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Summer Safety Tips for Baby June 26, 2018 Summertime can be so fun with a new baby, but be sure to follow these safety tips to keep baby safe and healthy during the summer fun. Car seat safety There are 2 important safety tips to always remember regarding the car seat: 1. Never leave your baby in the car. Every summer there are…

Summer Safety Tips for Baby
June 26, 2018
Summertime can be so fun with a new baby, but be sure to follow these safety tips to keep baby safe and healthy during the summer fun. Car seat safety There are 2 important safety tips to always remember regarding the car seat: 1. Never leave your baby in the car. Every summer there are…

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June 26, 2018

Summertime can be so fun with a new baby, but be sure to follow these safety tips to keep baby safe and healthy during the summer fun. Car seat safety There are 2 important safety tips to always remember regarding the car seat: 1. Never leave your baby in the car. Every summer there are…”

Summertime can be so fun with a new baby, but be sure to follow these safety tips to keep baby safe and healthy during the summer fun.

Car seat safety

There are 2 important safety tips to always remember regarding the car seat:

1. Never leave your baby in the car.

Every summer there are stories of these horrifically tragic deaths. Parents who swore it could never happen to them change their routines or swear they were only going to run in for a minute, and forget their baby in the hot car. Put a piece of duct tape across your steering wheel that says, “baby.” Put your purse and cell phone in the backseat next to the car seat so you’re forced to look back before getting out of the car. Do everything and anything you can to prevent this tragedy, because although you’re reading this and thinking, “that could never be me,” so did the moms who have had it happen.

2. Cool the car down before putting baby in the car seat.

The hardware and cushion of the car seat can become extremely hot when sitting in the sun. Placing your baby in the car seat without allowing it to cool can cause burns, so be mindful of the hot car and car seat before getting in. Use a visor and/or cool down the car before putting anyone in.

Avoid heat exhaustion

Infants are more susceptible to heat exhaustion than older children and adults, so be cautious with babies in hot weather. Dress them in light layers for the day so that you can remove clothing if it becomes hot outside. Keep water available at all times, and fan them or spray them gently with water to keep their body temperature at a normal level.

Beware of hot playground equipment

Even the littlest of infants love a ride on the swing, but playground equipment can also become extremely hot and dangerous when in direct sunlight. Test playground equipment before using to prevent burns. Pour cool water or place shade over the swing or equipment before using, or simply come back on a cooler day.

Use sunscreen and a hat

Try to keep baby out of the sun during the hottest time of the day, usually between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and even then apply sunscreen 20-30 minutes before going out. If you’ll be outside for an extended period of time, re-apply the sunscreen every 2 hours or according to the directions on the bottle. Babies have sensitive skin and may require sunscreen specially-formulated for babies, so be sure you have the right bottle when applying sunscreen to your baby.

Be vigilant around water

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in young children, and infants are not exempt from the danger. A simple turn to the other direction may be all the time it takes for an infant to roll into danger, even if they’ve never rolled before. Sadly, many drownings occur under the “supervision” of an adult who became briefly distracted by their phones, a conversation, or another child. Drowning does not usually sound how you’d expect – with yelling, splashing, etc. but is usually a quiet struggle that goes unnoticed until it’s too late. Vow this summer to make water time an undistracted time, with no phones, screens, or distractions of any kind.

Use lifejackets and flotation devices that fit securely around your baby rather than just on the arms where they can easily slip off.

Beware of summer germs and bugs

While it seems like older kids and adults catch germs easier during the cold season, many viruses and bacteria that infect babies easier thrive in warmer temperatures, like Hand foot, and mouth disease. Keep your winter vigilance with disinfecting and sanitizing.

Also, be mindful of bugs and bees. Bug bites can easily become infected, and staph infections often look like infected bug bites and can be very serious and resilient viruses.

What summer safety tips are most important to you?

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Keyword: Summer Safety Tips for Baby
June 26, 2018

Summertime can be so fun with a new baby, but be sure to follow these safety tips to keep baby safe and healthy during the summer fun. Car seat safety There are 2 important safety tips to always remember regarding the car seat: 1. Never leave your baby in the car. Every summer there are…

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How To Get Baby To Sleep [Expert Insights & Tips] July 9, 2018 Finding time to sleep as a new parent can be difficult, especially when your baby isn’t sleeping well. And with a lack of sleep comes an increase in stress and anxiety, which can exacerbate strong feelings that are already present during such an emotional time. But what can you do if your baby struggles with…

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July 9, 2018
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July 9, 2018

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Finding time to sleep as a new parent can be difficult, especially when your baby isn’t sleeping well. And with a lack of sleep comes an increase in stress and anxiety, which can exacerbate strong feelings that are already present during such an emotional time. But what can you do if your baby struggles with sleep?

Whether they are regressing in their sleep schedule or have struggled with sleep from birth, here are 10 tips on how to make baby sleep better. Better sleep for baby allows you both to get the rest you need.

1. Establish A Routine

Trying to figure out how to get baby to sleep through the night? One of the most important steps is introducing a regular nightly routine. Consider giving baby a bath, feeding him or her, and then reading a book or singing lullabies before putting them down for the night.

2. Avoid Making Eye Contact

While this sounds a little strange, engaging in too much eye contact with your baby can leave your child excited and awake, which is definitely not what you want when putting them to sleep. When putting your child to sleep establish a routine that best fits their needs and will enable them to fall asleep faster and sleep better.

