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Parenting Skills Begin in High School

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

By, Daphne

When I first met my newborn son, I initially felt that any parenting challenges would settle into a predicable routine. There is so much advice out there about soothing the young baby and disciplining the toddler. While some of the tips and suggestions from magazines, books, friends, family, and online communities have been helpful, I finally realized that some of my parenting difficulties could be helped by what I learned in high school.

The time between comforting a baby to sleep and quietly slipping out of the room can be the most stressful, fearful, and hopeful experience of a parent’s day. As you step away from the bed, you move as carefully as possible, making sure not to bump into a creaking place on the wall or step on a musical toy that might make the slightest or loudest sound. Movement must be precise yet purposeful to make it out of the room successfully. The lurking punishment of a crying baby keeps your fear alive, much like the fear of high school detention for getting caught without a hall pass. If you have any experience with sneaking down a restricted hallway during lunchtime in school, you’ve already fine-tuned a silent tread. In addition, the stress management skills you learned in each second of hallway fear will now help you keep calm when you hear the sounds of your baby possibly waking up, seeing you, and loudly requesting that you remain in the room for a longer period of time.

As your child grows somewhat older, you will enter a stage when you want to enjoy sweet foods and candies that you would prefer not to share with your exclusively organic fed little one. Some of us have better personal discipline than others, but I know I like to experience some type of sugary treat several times a day. The challenge is that children have a shockingly well-developed ear for candy wrappers at an early age. Complicating the task further is the fact that some toddlers can even smell scents such as chocolate on your breath after you’ve managed to successfully fulfill your sweet tooth’s needs. Luckily, those of us who spent years eating candy in class daily already know all the tricks for keeping our sugary secrets private. Unwrapping candy before school was the best strategy for removing the noise risk to eating candy during class. Now, the same concept can be applied by transferring all candy to cloth or zip-lock bags. While teachers weren’t checking the smell of anyone’s breath, they may have noticed the rhythmic movement of gum being chewed. Limit talking after sneaking any sweets to avoid having your toddler discover your secret.

The most desperate moment for any parent can be when your child is frantically searching for a toy that you know for sure is never going to be found. It didn’t seem like it would be missed at the time, but this overlooked entertainment purchase from three years ago has suddenly become the only teddy bear that loved him or the only toy xylophone that will express the music of her heart. Once again, you must search through the high school compartment of your brain and now think of a time when you didn’t have an assignment turned in on time. It’s not that you lied about the reason for the lateness, but you did want your situation to be convincing to your teacher. Perhaps you embellished or even fabricated entire details about what occupied your time when you should have been working on the school project. Now, as your child looks at you with faith that you will solve the case of the missing, loved toy, you find those story-enhancing skills from years ago to be most helpful. Again, it’s not that you completely lie to your child – or maybe you do, but the goal is to keep everyone happy. True, you might not actually know a little girl who had no toys or if she received your child’s loved possession when you donated it to charity, but a personalized aspect about the destination of your preschooler’s now retired teddy bear or xylophone sure helps take the focus off of what she lost.

Parenting is difficult, and we all run into challenges regularly. Though it does seem that solutions to our adjustments to living with children are hidden behind days of research, sometimes the answers have always been with us. Just take a moment to reflect, and you will find some of your own problem-solving patterns from your past to apply to today.

How To Choose a Crib Mattress for Baby

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

I recently taught a Shopping for Baby 101 class about crib mattresses, and wanted to share my thoughts on how to find a crib mattress for your baby.  Enjoy!

Parents-to-be often spend months deciding on the styles of crib and bedding they want and then purchase the crib mattress as an afterthought. The crib mattress is actually a more important purchase since it where the majority of a child’s growth and development will occur. An infant will spend up to 70% of his or her time on the crib mattress and a toddler can spend up to 50% of his or her time on the crib mattress. This coupled with the fact that the child will spend the first three to five years of their lives sleeping and playing on this same crib mattress are the most important reasons to buy a quality crib mattress.

Babies have different needs the rest of the population, so their mattresses should be different.

