January, 2006

Get On Board!
Did you know that unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children 14 and under? The National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions and Safety 1st are working together to raise awareness about child injury prevention. Learn how you can make a change and prevent injuries before they start. Visit getonboardwithsafety.com
for your free Essential Home & Travel Childproofing Guide.

Happy New Year!

Now that you’ve rung in 2006 and survived the holidays, it’s time to make good on those New Year’s resolutions! Begin this year ready to handle any unintentional injury life may throw your little one’s way. You may not feel like “Super Parent” as you’re juggling dirty diapers and messy meal mishaps, but we have all the tools you’ll need to start this year off right. With emergency numbers you need to know, burn prevention tips and products geared toward your child, let this January issue of the Safety 1st and Foremost eNewsletter be your guide to being the “Super Parent” you really are.


Making The New Year a Safe Year –
Creating Your Emergency Contact List

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When an emergency occurs, every second counts so make it one of your New Year’s resolutions to be ready for anything. Be sure to update your emergency phone number list, post it next to every phone in your home and program those numbers into your cell phone. Also, consider book-marking some important websites for quick reference.

Important phone numbers to include:

  • Your pediatrician
  • Local hospital
  • Local fire department
  • Local police department
  • Utility companies - oil company, gas company, electric company
  • National Poison Control - 1-800-222-1222
  • Family members’ home phone and cell phone numbers (In an emergency, you may not remember them easily)
  • It’s also a good idea to include an “ICE” (“In Case of Emergency) number on your cell phone – especially if you are involved in a car accident.

The following websites contain useful safety information:

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov) provides information on recalled products. Consumers can report an unsafe product and also sign up to receive e-mails on recently recalled items.

Safe Kids Worldwide (www.safekids.org) is a global network of organizations dedicated to the safety of children.  Parents can read safety tips on various topics and find a local chapter in their area.   

Stay Safe (www.staysafe.org) is an educational site designed to help parents understand the safety issues associated with the Internet and protect their children from cyber bullies and predators.  

The National Capital Poison Center (www.poison.org) offers extensive information including poison prevention tips, a list of poisonous plants and a preschool education program.

Get on Board with Child Safety (www.getonboardwithsafety.com) offers information to educate parents and caregivers nationwide about changes they can make to prevent unintentional injuries in and around the home and on the road.  A virtual home safety tour and free downloadable Room by Room guide are comprehensive tools for childproofing!

A Hot Topic For The Cold Months –
Burn Prevention

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Burns are one of the leading causes of childhood injuries.  In the colder months, burns become increasingly more common.  While we want to keep our little ones warm and cozy, it’s important to be vigilant about monitoring potential burn hazards in and around the home.

  • Be sure that thermostats for hot water heaters are set no higher than 120° F.  Bath water should be no hotter than 100° F. If you don’t have access to your hot water heater, install a scald protector on your faucet.
  • Keep hot water humidifiers far away from your children’s reach and be sure the cord is secured so they can not pull it over or unplug it. Preferably use a cool mist humidifier.
  • Do not carry a baby or push a stroller while drinking a hot beverage. If you leave something hot on the counter, be sure it’s pushed far enough back so that older or taller children can’t reach up and grab it. Also avoid using tablecloths and placemats that your child can pull down.
  • Place baby gates around fireplaces and wood burning stoves to keep children away from them. If your fireplace is surrounded by a grate – make sure it is secured to the wall. This is easily accomplished with a hook and eye. You can also install a fireplace guard to cushion a potential fall.
  • Protect the turn-on valve for gas fireplaces to prevent children from accessing it and trying to turn it on. Also, be sure to keep fireplace tools off-limits.
  • Keep space heaters out of reach and make sure they have an automatic shut-off in case they are tipped over. Same goes for halogen lamps in the home. If these tip over they can instantly ignite bedding, furniture or draperies.
  • Store matches in a locked cabinet after lighting fireplaces and candles.  Never leave candles lit when a child is alone in the room. Use candles with a large base rather than tapered candles which can be easier to tip over.
  • Create a “kid-free zone” around the stovetop. Remove stove knobs when not in use or place covers over them to prevent children from turning them on.
  • Turn all pot handles in toward the wall or stove when cooking and never hold a baby when stirring hot foods. Steam rising up could scald a child.
  • Be sure cords for slow cookers, coffee pots and other appliances are not dangling off the counter where a child could pull on them.
  • Install outlet covers on all electrical outlets. Children could attempt to insert an object into an outlet which could cause an electrical burn.