3. Don’t Change Baby’s Diaper

Changing baby’s diaper during every nighttime feeding can wake them up. Instead, invest in super absorbent overnight diapers, and opt to only change a diaper if it’s poopy. Sanitation is important, so this tip is a little more flexible in nature. Try to avoid changing diapers unnecessarily if you can, and use a wipe warmer (or warm them between your hands) to reduce the risk of waking your baby.

4. Dream Feed

Another way to improve your chances of getting baby back to sleep quickly after a nighttime feeding is to dream feed. Simply feed baby before you go to bed, while baby is sleeping, instead of waiting for baby to wake up on their own.

5. Stockpile Pacifiers

If your baby takes a pacifier, make sure you have more than one on hand at night in an easily-accessible location. Another excellent idea is to purchase glow-in-the-dark pacifiers to improve your chances of finding them in the dark.

6. Set A Bedtime

Waiting for baby to get too tired is actually something to avoid, as babies tend to get fussier and fight sleep harder the more exhausted they are. Schedule a bedtime routine before baby gets too tired and avoid the sleep fight.

7. Try A Massage

According to studies, babies fall asleep faster when they receive a massage just before bedtime. Couple the massage with baby bedtime lotion, and you’re sure to have a sleeping child in no time. A massage can help your baby relax and slip into more peaceful sleep, which in turn means you’ll get more peaceful sleep as well.

8. Keep Lights Off

Avoid turning on lights during nighttime feedings and diaper changes to prevent baby from waking up completely. If you do need some light, consider the use of a nightlight, but try to keep the room as dark as possible. You can also use a small flashlight to help you navigate the room while still keeping it as dark.

9. Swaddle

Swaddling baby snuggly at bedtime is a great way to help him or her feel comfortable and secure, allowing them to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Take a cue from your baby—does he or she prefer to have their hands up by their face? Do they like being tightly confined with their arms down? Swaddling your baby in a way that’s most comfortable to them makes a better night’s sleep more possible.

10. Use A Noise Machine

Is your baby a light sleeper? Try out a noise machine to create the right amount of background noise and block out other sounds in the house, giving baby a better chance at a restful night’s sleep.

Sleep Better Now

With these simple tips, you’ll no longer have to wonder how to get baby to sleep. Try all or just a few and start enjoying a good night’s sleep again. If you want assurance your baby is okay while they are sleeping, try Owlet’s Smart Sock to track your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels.

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July 9, 2018

Finding time to sleep as a new parent can be difficult, especially when your baby isn’t sleeping well. And with a lack of sleep comes an increase in stress and anxiety, which can exacerbate strong feelings that are already present during such an emotional time. But what can you do if your baby struggles with…

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Ultimate Babysitting Checklist for Grandparents August 17, 2018 Ah, grandparents – the most trustworthy of babysitters! How nice it is when grandparents are around to love on your child as their own so you can get out and spend some time with your partner or even by yourself. While it’s easy to assume grandparents know the ropes, be sure that they are aware…

Ultimate Babysitting Checklist for Grandparents
August 17, 2018
Ah, grandparents – the most trustworthy of babysitters! How nice it is when grandparents are around to love on your child as their own so you can get out and spend some time with your partner or even by yourself. While it’s easy to assume grandparents know the ropes, be sure that they are aware…

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August 17, 2018

Ah, grandparents – the most trustworthy of babysitters! How nice it is when grandparents are around to love on your child as their own so you can get out and spend some time with your partner or even by yourself. While it’s easy to assume grandparents know the ropes, be sure that they are aware…”

Ah, grandparents – the most trustworthy of babysitters! How nice it is when grandparents are around to love on your child as their own so you can get out and spend some time with your partner or even by yourself. While it’s easy to assume grandparents know the ropes, be sure that they are aware of your child’s specific needs before you go out, and don’t be afraid of making your wishes known, especially if grandma uses the, “I’ve done this before,” card.

Here are the basics to not only explain verbally but also have written out:

  • Where you’re going
    • Name of venue, phone number, and address.
  • How to reach you
    • Your number, as well as your partner or someone else with you in case something happens to your phone.
  • When you’ll be home
    • Let them know the time they should expect you to be home so they aren’t wondering.
  • Emergency contact
    • Include name, phone number, and relationship to you.
  • Neighbor contact
    • In case the emergency contact is far away or unavailable and immediate assistance is necessary. Be sure to specify which neighbor and include their address.
  • Allergy/feeding instructions
    • Some grandparents have their own opinions about formula, when babies should eat solids, etc. so be very specific about what your baby should eat and how much, as well as the method (bottle, sippy cup, etc.)
  • Nearest ER/Urgent Care
    • Phone number, address, and if grandparents aren’t savvy with their phones, printed out directions would be also useful to include.
  • Car seat instructions
    • Car seat recommendations have changed over the past few decades, so these are also very important instructions to specify.
  • Bath instructions
    • Water temperature, the use of toys, soaps, shampoos, etc. should also be included so nothing is left to chance.
  • Bedtime routine
    • When you’re not around you want baby to feel as comfortable as possible, so show the grandparents the bedtime routine so bedtime goes smoothly
  • How to calm your baby
    • Whether it be a pacifier, a swing, swaddling, or soft music, give the grandparents some calming mechanisms in case baby gets upset while you’re away.

