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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.

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.

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

Come Join Us In Hoboken

Baby Bodyguards is thrilled to be participating in a Infant/Child CPR Class in Hoboken, February 26th.

We will be demonstrating the correct way to install a child safety seat and answering all your car seat questions.

If you have a babyproofing dilemma you need help with, feel free to ask us for help. You can even bring pictures, if it helps explain your child safety issue.

See you then!

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Baby Bodyguards is Used and Recommended by NYC's Top Pediatricians!

I had to post our latest testimonial. I never do this, we don’t even have a testimonial page, but I am so proud of this latest one that I had to share.

 

We had am amazing experience with Baby Bodyguards.  As director of Pediatric
Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, I see what can happen as a
result of having your child in an unsafe environment.  My wife and I had a
baby 3 months ago, so we decided to see what Baby Bodyguards had to offer.
The results, I must say, were somewhat humbling.  I learned a lot about
home safety and I’m supposed to be the expert!  Fred was a wealth of
knowledge and made a variety of suggestions that were obviously no brainers
to protect our child.  In fact, he gave advice that went beyond our
immediate safety concerns in a non threatening and friendly way.  It was
also obvious that he wasn’t just trying to sell us things, but rather
letting us know what he thought was crucial vs what could wait until later.
All in all, we had a great experience and I would highly recommend Baby
Bodyguards to new parents.  My daughter Sloan is certainly safer as a
result.  Thanks Baby Bodyguards!!
Adam Vella, MD
Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Mount Sinai Medical Center