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Health & Safety

Tips to keep your family healthy and safe

When days get hectic it's hard to find time to prepare healthy meals or stay active as a family. Gerber Life puts quick, healthy recipes and workout routines for you and your family right at your fingertips. We also share tips for helping to keep your family safe, such as how to avoid everyday dangers. Because it's so important to take good care of your family, we hope that our tips for raising healthy families will give you the kind of practical information that can help you do just that.

  1. 5 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes and Decorations

    October 10, 2018

    Halloween is in HOW many days? Don’t worry, we have some last-minute costume and décor ideas that can make you look like a pro and that you can make with your child. If you’re putting things together in a hurry and on a budget, no problem. You could use materials from around the house to create a masterpiece.

    Here’s some costume inspiration for busy parents:

    1. The Mummy

    Use an old sheet or a roll of gauze bandages to give your child a “preserved” look. If using a white sheet, rip it into long strips. Wrap the strips or the gauze around your child in two sections – top and bottom – keeping the top separate from the bottom (you’ll thank us later for this tip). Dab smoky eye shadow around your child’s eyes and a little on the cheeks.

     

    DIY Halloween Costumes - child mummy costume

     

    2. The Superhero

    Start with leggings and a matching T shirt. You’ll also need some spare felt, safety pins or fabric glue, child-safe scissors and a solid-colored blanket or sheet. First, cut out a large letter –– from the felt, then attach it to the T shirt with safety pins or fabric glue. Cut other pieces of felt into strips and turn them into a belt, headband or eye mask. Add a solid-colored blanket or sheet and you’ve got a Superhero cape.

     

    Halloween Costumes - boy in DIY superhero costume

     

    3. The Emoji

    Got a yellow T shirt in a size that’s too big for your kiddo? Perfect! Next thing you’ll need is a printout of “emoji” facial expressions. Then, attach the selected emoji to the T shirt with glue or safety pins, or use a stick-on emoji. If you have several yellow T shirts, you could make more emoji T shirts and have the whole family go trick-or-treating as every mood.

     

    Halloween Decorations - cutting paper

     

    Don’t let your Halloween creativity stop with the costume. It’s also easy to give your house or apartment a face lift before the trick-or-treaters arrive. Here are some options:

     

    4. Wicked Welcome

    Turn your front door into a spooky or silly face that can catch the eyes of passersby. All you need is some white or colored paper, tape, child-safety scissors and imagination.

     

    Halloween front door decoration

     

    5. Eerie Entryway

    Transform your entryway into a critter cave. Begin by stretching cotton batting into long pieces, then positioning them in the entryway to create fake cobwebs. Sprinkle plastic or paper spiders throughout the cobwebs for a Halloween-style, spine-tingling effect. Finish the look by hanging cut-out paper bats from the ceiling.

     

    Halloween pumpkins on front porch

     

    A Word on Safety

    Halloween is a lot of fun for you and the children, but it’s important to play it safe.
    – Remember to keep your pathways cleared and well-lit for trick-or-treaters.
    – Make sure that your kids are visible when trick-or-treating at night by attaching reflective tape to their costumes.
    – Don’t forget to check the candy they bring home!

     

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  2. Paid Maternity Leave Infographic

    February 6, 2018

    Despite the fact that it happens every day around the world, having a baby is a big deal! Babies, while so small, have a big impact on the lives of new parents. And what’s more, this impact radiates out, touching careers and even our national economy!

    Click below to see why Paid Maternity Leave is so important for parents, employers, and the country at large.

    Maternity Leave Infographic

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  3. A Happy & Safe Halloween for Your Little Goblin

    October 16, 2017

    Halloween can be the best holiday for parents and kids, full of laughs and thrills – and candy.

    So how come it may also cause you some stress? Simple: Combine costumes, strangers and nighttime, and it’s a witch’s brew of potential challenges.

    Is this reason for caution? Of course.

    Is this a reason to avoid trick or treating? Of course not!

    At Gerber Life Insurance, we understand that you can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your children. As always, being prepared and as informed as possible helps to minimize anxiety and focus on the FUN.

    Here are four easy tips to help make this Halloween a safe and positive experience for you and your little goblin.

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  4. 7 Tips for Coping with Holiday Stress

    December 21, 2016

    Family sitting at table for holiday mealThe holiday season can be a most wonderful time of the year, but it also can be a time of stress-induced, anxiety-filled moments. If you experience stress, you know how important it is to take a moment to breathe and enjoy the time spent with loved ones. Sometimes this is easier said than done.

    We’ve rounded up seven tips for coping with holiday stress, to help you stay happy, healthy and energized:

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  5. Healthy Summer Snacks for Kids and Adults

    July 7, 2016

    Child enjoying a summer treatGo from breakfast to bedtime with healthy summer snacks. Here are some that are great for kids but “grown up” enough for adults:

    Maple Cinnamon Hummus: Sweeten up your hummus by serving maple cinnamon hummus. Enjoy it as a snack with cinnamon sugar pita chips, for lunch on whole-grain toast with thinly sliced apples or serve it for breakfast on top of warm toast, waffles or tortillas.

    Warm-Frozen Chocolate Bananas: Here’s a snack that both you and your kids can enjoy, and that has it all: fruit, chocolate, nuts. This healthy summer recipe, perfect for an afternoon playdate or a pre-workout snack, is easy to make. Dip warm, sautéed or frozen bananas in chocolate sauce and cover with your favorite healthy topping such as nuts, dried berries or raisins.

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