How to Safely Shop with Kids of All Ages

by Paula Cole

Mother Shopping with Baby in SupermarketA new school year often prompts reflection on how much one’s children have grown over the past year. Whether your kids are back to school this fall or still in diapers, we know their safety is your top priority. To help make your job easier, we’ve designed a number of retail safety products that grow with your children through the years, from infancy to childhood. Keep reading to learn more about how Safe-Strap’s products can keep your child safe at the store during each exciting stage of his or her life.  Read More

Retail 101: How to Still Have Fun When Baby Goes Shopping

by Paula Cole

Baby ShopperShopping with baby can be challenging, particularly in those early weeks and months when you’re still getting used to life as a new parent. If you grocery shop alone, juggling baby, groceries and shopping cart can be especially daunting. In this post, we’ll outline the different ways to safely shop with your little one.  Read More

Heat Advisory! Keep Your Baby Cool with These Hot Summer Tips

by Paula Cole

mother-daughter-love-sunset-51953Labor Day may be only a few weeks away, but the summer heat is still reverberating across the country. With the following tips, you can keep your baby comfortable – and safe – despite the high temperatures. Read More

Cars, Carts and Cribs: Keeping Your Baby Safe Wherever They Are

by Paula Cole

andrew-branch-191920Whether you’re home or on the road, keeping your baby safe is your top priority. With the following tips, you can keep your little one safe wherever life takes you. Read More

Perfect Picnicking: Keep Your Child Safe During Your Outdoor Adventures

by Paula Cole

bonnie-kittle-98586 Summer is a perfect time to pack up your family for an afternoon picnic. Before setting off on your next adventure, make sure you know how to keep your family safe while you snack and play. With the following times, you’re sure to have a great time.  Read More

Red, White and Blue: Keep Your Family Safe During Fourth of July Celebrations

by Paula Cole

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With the fireworks, picnics and barbecue food, the Fourth of July is a favorite holiday of young and old alike. Unfortunately, the very aspects of Independence Day that make it such a beloved holiday can also make it dangerous – if you don’t follow proper safety protocol. With the following summer safety tips, you can ensure your children remain protected and enjoy the celebrations this Tuesday.  Read More

Tackle the Terrible Twos: Parenting Tips to Protect Your Toddler

by Paula Cole

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As parents, we’ve all heard about the terrible twos. If your child is approaching his second birthday, there’s no need to be anxious. With the following parenting tips, you can make sure you’re prepared for everything to come.

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Blooming Babies: Parenting Tips for Baby’s First Summer

by Paula Cole

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As the May flowers begin to arrive in full bloom, we know summer is right around the corner! With summer comes new opportunities to explore and enjoy time with your infant, but it also brings with it a new set of hazards and challenges. Check out some safety tips for summer and get the season’s fun started with your family!

Prepare before you play:

When it’s summertime, there a few precautions you should take before you bring your child out into the heat. Dress your little one appropriately with essential sun gear like a hat and breathable clothing to help protect their sensitive skin from those powerful rays, and don’t forget the sunscreen to protect any areas you may not be able to cover with clothing! There are special sunscreens created for small children, so do your research to purchase a protectant with the best formula. When you’re shopping for these essentials, take the time to visit a store that’s dedicated to keeping your baby safe while you shop. Check to see if your local store carries a Safe-Dock.

Temperature check:

Summer temperatures can escalate quickly, so be prepared to give baby a break when it’s necessary and be on the lookout for any signs indicating they’ve been exposed to the sun for too long, such as fatigue or flushed skin. If you know you will be outside for a prolonged period, look for a shaded area that could provide some relief for the whole family.

Plan activities with baby in mind:

Most activities are perfectly safe for your baby, but keep in mind you need to take extra precautions for summer fun. When bringing a baby to the pool, be mindful of how long they spend in the water to guard against infection and exhaustion. If you’re headed out on a picnic, make sure your diaper bag is packed with extra nourishment for baby (and you!) to prevent dehydration.

The countdown is on to Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer! By following these tips, you’ll be prepared for a safe and fun summer with your family.

 

Busy Moms, It’s Your Day!

by Paula Cole

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It’s time to celebrate you, mom! Whether you’re a first-time mom or have several children, we know taking care of your family keeps you busy. That’s one of the reasons we created our various shopping cart safety products, including Safe-Dock, shopping cart seat belts and Shop-Along. With a little assistance from your shopping cart, you can ensure your next trip to the grocery store is a bit less harried. Keep reading to learn more about our products and how they can help improve your shopping experience.