Are there any other special instructions you give to grandparents when they babysit?

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August 17, 2018

Ah, grandparents – the most trustworthy of babysitters! How nice it is when grandparents are around to love on your child as their own so you can get out and spend some time with your partner or even by yourself. While it’s easy to assume grandparents know the ropes, be sure that they are aware…

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5 Travel Tips For Baby Safety Month August 29, 2018 Parents and caregivers want to know that they’re doing everything they can to protect their family, especially on the road. Decisions about safe travel are important every day of the year, however during the month of September there’s even more emphasis placed on Baby Safety, with a full-week highlighting Child Passenger Safety awareness and education….

5 Travel Tips For Baby Safety Month
August 29, 2018
Parents and caregivers want to know that they’re doing everything they can to protect their family, especially on the road. Decisions about safe travel are important every day of the year, however during the month of September there’s even more emphasis placed on Baby Safety, with a full-week highlighting Child Passenger Safety awareness and education….

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August 29, 2018

Parents and caregivers want to know that they’re doing everything they can to protect their family, especially on the road. Decisions about safe travel are important every day of the year, however during the month of September there’s even more emphasis placed on Baby Safety, with a full-week highlighting Child Passenger Safety awareness and education….”

Parents and caregivers want to know that they’re doing everything they can to protect their family, especially on the road. Decisions about safe travel are important every day of the year, however during the month of September there’s even more emphasis placed on Baby Safety, with a full-week highlighting Child Passenger Safety awareness and education. As a Certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technician, I’ve helped families make sure their children are well-protected on the road. Here’s how to make sure all of your family trips, near and far, are as safe — and enjoyable (for all involved) — as possible.

  1. Make safe seating a priority. The importance of a good car seat cannot be overestimated. You wouldn’t buy a vehicle without taking it for a test drive, so if it’s possible, try installing the car seat in your car to ensure a proper fit before purchasing it.
  2. Protect your child from all sides. Head injury is the leading cause of death for children up to 12 years old involved in vehicle crashes and comprises 65 percent of injuries in both frontal and side impact crashes, according to Child Injury Led Design and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Fortunately, there are car seat manufacturers that develop car seats with advanced safety technologies that reduce the risk of head injury and protect children from all sides in the event of a vehicle crash. I advise parents to look for features that position a child lower on the seat to create stability in a collision, as well as features that work to counteract forward rotation of the child seat. Parents should also purchase a car seat with superior side impact protection. This is marked by features such as deep sides and head wings that are made from energy-absorbent material and an adjustable head support to minimize lateral head movement in a crash.
  3. Consult an expert. Improper car seat installation – or lack of a car seat altogether – can contribute to the death and injury of thousands of children each year. Approximately 96 percent of parents believe their child seats are installed correctly. However, about 70 percent of children are either not securely fastened in their car seat or are in a car seat that is not properly secured to the vehicle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. We know that car seats offer children the best protection during a crash when they’re installed and used correctly. Parents can find inspection stations and technicians throughout the year by visiting http://cert.safekids.org/get-car-seat-checked.
  4. Pack smart. You know how short your child’s attention span can be, so it’s better to come prepared with more activities than not enough. Audio books are a time-tested favorite for keeping kids occupied on long car trips. Ask your librarian to recommend the most popular titles for young children. Also, pack one Ziploc bag of snacks for each child before leaving, which will eliminate some of the bickerings in the backseat. Keep extra diapers in the trunk, as well as hand sanitizer, paper towels and small bags for garbage.
  5. Take regular breaks. Remember that a family road trip should be as much about the journey as it is the destination. Your baby will get just as tired riding for long stretches as you do driving them, so stop regularly for snack breaks and to stretch. If you have hyperactive, older children, keep jump ropes and beach balls in the trunk. When it comes time for a rest stop, find a picnic area to relax, play and enjoy the scenery.

The key to successful and safe family trips is in the preparation. If you’ve installed the proper car seat, planned the right activities and timed your journeys, the biggest worry on your mind will be how to answer that seventh cry of “Are we there yet?”.

For more information about Britax, visit www.us.britax.com, or find Britax on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or Pinterest. For downloadable brand and product assets (images, sell sheets, ads), visit the Britax Media Center.

About Britax Child Safety, Inc. (The Americas)

Premium car seat, stroller and accessories manufacturer, Britax tests and builds all of its infant through harness-to-booster lines of car seats in the U.S.A. using U.S. and global components. Britax engineers its car seats to meet U.S. and Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and makes significant investments in advanced technology, research and development to deliver safe products families can depend on. In 2011, Britax expanded its product line by acquiring BOB Gear, a brand that delivers high-performance strollers and stroller accessories. Britax Child Safety, Inc. employs more than 200 people at its headquarters in Fort Mill, S.C.

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August 29, 2018

Parents and caregivers want to know that they’re doing everything they can to protect their family, especially on the road. Decisions about safe travel are important every day of the year, however during the month of September there’s even more emphasis placed on Baby Safety, with a full-week highlighting Child Passenger Safety awareness and education….

