Best New Invention For New Parents

As the Co-Founder of Baby Bodyguards,  National Safety Expert, American Heart Association CPR Instructor and Mother of 3 small children, I am always on the look out for products that will help save the lives of babies and give parents peace of mind and comfort at the same time. A lot of  products that I come across are unnecessary , create a false sense of security or just seem to prey on the fears of new sleep deprived parents. Recently, I have come across a product that is incredible and worth every penny. It is called the Owlet owletand is already saving lives.

The Owlet is a sock that goes on babies foot and monitors their heart rate and oxygen levels while they sleep using pulse oximetry. The Owlet is designed to alert you if your baby stops breathing. If the baby stops breathing you will get an alert on your phone as well as an independent base station. It is reasonably priced at $250 and available on their website.

 

Dangers of Button Batteries

An Oklahoma family suffered an awful tragedy last week when their 2 year old toddler swallowed a button battery and passed away a few days later. Button batteries are found in hearing aides, remote cButton Batteryontrols, greeting cards that play music, calculators, pen lights etc.

The child’s grandfather, says she hadn’t been feeling well for a couple days and was throwing up and had a fever. She was taken to a hospital after she began throwing up blood.

The best way to prevent any accident, is proper adult supervision and organization. Parents and caregivers need to be mindful of objects that can pose a threat to young children and make sure they are out of a childs reach.

A swallowed battery may cause no symptoms at all, but if it becomes stuck in the esophagus or stomach, the following symptoms may occur:

  • Stomach pain
  • Bloody stools
  • Cardiovascular collapse (shock)
  • Chest pain
  • Gastrointestinal inflammation
  • Hole in the esophagus
  • Nausea
  • Metallic taste
  • Vomiting (possibly bloody)

If you suspect your child swallowed a battery or another poisonous substance, it is best to call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222. They will give you further instructions.

Life Hacks for Baby Safety

Why not buy a pinch guard designed for a door at around the same price?

I’m a fan of life hacks.  I’ve learned new cooking methods, seen interesting furniture made from recycled materials, and even found an interesting way to peel a banana.  These suggestions are creative and clever.

But I was surprised and shocked to discover homemade hacks aimed at baby proofing a house that are inadequate and often dangerous for a child.  One showed a stair gate made of leftover cloth and plastic tubing.  Another used recycled rubber bands from newspapers to secure kitchen cleaners in the cabinets. Yet another misguided suggestion was a homemade crib toy that is a choking hazard.

So not all life hacks are created equal.

A cloth stair barrier, for instance, may not bear the weight of a child leaning against it.  Plus it’s cumbersome for an adult to remove in order to use the stairs, increasing the chances that a busy grown-up leaves it off. Rubber bands break, giving small children access to things they shouldn’t get into.

And some suggestions don’t make economic sense.  Using a pool noodle as an anti-pinch device on a door costs about the same as an attractive foam piece designed for that purpose.

Real, tested, secure child proofing materials are what your child deserves, and a certified professional can point out and correct hazards that new parents may not have the time or experience to notice—in furniture, outlets, cords, windows, houseplants, and more.

Baby proofing an average home takes time–time to research, choose, buy, make, and install it all.  A professional visit provides thorough inspection, materials, installation, and parental education in a worry-free way—and busy parents can devote their time to their child.

Still want to add a creative touch?  Why not a cloth cover for a solid, safe, well-mounted stair gate that’s designed to protect your toddler and be convenient for parents?

Pinterest serves up great ideas—for many things.  The trend in trying crafts and unique projects is outstanding.  But baby safety is too important to be a do-it-yourself experiment.  As I said, I’m a fan of life hacks (most of the time).  Saving a little money is good.  Saving a little one from injury or worse is priceless.

Traveling With a Toddler

Traveling with a toddler this summer? Staying in a hotel? A few simple preparations will help make it a safe and worry-free trip.

First of all, call ahead. Some hotels and resorts will provide childproofing supplies.

If not, as soon as you arrive, babyproof the room as much as possible.

• Remove small objects (like the complimentary pen). Check around and under the bed for anything the cleaning crew might have missed.

• Check to make sure cords are out of reach—especially for things like table lamps and irons—just to eliminate the possibility of your toddler pulling them down on him.

• Bring some large outlet plugs to cover exposed outlets. A doorknob cover for the bathroom door is good (although it may not fit some hotel doorknobs). Or, a pressure gate would keep small ones out of the bathroom.

• Masking tape is a good all-purpose option in a pinch. You can tape a washcloth over sharp furniture corners, tape electrical cords or curtain cords out of reach, or even (carefully) tape drawers closed.

Be careful about what you leave in a suitcase or low drawers. Toiletries, medications, etc. should be put out of reach in the bathroom or on the closet shelf.

Don’t leave full suitcases on low benches or the folding stand that hotels sometimes provide—your toddler may be able to pull it down on herself.

If you have a hard-sided suitcase, it’s best to leave it latched—just to prevent little fingers from getting pinched.

Use the deadbolt on the door when you’re in the room. Hotel doors are made for easy and quick opening in an emergency, which means that a toddler who can reach the door handle will be able to open it.

A nightlight is a comfort item—to help your toddler feel more safe and secure if she wakes in the middle of the night.

For tips on packing for, and air travel with, young children check out havebabywilltravel.com.

Safe travels! And for more information about coming home to a safe and childproofed house, go to www.babybodyguards.com or email us at swohio@babybodyguards.com.

Car Seat Clinic at Blue Cocoon Boutique on March 7th

More than 3 out of 4 infant and child car seats are installed incorrectly, according to the NHTSA. In an accident–or even a quick stop–an improperly fastened seat may not protect the child.

Parents in the Cincinnati area can be more sure that their children are safe in their cars thanks to a free car seat clinic at Blue Cocoon Boutique at 9361 Montgomery Road on Saturday, March 7.

The clinic begins at noon and will feature individual car seat checks throughout the day by a technician from Baby Bodyguards. Space is limited, and registration is required. Schedule an appointment by visiting bluecocoonbaby.com and choosing “Class Registration” or calling Blue Cocoon at 513.791.1089.

The clinic is sponsored by Blue Cocoon and Baby Bodyguards of SW Ohio. For more information, visit bluecocoonbaby.com or babybodyguards.com.

Baby Bodyguards of SW Ohio to Host Free CPR Class 2/28

Date: February 15, 2015
Contact: Jon Weidlich, Baby Bodyguards, 513.315.2550

Free infant/child CPR class for parents

CPR is a lifesaving technique that can be learned quickly and easily. Parents who want to be prepared for emergencies can learn CPR at a free class at the Sibcy Cline office in Lebanon on Saturday, February 28.

The class, offered by Baby Bodyguards of SW Ohio, will teach parents to perform CPR on infants and children, as well as safety tips for their home and the proper use of an AED device.

“A couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon can be a lifesaver for parents,” said Dylan Weidlich of Baby Bodyguards.

The class is free to all, and will be held at the Sibcy Cline office at 103 Oregonia Road in Lebanon from 1:00 to 3:00. Space is limited, so registration is required at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1243374 or by calling Baby Bodyguards at 513.573.9390.

The free CPR and safety class is sponsored by Sibcy Cline-Lebanon and Baby Bodyguards of SW Ohio. For more information, call 513.573.9390 or visit www.babybodyguards.com.a

Baby Bodyguards offers home baby proofing, car seat installations, and in-home CPR classes.

Baby Bodyguards Comes to SW Ohio

Three out of four child car seats are not installed properly according to the NHTSA, making them less safe or even completely unsafe for children. In family homes cabinet latches, furniture straps, stair gates and other basic protective devices that are missing, misused, or improperly installed leave hazards for small children.It’s enough to keep new parents awake at night, and it’s the kind of problem that a new service in the Cincinnati area called Baby Bodyguards is designed to solve.

Baby Bodyguards began in New York after several accidents involving friends’ children led founders Fred and Courtney Ilarraza to study home safety. With the help of emergency room physicians, first responders, child psychologists, and other professionals, they started offering a comprehensive service to local families.

And now that service is available to families in southwest Ohio. “What appealed to us about Baby Bodyguards,” said co-owner Dylan Weidlich, “is that the professional installation of safety measures is almost secondary. What’s most important is to work with new parents and educate them about child safety.” Weidlich, a former EMT with a degree in neuroscience, stressed that the aim is for children to have normal experiences in a safe environment. “Kids need to explore, learn and grow. Parents don’t need to be overprotective as long as they understand how to deal with potential hazards around them.”

Weidlich said that his experiences as a safety consultant Prentice Women’s Hospital and Chicago’s Children’s Hospital and as a certified installer in Chicago and New York convinced him of the need for such a service in his home town. He also said he appreciates that the original Baby Bodyguards is a family business, and will continue to be as it expands to Ohio. “Families look out for each other,” he said.

Baby Bodyguards of SW Ohio offers professional car seat installation, infant and child CPR classes, and home safety evaluations and installations. In a typical home safety consultation, a member of the Baby Bodyguards team meets with parents to discuss a wide range of topics, from stove safety to identifying poisonous house plants. That’s followed by a home walk-through and installation of any needed safety devices.

On-the-spot car seat installations and in-home CPR classes are also available. In New York, said Weidlich, the CPR classes have become a chance for friends to gather. “Expectant mothers or families with infants will get together in a friend’s home and share the experience.”

Weidlich and the other members of the Baby Bodyguards team can be reached at 513-573-9390 or by emailing swohio@babybodyguards.com.

For more information visit www.babybodyguards.com.

Baby Bodyguards is Teaching Infant/Child CPR and Safety in Crown Heights

I am so excited to be teaching out Infant/Child CPR and Safety Class tonight at The Stomping Ground in Crown Heightsstomping Ground! We sold out in a few hours and will be teaching another class in May (date to be determined).

The Stomping Ground is a parent based (former Baby Bodyguards clients), volunteer run space, that sells memberships at affordable prices to neighborhood parents. With the membership parents get a safe and kid-friendly play space and loads of great family and child events and classes to participate in.

Baby Bodyguards Works On Mitsubishi Project “First Ride”

We are really excited to be working with Mitsubishi on the “First Ride” event – a program that focuses on creating awareness and educating parents on child safety. We made sure the infant safety seat used for “First Ride” was properly installed.

When installing your safety seat for the first time, read the manual and make sure you mail in the product registration card to be alerted of any recalls.

Mitsubishi Motors’ “First Ride” event provides New York City newborns a safe, free ride home from hospital

Cypress, California, April 9, 2014 – Three New York City area infants will be making their inaugural ride home in one of America’s safest SUV/crossovers as part of Mitsubishi Motors’ “First Ride” event – a program that focuses on creating awareness and educating parents on child safety.

“Every day, thousands of newborns in New York City and around the nation leave hospitals in infant car seats andhead home for the first, most important time,” says Jessica Robinson, Engineer, Vehicle Verification and Testing at Mitsubishi Motors R&D of America, Inc. “However, most people don’t realize that 73 percent of all child safety seats are not installed or used properly1 nor do they consider the safety of the actual car driving them home.”

Instead of making the journey home through the streets of New York City in a taxi – an experience that does not legally require a car seat – the parents participating in Mitsubishi Motors’ “First Ride” event opted for a ride home from the hospital with their new bundles of joy in a fully-equipped 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander – an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) highest-rated “Top Safety Pick+” vehicle piloted by professional drivers. Their touching personal stories have become a series of short web films that contrast the craziness of the streets of the big city, with the calm, precious moments shared betweenthree newborns and their parents.

Click here for #FirstRide — The Most Important Ride of All overview film

The all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander was one of only four vehicles in the “Small SUV” category to receive the non-profit organization’s highest “Top Safety Pick+” designation in its crash testing evaluations. This was due to an exemplary performance in the various stringent crash testing criteria as well as the Outlander’s optional radar-based Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)2  accident/impact reduction technology – a system that includes both audio and visual warnings to the driver as well as initiates automatic braking if necessary – and a requirement for a vehicle to receive the “plus” distinction from the IIHS for 2014 Top Safety Pick.

“When the all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander was named an IIHS ‘Top Safety Pick+’ for the second year in a row, we were inspired to prove the benefits of riding in one of America’s safest crossover vehicles in a critically important way,” adds Robinson. “High vehicle safety ratings should be a priority – with or without children. And finally, a couple of extra minutes making sure you know how to properly install and use child safety seats could be a life saver.”

With a starting MSRP of only $22,995, the 7-passenger 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander comes with many innovative standard safety features:

– Hill Start Assist (HSA)

– 7 air bags including driver’s side knee air bag

– Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL)

– Patented Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) energy-absorbing body/chassis safety cell technology

In addition to its included safety features, the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander is available with advanced high-tech safety systems including Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)2.