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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.

 

The Book That Needs to Be in Every Diaper Bag

On Friday, we participated in a Safety Event at the new MOM Museum in NYC. We got to mingle and share stories with many other companies sharing our passion for keeping babies out of harms way. I had the pleasure of meeting Tara Summers-Hermann, a nurse and mom who wrote two fabulous books about child safety, Baby MEDBASICS and Toddler MEDBASICS.

Tara was inspired to write the MEDBASICS series after she had to save her own toddler’s life, when he was choking on a piece of potato. After 5 or 6 abdominal thrusts, the potato flew out of his mouth and he started to breathe. Tara couldn’t imagine what would have happened if a non-medical professional was in the same situation. She set out on a journey to eduacate parents and caregivers, so they will always have easy to follow  instructions on how to respond to an emergency at their fingertips.

The books are very easy to read, and are designed to be read by a person whose adrenaline is pumping and needs immediate instruction. The average ambulance response time in the US is 8 minutes, brain damage from lack of oxygen begins in 4 minutes and death shortly thereafter, these books can make the difference in the outcome during an emergency situation.

 

Come Join Us for an Evening of CPR Instruction, Car Seat Safety, and Babyproofing Advice at Madison Rose

Join Save-A Tot CPR and Baby Bodyguards for an evening of safety and fun

Course covers:

  1. •CPR for Infants /Child
  2. •Hands only Adult CPR for the community
  3. •Choking prevention/Heimlich 
  4. •Poisoning/ drowning
  5. •SIDS prevention
  6. •Falls, head injury, bleeding
  7. •Allergies
  8. •Safety and baby-proofing
  9. •A Demonstration on proper car seat installation, how to fit it to your child, and when to switch to the next seat

When:

Monday March 5th, 2012 6-9pm

Where:

Madison Rose Maternity & Kids

313 Court Street

Brooklyn, NY 11231

Sign up here

Recall of Britax Chaperone Infant Seat

There has been a recall of the Britax Chaperone Infant Seat, models E9L69N9, E9L69P3, & EL69P5 made 4/09-5/10. The problem is with the chest clip. It is brittle and may break causing sharp edges and choking hazard. Call 888-427-4829 for instructions and a new chest clip. If chest clip is broken, remove chest clip and any fragments and discontinue use of seat until replacement clip is installed.

When we teach our clients to how to install their car seats we always urge caregivers to register the seat with the manufacturer so that they can be notified of any recalls. Recalls for small numbers of seats often don’t get a lot of media coverage. The only way you can be sure to know if there is a recall is to register with the manufacturer. Most manufacturers now allow you to register online and it only takes a minute.

New Year = New Website

Happy New Year! We are a bit late but have been busy launching our new site. 2010 was a great year for Baby Bodyguards, NYC’s premiere full service babyproofing company, and we expect 2011 to be our best year yet. We will be expanding, both geographically and also with the services we provide. We are on a mission to wipe out childhood injuries occurring in the home. and are on a safety crusade! Follow us on Facebook, for the latest updates and recalls.

Once again, thank you for your continued support, business and referrals.

Summer Safety Tip Sheet

The American Academy Of Pediatrics was nice enough to provide us with Summer Safety Tips

FUN IN THE SUN
Source:
http://www.aap.org/advocacy/archives/tanning.htm

Babies under 6 months:

  • The two main recommendations from the AAP to prevent sunburn are to avoid sun exposure, and dress infants in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and brimmed hats that shade the neck to prevent sunburn. However when adequate clothing and shade are not available, parents can apply a minimal amount of suncreen with at least 15 SPF (sun protection factor) to small areas, such as the infant’s face and the back of the hands. If an infant gets sunburn, apply cold compresses to the affected area.

