Article: Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

Now that summer is here many of us will spend our weekends splashing in a pool. Whether it be with our babies or older children like nieces and nephews, it’s important to practice water safety. If we don’t, the unthinkable could happen.

Recently a friend of mine shared an article called “Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning” and I thought it was an important article to share.┬áThe article tells a story of a nine year old girl that almost drowned just feet from her parents. Her parents had no idea she was drowning. It then goes into how to recognize swimmers in need. The basic rule: if kids are quiet in the pool then go make sure they’re ok. Kids in a pool aren’t quiet and drowning is actually very quiet, not full of yelling and thrashing around.

While not the happiest of topics, it’s important to be educated so you can recognize the signs and help or get help if needed.

You can read the article here. Please share with family members and friends so everyone is educated!

The most important purchase you can make for your family

Carbon monoxide (CO) is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America. Many people don’t know they are suffering from CO poisoning until its too late since symptoms of CO poisoning are like the flu, you might not even know you’re in danger at first. That’s why a carbon monoxide alarm is the most important purchase you can make to help protect your family from CO poisoning — it can detect the CO you can’t see, smell or taste in the air.

We bought this plug in version, but you can also buy battery operated if you prefer or nicer digital versions. This model was $18.50 on Amazon, follow link below. We have one in Archer’s room and in other main rooms of the house. I’m not exactly sure how much area each alarm covers, so we probably have more than you need, but better safe than sorry! Also make sure your caregivers have devices for CO detection.

When you travel you should also bring CO detector with you, who knows if the hotel or apartment you’re renting has CO issues. I suggest battery operated when traveling abroad to avoid any risks because of non-compliant electrical outlets.

Don’t wait, get a few in your home today!

Amazon.com: First Alert CO600 Plug In Carbon Monoxide Alarm: Home Improvement.

What To Do If Your Child Is Choking or Not Breathing

It is important to know what to do if your infant begins to choke, especially once you start feeding them solid foods. I found these videos which gave a great overview on how to respond.

Conscious Baby is Choking:

Unconscious Baby is Choking:

Infant CPR — in this video they don’t state it, but when giving CPR to an infant your mouth should cover their mouth and nose.

Gear: AngelCare 3-in-1 Video Baby Monitor

As first time parents, we wanted the best baby monitor we could find. We also were told by friends that the Angle Care Video and Sensor Baby Monitor was the best of the best and we agree. This monitor has all you could want:

Sound: you can vary the volume as well as the sound sensitivity, which is especially important when your baby begins to sleep in their own crib and can put them selves back to sleep if they wake up. You don’t need to hear them rustling around.

Video: we love watching Archer sleep, it just is reassuring to see him in his crib when you’re on the other side of the house. It’s important too when you hear crying or talking, you can see what they’re up to without interrupting their sleep/wake cycle.

Motion Sensor: this has allowed me to get more sleep than I otherwise would have. The Motion Sensor pad goes under the mattress and detects all movement including just breathing. If there is no movement detected after 20 seconds an alarm will sound. As scary as SIDS is we love having this sensor – it keeps me from waking up every hour to check on him. I also like that if he was to be removed from his crib/bed for some reason the alarm will sound — I might be using this monitor well it his teenage years!

Amazon.com: AngelCare 3-in-1 Video Baby Monitor: Baby.

 

Here’s is an easy to use tripod for you monitor so you can angle the camera just right! Buy on Amazon.

Safety 1st Complete Nail Care Set

Trimming a newborns finger and toe nails takes care and precision! We had a few baby nail cutters gifted to us, but this was by far my favorite. I found that cutting his nails while he slept or while he nursed was the easiest.

Amazon.com: Safety 1st Complete Nail Care Set: Baby.