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7 Top-Rated Car Seats For Your Child [Car Seat Safety Tips] September 2, 2018 We all want to keep our children safe. Which is why it’s important to parents that they are making the best choices for their children, including keeping them safe. Since September is Child Passenger Safety Month and Baby Safety Month, we thought we’d start the month of safety looking at the top-rated car seats and…

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September 2, 2018
We all want to keep our children safe. Which is why it’s important to parents that they are making the best choices for their children, including keeping them safe. Since September is Child Passenger Safety Month and Baby Safety Month, we thought we’d start the month of safety looking at the top-rated car seats and…

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We all want to keep our children safe. Which is why it’s important to parents that they are making the best choices for their children, including keeping them safe. Since September is Child Passenger Safety Month and Baby Safety Month, we thought we’d start the month of safety looking at the top-rated car seats and…”

We all want to keep our children safe. Which is why it’s important to parents that they are making the best choices for their children, including keeping them safe.

Since September is Child Passenger Safety Month and Baby Safety Month, we thought we’d start the month of safety looking at the top-rated car seats and share some car seat safety tips to help parents make a more informed decision when choosing the best baby and toddler car seat.

Here are our top picks for the safest car seats on the market. Check out the features on each one to find out which is the best baby car seat for your family.

1. Graco 4ever All-in-One

The Graco 4ever All-in-One boasts a near-perfect safety rating of 9.8 and was the top-rated car seat on Best Car Seat Hub. This convertible model can be modified to suit newborns, toddlers, and big kids alike, so it’s the only car seat you’ll ever have to buy.

Safety Features:

  • Steel frame
  • 5-point safety harness
  • 1-second latch system
  • Impact-absorbing padding
2. Britax USA Advocate

The Britax USA Advocate is a heavy-duty convertible top-rated car seat with an outstanding safety rating of 9.6. The expiration on this model is 10 years, which enables you to use it for longer than other car seats with similar features.

Safety Features:

  • Steel frame
  • 14 harness positions
  • Impact-absorbing frame
  • ClickTight Installation System
3. Graco Milestone All-in-One

Despite being pretty new compared to other models, the Graco Milestone All-in-One quickly joined the ranks of safest car seats with a 9.5 safety rating. This is another sturdy, adjustable seat that will keep your kiddos safe for years to come.

Safety Features:

  • Steel-reinforced frame
  • Energy-absorbing EPS foam
  • Simply Safe Adjust Harness
4. The Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1

The Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 says it all in the name. This best baby car seat is built to transition with your child as they grow from a newborn, to a toddler, to a big kid who only requires a seatbelt.

Safety Features:

  • Side impact protection
  • QuickFit Harness
  • Strong construction
5. Diono Rainier All-in-One

The Diono Rainier All-in-One is a solid, space-saving, convertible car seat and a great choice. With memory foam and a 9.3 safety rating, the Diono Rainier is one of the most comfortable and safest car seats money can buy.

Safety Features:

  • EPS foam
  • 5-point harness
  • Extra-deep sidewalls
6. Britax Marathon ClickTight

The Britax Marathon ClickTight is another fantastic product by Britax. This convertible car seat has a safety rating of 9.1 and can be modified from a rear-facing seat to a forward-facing seat that can safely seat children up to 65 pounds.

Safety Features:

  • Steel frame
  • Energy-absorbing base
  • Britax SafeCell impact protection
  • Impact-absorbing tether
7. The Evenflo Symphony Elite All-in-One

The Symphony All-in-One by Evenflo is a popular choice among the safest car seats due to its ease of use, comfort, and safety features. This Evenflo model has a safety rating of 9 out of 10 by Best Car Seat Hub.

Safety Features:

  • Side-impact protection
  • Steel frame
  • FAA approval

 

Car Seat Safety Tips

With a myriad of different car seats to choose from, it’s hard to know which one is right for your little one. Pick the perfect model with these helpful tips and a complete list of the safest car seats on the market.

Avoid Common Mistakes

Before you purchase and install your child’s new top-rated car seat, it’s important that you learn how to do it properly. Avoid these five common car seat mistakes made by new and seasoned parents to ensure your children are safe during every trip.

1. Not Securing the Seat Tightly Enough

Many parents thread the seatbelt, secure the latch, and call it good, but this leaves a dangerous amount of wiggle room. Tighten the belt so that the seat doesn’t have more than an inch of wiggle room.

2. Leaving the Straps Too Loose

In addition to the seat itself, the harness straps should also be tightened snugly against your child’s body without causing discomfort. As a rule of thumb, tighten the straps until you can’t pinch the slack between your thumb and forefinger when your child is strapped in.

3. Angling the Seat Incorrectly

There is a certain angle at which your car seat should be positioned. The seat should be reclined enough that your child rests against the back of the seat, but should not exceed a 45-degree angle.

4. Mispositioning the Harness Retainer Clip

A very popular car seat mistake is to have the harness retainer clip in the wrong position. Make sure that the clip rests against your child’s chest at armpit level.

5. Don’t Leave a Child in a Hot Car

Be careful not to leave children in a hot car. Even if the car doesn’t feel hot to you, children’s bodies absorb heat faster than adults’, and a car can heat up quickly. On an 80-degree day the car can become much too hot for a child quickly, reaching dangerous heat within 10 minutes. Don’t think that’s enough time to just dash into the store and pick up a gallon of milk. What if there’s an unusually long line at checkout?

The same holds true for leaving a child in a cold car. Don’t do it. Best practice is not to leave a child alone in a car at all.

