June 21, 2018
Every summer we hear the same terrifying stories about children left in hot cars. You think, how can this happen? Know that this can happen to anyone. How easily do we slip into our normal routine and end up on auto pilot driving and most times not even remembering where we’ve just been. Now think how you could do that with a rear-facing car seat and a sleeping baby in back.
Conversely, think about a time when you had your child in the back seat and it was not a normal day — maybe your husband normally took her to day care but he had an early meeting so it was your turn. Since you don’t typically have your baby in your car in the mornings, it would have been so easy to forget she was there.
This happens to well-meaning and loving parents every year. Janette Fennell, president and founder of Kids and Cars, a nonprofit focused on improving child safety around cars says, “I feel very strongly they are failures of memory and not failures of love.”
What can you do to make sure this never happens to you or your family? Fennell recommends these 7 tips that every parent should follow:
1. Look before you lock.
Open the backdoor and look in the backseat to assure that everyone is out of the car – every single time!
2. Keep something you need in the backseat.
Put your cell phone, briefcase, computer, lunch, ID badge, left shoe, or anything essential to your daily routine beside your child.
3. Travel with a furry companion.
Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When baby is in the seat, the stuffed animal rides shotgun. The furry passenger serves as a reminder that baby’s in the back.
4. Always lock the doors.
Even if the car is in the garage, keep the doors locked to prevent curious children from getting into the car.
5. Put the keys and fobs away.
Kids might want to play with keys and be able to get into the car without parents knowledge.
6. Have a plan with childcare provider.
If your child does not show up to daycare or school without prior notice, someone should call to locate child.
7. If you see something, do something.
If you see a child alone in a car, do not hesitate to call 911.
“The biggest mistake people make is thinking it can’t happen to them,” Fennell says.
June 14, 2018
Sunburns are dangerous for all of us, but in babies they can become a medical emergency. Their skin is much more sensitive than ours making them more at risk to develop a sunburn. As parents, we must do everything we can to keep our babies safe from the sun.
Infants should always be kept out of direct sunlight – but that should be made a priority between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the sun’s ultraviolet radiation is most intense. Different items provide varying degrees of protection so be sure to have a form of solid shade such as a sun umbrella versus a tree.
Dressing your baby in sun-protective clothing is another option. Don’t forget to cover her delicate head and neck with a wide-brimmed hat and her eyes with some UV-blocking sunglasses. Please remember, keep an eye out to ensure your baby doesn’t get overheated with the extra coverings.
When traveling by car, be sure to keep your baby centered in the back seat – away from the windows. If possible apply a UV-blocking film to the windows as the sun’s ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation can penetrate glass, but window film will block almost 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays without reducing visibility.
Sunscreen is only ok to use when a baby is at least 6 months old. If your infant is younger than 6 months, then use another form of protection from the sun. If your baby is 6 months or older, apply sunscreen liberally and reapply every two hours — or more if baby is getting wet or perspiring. When choosing sunscreen, pick a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15. To avoid irritating your baby’s skin and eyes, use a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Avoid using products that combine sunscreen and the insect repellent DEET.
Don’t forget to keep baby safe, cool and protected from the sun this summer. The earlier they get used to having sunscreen applied the more likely they will continue to use it on a regular basis later in life.
June 7, 2018
Hand molded and cast with a stamped reminder of your loved one, Lisa Leonard Designs offers these stacking silver rings starting at $59 each.
What could be a cooler than a customized image of your little one’s actual heartbeat? Heartbeat Keepsakes offers this heartbeat bracelet starting at $79.
Le Papier Studio this charming silhouette charm and necklace starting at $115. Once you send them a photo, they will create a personalized silhouette of your child.
Etsy has many options including this casual and everyday leather wrap bracelet with personalized silver tags by Lisa Lehmann Designs. Bracelets start at $46 for one silver tag.
What better way to keep your child’s first drawing than to turn it into a key chain? Send Formia Design the art work and they will create this bronze key chain starting at $129.