July 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 Road Tripping

Finally, the sun is here, the birds are singing, (the mosquitoes are biting), and the grill is fired up for a barbeque. It’s summer time and that also means it’s time for family vacations. Before you rush out the door to your vacation destination, read our helpful tips for packing, planning, and preventing accidents while traveling. It’s also prime time for our refresher course on car seat installation and usage. This month we feature several of our top car seats to secure your child at every stage. Car seats are also one of the first products a new mom needs and make great baby shower gifts. Add to your registry and then relax for some fun in the sun!

The Three “P’s” of Summer Vacation – Packing, Planning & Preventing

Whether it’s an overnight trip to Grandma’s or a week at your favorite seaside resort, there’s probably some vacation in store for you this summer. Remember the days before having kids when it seemed as if you could get packed in under an hour? Nowadays, traveling with kids takes the coordination of an Army General trying to lead the troops, and as all good leaders know, careful planning is a must. The following are some tips for planning your upcoming trip to help ensure that you’ll be prepared for your vacation.

Be able to survive on the supplies in your carry-on bag: The only thing worse than the airline losing your toddler’s new pink polka dot bathing suit is buying a new one. Pack a swimsuit, pajamas, change of clothes, toothbrush, and extra diapers for your toddler in your carry-on bag just in case. 

Create a first aid kit. This should include: several sizes of bandages; a thermometer; an antibacterial cream (such as Neosporin® or Bacitracin®); infant or children’s Tylenol®; tweezers to remove bee stings, ticks, or splinters; an antihistamine such as Children’s Benadryl®; and sunscreen with an SPF of at least 45.

Pack snacks: Whether you’re sitting in a traffic jam or being held on a runway, there’s a good chance your kids will become cranky and tired. Carry healthy snacks with you, such as dry cereal or fruit, as well as bottled water or juice boxes, to keep them happy.

Make ID tags: When children get lost on vacation it’s very difficult for them to remember the name of the hotel or address where they’re staying or your phone number. Create laminated ID tags that can be pinned on the inside of their clothing. List only their first name, your cell phone number, and/or the phone number of the hotel/home where you are staying. While you use it for bragging rights, that cute infant holiday picture of your now 2-year-old toddler will make it difficult for people to identify your child. Be sure to carry a recent photo of your child with you at all times.

Be prepared for an emergency: No matter where you’re going, call ahead or research online to find the name of a local pediatrician and the location of the nearest hospital. It’s also helpful to locate the nearest 24-hour pharmacy.

Bring along Dramamine: Whether it’s your child’s first plane ride, cruise, or long car trip, don’t run the risk of discovering they have motion sickness while you’re already on your way.

Call ahead: Be sure to book your dinner reservations ahead of time so you’re not eating past your toddler’s bedtime and thus avoiding public tantrums. If you’re staying at a hotel and want to use one of their portable cribs, call ahead to make sure it meets all applicable safety standards. A play yard is preferable, (if your child isn’t too big for it), but a portable crib with slats no more than 2 3/8” apart is also acceptable. If your child is taller and typically sleeps in a bed with bed rails, bring them along. Always bring a portable crib sheet from home rather than using one provided by the hotel. 

Pack baby proofing items: Bring along wire ties or masking tape so you can secure lamp cords to the sides of tables, and outlet plugs to secure electrical outlets. It’s a good idea to bring along a pressure-mounted gate as well to keep toddlers off the stairs. 

Once you arrive: Take inventory of the hotel room (or Grandma’s guest room) as you would your own home to check for safety hazards. It’s always a good idea to approach the room from your child’s point of view. Get down on your hands and knees to view eye-level dangers. Watch out for tall lamps that could accidentally tip over. Tie window blind cords high up to prevent strangulation hazards. Move all chairs or tables away from the windows and ask for furniture on the terrace to be removed. If your hotel room has a mini bar that does not lock, remove all liquor and any food that might be a choking hazard. If you are staying in a rental house or a hotel with a kitchen, be sure there are no sharp knives within your children’s reach. Keep coffee makers and toasters unplugged, and remove the stove knobs. Store your toiletry kit, which could contain prescription medicines, hair gels, mouthwash, and other toxic substances, on the top shelf of the closet. In a new environment children can become disoriented in the middle of the night and walk out the door, having it lock behind them, so keep the chain and deadbolt locked on the door at all times.

Celebrities & Car Seats What Every Parent Needs To Know About Car Seats

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. According to the Safe Kids Coalition, 82% of all car seats are installed or used incorrectly. In addition, many parents don’t know the appropriate weight, height, and age requirements for car seats. The following are some quick tips on proper car seat use:

  • Always check the manufacturer’s instructions for proper installation and usage information.

  • Never purchase a car seat from a yard sale. You never know if it’s been in an accident, been recalled or misused in any way. This is one instance where saving an extra buck is not recommended.

  • Car seats should be discarded after seven years. Materials could wear out and newer, more improved safety standards for car seats may be issued and implemented.

