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Car Seat Safety 101

Car Seat Safety 101

Proper Installation

Read the owner’s manual to ensure that your baby seat is correctly installed and secured. While it might be a hassle to read all the directions, it’s worth it if it could save your child’s life. After installation try pushing and pulling to ensure that it is in fact tightly secured. The seat should not move more than an inch.


Rear Facing

Keep your baby rear facing as long as possible. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you keep your child rear facing until their second birthday because it protects their head, neck, and spine better if you were to get into an accident.

All baby seats have height and weight guidelines. A lot of people say to switch to a convertible seat once your child has reached age 1; however, the correct guideline is to check the space between the child’s head and the shell of the seat. If there is less than an inch of space then your child is too tall and it is time for a new seat. Don’t worry about your child being too tall for a rear-facing seat. Even if their legs are crisscrossed it is safer for them to be rear facing.


"Pinch Rule"

“Pinch Rule” can be used to help you determine if your child is safe to wear their coat while being buckled into the car seat. When you loosen the straps to make room for the coat you may create too much space and your child could slide around more than they normally would. You should not be able to pinch any material on their clothes between their shoulder and the strap buckle. If you can, there is too much slack.

If your infant is too small and slouches down in their car seat you can roll blankets and place them on each side of your infant. Be sure not to place any padding or blankets behind your child, or a car seat insert unless it came with the car seat you are using.


Extra questions to ask yourself:

  • Does the seat fit in your car?
  • Are you comfortable using it every time you are in the car?
  • Is my child safe if I were to get into an accident?
  • If you answered no to any of these questions, it may be time for a new car seat.
10 Must Have Items When Traveling With a Baby

10 Must Have Items When Traveling With a Baby

  1. HUSH Hat – HUSH Baby

The HUSH Hat is a sound-absorbing hat for babies. It’s perfect whether you’re flying or driving to your destination. In a small cabin in the airplane it can become very noisy with all the people and children crammed in a small area, as well as the loud engine.  The HUSH Hat will help your baby sleep through it all. You don’t have to worry about your baby crying and people giving you dirty looks. While driving the HUSH Hat will also help keep your baby asleep so you don’t have to constantly stop to console them.  Noisy siblings - no problem - the HUSH Hat will allow your baby to sleep through it.

https://www.shophushbaby.com/collections/hush-baby-new-collection


  1. Lotus Everywhere Crib – Guava Family

The Lotus travel crib is easy to take with you because there is no frame, it is lightweight, and you can pack it into its carry case that also turns into a backpack. It takes 15 seconds to put together and even has a zippered side door to make it easy for your little one to get in and out.

https://www.guavafamily.com/products/lotus-everywhere-travel-crib


  1. LugBug Carseat Handle - LugBug

The LugBug is a handle that clips onto your car seat carrier. It makes carrying your little one around so much easier, less painful, and offers a much more comfortable carrying position. It is lightweight and exceptionally strong.

http://lugbugs.com

 

  1. Inflatable Travel Nursing Pillow - My Brest Friend

This portable nursing pillow is easy to inflate and deflate. It lays flat and can easily fit in a diaper bag or purse. It is very lightweight and brings the familiarity of home on the go.

https://www.mybrestfriend.com/product/nursing-pillows/inflatable-travel-nursing-pillow/


  1. Refresh-A-Baby Water bottle adapter – Refresh-A-Baby

Refresh-a-Baby is a universal water bottle and beverage adapter that makes any drink suitable for a baby to drink from. They offer a baby bottle top and a sippy cup version for toddlers.

http://www.refreshababy.com/product/refresh-a-baby-water-and-beverage-bottle-adapters/


  1. Flyebaby Infant Airplane Hammock – Flyebaby

The Flyebaby infant seat attaches to the seat in front of you on the airplane to create a baby hammock. It can also turn any chair into a highchair to feed your little one. It is lightweight and portable.

https://flyebaby.com/product/flyebaby-airplane-infant-comfort-seat/


  1. Pronto Changing Station – Skip*Hop

This portable changing station is extra wide and easy to wipe clean. It can hold up to 4 diapers and even comes with a wipe case. It all can fold up into a convertible clutch that you can easily put inside a diaper bag or clip to your stroller.

http://www.skiphop.com/on-the-go/pronto-baby-changing-station


  1. Take-Along Mobile – Tiny Love

This on-the-go mobile can attach to your baby’s car seat, pack and play, bassinet, or stroller. It plays 30 minutes of music with 5 different tunes.

http://www.tinylove.com/us_en/on-the-go-toys/take-along-mobile#tab_


  1. Simple Squeeze Kit – Infantino

The Simple squeeze kit is the perfect on-the-go baby snack. You can make your own baby food and put the puree in their convenient food pouches. The pouches are dishwasher safe and you can buy an attachable spoon to make feeding your baby while traveling even easier.

https://www.infantino.com/collections/food-storage/products/simple-squeeze-kit


  1. Solly Baby Wrap – Solly Baby

The Solly baby wrap is an easy way to carry your baby close to you. It folds up so small and can fit easily in a diaper bag or purse and makes the perfect carrier for traveling.

http://shop.sollybaby.com

Can Everyday Noises Harm my Baby's Hearing?

Can Everyday Noises Harm my Baby's Hearing?

We all want the best for our babies.  We research the food they eat, the clothes they wear, the carseats that keep them safe, and just about anything else that impacts their day to day living.  

But what about the things we can't control.  We live in a fast-paced, rushed, active world today.  The environment that most babies are exposed to today is different that what their parents experienced when they were babies.  

AND IT'S NOISY!  So how loud is too loud for my baby's hearing?  The answer may surprise you.

Information from The Children’s Hearing Institute revealed the following:

Noise over 85 decibels is hazardous to your child’s hearing.
The Institutes Recommends avoiding noise over 80 decibels.

Common sources of noise to which babies are exposed include:

Ambulance sirens- 120 db
Motorcycles, firecrackers-120-140 db
Noisy toys- 90 db
Restaurants- 80-90 db
Alarm clocks, city street traffic - 80 db
Vacuum Cleaners- 70 db

Furthermore, according to a recent article in The Chicago Tribune, once a baby's hearing is damaged, it may hinder how they learn once in school.

So what is the solution?  Keep your baby inside and protected from our noisy world?  Avoid restaurants, noisy toys, and alarm clocks?  What if you could soften those startling sounds so that your baby stayed calm, comfortable and protected from high decimal noises?

HUSH Baby, LLC has an ideal answer.  The HUSH Hat is a sound absorbing baby hat that is great for when your baby is asleep and reduces the level of noise they hear when they are out and about with mom and dad.  Lightweight and comfortable, babies are calmer during long events because the lower noise level keeps them from getting overstimulated.  They go to sleep quicker and sleep more soundly when you get them home, too. Watch the HUSH Hat in action.

Visit www.shophushbaby.com to order your HUSH Hat today.

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