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Halloween Safety Tips

Be sure to share these Halloween safety tips from the Polly Klaas Foundation with your little “monsters” to help keep them safe from the real life ones.

Halloween Safety Tips

  1. Have older kids take along two or more friends trick-or-treating. If your child is 12 or younger, you or another trusted adult should go along.
  2. Remind your child to stop only at houses that are well-lit and stay in neighborhoods that are familiar.
  3. Have your child carry a flashlight.
  4. Tell your child to NEVER enter a person’s home or car for a treat.
  5. Get to know the entire route trick-or-treaters intend to follow and agree with your child on a specific time to return home.
  6. Tell your child to stay on the sidewalks and only cross the street at intersections.
  7.  Make sure your child’s costume is flame resistant, allows for safe walking, is easily visible at night and does not obstruct sight. Consider putting reflective tape on your child’s costume and bag to increase visibility.
  8. Tell your child not to eat any treats until they return home. Inspect all treats and dispose of anything that seems to have been tampered with.
  9. If anyone bothers or approaches your child, remind them to take 3 steps back, yell “NO!” and run away quickly. Tell them to seek out a group of trick-or-treaters accompanied by an adult and tell what just happened.

Founded in 1993 in memory of 12-year-old Polly Hannah Klaas, the Polly Klaas Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to children’s safety, helping to find missing children, and advocating for public policies that promote child safety and welfare.

Puddle Jumpers Aren’t Just Tiny Planes

Olivia is at that in-between stage where she’s too big for her baby pool float from last summer, but she’s not quite ready for arm floaties. Strangely enough, I’ve never really paid attention to what the other toddlers at the pool were sporting as far as flotation devices go. I guess I was too busy planning my revenge on the little twerps who always shoot me with water guns.

I went online to Google toddler floaties, and everyone was raving about these Puddle Jumpers. I had never heard of them before, but I was fairly certain they weren’t talking about little, rickety planes. Turns out, Puddle Jumpers are flotation foam belts that go around your child’s chest and each of their arms (think arm floaties on steroids). It also turns out they are on sale at Target right now for $15, so we took a little trip before heading to the pool.

This thing is awesome! It was a cinch to put on, stayed in place, and—most importantly—kept her afloat. We were even able to let go of her hands so she could kick and splash around for a minute on her own (which, incidentally, is freaking terrifying the first time you do it—even though you’re right there and you know she’ll be fine. . .holy heart palpitations).

And, of course, NOW I notice that half the toddlers at the pool were sporting Puddle Jumpers over their swimsuits.

How does your little one stay afloat at the pool?


Safety Tips for Children and Pets

Bringing a new baby home to meet your first “baby” or introducing a new pet into your family can be really stressful and, if you’re not careful, dangerous. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few tips for keeping things safe for both your children and your pets.

1. Keep pet toys and children’s toys separate. You don’t want your toddler playing with a slobbery dog toy anymore than you want your pet choking on a Lego®. Aside from those obvious facts, keeping the toys separate will avoid any territorial conflicts—for both parties.

2. Make sure your pet has a “time out” spot, and teach your children that the space is off limits to allow your pet to get away and de-stress if needed.

3. Teach your child the warning signs of an aggressive animal (growling/hissing, fur standing on end, forward posture, sharp movements, showing teeth, etc.) and to back away slowly (and quietly) if they notice any of this behavior.

4. Never leave your baby, toddler or child alone with a pet unsupervised. This may seem obvious, but even previously “harmless” dogs have been known to snap from time to time.

5. Protect your pet as well as your child. Toddlers are especially notorious for not knowing their own strength, and they are testing their limits by hitting, stomping (yes, stomping, my daughter goes for our dog’s feet mostly), and pulling (usually ears and tails).

6. “Let sleeping dogs lie” . . . and cats and whatever else you have in your menagerie. The same goes while pets are eating or caring for their own babies.

7. If you’re introducing a new baby, give your pet a blanket with the baby’s scent on it so they can become accustomed to the new smell.

8. Don’t assume all pets are as kid-friendly as your own—a lesson my brother learned the hard way at the age of two, and he still has the scar on his lip to prove it.

9. Teach your pet basic commands (sit, stay, down, etc.) and enforce them or, better yet, enroll your pet in a training class.

10. Follow the 3 S’s when introducing  a new baby to your pet:  Sniff—Sit—Supervise. Allow your pet to sniff around and get used to the new smells (aka your baby); let your pet sit calmly with you and the baby; always supervise your pet and your baby.