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Top Tips To Protect Your Toddler In The Garden

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It’s not possible to protect your toddler from every bump and fall in the garden. The RoSPA reports that 110,000 children are injured each year in the garden. So, with spring finally here and summer just around the corner, it’s essential you complete some garden maintenance to keep your little ones save as they head into the garden, for what could be the first time this year.

My daughter will have just turned one when summer hits. Since moving into our house, we haven’t spent much time making-over the garden. I am, however, keen to make it as safe as possible so she can enjoy her first year as a toddler in the great outdoors.

Tidy up

Just as there are simple ways to organize baby stuff in the home, tidying up the garden is just as easy. Items left out from the end of last summer should be put away somewhere safe. Make sure you check for any hidden items buried in overgrown grass too. Be sure to give the patio a thorough sweep and clean up any fallen leaves from the autumn which may be slippery. Our pathway always has moss on it, come the spring. Moss is a trip hazard, especially for little ones who are unsteady on their feet, so, if you’ve got the same problem as we have, remove it before your toddler ventures outside.

Fix broken wall, fences and patios

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Broken foundations and fences in the garden should be repaired or replaced to protect your toddler in the garden. A broken planter wall will have sharp edges which will easily cut your little one’s hands. A damaged fence is a safety risk as your child may try to escape through it or injure themselves when brushing past a splintered panel. While, broken or uneven patio slabs pose a tripping risk for little feet that love to run.

Water features

Water features may look pretty, but, pools of water are potentially hazardous when you’ve got a toddler. Consider sealing off access to the pond or even removing it altogether. Bird fountains may look tempting to children, but the water and the fountain won’t be the cleanest, so, don’t let your child have access to one. Be sure to keep a close eye on your toddler when the paddling pool comes out and swiftly empty it when not in use.

Protect your toddler by creating a designated safe area

We’ve decided that the best way to protect our toddler in the garden this year is to fence off an area just for her to play in. We’ll be putting her swing, slide and sandpit in there. It means we haven’t got to worry about her attempting to climb up and down the steps that lead to the patio or stop her from wandering behind the shed. Our garden needs a lot of work to truly toddler proof it. However, I’m happy that she’ll have a secure part of the garden to play in this year.

There are so many factors to consider when it comes to tacking action to protect your toddler in the garden. But, if you think like a toddler when you step outside it should help you identify the areas you should work on.


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  1. Some good tips here- it’s always worth making sure that you’ve done all you can to keep them safe while they play and explore. #familyfunlinky

    1. amy says:

      Oh yes, definitely! Thanks for your comment.

  2. Great question! I will often make myself “the destination instead of trying to chase a toddler around, while being sure I am technically set up to capture them. I wrote a whole chapter about this in my new book because phtoograph toddlers can be pretty tough (!), buthere are a few quick methods that work well: Fast shutter speed is your best friend here When photographing fast-moving toddlers, I am shooting over 1/500 sec at a minimum. It”s too easy to get unintentional blur otherwise. Get down on their level and get between where they are going and their destination vs. chasing them Shooting wider portraits, in addition to close-ups, just to showcase size and relationship to their surroundings Hope that helps, as a starter! I have a “shooting fast-moving subjects week coming up soon, with more photos/videos/info to showcase more 🙂

  3. This is really useful, things you don’t really think about so thanks for highlighting X #triumphanttales

    1. I’m glad you found it helpful 🙂

  4. Good tips for trying to prevent accidents in the garden. #familyfunlinky

  5. The worst injury my children have suffered is after stepping on a snail shell and it got embedded in his foot, ouch! #triumphanttales

  6. Ah I am with you on this we have a great garden for the kids but there is some really annoying steps that I always worry about. I often try to make a little path for them but the steps in the hope they’ll use that and be a bit safer! Thanks for joining us at #familyfun

  7. They sound obvious but are things that we probably don’t think about as much as we should! Thanks for joining us at #TriumphantTales, hope you’ll come back again on Tuesday!

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