As your toddler gets that bit older and becomes more independent they are less likely to want to sit in the buggy when you are out and about.
And while it is great to see them wanting to be out and moving about, it means that heading to the shops can be a little risky, as they may run away or hide.
However, rather than force them to stay in the stroller or leave them with a childminder when you are going out, the following tips will help ensure they stay safe.
1. Get them to wear wrist lead or harness
Harnesses are great for giving your child that freedom that they crave but also at allowing you to have some control over them. While an older toddler can become a little annoyed by the restraint, they are really handy if you are heading out to a particularly busy area.
2. Write your details on all their clothes
Make sure you write your details onto their clothing so that if they do get lost they will be able to get someone to contact you. Place it somewhere that your child can see and point out what it is there for. Every time you go out ask your child to find your name on their clothes so that they never forget where it is.
3. Explain what happens if they do get lost
It is so important you explain to your child what to do if they do get lost. Get them to call out your name before going to find a police officer or a shop assistant to tell them that they can't find you.
4. Make sure they answer when you call their name
Children are prone to hiding behind clothes rails or shelves and it is not always easy to see them straight away. However, it is vital that you teach them to answer you when you call their name so that you can find them a lot easier. While it might seem like fun to them, make sure they know the dangers of hiding and ignoring your calls.
5. Hold their hand at all times
Never let your toddler walk alone, unless you are in an open space where they can’t run off. Shops and crowed areas have plenty of places where your tot can hide so always hold their hand or use a harness.