For All Other Children:

  • The first, and best, line of defense against the sun is covering up. Wear a hat with a three-inch brim or a bill facing forward, sunglasses (look for sunglasses that block 99-100% of ultraviolet rays), and cotton clothing with a tight weave.
  • Stay in the shade whenever possible, and limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours – between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • On both sunny and cloudy days use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater that protects against UVB and UVA rays.
  • Be sure to apply enough sunscreen – about one ounce per sitting for a young adult.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
  • Use extra caution near water and sand (and even snow!) as they reflect UV rays and may result in sunburn more quickly.

HEAT STRESS IN EXERCISING CHILDREN
Source:
http://www.aap.org/policy/re9845.html

  • The intensity of activities that last 15 minutes or more should be reduced whenever high heat and humidity reach critical levels.
  • At the beginning of a strenuous exercise program or after traveling to a warmer climate, the intensity and duration of exercise should be limited initially and then gradually increased during a period of 10 to 14 days to accomplish acclimatization to the heat.
  • Before prolonged physical activity, the child should be well-hydrated. During the activity, periodic drinking should be enforced, for example, each 20 minutes, 5 oz of cold tap water or a flavored sports drink for a child weighing 90 lbs, and 9 oz for an adolescent weighing 130 lbs, even if the child does not feel thirsty.
  • Clothing should be light-colored and lightweight and limited to one layer of absorbent material to facilitate evaporation of sweat. Sweat-saturated shirts should be replaced by dry clothing.
  • Practices and games played in the heat should be shortened and more frequent water/hydration breaks should be instituted.

POOL SAFETY
Source:
http://www.aap.org/family/tipppool.htm

  • Install a fence at least four-feet high around all four sides of the pool.  The fence should not have openings or protrusions that a young child could use to get over, under, or through.
  • Make sure pool gates open out from the pool, and self-close and self-latch at a height children can’t reach.
  • If the house serves as the fourth side of a fence surrounding a pool, install an alarm on the exit door to the yard and the pool.
  • Never leave children alone in or near the pool or spa, even for a moment.
  • Keep rescue equipment (a shepherd’s hook – a long pole with a hook on the end – and life preserver) and a portable telephone near the pool. Choose a shepherd’s hook and other rescue equipment made of fiberglass or other materials that do not conduct electricity.
  • Avoid inflatable swimming aids such as “floaties.” They are not a substitute for approved life vests and can give children a false sense of security.
  • Children age 4 and older should be taught to swim. Parents may choose to start swimming lessons before age 4 if their children are developmentally ready, but swim programs should never be seen as “drown proofing” a child of any age.
  • Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm’s length, providing “touch supervision.”
  • Avoid Entrapment: Suction from pool and spa drains can trap an adult underwater.  Do not use a pool or spa if there are broken or missing drain covers.  Ask your pool operator if your pool or spa’s drains are compliant with the Pool and Spa Safety Act.
  • Large inflatable above-ground pools have become increasingly popular for backyard use. Children may fall in if they lean against the soft side of an inflatable pool. Although such pools are often exempt from local pool fencing requirements, it is essential that they be surrounded by an appropriate fence just as a permanent pool would be so that children cannot gain unsupervised access.

BUG SAFETY

  • Don’t use scented soaps, perfumes or hair sprays on your child.
  • Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate, such as stagnant pools of water, uncovered foods and gardens where flowers are in bloom.
  • Avoid dressing your child in clothing with bright colors or flowery prints.
  • To remove a visible stinger from skin, gently back it out by scraping it off horizontally with a credit card or your fingernail.
  • Combination sunscreen/insect repellent products should be avoided because sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours, but the insect repellent should not be reapplied.
  • Use insect repellents containing DEET when need to prevent insect related diseases such as ticks which can transmit Lyme Disease, and mosquitoes which can transmit West Nile Virus and other viruses.
  • The current CDC and AAP recommendation for children over 2 months of age is to use 10- 30 percent DEET.  DEET should not be used on children under 2 months of age.
  • The effectiveness is similar for 10-30% DEET but the duration of effect varies. Ten percent DEET provides protection for about 2 hours – 30% for about 5 hours – choose the lowest concentration that will provide required length of coverage.
  • The concentration of DEET varies significantly from product to product, so read the label of any product you purchase. Children should wash off repellents when back indoors.
  • As an alternative to DEET, Picaridin has become available in the U.S. in concentrations of 5-10%.

