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We have been talking a lot about babies this week on the blog. After all, Alicia just brought home her new little baby Sofía and Lindsey only has 3 months left until her baby girl arrives. I am going to have to change my "About" page to 9 grandchildren instead of 7! Hurray!
Bringing home a new, tiny, sweet baby always opens our hearts and brings out fears and worry over this new bundle of joy. We can't bear to imagine anything harming her and all we want is for her to have good health and happiness. The entire household is taken over with care when a new little one arrives. Appropriately for us, September is Baby Safety Month! For Friday Faves, we decided to share some important baby/child safety products that you may or may not have thought about.
Baby Safety Products
Madalynn used to nanny for a couple of her older sibilings' children. She loves her nieces and nephews so much and is really good with them. One of the boys loves to climb and one day nearly pulled his dresser over on himself! Madalynn's choice for a safety product are Anti-Tip Furniture Straps! This is an item that people may not always think about, but is so important when trying to keep little ones safe. Not only do you want to protect your toddlers from their own exploring, tugging and climbing, but these straps also can help protect you furniture during an earthquake, or from someone stumbling and knocking into furniture that may be unsteady on a carpet.
Alicia, who now has a 2 year old who loves to get into things, needed something to keep him out of cupboards that held items not safe for a toddler. She also rents, so she needed something that wasn't permanent that wouldn't damage the cabinets. She loves these child-proof locks by Sure Basics that are so easy to use.
LIndsey's new house that she and her husband just moved into this year has a pool. Shortly after moving in, the 5 nieces and nephews from Kansas were coming for a visit! They knew that they needed a fence up pronto! Lindsey said that she tried to make appointments with several companies for quotes and the company she chose, Pool Fence AZ, was the only one in Phoenix that would work on a Saturday. She said that they were willing to answer all of their questions and they asked about the ages of the children in order to recommend the right height of fence, plus gave them a money saving option. They had the fence installed in about half an hour, and they didn't leave a mess. So, if you live in Phoenix and need a pool fence, give them a try. This is not a sponsored endorsement, it is just that Lindsey and Austin are very happy with their fence and the company's service and the kids made it through their visit unscathed.
Of course, pool fence companies will vary from city to city and state to state, so you will have to check locally. But, having a fence around your pool when you have children is so important. There are drownings every year in Phoenix that could be avoided with a proper fence and supervision.
The type of fence Lindsey and Austin had put in was like this one. The cost is around $100 for a 10 foot section that is 4 feet tall if you purchase this one from Amazon and install it yourself. It seems like in this case a professional installation may be the way to go.
When my kids were little, we took a trip to Disneyland with friends. My youngest child at the time was only 2 years old and I was worried about losing her in the crowds, not keeping her confined in her stroller all day and not having to carry her around too much. I got her a wrist leash for kids and it was so great. She could walk and run around sometimes, within limits, and I could keep an eye on her without so much worry.
A couple of weeks ago, my son Tyler and his wife went to Disneyland with cousins. Child harnesses have really come a long way! But, they enjoyed the one they got for Spencer just as much as I did many years ago. Look at these options:
And, there are many more options!
5 Baby Safety Rules to Live By:
The best rule that I can leave you with is to love your babies unconditionally, have fun with them, cuddle them and you will keep them safe because you will be with them enjoying your time as a mother, aunt or grandmother!
Now, get in there and enjoy those kids! And, if you have any products that you love because they help to keep your kids safe, please let us know!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!