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Tips for Toddlers and Fireworks This 4th of July

If your toddlers are anything like mine they are not only fascinated, but they are also terrified of the annual 4th of July fireworks display.

Whether it is the simple tradition of lighting off your own fireworks at home or attending a large scale display your town puts on, there are a lot of little things you can do to help your toddler tolerate the experience a little bit better than they may have.

Fireworks can certainly be a big deal to toddlers—way more than we would expect as parents. I learned that the hard way two summers ago.

With my middle son Benjamin, last year we learned a lot of different ways typical toddlers need to get through the noise and bright flashes. These are some tips from myself and what works for our family, as well as expert tips that have been floating around the past couple weeks in preparation for the 4th of July.

It isn’t rocket science, and many may already use these tips in their firework excursions, but if they can help just one parent, it is worth it.

What are some tips you would give to keep your toddler safe and help toddlers tolerate the larger firework displays?

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  • Sunglasses! 1 of 3
    Sunglasses!
    It may be dark outside when the fireworks launch into the sky, but believe it or not, some children are bothered by how bright they are. We learned through our middle son that sunglasses work wonders for helping with the bright lights.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Ear Muffs! 2 of 3
    Ear Muffs!
    Does the sound of the fireworks bother your toddler? Easy solution! Ear muffs! Another accessory that is a must have to not only preserve your toddler's hearing but keep them from getting startled.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Keep ALL Fireworks Out of Reach 3 of 3
    Keep ALL Fireworks Out of Reach
    You know the small fireworks you can typically buy in the stores?
    Those aren't safe for your toddler to be playing with. INCLUDING SPARKLERS! Keep your toddler at a SAFE distance from ANY firework.
    Photo Credit: Flickr

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