10 Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe in a Crowd

Keeping Your Child Safe in a CrowdWhen you have a little one with you, crowds can be a scary place. It’s easy to become distracted and lose sight of your kids. We’d like to carry them everywhere to make sure they’re safe, but that isn’t always possible. Use these tips to help keep your kids safe in a crowd.

1. Take a photo of each child. If one of your children becomes lost, you want to make sure you have a photo of them from very recently to show security and other people. Photos don’t cost anything anymore, so snap one real quick before you head off to the crowded place.

2. Write your cell number in Sharpie on their arm. Sharpie ink will wash off eventually, but not right away. Put it on their arm, not their hand, so it doesn’t wear away when they touch something. This way they (and anyone who finds them) will have your number.

3. Tell your kids to stay put if they are separated.  A search is only harder if everyone is moving around. Tell them to stay put so you can retrace your steps and find them.

4. Dress them in a bright color. If there’s excitement in the area, little kids have a tendency to run off. Put them all in the same bright color so you can keep track of their movements.

5. Agree on a meeting place. If your kids are old enough to understand, identify a big landmark and designate it as a meeting place in case the group is separated. If your children are too young, however, emphasize the “stay put” rule.

6. Practice identifying another mom. The safest stranger to ask for help if a child is separated is another mom with children in tow. (Obviously this method isn’t completely safe, but it’s safer than asking just anyone.) Practice identifying likely women in the crowd.

7. Consider a GPS device. These cost a few dollars, but they’re worth it. A GPS device (like Spark Nano) will let you track your child’s location from your smart phone. These are great if you’ll be walking around a theme park or other outdoor space.

8. Pick your child up. If you’ll be walking through an especially dense place, like the entrance or exit to a park or concert or a busy airport, it’s usually safer to just lift your child up. This way you know they can’t be lost, grabbed, or knocked down.

9. Use a safety harness. Safety harnesses (those leash-looking contraptions) have been a hot-button issue among parents for years. They might not be for you (and that’s understandable), but they do prevent kids from running away and getting lost.

10 Hold hands. This is a simple but effective technique and kids usually don’t mind holding mom or dad’s hand. Create a rule that they have to hold hands or sit in the stroller.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

10 Common Car Seat Mistakes

common car seat mistakesSafety is essential when it comes to our children. The car seat is a useful tool for parents to safely get their kids around, but they have to be used properly. Here are some common car seat mistakes parents make and how you can avoid them.

1. Buying a car seat without doing research. Is it safe? Has it been recalled? Do you understand the installation instructions? Is it expired or damaged?

2. Incorrectly installing the seat. The seat’s installation is critical to its safety. If it’s not strapped in properly, your child could be at risk. I know that when we open something new, many of us toss the manual aside, but this one is worth reading.

3. Reclining the seat at the wrong height. When the seat is in the rear-facing position, you can adjust the incline depending on child’s size and age. Most seats have indicators so you can achieve the right angle (about 45 degrees). The goal is to keep your child laying down so his or her heavy head doesn’t fall forward and cut off the airway.

4. Placing the car seat in the wrong seat. The safest place for the car seat is in the bag, away from airbags. Airbags can do serious damage to a little one. If possible, place the seat in the middle of the back row. If you have only a single row of seats in your car, disable the airbag on the car seat side.

5. Letting your child sleep in the car seat. It’s fine if your child dozes in the car, but don’t use the seat as a replacement crib in the house. Sitting too long in the seat can compress baby’s chest and cause oxygen deficiency problems.

6. Leaving the harness too loose. The harness straps should be snug, without any slack. If you can still pinch the fabric of the harness between your fingers, it’s too loose.

7. Facing the seat forward too soon. Many parents make this mistake because they want to keep an eye on their children who are getting older and more opt to make messes or noises for attention. It’s advised that children ride backwards until two years old or 35 pounds. Once you turn the seat around, be sure to install it correctly in this position (the instructions might be different than the rear position).

