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  • 5 Baby Safety Tips for the Summer

    Baby Safety Tips for the SummerNow that’s summer, it’s a good idea for us to brush up on our summertime safety rules. If you live somewhere that’s especially warm or your family likes to spend a lot of time outside, heed these five tips carefully.

    1. Don’t sit in a hot car

    In direct sunlight, the interior of a car can heat up by 19 degrees in just 10 minutes. Each summer we hear stories about poor little ones who were injured because they sat in cars too long.

    If you have to wait somewhere for a while, make sure the AC is running. Or, seek someplace cool to sit. Even if the air is hot, the circulation will keep you cooler. It’s better to sit beneath a tree than behind than inside the car.

    Of course never leave a child alone in a car for any length of time.

    2. Mind your pool safety

    This goes for lakes, oceans and ponds too!

    Anytime you take a baby into the water, you need to have another adult with you. Your buddy will make sure nothing happens to you so nothing happens to the baby. It’s a good idea for even grownups to have a swim buddy with them.

    Take a CPR class (they’re cheap and quick) so you can be prepared if anything happens. If you’re in a public place, make sure you’re always swimming within reach of the lifeguard.

    Whenever your baby is in the water, he or she should be wearing a floatation device of some kind, ideally a lifejacket for little babies, but older kids can wear arm swimmers. They make combination jackets and arm swimmers now that position baby face-up if they are submerged.

    Keep in mind that the whole pool is deep for baby, for stay in the shallow end.

    3. Protect baby’s skin

    Early childhood burns increase the chance for skin cancer later in life, so it’s important to protect that skin. It burns very easily. Avoid the heavy sunlight hours between 11 AM and 2 PM. Make sure baby is wearing a hat and sunglasses any time he’s out in the sunlight, as well as clothing made form tight fibers.

    Always use sunscreen! Even when it’s not hot. Use at least SPF 15. If baby goes into the water, reapply it as soon as he/she is out.

    4. Keep the bugs out

    Throw a mesh cover over your stroller or infant seat to keep the bugs out, specifically mosquitos and ticks. Children over 2 months can use a repellent with DEET, but the formula should be no more than 30%. Choose the lowest concentration of DEET you can find.

    You should only need to apply repellent once per day. Avoid using sunscreen/repellent combinations products because the repellent hampers the effectiveness of the sunscreen.

    At the end of an outdoor day, check you and your baby for bites. Remove ticks immediately if you find any and treat mosquito bites with a topical antihistamine.

    5. Look out for heatstroke

    Heat exhaustion occurs first, which includes dizziness, thirst, cramping and fatigue. If you (or baby) stay in the heat, it can lead to heatstroke which is much more serious. If it looks like your baby is drowsy in the heat, get into air conditioning immediately.

    Avoid heatstroke and heat exhaustion by keeping cool. Spray baby regularly with water and make sure he is drinking plenty of formula and breast milk.

    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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