25 Days of Safety -- Day 13 - Town of Middletown, Delaware

25 Days of Safety -- Day 13

Date: December 13, 2011
Time: 12:00 AM - 11:45 PM

Today's Tip -- Dealing with Children when shopping during the holidays


            Holiday shopping can be chaotic, tiring and frustrating. Just imagine how much more of an ordeal it may be to a young child dragged from one store to the next as you work your way down your shopping list.

If you bring infants or toddlers on a shopping trip, limit the excursion to one or two hours. Also, make sure your child is rested and fed before you head out.

  • Remove your child's coat or sweater once you are indoors; overheated children can get awfully cranky.
  • Shop with another adult, so you can take turns browsing and minding the children.
  • Keep children close by at all times, and do not let them wander around unsupervised.
  • Point out security guards, so your child knows where to go for help if he gets lost.
  • When you have to wait in line, give your child a book, toy or snack to keep him occupied.
  • Avoid stores with narrow aisles and shelves teetering with fragile items. Be clear and firm about what your child can and cannot touch.