For more information on DEET: http://www.aapnews.org/cgi/content/full/e200399v1

Recall of Graco Harmony High Chair

color and fabric may vary
color and fabric may vary

The Harmony™ high chair was manufactured from November 2003 through December 2009 and is no longer in production. The model number can be found on the label that is located on the underside of the foot rest.

The high chairs were sold at: AAFES, Burlington Coat Factory, Babies “R” Us, Toys “R” Us, Sears, Target, Target.com, Walmart, WalMart.com, Shopko, USA Baby, and other retailers nationwide from December 2003 through March 2010 for between $70 and $120.

Consumers should immediately stop using the Harmony™ high chair and contact Graco to receive a free repair kit. To order a free repair kit, contact Graco toll-free at (877) 842-3206 or visit the firm’s Web site at www.gracobaby.com. For additional information, contact Graco at (800) 345-4109 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

Harmony™ High Chair Model Numbers
3920BAN 3920BAN2 3920BEB 3920BEBB 3920COV 3920DOH 3920GEI
3920GEIDSP 3920GRN 3920HMP 3920IVY 3920LAU 3920PKR 3930DDH
3930DHO 3935CAL 3935OXB 3935PKR 3935PKRDSP 3935SPM 3935SPMDSP
3935THR 3935THR2 3935THR3 3940BIA 3940BIADSP 3940CAP 3940CLE 3940COT
3940DRM 3940HML 3940MCH 3940NGS 3940SAV 3940SLT 3940SPT 3940STA
3940UNN 3951CLO 3951CLT 3951COT 3951ORC 3951WLO 3955WSR 3960BGN
3960CJG 3960CNP 3960GGG 3980CNR 3E00ABB 3E00BAT 3E00DCF
3E00DCFDSP 3E00DGP 3E00DGPDSP 3E00GPK 3E01BDS 3E01BDSCA 3E01DNY
3E01DNY1 3E01ELP 3E01ELPDSP
Note: These model numbers may begin with the letter A, B, C, or D
Additional Models: 1752404 1755859 1755860 1757259 1757412 1760429

Is Baby Bodyguards a Luxury Service? Hmmm

luxuryYesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with an old friend and checking out the Brooklyn Flea. I highly recommend it, the best part was the grilled cheese sandwich from Milk Truck.

While perusing around, we got into a heated debate about whether Baby Bodyguards is a luxury service meant for CEO’s and celebrities. My dear friend who shall remain nameless, seems to think we are, and that our prices are too low for what we offer and the clientele we are servicing.

While it is true that we have serviced celebrities such as most recently, Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, as well as top Broadway producers, some De Niro’s, CEO’s, and many of the world’s top hedge fund managers, we also have our fair share of teachers, nurses, lawyers  and 9 to 5 employees who take advantage of our services because they understand that babyproofing is not optional, it is a necessity!

When we came up with the idea for Baby Bodyguards, we wanted child safety to be something affordable to everyone. 1 in 4 children suffers an accidental injury in the home requiring an ER visit, and this is unacceptable to us.

My friend and I then started discussing whether babyproofing is something that most can do on their own. Yes, it is, so is changing your water heater, but I wouldn’t want to do that on my own. We have babyproofed hundreds of homes in the past few years so when we walk into a home, the dangers are very obvious to us. Plus, we have all of our tools handy as well as the safety devices and in a matter of hours everything is done. Our clients can spend the weekend with their family doing fun things instead of  reading manuals, going back and forth to  hardware stores, and Buy Buy Baby trying to get done what we get done in a matter of hours.

So, after giving this  lots of thought, my conclusion is that yes, we service the rich and famous but we also service those that aren’t. The one thing our clients all have in  common is they want the best for their baby and with our prices being within everyone’s reach they can have the best in safety and convenience.

After all, this is New York……