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Baby Monitors For Safety

babyBaby monitors are some of the most useful gifts parents can receive during a baby shower. These little gizmos are not only great for monitoring an infant but also provides security and peace of mind for parents especially new ones. A baby monitor can help you look after your baby and keep up with chores at the same time. A baby monitor can let you be in “two places” at once.

Years ago, baby monitors resembled walkie-talkies. The basic units usually allowed parents to listen in on baby while they are in another room or part of the house. Today’s baby monitors are state-of-the-art gadgets where parents can actually see what is going on inside the room. In fact some baby monitors are enabled with night vision so that parents can see what baby is up to even with the lights out. There are even monitors that can monitor your nursery’s temperature.

Other features of some high tech baby monitors include a walkie-talkie like capability that will allow parents to converse with their child. This two way communication feature can be very comforting to both parent and child.
Baby monitors are a great gift to give during baby showers. This is not only very useful for the new parents but also very convenient. For those who do not know what kind of baby monitor to buy, it’s best to do some research online.

Another great resource is the baby monitor sales person. Make sure to ask what the features are and always make sure that unit is easy to use and operate. This way parents will easily figure out how to use the monitor.
Baby monitors have been keeping parents comfortable and babies safe for many years now. Baby monitors can mean peace, security and a good night’s sleep.

How To Choose A Baby Car Seat

babyParents in the United States are required by law to secure their children using a car seat until they are 7 years old or reach 60 pounds. But regardless of the law baby car seats actually help children survive accidents. Statistics show that over 1000 children die in car accidents in the United States each year. Strapping your child securely in a car seat will dramatically increase their survival should you be involved in a car accident.

Basically, all car seats that have passed the safety standards by the NHSTA are safe. Many car seats have this safety sticker so make sure one is on before buying one.
Never buy a second hand car seat. You never know what it’s been through. Always invest in a brand new one.

Always make sure that the car seat you choose is a right fit for your child and your car. If they do not fit correctly, it is still a safety hazard. So do a little research and some window shopping before settling on a specific car seat.

There are 3 basic styles of car seats. The first one if is suitable for infants. Carriers for infants and babies should be rear facing. Most carriers have a limit of 25 pounds.

The second kind is the convertible car seat. This kind can be converted to rear or forward facing carriers. For the rear facing setup it can hold a child up to 40 pounds. For the front facing, it can hold up to 70 pounds.

Booster car seats are for children 4 years old and up. Booster car seats use the car’s seat belt to secure it in place. There are models that are backless to make it easier for older kids to fit into.

Benefits of Babywearing

babyWearing your baby is more common nowadays. This is because babies are less fussy and cry less when they are worn. Babywearing simulates conditions inside the womb. By wearing your baby he will experience walking with mom, hearing her heat beat and voice and being cocooned against her. When babies are content and quiet they are in a state of quite alertness. This state allows them to learn visually and interact with the world around them.

1. Convenience

Wearing baby is convenient. When baby is in a sling we can walk around freely and not worry too much about navigating through narrow spaces or wrestling with a stroller. Slings also eliminate distractions during breast feeding.

2. Security

Baby slings are not only for infants and babies but are ideal for toddlers as well. Toddlers placed in a sling are more secure. They can explore the world around them through the sling but when they are uncomfortable they can retreat inside. Many slings can accommodate babies up to 40 pounds.

3. Bonding Tool For Dad

Wearing baby can be a great time to bond with dad. When dad wears the baby, they can get to know each other better. The baby can get familiar with Dad’s voice and rhythms. Grandparents and caregivers can also get to know baby this way.

4. Slings Are More Affordable

Slings generally cost between $25 to $50; strollers on the other hand costs up to ten times more. There are even slings that can be bought in thrift stores that are even cheaper.

5. Babywearing is fun

Babywearing means cuddle time with baby. When baby is at eye level, it makes it easier for everybody to interact and bond. You child can feel that he or she is truly a part of your life.

