Sep 292012

Baby Safety Month:  Monitoring Your Child

For a very long time Bubbles wouldn’t sleep unless one of us were holding her, lying next to her, or within arm’s reach.  While it made for some long nights, it did make that parental urge to check your baby’s breathing much easier.  We didn’t have to keep getting up and checking another room; we just looked down.

Now that Bubbles is older and has her own toddler bed, she enjoys having her own special sleep place.  She still likes to fall asleep within sight of us (and still fights bedtime sleep like a professional boxer) but once asleep we move her to her bed and she’s content.  While it’s good to see her independence grow – and also to be able to actually do the dishes while she sleeps now – it did put us in need of a monitor.  The audio ones are nice and have been helpful for decades; I remember playing with the one my Mom had for my younger brothers.  But I really wanted to try one of the new video and audio combo ones.

Baby Monitor: Baby Safety Month

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Sep 282012

Baby Safety Month: Safe Car Travel With Kids

National Baby Safety Month

Traveling with kids can be a stressful event, but with a little planning you can have a great time!  Britax’s Sarah Tilton has put together a quick recipe for success when traveling with kids.


  • A convertible car seat and/or booster seat for each child
  • 4-5 kids’ music CDs
  • 10 soft toys
  • 1 dash of sanity
  • 6 water-filled sippy cups
  • 4 different healthy snacks (give them options!)
  • 2 window shades

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Sep 232012

National Baby Safety Month: Bath Time Safety

Baby Safety Month: Bath Time Safety

Bath time for many kids is one of the highlights of their day.  I know that with Bubbles we now actually have to spell the word bath or she runs to the bathroom door and starts trying to wriggle out of her clothes like an escape artist.  She isn’t that crazy about having her hair washed, but once that’s out the way, she plays happily until her fingers start to prune and she reluctantly lets us pull her out of the tub. While bath time is fun time, it unfortunately can also be dangerous.  Being diligent while watching your child bathe is important, but there are also safety measures that you can take ahead of time to reduce the risks. Continue reading »