February, 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
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LaineOh, the weather outside is frightful and we're here to make your days delightful! If your children are playing outdoors, brush up on our tips for preventing and treating hypothermia and frostbite. If it’s too cold or rainy to play outside, use our suggested activities, along with our selected products for your child’s age and create playtime indoors. After using the tips in our enewsletter, your home should be a more secure place to go - so let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Fun and Safe Indoor Activities For
Children of All Ages

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GregoryWith at least six more weeks of winter ahead of us it may be getting difficult to keep your children entertained. It’s especially challenging when older children are home from school on snow days or stuck inside on rainy days and you need to find fun activities for children of different ages. The following are a few activities that your children can do together along with some safety tips to make sure it’s an enjoyable day!

Create a Treasure Hunt: Use some common household objects that wouldn’t normally be found in the playroom and create a treasure hunt. (Examples are stuffed animals from the bedroom, plastic kitchen utensils and the TV remote!) Draw pictures of the items and write out the names of each so little children can participate and big children can work on their spelling! 

Safety Tip: Keep children away from hot baseboard heaters and space heaters that can present burning hazards.

Make Play dough: Making play dough is as much fun as creating something with it afterwards. There’s nothing more fun for children than getting their hands into cold goop!

Play dough Recipe:
1/4 cup salt
1 cup flour
1/4 cup water

Have your child mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Then add water. Knead and squeeze the dough until it has a clay-like consistency. You may need to add more water to reach the consistency desired. Add food coloring to make different colors. (Green “goop”, or “slime”, is always a favorite. Use plastic (not metal) cookie cutters to get their imaginations running wild.)

Safety Tip: When children are playing in the kitchen, create an area free of knife blocks, breakable and sharp objects, coffee pots and other hot appliances.

Put on a Magic Show, Concert or Play: Let your children borrow some of mom and dad’s old clothes for costumes. Use blankets for capes and wooden spoons for magician’s wands to create a show for the entire family. Set up a stage by attaching a sheet across an extra large door opening.

Safety Tip: Be mindful of children climbing to reach tall dresser drawers and armoires to get clothing and other items. Heavy furniture can easily topple over onto them and should always be secured to the wall with furniture straps and braces.

Open a Restaurant – Get children involved in making dinner for the evening and pretend they are running a real restaurant. With some help and suggestions from you, let them plan out the meal and write/draw menus and placemats. Create uniforms for the “chef” and “wait staff.” Easy and nutritious menu selections could include English Muffin Pizzas, Mac & Cheese with Veggies, Taco Salad and Sandwich Roll-Ups.

Safety Tip: Keep children away from stovetops and install oven guards and stove knob covers. Be mindful of choking hazards in the refrigerator and consider installing a refrigerator lock.

Hypothermia and Frostbite –
What They Are and What To Do

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Before sending your children out to make snow angels or a snowman, be sure you have them dressed properly. Frostbite and even hypothermia can occur very quickly so it’s important to recognize the signs and understand how to treat them.   

  • In cold weather it’s important to dress your children in layers. Several thin layers will keep them dry and warm.
  • The rule of thumb is to dress children in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions.
  • Do not allow them to stay outside for long periods of time – bring them in to warm up. (Tempt them with a mug of warm hot chocolate!)

Hypothermia:
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), hypothermia develops when a child's temperature falls below normal due to prolonged exposure to cold.

  • As hypothermia sets in, your child may shiver and become lethargic and clumsy. His speech may become slurred and his body temperature will decline.
  • If you suspect your child is hypothermic, call 911 at once. Until help arrives, take him indoors, remove any wet clothing, and wrap him in blankets or warm clothes.

Frostbite:
Frostbite happens when the skin and outer tissues become frozen. This condition tends to happen most often on extremities like the fingers, toes, ears and nose. They may become pale, gray and blistered. At the same time, your child may complain that her skin burns or has become numb.

  • If frostbite occurs, bring your child indoors and place the frostbitten parts of her body in warm (not hot!) water. Warm washcloths may be applied to frostbitten nose, ears and lips.
  • Do not rub the frozen areas.
  • After a few minutes, dry and cover her with clothing or blankets. Give her something warm to drink.
If the numbness or burning sensation continues for more than a few minutes, call your doctor.

