Baby Safe Halloween Tips
Article Continues Below Advertisement
Halloween at Home
Halloween can be fun and full of spirit, especially if you like to decorate. Keep the same diligence with babyproofing as you do all year and remember these home safety tips:
• Put away sharp objects/decorations. If you carve pumpkins, remember to keep away knives and carving tools up and out of reach of baby.
• Avoid candles or hanging lights. Skip candles to avoid a fire hazard and make sure any light strands are hung high so baby can’t pull on them or get tangled.
• Keep candy away. Keep the candy bowl for trick-or-treaters up and away from the front door to prevent any choking hazards.
• Check your floors. Check the floor for any individual pieces of candy or wrappers that could accidentally be picked up and put in baby’s mouth.
• Stay with baby. Never leave baby near the door or unattended even in an infant seat.
• No glow sticks. It sounds silly, but never give a glow stick to a baby. I’ve seen a teething baby bite right through a glow stick and had glow goo oozing inside their mouth. You also don’t want them to stick it in their ear, too far back in their mouth, or up their nose.
Trick-or-treating can be a polarizing topic amongst parents, but regardless of where you stand on the spectrum, we want you and your baby to be safe if you do decide to go on the candy hunt this Halloween:
• Avoid over contact. People love babies, especially when they are dressed as a cute elephant or pumpkin. Their tendency is to touch though, and lots of hands carry germs on Halloween from repeatedly dipping into candy bowls. Baby-wearing or a stroller can help you maintain control over how much contact your baby has with other people.
• Treat or treat during the day. Staying out during the day means you can see easily and don’t have to worry about mixing with crowds of kids after school that may get rowdy.
• Leave the candy bowl outside the front door. I’ll admit, I did this myself and I’m here to tell you that it’s okay for you to do as well. If witching hour comes along and you’ve got your hands full, don’t feel bad about taking time for your family. Leave the candy outside the front door with a note. This will give you a break from having to get up and answer the door and gives you peace from doorbell ringing when baby is ready for bed.
I hope these tips are helpful and that you and your family have a safe and fun Halloween!