  • Infants should always be placed in a rear-facing car seat. They must stay this way until they are 20 pounds and 1 year of age.
  • Never put a car seat in the front seat of a car. Children should ride in the back seat until they are 13 years old. (Source: NHTSA)
  • The belt on the car seat should be fastened at chest level. You shouldn’t be able to place more than one finger between the strap and the baby’s shoulder.
  • Check the weight and height restrictions on infant car seats! Some have a maximum weight limit of 15 pounds and maximum height limit of 26” which many infants will outgrow well before they reach 1 year.
  • Booster seats are as important as car seats! A child should remain in a booster seat until he or she is 57” tall and weighs between 80 and 100 lbs.
Remember, every state has different car seat and seat belt requirements, so check  the laws in your state at www.safety1st.com/boosterlaws/index.htm

Our Picks for Parents

Safety 1st Starter DX Infant Car Seat
An absolute essential for all new parents, the Safety 1st Starter DX Infant Car Seat is a great pick for baby registries. As new parents you’ll have to transport your newborn home from the hospital in a secure and comfortable rear-facing car seat. Our ultra comfortable Starter DX is designed to accommodate infants from 5-22 lbs. and 19-29” in height, and includes a multi-position canopy so the sun never gets in your baby’s eyes; a comfort carry handle that’s easy on your hands; and an extra-padded infant head and hip support for a comfortable ride. Security features like 4 harness heights, a 2-piece harness retainer, and a 5-point harness system mean your baby will be comfortable and ready for travel anytime, anywhere. The adjustable stay-in-car base makes your life a whole lot easier. All you have to do is snap in the car seat for road trips, and unsnap it to tote your little one around town. What could be easier?
Available at Wal-Mart and Toys ‘R Us

(0-6 months)
Safety 1st Intera Convertible Car Seat
The recent media blitz surrounding celebrities traveling with their children has prompted all of us to look closely at our knowledge of car seats, both how to install and use them. Our versatile Safety 1st Intera is a convertible car seat that grows with your child. It can 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 extra deep sides for comfort and support, it has three buckle positions that adjust as your child grows, and an adjustable headrest with built-in shoulder belt guides. When your child is old enough, the base converts to a backless booster seat giving your child two booster seat options. This is perfect for the family with two cars. You can install a seat in each one!
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Available at Wal-Mart

(7 – 12 months)
Safety 1st Signature Swing
Summer is the perfect time for lazy days of carefree swinging in our Safety 1st Signature Swing. Your baby will enjoy relaxing in the comfort of our rich woven material while gently swaying to soothing songs and sounds. The three position recline feature allows her to lay back and relax while gentle vibrations lull her into dreamland.
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Available at Albee Baby or www.specialtybaby.com

(13– 24 months)
Safety 1st Signature Booster Car Seat
Perfect for taking your toddler and young child everywhere you go, our Signature Booster Car Seat features a state of the art 5-point harness for children who weigh up to 65 lbs. and an adjustable headrest that grows with your child up to 57”. Created with our most luxurious rich woven material for a comfortable ride, your child will feel cradled in softness while traveling. The specially designed headrest is made from EPP foam, a next generation super energy absorbing foam, for superior cushioning during travel. Security, comfort, and peace of mind for you and your baby, that’s Safety 1st.
Available at Albee Baby or www.specialtybaby.com

(Older Children)
Safety 1st Seat Belt Adjuster
When your child no longer requires a car seat, it’s time for the Safety 1st Seat Belt Adjuster. Designed for children over 50 lbs. it’s completely adjustable to ensure the seat belt is centered on your child’s shoulder for a perfect fit every time. Safety crash tested for security and comfort, your child will feel like the “big kid” that he is! Note: Be sure to check with your own state’s car seat laws before using.

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Available at most independent retailers

A Note From Our Author

Lazy Days of Summer...Finally!

I love the slower pace of summer. Gone are the days of rushing out the door to get to school on time and my kids seem so much more relaxed and happy (somehow I think this is because I’m more relaxed as well). We enjoy lingering at the breakfast table for as long as we want. There is a pond in front of our house and the other day we spent half the morning just looking for bullfrogs – we call it frogging – and giggling at the two squirrels that chase each other around our tree. Last night, Daddy took us camping outside under the stars and we made s’mores for our special stargazing treat. I actually think it’s a toss up who enjoys these times more, my kids or me. We also started a new tradition this year – picnic night at the beach. Every Thursday night we stop at the grocery store and everyone gets to choose one item for the menu. Needless to say this has led us to some pretty interesting picnic fare. During this sacred family time there are no play dates, no work commitments, just us. Even the kids are getting along!

My point is that summer is much different once you have kids. When I was single, summer was all about parties and lying on the beach striving for the perfect tan. I’m not going to say that I don’t sometimes miss the after-work cocktail hour and summers at the beach with my girlfriends, but now summers have become something much more special. I have the opportunity to be a kid again and I love every minute of 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 www.peekaboobabyproofing.com.

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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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