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Happy Valentine’s Day
It’s the season of love, and who better to share it with than your children? There are plenty of children’ books that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Many can be found at your local library or bookstore. You may consider: Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney – Counting Kisses, by Karen Katz – My Love For You, by Susan Roth – Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch – Daddy Kisses, by Anne Guttman – Mommy Loves her Baby, by Tara Jaye Morrow or – The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn. Enjoy your kisses!Top
Wrap Up Winter with These Fun Activities
The holiday season is long gone and the summer seems light-years away but winter is at its peak. Now is a great time to try new activities and have some winter fun with the whole family. If you’ll be playing outside in cold weather, it’s important to dress children in layers. Several thin layers will keep them dry and warm; usually one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear should do the trick. Though you might not want to end the fun, children shouldn’t stay outside for long periods of time—continue the fun inside with hot chocolate for a warm and healthy treat!
If it’s too cold or rainy to play outside, you can certainly make a winter wonderland indoors for playtime. Grab some blankets and a book or release some energy playing freeze and melt – a winter version of freeze dance! Let your kids wiggle around and dance while “melting,” and have them freeze in place when you say “freeze.”
There’s nothing like getting little hands into cold goop! Making play dough is always fun, and can be a good substitute for playing outside in the sand or snow. Here’s a quick and easy recipe:
Play Dough Recipe:
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 knives, breakable and sharp objects, coffee pots, and other hot appliances. Don’t have much time? Let them play restaurant by helping you make dinner. With some help and suggestions from you, they can plan out a meal and design menus and placemats.
Safety Tip: Keep children away from stovetops and install oven locks and stove knob covers. Be mindful of choking hazards in the refrigerator and consider installing a refrigerator lock.
We hope these suggestions get you started with your own ideas for family fun this winter. Don’t forget that for many families winter is also full of unwanted germs and sniffles. Since we know that taking care of your little ones can be difficult, we’re always creating new and exciting products to help you. This winter, we’ve designed essential products like nose aspirators, medicine spoons and syringes, toothbrushes, and a great solution for cradle cap! So keep an eye on the shelves for these new Safety 1st® products and breathe easy knowing we’ve got you covered!Top
Stress Relievers for New Moms!
It’s often hard to find time to take care of yourself when busy with your little ones, but it doesn’t have to take long. New moms are prone to stress, it’s almost inevitable! Here are a few easy things that you might already be doing; stopping to think about them is the important part.
Adding mini-stress relievers to your daily routine can make you feel good without taking time away from your busy schedule. Good Luck!
Products to Help Keep Your Baby Healthy (and Happy!)Safety 1st® Detach & Go Grooming & Healthcare Kit
The Safety 1st® Detach & Go Grooming & Healthcare Kit contains 25 essential items for keeping your little one groomed and healthy! The bi-fold case detaches easily so you can take it everywhere you go!
Available at Babies “R” Us, Burlington, and WalMart.
Safety 1st® Ultimate 30-Piece Nursery Collection
Perfect for new parents, the Safety 1st® Ultimate 30-Piece Nursery Collection contains all of the essential items for a new baby’s nursery! (It also makes a fabulous baby shower gift!)
Available at Babies “R” Us and online at Babies “R” Us.
Safety 1st® Cradle Cap Care
There’s nothing worse than bringing home your new bundle of joy and discovering cradle cap! Ick! Well don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Our Safety 1st Cradle Cap Care kit features a unique double-sided hand mitt so you can gently use shampoo to wash her head with one side, and apply baby oil with the other side. Then use the 2-in-1 brush and comb to remove any remaining cradle cap.
Available at Kmart and online at Kmart.
Safety 1st® Set & Measure Spoon
Dispensing medicine can be a challenge, so try our Safety 1st® Set & Measure Spoon! It features preset dosage markings so all you have to do is move the plunger up and down to find your dosage and dispense!
Available at Babies “R” Us.
Safety 1st® Jungle Safari Brush Set
Make brushing teeth and combing hair fun and entertaining with our Safety 1st® Jungle Safari Brush Set. Featuring cute jungle animals, easy to grip handles, and extra-gentle bristles, these playful grooming items are sure to please parents and kids alike.
Coming this Spring to WalMart!
Congratulations to Our Winners!
Each person received one of our fantastic Safety 1st® PlaySafe™ High Chairs! Click here to check them out and buy one from our retailers.
Spotlight on Claire!
This month, we chatted with Safety 1st Industrial Engineering Manager, Brandon Allen, about the newest addition to his family, Claire Ryan Allen. Claire is 6 months old and is already a star on our Safety 1st Bulletin Board! She has two siblings: Ben 8, and Ashley 7 who she just adores. She also has two Great Danes, but doesn’t seem to care for them very much (Brandon thinks they feel the same about her!) Claire was given her middle name, Ryan, after her young Uncle Lance Corporal Josh Ryan Bleill, a Marine who recently served in the war in Iraq. I’m sure she will be very proud of her middle name as she gets older and learns all about Josh’s distinguished service to our country. Brandon is proud to report that Claire’s first words were “Da Da” (don’t worry Mrs. Allen, we’ll keep letting him think that) and she’s been babbling up a storm! Luckily she sleeps from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. without any problems so the whole family is very happy about that! Claire has already traveled to Disney World in Florida and will be vacationing in Hilton Head later this year. She’s growing like a weed and has been off the height and weight chart at every doctor’s appointment so far. Maybe the WNBA is in her future? Claire travels around in many of our products – some of her favorites are our Quinny® Buzz™ stroller and our Maxi-Cosi® Mico™ infant car seat. One thing that Brandon and his wife, Julie, will be working on is childproofing their home so that as Claire begins to crawl, she won’t get into any potentially dangerous things in their home! Brandon knows we’ve got him covered on that end with all of our fantastic Safety 1st childproofing products. Congrats to the Allen family on their newest bundle of joy!Top