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What Is A Safe Age For Kids To Start Sledding?

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What Is A Safe Age For Kids To Start Sledding?

What Is A Safe Age For Kids To Start Sledding?During the first snowfalls of winter, children as well as adults look forward to the outdoor recreation that snow offers. Young children eagerly prepare their sleds, snowboards or other snow eqipment, and parents double check last year's winter garb to make sure it all fits and is sufficient for this year's temperatures.

Safety precautions should also be reviewed during the winter season. Keep in mind the ages of your children, and the activity levels appropriate for them. It is important to consider what is a safe age for kids to start sledding, because from the time of infacy babies love to imitate their elders. Thus, young toddlers will probably be eager to join the older kids on the sledding hills and slopes. And this desire can be satisfied for the most part, with baby pull sleds and other safe contraptions that parents can use to help their babies feel involved in all the winter fun!

But, essentially, for children to start sledding down steep inclines on their own, they should be at least four years of age. At this point, most young children have reached the physical and mental maturity to make small decisions on their own, especially with simple activities like sledding. But, this age is of course only appropriate if there are adults present. Always provide parental supervision for your children while they sled, no matter what the age. In fact, join in the fun! It is hard not to, especially since standing still in freeizing temperatures is much less enjoyable than moving and being active! Enjoy the adrenaline rush, and keep an eye out for safety as the neighborhood kids whoosh down those hills.

Along with what is a safe age for kids to start sledding, it is also worthwhile to survey the landscape on which you will be sledding. Smaller children have less ability to control or steer their sleds, so avoid hills with trees, fences or other obstructions at the bottom.

 

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