Baby's Second Year -- Your 19-Month-Old

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Keep your child safe around water:

• Never let your toddler bathe unattended. In the time it takes you to answer a ringing telephone, a bathing toddler can drown.
• Secure toilet lids with appropriate locks.
• If you have a pool, make sure the area is gated with a child-resistant lock.
• Teach your child not to swim or go near the pool alone.
• Drain all kiddie pools after each use.
• Store unused buckets upside down.
• Drill drain holes in sandboxes and other places in your yard where rainwater can collect.

It's scary to consider that a child can drown in just an inch of water, so remember to constantly supervise your child near any amount of water.

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Keep your child safe when you leave her with a babysitter. You're headed for a relaxing night out with your spouse and your new babysitter will be with your children for an hour or two before she puts them to bed. Are you sure your babysitter has the necessary skills to care for your children properly? Does she know which toys are safe for your different-aged children? Is she familiar with any special circumstances, such as your child's food allergies or necessary medications? Be sure to interview a babysitter as you would a potential long-term day-care provider. There are several courses young sitters can take to increase their knowledge of children and their ability to deal with potential dangers. Many high schools' home economics programs offer guidance in this area. Teens may also take advantage of the child and infant CPR training offered by the Red Cross.

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