Our Picks for Parents
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(Prenatal)
Safety 1st Illumination Monitor
Keep tabs on your little one at all times with the Safety 1st Illumination Monitor. Featuring a range of up to 400 feet, you can move around the house while hearing what your little one is up to. Plus, extra-large sound lights display your baby’s noise level, so you’ll know when she’s fussing. The baby unit has a soothing nighttime glow to help lull her to sleep and the parent’s unit is rechargeable for endless hours of monitoring. It even alerts you when the battery’s getting low. Plus, our unique cord control system secures the cord away from curious hands and helps prevent tripping, while keeping your nursery neat and organized.
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Available at Wal-Mart.

(0-6 months)
Safety 1st Starter Infant Car Seat
Make sure your newborn is snug and secure when traveling on the road with the Safety 1st Starter Infant Car Seat. Featuring a convenient, adjustable, stay-in-car base, you won’t have to worry about installing the seat every time you go for a ride. Made for babies 5-22 lbs and 19-29 inches, the 5-point harness system keeps your baby securely in place and the 4 harness heights adjust as your baby grows. Cushioned head support steadies your baby’s head and the added multi-position canopy is a must have for those who like to travel in the sun or even on windier days! With a comfort carry handle for you, toting around your little bundle of joy just got a whole lot easier.
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Available at Wal-Mart

(7 – 12 months)
Safety 1st Lift & Lock Gate
Help prevent your little ones from falling down the stairs or entering rooms that are off-limits with the Safety 1st Lift & Lock Gate. Its handle locks, releases and adjusts for complete control, and with pressure or hardware mounting options (extending from 28-42 inches) this gate can fit in many openings throughout your home. (It extends from 28-42 inches!) Just remember: pressure mounted gates should never be used at the top of stairs.
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Available at Babies R Us, Toys R Us, Target and Kmart

(13– 24 months)
Safety 1st Toilet Roll Saver
With increased indoor playtime this winter, you’d be amazed at what your kids will find to play with. Are you tired of finding your little one playing with the toilet paper? Well, we’ve got the perfect solution for you! The Safety 1st Toilet Roll Saver stops children and even pets from unraveling your roll of toilet paper and is spring loaded for easy adult use. Simply attach it to any standard dispenser and when you’re done using the toilet paper, tuck it inside the saver. Now your little rascals won’t make your bathroom a mess!
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Available at Babies R Us

(25-36 months)
Safety 1st Easy Care Booster Seat
Dinnertime has never been easier with the Safety 1st Easy Care Booster Seat! We understand you have your hands full – and sometimes quite literally! The swing out tray on that booster allows you to secure your child into the seat with 1-handed ease. A dishwasher-safe tray with cup holder and easy-wipe high-back seat makes post-meal clean up a breeze. The 3-level height adjustment and built-in adjustable chair straps are perfect for your growing child. If only getting them to eat their vegetables was as easy!
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Available at Babies R Us, Toys R Us, Target, Kmart and Wal-Mart

A Note From Our Author
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My daughter Hannah is 8 weeks old and I just had my first official breakdown.

As with many moms, there comes a time – usually around the 8 or 9-week mark – where you just start to feel you will never have a moment by yourself again. I’m not sure why, but this time around the majority of the childcare has fallen on me. While my husband tucks himself into bed at night, I’m the one up with a crying infant. And since I’m now working from home, I’m the one with her all day too.  As I was trying to quiet her down tonight, something snapped in me as I saw my husband lying there blissfully asleep – or perhaps pretending to sleep to avoid helping me.

Realizing that I finally needed a break, I nudged him (none too gently) and broke the news that tonight it was his turn. As he took the baby from me he commented, “Come here Hannah. Mommy doesn’t want you anymore.” Now while I realize this was his idea of a little joke – or a way of trying to make me feel guilty – it was poor timing on his part and he experienced the full wrath of a hormonal, sleep deprived mother. The scary thing is, his plot almost worked!  The guilty mother syndrome kicked in and I felt like a terrible mother for not being able to handle my child on my own. But after a good primal scream (while sitting in the car, where my older children wouldn’t hear me) I quickly realized that I am a good mother and asking for help when I need it is not a sign of failure but of someone who recognizes when they need a break to maintain their sanity. So to all of the other moms who are also up at 2 a.m. reading this as you’re holding your infant - know when to give yourself a break and ask for help, even if it’s for just one hour. Then go back to being the great mom that you are!

Question of the Month
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Q: How can I troubleshoot interference issues on my Safety 1st nursery monitor?

A: Other electronic and 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 back in for about a half hour so that a good connection is established. Once the monitor has established a good connection, 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.

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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