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Happy Father’s Day from Safety 1st!
Mothers often get the most credit for parenting, but we know that dads play an equally important role. Whether it’s fixing something broken, changing diapers, or taking the kids out to play – fathers are constantly kept busy. No wonder Father’s Day falls in the prime of summer: it’s a perfect time to get kids out of the house and moving around.
If you’re a dad or know a great one, please be sure to thank them this Father’s Day.
Child Passenger Safety Laws
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a Child Passenger Safety Program that is meant to ensure that children up to 16 years old are properly restrained in an age and size appropriate manner each time they travel. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, approximately 6 million car accidents occur each year. Approximately 3 million people are injured and approximately 40 thousand deaths occur each year due to these accidents.
Although most accidents are not preventable, using appropriate booster seats and following safety precautions can help prevent injury. NHTSA recommends that the back seat is the safest place for a child to be in the event of a crash. They recommend that infants up to 1 year always ride in the back seat in rear-facing car seats and should never be placed in front of a functioning air bag.
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Safe Outdoor Play
Though summer approaches and school vacation nears, it’s important for parents not to take a vacation from safety. While warmer weather means countless hours of sun and fun for kids, it’s also an opportunity for both minor and serious injuries. In fact, summer is the most dangerous time of year for kids – nearly half of all unintentional injury-related deaths among children occur during the summer.
“Tragedies peak during the summer months because children are supervised less, have more free time and engage in more outdoor activities,” said St. Joseph’s Children’s Advocate Bevin Maynard.
The American Cancer Society suggests the following guidelines to protect children from the sun:
Even on the days it is cloudy, the sun’s rays can sneak their way into your child’s outdoor play area – as can many other dangers! In case your outdoor safety tips are a little rusty, or if this is your child’s first summer, here are a few other outdoor safety reminders:
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Planning Age-Appropriate Vacations
Nothing sounds better than the thought of a vacation, but planning one that can be enjoyed by your whole family can get tricky. Accommodating small children can be especially difficult, and even more difficult if older children are involved as well. A key component to any successful vacation is taking a little extra time to research your options before you go.
There are numerous resorts and cruise ships that cater to families with children of varying ages. Once you choose a destination, you can visit an online travel service or simply search for resorts at your destination. These are often clearly marked as being kid-friendly or not. Key things to look for are accommodations like: pools, a kids club, play area, crafts, babysitting service, and other signifiers that kids are welcome.
If you’re not interested in a secluded resort, a great way to choose a location is by the activities available in the area. Most major cities – like Portland, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Boston, Austin, or San Diego for example – are booming with children’s museums, theaters, large parks and gardens, and other kid-friendly places. Other more serene places can be approached similarly: think of a few locations you might like to go and check out what’s nearby. A lot of waterfront towns have piers with kid-friendly activities, movie theaters, parks, beaches, aquariums and other places for you and your little ones to enjoy a break while also having enough options to stay busy.
What it comes down to is having options for the entire family to enjoy. No matter where you go or how you get there, taking the time to research the area is a great way to plan your vacation. You may want to create an itinerary or perhaps create a list of possible places to go and activities to attend then you can decide once you’re already away. Either way, making sure that you can relax while also keeping your little ones from nagging you is the key to planning a great, age-appropriate family vacation.Top
Have a Blast this Summer with Sizzling Hot New Products from Safety 1st!Safety 1st® High-Def Digital Monitor
The High-Def Digital Monitor provides a 100% clear connection anytime, anywhere. Its state of the art wideband audio clarity uses DECT 6.0 technology to ensure no static, no interference, and guaranteed privacy while monitoring. Its sleek design blends with your home décor and the sound lights illuminate to monitor your baby’s activity. The portable parent unit means you can move throughout your home while monitoring your baby so you can still get things done while you’re little one is sound asleep!
Safety 1st® High-Def Digital Color Video Monitor
The High-Def Digital Color Video Monitor takes monitoring to the next level by providing a 100% clear connection anytime, anywhere. Its state of the art wideband audio clarity uses DECT 6.0 technology to ensure no static, no interference, and guaranteed privacy while monitoring. It features DataLock™ technology which ensures no dropped pictures or sounds and it has an indoor/outdoor range of 650 feet! You can also monitor at night with our night vision option! (That way you don’t have to get out of bed to check on your little one in the middle of the night!)
Safety 1st® Serve ‘n Store™ LX High Chair
The Serve 'n Store™ LX High Chair offers lounge-style reclining to help feed newborns and a 7-position height adjustment that accommodates your growing baby. Plus it’s packed with many of our exclusive safety technologies like: SofTech™ material to help cushion your baby during feedings, a SecureTech™ locking indicator that assures your child is properly restrained in our 5-point harness, and our unique SlideGuard™ post helps prevent your little one from slipping out of the high chair! (We know how squirmy your little ones can be during mealtime!)
Safety 1st® Soft Surround™ Play Yard
The Soft Surround™ Play Yard is perfect for playtime and naptime, at home or when traveling. It has an elevated easy-reach changing table, a full-size bassinet, and SofTech™ baby friendly corners, tops, and sides so your little one doesn’t bump his noggin!
Safety 1st® Sojourn™ Travel System
The Sojourn™ Travel System makes traveling with your little one fun and easy! It features a SofTech™ baby friendly tray that cushions your baby during strolling, an infant car seat with ProTech™ energy absorbing EPP foam, our 1-hand fold 'n stand for easy storage and travel, and a big spring-down basket for storing all of your great baby gear!
Congratulations to Our Winners!
Each winner received one of our fantastic Safety 1st® Detach & Go Healthcare Kits! Click here to check them out and buy one from our retailers.
Anne Marie Brown
Spotlight on Benjamin!
This month we welcome Benjamin Matthew Slobogan as the newest member of the Safety 1st team! Just a month old, Benjamin is also the newest addition to Graphic Designer, Annie Slobogan’s family. Annie’s other son Keith Thomas is now 6 years old and is very excited about having a brother. Annie says that Keith helps to take care of his younger brother by rocking the car seat or giving Benjamin a pacifier if he starts to cry. Benjamin is also a happy baby, constantly smiling and giggling. He is fascinated by the ceiling fan and he loves to snuggle. He loves to be held and falls asleep easily outside of his car seat.
He sleeps well throughout the night too, allowing Annie to trim his nails with the Sleepy Baby Nail Clippers, which light up to help mom gently clip nails without waking up baby. Annie has already used the Safety 1st Nasal Aspirator and the Gentle Care Brush & Comb-- Benjamin’s got a lot of hair! She’s also using a Safety 1st window shade in her car as well as a Safety 1st stroller. We certainly know that Annie puts her children’s safety first.
Though Annie looks forward to returning to work, she enjoys being home where she can spend more time with her family. Her top tips for expecting parents are to rest as often as possible, stock up on diapers and wipes, don’t buy outfits before the baby is born, and most importantly – to accept favors when they are offered. Having a newborn is hard work, and parents should take advantage of the help while they can! Top