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23 Eye Opening Safety Tips for Moms with Young Kids

These safety tips for moms are constantly swirling through my head everywhere that I go. Unfortunately, the world is full of bad people and situations. So, as moms we have to be prepared and on high alert at all times. And while that mama bear instinct is engrained in us, you still need to know what to do and what tools to have on hand.

This post is all about safety tips for moms that you will use every day and a few of the best self-defense tools for moms.

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Safety Tips for Moms

What's different about these safety tips for moms?

As women, we are taught to always be on high alert about our surroundings and constantly be watching for anyone/anything who could be a potential threat. However, watching for threats for both you and your children is a whole other level of vigilant. As a mom you have to be preventative and never put yourself in any situation that at all compromises safety. 

Additionally, you have to think of self-defense differently as a mom. There isn’t an option to run. You have little ones to defend and it’s likely that confrontation is the route you would have to take should anything ever happen. 

These safety tips for moms are geared to help you put yourself in the best position possible to keep your family safe but also leave you prepared should you ever need to be. So, let’s talk through a few different scenarios moms often find themselves in. 

Safety Tips for Walking with a Stroller

1. Carry a can of pepper gel in your cup holder

While pepper spray only works in close contact, this pepper gel spray can shoot up to 25 feet! It comes with a bracket to mount it in your house but I use the bracket to keep it snuggly fit in the cup holder of my stroller. This way, if a dog or a person ever were to come at us, I can pepper gel them before they get up close and personal to me or my kids. 

2. Look for mom walking groups that you can join

Walking with other people is one of the best ways to stay safe walking with a stroller. If you don’t have mom friends nearby to walk with, I highly suggest checking for any mom walking groups in your area on Facebook! I was amazed at how many I saw when I searched it myself! 

3. Walk with a dog if you can

Dogs are a huge deterrent for anyone who would try to harm you or your child. Even if you don’t have a dog yourself, maybe offer to walk your neighbor’s dog for them once or twice a week! That way, it helps both you and them! 

4. Never use more than one headphone

It’s best to not use headphones at all when you are out walking or running in public. But if you do need to take a phone call or you like listening to something while you walk, never use more than one headphone at a medium volume. This will allow you to still listen for any possible threats. 

5. Stay off your phone

Things happen quickly. Any distraction is a danger when you are out and about in public. A phone is a major distraction that will keep you from noticing the details of your surroundings and any potential threats. Definitely bring your phone in case of emergencies, but otherwise make sure it stays in your stroller. 

6. Don't go out at night

As a general rule, it’s never good to go out at night. This is especially true for women and for moms who have little ones to protect. So once it’s dark out, do your best to try and stay in your home. 

7. Let people know where you are going

Whenever you go anywhere alone, make sure somebody knows where you are going. If you have a Garmin smart watch you can also look into their live tracking feature. My Garmin watch sends out a text with my live location to selected contacts if I hold one of the buttons. This feature gives me a lot of peace knowing that I can get my location to my loved ones quickly if something were to happen. 

8. Teach your kids to notice their surroundings too

While you are out walking, keep older kids involved with questions that help them learn their surroundings and their way around your neighborhood. Not only would this help them get home if they ever got lost somehow, but it’s also extremely valuable to teach your kids to be aware of what is going on around them. 

9. Keep reflectors on your stroller and walk into traffic

Walking against traffic is always the safest option to let drivers see you and for you to also keep an eye on them. As an extra precaution it’s good to make sure you have reflectors on your stroller. If you stroller doesn’t come with any, you can easily add waterproof reflector stickers to it. 

10. ALWAYS bring snacks and drinks

If you want to stay safe from the wrath of hangry children on your walks, always make sure you have a few snacks on hand! Graham crackers are our favorite walking snack! 

Safety Tips for Parking Lots

1. Always check your surroundings first

Before you get out of your car and before unbuckling car seats, be sure to check your surroundings. If there is someone nearby that you don’t feel good about, leave or find a new spot. Trust your gut. Fear exists to keep us safe and your gut instincts are there for a reason. Make sure you do the same thing when you are coming out of the store and buckling kiddos back into their seats. 

