Developmentally Appropriate Parenting Series: Part V



Though eager to explore the world around them, infants, toddlers, and children lack the skills and knowledge to protect themselves. Parents and caregivers play the most vital role in keeping their children out of harm’s way on a day-to-day basis, as well as equipping them with the safety skills they need to prevent injury and in the event of an emergency. 

Trying Together developed resource content to help guide parents and caregivers in taking steps to eliminate hazards and create safe spaces for children in and out of the home.

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Creating Safe Environments for Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children

Though most unintentional injuries can be prevented, they are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality among children in the United States. As a parent or caregiver, it’s important to continuously take steps to eliminate hazards and create safe spaces for children in the home and out of the home. Read this post to learn more about childproofing.

Creating a Safe Sleep Environment for Children

When you implement safe sleep practices, you can help protect your infant and babies from sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) and young children from other hazards like suffocation and strangling. Learn how to create a safe sleeping environment to reduce the risk of injuries.

Car Seat Safety

Car crashes are a leading cause of injury or death for children. The best way to keep your child safe every time you get in a vehicle is to ensure that you’re using the right car seat and that you’re using it the correct way.

Safe Interactions Between Pets/Animals and Young Children

We love our pets and animals, but it’s important to take the steps to ensure that they can coexist safely. This post explains how to use proper hygiene around animals, how to teach your child how to interact with animals, and what to do in the event of a bite or attack.

Teaching Young Children About Interacting with Strangers

The generalization of “never talk to strangers” doesn’t fully educate children about how to keep themselves safe. This post offers tips for parents and caregivers  to teach children how to identify and respond to dangerous situations.

Discussing Emergencies with Young Children in a Non-Threatening Way

Children’s abilities to cope with stressful or frightening situations improve when they know more about what is happening and feel that they are able to help protect those closest to them. This post outlines non-threatening ways to approach emergency topics while helping children feel empowered.

Creating an Emergency Kit for Your Family

Emergencies like natural disasters, fires, injuries, and other crisis situations can happen in the blink of an eye. Use this checklist to create an emergency kit together with your children. They will learn the basics of staying safe during an emergency.



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