This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned as a mom is I cannot protect my kids from everything. There is no bubble I can put them in. Or monitor I can attach to them sounding out an alarm when something bad is about to happen. Wouldn’t that be great?
I remember when we took our first baby 101 class we were given a handful of pamphlets. They covered things from nursing to sleeping schedules to introducing your baby to solids to vaccinations to safety. At the time, I read them all and thought just reading them was enough. Then I became a mom and realized there wasn’t a pamphlet with all the answers. I also realized that mother’s intuition was a real thing. My goal as a parent is to protect my kids as much as I can and from there, teach them how to be safe and make good decisions. I’ve also learned that accidents can happen, no matter how hard you try to prevent or prepare.
When AG was two years old we had to make our first phone call to poison control. She had taken one of the wallflowers with the scented oil out of the wall and put it close to her mouth. While I was right there and pulled it immediately away from her, I was only 95% sure there was none in her mouth. It scared the living daylights out of me. Thankfully she was fine, but that was a reality check for me.
Before that happened, I thought we had taken all the necessary precautions to make sure the house was safe. We had locks on all of the cabinets, cleaning items out of reach, small objects put away, etc. I did what I thought I should do when it came to “child proofing” our house.
Unfortunately, unpredictable things happen everyday. It’s especially hard with toddlers who are into everything and are a tad too young to really understand right from wrong, safe or unsafe. Over the next few months, I’m going to introduce you to Make Safe Happen. It’s a program dedicated to reducing accidental injury, which is the leading cause of death of children. This year, in collaboration with nonprofit partners like Safe Kids Worldwide, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the American Red Cross, Make Safe Happen will focus on educating caregivers on four critical at-home safety risks.
This past week was poison prevention week. 9 out of 10 poisons happen in the home. Household items that you wouldn’t think to be overly dangerous can be, like hand sanitizer. Or even leaving a car key fob out with little batteries that aren’t secure can be swallowed in a matter of seconds. Here are some tips to keep your littles safe at home. I know this week I’ll be adding safety check to my spring cleaning checklist.
Read them, there first one was one I know I need to pay closer attention to with AG.