Know of a top-rated car seat that we missed? Share it with us below in the comments.

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September 2, 2018

We all want to keep our children safe. Which is why it’s important to parents that they are making the best choices for their children, including keeping them safe. Since September is Child Passenger Safety Month and Baby Safety Month, we thought we’d start the month of safety looking at the top-rated car seats and…

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Following the ABC’s of Safe Sleep While Sleep Training Your Baby September 4, 2018 Sleep safety and sleep training are not necessarily two terms that are thought of as synonymous with one another. As founder of Baby Sleep Trainer sleep coaching services, I make the safety of each of the babies I work with paramount. My interest in sleep safety started when I had my first child 10 years…

Following the ABC’s of Safe Sleep While Sleep Training Your Baby
September 4, 2018
Sleep safety and sleep training are not necessarily two terms that are thought of as synonymous with one another. As founder of Baby Sleep Trainer sleep coaching services, I make the safety of each of the babies I work with paramount. My interest in sleep safety started when I had my first child 10 years…

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September 4, 2018

Sleep safety and sleep training are not necessarily two terms that are thought of as synonymous with one another. As founder of Baby Sleep Trainer sleep coaching services, I make the safety of each of the babies I work with paramount. My interest in sleep safety started when I had my first child 10 years…”

Sleep safety and sleep training are not necessarily two terms that are thought of as synonymous with one another. As founder of Baby Sleep Trainer sleep coaching services, I make the safety of each of the babies I work with paramount. My interest in sleep safety started when I had my first child 10 years ago. Like nearly every new mother, I obsessively checked on my baby day and night to make sure she was still breathing. I would wake up from deep sleep in a panic, certain that something had happened while I was asleep. Thankfully, she and I made it through the first year of her life unscathed, and in my quest to help make sure she was okay at night, I went to every possible extent to ensure she was never at risk while sleeping in her crib.

Thankfully, keeping a baby safe while sleeping is truly simple. Mainly, parents should always ensure their child exclusively sleeps on their back in a fully empty crib, with no bumpers, blankets, toys, or sleep positioners present inside the crib. To make it easy, I like to use the initialism ABC – Alone, Back, Crib. Babies should always be put down alone on their back in their crib.

In addition to following the ABCs of safe sleep, I also always remind families to mount their video monitor cameras to the wall or another piece of furniture, and to never have it on the ledge of the crib, so as to not risk the camera accidentally falling into the crib and creating a serious hazard to a curious baby. Another bonus of not having anything in a baby’s crib other than them, their clothes, and possibly a sleep sack, is that they tend to be much better sleepers overall. Not only are objects like sleep positioners and blankets risky to infants while they sleep, but they can also cause a child to become reliant on them in order to sleep.

Many families don’t realize that “sleep training” a child essentially just means training them to go down alone and awake, flat on their back in a totally empty crib, and be able to go from that state to asleep, without the assistance of a parent, caregiver, or other objects like a swaddle or sleep positioner. By necessity, properly sleep training a baby involves them only sleeping in a truly safe sleep environment. Humans wake regularly throughout the night as they transition from one sleep cycle to the next (so a baby waking every hour or two throughout the night is natural and normal), and in order for a baby to be able to connect sleep cycles without the assistance of a parent or other potentially unsafe object, they must first know how to fall asleep wholly independently for naps and at bedtime. In this way following the basics of sleep safety, including a completely empty crib with a totally flat mattress, promotes extremely healthy sleep habits in children of all ages.

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September 4, 2018

Sleep safety and sleep training are not necessarily two terms that are thought of as synonymous with one another. As founder of Baby Sleep Trainer sleep coaching services, I make the safety of each of the babies I work with paramount. My interest in sleep safety started when I had my first child 10 years…

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Your Infant’s Size and Growth Timeline All babies are unique and grow at their own pace. However, it’s always a good idea to be aware of a few baselines and benchmarks for size and growth. At each well-child check, your pediatrician should be providing you with growth charts for your child for weight, height and head circumference (you can find these…

Your Infant’s Size and Growth Timeline
All babies are unique and grow at their own pace. However, it’s always a good idea to be aware of a few baselines and benchmarks for size and growth. At each well-child check, your pediatrician should be providing you with growth charts for your child for weight, height and head circumference (you can find these…

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All babies are unique and grow at their own pace. However, it’s always a good idea to be aware of a few baselines and benchmarks for size and growth. At each well-child check, your pediatrician should be providing you with growth charts for your child for weight, height and head circumference (you can find these…”

All babies are unique and grow at their own pace. However, it’s always a good idea to be aware of a few baselines and benchmarks for size and growth. At each well-child check, your pediatrician should be providing you with growth charts for your child for weight, height and head circumference (you can find these charts here), but sometimes said charts can be confusing. To simplify the process, we’re going to break down the averages (50th percentile for each category) below. These averages are all based off of the World Health Organization’s standards, and as such, are divided by gender.

