Tuesday, September 22, 2009

If You Have Kids...Most Important Blog Post Ever!!! DON'T MISS THIS!

Carseats are something that I didn't know much about until I met my friend Alicia. She is a Child Passenger Safety Technician and she changed my outlook on carseats. I used to think, I can't wait until my kids are 20lbs so they can be forward facing. We even turned Kermit forward facing 2 weeks before he turned 1 because he was 20lbs. Then I met Alicia! I wish I knew then what I know now. Needless to say, Baby Girl will be rear facing until 2 AND 30lbs for sure! So without being too preachy I wanted to share some extremely important facts about carseat safety. My kids and your kids are just TOO important to not follow the guidelines. Many thanks to Alicia for helping me put this together.

Never use an expired carseat! Carseats expire 6 years from the date of manufacture. http://home.comcast.net/~dcbsr/test/Britax_GMTV_Check_It_Fits_Child_Facing_Forwards_ten_years_old_seat.mpeg

Always sit children under 13 in the backseat! It’s twice as safe as the front seat.

Following your state carseat law does not mean your child is safe! Laws are a bare minimum and are not the safest for our kids.

Infant/Rear-Facing toddler seats
1- Rear facing
2- Straps at or below the shoulders
3- Check carseat manual to see if the handle is allowed to stay up. Some can, others must be down!
4- Straps should be untwisted and ‘snug as a hug’ with chest clip on the CHEST, not the belly!
5- No bulky clothes or jackets in the carseat. Use blankets or put on jacket backwards AFTER the straps are secure. (http://babyproducts.about.com/od/carseats/a/carseatcoat.htm)

Rear Facing
1- The old recommendation of rear facing until 1 year and 20 pounds is OUT! New American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation is 2 years and 30 pounds minimum!
2- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRP7ynNI8mI
3- Rear Facing is about 4 times safer than forward facing.
4- The consequences of forward facing too soon can be deadly or paralyzing—Spinal cord injuries can occur.
5- Long legs with bent knees are okay! Kids are comfy that way and while there has never been a case of a broken leg in a rear-facing child, better a broken leg than a broken neck!

Forward Facing
1- This is a step down in safety, so only when child can’t rear face any longer
2- Straps at or above shoulders.
3- Straps should be untwisted and ‘snug as a hug’ with chest clip on the CHEST, not the belly!
4- Use the top tether! This reduces ‘head excursion’ in a crash and better protects your child.
5- No bulky clothes or jackets in the carseat. Use blankets or put on jacket backwards AFTER the straps are secure.

1- Minimum age/weight for booster use is 4 years AND 40 pounds
2- Meeting above requirement doesn’t mean a child is ready for a booster. When your child is mature enough to stay seated properly (without turning, leaning out of the belt, unbuckling, etc) for the entire trip every time, then a booster is okay.
3- Need to stay in boosters until they are 4'9" or until the child can fit properly in the adult seatbelt. Most children need a booster seat until about age 10.
4- Use the ‘5-step test’ to determine whether your child no longer needs a booster- http://www.carseat.org/Boosters/630.pdf

So please keep your kids as safe as can be. It only takes a few minutes to make these changes and it could save your children's lives. Please feel free to link this post in your blogs. Pass on the word of carseat safety!!! If you have any questions, please find a Child Passenger Safety Technician in your area.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Baby Girl's Stats

We took Baby Girl in for her 4 month check up this week. She's growing like a weed! At her last appt she was 3 1/2 months (we were there for what we thought was an ear infection, we found she has silent reflux instead) and she weighed 10lbs 8oz. So just 2 weeks later at her 4 month check she was 11lbs 8oz. She gained a whole lb in 2 weeks! Guess the new reflux med is working!!! So at this weight, she is in the 10%. Her height is 24 inches putting her in the 45%. She must get her height from Papa! (Mama's dad).

So this month, she is really into giggling, smiling and talking our ear off! She blows raspberries and jabbers all day long! She is a social eater, meaning she'll take a swallow, then talk, take another swallow and talk some more! She just started playing with toys. She'll reach for her hanging toys and pull them to her mouth. Thankfully she's starting to be happier in her carseat. She used to cry most of a car ride. Now as long as she can see her sister next to her or she isn't too hot she is a happy passenger! She's not rolling yet - she hates every minute of her tummy time every day! You'd think she'd learn to flip over!

She adores her brother and sister. Whenever she starts to get hungry and Mama can't get to her right away, all Mama has to do is call for Kermit or Miss Piggy (if they aren't there all ready) to talk to her and she happys right up! Kermit and Miss Piggy fight over who gets to hold her during the day. They contstantly are trying to share toys with her and she just loves the attention!

We are so blessed to have such great kids and the kids are so lucky to have each other! We can't believe our baby is 4 months old already! Time just flies by these days, but I think that just means we are having fun!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Oh So Cute, Baby Girl!

Just had to share! She'll be 4 months on Wednesday! Where does the time go?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Finally, the day the kids have been waiting for! Preschool!

The kids started preschool again. They have been so excited to go! They just love school and are looking forward to their new school. Last year when Mama dropped them off at their 'big' preschool she did a dance and went shopping! This year, she had tears in her eyes. Kermit and Miss Piggy are just getting so big and it feels like the beginning of the end of their lives before they venture out into the big world. Anyway, we are so proud of our kids and can't wait to see what this last year of preschool brings!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Millions of Peaches

Master Chief and Mama have been busy this week. Not pictured are the pears and green beans!