Teaching Tiny Tots What's Hot !

By: Jamie Castner

Basics

  • Pull your hand away from something hot and say "hot!". Then let your child feel something that's very warm (not hot) like the outside of a coffee mug. This method can teach your child to stay away from heat sources.
  • To keep your child safe, make sure you put child-safety covers on all electrical outlets.
  • Check electronic toys frequently for signs of wear & tear ; any object that sparks, feels hot, or smells unusual must be repaired.
  • Keep dangerous things out of your child's reach, such as matches, lighters, chemicals, and lit candles.

In The Kitchen/Dining Room

  • Keep dangerous things out of your child's reach, such as matches, lighters, chemicals, and lit candles.
  • Don't let a child use a walker in the kitchen.
  • Don't drink hot beverages or soup with a child on your lap, or carry hot liquids or dishes around children.
  • Don't hold a baby or small child while cooking.
  • Don't warm baby bottles in microwave. The liquid might heat unevenly, resulting in pockets of breast milk or formula that can scald a baby's mouth.
  • Avoid using tablecloths or large place mats. A small child can pull on them and spill a hot drink or plate of food.