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With bare tree branches and the air getting colder, it may seem as though winter is trying to sneak up on you, but November is a great time of year – full of hand print turkeys for the refrigerator and preparations for Thanksgiving meals. It’s also a fun time to layer up and hit the farm stand for the season’s last crops. This month you can be thankful for having a family and a little one close to you. As the air becomes crisper, snuggle up on the couch or warm up in the kitchen with some new recipes.
This month we thank you for trusting Safety 1st and for reading our newsletters. We always have you and your little ones in mind and we are thankful that you allow us to help keep your family safe!
Sneak Peek at Black Friday and Cyber Monday
When all the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving has wound down, it’s time to get shopping! Instead of heading to the crowded mall, why not shop from the comfort of your home? Even better than shopping in your pajamas, we’ll sweeten the deal by offering FREE SHIPPING on all of our great shop sites: shop.safety1st.com, shop.coscojuvenile.com and shop.ebbaby.com! So mark it in your calendar and get a head start on your holiday shopping from home! The Free Shipping offer is good November 28 through December 1, 2008.Top
Fun Recipes to Make with Your Little One
Though each state and region has its own seasonal foods, some foods are commonly harvested all across the United States. In November, you’re likely to find: cauliflower, apples, turnips, onions, garlic, cabbage, sweet potatoes, and beets – just to name a few! Go online to research what’s in season where you live, and while you’re at it, look for farmers’ markets or pick-your-own farms. Once you pick up a piece of the season’s harvest, you can try several delicious recipes for you and your kids to enjoy. Make brown sugar pears from your fresh pears and tuck them inside of warm butter-sugar crepes, or try a cauliflower puree to compliment meats. (It can also be snuck into kids’ meals for a vitamin boost!)
Visit www.epicurious.com for great recipes like Butter-Sugar Crepes with Brown Sugar Pears and Cauliflower Puree!Top
Teach Young Ones to be Thankful
There’s never an easier time to teach your children to be thankful than during Thanksgiving. Themed cartoons, class lessons and Thanksgiving turkeys all pave the path to being thankful. You may want to begin by modeling what you’re thankful for; put extra emphasis on things you’d like your child to understand. Chances are if mom, dad, or other relatives seem to be thankful about something it will influence your child to imitate those thanks.
You can prompt your child by asking questions about things he is thankful for. You might need to explain what it means to be thankful for something. This can be explained any way you’d like, but if you’re at a loss of ideas, you can explain it as being happy about something you love. You may be surprised by how much appreciation your little one might have for things he’s just never acknowledged.
Thanksgiving is also a great time to put a modern spin on your own Thanksgiving story. Share family tales or have guests and relatives explain how they all got to be together for the holiday. Interesting food and added excitement offer children an understanding of how special it is to be thankful; it’s celebrated just like a birthday (and every kid is thankful for his birthday!).
Teaching a child to be thankful will help shape manners and politeness, something that is very important to introduce at a young age. Next year, maybe your young one will be asking you what you’re thankful for!Top
Get Shopping!Safety 1st® ProGrade™ Push-Button Toilet Lock
Help keep your children (and pets) from opening your toilet with our Safety 1st ProGrade Push-Button Toilet Lock. You can easily operate it using one hand with just the push of a button and our SecureTech™ locking indicator lets you know it’s securely locked. It easily attaches to your toilet’s existing hardware, and its adjustable base provides a custom fit.
Safety 1st® ProGrade™ Clearly Soft Corner Guards
No one likes to see their little one bump into sharp furniture edges, so that’s why we designed our Safety 1st ProGrade Clearly Soft Corner Guards. They have a soft shape that easily conforms to your table corners and are made from a clear gel-like material so they won’t detract from your home décor. Finally, a way to help keep your kids bruise-free while still keeping your home looking grown up!
Safety 1st® ProGrade™ Lever Handle Lock
Help keep your little ones from entering parent-only rooms with our Safety 1st ProGrade Lever Handle Lock. It easily installs with adhesive backing and doesn’t require the removal of your door knob! It works smoothly with your door handle's natural motion for easy and stress-free operation. As an added reassurance that the door is locked, we’ve included our SecureTech™ locking indicator so you’ll know for sure that it’s secure.
Safety 1st® ProGrade™ Front Load Washer-Dryer Lock
If you’ve got one of those snazzy new front load washers or dryers, we have the perfect childproofing solution for keeping your little one out of this perfect hiding place! The Safety 1st ProGrade Front Load Washer-Dryer Lock keeps front loaders locked when not in use. Easy to mount, it comes with our SecureTech™ locking indicator to reassure you that it’s locked. Genius!
Safety 1st® ProGrade™ Flat Screen TV Lock
Flat screen TVs are all the rage these days, but if you have little ones make sure you keep your flat screen TV secure! Our Safety 1st ProGrade Flat Screen TV Lock secures your free standing flat screen TV so it doesn’t topple over on your little ones! The locking bar extends 6"-20" and pivots left to right for perfect viewing while preventing your TV from moving forward or backward. It easily attaches to your existing VESA mount holes on the back of your TV and fits most 32"-60" TVs. So put the big game on and relax knowing your TV won’t be making a touchdown anytime soon!
Safety 1st® ProGrade™ Window Lock 2-Pack
Keep your windows safe and secure by installing our Safety 1st ProGrade Window Locks. Their sleek design does not detract from your window décor and they can easily be disengaged for periods of non-use. Plus, they come built with our SecureTech™ locking indicator to visually reassure you that they’re locked.
Congratulations to Our Winners!
Each winner received one of our fantastic Safety 1st® Avenue™ Convertible Car Seats! Click here to check them out and buy one!
Spotlight on Donovan!
This month we spoke with Safety 1st Human Resources Manager, Jennifer Rohrs, about the new addition to her family. Donovan Beckett Rohrs is the first child for Jennifer and his name has special significance. “Donovan was my grandmother’s maiden name which is why we chose it. My great uncle is thrilled that we chose the name! We also thought having a nickname of ‘Van’ would be cute.”
Donovan surprised everyone by arriving ahead of schedule. “My husband Jeremy’s family is from Ohio and had a scheduled trip to visit their new grandson at Thanksgiving. However, since Donovan was a little impatient and came four weeks early, Grandma couldn’t wait that long and came to see him in October as well!”
While Donovan is the first child for Jennifer and Jeremy, their golden retriever Jessi did experience some pangs of sibling rivalry in the very beginning. “She was sad and felt a little left out for the first two days, but she has adjusted really well. She stays by our side and follows us from room to room. She loves to lie down wherever Donovan is and comes to find me anytime that he starts to cry!”
Jennifer also keeps an eye on Donovan using the Safety 1st High-Def Digital Color Video Monitor. Whether sleeping in his Eddie Bauer® Newport Collection bassinet at night or taking a nap during the day in his Safety 1st Soft Surround™ Play Yard, the monitor lets Jennifer see and hear her little guy. For trips outside, Jennifer let us know that, “He rides in style in his Maxi- Cosi® Mico™ car seat and in his apple color Quinny® Buzz™ stroller.”
We asked Jennifer to give us her number one tip for new parents. “Get as much sleep as you can, while you can! It has definitely been an adjustment only being able to sleep two hours at a time! However, I wouldn’t give it up for anything!”Top