Whether you have an eat-in kitchen or a separate dining room, observe the following:
- Repair or dispose of rickety chairs.
- Shove chairs back in place flush against the table when not in use. Don't let them stand out from the stable where they may be treated as steps for a toddler to climb.
- Secure tables with center pedestals. Tables that have center pedestals rather than corner legs are more likely to topple over if a child's weight bears down on the sides. Teach your child never to lea on the table's edge.
- Make sure tabletops are securely anchored to bases.
- Be wary of folding or collapsible tables and chairs. Brace them so they are secure around children or remove folding tables and chairs when not in use.
- Check for protruding nails, splintered wood, staples, sharp bolts, and jagged edges. Get down on all fours and take a look at the undersides of your tables and chairs.
- Place fine china, glassware, and other breakable items safely behind closed doors.
- Do not keep a cloth on the dining table. Toddlers are likely to pull it -- and everything on it -- down off the table and on top of themselves.
From The Parents Answer Book: From Birth Through Age Five, by the editors of Parents magazine. Copyright © 2000 by Roundtable Press and G+J USA Publishing.
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