10 Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe in a Crowd

Keeping Your Child Safe in a CrowdWhen you have a little one with you, crowds can be a scary place. It’s easy to become distracted and lose sight of your kids. We’d like to carry them everywhere to make sure they’re safe, but that isn’t always possible. Use these tips to help keep your kids safe in a crowd.

1. Take a photo of each child. If one of your children becomes lost, you want to make sure you have a photo of them from very recently to show security and other people. Photos don’t cost anything anymore, so snap one real quick before you head off to the crowded place.

2. Write your cell number in Sharpie on their arm. Sharpie ink will wash off eventually, but not right away. Put it on their arm, not their hand, so it doesn’t wear away when they touch something. This way they (and anyone who finds them) will have your number.

3. Tell your kids to stay put if they are separated.  A search is only harder if everyone is moving around. Tell them to stay put so you can retrace your steps and find them.

4. Dress them in a bright color. If there’s excitement in the area, little kids have a tendency to run off. Put them all in the same bright color so you can keep track of their movements.

5. Agree on a meeting place. If your kids are old enough to understand, identify a big landmark and designate it as a meeting place in case the group is separated. If your children are too young, however, emphasize the “stay put” rule.

6. Practice identifying another mom. The safest stranger to ask for help if a child is separated is another mom with children in tow. (Obviously this method isn’t completely safe, but it’s safer than asking just anyone.) Practice identifying likely women in the crowd.

7. Consider a GPS device. These cost a few dollars, but they’re worth it. A GPS device (like Spark Nano) will let you track your child’s location from your smart phone. These are great if you’ll be walking around a theme park or other outdoor space.

8. Pick your child up. If you’ll be walking through an especially dense place, like the entrance or exit to a park or concert or a busy airport, it’s usually safer to just lift your child up. This way you know they can’t be lost, grabbed, or knocked down.

9. Use a safety harness. Safety harnesses (those leash-looking contraptions) have been a hot-button issue among parents for years. They might not be for you (and that’s understandable), but they do prevent kids from running away and getting lost.

10 Hold hands. This is a simple but effective technique and kids usually don’t mind holding mom or dad’s hand. Create a rule that they have to hold hands or sit in the stroller.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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10 Common Car Seat Mistakes

common car seat mistakesSafety is essential when it comes to our children. The car seat is a useful tool for parents to safely get their kids around, but they have to be used properly. Here are some common car seat mistakes parents make and how you can avoid them.

1. Buying a car seat without doing research. Is it safe? Has it been recalled? Do you understand the installation instructions? Is it expired or damaged?

2. Incorrectly installing the seat. The seat’s installation is critical to its safety. If it’s not strapped in properly, your child could be at risk. I know that when we open something new, many of us toss the manual aside, but this one is worth reading.

3. Reclining the seat at the wrong height. When the seat is in the rear-facing position, you can adjust the incline depending on child’s size and age. Most seats have indicators so you can achieve the right angle (about 45 degrees). The goal is to keep your child laying down so his or her heavy head doesn’t fall forward and cut off the airway.

4. Placing the car seat in the wrong seat. The safest place for the car seat is in the bag, away from airbags. Airbags can do serious damage to a little one. If possible, place the seat in the middle of the back row. If you have only a single row of seats in your car, disable the airbag on the car seat side.

5. Letting your child sleep in the car seat. It’s fine if your child dozes in the car, but don’t use the seat as a replacement crib in the house. Sitting too long in the seat can compress baby’s chest and cause oxygen deficiency problems.

6. Leaving the harness too loose. The harness straps should be snug, without any slack. If you can still pinch the fabric of the harness between your fingers, it’s too loose.

7. Facing the seat forward too soon. Many parents make this mistake because they want to keep an eye on their children who are getting older and more opt to make messes or noises for attention. It’s advised that children ride backwards until two years old or 35 pounds. Once you turn the seat around, be sure to install it correctly in this position (the instructions might be different than the rear position).

8. Using the retainer clip incorrectly. The retainer clip (the clip between the two straps on baby’s chest) should sit at about armpit level, across the breastbone. If it’s poorly positioned, your child could be ejected from the seat in a crash.

9. Using a car seat that’s been in an accident. I’m not talking about simple fender benders here. If your car seat has been in an accident where damage was done to the car, it’s no longer suitable for use, even if it looks safe.

10. Putting the car seat on top of a shopping cart. Some parents will put the car seat on the upper portion of a shopping cart while they shop so baby can see them. This makes the cart top heavy. A baby could cause enough motion to topple the cart and cart seat.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Safety Tips for Baby Bath Time

bath time safetyFor some babies, bath time is a lot of fun. For others, it’s a miserable experience. Hopefully your baby doesn’t mind the experience. Regardless of how your baby takes it, it’s always important to put safety first. Here are some bath time safety tips for parents.

