Knowing the number for your local hospital: if your toddler swallows something toxic, minutes can make a difference, so make sure the number is displayed prominently, and that everyone who cares for your child knows it.
Not putting your child in a forward facing car seat too soon: rear facing car seats are proven to be safer, and the longer you can keep your child facing the rear of the car, the better. Experts recommend that children as old as four face backwards in the car, and if you can find a rear facing Group 1 car seat, you should invest in it!
Keeping your child fed on healthy foods: too many parents feed their children junk food, just because it’s all they want to eat. Good nutrition is imperative though, so denying your child sweets and other junk food, and pushing healthy snacks and meals, can do a lot for your child’s health!
Avoiding juice as much as possible: Juice, even those designed for kids, is high in sugar. That leads to cavities, weight gain and other health issues. Rather offer your child milk or water, and limit fluid intake. Many kids fill up on liquids, and then have trouble eating.
Being a good example: If you’re telling your kids to make healthy and safe choices, like wearing a seat belt or drinking water, but you don’t do it, they’re unlikely to comply. Be a good example, and you’ll help to raise a healthy child.