The HappyFamily story & giveaway!

by Sandra Gordon on June 24, 2015

Made to MatterNormally, lunch is a peanut-butter-banana-spinach smoothie I whip up quickly so I can keep writing and eat at the same time. But last week, I took a welcome break from my home office routine to head to New York City for Target’s Made to Matter “Ladies Who Launch” meet and greet. It featured six of the top female founders of Target’s Made to Matter Collection–Target’s natural, organic and sustainable product collection comprised of 31 better-for-you brands.

Shazi Visram, the founder of HappyFamily, which makes HappyBaby, HappyTot, HappySqueeze and HappyChild products, was one of the female founders who shared the story behind her brand.
The gist of her story is impressive, to say the least!

HappyFamily: The birth of an empire

Visram, the daughter of entrepreneurial immigrant parents, moved from Canada to Birmingham, Alabama at age 3. Flash forward two decades. After earning an MBA from Columbia Business School, Visram had a strong desire to create a business from nothing based on a mission: “The business had to be meaningful, make a national impact and give back,” she says.IMG_8024

After talking with a new-mom friend whose pediatrician advised her to feed her baby organic food, the idea of premium organic baby food was born. At the time (2006), only 4 percent of baby food sold in the U.S. was organic.

Visram, who is also a mom, launched HappyBaby in 2006 with five retail stores in New York City that sold frozen organic baby food in ice cube trays. But it turns out that moms just didn’t buy baby food from the freezer section. Bummer!

Then, in 2009, squeeze pouches came on the scene. “It revolutionized organic baby food by making it easy to give to children,” Visram says. Today, food pouches are HUGE and so is organic baby food. In fact, 50 percent of the baby food sold at Target is organic. HappyBaby, now HappyFamily Brands, has gone gangbusters too, sporting $135 million in sales!

And talk about giving back! Through Happy to Help, HappyFamily partners with charitable organizations to help make a difference. HappyFamily is constantly innovating too, so be on the lookout for more great products, especially in the prenatal category. HappyFamily products are sold at Target (most HappyFamily products are available in Target stores only). You can also find HappyFamily’s complete product line on Amazon and other retailers.

HappyFamily Giveaway!

In honor of infant nutrition, I’m giving away one free four pack of banana, beet, squash & blueberry HappyTot Love My Veggies (MSRP $5.49) plus six individual HappyTot Love My Veggie pouches to one lucky parent. Individual pouch flavors include spinach, apple, sweet potato & kiwi; banana, beet, squash & blueberry; and carrot, banana, mango & sweet potato. Besides feeding them to your baby, they’re great in pancakes, smoothies and baked goodies too.
IMG_8034Check out this recipe for HappyTot Mega Pancakes.

Since I write a lot about how to make your life as a new parent easier, however, I’d like to know your baby food secrets: What do you do to make feeding your baby easier? What foods and products do you use to get the job done? Leave me a comment, and I’ll choose a winner at random to receive these awesome HappyTot products!

This contest is open to residents of the US only and closes at 5PM ET, July 4, 2015. If your name is chosen, I’ll notify you by email; if you fail to respond within 48 hours of being notified, you’ll make another entrant very happy because I’ll be forced to choose another name.

Thank you to Target for graciously and generously providing me with HappyFamily products to pass along to you!

 

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Save big bucks on baby gear

by Sandra Gordon on June 22, 2015

From a car seat and crib to diapers and daycare, little ones come with big expenses. In fact, parents spend an average of $14,000 on their baby’s first year. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed in the baby superstore and fill up your cart with products you may not need or use. But these money-saving strategies can help you buy the best for your baby gear for less.

Centsible Advice

Think neutral. If you’re planning on having more children, register or buy gender-neutral-colored baby gear now so you’ll feel comfortable using that product again for your next baby. This year, purple is the new pink or blue. You also can’t go wrong with lime green, red, orange, yellow, silver, black, or green. Be sure to heed this advice when you’re shopping for big-ticket items, such as a car seat and stroller.

miosolo coloursTry reusable diapers. If you use disposable diapers—like the majority of parents do even though reusable diapers are becoming more mainstream–you can anticipate spending an average of $80 per month per child, for a total cost of around $2,400 from birth to potty training (at around age 2 1/2). But you can spend less than that by using cloth diapers, which will run you $500 or less for a complete stash that you can use for your next baby too. Today’s cloth diapers are almost as easy to use as disposables. They’re better for the environment too. Even just using cloth diapers some of the time, such as on the weekends, can help reduce your diaper overhead.

