June, 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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Summer is Officially Here!

It’s time to clean your grill, open up the pool, and bask in the sun (with sunscreen, of course)! Your school-age children are probably on summer vacation, and by now you might even be planning a family trip. Our useful tips and suggestions are sure to help you create a family vacation that’s both memorable and fun for you and your children! Or, if you’re staying at home this summer and you have a pool, now’s the time to make sure it’s in good working order and safe for children of all ages. Follow us as we lead you in designing a fun outdoor play area, one that’s sure to provide peace of mind for you, while giving your children a great place to relax and have fun!

Planning Vacations for the Entire Family

Ask almost any parent and they will tell you that planning a vacation can be an arduous task, especially if the ages of the children vary. Trying to make sure that everyone from the 2-12 year olds will have a fun and memorable experience can challenge even the best travel agent. But with some careful research and planning you can arrange a vacation that everyone will enjoy, even you!

Enlist help from your kids: Ask them what they want to do on vacation. While their request may not be feasible, such as “ride elephants in Africa,” it will give you clues as to what interests them (ex. A trip to the zoo). Take into account your children’s hobbies and interests. If your son is a history buff, Boston or Washington, DC might be a good bet. If your daughter loves horses, perhaps this is the year for a trip to a ranch. Research your location to see if there is something to interest everyone in the family.

Make it toddler friendly: Nothing spoils a vacation more than an overtired, over stimulated toddler. Keep your little one on his regular nap schedule as much as possible. Bring your child’s favorite snacks just in case nothing on the menu interests your little epicurean. Thoroughly research your destination to make sure it is kid-friendly. Disney is one destination that tries to accommodate small children. For example, the Disney parks have baby stations that offer a quiet, cool place to take a break and feed your baby while older children play or watch TV in an adjacent room. Many other destinations are starting to provide these types of facilities to make traveling with families easier so be on the lookout.

Avoid the “Are we there yet?” nightmare: If you’re planning a road trip this summer, build in time for numerous stops. An 8-hour drive can easily turn into twelve when lunch breaks, potty breaks, and leg stretching are factored in. Sometimes it’s easier to make the trip in 2 days than start your vacation stressed by the time you exit the car. Share some laughs and enjoy this family time together! Catch up on what your children are doing at school, ask questions about their friends, tell them the story of how you and your spouse met, daydream together, and most importantly, relish these moments forever, children grow up fast!

Designing an Outdoor Play Area

Now that warmer weather is here, you’ll be spending a lot of time outside playing with your children. But before heading out, make sure your children are safe by making your backyard as secure as possible.

Designate a play zone: Make sure children understand the boundaries of where they are allowed to play. Position this area well away from the driveway and preferably out of view from the road. Setting up bright orange cones or some other visual cues will help children recognize and stay within this area.

Alert drivers of children at play: Consider purchasing a retractable gate to fit across your driveway and posting signs to alert drivers that children are at play. Even if you have established play zone areas, it’s too easy for children to forget and run into the street or driveway after a ball or other toys. So always keep an eye on your children and frequently remind them to watch for cars. Your driveway could also be a danger zone! If you have a basketball hoop set up or ride-on toys, your children may be distracted from cars entering or leaving your driveway.

Secure your doors: As children get older and become more curious, they’re more likely to go outside without asking. Install safety locks on sliding patio doors and consider putting alarms on all doors leading outside to alert you if one has been opened.

Check your deck railing: Similar to your staircase banisters, the railings on your deck should be no more than 2 3/8” apart. If they are, there is a chance your child could fall through. Consider installing a railnet to secure the railings.

Inspect your swing set: Annually check that the S rings on the swing set have not rusted and are secure. Be sure all bolts are securely fastened and not protruding and, if needed, add another layer of playground mulch around the entire area. The mulch should extend at least 6’ in every direction and be 3-6” deep.

Installing and using trampolines: According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), hospital emergency room-treated trampoline injuries almost tripled in the last decade - from an estimated 37,500 in 1991 to almost 100,000 in 1999. Nearly two-thirds of trampoline injury victims were children 6 to 14 years of age and about 15% of trampoline injuries involved young children under 6 years old. Falls and somersaults off the trampoline often resulted in crippling injury and/or death including paralysis from spinal cord injury. So before you buy and install a trampoline, first decide if you want your children playing on one, and then make sure that every possible safety precaution (such as netting and spring covers) has been taken.

Play nice in the sandbox: Make sure sandbox toys do not have sharp edges and teach children never to throw sand. Cover the sandbox when it’s not in use to keep stray animals from getting into it.

Ensure a secure ride: Give your child’s bike a tune up (or have it professionally done) at the beginning of the summer to make sure it’s in good working condition. If the bicycle has training wheels, make sure they are secured properly and are in working order. Always make sure your child wears a helmet when using any riding toy including scooters and bikes. In fact, many states and communities, such as New York, issue fines to parents of children who don’t wear helmets while biking or riding a scooter. Always provide constant, vigilant supervision for young riders. Lastly, remember that bikes are treated like motor vehicles, always bike with traffic, not against it, and watch out for cars entering or exiting driveways. The leading cause of bike-related deaths is from people biking against traffic. 

