According to the Centers for Disease Control, the leading cause of death and injury among children is motor vehicle crashes. And it should come as no surprise, but simply using a car seat can reduce the risk of injury by a whopping 71 percent to 82 percent, according to the American Automobile Association. Still, a shocking study conducted in 2015 found that 95 percent of the families involved had made at least one serious error when using the car seat, and 91 percent made a very serious and life-threatening error. Only 15 percent of the study’s participants had actually worked with a certified car safety technician, and even amongst those, 83 percent still had at least one error. Are you curious about what people are doing wrong? Here are 10 car seat mistakes most parents make:
When you become a mom, the simplest little trip out of the house doesn’t exist anymore. No more tossing on a jacket, grabbing your purse and keys, and heading out the door. You need to be prepared for unexpected ravenous hunger, spills, spit-ups, diaper blow-outs, lost socks, disappearing shoes, skinned knees, too much sun, a sudden cold wind, earaches, teething pain, and other random events that will leave you boggled and bewildered that they could even happen. With so much unpredictability and the health and welfare of your little one at stake, one of the most important pieces of equipment you’ll need is a good diaper bag. Of course, becoming a mom doesn’t mean you throw your personal style to the wind. But, can your diaper bag be as fashionable as your favorite purse? Yes! Here are 16 super chic diaper bags for every budget so you can keep everything you need on hand without sacrificing a snitch of style.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the unexpected death of an infant that can’t be attributed to any other causes. While SIDS is nothing short of a tragedy, there is a silver lining: The number of deaths related to SIDS has decreased dramatically over the past few decades. Researchers attribute this trend to an increased awareness of SIDS and effective prevention measures. And it’s true — the best way to protect your baby from SIDS is to know the facts. Read on for 7 things every parent should know about SIDS, including the American Academy of Pediatrics‘ top recommended SIDS prevention measures. Read more
Do you remember stretching your tiny toddler arms as WIIIIIDE as they could go just to prove that “I love you this much”? Or giggling along when someone exclaimed “STOP! You must not hop on Pop!”? How about ending every night by saying “goodnight moon”? If these sound familiar, you probably had a loved one read with you before you fell asleep. What you probably didn’t realize at the time was that a silly story about giving a mouse a cookie wasn’t just about the mouse or the cookie. These stories had neurological and social benefits that helped your development throughout life. Check out our compilation of 6 surprising long-term benefits of reading bedtime stories. Read more
By Kim West, LCSW-C, The Sleep Lady
It’s 2:00 am. You’ve been up with your baby for what feels like a million times tonight already. You’ve read all the books about sleep your friends recommended. You’ve even given a few of the methods a short try. You’re exhausted, but you’re still overwhelmed at the thought of training your child to sleep through the night. Maybe it’s time to consider hiring a sleep coach. Read more