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All parents love taking their babies to the park, but your expectations should reflect what your baby can safely do. Around her first birthday, you can let her crawl or toddle around a grassy area. You can also push her in a "baby" swing. The sandbox can wait until she's about 18 months old. "You can't expect a 1-year-old to sit in the sand without putting it in her mouth," says pediatrician Ari Brown, M.D.
At around a year, your toddler may also be climbing on play structures and going down a small slide by herself. At 2, she will most likely be OK on a bigger slide (just make sure she doesn't get "overrun" by larger kids). Brown suggests these additional playground safety tips for kids of any age: