New Mom Essentials: How to Safety Proof Your House for Baby

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Adding a new member to your family is one of the most exciting times of your life, but experienced moms know preparing can also be extremely stressful. Getting the house ready to bring home a newborn is a process, of course, but taking it step by step can help ensure your house is safe for your new arrival. Check out these tips to safety proof your house for baby.

  1. Take it one room at a time

Trying to safety proof your entire home in one day would be an impossible feat even for the quickest worker. Give yourself adequate time before your little one arrives to check each room thoroughly. Every room can present new hazards, so it’s critical you take your time exploring potential dangers before you bring your little one home. Pro tip: start with the rooms you know your baby will frequent for rest and play! This will help you feel confident your environment is safe for baby to explore.

  1. Make a safety checklist

With a whole house to prepare, remembering every tiny detail is difficult. By writing out a checklist, you can remember what you need to do, mark what you’ve already done and prepare for what is still left to accomplish. Luckily, the internet has many checklists that outline the specific areas and items that need to be addressed before you bring baby home.

  1. Shop for baby proof essentials

Certain areas of your home will require special child proof products, such as covers for any electrical outlets and padding to cover any sharp edges, like the side of a fireplace. By stocking up on these items and ensuring they are properly installed before you bring baby home, you will have one less thing to worry about.

Nothing is more important than making sure your baby is safe always. Trust me, when you bring your baby home you will be glad you took the time to prepare your rooms from top to bottom before your little one arrived!

Three Checks for Baby Car Seat Safety

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For moms and little ones constantly on the go, the car seat is a saving grace. Although it may seem like all car seats function the same way, this isn’t the case. Each car seat has its own key features and unique safety checks. That being said, there are a few, universal baby car seat safety checks you can perform before hitting the road to ensure your whole family arrives to your destination safely!

Safety Check #1: Rear-Facing vs. Front-Facing
It can be confusing to determine which way your baby’s car seat should face. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your baby’s car seat should be rear-facing until your little one is two years old, or until he or she has exceeded the height and weight limit designated for their specific rear-facing car seat. As your child grows, there are different types of car seats and booster seats to accommodate them.

Safety Check #2: Strap Safety
Buckling your baby into his or her car seat requires attention to detail. Make sure every strap has been tightly secured before moving into the driver’s seat and getting on the road. Your child should fit in the seat tightly, but comfortably. Check how much wriggle room your child has before every ride; even a harness that fit perfectly the last time you used the seat could have loosened slightly, decreasing its effectiveness. Not sure if you’ve checked every strap? Each car seat comes with a dedicated manual to help parents become experts at keeping their baby safe when traveling on the road. Keep that manual handy so you can reference it whenever you want to double check the specific strap guidelines for your baby’s car seat.

Safety Check #3: Get an Expert Opinion
Car seat installations can be a tricky process, which is why there are experts available to help ensure your specific seat is fitted for your vehicle. Typically, these checks are hosted by a representative at your local government’s office, or by child safety organizations such as Safe Kids. Check out when the next baby car seat safety check is occurring in your area!

When used properly, a car seat is a life saving device for our favorite road trip companions, our kids! Use these baby car seat safety checks to make sure your little one has a safe ride, every time.

Precious Cargo? Winter Driving Safety Tips for the Whole Family

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Winter time can mean a lot of fun activities for the whole family, which can result in an increased amount of travel. While we all would like to believe we have impeccable driving skills, the reality is the risks of the road are increased for every driver in the winter. When you have small children, your awareness of these risks is even higher. Don’t worry! Here are a few winter driving safety tips to make sure your whole family arrives to every destination safely this winter.

Your Snowmobile
While you may not actually have a snowmobile at home, you can make sure your vehicle is so equipped for a storm that it might as well be! Check to make sure the anti-freeze fluid is full and ready to be used if necessary. Make sure you’ve changed your tires to snow tires, or have added snow chains if you live in an area that experiences regular snow storms. Also, always check your tailpipe before every use of your vehicle to ensure it isn’t blocked with snow!

Take your time
You should always abide by the speed limit laws posted on the roads, but these speed limits are “conditions permitting.” When the roads are a bit harder to navigate, give yourself the time you need to arrive safely. A good winter rule of thumb is to give yourself at least ten extra minutes to get somewhere, so you don’t feel the pressure of the clock and can take your time getting to your destination.

Necessities? Check!
You never know what could happen when you’re out on the road in winter conditions, so it’s best to be prepared for anything. Always travel with water, food, and an extra blanket or two in case you break down. And, of course, it’s a good idea to have some distractions for your little ones as well. That could mean bringing along a few of their favorite books or a favorite toy.

Fasten your seat belts
We know this isn’t winter weather specific, but it is SO imperative we had to include it. Making sure that every passenger is fastened into their seat can greatly reduce the risk of injury should you get into an accident or hit a patch of ice on the road. The same goes for children in car seats. Though you may have fastened all the straps, take the time to make sure the car seat is placed properly and securely into its holster. One of the best ways to be sure that you’ve installed your car seat properly is to visit a car seat check station! Check your local area for these popular services, which are typically free.

With these tips in mind, you are ready to hit the road for all of the snowy adventures your family has planned!

New Year, New Baby: Tips for New Moms to Ease the Transition into the New Year

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A new year mean resolutions for many. For a new mom it means learning a whole new way of life! As the holiday craziness subsides and we embark on a new year, there are a few things that new parents can keep in mind in order to make their transition into “new mom” the start of their best year yet. Check out these tips for new moms to hit your stride at the start of 2017.

A support system is key

Every new mom has a million questions. It’s OK to ask for help when it’s needed. Although you may be tempted to do everything on your own, there is no such thing as super mom. Whether it be picking up the phone to confide in another “mommy” friend or having a loved one visit to help you with your new duties, even the slightest bit of help can feel like a huge relief. Having support is what keeps us moms sane! One wonderful thing about the internet is its ability to connect you with a world of moms just waiting to provide you with advice and tips to navigate these new waters. Before you know it, you’ve established a network of hundreds of moms who can provide support when you need it most!

Take advantage of resources to make your life easier

As a new mom, there may be certain resources at your disposal that you never know existed, but will make your life so much simpler. For example, the dedicated rooms that have been created in some public places to make mothers more comfortable when they breastfeed can be helpful while you’re out and about. Another example are retail locations that offer carts with the latest attachments to make shopping a safe and enjoyable experience for both mom and baby. You can find some of these special carts here. Doing some research before you head out can lead you to experiences and places that are much more convenient for new moms.

Don’t neglect YOU

When you have a new baby, it’s only natural that all of your attention is directed toward keeping your little one safe, happy and healthy. However, it’s important to remember that keeping mommy in a great state of mind is just as important. You should make time to do the things that help you feel like you! An example of this could be continuing to enjoy your cup of tea before bed at night or finding 15 minutes to read a chapter of your favorite book. Your mind and body will thank you.

Being a new mom is one of the most exciting – as well as the most challenging – times in your life. Take this time to embrace all of the new experiences and cherish all of the moments you spend with your newborn!

Parenting Advice: Top 3 Tips to Prepare for Baby’s First Winter

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Much to our dismay, in many parts of the U.S., cold weather is upon us. When the temperature drops, the layers come out and the heaters come on, and having a newborn in the winter months presents a whole new set of challenges. While it can be tempting to hibernate for the entire winter, shielding your baby from the elements that lurk outside the door, it’s unrealistic. Even if you’re lucky enough to stay home with baby, trips to the pediatrician for checkups are a necessity. So prepare to take on your baby’s first winter with these helpful tips:

No Coats in the Car Seat

Of course you want to bundle your baby when it’s time to go outside into the cold, but if you’re headed for the car, skip the coat and opt for a car seat bunting.  The average coat adds several inches of slack to the car seat’s harness straps, meaning baby isn’t properly secured in the seat and could be ejected in the event of an accident. Even popular bunting bags, which have slots for straps to anchor the bunting to the car seat, can be a hazard.

The solution. Dress baby in fleece: it’s a dense and warm material, yet not bulky. Then, secure baby in the seat with no coat and tuck a thin blanket (think fleece!) around baby and over the car seat harness to keep him or her toasty until the car warms up.

