Toddler Proofing Tips

It Happened to Me: My Daughter Almost Strangled Herself with a Belt

momfarah
October 3, 2011

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I had a huge scare yesterday. My 2-year old daughter was helping me sort through some of my clothes—we were in full-on cleaning mode—when I left her to get something out of closet. I came back in less than a minute only to find her with one of my tie belts wrapped tightly around her neck.

It looked like she was trying to get it off, but instead of making it looser, she was making it tighter. Luckily I was able to remove it before she got seriously hurt, but it still left a mark. Other than that, she was fine, but I was so freaked out about the whole thing, I think she picked up on my vibe and freaked out a little too.

All I could think of was Mike Tyson’s 4-year old daughter who died after accidentally strangling herself on a treadmill cord when no on was looking. What if I didn’t come back in time? How could I be so careless?


It was a big kick in the butt reminder that pretty much anything can be a safety hazard, especially when it gets in the wrong hands. It’s not just your outlets or stove tops you need to protect your little kids from. It’s the seemingly harmless things, like my little red belt, that you need to keep an eye on, too.

We took the rest of the day off—no more cleaning after that, although I did start taking inventory on all the potential dangers in my house that still have to be addressed. First on the to-do list? I have some bookshelves that need to be anchored to the wall.

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  • Hannah
    October 5, 2011

  • My mom is great! She always tried to be logical with me, but understood that at some point, children need logic that makes sense to them. She ALWAYS told me, “You never put anything around your neck! NOT. EVER.” To this day, I have a hard time wearing turtlenecks.

    Her other trick, which is funny to me now, and which I will probably use on our kids is the following: She locked all the dangerous chemicals (cleansers and the sort) in a single closet. She then put two locks on the closet, one at the bottom and one at the WAY top. Then one day, she took me in front of the closet, pointed to it, and said, “This is the DEATH closet. This is the CLOSET OF DEATH! Only mommies and daddies can go in there!” I kid you not, it freaked the hell out of me….. probably until I was around 12. She wasn’t normally into scaring me, but the reality was that if I got into it, and started playing around, it COULD mean death for me. So, in her way: logic for a kid.

    It worked though… :)

  • Carol Silver
    October 6, 2011

  • This beautiful inquisitive child will – like her father before her, spend many hours trying to figure out how things work, and make you crazy in the process. Hang in there!

  • Jess'ca
    October 6, 2011

  • When I worked at a family daycare years ago the daycare owner and mom of a 3 year old called me upstairs to where she was waking her daughter up from her nap. The three year old had removed her tights and wrapped them multiple times around her neck. She was fine but it just goes to show that you really can’t protect them from everything – they will find a way to make just about anything dangerous! So do your best to protect them from the obvious dangers and the hidden ones but little ones are creative!