8. Using the retainer clip incorrectly. The retainer clip (the clip between the two straps on baby’s chest) should sit at about armpit level, across the breastbone. If it’s poorly positioned, your child could be ejected from the seat in a crash.

9. Using a car seat that’s been in an accident. I’m not talking about simple fender benders here. If your car seat has been in an accident where damage was done to the car, it’s no longer suitable for use, even if it looks safe.

10. Putting the car seat on top of a shopping cart. Some parents will put the car seat on the upper portion of a shopping cart while they shop so baby can see them. This makes the cart top heavy. A baby could cause enough motion to topple the cart and cart seat.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

How to Prepare for Baby’s Doctor Visit

prepare baby for doctorA doctor’s visit is almost as bad as a nightmare for some children. Dealing with these trips to the doctor takes a special kind of care and preparation in order for it to go as smoothly as possible. The main aspect to keep in mind is that your child is simply scared of something bad happening to them, so making sure to comfort and reassure them as much as possible is important. Here’s how you can prepare for the doctor visit:

Don’t Arrive Early

Although your doctor may not suggest it, you should try to get to the doctor’s office just in time for the appointment. Making your child sit in the waiting room for a while before the actual appointment will just further add to their stress and worries. The added time will allow them to continue thinking and fearing the worst is coming, which is the last thing they need during this scary experience.

Waiting Room Fun

More than likely, you will end up having to wait for a certain amount of time when you get to the doctor’s office. Try to take your child’s mind off the appointment and direct it towards fun, enjoyable ideas. Make sure you have their favorite snack/drink on hand to keep them busy and full. Also, try to sing a song, find a toy to play with, or a book to read to further take their mind off the scary stuff. Keeping your kid busy is the best remedy of the waiting room.

Friendly with Staff

If you want to further reassure your child that there’s nothing to worry about at the doctor’s office, try to treat all the staff members as if they’re your best friend. Your child will see that you and the staff get along great, and won’t perceive them as a threat at all. Another great idea is to take pictures with some of the doctor’s or nurses so next doctor’s visit, you can break them out and tell your little one they are going to see their friends in the pictures.

Keep Same Doctor

Try to avoid switching doctors at all costs. Your goal should be to make your child as comfortable as possible around the doctor. Switching to a new doctor will essentially start the process all over again. Choose the right doctor that your kid won’t be nervous or scared to be around, and stick to them as long as possible.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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Stay Safe in the Bath with These 5 Tips

bath time safety tipsThe bathroom is one of the most dangerous spots in your home for babies, especially when water is involved. Hopefully you have turned bath time into a fun experience with baby. Not only does baby get clean, but you get some one-on-one bonding time that you’ll never forget. Prevent bath time injuries and keep baby safe with these tips.

1. Keep everything sanitary.

You should work to keep a sanitary bathroom at all times, but having a baby is a good excuse to catch up on some cleaning you have been meaning to do. Many parents neglect to clean their baby’s toys regularly, but they become unclean just like anything else. After each bath, each toy should be thoroughly cleaned and rinse. Be mindful of wooden toys or toys made form absorbent material that could track bacteria. Wipe everything down with an effective, all-natural cleaner every couple weeks.

2. Baby proof the bathroom.

This is an important step for any room of your house, but the bathroom especially. Oddly, many parents overlook this room. Put away all freestanding objects that can be pulled over, especially those near the bath rub. Don’t assume your baby can’t pull the curling iron or hair straightener into the water. Best put them away.

Put away any personal care products your baby may spill or, worse, eat. Lock the toilet seat, plug electrical outlets with plastic covers and lay down a few bath mats, including one inside the tub.

3. Read product labels carefully.

Be wary of products that might irritate your baby’s skin, eyes or mouth. Read all the product labels so you understand how to use each item and what it’s suitable for. Some products are designed specifically for children while others urge you to only use them on adult skin. Follow these warnings carefully.

Before you use a new product or soap, check online for review from people who have used it with their children to learn about their reaction. Cleaning infant skin only requires a dab of mild, made-for-baby-skin soap. Often a warm rag is sufficient.

