May, 2006

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May eNewsletter

First and foremost, from everyone here at Safety 1st®, we hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Spring has sprung and that means gardening, spring cleaning, and fun in the sun! Now is a great time to review pool safety rules with your children and to make sure that your pool is in secure working order. In addition, as the weather gets warmer, more and more children have birthday parties outdoors. It’s important to learn how to plan for an outdoor party, so read along as we teach you menu planning, fun games, and give you great advice on locations.

Planning a Fun and Exciting Birthday Party

This year, as you’re choosing the perfect theme and decorations, keep these tips in mind to make it a great party.

Start with the invitations:  As a rule of thumb, the younger the child, the fewer the number of guests. If it’s a family party and you will be having children of different ages, be sure to have separate, age appropriate activities that are suitable for the children’s ages.

Plan out the menu: If the party is for children under five years of age, do not serve foods that are potential choking hazards such as: hard candy, hot dogs, popcorn, whole grapes, raw carrots, and large chunks of cheese. Be sure that you are aware of any food allergies among your guests – and remember never to give another person’s child any kind of food without asking first.

Play some games: Purchase a piñata with pull strings rather than one that needs to be opened with a stick. If you have rented a “bounce house” or inflatable item, do not allow younger children and older children to be in it at the same time. Limit the number of children who may jump in it at any one time and make sure that there is an adult present to supervise. The same goes for a “pool of balls” where a younger child could lose his balance and get knocked over by an older friend or sibling.

Consider the location: If you’re having a pool party, find out from each parent their child’s swimming ability prior to the party. Be sure that parents will stay at the party or have additional adults on hand to supervise. When older children are in the pool, assign each guest a “buddy” and pair them up. Keep a cordless phone nearby and be sure that you, or someone present, knows CPR and First Aid.

Some last considerations: Make sure that items in the take-home gift bags are age appropriate. For children under three, small bags of animal crackers, jars of bubbles, and small packages of crayons are a better alternative to candy. Latex balloons are a choking hazard for small children – instead, purchase Mylar balloons for the younger children.

Splish, Splash, It’s Pool Time!

With the warm weather approaching, thoughts turn to lazy afternoons outside. While summers are filled with care “free” days, they still need to be careful days. This is especially true if you or your friends have a pool.

The statistics are sobering. Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related deaths among children. Surprisingly, at the time of the incident, most of the children were being supervised by one or both parents. Drowning can occur in a matter of minutes and, unlike scenes in movies or on TV, drowning victims cannot cry out – drowning is a silent death.  

The following are some important recommendations from the Consumer Product Safety Commission to help create a more secure pool environment. 

  • Install a fence around your pool. It should be at least four feet high, preferably five. If your house opens onto the pool deck, the doors leading from the house to the pool should be protected with an alarm.
  • Vertical slats on the fence around your pool should be less than 4 inches apart to prevent a child from squeezing through.
  • If you have a chain link fence, no part of the diamond-shaped opening should be larger than 1-3/4 inches.
  • Inspect your fence periodically to make sure that there are no gaps in it that would allow a small child to squeeze through.
  • Be sure there are no objects such as lawn chairs or riding toys around the fence that your child could use as leverage to climb over.
  • Fence gates should be self-closing and self-latching – and should be locked when the pool is not in use.
  • A power safety cover should also be installed. Be sure this cover meets the requirements of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) pool cover standard that addresses labeling requirements and performance.
  • If you have an above-ground pool, steps and ladders leading to the pool should be secured and locked or removed when the pool is not in use.

Along with securing your pool, it’s important to remember these safety rules:

  • Make sure your babysitter or anyone else watching your child knows about the safety devices for your pool and that you expect them to keep your child in sight at all times.
  • Keep a portable phone at the pool with you and have all emergency numbers on hand.
  • Take a CPR or First Aid course or renew your certification.
  • If a child is missing, immediately check the pool. Seconds could make the difference between life and death.
  • Do not assume that because your child has had swimming lessons or is using an inflatable vest or inner tube, he could not drown.
  • If you are having a party, designate a second person to watch your child while you might be tending to guests.
  • Never leave toys near the pool. They are a temptation that could bring children too close to the pool’s edge.

Pool safety is also something to consider when visiting friends or relatives. We are all taught to be polite, but your child’s safety is much more important than being diplomatic. If you are visiting someone who does not have a secure fence around their pool, consider very carefully if you feel this is a secure environment for your child to be in. I know, I know, you never take your eyes off your child, but statistics don’t lie. Seventy-seven percent of drowning victims had been missing from sight for five minutes or less, the time it takes to answer a phone or run after another child. Don’t let your child become a statistic.

