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Infant & Toddler Playground Regulations

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Playgrounds are important places where children can exert physical energy and socialize with other children. It is the adult's job to make sure that any area where a child is playing is safe.


All children, especially infants and toddlers, require supervision at the playground. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), child supervision includes keeping children away from broken equipment, keeping the play area safe and stopping any rough play.

Safe Play

The National Program for Playground Safety states that children should not wear loose clothing, garments with attached strings or any stringed items around the neck, as it can cause strangulation on playground equipment.


Playground equipment should be suitable for the child's size and age. Plastic equipment, as opposed to metal, is more appropriate for infants and toddlers. The CPSC suggests swings with full bucket seats and climbing equipment under 32 inches high.

Sun Exposure

If playground equipment is not in a shaded area, place the palm of your hand on it to feel its temperature. If any equipment feels hot, it is too dangerous for children to play on. Also, make sure children are wearing sunscreen, as the American Academy of Dermatology states that one in five Americans will develop a form of skin cancer in their lifetime.


Sufficient cushioning needs to be provided for infants and toddlers underneath playground equipment. Safety foam and wood chips are two top choices; foam is the best option, as it is solid and cannot be put into children's mouths. The CPSC lists asphalt, dirt and concrete as types of inappropriate surfacing.