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Unexpected Items to Keep Away from Your Toddlers

By Danielle |

Hidden Dangers!

Believe it or not, there are so many things in our day-to-day life that are unsafe for our toddlers. Because we are so used to having these items around the house — and allowing our older children to use them — it’s easy to forget the risk they pose to our toddlers. I had never even thought about some of these unsafe things until I started writing this.

Who would really think that a balloon could be a major choking hazard? Or that the batteries we use to power our children’s favorite toys could pose a threat?

Little things we kept around the house before having kids are now risky. While there’s no way to swear off AA batteries, make sure to keep items that could harm young children locked in a cabinet or out of arm’s reach. As your kids get older, you can teach them that certain things are off-limits or that they need an adult around before they can use them.

These are some of the biggest risks that surprised me in my research!

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Unexpected Items to Keep Away from Your Toddlers


These look pretty all blown up, but latex balloons pose a major choking hazard for children of all ages. In fact, more children choke annually on non-inflated or broken balloons than balls, marbles, or toy parts — a total that accounts for about one-third of choking-related deaths in children, according the National SAFE KIDS Campaign.
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12 thoughts on “Unexpected Items to Keep Away from Your Toddlers

  1. Another Mom says:

    Any mother with a good head on their shoulders would know these items were dangerous. There is no second thought about it. I can’t believe this was even necessary to post.

  2. alejandra says:

    I wouldn’t have thought about foil. Thanks for posting. :)

  3. guajolote says:

    I gotta say, isn’t this kid #3 for you? Batteries? Tiny magnets? BALLOONS? Duh…

  4. Tee says:

    People are so rude. Really? We are going to judge her for posting this? It’s information for moms who may not know. Don’t be a jerk.

    Thanks for posting. I learned a few things. :)

  5. pegapooh2000 says:

    I guess most of these were common sense to me, not unexpected things to keep away from toddlers!! I mean, I agree, thanks for posting, some people might not know and God knows common sense isn’t abundant in today’s society. And really pay attention to the razor because in a toddler’s eyes, it looks like a toothbrush, one of my not-so-finest Mommy moments, my toddler got ahold of Daddy’s and boy am I so lucky he didn’t cut up the inside of his mouth!!

  6. Lori Nicholas says:

    It is nice to know that there are perfect Moms out there like the first commenter to keep the rest of us idiots in line. Thanks!!
    With that said here are the 2 that I really worry about…
    Balloons have an age on them of 8 and up. I never let my kids play w/ balloons. I may look like a B at b-day parties but if one breaks you can never be sure you picked up all the pieces and if a kid swallows it it can suction across the airway and no amount of himelick(sp) or mouth to mouth will budge it. Balloons are so Dangerous!! Button batteries are in those musical cards that everyone gives these days and it is very easy for a kid to get one loose. A button battery can burn a whole in the esophagus in a couple of hours and cause severe damage.
    Maybe next time instead of degrading people for not knowing something maybe you could try and educate them instead… Just a thought

  7. Janet says:

    Even though most people know about the dangers of these items, it’s nice to have a reminder. Thanks for the post.

  8. Mark Lewis says:

    Ahhh I think this is common sense.

  9. DCwriter says:

    I agree that most of these are typical. Probably, the article shouldn’t have been marketed as “unexpected” items. Oh, and the author says she never thought about keeping razors out of kids’ way. Um, ok.

  10. Dana says:

    Unexpected items? Really? And no, I am not implying that I am perfect but I never left a razor laying around the bathtub.

  11. Andi says:

    All kinda seems like common sense but get its a good reminder

  12. Amanda says:

    If this article keeps even one child from getting hurt from one of these items, then it was worth writing.

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