Toddlers can make holiday decorating difficult. Little hands and curious minds combined with glass balls and sharp corners on ornaments can equal disaster. If you have a toddler in your house, it may be best to stash away the family heirlooms for a few years or put them up in high places for the time being. It is possible to decorate beautifully, but care has to be taken to keep the decorations toddler safe.
Keep the Tree Separate
Putting a tree up in the middle of a communal area like a living room can spell disaster if your toddler has free reign to go pull the tree down and mess with ornaments. Consider putting the tree in a lesser-used room. If that is not an option, it may help to put a toddler gate around the tree.
Ditch the Mistletoe
Mistletoe is poisonous, so it is best to ditch this decorative plant while you have little questing hands in the house. Snow sprays are also poisonous, so be careful to keep these out of reach of littles or just leave them out all together.
Be Conscious of Tabletop Decorations
Tiny nativity scenes and figures are just the right size to pose a choking hazard to little ones. Opt instead for stuffed decorations, gingerbread houses, and other decorations that can stand up to the wrath of a toddler. Try to stay away from glass decorations entirely, unless you have high places to put them.
Trim the Tree with Care
Styrofoam ornaments with string hangers, popcorn garlands, and other child-friendly ornaments can allow kids to admire the tree while saving the adults from having to watch the tree too closely. If desired, it may be helpful to anchor the tree to the wall or ceiling so that kids can’t knock it over as easily. Make sure to keep the lights on the upper part of the tree so that kids can’t reach. Have a safe and happy holiday!