  • A baby’s mattress should have square corners if possible, so the baby cannot become entrapped between the mattress and the rail.
  • A baby’s mattress should fit your crib snugly. Most crib mattresses are standard size, but check with your crib’s instruction manual for more information.
  • A baby’s mattress should be very firm, as this is the surface they are most often using to develop their muscles. For example, they often learn to turn their heads, roll over, and push their upper torso up on their crib mattress. Also, studies show that a very firm mattress can help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

There are three basic kinds of mattresses

  • Foam

Scientific advances in the making of foam have caused the quality of foam mattresses to improve dramatically over the past few years. A better quality foam mattress today is about the same quality as a better quality innerspring mattress. The costs are also very comparable. One thing is definitive in the choice of a crib mattress: a better quality foam mattress is better than a poorer quality innerspring mattress, and a better quality innerspring mattress is better than a poorer quality foam mattress. On the top 5 list from a leading consumer magazine, the number one mattress was made from foam, and 2 through 5 were innerspring. One of the biggest advantages to a foam mattress is that it weighs fewer than eight pounds, as compared to an innerspring mattress, for which better quality ones weigh 30 plus pounds because of the thicker gauge coils and extra padding.

Moonlight Slumber Foam Little Dreamer Crib Mattress

Moonlight Slumber Foam Little Dreamer Crib Mattress

The three things to look for when looking for a better quality foam mattress are:

  • Total weight of the mattress (also referred to as density) - generally, the heavier the mattress the better the mattress.
  • Firmness - most medical experts recommend that you put a baby on as firm a mattress as you, the parent, feel comfortable putting them on.
  • The reputation of the manufacturer of the mattress (and not just the name on the mattress label.)

Benefits: Light, easy to change sheets, can be found very firm, can upgrade to dual firmness

Price Points: From $149 to $179

Key Brands: SmartMomma recommends Colgate and Moonlight Slumber

  • Innerspring

An innerspring mattress is more complicated internally than a foam mattress, but like the foam mattress, there are several major things to look for when purchasing a better quality innerspring crib mattress:

Colgate Sure Sleep Crib Innerspring Mattress

Colgate Sure Sleep Crib Innerspring Mattress

  • The total number and quality of layers in the mattress - Generally, the more layers the better.
  • The reputation of the actual mattress manufacturer (and not just the name on the label).
  • The reputation and quality of the retailer from whom you are buying the mattress.

The layers in an innerspring crib mattress are:

  • The innerspring unit - It is not just the number of coils that is important, but it is also the amount of steel. Buy a mattress with the thickest and greatest number of coils, but even more importantly, buy a mattress with an innerspring unit that has a border rod that adds firmness and extra edge support.
  • The insulator - This is the layer that prevents the soft cushioning layers from sinking into the coils. The best insulator is a coir fiber pad made from coconut shells. This is far superior to a fiber pad or cloth pad, especially over long term use. Besides the coir fiber pad, some better quality mattresses offer a permanent insulator that reduces the gap between the coils. Some mattresses offer two insulators.
  • Cushioning layers - These usually consist of one foam layer. Sometimes there are two layers of foam, and some manufacturers offer a layer of foam and a layer of 100% all natural cotton batting.
  • The cover - Triple layer nylon reinforced vinyl is the best.

Benefits: A little more give for comfort; thicker mattress, can upgrade to dual firmness

Price Points: From $169 to $189

Key Brands: SmartMomma recommends Colgate.

  • Organic (can be innerspring or not)


Organic mattresses, like all other certified products made with organic fiber and textiles, are certified under the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) In particular, the GOTS standard requires that all fiber and fabrics, with limited exceptions, must be made from certified materials that meet the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) standard and are processed in accordance with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). All other components (such as innersprings, fire protection, etc.) must meet stringent non-toxic standards.

What to look for in an organic mattress.

Priority #1: No harmful chemicals.

Priority #2: No allergenic materials.

Priority #3: Natural, organic and renewable materials wherever possible.

Priority #4: Practical design (e.g. easy-to-clean waterproof cover).

Priority #5: Third party independent testing and verification.

What is in a Naturepedic Organic Mattress?

