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Jello and Other Dangers – A Safety 1st Giveaway

I was just informed that I can’t bring Jello squares to Cate’s preschool for her birthday celebration. The children with summer birthdays are all getting to chose a day at the end of the year for their fake birthdays. And let me just say a bit about this. On one hand I say yay.  They are only four. They have seen all of the other kids who had birthdays during the school year get to make a birthday necklace and sing happy birthday and have their parents come in and read to the class.  So it’s only fair they get a day.  On the other hand, I say, no way.  Some kids have birthdays in the summer and some kids have birthdays during the school year.  When yours is during the school year you get cupcakes a birthday necklace and a story. When yours is in the summer you don’t have to go to school, you get a long sunny day, you get vacation. Not every kid gets every thing.  And every child is not entitled to everything.  However, all of the children are doing birthday days so I relented. Also, it happens to be my week for bringing snack to school.  I thought jello squares would be fun for Cate’s fake birthday. I was told they are too sugary.  This. To me. Is too much.

Once our children are four, they should be allowed a little jello, I say.  No peanuts. No gluten. No dairy. Just a little squishy fun. Heck, I’ll make it with unflavored gelatin and fruit juice if I have to. At a certain point, I kind of feel it’s time to let go. But what is safe for our preschoolers, is so much murkier than what is safe for our babies. Where to draw lines becomes so much less clear.  The lines themselves are fuzzier.

We still have most of our childproofing around the house.  But it’s all starting to look dingy and worn.  Bean towers above corners that still have protectors on them.  She knows how to open cabinet protectors. Half of the outlet covers have been removed so we can plug in the vacuum.  And the rice cereal and applesauce have been supplemented with some…jello.  And for me that’s okay.

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But. Oh what a different story for you Mamas of babies and toddlers.  Part of me misses those days.  When it was clear that everything, absolutely everything, was to be controlled by me, and the most important mission of any given day was to ensure the health and safety of my little Bean.  Things were clearer then, in a way.  Not necessarily easier.  But clearer.

Child proofing for babies and toddlers is no joke.  Those of you with climbers, already know this.  The dangers for babies and toddlers go way beyond sugary snacks, and unfortunately, outlet covers and corner protectors aren’t enough.  Julie Vallese, Consumer Safety Expert for Safety 1st, has compiled a list of other childproofing and child safety tips that you may not have thought of.  I wanted to pass a few of them along to you. And then, since we’re celebrating birthdays and all, there will be a giveaway.

  • In the city, we get notices every year to make sure that we have window locks and guards to prevent falls.  But hey you suburban Mamas, the second floor is pretty high too and it’s open-the-windows season.  Make sure your locks work and you have window guards.
  • Keep an eye out for toy stacking under the windows.  Kids are desperate to peek/climb out your now very secure windows.  Watch out they aren’t creating a Mount Everest of nesting blocks beneath the windows.
  • Watch out for those little monkeys scaling your furniture and TVs. Lots of kids are very seriously injured when they pull over furniture and (gulp) flat screen TVs on to themselves.  Use Flat Screen TV locks and furniture anchors to prevent this tragedy.
  • If you’ve kept them from climbing the world, they may then try to eat it.  Anything that will fit inside a toilet paper roll is a choking hazard. 
  • Use oven locks and remove dish towels from the oven doors. Kids can pull on those dish towels, opening the doors and whomping themselves.  Not to mention–the hot oven! Also consider clear view oven knob protectors to keep the kids from turning on the burners or the oven accidentally.
  • Toilets and front-load washers are also attractive nuisances.  How fun to see which toys float! Consider toilet and washer locks, or just keep the bathrooms and laundry room (laundry room? what’s that?) off limits using door knob covers.
  • Cabinet locks are also a must.
  • BUT, with all of this locking and latching and unstacking…remember to allow your kids to have some areas they are allowed to play!  Consider a basket of tupperware and pots and pans in the kitchen that your kids can crawl into, empty and play with as much as they’d like!  A safe zone can be a happy zone!

Ready to make your house secure for baby?  Years away from the jello debate? One lucky Babies Gotta Have It reader will win a Safety 1st childproofing kit to make to help make this summer super fun and super safe.  And while you’re at it, whip up a jello parfait.  Top it with some Cool Whip.  You’ll be glad you did!

