April, 2006

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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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April eNewsletter

Spring is here and with April showers bringing May flowers, it’s a great time to refresh your memory on indoor showers and other potential bathroom dangers. This month we’re giving you tips and info on helpful products to equip your family for a healthy and fun bath time, every time.

In this issue you’ll also find suggestions on how to create a good relationship between your pet and your child. Not only is it important for your child to learn how to properly treat your pet, it’s equally important for your pet to respect your child and learn that you’re in charge in the house. Keep reading below for tips on how to create a healthy, fun environment for your child and your pet so they’ll peacefully co-exist.

Bathtub Safety
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Undoubtedly, one of the most hazardous rooms in your home is the bathroom. While bath time should always be a time for fun and bonding, it’s important that parents take extra precautions in the bathroom. The following are several things to keep in mind when bathing your child.

Never leave your child alone in the bathtub! A child can drown in a matter of minutes in less than 2” of water. If you must leave the bathroom for any reason, take your baby with you. Keep a cordless phone in the bathroom with you at all times in case of an emergency.

Check the temperature of the bath water. The appropriate temperature is between 96°F and 100°F. Use a bath thermometer to check the temperature and install a scald protector on your faucet. Set your water heater no higher than 120°F and install an anti-scald device.

Bath rings and baby bathtubs should not be considered safety devices. As with baby proofing items, these products should not replace constant parental supervision. Rather, they should be considered bathing aids. Bath rings and bathtubs should not be used in non-skid or slip resistant surfaces. Make sure to read the product instructions carefully to make sure the product is compatible with your bathtub.

Install a tub spout cover. Babies are extremely slippery when wet – make sure that hard surfaces such as the tub spout are protected. If bathing two children at the same time, be sure that playing does not get out of hand.

Keep bath toys clean. Allow all bath toys to air dry in a mesh bag and clean them weekly with bleach to prevent mold.

Remove adult items from the tub. Be sure that your shampoo, conditioner, shower gels, soaps, razors, candles, glass jars and other hazardous items are locked away when bathing your baby.

Don’t forget about other hazards in the bathroom. Place locks on toilets and install slow closing lids. Also, make sure trash baskets are kept in a locked vanity or at least make sure they are tall with a lid so your child cannot access them.

Learn CPR and First Aid. Even if you’ve taken a course in the past, the certification is only good for 1 year, so take a refresher course once you’ve had a baby and every year after you’ve had the baby. Knowing CPR and First Aid skills could be the difference between life and death.

Creating a Good Relationship Between Your Pet and Your Child
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For many people, pets are important members of the family and, in many cases, families have pets in the home before they have children. But, once kids come along, this relationship can change. Unfortunately, even the friendliest pet can be a safety risk for an infant or toddler. In order to maintain a happy environment it’s imperative that some rules be established for the interaction between your pet and your child.   

  1. Pets can be jealous: watch animals closely if you have a new baby in the house.
  2. Don’t leave your pet’s food down on the floor. Not only could your pet become aggressive if your baby goes near their food but it also poses a choking hazard for your baby.
  3. Keep your pet’s toys away from your child and his or her toys away from your pet.
  4. Teach your child not to tease your pet, pull your pet’s tail or put his face or fingers near your pet’s mouth.
  5. Be sure that your child does not disturb your pet when he’s sleeping.
  6. Never leave a baby or young child alone with a pet.

Above all, teach children to…

  1. Treat animals with respect and kindness.
  2. Handle pets gently.
  3. Wash their hands well after handling pets.
  4. Recognize signs of aggression or anger.

Our Picks for Parents
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(Prenatal)
Safety 1st 3-Phase Convertible Car Seat
The only car seat you’ll ever need! The Safety 1st 3-Phase convertible car seat grows with your child from infant to toddler to young child. Perfect for children 5-80 pounds and 19”-52” in height, it features a 4-position headrest and a 5-point harness system with up-front adjustment. It can accommodate 5-35 pound children rear-facing, 22-40 pounds forward-facing, and 40-80 pounds in the belt-positioning booster mode. This seat is comfortable because it includes padded infant head support and a body insert that snugly holds your baby during travel. Plus, a detachable cup holder is just what your child needs for taking a drink on the road! With the Safety 1st 3-Phase your child can grow up, but not outgrow his car seat.
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Available at specialty stores.