  • Certified Organic Cotton: Organic cotton is the purest form of cotton, grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or GMO’s (genetically modified organisms). In mattresses, organic cotton is a healthier alternative to foams (which are chemically treated) and latex (which is allergy-prone). Naturepedic uses only U.S. grown and certified organic cotton.
  • Food-Grade Polyethylene: The surface of every waterproof Naturepedic mattress is so pure you can eat on it. Polyethylene is an environmentally friendly plastic that is used throughout the food packaging industry for its purity and non-toxic properties. It has a very simple molecular structure that does not require chemical additives (as opposed to vinyl/PVC) and is favored by environmental groups all over the world. Naturepedic uses only polyethylene specially formulated to meet food contact standards, creating the finest non-toxic waterproof mattress surface available. Polyethylene is easy-to-clean and highly stain resistant while providing an excellent barrier to dust mites and other allergens. Does not contain any fire retardant chemicals or phthalates.
  • Steel Innerspring: Naturepedic uses only the highest quality innersprings available. Steel springs are readily recyclable and provide heavy duty support without any health or allergy concerns. Our flagship crib innerspring features 252 coils at 15.5 gauge with 9 gauge border wire. Our 150 coil innerspring features 13 gauge coils with 9 gauge border wire.
  • Wavesupport™ Lightweight Technology: Wavesupport is an exclusive Naturepedic innovation designed to provide exceptional support with about half the weight of an innerspring mattress (11 lbs instead of 22 lbs on average). Wavesupport is made from pure food grade polyethylene and makes changing sheets a breeze! Unlike most lightweight mattresses on the market, Wavesupport contains no polyurethane foam! Wavesupport also does not contain any fire retardant chemicals.
  • Fireproofing a Different Way: Organic cotton is a far superior filling material and is significantly less flammable to begin with, allowing for more creative solutions. Our exclusive fire protection system is based on the unique fire retardant properties of baking soda and hydrated silicy permanently bonded to cellulose. This results in an inherently flame resistant barrier that does not breakdown. The cellulose fiber used is derived primarily from eucalyptus and poplar trees and has a low carbon footprint. These materials provide the best way to meet fire regulations without the use of questionable chemicals or allergenic wool.

Naturepedic Organic Lightweight Mattress

Naturepedic Organic Lightweight Mattress

Different Types of Naturepedic Organic Mattresses: Innerspring, Lightweight

Benefits: No petroleum/fire proofing chemicals, natural but still conveniently waterproof, can upgrade to dual firmness

Price Points: From $259 to $399

Key Brands: SmartMomma recommends Naturepedic

Introducing…the SmartMomma Classroom - Classes for Baby and You!

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Ever since we have opened up our local store in Raleigh, NC, we have been asked by our customers to offer classes.  Classes for pregnancy, postnatal, baby, and toddler too!  We would like to announce that starting February 2011, we are rolling out classes for you!

Come into the store and ask about our FREE DEMO WEEK, FEB 5-12TH.  Demo a class for free!  Registration required.  New classes will be added every month.  Classes take place in a dedicated, private SmartMomma classroom.  Come visit us today, call us at 919-847-0024, or email us at customerservice@smartmomma.com for more information or to sign up for a FREE demo class.

These classes include:

Pre-Natal

Cloth Diapering Seminars: This cloth diapering seminar will set you on the path to picking the perfect diapers for your little one and properly using them.

*45 Minute Class, Monthly, Thursdays at 6:00 pm. Registration is Required.


Pre-Natal Yoga:
Prenatal Yoga is specifically designed to help prepare the body and mind for labor, birth and motherhood.
*Mondays & Saturdays, 10:00am - Six-Week Sessions. Multiple Sessions Available.

Post-Natal

Post-Natal Yoga Fusion: Postnatal Yoga Core Fusion is a reintroduction to a physical practice which utilizes poses that work to tone and strengthen the core.

*Mondays, 9:00am & Saturdays, 11:00am -Six-Week Sessions. Multiple Sessions Available.

Baby

Baby Sign Language: Using the BABY SIGNS® Program gives babies a way to “talk” with their parents before they can talk.

*90 Minute Class for Parents Only.  Multiple Sessions Available.

Mom & Baby Yoga: Non-Movers: This program is designed to benefit you and your baby. It will safely help you to regain your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, and develop inner and outer strength necessary in caring for your baby.

*Tuesdays, 10:15am - Six-Week Sessions. Multiple Sessions Available.

Mom & Baby Yoga: Movers: This program is designed to benefit you and your baby. You will learn to practice yoga with your baby, developing a closer bond in a comfortable, supportive environment.

*Tuesdays, 1:00pm - Six-Week Sessions. Multiple Sessions Available.

Toddler

Toddler Yoga - Preschool Yoga

Toddler Yoga - Preschool Yoga

Baby Signs Potty Party Parent Workshop: Using the BABY SIGNS® Program gives babies a way to “talk” with their parents before they can talk.

* 60 Minute Class for Parents Only. Multiple Sessions Available.

