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  • 8 Backyard Safety Tips for Kids

    Backyard Safety Tips for KidsEvery child needs plenty of active, outdoor play during the summer, but that comes with its own set of dangers. We’re serious about safety, so use these backyard safety tips to keep everyone healthy.

    1. Ponds, lakes, rivers, fountains or other water features – Children can drown in as little as an inch of water. Use fencing to prevent your kids from wandering too close to water. If you allow them to play in the water, make sure an adult is watching at all times.

    2. Swing sets and play sets – These are common in backyards all over the world and kids usually love them. Be careful with older models that don’t conform to modern safety standards (which change every year for many products). Check to see if yours has been recalled.

    3. Lawn maintenance equipment – Naturally, these aren’t intended for children to play with, but kids can get hurt if these tools are left around. Put them away properly when you’re finished using them. Do not allow children to play in the area they are being used. Make sure never to leave them running (like your mower, trimmer, tractor) unattended.

    4. Fire pit, grill or other cooking stations – It’s best to keep kids away from these while they’re being used. While children usually understand not to touch them, it’s easy to fall while running and injure oneself. An adult should always be near these objects if children are playing outside.

    5. Playing in the road – While many of us have summer memories of playing in the street, this isn’t safe. People drive much faster these days and don’t expect children in the road. If the game can’t be played in someone’s yard, take the children to a proper court.

    6. Mosquitos, ticks and other bugs – If the children are playing in the woods, make sure to use age-appropriate bug spray before they go outside. When they’re done, check them thoroughly for bug bites that need to be treated and ticks that need to be removed. A tick that isn’t removed can be very serious.

    7. Dress you children properly – The right clothing can make the difference and prevent your kids from getting hurt. Don’t let them wear flip-flops or open-toed shoes while they are climbing a swing set, and no loose clothing with strings that might cause strangulation.

    8. Spread woodchips in play areas – Woodchips are a great way to create a soft landing place beneath play sets or swing sets, or anywhere your kids play often. Some tree removal companies will give them away if you come pick them up yourself.

    safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

    Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

    Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology. Joanna is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

    Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

    Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

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