Health and Safety 2 Years


Car Safety

  • Be sure your child’s car safety seat is correctly installed in the back seat of all vehicles.
  • There should be no more than a finger’s width of space between your child’s collarbone and the harness strap.


  • It is better for toddlers to play than watch TV.
  • Limit TV to 1-2 hours or less each day.
  • Watch TV together and discuss what you see and think.
  • Be active together as a family. Make sure your child is active at home, at child care, and with sitters.

Stranger Safety

  • Teach your child about not talking to strangers or going with a strange person because they have candy, a new toy or a puppy in their car that they will give to them if they will just come over to the car.
  • Tell your child that he/she should walk away and find an adult she knows if approached by anyone who:

- Asks him/her for help.

- Shows him/her a picture of a pet

- Asks to take his/her picture.

- Tells him/her there is a family emergency.

- Calls him/her by name even though he/she doesn’t know him.

 Other Ways to Keep Your Child Healthy and Safe

  • Never leave your child alone in your home or yard, especially near cars, without a mature adult in charge.
  • Keep your child away from moving machines, lawn mowers, streets, moving garage doors, and driveways.
  • Have your child wear a good-fitting helmet on bikes, trikes and scooters.
  • Try to have at least one family meal together every day.
  • Talk to us about toilet training at this visit.

Many of these suggestions come from the American Academy of Pediatrics 
Bright Futures Recommendations.

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