Topic: child safety

Your Disgusting Pig-Car May Be To Blame For This Evenflo Buckle Recall

Your Disgusting Pig-Car May Be To Blame For This Evenflo Buckle Recall

Evenflo Company Inc. is voluntarily recalling more than 1.3 million child safety seat buckles due to the risk children could not be removed quickly in an emergency. This may sound familiar, Graco had a similar recall recently – the largest one ever. They recalled over four million seats. Both companies are willingly sending out replacement buckles – as they should. My only question is – how do you make a buckle that is resistant to grime and food particles? Is it even possible? Do you think we need to tell parents to occasionally take apart the seats and rinse the buckles out if they are allowing kids to eat in the backseat? More »

The Arrests Of 26 Men Expecting To Meet Young Girls Is Another Reason To Keep Your Kid Off Social Media

The Arrests Of 26 Men Expecting To Meet Young Girls Is Another Reason To Keep Your Kid Off Social Media

A Florida sheriff’s office announced the arrest of 26 men today, accused of using the Internet to line up dates for sex with children. The men – whose ages ranged from 19 to 51 – all showed up at a house expecting to be meeting children. One of the most shocking parts of the story? The 26 arrests took place in the last five days. That it is so easy to round up that many predators in such a small amount of time makes my head spin. More »

When It Comes To Guns In The Home, Parents Put Way Too Much Faith In Their Kids

When It Comes To Guns In The Home, Parents Put Way Too Much Faith In Their Kids

I knew Diane Sawyer’s special on kids and guns that aired Friday night was going to disturb me. I’m really afraid of guns and the thought of having one in a house with kids terrifies me. I just didn’t realize what was going to disturb me most of all – that gun-owning parents seem to have an unrelenting faith that their kids either don’t know where their guns are, or have no interest. Wrong. More »

A Baby Swallowed A Pacifier And I May Never Sleep Again

A Baby Swallowed A Pacifier And I May Never Sleep Again

I have what I think is an irrational fear of my child choking. I cut his food into ridiculously small pieces, I scan every new home we visit for small items, and I stare at him intently when he’s eating. I was hoping this was one of those parenting paranoias that I would grow out of – but it hasn’t happened yet. It may never happen – since I read a story this morning about a child who choked on his pacifier. His whole pacifier. More »

Oh Joy – Here’s All The Food Items Your Kids Are Most Likely To Choke On Including Delicious Candy

Oh Joy - Here's All The Food Items Your Kids Are Most Likely To Choke On Including Delicious Candy

There is a new list out citing all the most dangerous foods to give your kids broken down by age group. Including breast milk and formula. Which is bizarre to me, because technically how can a baby actually choke on great milk or formula? I have nursed my children and had them sort of gag on my milk when my let-down was acting all plentiful but I usually just gently burped them or rubbed their back while they sputtered and they were fine. More »

Parents Fail To Notice Their Young Son Is Hitching A Ride On Top Of Their Minivan – Even When He Falls Off

Parents Fail To Notice Their Young Son Is Hitching A Ride On Top Of Their Minivan - Even When He Falls Off

And when one of my kids are away I can sort of SENSE if something is going on with them. I think if my kid were on my roof I would get a feeling something, somewhere was off. I’m sure it’s awful for these parents and I feel terrible for them , but it’s hard for me to totally understand it because I get so paranoid about being away from my kids I call home to make sure they are OK when I am pulling out of the driveway. More »

As A Resident Of Tornado Alley, I Think Tornado Safe Rooms In Schools Are A Great Idea

As A Resident Of Tornado Alley, I Think Tornado Safe Rooms In Schools Are A Great Idea

I’m sure being a new mother has an impact on my opinion. Before we had my daughter, my husband and I were more likely to go stand outside and stare at the sky in a storm than get our safety gear and flashlights together. Okay, we’re still likely to go stare at the storm, but only after we have our emergency stuff together and a clear path to the safest room in our apartment. More »

Buddy System Badly Needed: 4-Year-Old Left After School Field Trip

Buddy System Badly Needed: 4-Year-Old Left After School Field Trip

If you were ever left somewhere as a child or lost I am pretty sure you remember it to this day. I can remember getting lost when I was little and how utterly scary and confusing it was, and how upset my own mom was when I was found wandering our neighborhood with a friend. This happens to a lot of parents but it is a million times worse when it happens when you have entrusted your kid to the care of someone else More »