So what’s in the Prize Pack?  One lucky Babies Gotta Have It reader will receive a prize pack of items from Safety 1st to Babyproof and Toddlerproof her home!  This prize includes The Safety 1st Essentials Childproofing Kit, The Furniture Wall Straps, and the Pro-Grade Window Lock in a 2-Pack.  Want to enter?  Read on!

To Enter the Safety 1st Childproof Your Home Giveaway:

  • MANDATORY ENTRY #1: Share the name of the baby or babies you would use these products to keep safe! That’s it!  Entering is that easy!

***Want extra chances to win? After you have made your first entry as described above, do anything listed below and leave me additional comments for each one letting me know what you did!  Maximum of seven entries per person.

  • Follow Safety 1st on Twitter.
  • Follow me on Twitter and tweet this giveaway. I’ve made it easy just cut and paste: This summer @Safety_1st and @BabiesGottaHavT are working together to keep your babies safe! Enter to win a gift basket of Safety 1st products http://snurl.com/23nlm75
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Your email address will remain private and not be shared with anyone. Giveaway only open to those with U.S.  addresses. Must be 18 or older to win. Giveaway begins on Thursday May 24th and ends on Thursday June 7th at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time. Very soon after,  Random.org will select the winner and  I’ll email them immediately. After my daughter called Larry the Cable guy the last time she did a drawing, we have decided to take a little vacation from her choosing the winner. Random.org is in no way as cute and unpredictable as my daughter, but it is much more efficient and does not use any pieces of paper, even recycled ones. I am sure you will understand. Thanks for entering!

And do let me say, for the record, that we LOVE Bean’s school.  Love love love it! We just wish they could have jello squares.

Update! We have a winner!  Random.org says “ 1 ” – Congratulations Karen!  Thanks to everyone who entered!

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Amp Up Your Apps With WebMD and The Snow Ball

Here’s another great review from up and coming tech experts Kristin and CW!

Is There a Doctor Available?

I have come to the conclusion that I may be an app junkie!  I love new apps on my phone, and there are a number of apps that I can’t live without.  One of those apps is the new WebMD Baby app!  And if you’re at all like me, you will love this app because it is so simple to use and it’s completely free!  There are weekly tips (this week’s tip for MD is about naps and bedtime struggles…SO timely for us) and daily Doctor tips!  Plus, you can access all of the great information from WebMD about health and wellness questions, as well as an illnesses and emergencies section.  There are other sections Just for Moms, Just for Dads, Parenting Tips, Baby Week by Week, Ask the Pediatrician, Milestones, Vaccines, and Baby Doctor Visits.

Next time you have a question about symptoms, instead of “googling” them, go straight to your WebMD app and see what the experts say.

CW Has fun With "The Snow Ball" App

Your Child Will Have a Ball with the Digital Book “The Snow Ball”

If you are bored with the books and games for your child on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android Motorola Xoom, or Samsung Galaxy Tab devices, you will be happy to hear that another great quality book and game are available now.  David Steinberg’sThe Snow Ball” digital book is accompanied by an adorable game called “Penguin Attack.”  Check out the trailer here.

“The Snow Ball” can be read aloud to your child, or he can choose to read it himself.  On every page, he can touch the polar bears or penguins and they dance, sled, or say cute phrases.  The book is witty with beautiful illustrations by Liz Conrad.  CW laughed at the silly penguins, and especially loved the music selections at the “Snow Day Ball!”  I loved the catchy phrases like, “Thump-thump-galumping.” And, “Balumping on their bellies.  Skit-skat-skadoodle up to Icicle Hall.” The word play is original and fun!

CW Enjoys The Snow Ball App

“Penguin Attack” is great for problem solving and learning early Geometry.  Your child has to try to get the polar bears to the Snow Day Ball without falling in the water holes.  Sounds easy, right?  Well, if it weren’t for all of the penguins that lie between the bears and the ball, it would be easy. Your child has to figure out how to bounce the bears off of the penguins at an angle that will get them into the ball safely.  It is a mixture of pool and bowling, and CW laughs hysterically every time he plays it.