1. Baby proof the bathroom. If you wash your child in the same bath you use, make sure all free-standing objects are put away. Take down the bottles of shampoos and conditioners so they don’t fall into the tub. Set aside anything affixed to the walls that you might fall into the water. You’ll also want to lock down the toilet seat, unplug any electrical devices and add bath mats outside and inside the tub so everyone has solid footing.

2. Keep the room warm. Babies lose their body heat faster than adults. Make sure the bathing room is warmer than usual and have plenty of towels nearby to wrap your child the moment the bath is over. Fill the tub before setting your baby inside. You don’t want to let the water run while your baby is in the tub, because the temperature could change without you realizing.

3. Be careful around the gentle parts. While cleaning, mind your baby’s eyes, nose, ears, and diaper areas. These are fragile areas with delicate skin. Use a soft cloth and mild soap to clean, but never scrub. If the umbilical stump is still attached, avoid baths until it has fallen off.4

4. Sit away from faucets. Many bumps and bruises have happened because baby was too close to the faucet. All it takes is a little slide to bang into the hard steel fixture.

5. Don’t rely on baby seats. Bath seats are helpful tools to keep your baby positioned while you clean and he or she plays, but you should never rely on them. It’s still possible for baby to fall over while sitting in one of these seats, and they can even make it difficult for baby to right themselves if they do fall. Never take your eyes off your child in the tub.

6. Be mindful of the products you use. Most bath products are made for adults. You’ll need to make sure everything you use to clean your baby is designed for fragile baby skin. Read labels carefully. Unless your baby is exceptionally dirty, water usually does the trick. Rinse thoroughly so no products are left behind.

7. Keep a solid grip. If your baby is very young, you’ll have to entirely support him or her in the tub. First, make sure your footing is sure outside the tub. Hold your baby in the water with your hand under his or her bottom and head in the crook of your arm. Always lower baby into the water feet first so you can judge if he or she is in pain.

organic bedding and accessoriesGuest Blog by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk

As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.

She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.

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5 Tips for New Parents Bringing Baby Home in the Car

car seat safety for newbornsWhen your baby is in the car, it’s vital they are kept safe. Infants are especially vulnerable in a crash. Knowing how to install your car seat can be tricky, and if yo install it wrong, the consequences could be devastating. Use these tips for keeping your newborn safe in the car.

1. Always use a car seat.

It may seem like an obvious statement, but you would be surprised how often someone thinks that because they are only going down the street they can just put baby on their lap.  Always always always put baby in a car seat, no matter how close your destination may be.

2. Follow directions.

We know that reading the entire manual for your baby’s car seat does not sound like a lot of fun, but trust me, you need to. Car seat installations can be confusing, and you don’t want to guess how to set-up your newborns’ car seat. Make sure to follow the instruction manual carefully. You’ll know if you properly set-up the seat if it doesn’t wobble, pivot, slide, or tip. If it moves more than an inch forward or to the side, then it’s too loose.

3. Keep baby in back seat.

The only place your baby should be sitting while in the car is in the back seat. Furthermore, your newborn shouldn’t be near any airbags and must be facing backwards. The best place for your baby’s car seat is in the middle seat in the back row. This is safest because air bags will not be able to reach them.

4. Research. 

When choosing your baby’s car seat, make sure you do your research before buying. Things to look for when searching; make sure the seat has not been recalled, comes with instructions, and isn’t more than six years old. If you don’t know the car seat’s history, it’s best not to buy it.

5. Make sure the straps are tight.

Once you have found the best spot for baby, make sure that you secure them correctly in their seat. They should be secured tightly in their seat! The straps should be at or below your baby’s shoulders and the retainer clips that are attached to the harness straps should be fastened at armpit level to keep the straps from slipping off your baby’s shoulder. Make sure the straps are not twisted and are tight.

baby play matGuest blog by Jennifer Jacobellis, founder of Baby J

Jennifer Jacobellis started Baby J when her son was just a few months old. She ventured out to mommy and me classes and play groups, armed with just a blanket for him to lie on. After class, she would fold up her blanket and stick it in the diaper bag, knowing that when she got home it would have to go straight into the laundry basket. There had to be a better way!

One day she decided it was time to solve this problem. She ran to the fabric store and began tinkering. She designed this baby play mat with her germ-a-phobe tendencies in mind, as well as being soft, baby friendly, and chic. The Baby J play mat was born!