  1. Safe-Dock

Running errands with your infant can be a challenge. While some moms choose to babywear, not all find this to be a comfortable option. If you’re one of those moms, Safe-Dock is for you! It’s designed to securely hold most infant carriers sold in the United States, so you can easily transition your carrier from the car to the cart before searching for your groceries. Much simpler than pushing a stroller and pulling a shopping cart!

  1. Shopping Cart Seat Belts

Safe-Dock is a terrific option for infants, but once your little one is able to sit up without support they’ll probably want to ride in the shopping cart’s seat. We have you covered there, too, with our shopping cart seat belts. They’ll keep your child safely secured in the cart so you can focus on checking items off your list. Just buckle and go!

  1. Shop-Along

If you have two children, it can be even more challenging to effectively grocery shop. Using Shop-Along can help. The special cart offers a comfortable and secure seating area that can accommodate two children – with bonus storage space underneath! Who doesn’t need that?

This Mother’s Day, we’re recognizing all moms for everything they do to keep their children healthy, happy and safe. We know the days can be busy, and that’s why we’re here – to make your trips to the store as smooth as possible and keep your most precious cargo safe. We hope our baby safety and child safety products will help simplify your next shopping trip. From all of us at Safe-Strap, have a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Parenting Advice: How to Find the Best Babyproofing Supplies

by Paula Cole

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All new parents know they need to prepare to bring baby home. The best way to feel comfortable and confident you have a safe home for baby is to stock up on some essential babyproofing supplies; however, the world of baby products is vast and can get confusing quickly! Not to worry; we have some parenting advice on how to find the best babyproofing supplies.

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Busy Mom Hacks: Three Ways to Make Your Trip to The Grocery Store Simpler

by Paula Cole

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Busy moms know that a trip to the grocery store can seem daunting, especially with your child in tow. Thankfully, many moms before of us have mastered the art of visiting the grocery store and making it out with the items their family needs. So how can you make your trip to the store simpler?

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

by Paula Cole

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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.

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Three Checks for Baby Car Seat Safety

by Paula Cole

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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!

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Precious Cargo? Winter Driving Safety Tips for the Whole Family

by Paula Cole

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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.

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

by Paula Cole

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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.

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

by Paula Cole

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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:

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Safety Tips for Holiday Shopping with Your Favorite Helper

by Paula Cole

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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

by Paula Cole

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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NEW Video: How To Shop Safe With Kids

by Paula Cole

Many parents don’t realize the danger in balancing infant carriers on top of shopping carts: as a result, more than 20,000 children are in shopping cart-related accidents each year.
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More than 24,000 kids injured in shopping cart accidents every year

by Paula Cole

With the number of kids injured by shopping carts every year, the importance of shopping cart safety can not be under stated.
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WFMY Greensboro Reminds Shoppers to use Shopping Carts Safely

by Paula Cole

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NBC KGW-TV Warns about Shopping Cart Safety

by Paula Cole

KGW-TV reporter Kyle Iboshi brings attention to Shopping Cart Safety. Watch his report here.
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5 Good Reasons to Use Safe-Dock

by Paula Cole

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5 tips to keep your baby safe

by Paula Cole

Baby Safety MonthSeptember is Baby Safety Month, an annual event designed to increase parental awareness of safety issues. At Safe-Strap, we’re committed to keeping children safe – both in, and out of the store.

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June is National Safety Month!

by Paula Cole

The National Safety Council has tons of ideas to keep you and your family safe.

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Is Your Child Safe at the Store?

by Paula Cole

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7 Tips to Shopping Safely this Holiday Season

by Paula Cole

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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Shop safely with your child through the years: (Part 2)

by Paula Cole

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

by Paula Cole

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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Child Safety First

by Paula Cole

Highlight: Safe-Strap Company, Inc.

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

66 Children Injured Each Year and What You Can Do to Keep Your Child Safe

by Paula Cole

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

by Paula Cole

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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New Warnings on Shopping Carts Aimed to Improve Shopping Cart Safety Part 2)

by Paula Cole

A safer alternative for consumers who shop with infants is to use the Safe-Dock Personal Infant Carrier Docking Stations that are specifically designed to be permanently mounted and used on shopping carts.   Safe-Docks are usually made available on several carts within the store. It is important to make sure that shopping carts and seat belts are always kept in good working order; and Safe-Docks are readily available and kept clean.  These practices are not only excellent safety and liability measures; but are essential from a customer service and convenience standpoint.  The blogs are fervent with moms talking about shopping cart safety and applauding stores that provide the safety equipment that help them care for their children while shopping.  The simple practice of providing Safe-Docks and working seat belts in shopping carts is an opportunity for the retailer to make the shopping experience a bit better for parents. Read More

New Warnings on Shopping Carts Aimed to Improve Shopping Cart Safety (Part 1)

by Paula Cole

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