Crib Bumpers Are Dangerous

Crib bumpers are decorative. They help make a baby’s crib look softer, warmer, and more visually appealing. Unfortunately, crib bumpers can also be dangerous. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents not use any crib bumpers at all. The AAP has a lot of great advice for parents. Follow that advice, and you can help to keep your baby safe. Many parents have heard the “back to sleep” advice from the AAP. The simple phrase makes it easy for parents to remember to place their baby on his or her back for sleep – and to do that … Continue reading

A Swim Lesson for Baby

I have never been a good swimmer. I never took lessons as a child, and so I have never really felt comfortable in the water. So, recently, I started swim lessons for my older two kids. When signing them up, they asked us if we wanted to try out the parent-tot class for free for our baby. Of course, everyone loves something for free, so we signed him up! When we got there, I was a little nervous, but stood on the sidelines watching as my husband took him into the heated pool. He loved the water and hardly made … Continue reading

The Safety of Crib Bumpers

Why Do We Use Bumper Pads? In the past bumper pads were used to prevent a baby’s head from getting caught between the slats of the crib. Today the United States and Canada have regulated the distance between bed slats so it is impossible for a baby’s head to get stuck. Why Are Bumper Pads Still Used? Fashion Some parents believe it can prevent a baby’s arm or leg from getting caught. Some parents believe it prevents head injuries if the baby hits her head against the crib. Experts and doctors have stated that it is unlikely that a baby … Continue reading

Don’t Underestimate Your Toddler!

The amazing thing about a toddler, besides the fact that they seem to have unlimited energy, is how quickly they can figure out the things we think they’ll take years to learn. For example, I remember a few months ago I let my son hold the tube of diaper cream while I was changing his diaper. I honestly believed he could do nothing to that tube, because he was only slightly over a year old. To my absolute shock, I glanced over while cleaning him up and noticed he had unscrewed the cap and was putting it in his mouth. … Continue reading

Beetles Everywhere!

Always shake out your clothes after hanging them on the line. If you don’t, a Japanese beetle might find his way into your toddler’s onesie. He might die in the hamper, still in the onesie. You might put the onesie on your toddler, not knowing about the beetle hiding inside. The beetle might fall down into your toddler’s diaper. You might find the beetle in your toddler’s diaper after a nap. You might feel a sinking sense of dread as you wonder if the beetle hurt your little one. You might search his skin for bites and breathe a sigh … Continue reading

Warm Weather Car Safety

Depending on where you live, winter can be long, depressing, and, let’s face it, cold. When warm weather arrives, many of us can hardly wait to get outside. There are parks to visit, playgrounds to explore, and beaches to comb. And yet, with all the fun surrounding warm-weather outings, some precautions need to be taken when traveling with a baby. Before you even place your child in the car, check the car seat, especially any metal buckles or other metal parts. These can get extremely hot during a warm day, especially if they are in the direct sunlight. The last … Continue reading

Put Down the Benadryl

When I was childless, I heard several of my friends who were parents talk about using Benadryl on their children to make them drowsy when traveling or when they just needed a break. Once I became a parent, I certainly understood the motivation behind that, although we never did it. Now, Dr. Shan Yin, a toxicology fellow at the University of Colorado, has completed a study that says this is akin to child abuse. The study was just published in the Journal of Pediatrics. Yin and his fellow researchers found at least 160 reports of parents using Benadryl and other … Continue reading

Ear Pain and Babies

“Mommy, my ear hurts!” These days it is much easier to pinpoint the source of my daughter’s pain, but this was not the case when she was a baby. Back then I would have to drag my child into the pediatrician to see if she had an ear infection because her symptoms were not unusual. Common symptoms associated with ear infections include: *Ear pain *Tugging at the ears *Trouble sleeping *Loss of appetite, diarrhea or vomiting *Increased irritability *Fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher *A thick, clear or yellowish, fluid draining from the ears The problem was that my … Continue reading

How to Protect Your Baby from Stinging Insects

A new study reveals that an increasing number of kids in the United States are allergic to bee stings. Fortunately, scientists also found that the majority of babies, who suffer allergic reactions to insect stings, eventually outgrow the allergies. Still, babies and bee stings never equate to a happy situation. Bee stings are a painful annoyance that cause soreness, some swelling and redness. What’s more, during the summer months, your baby’s chance of getting stung by honeybees, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets increases dramatically if you spend a lot of time in the great outdoors. Don’t let a stinging insect … Continue reading

Babies and Bee Stings

Nothing spoils an outdoor activity with your baby faster than a bee sting. I know this for a fact. When I was seven a bee stung my 11-month-old brother at our favorite park. It’s a scene forever etched in my memory. Actually, I don’t remember every detail, but I’ll never forget my brother’s blood curdling screams following the sting. Unfortunately, bees like to frolic in summer’s warm temps as much as children do. From parks to pools, bike rides to backyard cookouts, there are very few outdoor activities that don’t attract unwanted buzzing guests. My young daughter is deathly afraid … Continue reading