Get a free breast pump. If you plan to go back to work full-time after your baby is born and continue breastfeeding, a double electric breast pump can help you get the job done fast and efficiently and help maintain your milk supply. But the price tag—upwards of $240—can be a budget buster, especially when you’re busy stocking up on other big-ticket baby items, like a crib, car seat and stroller. Fortunately, there are smart ways to save on this mommy must-have.

As a result of the Affordable Care Act, as many as 80 percent of health insurance companies are now covering the cost of a double electric breast pump. Insurance companies don’t have to provide such a premium model for free, but they know it gives moms the best shot at breast feeding success, which ultimately helps reduce medical costs. Call your health insurance company to find out what type of pump you can get and thKolor-Family-PlusWhitee brand options. If the selection doesn’t include the brand/model you had in mind, such as a decked-out double-electric Medela, ask whether you have to get the “recommended” pump or if you can choose to purchase one that’s “out of network” and submit the receipt for reimbursement.

Buy products that multitask. It pays to buy gear that does more than one thing or that can be repurposed later. Opt for a diaper pail that can be converted to a trash can, a plastic “grass” baby bottle drying rack that can also dry your delicate wine glasses, a swaddling blanket that’s also a nursing cover and a play mat, and a play yard that functions as a mobile changing table and a travel crib. These days, you can even use your cell phone as a baby monitor. The list goes on.

Shop store brands. ‘Course breast is best. But if you need to use formula, store-brand formulas, such as Walmart’s Parent’s Choice or Target’s Up & Up are the way to go. (Confession: I’ve done some spokesperson and written work for Perrigo, the makers of store-brand infant formula. This after touring their manufacturing facility in Vermont and doing my research on this concept.) Here’s the thing that sold me: All storebrand infant formula must be nutritionally equivalent to name-brand formulas as per FDA regulations. Yet, store-brands cost up to 50 percent less, saving you up to $600 a year. Try store-brand disposable diapers and wipes too in the large size package you can find. The 121 count box of Walmart Parent’s Choice cost just 16 cents per diaper compared to 24 cents per diaper for a 117-count package of Huggies. Experiment until you find a storebrand diaper or wipe you like. For more information on saving money on diapers, check out my book, “Save Dollars on Diapers.”

Join your supermarket’s baby club. Many supermarkets offer a free baby club that ties the store’s rewards card to baby product purchases. Baby club card holders can typically receive discounts for points they earn by purchasing eligible products, which often include diapers and wipes as well as baby food, formula and baby lotion among others. Baby clubs are available at major supermarkets across the country. To maximize savings, use manufacturer’s coupons on baby products when possible while earning baby club rewards.

Ditch your virtual cart. When you’re shopping online for baby gear, especially at specialty retailers, fill your cart with what you need. Then leave your shopping cart for a day or so. Retailers can tell when your shopping cart is loaded but idle. Don’t be surprised if you get a coupon or promo code sent right to your e-mail that encourages you to click the “buy” button.

Get cash back with online shopping. Instead of heading directly to an ecommerce site, such as Diapers.com to do your online baby gear shopping, start at a rebate portal, such as Ebates.com. Rebates sites like Ebates.com enable you to get cash back on your baby product purchases. The practice, known as spend-to-earn shopping, is akin to entering through a rebate door before proceeding to the ecommerce site you’d normally go to anyway. Ebates.com features over 1,500 online stores, such as Diapers.com, which offers 2 percent cash back on purchases. Your rebate/savings can go right into your PayPal account or get sent to your home by check.

These are so many ways to save on baby gear, more which I’ll cover in subsequent posts. Meanwhile, what’s your fave?

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Is your baby getting enough tummy time?

by Sandra Gordon on June 16, 2015

DABT-4X6uLAAs soon as your new baby gets home from the hospital or birthing center, it’s time to hit the gym–as in the activity gym–for some tummy time, a.k.a your baby’s version of push-ups.

The Back Story

After American Academy of Pediatrics started the “Back to Sleep” campaign in 1994, SIDS rates have declined by over 50 percent. The not-so-great news? Because babies spend so much time on their backs these days when they’re sleeping, they may not be spending enough time on their tummies when they’re awake. A tummy time deficit may affect your baby’s development. Here’s why:

When babies spend time on their tummies during play time, they use their shoulder muscles to push their head and shoulders off the floor. “Tummy time increases head and neck control and body strength and improves balance,” says pediatrician Brannon Perilloux, M.D.