Toddler Yoga: Toddler yoga captures your child’s interest as they learn yoga through social interaction and play. In our classes we hop like frogs, roar like lions, soar like eagles, as we stretch, play and practice Yoga.

* Thursdays, 3:00pm - Six-Week Sessions. Multiple Sessions Available.

REGISTRATION WILL START ONLINE MONDAY, FEB 17th!

New classes will be added every month.  Classes take place in a dedicated, private SmartMomma classroom.  Come visit us today, call us at 919-847-0024, or email us at customerservice@smartmomma.com for more information or to sign up for a FREE demo class.

Chris Daughtry, Among Many, Expecting Twins!

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Chris and Deanna Daughtry, North Carolina natives, are expecting twins!  The happy news was just announced on May 17th.  The twins will join their other two children in November 2010.  You all know Chris as a final four contestant of American Idol in 2006.  He has been arguably the most successful American Idol contestant that did not win the contest since they started the show.  According to Wikepedia, the band that was formed, Daughtry, released their self-titled debut album which sold more than one million copies after just five weeks of release, becoming the fastest selling debut rock album in history.[2] In its ninth week of release, the album reached number one on the Billboard charts. Chris Daughtry is now the third most successful American Idol contestant in terms of record sales, behind only Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, who both won their respective seasons.

We are very happy for Chris and Deanna on their upcoming additions and wish them much happiness.  I also wanted to point out that there must be something in the water in North Carolina.  Many of our customers are also expecting twins, so the only logical conclusion is that the NC government is adding some sort of twin-producing hormone to our water.  How else can we explain the recent influx in twins?

All joking aside, having twins can be very exciting and overwhelming.  Choosing products for your twins is twice as hard, as now you have to figure out what the perfect “twins” product is, and it is more of a challenge, as there is not as much information out there on twin products.

So Chris and Deanna, some recommendations if you please…  You may look into these at your leisure.

-Bumbleride Indie Twin Stroller- Great for walking around the trails, the beach, your neighborhood, and great for running from the Paparazzi.

-Baby Jogger City Mini Double - Lightweight, easy to get in and out of the car in a quick pinch.  Still leaves room in the trunk for your band’s equipment.

-Baby Jogger City Select - If you go with one twin stroller, go with this one.  Multiple positions and reclines.  Babies can face parent, face each other, face the street.  You can put both your infant carriers right on the frame and the basket is extra large with great access.  Awesome canopies on this stroller as well.  Incredibly hard to get stroller right now due to popularity.  Give us a call Chris and Deanna!  We’ll save one for you!

-Chicco Car Seats - The best rated infant carriers out there.  Will go in both of the above strollers.

-Nap Nanny - Great product for feeding two at one time, or for lounging.  Also great for colic, reflux, and earaches.  VERY comfy for babies!

-Baby K-Tan Carrier - You can carry both babies at once in this thing!

-Sprout Shell Infant Car Seat Protector - Chosen just for you to shield babies from the flashing cameras that will come their way, and from prying hands.  Also acts as a nursing cover and shopping cart cover

-Skip Hop Duo Double Deluxe - Extra Large Twin Size Diaper Bag for Baby

To Chris, Deanna, and ALL parents of twins, good luck with your double blessings, and let us know how we can help.  Congratulations!

Keep Your Baby Safe with These Great Tips from JPMA

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is a national trade organization representing 95% of the prenatal to preschool industry. Today, JPMA represents 250 companies in the United States, Canada, and Mexico who manufacture, import and/or distribute infant products such as cribs, car seats, strollers, bedding, and a wide range of accessories and decorative items.

The JPMA is a great resource for parents to ensure their baby items are safe, and they have recently updated their website to make it easy and user-friendly for parents.

The consumer side of their site is called The Parenthood and is a great place to find safety tips, recall information, and information about innovative products for you and your baby.  Here are some great safety tips right from their site for you.  Please visit the JPMA site at:

http://jpma.org/content/parents/the-parenthood

JPMA Helps Keep Baby Safe

JPMA Helps Keep Baby Safe

Safety Tips from JPMA Safety House

Bedroom

  • Look for bassinets and cradles with a sturdy bottom and a wide, stable base.
  • Swinging cradles should have a way to keep them from swinging once a baby is asleep.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on the appropriate weight and size of babies who can safely use the bassinet or cradle.
  • If a product has legs that fold for storage, make sure that effective locks are provided to ensure that the legs do not accidentally fold while in use.
  • Decorative bows and ribbons should be trimmed short and stitched securely to prevent strangulation.
  • Infants should ALWAYS sleep in a crib, which meets current Federal and ASTM standards.
  • The crib mattress should fit snugly with no more than two fingers width, one-inch, between the edge of the mattress and the crib side. Otherwise, the baby can get trapped between the mattress and the side of the crib.
  • Remember to ALWAYS keep the drop side up when the baby is in the crib.
  • NEVER place the crib near windows, draperies, blinds,or wall mounted decorative accessories with long cords.
  • Make sure there are no missing, loose, broken, or improperly installed screws, brackets or other hardware on the crib or the mattress support.
  • Crib slats or spindles should be spaced no more than 2 3/8” apart, and none should be loose or missing.
  • Never use a crib with corner posts over 1/16 of an inch above the end panels (unless they’re over 16” high for a canopy). Babies can strangle if their clothes become caught on corner posts. These should be unscrewed or sawed off, and the remaining end panel should be sanded smooth.
  • No cutout areas on the headboard or footboard so baby’s head cannot get trapped.
  • ALWAYS use a crib sheet that fits securely on the mattress, wraps around the mattress corners and stays securely on the mattress corners.
  • Use bumper pads only until the child can pull up to a standing position. Then remove them so baby cannot use the pads to climb out of the crib.
  • Mobiles should also be removed when baby can pull himself or herself up.
  • NEVER place infants to sleep on pillows, sofa cushions, adult beds, waterbeds, beanbags, or any other surface not specifically designed for infant sleep.
  • Bed rails are not designed for infant use so do not use in place of a crib.
  • Some beds have built-in bed rails but a portable bed rail is for use only with an adult mattress and box spring. Portable bed rails are not for use with bunk beds, water mattresses, or inflatable mattresses.
  • Use a bed rail only with a standard innerspring mattress and box spring.
  • Do not use a bed rail on a bunk bed, water mattress, or bed without a box spring.
  • Be sure to keep the bed rail firmly against the mattress when in use to prevent dangerous gaps.
  • For toddler beds, place headboard against wall rather than the side of the bed so that the child can’t become trapped between wall and bed.

For Babies Under 12 Months…

  • Normal, healthy infants should ALWAYS sleep on their backs unless otherwise advised by a pediatrician.
  • Only a fitted sheet, mattress pad, and/or waterproof pad should be used under baby.
  • Cover baby with a thin covering, such as a crib blanket, receiving blanket or other blankets specifically designed for infants, only reaching as far as baby’s chest, and tuck the covering around the crib mattress. For newborns, consider swaddling.
  • Do not overdress your baby. Consider using a sleeper, sleep sack, or other sleep clothing as an alternative to any covering
  • ALWAYS use restraint system to restrain baby when the changing table is in use.
  • ALWAYS keep one hand on the baby on the changing table. Be sure any baby products you need, such as diapers or wipes, are easily accessible.

Bathroom

  • Bath seats and bath rings should be used with children who are capable of sitting upright unassisted. Discontinue use when a child can pull to a standing position.
  • NEVER leave baby unattended. If you need to leave the bathroom, take the baby with you. Do not rely on older children to watch the baby for you.
  • Collect all bathing materials before bringing baby into the bathroom.
  • Never use a bath seat on textured or non-skid tub surfaces unless the manufacturer’s instructions specifically state the seat is intended for such surfaces.
  • Place the bath seat in the tub so baby cannot reach the faucet or spout.
  • After running a minimum amount of warm water in the tub, carefully place baby into the bath seat.
  • If bath seat moves or tips while your child is in it, discontinue use.
  • Good practice to keep bathroom doors closed and toilet seats closed and locked. It is possible for baby to drown in as little as two inches of water.
  • Small appliances, including blow dryers and irons, should be unplugged when not in use and kept out of baby’s reach.

