Swaddling has been around for ages, but has recently grown in popularity. While the idea has its supporters, it also has its detractors. Detractors say that it’s not safe, while supporters say that it is a way of preventing SIDS. You can read more about swaddling in Carly Week’s “To Swaddle Or Not To Swaddle? That’s The New Parental Question.”
Archive for October 2012
The nursery is painted, and the clothes are all folded and put in the cute dresser you found, but are you truly prepared for your newborn to arrive? The main thing you need to be worried about at this point is baby safety measures. For tips on how to be prepared read Caren Fairweather’s “Tips On Preparing For Your Newborns Arrival.”
Crib safety is the number one way of trying to prevent SIDS, that’s why experts try and make sure that every parent is educated on the measures that need to be taken to protect our infants. You can read about these measures in “Sarah Well’s “Crib Safety-Preventative Measures.”
The safety of our babies is every one’s first concern, that’s why September is National Baby Safety Month. There are tips for making your house baby proof in Bonnie Gonzalez’s “September Is National Baby Safety Month.” You can find tips here for everything from baby proofing the nursery to the kitchen.
Kid safety is one of the primary concerns of parents and experts alike. But what about when the people who are supposed to be protecting your child make a mistake, and that child dies? We discussed this controversial topic and more this week in kid safety.
- Have you ever thought of yourself as a helicopter parent? Most of us don’t, however, if you find out that you are and want to try free-range parenting, then take a look at Una Lamarche’s “Rise Of The Tigger Mom: A Hovering Parent Goes Free-Range.”
- The fight against SIDS continues, and one Fishers mom is determined to do her part in the fight. Read T.J.Banes’ “Fishers Mom Leads Fight Against SIDS,” for more information.
- Safe Sleep is a program designed to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of putting babies to sleep on their backs. The “NIH Campaign Promotes Safe Sleeping For Babies,” will tell you more about the programs they are implementing.
- PAT (Parents As Teachers) is partnering with other programs to help encourage awareness in parents for safe sleep. You can read more about it in: “New Partnership Helps Fulton PAT Educate Parents.”
- It is awful when the people who take our children, even if it is for a good reason, are the ones responsible for the death of that same child. In “Baby Died In CYF Care After Tangling In Blankets,” Hana Garrett-Walker reports on the case and what is being done about it.
- Finally, we took a light-hearted look at being an over-protective parent in: “Are You A Helicopter Parent?”
Protective parenting is a given in the 21st century; things just aren’t the same as they were when we were growing up. The bad guy is always on the horizon, the candy may be poisoned, and television is the devil. It’s right to be protective in today’s society, but when do you go from being protective to being a helicopter parent? There are some sure fire signs that you are reaching helicopter status; here are a few:
- If you never let your child fall, then you may be a helicopter parent. It’s understandable when they are toddlers, but when they start riding a bicycle and you have to be there to catch them, it may be going a little overboard. Failing is one of the most important methods of learning in life.
- If you find yourself contemplating buying your kindergartner a cell phone so that you can keep in contact while she is away, it’s a sure sign that you are hovering to the extreme.
- While it’s okay to text your middle school and high school children, doing so more than twice a day may suggest that you have a problem.
- If you follow your college age child to school and ask the dean who is going to wash her clothes, your protectiveness has reached an entirely new level.
If you are looking to break out of your helicopter parenting ways, you can take some tips from Una Mamarche in: “Rise Of The Tigger Mom: A Hovering Parent Goes Free-Range.”
An 8-month old that was taken into CYF care was found dead in her crib after getting the many blankets that were put on tangled around her; the child was suffocated while away from wary eyes. While CYF is equipped to deal with child abuse, they are evidently not trained in safe sleep for infants. Steps are being taken to remedy the problem; you can read more about this tragedy in Hana Garrett-Walker’s “Baby Died In CYF Care After Tangling In Blankets.”
PAT, or Parents As Teachers, is offering a new program that is working to educate parents by providing them with basic safety materials such as books, sleepers, and even a book on local resources for new parents. You can read more about PAT and the programs they are partnering with in Katherine Cummin’s “New Partnership Helps Fulton PAT Educate Parents.”
The NIH is revamping its program involving safe sleep for babies. The goal is to increase awareness about the importance of safe sleep measures, mainly to prevent SIDS and other infant related deaths. The program hopes to increase awareness in not only parents, but daycare workers and care givers as well. To read more about the NIH’s program you can look at the Contemporary Pediatrics Staff article: “NIH Campaign Promotes Safe Sleep For Babies.”
Sharea Breham knows all about heartbreak… She lost her young son to SIDS in 2002. Instead of giving up however, Sharea is leading the fight against SIDS by helping to educate parents and raise awareness. In T.J. Banes’ “Fishers Mom Leads Fight Against SIDS,” Sharea gives her take on SIDS knowledge as well as the strides we are making to stop it.