Avoid Covering Baby in Blankets While They Sleep

As adults, we wrap ourselves in cozy blankets when winter arrives and it’s time to sleep, but the same rules don’t apply when it comes to infants. During the first year, there should be nothing in the crib with your child. There are serious hazards associated with keeping anything in the crib, especially blankets and crib bumpers. So how can you keep your baby warm? Layer clothing and choose pajamas with feet. Better yet, look for “wearable blankets” and “sleep sacks that won’t get tangled and keep baby cozy.

Prevent Chapped Skin 

The cold air can cause anyone’s skin to dry out and infants are particularly susceptible. The most common areas for babies to experience dry and chapped skin are their cheeks, chin and wrists… areas that are most likely to be exposed to the elements. This problem will leave you with a very irritable baby, as the feeling of dry and chapped skin can be extremely uncomfortable. One good way to protect your baby’s skin is to ensure it is as covered as possible when taking a trip outside, and try to keep the length of time you spend outdoors to a minimum. In addition, keeping your baby’s skin moisturized is a must. Create a barrier for their skin using a layer of thick moisturizer: this will hinder a rash from occurring as well as treat any rash that may have already formed on the affected area.

Keep these essential pieces of parenting advice in mind, and you and your baby will make it through to spring in no time!

Safety Tips for Holiday Shopping with Your Favorite Helper

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It’s that time of year again… holiday shopping season has arrived! The lines stretch on for days and the list of items still to be purchased seems endless, but the look on your loved ones’ faces when they open their special present makes it all worth it. As a parent, you may not always be able to go on a shopping spree alone. We have a few holiday shopping tips that can help keep your children safe when they come along for your annual holiday haul.

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Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen? Keep Your Baby Safe This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and with it comes food and family! We love spending the day in the kitchen preparing a feast fit for an army and packing the house full of people who matter most. But along with all of the fun can come some chaos. In crowds and kitchens there are risks lurking everywhere for a baby. Keep these four things in mind to keep your baby or a visiting little one safe while enjoying your Thanksgiving holiday:
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With the holiday season already upon us, here are some timely reminders to keep your kids safe while shopping this year:
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Shopping with a baby or child has its own set of difficulties. Worrying about your child’s safety should not be one of them. There are options on ways to shop safely with your child at every age.

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Shop safely with your child through the years

Shopping with a baby or child has its own set of difficulties. Worrying about your child’s safety should not be one of them. There are options on ways to shop safely with your child at every age.

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More than an estimated 20,000 children younger than age 5 are injured by shopping carts each year, according to a fact sheet from Safe-Strap Com., Inc., the Wharton, NJ –based company that in 1983 invented the shopping cart seat belt, which, undoubtedly have prevented many more injuries.

Paul Giampavolo, president of Safe-Strap, recalls working in a grocery store and witnessing children standing up and trying to get out of shopping carts. “It was later that I came upon a story, back in the 80’s,” he notes, “that announced that thousands of children were injured each year as a result of falling from carts.” Read More

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Bet you have seen the articles about the new shopping cart study that shows 66 children are injured each year in accidents involving shopping carts. According to a study by the CPSPC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), most of the injuries are from falls. Read More

Infant Injuries from Shopping Cart Accidents Can Easily be Prevented

Instances of infant carrier-related injuries have increased in recent years. There are about 1,000 injuries annually now, and last year, a child was killed in a Georgia supermarket, which propelled more attention around the issue. Infant carrier materials warn against using the carriers on elevated surfaces, but not all of the materials address shopping carts; even when there are warnings, consumers don’t always read them or mistakenly believe that that practice of putting a car seat on a shopping cart is safe.

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Beginning in January 2012 shopping carts began displaying a new warning label alerting consumers not to use their own personal infant carriers or car seats on shopping carts.   This new warning is in direct response to the hundreds of infants who were seriously injured in stores when their carriers fell from shopping carts.  In November of 2011 an infant tragically died when his infant carrier fell from the cart in a supermarket parking lot.  Personal infant carriers are not designed for use with shopping carts and most manufacturers of the personal carriers have been warning consumers against using their products in conjunction with shopping carts for years.  Now the shopping cart industry is communicating this message by placing the warning directly on the shopping cart itself.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission some 20,000 children are injured in shopping carts each year.  82% of these injuries are falls, making shoppingNew ASTM Shopping Cart Warning cart falls the nation’s top injury to children under the age of 5.  Read More