A Playdate Checklist for Parents: Making Sure Your Child Is Safe
As a parent, arranging playdates for your child can be a fun way to get them out of the house and socializing with other kids. However, it’s important to remember that there are some safety precautions that you should take into account before sending them off.
Here’s a checklist of things to ask and prepare before your child’s next playdate!
Is the pool adequately secured for a playdate?
If there is a pool on the property, check if the pool is fenced off properly or has a pool safety net. It’s also a good idea to remind your child about pool safety rules, such as not running around the pool area and never swimming without an adult around to look after them.
What pets are present?
Consider whether or not there are any pets at the playdate location. If there are, make sure that they are friendly and known to be good with children other than those who live at the home. You may also want to ask about the animal’s vaccination records.
What kinds of food will be there?
Remember to ask about the food served at the playdate. If your child has any allergies or dietary restrictions, you need to make sure to inform the host. You may also want to pack your child a snack just in case they get hungry later on.
What activities will the kids be doing?
Don’t hesitate to ask the parents what activities will be taking place during the playdate to ensure playdate safety. Unfortunately, homes are not always safe environments for children. Approximately 3.5 million children are treated in emergency rooms for common household accidents each year. If the playdate involves an outdoor activity, make sure they have sunscreen. If they are riding bikes, make sure they have helmets, knee pads, and any other safety gear. And if there’s going to be any swimming, make sure your child has their bathing suit, a towel, floaties, and anything else they may need.
When it’s your turn to host the playdate
When it’s your turn to host the playdate, take all of these tips into account. Be sure to get emergency contact info for each child for playdate safety. In addition, you’ll want to make sure that your home is safe for children. Put away any fragile items and ensure there are no sharp objects within reach. If you have a pool, follow all of the safety precautions listed above.
By following this playdate checklist, you can help ensure that your child is safe and has a great time at their playdate.
Use this handy Downloadable Checklist before your next playdate to have all your bases covered.