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My toddler loves to run! How can I keep him safe, and still let him have fun?

It seems like your 19 month old just started walking, but there’s a good chance that he’s already begun to run. Toddlers are excited about their newfound physical skills, and running is one of the ways that he’s learning what his body can do, and practicing his balance and coordination.

The trouble is that while your toddler is having fun running, he might not have the best balance just yet. It’s normal for toddlers to take the odd tumble, but you need to make sure that he is safe when he does.

Make sure that you let your toddler run on soft surfaces, like a grassy field or park. Pad the corners of objects like fireplaces, coffee tables, and counters, to avoid serious injuries, and make sure that your child has good, non-slip shoes, which help him to grip better on surfaces.

If you live in a double story house, then gates at the top and bottom of the stairs are a must – at least until your toddler learns how to put the ‘brakes’ on when running!

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