Our Picks for Parents

Eddie Bauer Wood High Chair Featured on Will & Grace Finale
Our Eddie Bauer Wood High Chair was shown on the May 18th finale of Will & Grace. The chair’s classic design and modern convenience is a perfect addition to your home. Featuring 3 trays: a built-in snack tray, 4-position full-size gliding tray with 1-hand quick release, and a dishwasher-safe insert tray, it’s easy to clean and use, and blends attractively within your home. The built-in space for storing your feeding supplies is an added convenience while the cushioned seat and footrest comfort your baby during mealtime.

Buy one now at Babies ‘R Us

(Prenatal) - COMING SOON!
Safety 1st Five Star Digital Monitoring System
Looking for a digital baby monitor that’s clear, private, and secure? Tired of constant static, dropped signals, and interference? Well look no further! Our Safety 1st FIVE S.T.A.R. Digital Monitoring System utilizes revolutionary digital monitoring technology to provide crisp, clear sound with no static, no interference, and a private signal all the time. It automatically searches 60 channels to find the clearest one so that you can easily move throughout the house while hearing your baby’s every sound loud and clear on a secure connection.

Features include:

  • 5 soothing lullaby songs
  • Bedtime starry nightlight
  • Temperature alert
  • Backlit LCD
  • Belt clip
  • 8 secure sound lights
  • Paging feature
  • Adjustable microphone sensitivity
  • Battery recharging bases
  • Out of range and battery level indicators
  • Parent units work as remote controls
  • Talk back to baby feature

(0-6 months)
Safety 1st Signature Convertible Car Seat
Recent media attention has captured celebrities traveling with their children, prompting us all to evaluate the proper installation and usage of our own children’s car seats. That’s why we’re happy to introduce our Safety 1st Signature Convertible Car Seat – the only car seat you’ll ever need! It’s LATCH equipped and should be used rear-facing for children who weigh 5-35 lbs and are under 1 year of age, forward-facing for children over 1 year who weigh 22-40 lbs., and as a belt-positioning booster for children who weigh 40-100 lbs. Featuring a 5-point harness system that never needs rethreading, a 4-position headrest, and 3-position recline that adjusts with one hand, what could be easier? Your child will love the padded head support, pillow, folded armrests, and detachable cup holder and you’ll love that your child is riding securely with you everywhere you go. Note: Always check with your state government for laws that govern the age and weight requirements of children in car seats.

Available at JCPenney.com

(7 – 12 months)
Safety 1st Roller Shades 
Summer’s finally here and with all that beautiful sunshine comes lots of solar glare! Protect your little one’s eyes and sensitive skin with our Safety 1st Roller Shades. Available in 2 sizes (14” or 17.5”) to accommodate any vehicle, they’re the perfect solution for keeping your child protected while you road trip the summer away!
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Available at Babies ‘R Us

(13– 24 months)
Safety 1st Railnet
Before stepping out on that deck for a summer BBQ, be sure to install our Safety 1st Railnet to help keep your children nearby. Spanning 10 feet, it adjusts to fit most railings and is weather resistant. You can even use it indoors as an added layer of security on your staircase landing or balcony. Peace of mind for indoors and out, genius!
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Available at Babies ‘R Us

(25-36 months)
Safety 1st Signature Tandem Stroller
Added another little one to your family? Then it’s time for the Safety 1st Signature Tandem Stroller! Made from lightweight aluminum, it’s ultra compact for easy traveling and storage and features a 5-point harness system for added security. You’ll love the large canopy that includes a covered window to keep an eye on your little one; side and rear mesh pockets for storing toys and snacks, and a visor for shade from the sun. The rear seat reclines infinitely and the front seat is padded with an adjustable leg rest for superior comfort. The large storage basket is perfect for stowing your laptop or purse and the ergonomic adjustable foam-grip handles are a welcome rest for your tired hands. We’ve thought of everything! So hit the road with durability, style, and security!
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Available at JCPenney.com

A Note From Our Author

“Summertime Fun”

Up until my son Spencer entered school I had actually forgotten the joy of summer vacation. As a working mom, the only difference I noticed, besides the change in seasons, was less traffic during rush hour because there weren’t any school buses. Through Spencer, I now remember the excitement and anticipation of the upcoming school break. In fact, his teacher called the other day to complain that he was tapping his pencil too loudly during class. I thought to myself, “Doesn’t she remember spring fever? How can he sit there and not be anxious to get outside and enjoy recess?” 

Even though I work full time, everything really does feel different in the summer. There are some afternoons where we all play hooky and hang out at the beach. Bedtime and mealtime both become much more relaxed as we enjoy concerts, picnic dinners in the park, barbeques, and baseball games outdoors. During summer, every day becomes a casual Friday!

Of course it’s not always easy. For me, the struggle lies with trying to maintain a “normal” work day schedule in the midst of driving my daughters to daycare while shuttling Spencer back and forth between tennis camp, swim lessons, and summer school. However, I have a little leverage as a child safety consultant. In my profession I think people are more forgiving during a phone conversation when they hear children screaming in the background. I wish the rest of you all the best!

I know there will be days when I can’t wait for school to start again and I’ll want everyone’s schedules to go back to “normal.” But just the other day, as I saw my daughters bend down to smell the freshly cut grass, I’m reminded to slow down a bit, stop and (literally) smell the roses and, for this fleeting season, relish the summer days.

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 www.peekaboobabyproofing.com.

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Q: I have lost the instructions for my product. How can I obtain a new copy?
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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 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.


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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