Baby Girl Growth Chart
Age Length Weight Head Circumference
1 month 21.1 inches 9.4 pounds 14.4 inches
2 months 22.4 inches 11.3 pounds 15 inches
4 months 24.4 inches 14 pounds 15.9 inches
6 months 25.8 inches 16.1 pounds 16.5 inches
9 months 27.6 inches 18.1 pounds 17.3 inches
12 months 29.1 inches 19.8 pounds 17.7 inches
Baby Boy Growth Chart
Age Length Weight Head Circumference
1 month 21.5 inches 9.9 pounds 14.6 inches
2 months 22.9 inches 12.3 pounds 15.4 inches
4 months 25.2 inches 15.4 pounds 16.3 inches
6 months 26.6 inches 17.6 pounds 17 inches
9 months 28.3 inches 19.8 pounds 17.7 inches
12 months 29.8 inches 21.2 pounds 18.1 inches

Remember that these numbers are just averages; the most important thing is that your baby is growing at a steady pace. And never be afraid to consult your pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns about your baby. Your pediatrician should always be your number one resource.

 

Source: Parentune
Keyword: Your Infant’s Size and Growth Timeline

All babies are unique and grow at their own pace. However, it’s always a good idea to be aware of a few baselines and benchmarks for size and growth. At each well-child check, your pediatrician should be providing you with growth charts for your child for weight, height and head circumference (you can find these…

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Baby Feeding Chart: Month By Month to Feeding Your Baby September 5, 2018 Babies grow so fast, and their dietary needs change nearly as quickly! Check out the recommendations on this chart to learn when, what, and how to feed your baby through their various stages of development. Always remember to contact your pediatrician for any specific questions you have regarding your baby. They will always know what…

Baby Feeding Chart: Month By Month to Feeding Your Baby
September 5, 2018
Babies grow so fast, and their dietary needs change nearly as quickly! Check out the recommendations on this chart to learn when, what, and how to feed your baby through their various stages of development. Always remember to contact your pediatrician for any specific questions you have regarding your baby. They will always know what…

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September 5, 2018

Babies grow so fast, and their dietary needs change nearly as quickly! Check out the recommendations on this chart to learn when, what, and how to feed your baby through their various stages of development. Always remember to contact your pediatrician for any specific questions you have regarding your baby. They will always know what…”

Babies grow so fast, and their dietary needs change nearly as quickly! Check out the recommendations on this chart to learn when, what, and how to feed your baby through their various stages of development.

When Signs of Readiness Types of Food Tips
0-4 Months The AAP recommends breastmilk or formula ONLY until 6 months of age Breastmilk or Formula only
4-6 Months Can sit up with good head control

Opens mouth eager to eat

Breastmilk or Formula

Pureed fruits and vegetables

Pureed meat

Semi-liquid cereal

Baby will need practice moving food from mouth to throat

Introduce one food at a time, with a few days in between

6-8 Months Same as 4-6 months Breastmilk or Formula

Pureed or strained fruits and vegetables

Pureed meat

Pureed legumes

Keep track of which foods your baby eats and when to be able to identify the cause of any reactions
8-10 Months Same as 4-8 months

Can pick up objects with thumb and forefinger

Chews on everything

Breastmilk or Formula

Mashed fruits and vegetables

Soft finger foods (cereal, pieces of pasta, wafer-like crackers, etc.)

Small pieces of meat

Soft legumes

Make eating a positive experience with lots of smiling and positive talking
10-12 Months Same as 4-10 months

Swallowing becomes easier

Attempts to use a spoon

Is growing more teeth

Breastmilk or Formula

Soft fruits and vegetables, or cut into small strips/pieces

Soft finger foods (cereal, pieces of pasta, etc.)

Small pieces of meat

Soft legumes

Scrambled eggs

It’s normal to see a change in the colors and consistencies of your baby’s stools when eating solid foods

Always remember to contact your pediatrician for any specific questions you have regarding your baby. They will always know what is best for your little one.

Source: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Switching-To-Solid-Foods.aspx

 

Source: Parentune
Keyword: Baby Feeding Chart: Month By Month to Feeding Your Baby
September 5, 2018

Babies grow so fast, and their dietary needs change nearly as quickly! Check out the recommendations on this chart to learn when, what, and how to feed your baby through their various stages of development. Always remember to contact your pediatrician for any specific questions you have regarding your baby. They will always know what…

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The Best Cribs for Your Baby [Crib Safety Guide] September 10, 2018 The wonderful world of baby products is always on the move, presenting more and more options as the years go by. So even if this isn’t your first rodeo as a parent, you may find yourself feeling behind on the latest in baby crib options. Convertible cribs, basic cribs, high-end cribs, oh my! If you’ve…

The Best Cribs for Your Baby [Crib Safety Guide]
September 10, 2018
The wonderful world of baby products is always on the move, presenting more and more options as the years go by. So even if this isn’t your first rodeo as a parent, you may find yourself feeling behind on the latest in baby crib options. Convertible cribs, basic cribs, high-end cribs, oh my! If you’ve…

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September 10, 2018

The wonderful world of baby products is always on the move, presenting more and more options as the years go by. So even if this isn’t your first rodeo as a parent, you may find yourself feeling behind on the latest in baby crib options. Convertible cribs, basic cribs, high-end cribs, oh my! If you’ve…”

The wonderful world of baby products is always on the move, presenting more and more options as the years go by. So even if this isn’t your first rodeo as a parent, you may find yourself feeling behind on the latest in baby crib options. Convertible cribs, basic cribs, high-end cribs, oh my!

