How to Protect the Christmas Tree from a Toddler

If you celebrate Christmas in your home as a holiday tradition, you may be concerned about your toddler disturbing the Christmas tree and potentially injuring themselves in addition to damaging the tree. Depending on how your Christmas tree is set up in your home, it may fall down or be hazardous to your toddler's health if ornaments or pine needles are eaten. If you are a concerned parent, there are steps you can take to protect the Christmas tree from your toddler and keep your toddler safe from any potential hazards that may occur.


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    Place your Christmas tree out of reach. This may discourage and prevent your toddler from playing with the tree.
    • Set your Christmas tree on a table with tall height. This procedure may require you to purchase a Christmas tree shorter in height.
    • To prevent your Christmas tree from falling down, place bricks or other heavy items onto the base of the tree stand.
    • If your Christmas tree is in a corner or next to the wall, install eye hooks into the walls on either side of the tree, then string clear fishing line through the eye hooks and secure into place. This will secure the tree to the wall and prevent it from falling down.
    • Place child safety gates around your Christmas tree. You may also want to consider placing the tree inside of a playpen or similar structure.
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    Decorate your Christmas tree with ornaments that are safe to handle. This will prevent your toddler from swallowing broken pieces of fragile ornaments or cutting themselves on glass ornaments.
    • You may want to keep glass and valuable ornaments in storage until your child is old enough to safely handle them.
    • If you insist on decorating your tree with glass or valuable ornaments, place them in the top section of the Christmas tree where your toddler cannot reach them.
    • Refrain from decorating your tree with superficial ornaments that resemble popcorn, candy, or other food items that may seem appetizing to your toddler. An alternate strategy is to put edible food items on the tree that will not harm your toddler if eaten; such as soft, gummy candy.
    • Place ornaments made of soft materials on the Christmas tree; such as ribbons or crafted ornaments that have been made from felt.
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    Place decorations that contain strands or string in the upper branches of the tree. Christmas tree lights, tinsel, or strands of garland can serve as potential choking hazards if your toddler handles them.
    • If you insist on hanging Christmas tree lights on the bottom section of your tree, use lights with smaller bulbs. Larger bulbs may be extremely hot and can burn your toddler's fingers.
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    Hide electrical outlets being used by adornments on your Christmas tree. This practice may prevent your tree from falling down if your toddler trips over cords or if they pull cords from the electrical sockets.
    • Place furniture or other heavy, large objects in front of any electrical outlets that are plugged into decorations on your tree, such as Christmas tree lights.
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    Choose a Christmas tree that is safe for toddlers. Real trees that are dry or artificial trees made from harmful toxins may injure toddlers if they eat pieces of the tree, such as the branch needles.
    • Read the manufacturer's packaging to determine if the tree contains lead. You can also contact the manufacturer directly to learn about the hazards involved if needles are eaten.
    • Keep your real Christmas tree hydrated by watering it on a daily basis. This will prevent dry, sharp needles from falling on the floor and from cutting your toddler's throat if eaten.


  • Do not place poisonous plants on or around your Christmas tree because they may poison your toddler and produce fatal results. Examples of poisonous holiday plants include holly, mistletoe berries, boxwood, Jerusalem cherry, and many other species of yew plants.
  • Do not place burning candles in or near your Christmas tree. If your toddler knocks down the candles, or if the Christmas tree falls into the candles, it may start a fire.

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