4. Keep your baby seated away from the faucet.

When bathing your child, either in the sink or the bathtub, keep his or her body away from the faucet to prevent injuries. A sudden kick, arm flail, or jerk could injury your baby against the hard metal. Also, sudden changes in temperature can make your baby uncomfortable and fussy through the whole bath process.

5. Always support your child.

Even if the bath seat you use appears sturdy, never leave the tub while your child is in the bath. These products should only be used as aides to help you wash your baby. These seats could still tip over and trap your baby underwater. It doesn’t take much water to drown. Remember: Never leave your child unattended in a bath tub.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

5 Tips for New Parents Bringing Baby Home in the Car

car seat safety for newbornsWhen your baby is in the car, it’s vital they are kept safe. Infants are especially vulnerable in a crash. Knowing how to install your car seat can be tricky, and if yo install it wrong, the consequences could be devastating. Use these tips for keeping your newborn safe in the car.

1. Always use a car seat.

It may seem like an obvious statement, but you would be surprised how often someone thinks that because they are only going down the street they can just put baby on their lap.  Always always always put baby in a car seat, no matter how close your destination may be.

2. Follow directions.

We know that reading the entire manual for your baby’s car seat does not sound like a lot of fun, but trust me, you need to. Car seat installations can be confusing, and you don’t want to guess how to set-up your newborns’ car seat. Make sure to follow the instruction manual carefully. You’ll know if you properly set-up the seat if it doesn’t wobble, pivot, slide, or tip. If it moves more than an inch forward or to the side, then it’s too loose.

3. Keep baby in back seat.

The only place your baby should be sitting while in the car is in the back seat. Furthermore, your newborn shouldn’t be near any airbags and must be facing backwards. The best place for your baby’s car seat is in the middle seat in the back row. This is safest because air bags will not be able to reach them.

4. Research. 

When choosing your baby’s car seat, make sure you do your research before buying. Things to look for when searching; make sure the seat has not been recalled, comes with instructions, and isn’t more than six years old. If you don’t know the car seat’s history, it’s best not to buy it.

5. Make sure the straps are tight.

Once you have found the best spot for baby, make sure that you secure them correctly in their seat. They should be secured tightly in their seat! The straps should be at or below your baby’s shoulders and the retainer clips that are attached to the harness straps should be fastened at armpit level to keep the straps from slipping off your baby’s shoulder. Make sure the straps are not twisted and are tight.

baby play matGuest blog by Jennifer Jacobellis, founder of Baby J

Jennifer Jacobellis started Baby J when her son was just a few months old. She ventured out to mommy and me classes and play groups, armed with just a blanket for him to lie on. After class, she would fold up her blanket and stick it in the diaper bag, knowing that when she got home it would have to go straight into the laundry basket. There had to be a better way!

One day she decided it was time to solve this problem. She ran to the fabric store and began tinkering. She designed this baby play mat with her germ-a-phobe tendencies in mind, as well as being soft, baby friendly, and chic. The Baby J play mat was born!

For more information, visit www.babyj.com

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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6 Common Dangers Found in the Nursery

common nursery dangersWhen you bring your baby home for the first time, it’s not too difficult to keep her safe. She can’t roll off the changing table, climb out of her crib, or run out the door. However, there are certain dangerous you should take notice of and prepare for accordingly. By educating yourself, you can prevent illness or injury. Here are six common dangers:

1. Extra Crib Items

New parents are tempted to fill their cribs with all the cute items they see on magazines. These extra items, however, pose suffocation risks for infants. It’s advised that leave nothing in the crib (no bumpers, pillows, stuffed animals, or blankets) until your baby is no longer at a risk for SIDS. Use a fitted sheet on your mattress that fits well and swaddle your baby.

2. Furniture Chemicals

Some baby furniture (especially the older stuff) is made with harmful chemicals. These ingredients would be fine for you and me, but it’s not good to use them in proximity to a developing baby with a sensitive immune system. Check the label for anything suspicious. When in doubt, look up the product name online to check for reviews.