6. Babywearing is healthy

Exercising when you’re a parent is very challenging. Get a workout everytime you wear baby. Enjoy the benefits to your health while brisk walking with baby in a sling. A long walk with baby in a sling is also a good way to tire out an overly stimulated child.

16 Essential Safety Tips For Your Baby

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Here are 16 basic safety precautions which every new parent must know:

1. Do not put baby to bed with a bottle. Babies can choke or acquire ear infections, tooth decay and other dental troubles from having something in their mouths overnight.

2. For neck support, and because a newborn cannot sit up, roll a towel or get a support pillow that goes around the newborn’s head. You’ll use this in the car seat, stroller and wind-up swing. As newborns cannot sit up yet, many umbrella strollers – the easy folding, simple-looking, portable one-seat strollers do not give newborns the support they need, or are not sufficiently padded. Hence the support pillow.

3. Ensure your stroller has seat belts and crotch straps and that you use them. Strollers should have a wide base to prevent tipping and brakes that work.

4. Do not have aspirin around for children. It’s been linked with Reye’s Syndrome, which can be fatal. Never give a newborn something the pediatrician has not recommended, anyway.

5. Do not use (or minimize) baby powder or talcum on a newborn because it can be inhaled into the baby’s lungs.

6. Never tie a pacifier or any other objects on a string around a baby’s neck. Don’t use homemade pacifiers. Check pacifiers and nipples frequently to ensure the nipple-part can’t be sucked off and swallowed, and see that it has no holes or tears. The guard or shield around the nipple of the pacifier should be larger than the baby’s mouth and should have ventilation holes so the baby could breathe if it did get in there, anyhow.

7. Keep toys on strings, drapery cords, laundry bags or other objects with strings off the baby cot and away from newborns to prevent strangulation. Mobiles on cribs should be securely fastened and not have long strings. Remove them before the child can reach them.

8. The slats of the crib should be no wider than 2 3/8 inches apart. Be sure to check, especially if using an antique, hand-me-down or secondhand crib. Mattresses should fit tightly up against the sides and there should be no corner posts.

9. Install a smoke detector in the baby’s room or nursery.

10. If you have a playpen or portable crib with mesh sides, never use it with a side left down. Newborns could roll into the mesh pocket and suffocate. Better yet, don’t use mesh-sided playpens.

11. Never, not even once, take your baby in the car without him or her being strapped in the car seat, and the car seat properly belted in the car according to manufacturer’s directions. And never use a carrier device or sling-type seat as a car seat, unless it is specifically designed for this purpose. A low impact crash may not hurt an adult, but can prove fatal to an unsecured newborn.

12. Baby changing tops should have safety straps and/or railings to prevent the baby from falling off.

13. Do not use honey in any food or on the pacifier for babies not yet a year old. It can cause infant botulism.

14. Remove unnecessary objects from the crib, bassinet or playpen when baby sleeps to prevent suffocation. That means no pillows, stuffed animals or floppy toys. Don’t lay babies face-down on super-soft pads, pillows or bean bag chairs into which they can sink. Don’t cover the crib mattress in anything like a plastic garbage bag, dry cleaning bag or light plastic sheet. All these can block a newborn’s breathing in the event that the baby end up with its face down.

15. Crib or play gyms should be used only until the child is old enough to pull up and push up on hands and knees. Remove the gym when the baby is sleeping. You may wish to use this only on the floor, with baby lying on a soft blanket.

16. Keep small toys away from small babies. Toys go automatically into mouths and choking can, and does, result. Newborns can’t yet put toys in their mouths, but older siblings can. Be especially careful of older toys with parts that can be pulled off, like teddy bear eyes, or parts that can break into small pieces.

Now you know the safety tips and how you can use those information to care for your baby. We’re glad we were able to help you in this, and answer the questions that you have been wanting to know. This article has helped hundreds like you, and we hope you share it with someone who may also need this information.

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