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Outdoor Baby-Proofing Tips

Posted on 09 October 2008

Parents tend to be very diligent when it comes to baby-proofing the house. Electrical covers, cleaners and medicines locked up and baby gates are the norm in a home where young children live and explore. But what about outside the home? The warm weather months are a time filled with fun family activities, exploring outside and unfortunately, accidents. Here are some tips on keeping your children safe outside:

Summer Sun & Heat Protection

The sun can damage tender baby skin. If your child is under 6 months of age, don’t use sunscreen, without your doctor’s approval. Chemicals in the sunscreen can be absorbed into your child’s body. If your child is over 6 months, it’s recommended parents use a SPF of at least 15 or higher. Also, to prevent heat stroke, dress your baby in light clothing and a hat. If you suspect your child has heatstroke (irritability, drowsiness and headache), have your child sit in the shade and drink cool liquids.

Pesky Insects

To protect your child against mosquito bites, have your child wear long sleeves and pants. Also, you may want to apply a repellant to your child’s clothing for extra protection. These are also good precautions to take when you are going to walk in the woods. Ticks are common in the woods, especially in tall grass. Try to keep your child away from tall grass and when you get home, inspect them for ticks. Some carry Lyme disease, so it’s important to make sure there aren’t any ticks on your child. Many types of insects are also attracted to sweet smells, such as perfumes or lotions. Eating sweet foods will also attract pesky insects.

Your Garage

Your garage is a tempting place for a child to explore. Keep your child out of harm’s way by closing the garage when not in use. Also, lock up any gardening chemicals, gasoline, etc. Your car also poses a threat to an exploring child. They can climb in the car and get trapped, not knowing how to get out. The car doors should be locked and the garage door opener kept in the glove compartment. Have you checked the safety of your garage door lately? To test it, put a cardboard box under the garage door. If it stops before hitting the box, your door is fine. If it crushes the box, you need to get the door fixed.


Before planning out your garden and yard plants this year, be sure to look over this list and make sure you aren’t planning on buying any of these plants. If they are ingested, your child could get very sick:

  • Azalea
  • Bloodroot
  • Caladium
  • Castor Bean
  • Daffodil & Jonquil
  • Delphinium
  • English Ivy
  • Fruit pits from fruit trees
  • Foxglove
  • Holly berries
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangea
  • Iris
  • Jack in the pulpit
  • Lantana
  • Larkspur
  • Lily of the valley
  • Lobella
  • Morning Glory
  • Mushrooms (most)
  • Narcissus (bulbs)
  • Nightshade
  • Oleander
  • Pokeweed
  • Poison ivy, oak, sumac
  • Poppies
  • Rhododendron
  • Rhubarb (leaves)
  • Snow on the mountain
  • Sweet pea
  • Trumpet plant
  • Tulip
  • Wisteria
    While not every accident can be avoided, common sense can cut down on outdoor risks. Another way to prevent accidents is to view the outside from your child’s perspective. Children are curious and like to explore, but by following the tips above, you’ll provide a much safer environment for them. For more information on baby-proofing, check out Baby Proofing Basics 2 Ed: How To Keep….
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    1. payday advance online says:

      thank you for the information. i had no idea about the list of plants that can cause harm to your children. that is such good information to know.

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