Before this winter becomes a memory,  check out “The Snow Ball” and pick up the free “Penguin Attack” game too!

Kristin with CW and MDKristin is a former high school English teacher and show choir geek enjoying time as a stay-at-home mom to CW and new baby brother MD.

Kristin received “The Snow Ball” app free for the purpose of review, but as always, her opinion is entirely her own and has not been influenced by anyone!

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The Best Baby Monitor for a Good Night’s Sleep

I remember that feeling so well…you are wheeled out of the hospital with your new baby in your arms and then the orderly just turns around and leaves.  You.  Alone.  With your baby. “You mean they are just going to let me take it home?” Bring on the anxiety. Here, Kristin reviews an innovative new monitor from Babies Gotta Have It favorite, Tommee Tippee that goes a long way to calming those new baby nerves. Thanks so much Tommee Tippee for providing the monitor for review!

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Video Sensor Pad Baby Monitor

A sense of peace and a newborn do not really go hand in hand.  But, with the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Video Sensor Pad Monitor you can sleep more peacefully knowing that your baby is safely sleeping in his crib.

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Video Sensor Pad Baby Monitor

This innovative video monitor allows parents to have a bit more peace of mind when they leave the nursery.  The key feature of the monitor is its unique sensor pad. Before set up, parents need to take the time to read the directions carefully (and there are a ton of them) so that they adjust the sensor mat to the best possible setting for their baby.  Designed to sit under the baby’s crib mattress, the pad monitors your child and sounds an alarm if no movement has been detected after 20 seconds. Most parents benefit from the sensor pad when their baby is a newborn. However, once the baby can move freely around the crib, parents can choose to remove the sensor pad and use the monitor as a stand-alone model.

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Video Sensor Pad Monitor

Parents can also change the sensor-pad sensitivity levels if the mattress is thicker than the suggested amount.  Although I read many reviews of the sensor pad and people complained that they had many false alarms (one sounds on the parent unit and one on the baby unit), I did not have this experience.  I did forget to turn off the sensor pad once when I took MD out of the crib and the alarms went off then…they scared me nearly to death…but I felt better knowing it was definitely working and that I would be able to get to MD more quickly if he had a breathing problem during the night.

In fact, our nephew just had open-heart surgery and we highly recommended the Tommee Tippee monitor with the sensor pad.  He was having breathing problems when he first came back from the hospital, and we thought it would ease his parents’ minds to have a video monitor that responds to his movement in his room.  This monitor is ideal for parents of high-risk babies!

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Video Sensor Pad Monitor

The monitor also has a great “talk-back” feature that you can use to talk to your baby from another room.  This has actually worked great for our 3-year-old son, CW, more than for our baby, but it is a great feature.  And we love being able to see our boys on the large screen!  We can tell if MD is really upset when he wakes up early from a nap, or if looks like he’ll fall back to sleep.  And, when we used the monitor in CW’s room, we were able to see if he was actually napping or not (and tell him to go to sleep using the speaker function)!  This is particularly nice when I am nursing MD and cannot go up to CW’s room to give him that “go back to sleep or else” glare!

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Video Sensor Pad Baby Monitor

My two favorite features of the monitor, though, are the adjustable baby night light on the monitor and the temperature sensor for the nursery!  This has been really helpful for us, as MD’s room tends to be the coolest room in our house.

Although the monitor states that it has automatic channel changing to decrease interference, we did have severe interference with our other video monitor (even though the other video monitor still worked, the TT monitor no longer transmitted the sounds CW was making).  So, if you have another video monitor, be aware that there could be interference between the two.

Overall, I highly recommend the the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Video Sensor Mat Monitor (available at Toys R Us), and it will certainly give new parents a sense of peace when they bring their newborn home!

 

Kristin with CW and MDKristin is a former high school English teacher and show choir geek enjoying time as a stay-at-home mom to CW and new baby brother MD.



