Baby's Second Year -- Your 23-Month-Old

• Make sure each pump has two outlets to lessen the suction should one pipe become obstructed.
• Make sure each drain is equipped with a drain cover.
• Never allow your child near a pool, spa or hot tub unless she is under constant adult supervision. Keep gates locked and spas covered when not in use.
• Know where the emergency cutoff switch for your pump is located.
• Have your hot tub or spa maintained regularly by a professional. Take precautions to upgrade any features that do not meet current safety requirements. Examine the drain covers frequently. Replace any that are missing or damaged.
• Keep the water temperature under 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

Make sure your child's playground is safe. Inspect the equipment before you allow her to play. It should be well maintained and there should be no exposed hardware, which can catch on to your child's clothing. "Soft" sand, wood chips or a similar material should be found under the equipment to provide a cushioned fall zone. The most important way you can protect your child while she plays is to supervise her every move. She'll enjoy watching Mommy and Daddy turn into little kids, and you'll know you are close enough to prevent injury.

Take 10 steps toward a safer playground

Teach your child how to stay safe. As she becomes increasingly independent, it will be impossible to monitor her every move. Help her stay safe at all times with these tips:

• Teach your child the basics, such as her name and phone number.
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