Posts Tagged ‘Safety’

10 Ways to Master the School Carpool Line

When your child heads to elementary school, you have two choices when it comes to transportation: the big yellow school bus OR the family school bus, also known as YOU. We’re going to guess that you’ve decided to drive your child to school, but why do we discuss ways to master the carpool line now with only a few weeks until summer break?

Well, if you’re like many moms, your child is about to graduate preschool and will be going to kindergarten for the first time. While you may be an expert when it comes to stocking up on new clothes and fulfilling a school supply list, chances are that you have little to no practice when it comes to dropping off your kid at the curb. Furthermore, if your child attends a year-round school, you only have a few weeks off until the new year, and there are things you need to know before school starts. Which is why now is a perfect time to give you 10 brilliant ways to help you avoid dirty looks from other parents at your child’s school.

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Anatomy 101: Big Words for Little People

When you have your first child something strange happens to your use of language. Your voice goes higher. You start adding -y’s to the end of your words. You make silly sounds and you make up ridiculous nicknames to call your baby. Your voice goes into singsong mode and you can’t seem to make it stop. But is all this baby talk good for the language development of your child?

The latest research says yes – extending your vowel sounds and making your sentences into more of a song help a child develop their own language skills. The caveat? You should still be using real words – not made up, nonsensical words. One of the most common areas of discussion that parents like to use euphemisms for when speaking to their children are body parts. Many parents feel uncomfortable using the formal terminology when discussing a person’s most private areas, but experts say that isn’t the way to go. 

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Allergy-Free Halloween Treats

Halloween is a wonderful day for both kids and parents alike. Kids enjoy nothing more than dressing up as their favorite characters, walking around the neighborhood with friends, and getting treats. As parents, we love to see our children’s eyes light up as they transform into their latest obsession and we stand proudly on the sidewalk as they walk up to each door exclaiming, “Trick or Treat!” We have fond memories of doing the same things as a kid, and it’s a joy to watch our children follow in the same traditions. 

But if you are a parent of a child with allergies, you often become the villain to their superhero inspired costume. You have to carefully inspect all packaging to be sure the contents don’t include any harmful allergens, reading ingredient lists and “processed in facilities” lists before they can dig into their loot, throwing away delicious contraband that might make them sick. Luckily, with the growing knowledge of allergies and sensory issues, there are now more and more options to ensure that there are treats out there for everyone to enjoy. 

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Car Seat Guide: Recaro Roadster XL Convertible Car Seat

As parents, we know that it can’t always be easy to get your child into a car seat. Sometimes they are not happy to go in the car and complain about being uncomfortable while riding. We have all faced the sad looks and the whiny voices, many times even before strapping them in. It can be a battle! One company knows these challenges first hand and they have constructed a car seat that can handle almost any fussy car rider. 

Not only are these car seats comfortable, but Recaro makes sure that they are tested very carefully for safety. Recaro has just released its new convertible car seat, the Roadster XL, and provides three amazing elements to its passengers – safety, comfort and convenience!

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Win It: Performance Sport and Roadster XL Car Seats from Recaro

Purchasing a car seat is almost like purchasing a new car. You research safety standards, size limitations, comfort ratings, and of course, expense. You compare and contrast brands, styles, and prices endlessly. When it comes to the safety of your child, no amount of research and debate is ‘too much’. This is why we love companies that put safety first and foremost when it comes to providing products for our families, and Recaro‘s car seats are no different!

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From Choking Hazard to Safe Snack

You hear about food safety from your pediatricians, but sometimes you wonder if all the warnings are blown out of proportion. Is choking really that big of a problem for kids? Based on a little research, it turns out it is. According to studies by the American Academy of Pediatrics (The AAP), “choking is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among children, especially those aged 3 years or younger.” Children under the age of 4 are at the greatest risk of choking. If you have thought to yourself that your toddler is good at eating and won’t choke, or that you only feed her certain foods while you are watching, you might want to seriously consider changing the way you approach food safety.

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Win It: ComfortCam Video Monitor!

A baby monitor is a must for new (or even seasoned) parents. Being able to see your baby as he sleeps provides an invaluable peace of mind — plus, you get a heads’ up when your little one is about to wake! There are lots of great baby monitor options on the market today; however, most of us don’t have several hundred dollars to spend on such a high-tech baby item. That’s why we love the afforably priced Wifi Baby Monitor by ComfortCam!

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Win It: HALO Bassinest and SleepSack

When done safely, co-sleeping can be extremely beneficial for both mom and baby. For one, it simplifies those middle-of-the-night feedings, which can ultimately set you up for long-term breastfeeding success! A quality bassinet is key for a co-sleeping set-up, and we love the Bassinest Swivel Sleeper by HALO!

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The Comprehensive Guide to Choosing a Car Seat

If you’re a parent to young kids, you know that car seat guidelines have changed dramatically in recent years. So much so, in fact, that what you followed for your oldest may be different from what you’re currently doing with your youngest!

Sorting through the laws and recommendations is overwhelming enough, but then there’s confusing, often conflicting, data regarding:

  • Rear-facing versus forward-facing seats
  • Infant versus convertible seats, and
  • Five-point harnesses, booster seats and seat belts.

With so much information out there, it can make you just want to clip your babe in the Ergo, and hoof it everywhere. But you don’t have to do that! Behold: your comprehensive guide to choosing a car seat.

Did you know that September 13th-19th is known across the United States as Child Passenger Safety Week? Daily Mom is a huge advocate for practicing extended rear-facing for as long as possible. Please be sure to refer to our post on Rear-Facing: Just The Facts.

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Why Your Kid Should be Harnessed in the Car as Long as Possible

As parents, we love watching our children progress. We eagerly cheer as they begin to crawl and walk, and sniff back tears as they head off to their first day of preschool donning their new backpack. We genuinely get excited to watch them move into newer and greater things. So many parents treat upgrading car seats with that same enthusiasm, and rush their children through the stages, such as prematurely forward-facing their toddlers or buying your preschooler a car seat that just utilizes the regular seat belt. We’re here today to discuss why you should keep your child harnessed in the car for as long as possible.

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Everything You Need to Know About Monogramming

Monogramming and personalized items keep gaining in popularity. Embroidery shops are not hard to find. You can get personalized stuff from local shops, on Etsy and from popular chains like Pottery Barn or J.Crew. Almost anything can be branded with your monogram or name. People are even monogramming their cars!  

Let’s take a look at the history of the monogram, monogramming etiquette and how you can use monograms and personalization in a fun way today.

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