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Our Picks for Parents

Safety 1st Signature Travel System
Add the Safety 1st Signature Travel System to your registry and you’ll be moving in style! The unique 1-hand fold ‘n stand design keeps the stroller standing up, even when folded, making quick trips in and out of the car easier for everyone. This travel system includes an infant car seat with a 5-point harness system for secure and comfortable travel. The stroller reclines in a variety of positions, including a full recline for naptime. A 3-position canopy features a covered peek-a-boo window for sun or shade protection, cell phone pocket, and sunshade extender. The front comfort ride shock absorbers combined with 8” swivel front tires and 8” rear traction-grip tires smoothen the ride. Plus, you can feed your little one while you’re on the go since the stroller includes a front snack tray and cup holder. For added convenience, the parent tray features three cup holders and a large, easy access spring down basket. What more could you ask for?
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(0-6 months)
Safety 1st Signature Play Yard
It’s springtime and that means your little one is ready for action, so keep him in one place with our Safety 1st Signature Play Yard. Creating a soft and spacious place for your baby to relax and sleep, our play yard features a changing table with an easy-to-wipe surface, quick fold system that folds up in under a minute, and deluxe organizer. Melodies and a mobile with three soft toys will keep him amused while a two-speed vibrating mattress lulls him to sleep. Featuring a full-size bassinet, you can even carry your little one around the house with you! It also includes a nightlight, accessory bag, 2 roll-down shades for privacy, covered wheels that lock in place, skirted trim, a push-button fold with security latch, and a neat carry bag. Keep your baby happy and entertained, all the time!
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(7 – 12 months)
Safety 1st Perfect Fit Gate
It’s time to baby-proof your home, so let us help! Our Safety 1st Perfect Fit Gate adjusts to fit most base moldings and uneven doorways from 30” – 42” and can be pressure or swing-open mounted. The control handle locks, releases, and adjusts while a color indicator shows the release and adjust mode. Designed with smooth, transparent panels that are climb-resistant and easy to clean you can see your baby clearly from the other side.
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Available at Toys ‘R Us, Babies ‘R Us, Kmart

(13– 24 months)
Safety 1st Clear Grip Door Knob Covers / Safety 1st Lever Handle Lock
Keep little ones from getting in or out of restricted rooms by installing Safety 1st Clear Grip Door Knob Covers in your home. Easy to use, they feature secure-grip buttons and blend in so well with your home décor that they’re barely noticeable. Or if you have French doors, our Safety 1st Lever Handle Lock, which accommodates most French door style levers, provides a child-resistant, press and slide design that keeps inquiring little minds out of the areas that you don’t want them exploring.
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Clear Grip Door Knob Covers available at Target, Babies ‘R Us, Kmart
Lever Handle Lock available at Target, Babies ‘R Us, Toys ‘R Us, Wal-Mart

(25-36 months)
Safety 1st Apex 65 Booster Car Seat
An absolute essential for children ages one to eight, the Safety 1st Apex 65 is the only booster car seat with an internal harness that can be used until your child reaches 65 lbs and 57” in height. Then, it transitions to a belt-positioning booster for children 40-100 lbs. Featuring a 5-point harness system with 4 harness heights and 3-position adjustable headrest, it provides the ultimate in travel comfort and support. Including removable harness pads, a cushioned toddler insert, padded armrests, and a detachable cup holder, your child will be living in luxury while you tool around town.
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Available at Babies R Us & Toys R Us

A Note From Our Author

“Mother's Day Memories”

The first few years we had children, my husband agonized over Mother’s Day.  Each year he would stress over how to make it a special day not only for me but his mother and even my mother. He would plan a dinner for all of us that he would promise to orchestrate; yet it would inevitably end up with me cooking and usually cleaning up as well. It’s not that he intended it to be that way, it’s just he had this expectation of what Mother’s Day was supposed to be, how it used to be, and it never quite was the same. I guess we all have those memories of celebrating with mom. I remember when I was growing up my father would always come home with a corsage for my mother and we would go out to brunch.  Today, my idea of the perfect Mother’s Day is spending the day with my mother going to a spa, having lunch, and doing some window-shopping. It’s not that I don’t love my children, but since I’m with them 364 days of the year, it’s the one day I’d like to have the luxury of sleeping late, reading the Sunday New York Times, and pampering myself. My best friend told me every year for Mother’s Day she sends her husband out with the children and then she spends the entire day planting outside. It gives her a sense of accomplishment to see something grow. My cousin feels the same way. She just had her second child six weeks premature. While the baby is doing quite well, my cousin will be spending her Mother’s Day in the NICU feeding her little girl and helping her grow. 

As the saying goes, “You’ve come a long way baby.” Life has changed dramatically for us as mothers since the previous generation. Our role as a mother is not as easily defined as it used to be. Whether we choose to be stay-at-home moms, full-time working moms or part-time working moms, the demands on our time have become intense. Our lives have gotten busier and filled with more commitments and obligations than our mothers ever had and it seems we’re always trying to find a few more hours in every day to get things done and still have time with our families. But for at least one day out of the year, let’s stop and acknowledge how amazing we as mothers are no matter how we do it. 

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 9 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

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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Where can I purchase your products in my area?
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Q: I have lost the instructions for my product. How can I obtain a new copy?
A: Email us at: or contact our Consumer Relations Department at 1-800-544-1108 Monday – Thursday from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST. The model number and manufacture date of the product are required for replacement instructions.

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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 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.


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.


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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