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    Keeping Toddlers Safe Around Christmas Trees

    I saw a News story last night where a toddler had swallowed an ornament hook unbeknowst to the parents. The child had a difficult time swallowing. The parents sensed something was wrong and upon having taken the child to the Hospital, a hook showed up on the x-ray. The toddler is okay, but Christmas trees do pose a danger to little ones. I researched more on the dangers to little ones, and this link has more:

    Tips to Keep Toddlers Safe Around Christmas Trees
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    Re: Keeping Toddlers Safe Around Christmas Trees

    I ate a glass christmas ball as a kid. My mom had put chocolate rings in the tree as well, but didn't explain the balls werent edible.
    I chewed it well, so apart from my tongue looking like fresh beef I suffered no ill side effects. (besides it becoming one of those birthday party stories that will haunt me for the rest of my life )With a young kid in the house we'll just have a tiny artificial tree this year. No glass balls!
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    Re: Keeping Toddlers Safe Around Christmas Trees

    We only have plastic ornaments on the tree, but we do have the metal hooks. Draven has already been messing with the tree, but he promptly brings anything that comes off straight to me and tells me it's broken, lol.

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    Re: Keeping Toddlers Safe Around Christmas Trees

    Haha, I recognize that. What a beautiful name btw, Draven
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    Re: Keeping Toddlers Safe Around Christmas Trees

    When my daughter was young I'd put razor wire around the perimeter of the tree and usually have a Doberman keeping patrol.

    If she was going to eat something off the tree she was certainly going to have to work for it.

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    Re: Keeping Toddlers Safe Around Christmas Trees

    Quote Originally Posted by Duke View Post
    When my daughter was young I'd put razor wire around the perimeter of the tree and usually have a Doberman keeping patrol.
    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.


    True love is wanting to give to another person without any thought about
    who’s getting the better of the deal.

    Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lie's man's only promise

    ~All quotes by Leo Buscaglia


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    Re: Keeping Toddlers Safe Around Christmas Trees

    Bumping back for parents with little children excited by the Christmas tree.
    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.


    True love is wanting to give to another person without any thought about
    who’s getting the better of the deal.

    Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lie's man's only promise

    ~All quotes by Leo Buscaglia


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    Re: Keeping Toddlers Safe Around Christmas Trees

    Kitty cats also love the shiny balls. We have had quite a few jump in the tree to get to the balls.
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    Re: Keeping Toddlers Safe Around Christmas Trees

    I have a prelit tree so there are no light cords to get tangled in, plastic ornaments, plastic hooks, and it is teathered to the wall so they can not pull it down on themselves. I went crazy when my four year old was little making sure it was as safe as possible.

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