Without adequate time on their tummies, however, babies may experience deficits, including weak neck and shoulder muscles, which can delay a baby’s ability to roll over, sit up without support, crawl and pull to standing.

Down the road…tummy-time-deprived toddlers can end up with wimpy neck, shoulder and jaw muscles that can impact their ability to hit other developmental milestones.

Consider: “Adequate neck control can impact a baby’s eating and speech development,” says Melanie Mintz, DPT, a board-certified pediatric physical therapist, because the same muscles that babies use to hold their head up also support their jaws.

Read on to learn why tummy time should be an important part of your parenting game plan… [click to continue…]

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Car seats: The low down on the load leg

by Sandra Gordon on June 11, 2015

Buy buy baby infant car seats

Shopping for your baby’s first car seat can make your head feel like you’re inside a pinball machine. The types! The styles! The cool colors, such as “blackberry,” “night” and “sand”!  I touch on option overload in “Top Trends in Child Car Seats.” Check it out for an overview of what’s hot in car seats now.

Meanwhile, to help save your sanity in the car seat aisle, here’s a shopping strategy I suggest that can narrow the field considerably: Choosing an infant car seat with a load leg.

A load leg, a.k.a. a foot prop or stability leg, is a popular feature on European car seats and fortunately, it’s gaining ground in the U.S. too. If I were doing it all over again, I’d definitely checkout an infant car seat with a load leg. Read on to find out why… [click to continue…]

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Let’s talk about preventing stillbirth

by Sandra Gordon on May 27, 2015

Boppy's Total Fit Pillow

Of the 4 million babies born each year in the U.S., almost 26,000 are lost due to stillbirth – babies who die in utero past the age of viability (after 24 weeks). In fact, stillbirth is 10 times more common than Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. At your prenatal appointments, however, don’t expect your obstetrician or midwife to mention it.

“Stillbirth is the elephant in the room,” says Ruth C. Fretts, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School and an ob/gyn at Harvard Vanguard Associates in Boston. “Everyone wants to prevent stillbirth, but no one wants to talk about it.” Why? “There hasn’t been enough data collected consistently about stillbirth,” Dr. Fretts says.

Fortunately, we should officially know more about stillbirth soon because nuMOM2b is going on right now. It’s a new study that’s collecting data from 10,000 women who are having their first baby. nuMOM2b will focus on problems during pregnancy, such as high blood pressure, babies born much too early and very small, and stillbirth. Meanwhile, “Don’t wait for the results of nuMOM2b,” Dr. Fretts says. We already know plenty about stillbirth to be proactive.

To-do Tactics

Here are three things you can do today to help ensure a safe birth:

Get a kick outta your baby! Beginning in week 28, start paying attention to your baby’s kicks. Does your baby kick more in the afternoon? When you’re hungry? Make a mental note. “A healthy baby is an active baby,” Dr. Fretts says. Also, use a Kicks Count chart to log the amount of time it takes to count 10 kicks. Repeat the same process at the same time daily and take your chart with you to your doctor visits. If you notice that your baby isn’t kicking as much as usual at a point in the day when he/she is usually active, “See if drinking a cold, sweet drink, such as orange juice, wakes your baby up,” says Linda Gaglioti, CNM, director of midwifery at the Brooklyn Birthing Center, the only free-standing birthing center in New York City. If that doesn’t get your baby moving, call your doctor.

Bug your doctor for tests. Once you have your doctor on the phone, ask about a non-stress test, biophysical profile, ultrasound and contraction stress test. Each of these four tests can help your doctor determine what’s going on in there. “Reduced fetal movement is a symptom that has to be evaluated, just like chest pain,” Dr. Fretts says. Be persistent in requesting these tests, as in “I’d like an ultrasound just to make sure everything is okay.”

Be a side snoozer. Pregnant women are notoriously sleep challenged but doing what you can to sleep like a baby can pay off.  Studies show that those who sleep six hours or more each night are less likely to have prolonged labor. Sleeping on your left side as much as possible during the last trimester can also reduce the risk of stillbirth. Boppy offers the Custom Fit Total Body Pillow to help you get comfy in that position.