Our Picks for Parents
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(Prenatal)
Safety 1st Safe Glow Monitor
Nothing’s more important than making sure your baby is happy and comfortable. Since parents are busier than ever, they can’t always be in the room to supervise their little one. That’s why we created the Safety 1st Safe Glow Monitor, a two-parent monitoring system with a soothing glow light to help keep your baby content when you’re not in the room. With a range of up to 400 ft. and a glow light that automatically turns off after fifteen minutes, your baby can sleep in the nursery while you tackle some of those much needed chores – or take a nap yourself. Just clip one of the parent units to your belt. You’ll be able to hear every sound your baby makes and extra-large sound lights will display your baby’s sound level. Genius!
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Available at Babies R Us

(0-6 months)
Safety 1st Baby’s Deluxe Nursery Collection
There are so many things you need when you first have a baby that it can be overwhelming trying to decide which ones on your list are most important. The Safety 1st Baby’s Deluxe Nursery Collection includes 24 essential grooming and healthcare items in a compact, organized travel case that’s perfect for at home or on-the-go. Our set includes a Gentle Care Brush and Comb, Clear Tip Nasal Aspirator, Easy Fill Medicine Syringe and Spoon, Toddler Toothbrush, Steady Grip Nail Clippers, Digital Thermometer with Protective Case, Baby Scissors, Tweezers, 12 Emery Boards and No Scratch Mittens. With so many essential products in one place, you can check 24 things off your list! Now, didn’t that feel good?
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Available at Toys R Us

(7 – 12 months)
Safety 1st Clear View Stove Knob Covers
Your little one will be getting her fingers into everything before you know it. Take an early precaution by installing the Safety 1st Clear View Stove Knob Covers. Designed to fit over most stove knobs, they’re easy to install, durable and heat resistant. The Safety 1st Oven Front Latch is also a good kitchen precaution. Click here to learn more. Remember these products are no substitute for parental supervision but they are great for keeping little cooks out of the kitchen!
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Available at Babies R Us and Toys R Us

(13– 24 months)
Safety 1st Prospect Booster Car Seat
It’s almost time for those terrible twos, so make sure your toddler is snug and secure when traveling on the road with the Safety 1st Prospect Booster Car Seat. Featuring 3 modes of use, you can switch from harnessed booster to high-back belt-positioning booster to backless belt-positioning booster in no time. Accommodating front-facing children from 22 to 100 lbs, it grows with your toddler. The 3-position headrest adjusts to fit perfectly and the armrests pivot to make your little one feel like the king of the road! It folds up for easy storage and transporting, making your life a whole lot easier.
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Available at specialty stores

(25-36 months)
Safety 1st Fatback Chopper Ride-On
Empower your child with the keys to the open…backyard. The Safety 1st Fatback Chopper motorcycle ride-on features 4 realistic chopper sound effects and a 3 speed shifter to take your child from 2.5 mph to 5 mph and then reverse at 2.5 mph – complete with parent controls to monitor their speed! Authentic flame decals and high-performance traction-grip tires will have your child zooming around the backyard for hours! Now your child will love being just like his motorcycle-loving Dad. Vroom, vroom!
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Available at Wal-Mart

A Note From Our Author
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The old Beatles’ song “With A Little Help From My Friends” has taken on a new meaning since my daughter arrived. Now that I have my own company, my maternity leave lasted until my last contraction. I was back on the phone and computer within hours of giving birth. Couple that with trying to take care of my other two children and it was a recipe for disaster! Although I had help from my mother after the birth of my other two children, I really didn’t have the much-needed support of other moms and friends. This time I rallied the troops and found ways that my girlfriends and I could help each other.

  1. First, we formed a dinner co-op. For those of you who are not familiar with this concept, several families join together and take turns making dinner for the entire group. So if you have five families, you end up making dinner only one evening of the school/work week and have dinners already made from other families in the group for the rest of the week. This has truly saved my sanity. Between, school pick-up, homework, feeding the baby and everyday errands - not to mention my career – I must admit that evening meals were becoming take-out, leftovers and sandwiches far too often.
  2. We’ve also set up “Homework Dates” rather than “Play Dates” so that one mom can help her child as well as one or two other children in the same grade with their homework.
  3. In times of emergencies we’ve arranged an “Emergency Day” schedule. Each mother selects the day of the week that she’s usually free. The other mothers in the group then know that if any emergency arises, she can call that person to watch the children or help out as needed.
Far too often we as mothers try to do everything. Usually this results in us feeling stressed out and miserable. Friends not only offer emotional support but the practical shoulder to lean on we all need every now and then. So if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed, know that it’s OK to get a little help from your friends.

