Baby Bodyguards will be hosting a Infant/Child CPR and Safety class on May 9th. There are still a few spots left for this Thursday’s class at Citibabes in Soho. The class starts at 5PM and will run approximately 90 minutes.
This is why Baby Bodyguards is developing a CPR curriculum for school aged children. What a blessing the two young boys were outside at that moment and a reminder to us all how important it is to learn CPR.
Susanna Rohm was sitting in her Marietta, Ga., living room last week with her 12-week-old son Isiah when she noticed he’d stopped breathing. Outside, two boys Rohm didn’t know, Rocky Hurt, 9, and Ethan Wilson, were playing football when they heard Rohm yell to call 911. “I said, even if it’s a burglar we still need to help because it’s the right thing to do,” Rocky recalled. The pair — who had learned CPR from signs at school — rushed into the house and led the distraught mom through the life-saving procedure. It worked. “If Rocky hadn’t been outside playing right then, I definitely would not have the baby sitting in my lap right now,” Rohm said. The young heroes’ reward? “We didn’t care if we were on the news, we just cared about saving that baby.”
Due to high demand, Baby Bodyguards is now offering car seat installation every evening from 5:30PM-8:30PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 8AM to 10AM in Marine Park, Brooklyn. A Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will demonstrate the proper way to use your seat and make sure you are comfortable installing the seat on your own before you leave. Call or email to make an appointment.
Last year was a particularly busy one for us at Baby Bodyguards. It was our most successful year to date, but also the most tumultuous. The year for the most part was full of clients (some of the biggest celebrities on the planet), consultations, car seat installations, business meetings, franchise documents and then came October and ENTER SANDY…..
Being of a neurotic nature I had water, non-perishables, flashlights, D batteries (enough for us and our friends). The day the storm was to begin, we spent at a birthday party for a friend’s daughter. As our children painted pottery, the adults discussed whether we would evacuate and other precautions. We were all split, half of us were taking it very seriously , the other half thought of Irene in 2011 and scoffed. We always feel better safe then sorry.
The Baby Bodyguards headquarters was in Manhattan Beach Brooklyn. This is where I grew up and where most of our friends live. This is where my parents still live. For those who are not familiar, it is known as the Russian Riviera, consisting of beautiful waterfront homes, and a feeling of a private oasis in the hustle and bustle of Brooklyn. This is where our son goes to school, and until the end of October 2012, what I thought to be the safest part of NYC.
My parents evacuated to our home in Zone C and we made the final preparations at Baby Bodyguards. We stacked all our computers on desks, removed our hard drives and put them on a 7 ft shelf. Stacked all our inventory up high. We figured worse case scenario, we get a foot of water, which would be annoying, but not life changing. The last thing we did was set up a video baby monitor, so we could keep track of the flooding from our home a few miles away.
We spent the first 24 hours of the storm at our home pigging out on comfort food, watching TV, watching our monitor and hoping for the best. Then everything went dark. We played Crazy 8’s with our 5 year old, and read by lantern to our 2 year old. We bundled up to keep warm, and expected normalcy within a few hours. I watched my parents pace around understandably nervous that their home was now damaged. We spent the next day waiting for the clear to go outside, and when we got it, we ventured to Manhattan Beach.
Manhattan Beach on October 31st, was a scene from a nightmare. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Cars were piled on top of each other, glass was shattered everywhere. My favorite restaurants had tables and chairs floating in the street and their doors blown off. As I drove to the office, I saw children’s toys in the street, along with old pictures and memorabilia that can never be recovered. I passed so many friends and our Rabbi, everyone is a state of shock and despair. As I pulled up to the office, I could see our door had come off and our desks had floated to the street. We had sustained 8 feet of water. Our hard drive was gone off that 7 ft shelf. Interestingly enough the one thing that did make it was the Nutrigrain bars I snack on. For now on if there is an emergency coming that is what I will buy :). All our inventory gone, covered in sewage.
I then assessed my parents house. Same thing, 8 feet of water. I cried for about 3 minutes and then we had to take action. I called on some friends, we went to Home Depot, and gutted out the house and removed the debris. This was bad enough without my parents having to come home and throw away their possessions and deal with mold and the stench. For those not familiar with New Yorkers, we may not be the friendliest, but if a crisis goes down, New Yorkers can handle it with the best of them.
The really crazy thing is that while we were dealing with our losses and the gas shortage, the Baby Bodyguard’s phone kept ringing. Clients unaffected on the UES and UWS, couldn’t get their home’s baby proofed fast enough, and let us know that as soon as we were ready to get to them, they were ready for us. This calmed me down. I realized that in these conditions that I thought were hopeless, our business was still going to go on. It’s not a desk and a computer that make the business but the people , reputation and relationships that were developed.