Pregnant and Empowered!

For more information about preventing stillbirth, visit Pregnantandempowered. It’s a new campaign First Candle and The Boppy Company are launching with support from Babies R Us to get the word out. It’s aimed at educating parents to be about prenatal health and wellness to reduce the risks of stillbirth.

FYI: This post isn’t sponsored. It’s based on my notes from the media symposium I attended in New York City that launched the Pregnant and Empowered campaign. But it may contain affiliate links to products I think are a good idea for moms to be on a budget.

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Greentoe helps get you better baby gear deals

by Sandra Gordon on April 9, 2015

Green_Toe_Logo_BigOne of the best ways to get a good deal when you’re loading up on baby gear is to utter these five words: “Is this your best price?” 

Posing this question at baby boutiques can so be helpful because small businesses often have some say in their product pricing. With major retailers like Babies R Us, however, I couldn’t imagine asking for a better price, can you? Still, according to Joe Marrapodi, the co-founder of Greentoe.com, a website and mobile app that allows consumers to negotiate with online retailers, it’s possible. Even major retailers have play in their pricing if you’re negotiating in-store.

Pricing flexibility is thanks to Minimum Advertised Price (MAP). It’s an agreement between suppliers and retailers stipulating the lowest price a product can be advertised for, as in displayed or published. But if you go into a store, you can actually buy products below MAP just by asking for a better deal. In-store bargaining with the five magic words is an MAP work around.

Still, whose gonna do that? I’ll be the first to admit that I’m bashful bargainer. If you are too, Greentoe can make your life easier. The site and super fun app that does the bargaining for you. It’s a great place to try to get a good deal on a car seat, stroller, high chair and diaper bag.

The site and iPhone app allow you to name your price on these baby products online.

Gaming the Baby Gear System

Here’s how Greentoe works: Let’s say you’re in the market for a Stokke Classic Tripp Trapp High Chair. From the Greentoe app, you would press “Make an Offer.” Then, with the site’s gauge meter, you’ll move the needle with your finger until you’re at the price you want to offer for the high chair. The gauge meter gives you an idea of how realistic your offer is. It’s color coded as follows:

Green means the retailer is almost guaranteed to take your price.

Orange—the retailer might take your deal, depending on timing, their inventory and other factors.

Red basically means sorry–it’s not likely to happen.

The gauge meter is based on algorithms and price intel.

In general, Greentoe shoppers save an average of about 18 to 22 percent off retail, according to Marrapodi. But you can always try to do even better by submitting orange offers and see if you get a hit. I tested my Greentoe offers against prices on high chairs on Amazon and I found that I could beat Amazon’s prices by around 20 percent.

All Greentoe offers include taxes (if they apply in your state to online shopping) and shipping. To learn more and sign up, visit www.greentoe.com and get $20 off your first purchase.

Baby Deal

You can also earn 3 percent cash back (good through April 30, 2105) by typing saveabundle in the box at checkout. Happy haggling!

Want to learn more?

Baby products are just one of five categories of products available on Greentoe. To learn more  about Greentoe and saving money online, check out my Greentoe post on ShopSmart or go to Greentoe.com.

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Don’t let medication mishaps happen to you.

The AAP urges parents, physicians and pharmacists to use only metric measurements on prescriptions, medication labels and dosing cups to help ensure kids receive the correct dose of medication. Medication should not be measured in teaspoons or tablespoons, especially not spoons taken from a kitchen drawer.

BPM: To give liquid medication to your baby, toddler or older child, the AAP wants you to use a medication syringe with measurements in milliliters (mL), such as this one

“Spoons come in many different sizes and are not precise enough to measure a child’s medication,” said pediatrician Ian Paul, MD, FAAP, lead author of the policy statement, “Metric Units and the Preferred Dosing of Orally Administered Liquid Medications,” in the April 2015 Pediatrics (published online March 30). “For infants and toddlers, a small error – especially if repeated for multiple doses – can quickly become toxic.”

Each year more than 70,000 children visit emergency departments as a result of unintentional medication overdoses. Sometimes a caregiver will misinterpret milliliters for teaspoons. Another common mistake is using the wrong kind of measuring device, resulting in a child receiving two or three times the recommended dose.

“One tablespoon generally equals three teaspoons. If a parent uses the wrong size spoon repeatedly, this could easily lead to toxic doses,” said Dr. Paul.

