As parents, it is our responsibility to safeguard our children and never place them into this dangerous situation. It only takes minutes before they can be affected by the heat. Keep these rules in mind the next time you head out with your little ones.
No matter how short, there are no exceptions for leaving a child in the car.
Dealing with getting the kids into and out of car seats for what you intend to be a quick errand may seem tempting to just leave the kids in the car. However, things never go as planned, and you could find yourself standing in a long checkout line, and that quick, five-minute-or-less trip has now turned into a half hour.
This rule also includes not leaving them in the car with it running and the AC on, or with the windows down. Kids can be curious and get out of their car seats, if they know how to undo the buckles. There have been cases where parents have left their kids in the car with it running, only to come back out of a store to find their child has managed to put the car into drive and it rolled out into a busy intersection and got hit.
Understand how temperatures change inside cars quickly.
Even on days in the low 20s Celsius (70s Fahrenheit), cars can quickly heat up another 5 degrees Celsius (up to 40 degrees Fahrenheit). These changes can occur quickly, normally within the first thirty minutes.
All it takes for your child to experience heat exhaustion or a heat stroke is for their core body temperature to heat up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), which is only 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) more than their normal body temperature of 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit).
Always lock your car when it is parked at home to keep your kids out of it.
When you kids are playing outside, your car should be locked. They may decide to play “hide and seek” and in their minds, there is no better place to hide than inside the car because they do not understand the dangers of hiding inside a hot car.
Always check your car for children when exiting the vehicle.
This rule might seem like a strange rule, but if your mind is on other things or you are stressed, you may forget your little one is napping in the back seat. TIP: Put your purse, brief case, or other items in the back seat you will need to take with your when exiting the vehicle so you remember your child.
If you remember to use these rules, you are sure to keep your children safe. Remember to stop by Apple Babies, your Toronto baby specialty store, to check out all of our summertime baby and infant items or call us at 416-546-8483 today!
The best place to start is by taking small “baby” steps. Attempting to set unrealistic goals too fast will only result in burn out and failures. For instance, you do not want to try to hold yourself to working out every day for an hour when it just will not feasibly fit into your schedule. Doing this, will only cause you to find fault with yourself and further deter you from getting back into a “normal” routine.
There are many affordable changes you can make without risks to your baby or toddler. It is also beneficial to get your children and little ones involved, if old enough, in the planning process, especially for their bedrooms, play room, and other areas of the home. Some of these can also be quite fun learning experiences for your young one, too! (read more…)
Dress Your Baby in Layers
Since morning temperatures tend to be a bit cooler, start with a t-shirt or onesie for the bottom layer. Next a pair of pants and a long sleeve shirt. Socks should go on the feet before shoes or baby booties. You will also one to put a hoodie or sweatshirt on your baby and remember to pack a rain jacket and umbrella in case of rain. As the day warms up, you can peel off the layers, or if things get colder, you can put on their jacket. (read more…)
Step # 1 – Get Your Child Involved
If your child is no longer an infant, there is no reason to not make them help spring clean their room. If you do all the work, they will expect you to clean it for them each time it gets unsightly. (read more…)
Causes of Diaper Rash
There are all sorts of different causes that can cause diaper rash on your baby’s sensitive areas. Some of the more common ones are: (read more…)
Baby Bath Tubs – Getting down on your hands and knees to bathe your baby in a full-sized tub is not much fun while recovering after giving birth. Baby bath tubs can be used on the counter top and other areas where you can easily wash your baby.
Pacifiers and Pacifier Holders – Your baby will enjoy pacifiers to keep the content. Pacifier holders are great for storing a few clean pacifiers. (read more…)
Before heading outside, it is important to make sure you are well prepared by following these useful tips and suggestions: (read more…)
Being Released from Hospital
If you forgot to pack appropriate clothing prior to delivery, have your spouse, partner, or close friend or family member bring you comfortable clothing, appropriate for the time of year. New mothers do best to wear loose fitting clothing that feels roomy, at least for the first week or so, after delivering a baby. (read more…)
Unfortunately, parents think their child will be safe if they are bundled up and can remain in their car seat or booster seater, locked in the car, while they run into a store to pick up something quickly. However, quick trips into a store often never happen and a parent may end up spending much longer in the store than they had anticipated. During this time your unattended child is at risk from several hazards including: (read more…)
Here at Apple Babies, we understand the joys a new baby can bring, but at the same time do not want you to overlook your toddler. We are pleased to offer the following tips and suggestions to help make the transition for everyone in your family a little easier. (read more…)
2. Play as much as you possibly can. Nothing is more fun than playing with your baby and watching all your tension leaving from your long day. This is also a great way to help forge a trusting and positive relationship with your baby. (read more…)
Tip # 1
Schedule outings for early in the morning or later in the evening. The hottest part of the day is from around 11 AM until 5 PM. If you must go out during this time, make sure you properly dress your baby and take steps to protect them from exposure to direct sunlight for extended periods of time. (read more…)
You will want to make a checklist of baby proofing tasks to complete and identify potential hazards. One of the easiest ways to do this is to lay on the floor, at your baby’s level, and look around each room in your home. Ask yourself what items could you baby reach, stick their fingers in, pull on, or pull over, like unsecure book shelves, TV stands, electrical outlets, hanging cords, and so on. (read more…)
Some toddlers are ready around age 2, while others may not be open to the idea until they are 3 or 4. If you attempt to potty train your child too soon, he or she may resist the training, or take much longer to train. Ask yourself the following questions to see if it might be time to start potty training your child: (read more…)
1. You will want to check your vehicle owner’s manual on where to place a car seat in your vehicle. There are several different ways to secure a car seat in vehicles. Many vehicles allow you to use the latch system, to secure your child’s car seat securely, to your vehicle. They will also most likely recommend you place the car seat in the center of your vehicle, to ensure your child’s safety. (read more…)
With colder temperatures and snow, it is your job as a parent to ensure your baby remains warm all throughout the winter. But like most new parents, it can be difficult learning what is effective and works and what does not. Before the winter storms roll in and you find yourself unprepared, now is a great time to visit baby specialty stores in Toronto and pick up the right products for your new baby and their first winter.
How can I keep my baby warm while they are sleeping?
It is never a good idea to pile blankets on top of your newborn baby. This creates safety hazards where your baby could get tangled up in the blankets and suffocate. It is better to put your baby to bed without any loose coverings, as well as no pillows. The trick to keeping your baby warm is making sure their sleeping environment is comfortable, but not too hot.