If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed by crib shopping, worry no more! We’ve done hours of research to help you understand everything there is to know about crib safety. We’ll give you the rundown on current safety standards, best practices for crib safety, and give you a list of the top 15 models on the market. You’ll be sure to find just the right crib for your little one to rest his or her sweet head.

Crib Safety Standards

As of 2011, manufactured cribs cannot have a drop-side rail, as this feature has proven to increase risks for infants. Cribs must also have stronger crib slats and mattress supports, improve the quality of hardware, and withstand more rigorous testing than in years prior to 2011. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends asking the manufacturer for a certificate of compliance with the current standards if you’re unsure if a certain crib meets the standards.

Crib Best Practices

Any parent who has been chastised for letting their baby sleep on their stomach knows recommendations about baby sleep seem to always be changing. But it’s important to stay up to date. Research continues to reveal new information about how to decrease the risk of SIDS and keep your baby safe while sleeping.

The Safe to Sleep campaign educates parents on how to safely put a baby to bed in a crib. The guidelines are as follows:

  • Never put pillows, loose blankets, stuffed animals, or anything else in the crib with your baby.
  • Make sure the crib doesn’t have any gaps between the side of the crib and the mattress that are wider than two fingers.
  • Follow the instructions when you assemble the crib.
  • Do not use cribs more than 10 years old, or a crib that has been modified in any way.
  • Do not add extra padding to play yards or cribs.

Never place a crib near a window with loose curtain cords or blinds.

Crib bumpers can pose a hazard to children and should not be installed in the crib.

When to Start Using a Crib

Infants should sleep in the same room as their parents (but not on the same surface!) until at least six months old, but the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends keeping them in the same room until at least one year of age.

Babies should sleep near their parent’s bed in a bassinet for the first few months but can be moved to a crib when they start to outgrow the bassinet — usually around three or four months. You’ll know they’re ready for the crib if they start bumping into the sides of the bassinet or simply seem too big for the space.

Top Baby Cribs

Now that you’ve learned about crib safety standards and best practices, it’s time to get down to business with the shopping. Here’s a list of the top 15 best cribs on the market. These cribs are beloved by parents all over the country, and for good reason. These safest crib brands also offer the highest quality, best design, and convenient features.

  1. Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib. This crib tops the charts for chic, modern design and reliability. As a bonus, it also converts into a toddler bed!
  2. Graco Benton 5-in-1 Convertible Crib. Not to be outdone by the Babyletto model, this crib converts into a toddler bed, daybed, or full bed, and can also be adjusted at three different heights — a lifesaver when your baby starts trying to climb out of the crib.
  3. DaVinci Jenny Lind Convertible Crib. This is a high-quality crib with a retro look and a host of cute color options.
  4. Union 2-in-1 Convertible Crib. You can’t beat the price point of this crib! It’s a fairly basic model but earns points for its streamlined design and affordable cost.
  5. Pottery Barn Kids Kendall Crib. This crib is on the pricier end, but it comes in a classic style, and the durability can’t be beat.
  6. IKEA Gulliver Crib. Though the price point is low, the Gulliver model is one of the safest baby cribs out there, thanks to IKEA’s strict safety standards.
  7. IKEA Sniglar Crib. When you want a crib for under $100, IKEA is the place to go. This popular crib slides in at under $80 and looks great with any decor.
  8. Alma Mini Solid Wood Crib. Tight on space? Pick up this mini crib for when your baby has graduated from the bassinet, but you don’t have tons of room to spare.
  9. Baby Bjorn Travel Crib. If you’re a frequent traveler, consider purchasing a travel crib to take on the road. You can even use it when you’re at home and skip the permanent crib altogether!
  10. Graco Charleston 4-in-1 Convertible Crib. Another classic style, the Graco Charleston model is a popular and economical choice.
  11. Babyletto Lolly 3-in-1 Convertible Crib. If style is what you’re after, Babyletto is the brand for you. The Lolly style is chic and modern for boys and girls alike.
  12. Baby Mod Marley 3-in-1 Crib. When the Babyletto crib is out of your budget, consider a similar style from the equally popular Baby Mod brand.
  13. Dream On Me Synergy 5-in-1 Convertible Crib. We love all the color options on this simple and affordable crib.
  14. Delta Children Royal Convertible Crib N Changer. This crib has both storage space and a spot to change your baby, making it the ultimate multi-purpose piece when you’re planning the layout of your nursery.
  15. Delta Children Emery 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Crib. Amazon rates this crib one of the “best of the best,” and the hundreds of positive baby crib reviews back up the claim.
Gain Greater Peace of Mind

By selecting a well-known, reliable crib brand, you’ll get a better night of sleep knowing your baby is okay while they snooze. The Owlet Smart Sock helps bring even more peace of mind while you sleep. Get real-time and trended insights into your baby’s heart rate, oxygen levels and sleep.