2. Always bring an equalizer

As a mom, you are in charge of protecting both you and your kids if something were to happen. That’s a big job to do and you may need something to level the playing field. There are tons of self defense weapons to choose from, anywhere from concealed carrying, to tasers, to pepper spray, to key chain alarms. Whatever you choose to carry with you, make sure that you are trained and comfortable with it and have used it before. I bought this three pack of pepper spray to make sure I always have one in my pocket, no matter what jacket I end up wearing out. 

3. Consider getting in the car to buckle the carseat

Being hunched over your car buckling your child into their car seat can take a lot of time. All that time, it’s difficult to stay aware of your surroundings and what could be going on behind you. If you are able to crawl in the back of your car to buckle your little one, this is a much safer option. I luckily can do this thanks to my minivan. If this isn’t an option for you, try out number seven on this list! 

4. Lock the car as soon as you get in

As a mom, it’s likely you are juggling sippy cups, snacks, and toys as soon as you get back in your car. Before you start digging for snacks though, make sure to lock your doors. 

5. Get your keys out before you walk out of the store

Leaving stores, your hands are probably full of shopping bags and children. Rather than having to set your children and all your bags down to dig through your bag, have your keys out in your hand ready to go. This avoids the vulnerability that comes with not being able to get into your car quickly and having yourself distracted from your surroundings by your missing keys. 

6. Stay in places of high visibility

Always try to park and walk in places of high visibility, where there are lots of other lights and people to help you if something were to happen. If you happen to go out when it is getting dark, make sure to park underneath a light in the parking lot. They often have security cameras that will deture people from lurking there. 

7. Park next to a cart return

Not only is parking next to a cart return far more convenient, it also can be a whole lot safer. Park the side of your car with your car seat next to the cart return. Then when you open the door, you have blocked off behind you with the cart return and one side with the open door. Now, rather than having to watch your back in three directions, you only have to keep your eyes on one. 

And when you come back out of the store, you can get kids into the car before putting the cart back since it’s right there. 

8. Use the gas flap to contain toddlers

Believe it or not, your gas flap is a powerful tool to keeping your kids safe in a parking lot. As you are unloading or loading other kids into your car, instruct young kids to touch “the square” (or circle) on the car until you are done. You can also turn it into a game as they get a little older and ask them to time you while they wait! Try to beat your time each time you go out! 

9. Don't get distracted

The main danger in parking lots is your own distractions, your phone being one of the biggest distractions. Keep your phone put away and stay aware of your surroundings. This is so important in order to set a good example for your kids as well. 

10. Make eye contact and excude confidence

Making eye contact demonstrates confidence and tells any possible predators that you are not an easy target. Instead of looking away and avoiding eye contact like most people do, make a point to make eye contact with anyone nearby as you walk through the parking lot. If they are preying waiting for an easy target, it won’t be you.

Safety Tips for Social Media

1. Don't post about your vacations while you are on them

If you feel that posting about a vacation is a must, don’t do so until you are home. Don’t go announcing online that you and your kids are at Disney. Just enjoy it and if you feel the need, post it later.

2. Never post photos of your children on a public account

Unless you have a private account and you actually know every single person that follows you, I urge you to not post photos of your children. For one, you don’t need complete strangers thinking your kids are cute or knowing what they look like at all for that matter. Secondly, it’s not fair to your kids for them to be plastered all over the internet. They may grow up and not want those photos out there. 

3. Don't use your children's names in your captions

As fun as it is to share funny stories of your kids, do your best to share those stories without names. When it comes to social media safety, the less personal information on the internet, the better. 

This post was all about safety tips for moms to keep their kids safe in public and online. The world is a scary place to be as a mom with young kids. We have the responsibility to make sure our cubs are kept safe in this crazy world. I know that task can feel daunting at times, but I hope I was able to help you develop some ideas that will work for both you and your children to be safer next time you are out and about. 

-Beautifully Busy Mom

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This post was written by Monica, a mom of 2 who is passionate about helping moms keep their kids safe in the craziness of our world. 

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