3. Crib Rails

When your baby begins standing up and chewing on everything (it will happen sooner than you think!), your little guy or gal will undoubtedly chew on the crib’s railing. This puts them at risk or splinters and harming their gums.

4. Unstable Furniture

Like I said, your baby is going to be mobile sooner than you think. She’ll be crawling and walking all over the nursery, and pulling herself up on the furniture. You want to make sure anything in the room is either far too heavy for her to move or topple, or securely fastened to the wall. Wall fasteners are cheap and easy to stall.

5. Choking Hazards

Your baby sees the world from a different perspective than the rest of us. She will find tiny items and objects on the floor that you were never aware of. Get down on the floor at her level and crawl around your home. Remove anything she may find and put in her mouth without your notice. Relocate anything she may grab and use to hurt herself.

6. Paint

If your nursery room was painted back in the 70s, there’s no doubt it needs to be treated for lead paint, stripped, and repainted. If you have any concern that lead might have been used, have it tested. When you repaint the room, it’s important that it has plenty of time to air out before you baby stays there – at least a week. Even conventional paint can give off toxins up to three years after its painted, so you might want to stick with the color you have.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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8 Tips to Creating a Safe Nursery

tips to creating a safe nurseryEvery parent wants a beautiful, magazine-quality nursery for their new baby (especially if it’s their first baby). However, it’s important that you consider safety and comfort first. Some common nursery practices are potentially dangerous. Your child will grow rapidly during the first year, so you must build a room that will grow too. Use these tips to create a safe nursery.

1. Use a safe crib.

National safety standards for cribs change frequently, often yearly. Make sure your crib complies. Your slats should be close enough to avoid entrapment and the mattress should fit snugly and have all the plastic wrappings removed. Check for missing hardware or loose pieces. Position your crib away from the window that receives the most light or the one you leave open.

2. Install or update safety devices.

This is a good tip for every room, but especially the nursery. Make sure all your necessary equipment is functioning properly, including smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, etc. Use the slide-on safety covers for your outlets so they aren’t choking hazards. Add padding to any edges of furniture you think your baby might bump. Install locks on your windows and door stoppers so fingers won’t get pinched.

3. Keep the sleeping area clear.

SIDS is a serious concern during the first months of your baby’s life, so do everything you can to prevent it. The crib should be entirely empty of blankets, sheets, pillows, stuffed animals, and bumpers until at least six months old. Use a quality baby swaddle to keep your infant warm.

4. Clear the floor.

Expect to receive lots of gifts from your family and friends. Between gifts and all the new supplies you’ll stock up on, the nursery might get crowded. Try to keep all this new stuff off the floors, especially the areas you will be carrying the baby. Decorative tables and chairs aren’t necessary. Plan the room’s layout so you don’t have extension cords running across the floor or rugs where your feet will get caught.

5. Use quality furniture.

Hand-me-down furniture is great, but make sure it’s still in working condition. If anything about it makes you uncomfortable, discard it and buy something new. If you’re worried about a piece toppling over, secure it to the wall. Use furniture with doors and drawers that close properly.

6. Layout the room properly.

Consider where you will be in the room and for what purposes. Obviously you want to keep diaper changing supplies near the changing table so you can keep one hand on your baby, but plan for other eventualities to reduce how often you move around with the baby in your arms. For example, leave a blanket on the rocking chair.

7. Look at the room from a child’s perspective.

It won’t be long before your little one is crawling and walking around. Get down your child’s level and look for dangers. Is there anything that could be put in the mouth and choked on? Any hard corners or sharp surfaces? Choose blinds and curtains without cords that won’t be pulled on.

8. Use safe chemicals.

If you are redecorating or painting the room, make sure you use safe, eco-friendly chemicals that won’t damage your family. Give the space plenty of time to air out. Test your house for lead paint if it was built before 1978.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are a patented footed pajama for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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