For more information, visit www.babyj.com

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6 Common Dangers Found in the Nursery

common nursery dangersWhen you bring your baby home for the first time, it’s not too difficult to keep her safe. She can’t roll off the changing table, climb out of her crib, or run out the door. However, there are certain dangerous you should take notice of and prepare for accordingly. By educating yourself, you can prevent illness or injury. Here are six common dangers:

1. Extra Crib Items

New parents are tempted to fill their cribs with all the cute items they see on magazines. These extra items, however, pose suffocation risks for infants. It’s advised that leave nothing in the crib (no bumpers, pillows, stuffed animals, or blankets) until your baby is no longer at a risk for SIDS. Use a fitted sheet on your mattress that fits well and swaddle your baby.

2. Furniture Chemicals

Some baby furniture (especially the older stuff) is made with harmful chemicals. These ingredients would be fine for you and me, but it’s not good to use them in proximity to a developing baby with a sensitive immune system. Check the label for anything suspicious. When in doubt, look up the product name online to check for reviews.

3. Crib Rails

When your baby begins standing up and chewing on everything (it will happen sooner than you think!), your little guy or gal will undoubtedly chew on the crib’s railing. This puts them at risk or splinters and harming their gums.

4. Unstable Furniture

Like I said, your baby is going to be mobile sooner than you think. She’ll be crawling and walking all over the nursery, and pulling herself up on the furniture. You want to make sure anything in the room is either far too heavy for her to move or topple, or securely fastened to the wall. Wall fasteners are cheap and easy to stall.

5. Choking Hazards

Your baby sees the world from a different perspective than the rest of us. She will find tiny items and objects on the floor that you were never aware of. Get down on the floor at her level and crawl around your home. Remove anything she may find and put in her mouth without your notice. Relocate anything she may grab and use to hurt herself.

6. Paint

If your nursery room was painted back in the 70s, there’s no doubt it needs to be treated for lead paint, stripped, and repainted. If you have any concern that lead might have been used, have it tested. When you repaint the room, it’s important that it has plenty of time to air out before you baby stays there – at least a week. Even conventional paint can give off toxins up to three years after its painted, so you might want to stick with the color you have.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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3 Tricks for Babies Who Won’t Sleep During the Night

baby sleep tipsBeing a new parent is hard, especially when you have a baby who refuses to sleep through the night. It can be stressful! Every parent has had that experience: you put the baby down, but thirty minutes later he/she is wailing. When the baby doesn’t sleep, no one sleeps. If your child won’t adhere to a sleep schedule, there are some tricks to sleep train your baby. Here are three important tricks to help your baby sleep through the night.

1Soothing Routine

Establishing a nightly soothing routine to bond with your baby can help her feel calm and comforted so she can fall asleep more easily. When you keep up with the routine night after night, your baby will be able to recognize when it’s time for bed and she will start feeling sleepy as soon as the routine begins. A soothing bedtime routine can consist of a warm bath, a baby massage, and singing lullabies or even reading a bedtime story. Take this special time to cuddle with baby and wind down from the busy day so parents can benefit from the routine too.

2. Swaddle your baby.

This is one of the most helpful and encouraged methods of getting baby to sleep soundly because it actually works! Nurses always encourage parents to swaddle their new baby in a blanket or wrap for the first couple of months until baby outgrows swaddling or starts to roll over. Swaddling helps babies sleep because it mimics touch and recreates the confinement felt in the womb. It promotes good sleeping patterns in baby and also maintains them on their backs, which is known to help prevent SIDS. An important thing to note, however, is that with traditional swaddling blankets parents risk wrapping baby too tightly and causing hip dysplasia. Use a specially made baby swaddle that requires no wrapping to gently hug the baby and allow for natural movement.

3. Hire a certified sleep consultant.

Certified child sleep consultants can be found all across the country. These sleep specialists are trained to help your family discover the best sleep routine. They can create a customized sleep plan over the phone, Skype or even in person at your home. For the results you get, it’s worth the small investment. These consultants are dedicated to helping sleepless families get their much needed rest to live a happy and healthy life. They provide sleep and feed schedules based on their unique parenting philosophies.

baby swaddleGuest blog by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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6 Baby Teeth Care Tips

caring for baby teethCaring for your baby’s teeth can be a problematic experience. They will fuss, squirm, and protest any time you try and stick your fingers or a brush in their mouth. However, it’s just as important that we care for babies’ teeth as it is to look after our own. It’s true that they will eventually fall out, but proper technique is still required. You can start creating healthy tooth habits for your child by using these tips.

1. Start caring for your baby’s mouth before teeth arrive.

It’s important that you start the habit of caring for your baby’s teeth before they even appear. Using your finger or a warm, damp cloth, wipe off your baby’s gums after a feeding. This will brush away excess food that might be sticking around. This practice will also help you condition your child to having her mouth cleaned regularly, which will make matters easier when you start using a brush.

