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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.

Happy 2010 From The Baby Bodyguard's Family!

I hope all of you had a wonderful and safe holiday season with your families. We at Baby Bodyguards wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your continued support and shared passion for protecting the little ones in our lives.

We are thankful for all the wonderful families and adorable babies we have gotten to meet in 2009. We are also thankful and anxiously awaiting the arrival of our first baby girl due the end of April.

May 2010 bring all of us joy, good health , and success…


Courtney Ilarraza, and the rest of our team

Calendula Works Miracles!

Calendula/Marigold Flower
Calendula/Marigold Flower

For the last 6 months, my angelic faced two year old has had an unsightly rash on his right cheek. At first I thought that maybe he was drooling at night, and his cheek was getting chapped, then we all thought it was eczema, windburn, it has been one unsolvable mystery.

I showed the rash to his Pediatrician, and she said “If it isn’t bothering him, don’t bother it.” She suggested using Neosporin , which we did to no avail. My mom suggested Calemine Lotion, which seemed like it was working for a few days, but it was just the pink tint of the cream fooling our eyes.

Last week, my aunt was over. She has been an ER for over 30 years who has recently gottn into holistic remedies. She took one look at his cheek and said to try Calendula. I immediately rushed to the local Health Food store, and bought Weleda Calendula Face Cream, for $9. In 3 days his rash is completely gone.

Calendula is also known as Marigold. How funny that those yellow and orange flowers we see planted all over the neighborhood are magic for the skin. The Calendula plant is comprised of carotenoids, flavonoids and essential oils. This gentle and nourishing botanical possesses powerful healing and anti-inflammatory properties.