One in three child crash fatalities are caused by side-impact collisions, yet car seat manufacturers never have been required to simulate a “T-bone” scenario — until now. Columbus-based Dorel Juvenile Group, the world’s largest car seat manufacturer, already is a few steps ahead.
Potty Training Resources for Parents and Toddlers
Potty training has been a popular topic amongst the parents in our office recently, as there are no less than six members of our mini-Safety 1st team getting ready or already in the process of saying “hello, potty, goodbye, diaper!” And while we would love to continue to share our own stories with you on this topic, we also wanted to share some of the resources that we’ve been relying on as well.
- healthychildren.org (from the American Academy of Pediatrics)
- ZERO TO THREE: Learning to Use the Toilet
- Babycenter: Potty Training Basics
- FamilyDoctor.org: Toilet Training Your Child (from the American Academy of Family Physicians)
Books for Parents
- The No-Cry Potty Training Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Child Say Good-Bye to Diapers by Elizabeth Pantley
- Mommy I Have to Go Potty: A Parent’s Guide to Toilet Training by Jan Faull, Med & Helen Nevills BS RN
- Stress-Free Potty Training: A Common Sense Guide to Finding the Right Approach for Your Child by Sarah Au and Peter Stavinoha, Ph.D.
- The Potty Training Answers Book: Practical Answers to the Top 200 Questions Parents Ask by Karen Deerwester
Books for Your Child
- Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel
- Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi
- Potty Paolloza by Rachel Gordon & Claudia Gold
- Potty by Leslie Patricelli
- The Potty Book for Girls & The Potty Book for Boys by Alyssa Satin
- A Potty for Me by Karen Katz
Safety 1st wants to know: What are your favorite potty training resources?
Safety Tips for Baby’s first year
The first year of a child’s life is exciting, but for parents, it can also feel overwhelming. Not to worry, you’ll find your groove and we know you’ll come through with flying colors. But just in case, here are a few areas to pay attention to and some easy tips to keep baby safe.
Baby’s first cold
Keep a humidifier running in the baby’s room. Flu germs survive and spread more easily in dry air. Forced hot air lowers humidity, so running a humidifier adds it back in and will help decrease germs. And by boosting your indoor humidity level makes it less likely for flu germs to survive and transmit to those around you.
If you find baby not breathing well, you may need to use a nasal aspirator. The Advanced Solutions One-Way Nasal Aspirator and Electronic Aspirator are great tools to have on hand to get the boogies out. Unlike traditional nasal aspirators, you can keep the aspirator in place and pump rapidly until nasal passage is clear.
Soft bedding can suffocate a baby, blocking a child’s airway during sleep. Babies can suffocate when their faces become wedged against a pillow or soft objects, such as a stuffed animal. Keep the sleeping area free of all objects and lay baby on her back.
Room sharing is a safer option than having your baby sleep with you. Place your child’s play yard or bassinet in your room during the first six months.
Feeding Your Baby
Heat bottles with warm water instead of in the microwave. Drinks heated in the microwave may be much hotter than their containers. Test them before feeding your baby. The Advanced Solutions Ear, Food and Bath Thermometer is a great multipurpose thermometer to help make sure milk is the right temperature, but also gives a one-second reading when baby is not feeling well.
Just like your baby, take everything one step at a time. Hopefully having this kind of information on hand will make the adventure just a little easier.
Holiday Safety Tips from Parents
We recently hosted a Twitter party on Holiday Safety Hazards. The holidays are a fun and active time both in your home and out. Hazards you might not think of often pop up at this time of year. While our own consumer safety expert, Julie Vallese offered some great tips, we loved hearing tips from the parents participating as well. ICYMI, we decided to round up some of our favorite fan tips from the discussion to help you with your holiday plans, and many will help all year long.
@Safety_1st: Some holiday decorations maybe choking hazards. How do you avoid these hazards in your home?
"Hang lights up high. Watch out for small candies, like the gingerbread house candy, don’t use them."
"We keep our tree on a table (secured tight). Tree sits higher! Also prevents from falling over! Great for pets too!"
"We tend to not have decorations at the bottom of our tree, only the top!"
"Also try to avoid deco that twinkles & makes nice sounds [because] it gets baby’s attention more."
"We keep all nativity scenes and small figures on shelves."
@Safety_1st: Do you have any recommendations on how to keep little one safe when people are coming and going during holiday parties?
"If it’s a big gathering, I get a sitter just to watch the kids. Makes my night less stressful!”
“Have a kid-friendly area where all the little ones can play together. Gates and nearby adults are a must!”
In the Kitchen
@Safety_1st: During the holidays you are always in the kitchen. What are important things to consider when baking/cooking w/kids?
"Be sure to keep sharp utensils out of reach … hot pan handles turned in & children away from the oven are just a few!"
"I ALWAYS make sure the little ones aren’t around when I have to open the oven door!"
"Simple, keep gates up!! The kitchen is a dangerous place for kids! Especially when you are in a rush."
"Be aware of the splatter. Always watch where your kids are and pay attention."
"Turn pan handles INWARD & give kids something to do at the kitchen table - to be part of things but out of danger."
"Keeping them away from hot surface/pans, and sharp objects. I let my kids help, but always supervise."
On the Road
@Safety_1st: When driving to holiday gatherings what are hazards you may find in the car?
"Secure items in the back, check the seats, have blankets for kids, so no heavy coats [and check] rear mirror."
"Always do regular tune ups, check fluids, tires, etc ahead of time for in case measures"
"Before taking a trip, do a car seat check up. Make sure it’s installed correctly!"
"Make sure you keep an emergency kit in your car and a spare phone charger …"
More Holiday Safety tips from Safety 1st:
What are your holiday safety tips?
As the holiday season rapidly approaches, it’s important think about safeguarding while traveling. In this Safety 1st video, Consumer Safety Expert, Julie Vallese offers some simple tips for parents to keep baby safe in someone else’s home.
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