Trees are in bloom, flowers are bursting forth from the ground and your poor child is blurry eyed and stuffed up. Welcome to allergy season. Allergies can severely limit activities for children and cause parents much grief as they try to deal with a constantly sick child.Read More
Like most parts of the United States, Chicago has been hit with cold weather one day and balmy weather the next. This has lead to an increase of colds and other nasty infections. A few simple tips for keeping your kids healthy.Read More
Flu season has hit with a vengeance this year. Children are particularly susceptible to the flu, but outside of keeping your child away from everyone on the planet what else can you do to prevent the flu or at least lessen the impact? These 5 tips can help keep you and your kids healthier and happier.Read More
With sadness we are watching the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. In our day to day living we aren’t always thinking about natural disasters, but when it comes to protecting our children and families it always helps to be prepared and not wait for an actual disaster to think about survival plans. Try to take a few minutes to think about how prepared your family is for a natural disaster or a fire.
- Do you have an evacuation plan?
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but how about a giggle a day? Laughing truly is the best medicine since it relaxes the whole body, boosts the immune system and triggers the release of endorphins. All these help your baby’s development. Nothing is better than watching a child howl when something tickles his funny bone and it also is an indicator that your child knows how structures and patterns are supposed to work and that it’s funny when they don’t.
A supportive environment helps nurture your child’s sense of humor so it’s important to laugh at his early attempts at humor. Your laughter will in turn boost his confidence. A few tried and true tips on how to get your child giggling.
- Use an object in a way it was not intended - Put your child’s pants on your head, wear a bowl for a hat, etc. Your child knows this isn’t the norm and it will set her off in a fit of laughter.
- Be silly – Do an over exaggerated dance, use a banana for a telephone, make a funny face. Your child will start belly laughing at your silliness and won’t be able to stop.
- Peek-a-boo – This age-old game takes on a new meaning when you make a big deal that you can’t see your child and then laugh along with him when he moves the blanket.
- I’m Going To Get You – Come up behind your toddler and exclaim “I’m going to get you!” She will try to get away, but will be laughing so hard she will end up in your arms instead.
What funny things do you do to help your child laugh? Share your laugh “medicine” with us and be sure to have a giggle-fest with your little one tonight!
Toddlers hit all sorts of milestones faster than a blink of an eye, but if you are afraid your toddler is lagging behind on speech and language development try some of these 5 easy tips.*Read More
Sunburn can happen so easily during these nice-weather months when our kids are constantly outside. A few preventative tips can help your child avoid sunburn so she can enjoy playing outside without pain.
- Stay out of direct sun as much as possible during peak times (10am -4pm).
- Wear a wide brimmed hat. If possible get one that also covers the neck. This is especially important for babies.
- Always put on sunblock even on cloudy days! Talk to your physician about what SPF is best for your child.
- Have child wear UV blocking sunglasses when outdoors.
- Be sure to have child wear loose fitting clothes so sweat can evaporate. Try to have as much of child covered as possible. We know those little swimsuits look so cute on your child, but opt for ones that cover more and have sun protection.
Summertime is a time to be outdoors and have fun, but sunburn can have serious consequences. Follow these easy 5 tips for healthy, summer skin! Check back next week for more summer tips!
We have blogged about the importance of indoor air quality and our crib mattresses being GREENGUARD certified. Springtime rains can bring a problem inside your home of moisture which can bring mold and reduce your indoor air quality. A few tips to prevent mold from invading your indoor air quality.
- Mold loves wet, moist places. If you have humidity levels of 70% and above, you should invest in a good dehumidifier to help prevent mold growth.
- Keep your home at around 69-73 degrees and the humidity level at about 54%.
- Replace porous surfaces if mold is present. Porous surfaces include wall paper, carpeting or dry wall. These must be replaced immediately. They cannot be cleaned of mold.
- Use organic soap or bleach to clean surface mold. Be sure to wear protective gloves.
- Invest in a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter which can reduce allergens like mold that can be tracked in the house on your shoes.
What tips do you have for getting rid of mold?