Baby Monitors

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Posted August 4 2010 02:45pm


Baby monitors allow parents and caregivers to watch or listen to a sleeping child when in another room. For some parents, the ability to watch or hear their child at all times is comforting; for others, non-stop monitoring of a child may be cumbersome, agitating, or anxiety producing.
Baby monitors come in two basic types: audio and video. Video monitors use a small stationary camera to transmit images and sound to a TV-like monitor in another room. Audio monitors operate on a selected radio frequency to transmit sound only.
Monitors should not be used to leave a playing child alone. Baby monitors are not medical devices. They should not be used in place of prescribed heart or breathing monitors to detect conditions such as sleep apnea. Nor should they be relied on to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the cause of which is still unknown.
Choosing a safe baby monitor:

  • Monitors come with many features at different prices, but the choice between listening and watching will be your first choice.
  • Choose a monitor that allows you to change frequencies to reduce interference. 
  • Choose a monitor with an appropriate signal range for your home. 
  • Consider your home and lifestyle; some monitors offer two receivers instead of one, others come with clip-on attachments for belts, some are water-resistant for monitoring while showering or bathing, some feature an intercom or finder detection. 
  • Decide how often your child will be monitored. Monitors are not must-have baby equipment, especially if you live in a small house or apartment. 
  • Check the return policy. Monitors are often not available for testing in stores, and the model may have to be returned for a variety of reasons.

Baby monitor safety:

  • Do reduce interference by changing the operating frequency band of the monitor if it interferes with similar items such as cordless phones.
  • Don’t expect the monitor to be free of static. 
  • Don’t place a monitor close to a similar device such as a cordless phone, which can create static. 
  • Don’t use a monitor to keep tabs on your baby when awake. The only time to use the monitor is when your baby is asleep.


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Toy Boxes and Chests

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Posted August 4 2010 03:06pm


Toy boxes and chests are a convenient way of keeping bedrooms and play rooms tidy, but they present several hazards to children. Children have been hurt when lids have fallen on young fingers, heads and necks. Some children have also suffocated after being trapped inside.
Children have been known to climb inside toy boxes and chests and close the lids on themselves or other children. Therefore, ALL toy boxes and chests must have holes to prevent child suffocation. If a box or chest does not have holes, drill them yourself. If a box or chest is an antique or heirloom, and you do not wish to add holes, do not use it. Remove it from any area to which your child has access.  

Choosing a safe toy box or chest:

  • Choose a toy box or chest that has a lightweight lid.
  • Choose a toy box or chest that has a spring-loaded hinge that will hold the lid in any position. 
  • Choose a toy box or chest with holes in the side or front, so that a child trapped inside can still breathe. 
  • Don’t place older toy boxes or chests in a child’s play area without checking for safety features. Remove any box or chest that does not have a hinge mechanism or does not have breathing holes.

Toy box and chest safety:

  • Drill holes in the top or sides of a toy box or chest to prevent suffocation of a trapped child.
  • Inspect the toy box or chest regularly to make sure the hinges are secure and well-maintained.
  • Remove the lid of the toy box or chest if it does not have a spring-loaded hinge. 
  • Test the lid of a toy box or chest to make sure it can be opened from the inside.
  • Don’t assume that because a toy box or chest was used by friends or relatives that it is safe. Check for the proper hinges and breathing holes.


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Baby Swings

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Posted August 4 2010 02:47pm

Baby swings are designed for indoor use and can be handy for soothing crying babies or keeping babies occupied. Like bouncer seats and doorway jumpers, the motion of the baby swing entertains or soothes the baby. However, your baby can get hurt if the swing is not used correctly.
Baby swings come in two types: wind-up and battery-operated models. Wind-up models provide 20 to 30 minutes of motion after being wound with a handle located at the top or side of the swing. Battery-operated models are driven by a motor that runs on D batteries, and such models emit a low churning noise with each passage of the swing.

Baby swings generally consist of a seat suspended by a pair of arms attached to a frame with wide-standing, tubular-metal legs. Because baby swings have lightweight frames, they can be moved from one room to another.
Choosing a safe baby swing:

  • Choose a baby swing with a safety harness or strap that goes between the legs and over each hip.
  • Choose a baby swing with a wide, sturdy base that folds or dismantles easily for storage.
  • Choose a baby swing with a plush padded seat cover that is machine washable. 
  • Decide prior to purchase what type of swing is preferable for you as a parent: battery operated or wind-up. Each of these produces noise that some parents may find annoying.
  • Test a swing—in a store or at a friend’s or relative’s house—with your baby. Not all babies like to swing.  

 Baby swing safety:

  • Always stay with your baby when she is in the swing.
  • Always follow the product’s age and weight restrictions at all times. 
  • Use the safety belt or harness every time. 
  • Check that your baby’s head is supported according to the product instructions.
  • Always check that the swing is in good working condition, that there is no loose hardware and that there are no sharp edges or tears in the seat fabric.
  • Place the swing on a flat surface away from doors, furniture, appliances and stairs. 
  • Remove your baby from the swing if she falls asleep to keep her head from falling forward onto her chest.
  • Start with the lowest speed and watch your baby’s cues. Limit the amount of time your baby spends in the swing.

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Why Should I Breastfeed My Baby?

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Posted August 4 2010 04:52pm

Breastfeeding is the most common way to feed your baby. In Canada, about 90% of moms begin breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding has benefits for your baby, for you as a mom, and for you as a family.

The benefits of breastfeeding for baby include:

  • It provides baby with food designed especially for babies that changes to meet your baby’s daily needs and that is easily digested.
  • It promotes optimal brain growth and a smarter baby.
  • It provides baby with immunity and reduces infection and illness-such as fewer ear infections, fewer respiratory infections, fewer cases of gastroenteritis, fewer risks of blood infection and fewer risk of meningitis.
  • It provides protection for preterm babies.
  • It protects against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. 
  • It may decrease risk of baby developing allergies, anemia, obesity and diabetes.
  • It promotes skin-to-skin contact and bonding.

The benefits for Mom include:

  • It aids in postpartum recovery and helps the uterus to heal and return to a non-pregnant state.
  • It decreases the risk of breast cancer; ovarian cancer and osteoporosis.

The benefits for a family include:

  • The convenience - breast milk does not need to be prepared, it is always available and at the correct temperature. 
  • The cost - there is not the weekly cost of purchasing artificial milk supplements.
  • Mom and Dad may not miss as much time from work because their baby is ill.


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