and sun and forget to drink enough water! Check out this awesome post on Toddler Chow by local nutritionist, Cheyenne Richards on hydrating this summer! Love it and LOVE LOVE LOVE this blog!
Summers in Austin Texas can be hot. REALLY hot. The good news is, there are plenty of things you can do to ensure that everyone is able to be fun and safe while still enjoying the outdoors:
Water (drinking) - Making sure there's always a large jug full of ice water & cups outside for the kiddos to hydrate throughout the day is a must! In addition to responding to requests, be sure to actively encourage them to drink throughout the day and discuss the importance of taking care of their bodies by drinking water. Consider setting a timer or alarm for "5-minute drink breaks" at the top of each hour that they are out in the heat.
Hats & Bandannas
Hats are a great way to prevent sunburn and stay cool - make sure you choose a hat that is comfortable, gives your kiddo plenty of coverage, made of a breathable material and preferably a light color. If your kiddos hate hats (like mine do) another great option is a gel-filled bandanna or a plain bandanna soaked in cool water. I've found that letting them pick the color and writing their name on it with a sharpie makes them more likely to stay on!
Well-timed Indoor Time
Incorporate indoor lunch time and/or afternoon nap or quiet time in your daily routine during the heat of the day. Having a little down time in the cool of the indoors is important both physically and mentally (for everyone!). See an example of a daily routine here.
That's it for now! We hope everyone has a great, safe summer filled with lots of new adventures outside!
About the Author: Angela proud mompreneur living in Austin with her husband, 2 kids and is co-owner of Splitter Splat, a private, part-time playcare for kiddos 18 months to 6 years old. For more go to SplitterSplat.com
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