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Mama, I Don’t Like Your Stinky Face – GIVEAWAY

The Natural Dentist - Natural Oral Care

I went to the dentist this morning.  I was in a foul mood.  Long story, culminating in no coffee and too much rain.  I am not fond of the dentist now that my gums are receding and my teeth are sensitive and scraping the inside of my lower front teeth makes me feel like a thousand fingernails are scraping a thousand chalkboards in my mouth.  But with actual pain.  However, my lovely dentist has convinced me that for those very reasons, I must see him more frequently and not less frequently.  My dental insurance actually covers three visits a year.  I am using them, and I must say, the cleanings are so much better.

But the whole gum disease thing.  Is awful.  And it is perhaps the reason that the Bean has been known to say to me moments after awakening me at 6 am, “Mama, I don’t like your stinky face.”  I am fairly certain that gum surgery lies in my future.  But I am all for doing everything I possibly can to prevent that.  And now I’m looking for natural alternatives.

When the people at The Natural Dentist approached me to test their products out, I was delighted.  Their toothpastes, rinses and plaque removers were developed by a dentist who was dedicated to offering his patients oral care products that are natural, effective and safe to use (they are also made in the USA and not tested on animals).  See, I have just learned that many toothpastes include the ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate. Ring any bells?  That’s the stuff that I’ve been all about removing from my daughter’s bubble bath.  Apparently, in the interim, I’ve been eating it daily!  So what’s so bad about SLS? Studies have shown that it can cause skin irritation, hormone imbalance, eye damage, cancer…and it sticks around in your body for a really long time.  Did I mention we’ve been eating it?

So I have been using the Natural Dentist Healthy Gums Antigingivitis Rinse in peppermint twist, twice a day for the last few weeks.  The active ingredient is Aloe and I like how it tastes.  No stinky face comments in recent memory.  And, I am not making this up, the dental hygienist looked in my mouth today and said “your teeth look really clean.”  No dental hygienist has ever said this to me before.  My lovely dentist, while concerned about the bone loss where my gums have receded, actually said (unprompted) that the gums themselves look good.  Due to this rinse?  Hard to say.  But I’ll take it.

The Bean has tried the Groovy Grape Cavity Zapper toothpaste and her exact response was “yum.”  This is a fluoride toothpaste for older kids.  I like that there are no princesses, kitties with bows, or tv cartoon characters on the package.  Simply a grape on a toothbrush under a sun umbrella.  Awesome.

I have given a lot of thought to using natural cleaning, laundry, skincare and haircare products in the last few years.  Especially for my daughter.  I had never considered natural dental products because I feared that they would not be effective.  I’m switching. Period.

Click here to get a coupon. Click here to learn where Natural Dentist products are available in your area – they are kind of everywhere including Whole Foods, Soap.com, CVS, Walgreens and Amazon.com. And enter now to win a gift bag of adult and children’s products from The Natural Dentist! Keep reading to learn how!

To Enter The Natural Dentist Giveaway

  • MANDATORY ENTRY #1: Hop on over to The Natural Dentist website and check out their products. Leave a comment on this post sharing which product you are most eager to try.  Entering is that easy!

***Want extra chances to win? After you have made your first entry as described above, do anything listed below and leave me additional comments for each one letting me know what you did!  Maximum of six entries per person.

  • Follow me on Twitter and tweet this giveaway. I’ve made it easy just cut and paste: “@BabiesGottaHavT is giving away a gift bag of natural dental care products from The Natural Dentist http://snurl.com/124fct″
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  • Email your friends about the giveaway and link to the giveaway post! cc me in the message (babiesgottahaveit@gmail.com)–I promise I will not spam you or your friends. Cross my heart.

Your email address will remain private and not be shared with anyone. Giveaway only open to those with U.S.  addresses. Must be 18 or older to win. Giveaway begins on Friday June 24th and ends on Monday July 11th at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time. Very soon after,  Random.org will select the winner I’ll email you immediately. After my daughter called Larry the Cable guy the last time she did a drawing, we have decided to take a little vacation from her choosing the winner. Random.org is in no way as cute and unpredictable as my daughter, but it is much more efficient and does not use any pieces of paper, even recycled ones. I am sure you will understand. Thanks for entering!

Update! Random.org says: “ 1″ –  Congratulations Mary Lou Rich!  Thanks to everyone who entered!