Garage

  • Check for adjustments on a stroller that reduces the size of seat openings in the front to prevent your baby from falling out when seat back is reclined into the flat position.
  • Choose a carriage or stroller that has a base wide enough to prevent tipping, even when your baby leans over the side.
  • If the stroller seat adjusts to a reclining position, make sure the carriage or stroller doesn’t tip backwards when the child lies down.
  • ALWAYS secure the baby by using the restraint straps.
  • Don’t hang pocketbooks or shopping bags over the handles of the carriage or stroller. If your stroller has a shopping basket for carrying packages, it should be low on the back of the stroller or directly over the rear wheels.
  • Use the locking device on any stroller to prevent accidental folding.
  • Apply the brakes to limit rotation of the wheels when stroller is stationary.
  • When you fold or unfold the stroller, keep the baby’s hands away from the areas that could pinch tiny fingers.
  • The back seat is the safest place to ride.
  • Infants must ride rear facing or in a car bed.
  • Always anchor the car seat/booster seat to the car using the seat belt exactly as directed by the car seat/booster seat manufacturer.
  • NEVER use a car seat/booster seat in a seating location with an airbag.
  • Always check that the car seat/booster seat is securely installed. A locking clip may be necessary. Read the vehicle owner’s manual for information on other belt accessories that may be required.
  • Do not use a car seat/booster seat more than six years old.
  • Do not use a car seat/booster seat that has ever been involved in a crash.
  • Do not use a car seat/booster seat missing the manufacturer’s label showing the name of the manufacturer, model number and date of manufacture.
  • Booster seats are recommended for children over 30 lbs., but consider height and maturity level as well. Some children are mature enough to handle a booster seat, while others are too immature to keep the shoulder belt properly positioned.
  • Set a good example and make sure the entire family buckles up.
  • NEVER buy a used car seat or booster seat.

Living Room

  • Choose a play yard with mesh holes no larger than 1/4”. Slats on a wooden play yard should be no more than 2 3/8” apart.
  • The play yard, including side rails, should be fully erected prior to use.
  • Do not add padding or other objects inside the play yard, which permit your child to climb out.
  • Make sure all latching features of the play yard are in place and secure.
  • Always provide the supervision necessary for the continued safety of your child. When used for playing, never leave child unattended.
  • Infants can suffocate in gaps between a mattress too small or too thick and the sides, or on soft bedding.
  • NEVER leave a baby in a mesh play yard if its drop side is in the down position. The baby could roll into the space between the pad and loose mesh, causing suffocation.
  • NEVER place the play yard near windows, draperies, blinds, or wall mounted decorative accessories with long cords.
  • Never suspend strings over play yards or attach strings to toys.
  • Check vinyl or fabric-covered rails frequently for holes and tears.
  • Don’t tie items across the top of the play yard as they can entangle a baby and cause strangulation.
  • Some gates are not appropriate for use at the top of a stairway. Check the product use recommendations.
  • Gates with expanding pressure bars should be installed with the adjustment bar or lock side away from the baby.
  • Anchor the gate securely in the doorway or stairway.
  • Always close the gate when you leave the room and never leave the baby unattended.
  • Many new “accordion style” gates meet the current performance standards. Older models could be hazardous.
  • Never leave your baby alone in the activity center.
  • Keep activity centers away from stairs, doors, windows, plants, lamps, the TV, fireplace, heaters, or coffee table.
  • Keep curtains and blind cords out of reach.
  • Bouncer seats are for in-home use only. Many have bouncing action, soothing vibration, and/or toys for play.
  • NEVER place infant bouncer seats on beds, sofas, or other soft surfaces. Infant seats or bouncer can roll over and suffocate a baby.
  • ALWAYS secure the restraining straps on bouncers and never leave a baby in the seat when straps are loose or undone.
  • Baby’s movements can slide an infant seat, so be sure not to place the infant seat near the edges of counter tops, tables or other elevated surfaces.
  • Select a walker with a wheelbase longer and wider than the frame of the walker itself to ensure stability.
  • Coil springs and hinges of walker must have protective coverings.
  • NEVER leave a baby unattended in a walker.
  • Only use a walker on smooth surfaces.
  • Remove all throw rugs when a baby is in walker.
  • Keep doors closed.
  • Keep child away from appliances or items that could cause injury such as ironing boards ranges, radiators, and fireplaces.
  • NEVER carry walker with a child in it.
  • Electrical outlets, appliances and cords can be baby safety hazards. Be sure to cover unused electrical outlets with safety caps and replace broken or missing receptacle cover plates.