 

Source: Parentune
Keyword: The Best Cribs for Your Baby [Crib Safety Guide]
September 10, 2018

The wonderful world of baby products is always on the move, presenting more and more options as the years go by. So even if this isn’t your first rodeo as a parent, you may find yourself feeling behind on the latest in baby crib options. Convertible cribs, basic cribs, high-end cribs, oh my! If you’ve…

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The 10 Best [& Safest] Baby Stroller Brands September 13, 2018 Shopping for baby gear sounds exciting in theory, but once you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole of endless stroller reviews, the reality can be a little less thrilling. After days of scrolling online, you may still be left wondering whether to go for a travel system or stand-alone stroller and whether the stroller that turns…

The 10 Best [& Safest] Baby Stroller Brands
September 13, 2018
Shopping for baby gear sounds exciting in theory, but once you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole of endless stroller reviews, the reality can be a little less thrilling. After days of scrolling online, you may still be left wondering whether to go for a travel system or stand-alone stroller and whether the stroller that turns…

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September 13, 2018

Shopping for baby gear sounds exciting in theory, but once you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole of endless stroller reviews, the reality can be a little less thrilling. After days of scrolling online, you may still be left wondering whether to go for a travel system or stand-alone stroller and whether the stroller that turns…”

Shopping for baby gear sounds exciting in theory, but once you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole of endless stroller reviews, the reality can be a little less thrilling. After days of scrolling online, you may still be left wondering whether to go for a travel system or stand-alone stroller and whether the stroller that turns on a dime is really worth the splurge.

But stress no more, because we’ve taken all the work out of stroller shopping for you. No matter if you’re going for bling and style or simple and functional, you’ll find just what you’re looking for after you’ve read our guide to choosing a safe and reliable stroller for your new babe.

Types of Baby Strollers

Before you know what kind of stroller is best for you and your family, you’ll need to compare your options. Here’s the lineup. Today’s strollers come in five basic types, including:

  • Full-sized strollers. Includes all the bells and whistles to take your baby from infancy to toddlerhood, but can be bulky and hard to store.
  • Umbrella strollers. A lightweight stroller that’s the most affordable and portable type on the market, but doesn’t work for infants and can be harder to steer.
  • Jogging strollers. Great for parents who want to go running with kids or value a stroller that can turn on a dime and absorb shock. These strollers are heavy and can be hard to fit in a car.
  • Double strollers. An excellent long-term option to fit more than one child, but can be hard to maneuver in tight spaces and difficult to store.
  • Travel systems. A convenient and affordable way to get an infant car seat and compatible stroller all in one, without the need for a car seat adapter. However, you’ll still need to buy a new car seat when your infant gets bigger.

Each type of stroller has its own merits, and many moms and dads end up collecting one of every kind along the road of parenthood. But if you’re a new parent on the block, there’s no need to worry about getting every type right away. One stroller will certainly suffice, with one or two possible alternative strollers, if you so choose.

Top 10 Best Strollers

Hopefully, you’ve been able to identify the type of stroller that suits your needs best. Once you’ve done so, you can hit the aisles to start test driving — or simply reading reviews and adding it to your virtual cart! Here’s a list of the safest baby strollers and best stroller brands on the market today:

  1. UPPAbaby Vista Stroller. Though you’ll pay a pretty penny for this stroller, thousands of parents agree that it’s worth every penny. Even celebrity parents give their stamp of approval on this chic stroller, with it often being captured in the tabloids and earning true street cred.
  2. BOB Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller. The BOB is quite the beast of a stroller, but it also has the best handling and shock absorption of any stroller out there. You’ll be amazed at how you can practically push this stroller with one pinky finger.
  3. Britax B-Agile Lightweight Stroller. This stroller is popular for its simplicity and convenience since it can be opened and closed with just one hand. The stroller also comes in a handy travel system with an accompanying infant stroller.
  4. Bugaboo Buffalo Complete Stroller. This full-size stroller comes from a beautiful, high-end brand that any blogger mom would consider a must-have. The features are endless and the color options are enough to have us saving our extra cash right now!
  5. Maclaren Mark II Stroller. While other umbrella strollers can be flimsy, the Maclaren lives up to its luxury-sounding name and delivers ease of handling and ultimate travel capabilities.
  6. JOOVY New Groove Ultralight Umbrella Stroller. This umbrella stroller has tall handlebars, which is a problem with some other lightweight strollers. It also handles well and comes at a reasonable price point.
  7. Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller. If you’re looking for a double stroller, the City Select is the unanimous top choice among parents. This stroller is as sleek and easy to handle as double strollers come, and well worth the price.
  8. Bugaboo Donkey2 Complete Mono Stroller. As one of the safest baby strollers on the market, this top luxury ride will make getting out the door with multiples a snap. Arrange the stroller with a bassinet, car seat, or side by side seating for two.
  9. Graco Ready2grow Click Connect LX Stroller. Graco is known as consistently being one of the safest stroller brands and offers reliable, affordable products across the board. This setup is a convenient choice for many parents who want a long-term option.
  10. Britax B Agile and B Safe 35 Elite Travel System. Get the most bang for your buck with this lightweight travel system. The car seat easily connects to the stroller and will get used for years to come.
Enjoy Your Stroller For Years to Come

Now that you’re familiar with the types of strollers and top models, you’re well equipped to choose a great stroller for you and your new baby. Soon you’ll be using your stroller to lull your baby to sleep, get some exercise, or to more easily get out on the town with your family.

Happy baby stroller shopping!

Source: Parentune
Keyword: The 10 Best [& Safest] Baby Stroller Brands
September 13, 2018

Shopping for baby gear sounds exciting in theory, but once you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole of endless stroller reviews, the reality can be a little less thrilling. After days of scrolling online, you may still be left wondering whether to go for a travel system or stand-alone stroller and whether the stroller that turns…