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Babies Gotta Have a Rear-Facing Car Seat Longer Than You Think

Until age two as a matter of fact.  According to an article published today in “The New York Times,” the American Academy of Pediatrics is now advising that babies stay in rear facing car seats until the age of two to prevent the worst outcomes in auto accidents.

I know, I know…it’s such a pain in the neck to reach back from the front seat and try to calm your rear-facing baby and ply her with puffs.  And signing up to ride back there with her for two years is not so awesome either.  But let’s be frank, neither is a fatal car accident.

Read the article.  Keep your baby protected.  Then buckle up, kids, and enjoy the ride.

First Car Trip Home

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For Your Wintertime Hurties – The Hurtie Hug Giveaway

I think the Hurtie Hug is so neat that it deserves a video!  Ah, the challenges of movie-making with an opinionated three and a half year old.  But check out this terrific hot/cold pack for kids (and grown ups) that you don’t need to hold in place, and you’ll see why we thought it was video-worthy.  Watch the vid and then enter to win the Hurtie Deluxe (which comes with two ice packs) below.

Cuz you may think that wintertime is safe from those bumps and bruises…but Doc Hubby broke his finger sledding on the brand new sled we gave my nephew for Christmas a few years ago…and the front door attacked me on Friday…and oh yeah, kids bump their heads jumping off the carport into piles of blizzard. And I hate filling a ziploc with ice, tying it to my foot with a tea towel, and dripping all over the carpet.

Know your kids too well to wait and see if you win one of these?  Want to buy one today? Go to www.hurtiehug.com and enter the code REVIEW15 at checkout for 15% off and free shipping on your order.

Want to enter to win?  Read on!

To Enter the Hurtie Hug Giveaway

  • MANDATORY ENTRY #1: Watch my video above to see The Hurtie Hug in action, then swing by the Hurtie Hug website and choose your favorite color.  Leave me a comment on this post saying which color you’d choose if you won. That’s it!  Entering is that easy!

***Want extra chances to win? After you have made your first entry as described above, do anything listed below and leave me additional comments for each one letting me know what you did!  Maximum of seven entries per person.

  • Follow me on Twitter and tweet this giveaway. I’ve made it easy just cut and paste: “Got winter bumps and bruises? @BabiesGottaHavT is giving away a Hurtie Hug hot/cold pack for kids Enter today! http://snurl.com/1zmn44″
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  • Email your friends about the giveaway and link to the giveaway post! cc me in the message (babiesgottahaveit@gmail.com)–I promise I will not spam you or your friends. Cross my heart

Your email address will remain private and not be shared with anyone. Giveaway only open to those with U.S.  addresses. Must be 18 or older to win. Giveaway begins on Monday February 7th and ends on Monday February 21st at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time. Very shortly thereafter,  Random.org will select the winner,  and I’ll email you immediately. After my daughter called Larry the Cable guy the last time she did a drawing, we have decided to take a little vacation from her choosing the winner. Random.org is in no way as cute and unpredictable as my daughter, but it is much more efficient and does not use any pieces of paper, even recycled ones. I am sure you will understand. Thanks for entering!

Update!  We have a winner!  Random.org says “ 33″!  Congratulations Kelly!  And thanks so much to every one who entered!

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Summer Safety Part 2 – Play it Safe on the Playset

Playground Fun

In NYC, summertime means freedom from hibernating in your tiny apartment with no playroom or basement and spending hour upon hour at the playground.  Within a one mile radius of my building there are no less than six playgrounds–three of them complete with spray elements.  Yeah, they’re small, but they’re close and fun and a nice place to drink your iced coffee.  We go almost every day.  So yesterday I shared the Underwriters Laboratories tips for Pool and Water Safety.  Today, I’m going to pass along their tip sheet for Play Set Safety.  Just worth reading over before you head out to your huge, shady, soft-surfaced, 75 awesome spout-spray park, non-city playground.  Or the jungle gym in your own grassy backyard.  No….I’m not jealous.

BEFORE INSTALLING A BACKYARD PLAY SET…

· Do a sandbox check. Before letting your child dig in, rake through the sand to check for debris or sharp objects. Also, inspect for any animal contamination or insect problems.

