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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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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Stay Safe in the Bath with These 5 Tips

bath time safety tipsThe bathroom is one of the most dangerous spots in your home for babies, especially when water is involved. Hopefully you have turned bath time into a fun experience with baby. Not only does baby get clean, but you get some one-on-one bonding time that you’ll never forget. Prevent bath time injuries and keep baby safe with these tips.

1. Keep everything sanitary.

You should work to keep a sanitary bathroom at all times, but having a baby is a good excuse to catch up on some cleaning you have been meaning to do. Many parents neglect to clean their baby’s toys regularly, but they become unclean just like anything else. After each bath, each toy should be thoroughly cleaned and rinse. Be mindful of wooden toys or toys made form absorbent material that could track bacteria. Wipe everything down with an effective, all-natural cleaner every couple weeks.

2. Baby proof the bathroom.

This is an important step for any room of your house, but the bathroom especially. Oddly, many parents overlook this room. Put away all freestanding objects that can be pulled over, especially those near the bath rub. Don’t assume your baby can’t pull the curling iron or hair straightener into the water. Best put them away.

Put away any personal care products your baby may spill or, worse, eat. Lock the toilet seat, plug electrical outlets with plastic covers and lay down a few bath mats, including one inside the tub.

3. Read product labels carefully.

Be wary of products that might irritate your baby’s skin, eyes or mouth. Read all the product labels so you understand how to use each item and what it’s suitable for. Some products are designed specifically for children while others urge you to only use them on adult skin. Follow these warnings carefully.

Before you use a new product or soap, check online for review from people who have used it with their children to learn about their reaction. Cleaning infant skin only requires a dab of mild, made-for-baby-skin soap. Often a warm rag is sufficient.

4. Keep your baby seated away from the faucet.

When bathing your child, either in the sink or the bathtub, keep his or her body away from the faucet to prevent injuries. A sudden kick, arm flail, or jerk could injury your baby against the hard metal. Also, sudden changes in temperature can make your baby uncomfortable and fussy through the whole bath process.

5. Always support your child.

Even if the bath seat you use appears sturdy, never leave the tub while your child is in the bath. These products should only be used as aides to help you wash your baby. These seats could still tip over and trap your baby underwater. It doesn’t take much water to drown. Remember: Never leave your child unattended in a bath tub.

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.

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.

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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