1. Kids Are Sponges: Monitoring the Media Your Toddler Sees

    Family Watching TVChildren tend to absorb everything around them. As much as you may think your baby or toddler isn’t paying attention, he or she is likely absorbing any background activity or noise. That’s why it’s so important to be conscientious about how much and what kinds of media your child consumes at each stage of development, regardless of whether done actively, such as watching a movie on TV, or passively, such as playing the radio. The programming you select, including any adult media, can influence your child.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that TV and other media should be avoided for children age 2 or younger. Instead, the AAP emphasizes that children should learn from play and from human — not screen — interaction.

    It’s therefore important for parents to determine how to regulate, limit, or monitor the media impact on children. Here are some tips:

     

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  2. Identifying Danger: Teaching toddlers to be safe

    Babies and toddlers have very little concept of danger, evidenced by the way they may walk into – or sometimes lunge off of – objects without fear of falling or injury. As important as it is to teach toddlers about eating healthy foods and good manners, it’s also essential that they understand how to avoid harming themselves and how to address danger.

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  3. Is it Safe to Take Your Baby to the Beach?

    Baby Wearing Sun-Protective ClothingBabies are often more susceptible than adults to short- and long-term damage from ultraviolet (UV) rays, due to the delicateness of their skin. However, that doesn’t mean your family has to ban the beach altogether. In fact, there are benefits to taking babies who are at least a few months old to the beach. The texture of the sand, the sound of the waves, and salty ocean air all provide rich sensory experiences that aid in your baby’s development.

    Instead of ruling out the beach for your baby this summer, follow these tips for safe fun in the sun:

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  4. Establishing an Emergency Contact List

    Emergency Room EntranceAn emergency contact list could prove life-saving when unexpected circumstances arise. No one plans to have an emergency, but every parent should plan for one. You may know to dial 9-1-1 during a serious medical emergency, but your mind may go blank attempting to dig up other emergency numbers during a highly stressful situation. When seconds matter, you’ll be glad that your emergency contact list is not only accessible, but also comprehensive.

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  5. Uncovering Hidden Dangers: Simple Steps to Keep Your Family Safe

    Protecting Children From Hidden DangersLook carefully and you’ll see dangerous situations for your children almost anywhere you turn – cars whizzing by, knives on the counter, a box of matches, an unlocked car door or pool gate, and untied shoelaces are just a few. Here are some hidden dangers that may not seem so obvious: