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.