Your child’s safety is the most important thing for you as a parent. Even though you have likely already childproofed the house to make it as safe as possible, there are still things that are going to be a danger to your toddler.
One of the scariest places to be as a parent is when you see your child choking on something. Though you have cut their food when they are eating there are still things around the house that can be dangerous and these are things that you wouldn’t even think about. So keep reading to discover ten unexpected choking hazards for toddlers.
10 Pet Food
Before you had your own baby you might have adopted a fur baby into your home. If so it's important to remember that pet food can be a very dangerous choking hazard to toddlers if they can get a hold of it. You need to make sure that you do not keep any pet food or treats out in a bowl where your toddler can get to it.
It is best for you to remove their food bowl from the ground completely when your pet is not eating from it. Doing this can ensure that your toddler will not have any issue choking on small leftover food.
9 Stones And Pebbles
There are not only choking hazards for your child inside your house, but there are also hazards like stones and pebbles outside of your house too.
Playing outside can be so much fun for kids. It’s a great way to get them away from the screen and to get them to move around. But toddlers are very curious and like looking in the grass for new things to play with. And if they get a hold of a small stone or pebble there can be an issue if you. Make sure you keep a careful eye on them when out and about.
One of the most classic toys which can be dangerous for your toddler to play with is marbles. Marbles are beautiful with colors and designs and will easily get your toddler's attention. But since marbles are small and round if they put them in their mouths they can end up choking on them.
If you have an older child that plays with them to make sure they put them away and out of reach so their younger siblings do not get a hold of them and try to put them in their mouths.
7 Sticky Food
Some foods like peanut butter are not good for toddlers to eat and this has nothing to do with the fear of them having a peanut allergy.
Peanut butter is an extremely sticky food that can be a choking hazard for your toddler. Lumps of this food can end up getting stuck in their throats, making it difficult for them to swallow or breathe.
When you're looking for what to give your child for lunch make sure to be careful with sticky foods like this.
6 Art Supplies
A hobby that kids love is arts and crafts. There is just something about being creative and using their hands that toddlers in particular adore. When you are buying art supplies you need to make sure you are purchasing age-appropriate ones.
The supplies you should be buying are paper, foam board, paints and other chunky things along that line. Smaller items like rhinestones, buttons, and pins should not be given to your toddler. Go through their art supplies and make sure they only have age-appropriate items for them to use.
We are in the digital age and more people are leaning towards using credit and debit cards more than cash. But if you are a person who frequently uses cash, you need to pay attention to what you do with the change you receive.
Coins can be a choking hazard for toddlers since they are small and circular. Any change that falls on the floor or is on the table is going to catch your child’s attention. So make sure to invest in a coin purse to keep this away from your toddler.
Batteries are another item that your toddler can choke on. These batteries can be AAA, AA, or even the circle ones they all play a threat to your little one's safety, with button batteries being especially dangerous.
Batteries do not need to be in a pack or on a shelf for your child to get a hold of them. Any toy of theirs that has batteries can be opened. If the battery door is easy to get into then you might not want to put batteries in that toy at all. Remember your child’s safety is more important than a toy making a sound or moving.
3 Small Toy Figures
Kids love playing with toys of any size. But if your toddler has small toy figures or accessories for the figures you might not want them to play with them.
The classic army man toy accessories can easily get stuck in their throats and the same for any Barbie doll shoes, glasses or bags. It’s best not to let your child play with these, but if they are really attached to these toys already make sure you are watching them closely to make sure they don’t put them in their mouths.
2 Caps and Lids
Any beverage you bring into your house whether it is a gallon of milk or an individual water bottler can be dangerous to your child. It’s not the bottle itself that they can choke on it is the lid on top that can be fatal.
If these lids are easy to remove or on the table or ground your child may want to pick it up to chew on it, especially if it's brightly colored. In the process of chewing on it, they can end up choking. It is best to make sure that you dispose of the caps correctly so your toddler cannot get a hold of them.
1 Small Food
You might already have cut up the bigger pieces of food you give your child into small pieces for them to eat, but there are several small foods that you should not give your child until they are older and can chew better.
Foods like whole grapes, nuts, seeds, and popcorn are small enough to get stuck in your toddler's throat if they did not chew them enough. Look in your pantry to see what else you have that is small and make sure to keep them out of reach from your child.