The back story on why it’s important that children get the right dose:

Research has demonstrated that common over-the-counter liquid medications for children often have metric dosing on the label, but include a measuring device marked in teaspoons, or vice versa, causing confusion among caregivers. One recent study demonstrated that medication errors are significantly less common among parents using only mL-based dosing rather than teaspoons or tablespoons.

Accuracy in dosing has long been a concern of the Academy’s. The AAP has previously testified before the Food and Drug Administration urging metric-only labeling and dosing. The updated 2015 policy statement recommends:

– Standard language should be adopted, including mL as the only appropriate abbreviation for milliliters. Liquid medications should be dosed to the nearest 0.1, 0.5, or 1 mL.
– How often a dose is needed should be clearly stated on the label. Common language like “daily” should be used rather than medical abbreviations like ‘qd’, which could be misinterpreted as ‘qid’ (which in the past has been a common way for doctors to describe dosing four times daily).
– Pediatricians should review mL-based doses with families when they are prescribed.
– Dosing devices should not have extra markings that can be confusing, and should not be significantly larger than the dose described on the label, to avoid two-fold dosing errors.
– Manufacturers should eliminate labeling, instructions and dosing devices that contain units other than metric units.

“We are calling for a simple, universally recognized standard that will influence how doctors write prescriptions, how pharmacists dispense liquid medications and dosing cups, and how manufacturers print labels on their products,” Dr. Paul said.

Check out this informative video on medication dosing from the AAP:

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5 things to know before buying a car seat

by Sandra Gordon on March 27, 2015

Shopping for a car seat can make your head feel like your inside a pinball machine. There’s so much to choose from. Option overload is one of latest trends I mention in Top Trends in Child Car Seats, a piece I wrote recently for Edmunds.com. Check it out. It can help you sort through the seats and get the gist of what’s going on in the car-seat world. Meanwhile, I’ve also come up with these basic car-seat shopping guidelines to help you narrow the field.

Know that…

1. You should buy an infant car seat if possible. I know 3-in-one and 4-in-one car seats are a trend and they’re tempting. One and done! They save money too. Still, starting with an infant seat first is the safety gold standard. That’s because an infant car seat offers the snuggest fit for newborns. It’s more cocoon-like, which may offer more protection in a crash. In my Edmunds piece, I also talk about infant car seats with a load/stability leg, which is a new feature that can help narrow the field. Love load legs! That’s a definite feature to consider when you’re buying an infant car seat. If you buy an infant car seat, don’t set it on the counter or any elevated surface with your baby in it.

CloudQProductImage2. Some car seats are a cut above. All car seats sold in the U.S. must meet safety standard 213, which is designed to protect a child in the event of a head-on collision. That means that all U.S. car seats have this baseline of safety. Some seats go beyond the government’s safety standard and offer side-impact protection too. Side-impact seats aren’t the cheapest out there, but they’re worth the premium price, IMHO. Put these brands on your contender list:
3. The seat you choose should be relatively easy to use and install. If you’re torn between two or more contender car seats, NHTSA’s Ease of Use ratings can help you decide. Look for those with five stars for overall ease of use. And just know this list is by no means inclusive. There are lots of great easy-to-use seats out there that aren’t on this list.
4. You will be tempted to just choose a car seat based on looks. Car seat manufacturers know this. That’s why they make car seats with bold colors, such as orange with gray or chartreuse or they make car seats that are designed to blend in with a car’s interior (there are two basic style camps). Do you want to go bold or blend in? That’s a fun question—and not something you should base your car-seat buying decision on. Better style questions to ask: Does this seat fit my lifestyle? Does it fit the design of my car’s interior?
5. Whatever car seat you buy, there’s going to be an installation learning curve. Car seats, even the ones with 5 star NHSTA ratings, aren’t intuitive. So once you get your seat home, do you homework. Check out Safercar.gov for starters on installation how-tos.

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Dr. Sasha Carr offers summer travel sleep tips

by Sandra Gordon on June 16, 2014

Babies need 10 to 18 hours of sleep each 24-hour day. That’s not so tough to accomplish when it’s could out and you’re cocooning at home anyway. But during the summer months, “it can be challenging to fit all that in while traveling or enjoying summer vacation activities,” says Sasha Carr, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and certified child and family sleep coach at Off to Dreamland. The upshot? If your baby doesn?t snooze, you loose. But Dr. Carr’s summer travel sleep tips can help you make sure your baby gets the sleep he needs and make your trips more fun.

