Infant Car Seat Clean Up

I knew when Norton started gnawing on the pull strap of his infant car seat that it was time to clean the darned thing.  Well, actually, I knew that it was time to clean Norton’s infant car seat when we had to put a receiving blanket under him in Cache Creek (3 hours from home) because he’d gone through his diaper and his clothes.

Fortunately, the task of taking apart the infant car seat for cleaning went to the husband.  He patiently sat down and popped the restraint straps out of the seat, and then carefully removed the padding. [Read more…]

Car Seat Safety Guidelines – A PSA

I don’t generally do public safety announcements.  I guess the closest thing I’ve ever done to a PSA is when I wrote about my parenting fail of not realizing that pacifier sizes exist for safety reasons.  However, since this is child safety month and it wasn’t all that long ago that Kate Middleton got hammered over car seat safety guidelines, this seems like a really good time to review. [Read more…]

The Irony of Child Safety Month

September is Child Safety Month.  I remember horrible things that have happened to other children around Norton’s age.  Children not protected in an accident because of a correctly installed car seat.  An unsecured dresser falling on a toddler and killing him.  A little boy who was around Norton’s age wandering out of his home while his mother napped, only to be found briefly after his passing two days later.  A huge part of the reasoning behind Child Safety Month is to educate ourselves on these dangers in our homes and keep our children safe.

I’m afraid of those things happening.  It’s why we’ve taken steps with toddler safety in childproofing our home.  Norton is a little engineer who likes to investigate and figure out how things work; while he can figure out things that are far outside of his age range, he has no mind for what’s safe and what isn’t.  And since Eudora is just on the cusp of becoming mobile, that makes our safety efforts even more important.

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