How To Identify and Prevent Tip Overs

They may not make the news very often, but tip-over injuries and deaths are fairly common. In fact, a November 2012 report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states that from 2009 to 2011, an estimated average of 43,200 people were treated in hospital emergency departments each year for tip-over injuries relating to furniture, televisions, or appliances. Of these incidents, 25,400 or 59% involved children under 18. Needless to say, this type of accident is something that any parent should be aware of, and it makes sense to want to learn a bit more about how and why something like this might occur.

Facts about Tip-Over Deaths

Some important figures relating to tip-over incidents as per the CPSC report referenced above include:

  • From 2000 to 2011, there were 349 fatalities relating to product instability and tip-over incidents. Of these, 294 or 84% involved children ranging in age from one month to eight years old.
  • 69% of estimated emergency department-treated injuries and 77% of fatalities were sustained in residential settings.
  • The most common injuries sustained due to a tip-over incident were: contusions or abrasions (39%), injuries to internal organs (15%), lacerations (14%), and fractures (13%). • The most common pieces of furniture involved in product instability or tip-over injuries for kids under 18 were: tables (34%); chests, bureaus, and dressers (28%); and shelving, shelving units, and bookcases (19%).
  • 70% of children fatalities involved televisions or televisions and furniture tipping over together. 26% involved just furniture, and the remaining 4% involved appliances.
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The Best Proven Time To Feed Your Baby Solids

According to a recent report done by the New York Times, 40% of parents are feeding their child solid food before they’re 4 months old.  For the past 20 years, The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended  that parents wait until the child is 4 months old before giving them solid food but this last year they modified this recommendation by requesting that parents wait 6 months.

Why Wait?

1) The cells that line your child’s gut haven’t closed yet which makes them more susceptible to developing allergies to the foods that you give them.  Since these gut cells also don’t produce fat and carbohydrate digesting enzymes until the child is 3-4 months old, most solid foods that you give them cant be broken down for a few months and will cause your child to have gas, constipation, vomiting, and wasted nutrients.

2) The is a lower chance of your child developing gastroenteritis, diabetes, ear infections, and obesity (as much as six times) when they are older.

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How Safe Are Your Baby’s Diapers?

It’s hard to imagine life without disposable diapers. After becoming widely available in the late 1960s and early 1970s, disposables are now the norm in much of the world – and for good reason. Though they raise complicated environmental issues, there’s no denying that throwaway nappies are a major convenience for many parents.

Disposables are so ever-present, in fact, that few wonder what they’re made of. But it’s a reasonable question for a product that spends so many hours in direct contact with your child’s most sensitive areas. What’s really in disposable diapers, and is there any chance that these materials could harm your baby?

What’s in a disposable diaper?

While disposable diapers seem simple, they have more materials and parts than you might think. Diaper companies aren’t required to list the ingredients of their products, but modern disposables – Pampers, Huggies, and everything else – all follow the same basic model:

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Tips To Get Your Baby On A Regular Sleeping Schedule

You know what the experts say: Establish a regular bedtime routine and teach your baby to fall asleep on her own. Then, within a few days or weeks, you too will have a baby who sleeps through the night. Sounds great, but does it really work?

How to get your little one ready for bed

Establishing a consistent bedtime ritual — one that includes some variation on a bath, book, and bed — is the number one way  parents help their infants drift off to sleep.

The following are more sleep strategies that worked for other members of the BabyCenter community. Whatever route you choose, remember this: What worked for one family might not work for you, so do what’s best for you and your baby.

Comforting sounds

“One day I noticed that my 3-month-old fell asleep every time I blow-dried my hair. Then I discovered that turning the radio to static also worked like a charm. We just crank the radio up and it soothes her to sleep. It’s more convenient than the blow dryer. And it’s a lifesaver when we’re traveling and she gets tired and fussy. She’ll cry sometimes for a few minutes, but it always works!”
— Richelle

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