· Make sure your backyard is large enough for playground equipment. The site must also provide good visibility and security. Before setting up equipment, look out for obstacles, such as the garage, tree branches, utility poles and wires.

· Read and follow the manufacturer’s directions when setting up play set equipment. Be sure your child’s weight and age fall within the manufacturer’s recommended limits for the equipment.

· Install protective surfacing, such as rubber tiles or mulch under the play set, at least six feed in all directions, to prevent serious injuries should a child fall.

BEFORE HEADING OUT TO PLAY…

· Carefully inspect backyard playground equipment. Make sure equipment is anchored safely in the ground, all equipment pieces are in good working order, S-hooks are entirely closed and bolts are not protruding.

· Check for spaces that could trap children, such as openings in guardrails or between ladder rungs. These spaces should measure less than 3.5 inches or more than 9 inches.

· Always supervise children on play set equipment to make sure they are playing safely.

· Never attach ropes, jump ropes, clotheslines, pet leashes or cords of any kind to play set equipment. If used improperly, they can be potential strangulation hazards.

· Watch for potential trip hazards, such as rocks, tree stumps and concrete footings. Make sure you’re children are aware of them as well.

See you at the playground!

I wrote part two of this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Underwriters Laboratories. Mom Central sent me one gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Summer Pool Safety – Splash Down with Timon and Pumbaa

Summer Fun

Very soon we will flee the city for greener and less-smelly summer pastures.  The city is wearing it’s summer eau d’gar-bage and I’m feeling antsy for home.  For the last two years I have spent part of July in my hometown where the little Bean can take six swimming lessons at the town pool for less than it would cost for one here in the city.

I have never been afraid of the water (insert ironic link to “blogger nearly drowns in freak party boat shipwreck on the Susquehanna River” article).  I grew up swimming in the ocean and in community pools and for one brief shining moment I was on a swim team. I loved outdoor swim practice in Texas in the winter. When James, the former Olympian who coached us, pulled the cover off the pool in February, it steamed like a hot tub. Unfortunately, it turns out I hate swim meets.  I quit after just one. My Dad said it was about as fun as watching a washing machine so I guess competitive swimming just isn’t in our DNA. I do, however, want the Little Bean to have the same love of the water I do.  But I realize now that she’s a preschooler and mobile and impulsive, that teaching her (and learning for myself as a parent) the basics of water safety is paramount.

Underwriters Laboratories (an independent product safety certification organization that I totally hadn’t heard of but that has been around testing things like fire extinguishers and water since 1894) has teamed up with Disney to spread the word about water safety.  UL issued a Pool Safety Tip Sheet that I’m just going to quote here, because I really can’t say it any better.  It’s worth a read.

POOL SAFETY AT HOME

· If you have a pool at home, install a fence. The fence should be at least four feet high and have a self-closing, self-latching gate that has a locking mechanism beyond a child’s reach.

· Cut overhanging tree limbs and remove chairs or ladders from the pool area to prevent children from climbing over the fence that surrounds the pool.

· Keep grates and drain covers in good repair and secured in place. Alert your family and guests to stay away from these devices, as the suction from drain outlets can be strong enough to cause entrapment of hair or body parts, which can potentially cause a person to drown.

· Make sure you know infant and child CPR if you own a pool.

BE SAFETY SMART WHILE SWIMMING

· Supervision is a must. Follow the 10/20 rule when you’re at the pool. The 10/20 rule states the supervising adult needs to position themselves to be able to scan the pool every 10 seconds, and reach the water within 20 seconds.

· Always have rescue devices, such as UL-LISTED life preservers, nearby.

· Flotation devices, toys and inflatable swimming aids are not safety devices. They are toys and can easily puncture and deflate.

· Always drain wading pools after children are done playing. Infants can drown in just a few inches of water.

· Have a telephone nearby and appropriate emergency numbers posted.

· Remove all toys when you leave the pool. Toys may attract children to the unattended pool.

So how do you discuss water safety with your kids? And what’s important to share with them? Let Timon and Pumbaa do the talking in this clever “Wild About Safety” video that covers basic pool and water safety in a fun, funny and kid-friendly way. I just watched the whole thing.  I’m still humming the song from the end.

See you at the pool!

I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Underwriters Laboratories. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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