2. Mind the teeth as soon as they show up.

Many parents mistakenly put little value on their children’s baby teeth because they will be replaced. However, the spacing and alignment for adult teeth are preserved by the baby teeth. Proper spacing helps her chew and talk. If the baby teeth decay prematurely, the adult teeth could arrive at odd angles and improper alignments. Since the adult teeth push the baby teeth out, any bacteria that’s left behind from decayed baby teeth would immediately begin working on the next ones.

3. That first tooth needs to be brushed.

Start using a proper toothbrush as soon as the first tooth is visible. When we use a brush, we stir the bacteria colonies so they can’t adhere to the surface of the teeth, and knocks a good amount of it away so it doesn’t build up. Hold your child in your lap and brush (using small circles) the teeth, being sure to hit the gum line where plaque resides. You can begin flossing once two teeth exist side-by-side.

4. No sweet drinks!

Well, maybe you can offer some, but babies and toddlers who drink lots of sweet beverages are at a much higher risk for tooth decay. This is especially true for children who are put to bed with a bottle. The bacteria in our mouths uses the sugar from sweet foods and beverages to produce acid, which erodes our teeth. After the breastfeeding/formula age, water should be the preferred beverage.

5. See a dentist.

At one years old, the American Dental Association recommends babies have their first visit, but a majority of pediatricians think it can wait until age three if you practice great oral hygiene. The biggest benefit to an early dental visit is that you get your child used to seeing a dentist early, so by the time any serious cleaning or maintenance needs to take place, your child is already accustomed to the dentist’s chair.

6. Stay the course.

Your child is going to fight you. Continue pushing the tooth brush yourself until you are sure your child has developed the fine-motor skills to do it properly herself. Once she starts doing it on her own, monitor her so you can be sure it’s being done right. Come up with a song or game or something to make the experience pleasant so it’s not a struggle to get it done every morning and night.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are a patented footed baby pajama for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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8 Tips to Creating a Safe Nursery

tips to creating a safe nurseryEvery parent wants a beautiful, magazine-quality nursery for their new baby (especially if it’s their first baby). However, it’s important that you consider safety and comfort first. Some common nursery practices are potentially dangerous. Your child will grow rapidly during the first year, so you must build a room that will grow too. Use these tips to create a safe nursery.

1. Use a safe crib.

National safety standards for cribs change frequently, often yearly. Make sure your crib complies. Your slats should be close enough to avoid entrapment and the mattress should fit snugly and have all the plastic wrappings removed. Check for missing hardware or loose pieces. Position your crib away from the window that receives the most light or the one you leave open.

2. Install or update safety devices.

This is a good tip for every room, but especially the nursery. Make sure all your necessary equipment is functioning properly, including smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, etc. Use the slide-on safety covers for your outlets so they aren’t choking hazards. Add padding to any edges of furniture you think your baby might bump. Install locks on your windows and door stoppers so fingers won’t get pinched.

3. Keep the sleeping area clear.

SIDS is a serious concern during the first months of your baby’s life, so do everything you can to prevent it. The crib should be entirely empty of blankets, sheets, pillows, stuffed animals, and bumpers until at least six months old. Use a quality baby swaddle to keep your infant warm.

4. Clear the floor.

Expect to receive lots of gifts from your family and friends. Between gifts and all the new supplies you’ll stock up on, the nursery might get crowded. Try to keep all this new stuff off the floors, especially the areas you will be carrying the baby. Decorative tables and chairs aren’t necessary. Plan the room’s layout so you don’t have extension cords running across the floor or rugs where your feet will get caught.

5. Use quality furniture.

Hand-me-down furniture is great, but make sure it’s still in working condition. If anything about it makes you uncomfortable, discard it and buy something new. If you’re worried about a piece toppling over, secure it to the wall. Use furniture with doors and drawers that close properly.

6. Layout the room properly.

Consider where you will be in the room and for what purposes. Obviously you want to keep diaper changing supplies near the changing table so you can keep one hand on your baby, but plan for other eventualities to reduce how often you move around with the baby in your arms. For example, leave a blanket on the rocking chair.

7. Look at the room from a child’s perspective.

It won’t be long before your little one is crawling and walking around. Get down your child’s level and look for dangers. Is there anything that could be put in the mouth and choked on? Any hard corners or sharp surfaces? Choose blinds and curtains without cords that won’t be pulled on.

8. Use safe chemicals.

If you are redecorating or painting the room, make sure you use safe, eco-friendly chemicals that won’t damage your family. Give the space plenty of time to air out. Test your house for lead paint if it was built before 1978.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are a patented footed pajama for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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