By: Amy Dienta
I thought I knew what I was in for when we decided to have another child. After all we had been through this 9 years earlier. But this baby is different, he’s a pint size Houdini.
At ONE he can open the dishwasher, open the lever on the door and likes to unplug everything. Leave crumbs or lint under the bed and he finds them. He totters around the house all day looking for things to destroy or eat. I recently locked the door and he went and got my husband’s keys and went to the door with the keys.
Luckily for me there are a ton of great baby proofing products, including power strip covers, appliance locks, toilet locks, door handles locks and the all-important gate!
My top priority is keeping my little Houdini safe from harm!! In my crusade to baby-proof my house, one website has answered a ton of my questions, from carseat safety to what plug covers work the best. Safekids.org is a great resource for any mom with a baby or a baby on the way!!! And from now on, when someone has a baby I will bring baby proofing presents to their shower for them.
Posted by Kate Rudy on November 9, 2012
By: Amy Dienta
Being a mom is a very rewarding job! I get paid in hugs, laughs, and snuggles.
Recently, my son fell and scraped his head while in my care. I felt awful. How could this happen?? How could I let this happen??
Even though I knew he was fine, I took him to the ER to get his head checked. He’s doing fine now, but every time I looked at the cut I wanted to cry.
I learned a lot that day. I learned that accidents can happen to anyone- even to the best moms. Babies fall; they get bumps and scrapes, whether you are with them or not. I learned that no one is perfect. And, I learned that a kiss and a hug can help a child feel better after any injury.
Posted by Kate Rudy on October 12, 2012
You’d do anything to protect your child. You tell them never to talk to strangers, you always hold their hand when crossing a crosswalk, you run and snatch them up if they fall off the monkey bars (even when you know it’s just a scratch). It’s instinct! Once you have a child, every breath you take for the next 20 years, and often many years beyond that, is baited with concerns for their safety.
Have you thought about their safety when you take them to daycare, school, or even little league practice? The answer is maybe not as much as you should be.
Recent studies show that parents are making significant mistakes when using car seats and booster seats for children. A full 20 percent of parents fail to read instructions on how to properly install child safety restraints! But seriously, who ever reads the instructions? It’s completely intuitive. However, significant mistakes are being made during the installation process. Transportation officials are doing their best to encourage all moms and dads check to make sure they’re driving safely with our most precious cargo.
Common mistakes include: wrong harness slot used, improper harness/chest clip position, loose installation, loose straps and improper lap belt placement. Have you been keeping these little details in mind?
Children between the ages of one to three should remain in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the height or weight limit, while ages four to seven should remain in forward-facing car seats. Car crashes are the leading killer of children ages one to 12 in the United States. It’s critical that parents are doing everything they can to reduce these statistics! So the next time you’re strapping the helmet on your toddler so he can ride his tricycle, remember that it is equally important to buckle that car seat, and make sure it’s fastened correctly!
For more information and some helpful links, check out this story from CNN.
Posted by jflojennings on September 20, 2012
Did you know that September is Baby Safety Month? In addition to worrying about what your baby can get into once he or she starts crawling, it is also important to take this time to make sure you are using your car seat correctly and a recent article on Parenthood.com provides you with the resources you need to make sure your child is safe. In April of 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued new guidelines on care seat safety that can be found by clicking here. Some of the guidelines include having your child ride rear-facing until they are at least two years old and to have them use a booster seat until they are at least eight.
According to the NHTSA, almost 90% of all car seats are installed incorrectly, which reduces their effectiveness.
One of the most common errors in installing a car seat is that the safety belt of the car does not hold the seat in place tight enough. In order to ensure that children are protected, the NHTSA has made the following recommendations:
- Regardless of how long you will be in the car, or how fast you will be driving, always make sure to restrain your child properly
- Use only federally approved car seats and make sure it is appropriate for the age, size, and weight of your child
- When anchoring the car seat in place, make sure you are using the lap seat belt in the car or the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system which comes on newer models of cars
- If the car seat is involved in a crash, do not re-use it
- Make sure any caregivers for your child also use a car seat properly
- Always make sure to position your baby in an infant car seat facing the rear of the car
- Keep yourself informed of product recalls
Car seats should always be the right seat, the right size, and the right use. If you are ever concerned that you are not properly using a car seat, visit the child car seat inspection station nearest you. At these stations, certified technicians inspect the seat and show you how to correctly install and use it. The closet station in Lowell is at the Lowell Police Department (50 Arcand Drive) and the technician is 978-937-3200 through Paul Corcoran. If you would like to locate other local inspection stations, please click here.
For access to the full article on Parenthood.com, including additional links to recommendations and guidelines, please click here.
Posted by lghwell on September 22, 2011
With Labor Day upon us, many parents (and children) are thinking about backpacks for school. The following is an article submitted by Dr. Elliot Suarez, a pediatrician with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates on how to pack backpacks light and wear them right this school year:
With school back in full swing, backpacks are a practical way for children and teens to carry books and supplies back and forth to school. They are designed to distribute the weight of the load among some of the body’s strongest muscles, and when used correctly, backpacks can be useful equipment.
Unfortunately, many parents and children are unaware of the potential dangers of improperly worn backpacks. Backpacks can be a leading cause of back and shoulder pain for millions of children and adolescents. Studies show that young children are suffering from back pain much earlier than previous generations, and the use of heavy backpacks is a major factor.
Doctors and physical therapists recommend that kids carry no more than 10% – 15% of their body weight in their backpacks. For example, a child weighing 50 lbs should carry no more than 7.5 lbs in their backpack, and a child weighing 130 lbs should carry no more than 19.5 lbs. However, studies show that over half of all students carry considerably more than these recommendations each day.
Parents may need to adjust their child’s backpack and/or reduce how much the child is carrying if they see their child struggling to get the backpack on and off or they lean forward to carry the backpack. Most importantly, parents should never ignore any complaints of back pain from their child.
Here are some additional tips for proper selection and wear of backpacks:
- Use backpacks with two wide, padded shoulder straps. Backpacks with one strap that runs across the body cannot distribute the weight evenly
- Shoulder straps should also be adjustable so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body. The backpack should be evenly centered in the middle of your child’s back
- School backpacks come in different sizes for different ages. Choose the right size pack for your child’s back as well as one with enough room for necessary school items
- Size is important. The backpack should never be wider or longer than your child’s torso, and the pack should not hang more than 4 inches below the waistline
- Children should use all possible compartments to distribute weight. Heaviest items should go closest to children’s backs
- If possible, encourage your child to make frequent trips to his or her locker between classes to reduce the number of books in the backpack at one time
To see the full article on the Chelmsford Patch, please click here.
Posted by lghwell on September 4, 2011
Step2® Recalls Children’s Transportation Station Toys Due to Choking Hazard. The light blue wheels on the train can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
The Step2 Sand & Water Transportation Station is a standalone play station for children ages two and up. The toy station consists of: A round, blue plastic table, including train tracks; train cars in blue, red, and yellow; toy sailboats; and a hand rake/shovel. A red Step2 logo decal is on the side of the table. Train cars with grey wheels are not included in this recall.
The recalled Sand & Water Transportation Station Toys, which were manufactured in the US, sold for between $49 and $59 at Target and other major retailers, specialty stores, and by online retailers from December 2008 through June 2010.
The CPSC and HC are urging consumers to immediately take the recalled Sand & Water Transportation Station Toys away from children and contact Step2 for free replacement cars. Step2 can be reached at (800) 347-8372 between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday or at the firm’s website at http://www.step2.com.
Please click here for more information.
Posted by jflojennings on September 9, 2010