It’s a new year and over 2 months have passed. Business is almost back to normal (from a temporary office), my parents are back in their home (the basement is still gutted and not fixed), but most importantly we are forever changed. If we weren’t faced by adversity every now and then, we would never know what we are really made of, and how blessed we truly are. It’s easy to be great during the good times, but it takes a certain kind a person to keep it together through the rough patches.
Over the last couple of months I would refer back to my favorite poem by Rudyard Kipling. It is also my dad’s favorite peom and when I was a little girl, he would tell me that it is “a poem to live by.”
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
Britax is recalling certain convertible child restraints, models Boulevard 70 G3, Advocate 70 G3, and Pavilion 70 G3, Model Numbers: E9LJ91A, E9LJ91M, E9LJ91S, E9LJ92E, E9LJ93P, E9LJ93S, E9LK91A, E9LK31A, E9LK31Q, E9LK32D, E9LK32Z, E9LK33Q, E9LL11A, E9LL11Q, E9LL12D, E9LL12Z, E9LG81A, E9LG83N, E9LG83P, E9LG83X, E9LG83Y, E9LL21A, E9LL23P, E9LL23Y, manufactured from June 2012 through August 2012. These seats were manufactured with a softer chest pad material that may be bitten or chewed into pieces by a child using the seat. If the child bites off a piece of the softer pad, it could be a choking hazard, resulting in injury or death. Britax will provide owners with replacement HUGS pads that are made from a firmer material and instructions on how to replace the pads free of charge. To view a video on how to remove and replace the HUGS chest pads visit www.BritaxUSA.com/support/safety-notices and select the product from the menu on the right side. Owners may remove the HUGS pads and continue using the seat until replacement pads are received. The safety recall is expected to begin shortly. Owners may contact Britax Customer Service Department at 1-888-427-4829 with questions or to request replacement pads in the event their restraint is not already registered with Britax.
NYC’s Top Baby Gurus
The best numbers to call during tough times
It’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child—or at least the advice of some really good experts. Here’s who to call when you need a little help with . . .
. . . registering for gear: Jamie Grayson earned his stripes demonstrating strollers and car seats at Buy Buy Baby; now he runs a consultancy business as The Baby Guy NYC.
. . . designing the nursery or playroom: As a Parsons grad and former Nobu architect, Alessia Corpino and Julie Frank of My Tiny Nest know a thing or two about creating stylish environments.
. . . the stylish side of raising a baby: the tastemaking sisters-and-mom trio at Sissy + Marley consult on everything from personal shopping and baby announcements to party planning and decorating.
. . . organizing your closets: Melanie Fascitelli of Clos-Ette is a wiz at spatial planning; she’ll completely revamp your approach to hanging, folding, and organizing baby’s closets and drawers.
. . . babyproofing: Baby Body Guards does an excellent job of shielding crawlers and early walkers from cabinets, cords, doorways, and other home safety hazards.
. . . a second (all-natural) opinion: Lauri Grossman, DC CCH RSHom(NA), has taught homeopathy at NYU and Sloan-Kettering, among other institutions; she’ll recommend custom remedies for your child to treat everything from anxiety to eczema.
. . . relaxation: Not only does Janet Markovits of Maternal Massage and More give a blissful prenatal massage, she’ll also teach you how to massage your infant to help soothe upsets like colic, teething, and gas.
. . . handling your emotions: Psychologists Alexandra Goletka M.A., M.S., Psy.D and Marianna Strongin, M.A., Psy.D of Parenthood Psychology Practice give expectant and new moms support for feelings stirred up by PPD, premature births, new sibling anxiety, and other emotional obstacles. Bonus: they’ll come to your home or office, if you wish.
. . . breastfeeding: Freda Rosenfeld, Board Certified Lactation Consultant, (718.469.5990), can walk you through anything from positioning and latching to increasing milk supply.
. . . developmental concerns: Dr. Aliza Pressman and Dr. Bronwyn Charlton of Seedlings Group offer one-on-ones, small groups, and workshops to help parents work their way through tantrums, separation anxiety, biting, discipline, and limit-setting at any age.
. . . sleep training: Many exhausted parents have turned to Dr. Edward Kulich MD, MAAP, or Natalie Nevares of Mommywise to coax and coach babies into a schedule.
. . . speech: Samara Heiman, M.S., CCC-SLP and author of the Little Speakers book series, can help identify and manage challenges such as oral-motor delays, auditory processing disorder, language-based learning disabilities, expressive and receptive language deficits, and other speech-related issues.
. . . fine motor skills: If your child is struggling with pencil grip, visual perception, muscle strength, or attention and organizational skills, Casey Halper of the Casey Halper Group is a good first step toward getting ready for pre-K.