 

headshotSummer Travel Sleep Tips

Stick to your baby’s regular schedule/routine as much as possible. Even though you’re out and about, protect your baby’s nap time. While naps on the run aren’t ideal because they’re not as restorative, they’re better than skipping the nap. Plan for your baby to nap in the car, on the plane, or in a comfy stroller. Babies and young toddlers often do best in a familiar travel crib. Dr. Carr recommends the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light. Before your trip, have your baby sleep in it at home to break it in. “It opens like an umbrella,” Dr. Carr says. Assembling it is almost a one-step process. For hotel rooms, even just going to Grandma’s house or for longish mommy’s group meet-ups, The Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light can help babies and toddlers get in a real nap. It’s only 11 pounds to lug around and much easier to set up/dissemble than a Pack ‘n Play.

Turn to the dark side. Little ones sleep best in a dark environment, especially in new, potentially stimulating locales. Temporary blackout shades like Redishades can make any hotel or guest room sleep-friendly, no matter what time zone you’re in. “They’re accordion black construction paper with adhesive on the end,” Dr. Carr says. You can cut them or overlap them to make them fit any window size. You can also use a black bed sheet with tools for hanging, like safety pins and non-marking painter’s tape or a few black trash bags taped directly to the windows. They work as well as the most deluxe curtains, Dr. Carr says. For portable stroller napping, check out the Snoozeshade. Dark and breathable at the same time, it creates a perfect cocoon for your little caterpillar when you?re on a roll.

Get everyone onboard with the plan. Before you set off on your summer adventure, make sure everyone agrees or at least is aware of your priorities regarding sleep. If you’ve decided to head back to the hotel for a midday rest at Disney so that your 10 month old can get a good nap in before a jam-packed afternoon and the evening fireworks, for example, explain to your 6 year-old why this plan equals more fun for everyone later in the day.

For more sleep tips, sign-up for Dr. Carr?s free monthly newsletter, and like Off to Dreamland on Facebook.

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Retweet Today about Heatstroke

by Sandra Gordon on May 23, 2014

The National Weather Service has designated today, Friday, May 23, 2014, National Heat Awareness Day

Each year, nearly 40 children die from heatstroke after being left unattended in a hot vehicle, according to KidsAndCars.org. Child vehicular heatstroke is the leading non-traffic cause of vehicular death for children. The inside of a car can heat up quickly—to as high as 122 degrees F in less than 20 minutes on an especially hot day. Moreover, young children overheat faster than adults because they’re less able to regulate their body temperature.

Prevent Heatstroke from Happening

Child hot car deaths vehicular is an under-recognized and commonly misunderstand danger to child passenger safety.

Play it safe. Never leave your child in the car, even with the windows “cracked,” or even just for a few minutes. And keep in mind that a change in routine or a bad night’s sleep can lend themselves to the unthinkable—driving to work with your sleeping baby in the car and forgetting that it’s your day to drop her off at daycare. To help you remember that your baby is in the car, put a soft toy in the front seat. Or secure something you need, such as a purse or backpack, in the backseat near your baby. Also, get in the habit of checking to make sure that everyone has exited the car when you get to your destination and lock car doors when you leave so a curious toddler can’t climb in your car when you’re not looking. Keep your car keys out of your child’s reach.

#heatstroke

Ray Ray’s Pledge (www.RayRaysPledge.com), KidsAndCars.org (www.kidsandcars.org), Safe Kids Worldwide (www.safekids.org), Jan Null (Certified Consulting Meteorologist, San Francisco State University; ggweather.com/heat), Child Care Aware of America (www.ChildCareAware.org), National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) (www.hmhb.org), Pediatric Safety (www.pediatricsafety.net), Britax (www.britax.com), and International Association for Child Safety (www.iafcs.com) will join forces today to commemorate National Heat Awareness Day. Today, this coalition of child safety advocates will post hourly child vehicular #heatstroke facts and prevention tips. The resultant heightened public awareness will hopefully lead to a reduction in these preventable tragedies.

Get involved in National Heat Awareness Day and child vehicular #heatstroke prevention by sharing this coalition’s #heatstroke facts and prevention tips throughout the day on your social media outlets, and asking your friends and family to do the same.

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