Child Safety On the Road

Posted by Susan Brown on March 27, 2018 0 Comments

As a parent, your main priority is your children’s safety. You spend a lot of time thinking of ways to care for them and to keep them safe, but there will be times when you have to let them be a little bit independent and start learning about the world. During these times, all you can do is to give them advice and teach them lessons on what to do or say.

One of the most dangerous places for children is the road. Depending on where you live, roads can be filled with hundreds or even thousands of cars that can go zooming past. Your children may be in danger if you do not teach them ways to be safe whenever they are near roads or streets, so it’s best to give them the following guidelines:

1. Use sidewalks. – Sidewalks are your kid’s best friend when they are walking. Sidewalks are usually separated from the vehicular section of the road by a curb to prevent vehicles from going into the pedestrian section. If there is no sidewalk, tell your children to walk facing oncoming traffic so they can see the vehicles that are going in their direction.

2. Use pedestrian crosswalks. – Pedestrian crosswalks ensure that you’re crossing the street in the safest section possible. Tell your children that they still need to look left and right before crossing even if they use the crosswalk whenever they are crossing the street. Teach your children to make eye contact with the driver of an oncoming vehicle to make sure that the driver is aware that someone is passing.

3. Do not run. – Teach your kids not to run or dart out in the middle of the street. Even if it’s just in front of your residence where there may be speed bumps to slow vehicles down, some drivers still speed through them or go over the set speed limit, so it’s best to teach your children never to run whenever they are by the street.

4. Avoid walking at night. – Try to get your kids at home before sundown. If it is not possible, tell your kids that they have to be more aware of their surroundings, especially oncoming vehicles. Have them wear bright colored clothes and reflective gear to ensure that drivers can see them.

5. Play in safe spaces. – Your children would want to play outside of the house with their friends, and that is okay, it is part of them socializing and being children. Just make sure to tell them never to play in driveways, the street or road, parking lots, or yards by the street with no fence.

6. Always be alert. – Keep distractions to a minimum. Tell your kids to put down their cell phones when crossing the street. If they are listening to music while walking, they should keep the volume down so that they can hear oncoming vehicles, or just listen to music after they’ve reached their destination. If they need to use their cell phone, they should stop walking and find a safe place where they can use the device.

Use these tips while traveling as well. You will never stop worrying about your children no matter what they are doing, that is what parenting is all about. However, you can teach them ways on how to avoid getting into danger and make sure that they create a habit out these lessons to keep them safe from road accidents.

Source: Hogan Injury

 

 

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Taking Your Baby On A Camping Trip? 

Posted by Susan Brown on January 26, 2018 0 Comments

 

Camping continues to be one of the most popular outdoor activities in America as it was estimated that over 40 million people went camping last year. There are many reasons why so many Americans take to the wilderness during camping season. For some, it’s a temporary escape from the stress of everyday life, while others do it to disconnect from technology and bask in nature. Meanwhile, families go camping to strengthen their relationships away from the distractions of school and work. Though most people tend to camp as a family when their children are older, 17% of households camp with children as young as a year old. Being out in nature with your baby is fun, but you need to be prepared to make your trip as hassle-free and enjoyable as possible. Here are some tips if you’re planning on taking your baby on a camping trip this year.

 Make comfort a priority

Roughing it may have its charms, but when you’re camping with a baby, you want to keep your little one as comfortable as possible. Bring a family-sized tent which can fit a portable crib and ensure that the tent floor is well-padded so your baby can roll and play in the tent during the daytime. Keep warm while camping and bring extra sleeping bags, warm clothing, and a portable ethanol stove if building a fire isn’t always possible. Doing so helps to keep the whole family comfy and cozy and prevents heat loss.

Camp somewhere close to home

If this is your first time camping with your baby, it may be a good idea to camp somewhere close to home. This is so that if things don’t work out the way you hoped, you can always turn back and head home. You can always venture farther away on future trips once you’ve gotten more experienced camping with your little one.

 

Pack well and bring lots of diapers

Every parent knows that there’s no such thing as traveling light when there’s a baby involved. That being said, with a little planning, you can still leave home without bringing the entire contents of your baby's room and be prepared for any scenario. A week before your camping trip, make a list of things that your baby needs and divide the list into activities that your baby normally does: sleeping, feeding, bathing, and playtime. Based on the list of activities, write down all the things that you need to do each one successfully. Simplify when you can. For instance, instead of bringing a separate soap and shampoo for your baby, you can just bring a foaming shampoo and body wash to keep your little one clean. It’s also a good idea to bring lots of disposable diapers on your camping trip as you don’t want to deal with washing and drying cloth diapers during your holiday.

Relax and have fun

Parents may worry about their baby’s comfort while sleeping in the great outdoors or whether the baby’s crying is disturbing fellow campers, but remember the reason why you’re camping in the first place—you’re there to relax and have fun. Your baby can feel when you’re stressed and will pick up on that. So let all your worries drift away and enjoy the experience with your family.

Camping with a baby may seem like a challenge, but with a little preparation, you can enjoy the great outdoors with your little one. Follow these tips and have fun camping with your baby this year.

 

 

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