We are constantly receiving child safety seats to try out and review. Recently we received the Oobr fullback booster seat. Upon opening the box, I was very impressed by the looks of this luxury booster. It reminded me somewhat of a modern airline seat. I wonder if that is what the folks at Clek had in mind. The fullback booster can also convert to a backless booster.
A unique feature of the Oobr booster is that it is equipped with LATCH anchors. The anchors don’t make the booster seat any safeer as far as installation and protecting your child, but they serve to protect you when your child is not in their seat. When using a Booster without your child sitting in it, you should always buckle the seat belt anyway, so in case you are involved in a crash the seat doesn’t become a projectile. The LATCH anchors protect you from this scenario and keep the seat in a stable position.
Oobr Safety Highlights
Raises your child 4 in./10 cm. to improve in-vehicle shoulder belt fit
Better positions the seat belt on the child’s hips to improve safety
Locks into place to provide additional booster seat stability in a collision
Confirms that latches are locked with an audible “click”
Provides a secure connection even when booster seat is not occupied
Meets all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
Rated a “Best-Bet” in 2009, 2010 and 2011 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Child Height, Weight and Age — Fullback
min. 4 years old
Child Height, Weight and Age — Backless
Booster seat laws vary by state. Please check your local booster seat laws.
min. 4 years old
The Oobr is available online, and ranges in price from $274 all the way up to $499, if you go with a leather material or their specialty editions.
If you can afford the “Mercedes of Boosters” this is the seat for you.
Here is the link fo car seat inspection sites in New York.
Baby Bodyguards doesn’t just inspect your seat, we teach you the correct way to install it as well, so you will be comfortable putting the seat back in if it needs to come out, or upgrading to the next stage seat.
We are often asked if we can just “inspect” a seat. The reason we don’t do this is because 9 out of 10 are installed incorrectly, and if we just make the necessary adjustments, chances are the parent will be calling us in a month or two when the car needs to go to the shop or they are traveling, and they will be stuck on the proper way to put the seat back in.
When the parent leaves us, they will be confident in their ability to install their own seat.
Baby Bodyguards staffs CPST’s who help approximately 5 parents a day install their baby’s safety seat. We can’t help but take notice of the same errors we are seeing time and time again.
Here are the most common mistakes we see:
1-Using LATCH in a center seating position when it is not allowed by the manufacturer – most vehicles do not permit you to install a car seat in the center, using the two inner LATCH anchors from the side seating positions. Check your vehicle and child restraint manuals. If nothing is specifically mentioned to allow it, don’t do it.
2-Using LATCH and a seat belt together – you must use one system or the other, not both. Either method is safe when used correctly, so go with the method that gets you the best install
3- Using LATCH beyond the weight limit. LATCH is only good up to 40lbs unless otherwise stated in your vehicle or in the car seat manual. If the vehicle and car seat manuals defer to one another, err on the side of caution and assume a 40 lb limit.
4-Incorrect seat belt routing on a booster – make sure to read and follow the instructions for how to route the seat belt correctly over your child. Many boosters have arm rests that need the lap belt routed under them instead of over.
5- Loose car seat install – a car seat must be installed tightly enough that there is an inch or less of movement in all directions at the belt path when pushed or pulled on.
6-Incorrect belt path used on convertible seat install – you must use the belt path designated for the type of install you are doing. Usually the rear facing belt path runs under the child’s bottom/legs and the forward facing belt path runs behind their back.
7-Chest clip out of position (usually too low) – the chest clip should be at armpit level at all times.
8-Aftermarket accessories (head positioners, body padding/positioners, strap covers, hanging toys, under car seat mats/upholstery protectors, mirrors, suction cup window shades, seat belt tighteners/ratchets, bunting bags/liners, custom car seat covers, etc.) – if it did not come with your seat or is not specifically allowed by your car seat manual, don’t use it. The less “stuff” involved in your car seat install, the better. Nothing extra should go between the car seat and vehicle seat, the baby and the car seat, or the baby and the harness. Toys, mirrors, and window shades can come loose in a crash and injure passengers. Mats can interfere with an install. Many manufacturers will void the seat’s warranty if aftermarket products are used. There are no safety standards for these items, so even those that claim to be “crash tested” or “meet all federal safety standards” (there are none!) cannot be trusted as safe.
9- Not using the top tether anchor when the lower LATCH anchors are used for a forward facing seat – the top tether MUST be used when a seat is installed forward facing with LATCH.
10- Unfortunately the most common mistake we see, not by our clients, but just general observation, are parents riding around with babies/children with no car seat at all. I cringe every time I see this and just pray that child makes it through the early years without being subjected to a crash.