(0-6 months)
Safety 1st Baby’s Deluxe Grooming Collection
Perfect for on-the-road and in-the-home, now you can groom your baby at a moment’s notice. This collection includes a steady grip nail clipper with extra-large handle and comfortable grip to help quickly and effectively trim your baby’s nails without pinching little fingers, a newborn cradle cap comb with a soft touch handle to assure a comfortable grip while gently and effectively removing dry flakes from your baby’s hair and scalp, a gentle care brush and comb set both with soft touch handles. The brush has soft bristles that are extra gentle on your baby’s sensitive skin and the comb has dual-teeth for easily adjusting to the thickness of your baby’s hair, an infant toothbrush/gum stimulator and toddler toothbrush both with roll-resistant soft touch handles to help promote proper oral hygiene as your child grows and stimulate your baby’s developing gums, two pairs of no scratch mittens that help prevent infants from accidentally scratching themselves, and 8 emery boards to gently smooth out your baby’s nails to prevent accidental scratching. And it all comes with a convenient travel case to take grooming on the go!
Available at Babies R Us
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(7 – 12 months)
Safety 1st Inflatable Sof’ Spout Cover
Help protect your child from bathtub related injuries with the Safety 1st Inflatable Sof’ Spout Cover. Convenient and easy to use and install, the inflatable cover fits all standard spouts and doesn’t interfere with your faucet’s use. It’s so durable you can remove and reuse it time and time again.
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Available at Babies R Us & Toys R Us

 

(13– 24 months)
Safety 1st Floating Bath Pal Thermometer
It’s a floating thermometer and toy in one! Assure that your child’s bath is at a comfortable temperature every time. Simply let your ducky or seal bath pal toy float in the bath water for 30 seconds before your child gets in and then remove it. Examine the easy-to-read temperature strip to determine if the water is too hot for your child to bathe in. The water temperature is ONLY fine for your child if a colored number appears on the strip. It’s that easy to give your child a warm bath all the time!
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Available at Babies R Us & Toys R Us

(24-36 months)
Safety 1st Tubside Kneeler & Step Stool
Make bath time comfortable again! The Safety 1st Tubside Kneeler and Step Stool comfortably cushions your knees and elbows so that you can be more comfortable while bathing your little one. Featuring a roomy accessory compartment for storing bath toys and bathing products, this tubside kneeler easily converts to a step stool and compactly folds up for great storage. It’s a convenient way for you to stay right by your child’s side during bath time.
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Available at Babies R Us & Toys R Us

A Note From Our Author
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“Mommy Are We There Yet?”

It’s time for that annual tradition – the spring vacation. Usually this entails either a long car ride or a plane trip, both of which are enough to send any well-organized mom into overdrive. 

This Saturday we leave for Disney World. I’m bringing my mother along for reinforcement. I figure with three kids we need at least three adults to even the score. But even then, I have a sneaking suspicion that our “inmates” will be running the asylum.

As I tell everyone, it’s not the baby that takes up so much room, it’s the amount of stuff that goes along with her. I’ve decided that I can get away with five shirts for seven days myself. After all, it’s Disney World – who’s going to care if I’m walking around with baby spit-up on my clothes by Day 6? But my darling Hannah is quite another matter. You never know just how big her messes are going to be. She needs at least two changes of clothes per day plus warm and cool clothes (because you never know) hats, diapers and blankets. So after I finish packing for myself, my husband and the three kids, I’ve got four large suitcases, three backpacks, a car seat, two strollers and enough snack bags for a trip around the world. 

I knew the CEO of Jet Blue had to have kids when he created airplanes with TVs in each seat back. I say a little thank you to him every time I fly with my kids. I know that will keep at least my son happy for the entire trip. Kelsey, however, is another story. TV doesn’t interest her. She’d much rather talk – the entire time – from the minute we leave the house until we check-in at the hotel. I know this since she managed to chatter non-stop for a 9-hour car trip to Williamsburg this past summer. While I’ve learned to turn a deaf ear when I need to, I pity the business travelers who will be on the 6 a.m. flight with us. I used to be one of them and I liked nothing better than to read my newspaper and drink my coffee in relative peace. The thought of a chatty 3-year old breaking this silence would be enough to send me screaming into the cockpit. My only hope is the various princess activities I have brought along – coloring books, reading books, magnetic boards – will keep her occupied for at least some of the time.

No matter what I do, the inevitable question is bound to come up half way through the flight, “Mommy, are we there yet?” This always seemed like such a cliché but now I am living it. As a rational adult, you’d think she would understand by looking out the plane window at the clouds and realize that no, we are not in fact there yet. But this just doesn’t seem to register in the mind of a 3-year old. So, now I’ve started a little game called “How many creative answers can I come up with?”

  • “No honey, we’re not there yet. When you see Tinker Bell flying outside the window you’ll know we’re there.”

  • “No honey, we’re not there yet. But once you count to fifteen million we’ll be there.”

  • “No honey, we’re not there yet. Why don’t you try and wake up Daddy and he’ll tell you when we’ll be there.”
But, I’m not so tired and cynical that I don’t remember the excitement of a vacation and a Disney vacation at that. So, as we embark on this adventure, I’ll take 10 deep breaths, put on my Mickey Mouse ears and keep my eyes out for Tinker Bell.

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 Kelsey’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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