Kitchen

  • High chairs should have a waist strap and crotch strap.
  • Some high chairs recline for use with younger infants or are height adjustable.
  • Use waist and crotch restraint every time you place a child in the high chair to prevent falls from standing up or sliding out.
  • Never depend on the feeding tray to restrain or protect baby. Instead, secure restraint straps.
  • Prevent tip over – Keep high chair far enough from the table, counter or wall so the baby can’t push off from it.
  • Secure the safety latch on a folding high chair each time you unfold it for use.
  • NEVER leave a baby unattended.
  • Never use a bouncer seat on an elevated surface like countertops.
  • Portable hook-on chairs should have a strong clamp-on device, which keeps the seat level, making it impossible for a baby to kick off.
  • Do not use on portable hook-on chairs on glass or loose tabletop, or on a table with a single pedestal, leaf, tablecloth or placemat.
  • Check stability and sturdiness of table before seating a child.
  • Do not place an ordinary chair under the portable hook-on chair.
  • Always secure the waist and crotch straps around baby.
  • Before removing baby from chair, make sure baby’s legs are free from chair straps.
  • When feeding baby, first test all warmed foods for a comfortable eating temperature before serving.
  • Heating baby food in a microwave is convenient, but be sure to check the temperature very carefully. Use microwave-safe dishes and stir food from the center out after heating to ensure the temperature is even.
  • When baby begins to eat solid foods, do not give the child small, hard foods. Check with your pediatrician for a list of appropriate foods.
  • Baby should always eat and drink in an upright position.
  • Bleaches, oven and drain cleaners should always be kept out of baby’s reach. Childproof safety locks for cabinets can be helpful.
  • Keep the number of the poison control center near your phone so you can call for emergency first-aid advice.

AAP Releases Car Seat Safety Guide

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Not sure which kind of car seat your child needs?  Check out the recently published Car Safety Seat Guide for parents, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  It gives some helpful hints about what to look for in an infant carrier, convertible car seat, or booster seat.  It also helps you make the decision as to when to transition your child, and give you some direction on installation and function of the car seat.

You can find this helpful guide at: http://www.aap.org/family/carseatguide.htm.

As a reminder, SmartMomma carries the following brands in car seats

-Britax
-Chicco
-Clek
-Recaro
-Sunshine Kids

We hope this guide published by the AAP helps to make your car seat decision easier.

New Arrivals Part 1: Do You Like Sophie the Giraffe? Try Chan Pie Gnon!

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Attention teethers!  If you like Vulli’s Sophie the Giraffe, you will love Chan Pie Gnon, also manufactured by Vulli!  Like Sophie, this little mushroom looking man is non-toxic, BPA-free, and phthalate-free with no PVC, and comes in three colors: Yellow, Blue, or Pink!
Chan Pie Gnon teether
Baby will love to hold him by his triangle topped head while squeezing his squeak-able soft body.

Is your baby teething?  Try the Chan Pie Gnon Cool It Soother, also non-toxic, BPA-free, and phthalate-free with no PVC.  This little green guy comes with a cool water-filled ring, but gives baby something to hold onto to prevent cold hands.
Chan Pie Gnon Cool It Teething Soother
Cool Chan Pie Gnon soother in the refrigerator and let baby go to town, soothing sore gums for immediate relief!

All of these great teethers are now available at SmartMomma Baby Gear & Gifts in Raleigh, NC or by going to our website at SmartMomma.com.  Happy Teething!
Always,

Heather
SmartMomma
“Motherhood Made Simple”

Dillon’s First Day of Kindergarten

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Well.  Today was the day.  The first day of Kindergarten at Leesville Elementary School for my first-born baby Dillon.  I drove him to his “big boy school” and took him to his brightly decorated classroom. He showed me the class pet hamster, the art area, kitchen and dolls, cars and legos and blocks (i’m sure his favorite area), his table, and to his great delight he was cubby #1.  He says, “Mom, I’m Number 1!  See?  I’m Number 1!”

Mom & Dillon Age 1

I felt a small sadness as I walked down the hall back to my car.  I wish I could be a fly on the wall, to see if he made friends, if he was happy all day, and if he was listening to the teacher of course.  All in all, it was a good experience and I hope that he enjoys his first year of school.  Looking back on the past 5 years, it has gone so quickly, and it seems like yesterday he was toddling around with his sippie cup.

Dillon, age 5

It’s funny.  When he was born I remember hanging with the neighbors, with their Kindergartners, and thinking, they are so different than me.  I couldn’t even imagine being the parent of school aged children, yet here I am already.  Planning on football practices, PTA meetings, homework, and class parties.  How fast our children grow; and how fast our lives change and we grow as parents.

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