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They just don’t make ‘em like they used to!

I’m currently testing a 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander.  Top crash test results, but the 2nd row middle seat is problematic, to say the least.  If only someone made a very narrow backless booster, perhaps one that tapered in back to make it easy to grab buckle stalks.  Yes, there’s the BubbleBum, but it’s shallow and doesn’t fit bigger kids well.  If only someone made such a seat that offered more thigh support and could be adjusted wider as they grow.

Oh wait.  They did.

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This throwback isn’t too hard to guess!

 

Monkey proofing your baby proofing.

Babyproofing. We are all familiar with it. The first child rolls over and it’s a mad dash to Babies R Us to buy every lock/corner cover/fireplace bumper/outlet cover, etc known to man. The second kid comes and it’s like, “Meh, put away the matches and knives and don’t dump your change on the floor and we’re good”.

But there is one thing that we should remember to do, no matter how many kids are in your home. And regrettably, I slacked on this one. I’m going to tell you what happened last week, and I’m going to feel very guilty and like an awful parent but it needs to be said: Please anchor your dressers/TVs/furniture to the walls. I’ve actually been very good about this and I will admit it’s probably only because Ikea (gotta love those safety focused Swedes!) includes anchor straps with all their furniture. When we moved in here, I dutifully anchored all dressers, TV stands, and bookshelves to the wall. All but one. I meant to do it. But I slacked because I was in a whirlwind of Declan being born within 2 weeks of moving into the house and unpacking and life in general. Plus the dresser is a beast. I can’t even move it by myself, so I wasn’t worried about a 3 year old lightweight pulling it over. Kid doesn’t eat his spinach; he ain’t pullin’ anything over.

And I was right. Until I wasn’t.

He’s opened those drawers a million times. A drawer in our dresser I keep out of season stuff in. I had my back turned to close the blinds while he pulled open the drawer to get out a pair of summer pajamas, and I heard a whoosh and a crashing sound a foot behind me. Oddly enough, despite me never in a million years thinking he would ever pull the dresser on to himself, the second I heard that sound I knew what it was before I even saw him. There it was, the Beast laying on top of my skinny little guy, his sad little face crying over the top of the dresser. I must have grown muscles in those split seconds because the weight of my heart in my feet surely should have kept me from moving. Despite always whining and making my husband help me to move the dresser over when I needed to get something behind it, I managed to lift the dresser and fling it to the side. When I lifted it, the drawers flew out and whacked the poor kid again. I remember cussing at myself in my head for being so stupid. I left him laying there while I started to check him over, but he immediately popped up, kicked the dresser and screamed “STUPID!!!” at it and flung himself into my arms. I choked back tears as I thanked Whoever for my son not being another statistic. Miraculously, despite the Beast nailing him to the floor, he only had a minor goose egg on his forehead and a bruised cut on his arm. He’s totally forgotten about it but I still continue to play it over and over in my head, thinking how easily the outcome could have been different.

According to the CPSC, 25,400 kids are injured every year from falling furniture/appliances and 1 child dies every 2 weeks. Every 2 weeks! From something totally cheap and preventable. Many of these incidents involve televisions, which most people don’t think to anchor. But think about it, how many times are you telling your kids they are standing too close to the TV? How many times do you tell them to stop climbing on drawers? It could happen to you; I know this because it happened to me. I honestly don’t even think Liam was climbing on a drawer. It was too fast, and it happened with me standing right there!

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Since then I’ve started taking more precautions despite all the furniture being anchored now. The most reached for items are now in bottom drawers, as well as the heaviest items so the dressers aren’t top heavy. Lamps with the switches on the cords now have the switch easily accessible  from the side of the dresser so there is no climbing to reach it. When something is taken away, it is never placed on top of a dresser, bookshelf, or refrigerator to prevent the temptation to climb up to get it back when I’m not looking.

So please listen and do something simple today: buy some anchor straps and attach your furniture to the walls. They’re about $7 for two on Amazon. Even if you’re a renter, I guarantee your child’s life is worth more than the hassle of patching up some holes when you move. If Amaya could tell you to do it, she would. So would Meghan, Charlie, and Katie . And I’m sure Brooke‘s mom could write an even more passionate post than I ever could.

As a CPST, safety advocate, and healthcare provider, I feel like we are constantly warning parents of the obvious dangers: cars, pools, guns. We never stop to think about the unobtrusive ones. So no, I don’t cap the corners of my counters or lovingly pad the edge of the coffee table. But you can bet your sweet buns I’m anchoring the heck out of my house.

And being thankful that the only thing that came out of all this was a blog post.

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Happy Earth Day 2014

recycle carseatToday is Earth Day, the day we love our planet and reduce, reuse, and recycle without abandon. To celebrate, we thought we’d share our list of carseat recycling centers found around the country. This way, we can keep carseats out of landfills when we can and put them to better use after they’ve been crashed or aged out.

http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=156221

What other ways do you celebrate Earth Day, either today or every day? In my family, we recycle anything that can be recycled, heat our pool with solar power, have solar panels to provide some of our electricity, and one of our cars is fully electric. I still feel like we don’t do enough though. Call it green guilt?

Amazon Busy Toddler Savings Event

Amazon.com Busy Toddler Savings Event

Save on select toddler products. Add at least one eligible item to cart and the discount will be reflected at checkout. Offer only applies to products sold and shipped by Amazon.com. Offer good while supplies last. See full Terms and Conditions.

Spend more, save more:

  • Spend $75, save $5
  • Spend $150, save $20
  • Spend $250, save $50!

The event includes a number of carseats on this list in specific fashions, while supplies last!  Some examples are the Clek Foonf convertible carseat, the Safety 1st Boostapak booster,  the Graco Affix high back booster, the Recaro Performance RIDE convertible car seat and the Britax Roundabout 50 Classic convertible carseat.  There are a number of nice accessories and other toddler items too, like the Go-Go Babyz Kidz Travelmate carrier, the Skip Hop Zoo Lunchies insulated lunch bag or one of our favorites, the Thermos Foogo Leak-Proof stainless steel food jar.

 

Mix and match these items at Amazon’s already great prices to combine for $5, $20 or even $50 off your total order!  And don’t forget about Amazon Mom!  You get all the benefits of Prime 2-day shipping and Prime streaming videos plus 20% off subscribed items like diapers and wipes!  Shop Amazon Mom – 20% Off Diapers