Meet Our Author

Let me introduce myself. My name is Alison Rhodes and I live in Wilton, CT with my husband, three children and two dogs. My first child, Connor, died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in 1997 – he would have been 8 years old. My son Spencer is 7, my daughter Kelsey just turned 3 and we just had a little girl, Hannah this November. Needless to say, my life is crazy sometimes! I’ve teamed up with Safety 1st to develop this newsletter because I wanted to provide parents with important information on child safety. After Connor’s death, infant and child safety became my passion. I might not be able to prevent SIDS but if I can help prevent one childhood accident I’ve done something in honor of him.

When Kelsey turned three (she constantly reminds me that “she is a big girl now!”) we were able to remove some of the babyproofing items around our house such as the toilet locks and the baby gates. But now that our new daughter Hannah has arrived, it’s back to the drawing board. It’s amazing how quickly we forget all the things babies can get into when they start crawling! Check out this month’s articles to see what you might not have thought about. And the one thing I realize now as a “veteran mom” is to never put “to-do” items off until tomorrow, because tomorrow inevitably brings strep throat, extra homework or the trip to the store for the team uniform you forgot about. Since my husband Kenny and I are babyproofers you would think it would be easy to get everything done in time but it’s always the case of the shoemaker’s children. So, I’ve started giving him the ultimatum now that if he doesn’t get the gates back up he will be in charge of all diaper changes! I remember when I was pregnant with Connor – my baby registry included the layette, stroller, high chair and all of those beautiful blankets. But I never considered registering for the most important items – baby safety products. Wouldn’t it be great to have your entire house set up before the baby arrived, not just the nursery? So this time, after I buy Kesley’s “big girl” furniture and set up the new nursery with her old furniture I’m going to have everything else in place as well.

Alison is the founder of Peek-a-Boo Babyproofing, a baby-safety company servicing Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. The company partners with parents to create a safer environment for infants and toddlers through education and installation of baby safety products. For additional baby safety tips visit their website at www.peekaboobabyproofing.com.

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CAR SEATS

Q: I’m ready to convert my car seat to a booster seat. Should I still use the tether strap with the booster seat?
A: No. The lap/shoulder belt of your vehicle should be used to belt in the child and the child restraint.

Q: If my child is still under 1 year of age, but meets the weight and height guidelines for a forward-facing car seat, can I go ahead and place my child in the forward-facing position?
A: No. Even if your child meets the weight and height guidelines for a forward-facing car seat the child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until at least 1 year of age.

Q: When I install my child’s car seat with the LATCH and tether should I still use the vehicle seat belt as well?
A: No. The latch and tether are designed for use instead of the vehicle seat belts.

Q: Where can I have my car seat checked to ensure it is installed properly?
A: Visit www.nhtsa.dot.gov to access the Child Passenger Safety Contact locator. Type in your zip code and you’ll receive contact information for a Child Safety Seat Inspection Station in your local area.

Q: What are the cleaning instructions for my child’s car seat?
A: The seat pad should be hand washed with warm, sudsy water, then rinsed and air-dried. The harness straps should be spot cleaned only, do not machine wash.


MONITORS

Q: How can I troubleshoot interference issues on my Safety 1st nursery monitor?
A: Other wireless products in your household may run on the same frequency as your monitor. Try unplugging anything in your home that could be creating the interference and then plug the monitor in for about a half hour so that a good connection is established. Once the monitor has established a good connection, you can begin plugging back in the other products in your home one at a time while checking to see if there is a particular product that is interfering with the monitor.

Q: Can I purchase additional transmitters for my monitor?
A: Safety 1st manufactures a variety of nursery monitors. Some are equipped to monitor one room while others are capable of monitoring two or even three rooms. Each nursery monitor is designed for use with a specified number of transmitters; therefore it’s not possible to add an additional transmitter to an existing product. Doing so could cause interference.


RIDE ONS

Q: How long should I charge the battery for my Safety 1st Ride On?
A: Always charge the battery for a FULL 24 HOURS the first time you use it. Always charge the battery for a FULL 16 HOURS after each use. Although the light indicator on the charger may be green, the battery may not be fully charged. Charge the battery once a month, even if you are not using the vehicle. Do not leave the battery on the charger for more than 30 HOURS.

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