Buying Guide for Cribs

This is a huge concern of mine since my child fell through the bottom structure and was pinned at his throat in a hotel rental crib. He was not injured just scared as were we! Double check, double check and then check again.

This article is from http://www.babycenter.com

The lowdown on cribs

Babies probably spend more time in their crib than anywhere else, so while comfort is important, safety is essential. And since most children sleep in a crib until it’s time to move into a real bed – typically between the ages of 2 and 3 – you’ll also want a sturdy one.

Many moms like to have the crib set up several months before their due date. It’s nice to get this task taken care of, but if your baby arrives before your crib does, don’t worry. Babies will do fine in a bassinet for the first several weeks or even months.

When it comes time to set up the crib, be sure to choose a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and older babies could possibly pull themselves up and fall through the window. To keep cords out of your child’s reach, use a clamp or clothespin, tie the cord to itself, or cut the loop in half to make two separate cords.

The cord on a baby monitor can also pose a danger. Between 2004 and 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) received seven reports of babies strangled by monitor cords near their crib. Use wireless monitors or keep the cord well away from the crib.

  • Find out more about crib safety in “what to look for when buying” and “important safety notes,” below.
  • Get safe sleeping tips about crib bedding and sleep position to reduce your baby’srisk of SIDS.

What to look for when buying

Safety standards: When you buy a crib, look for the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association certification. This ensures that the product was tested for quality and safety. Also check BabyCenter’s Product Recall Finder to see whether your crib – or the one you’re planning to buy – has been recalled.

Slats no more than 2 3/8 inches apart: Your crib should have slats that are close enough together to prevent your baby’s head from slipping through or getting stuck. The distance between the crib slats must be no more than 2 3/8 inches (about the size of a soda can).

Safe corner posts: If the crib has corner posts, they should be no higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they’re over 16 inches high to support a canopy). If corner posts are higher than 1/16 of an inch, clothing can catch on them and injure or choke an infant.

Adjustable mattress height: Most cribs let you change the height of thecrib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to lower the mattress is when your child begins sitting up. As kids get more active and move to pulling up and standing, you don’t want them to climb or fall out of the crib.

Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the store or after you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been put together improperly. But wobbling or rattling could also be a sign that you should look for a sturdier crib.

Frame size: The crib interior should snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress – at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/4 inches wide. If you can fit more than two fingers between the side of the mattress and the crib, the mattress is too small. This poses a significant danger, as babies can get trapped in that space. Make sure that with a mattress in place, the crib sides are tall enough to keep your baby safely inside.

Versatility: Many cribs are designed to convert to a toddler bed, a children’s bench, or even the headboard and footboard for a full-size bed. While this sounds appealing, make sure that the crib makeover is relatively easy to perform and that you like the look of the new furniture.

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High Risk Pregnancy

I just started teaching Pre-natal Yoga at a rehab center. I have known the director for a couple of years, even filled in to teach the regular yoga class to these ladies, so I felt like I knew what I was in for when I offered to teach Pre-natal Yoga at this facility. Let me also say that I have been teaching and training Pre-natal Yoga for several years so this is not my first rodeo.

I have been volunteering 2xs a week at an odd time during the day to teach these pregnant ladies relaxation skills, breath techniques and asana to improve or relieve pregnancy. When I found out that everybody in the program will be giving birth in the next 6 months, I felt a sense of urgency to start the practice ASAP and 2 days a week, the girls were on board  with this same sense of urgency.

One more thing… I am super cautious when I teach or train in Pre-natal Yoga. Life is short and very precious. Enough said!

I went to the facility Thursday to teach, signed in, went to the room where we have the class – alls good – until the director sticks her head in the door and says…” blah blah blah and these ladies are all high risk pregnancy” . What was I thinking? It’s rehab! Rehab from tic tacs? It never crossed my mind that these babies were in such a high risk situation, these ladies seem like most of the other ladies that I have taught Pre-natal Yoga to in the studio. It should not have shifted my teaching but it did – the shift was in what or rather how I teach to these ladies, more cautious. It saddened me to  think that this high risk could have been avoided. I can go two ways with this – 1. thank God that these ladies have taken the right step and are seeking treatment and continue to help and support  2. turn away and never look back.

Helping is what I choose for now and what they do in the future I can not control, I only have this moment to provide what little I have to offer these ladies. Yes, it still saddens me but sometimes we need to be the change.

Be the change you want to see in the world. Mahatma GandhiMahatma Gandi

Food and Beverages BEWARE

 

I found this article on foods and beverages to avoid and thought, really? I tried to list all the foods that are on the “avoid” list in my head and found that I could not recall all of them. Being a Prenatal Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer I thought I had it all down… ha! I’m thinking it has more to do with age now. Anyway, here are the foods and these are suggestions an by any means the end all list of foods to avoid during pregnancy.

Fish

DON”T Eat: raw or under cooked fish or shellfish (oysters and clams), fish with high levels of mercury, including shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish(golden or white snapper), unpasteurized, refrigerated, smoked, or pickled fish unless heated until steaming, do not eat more than 6 ounces a week of canned (yuk, who can eat it any way?) “solid white” or albacore tuna

DO Eat: cooked fish to the temp of 145 degrees or until opaque in the center, eat up to 12 oz. of low mercury fish, such as salmon, shrimp, pollack, or trout

Meat & Poultry

DON”T Eat: Raw or under cooked meat or poultry, refrigerated meat of any kind(ham, roast beef, hot-dogs,  bologna, prosciutto, pate) unless heated until steaming 165 degrees, dry, uncooked sausage, such as salami and pepperoni, unless heated until steaming hot. Be careful of the rotisserie chicken in the grocery stores that are refrigerated – they are the ones from the previous day and they are not always cooled to room temp before placed in the refrig.

Eggs

DON”T Eat: Runny or undercooked eggs, raw cookie dough(darn it :C) or cake batter that contains raw eggs, homemade desserts that contain raw eggs like, eggnog, ice cream, custard, chocolate mousse, hollandaise sauce (missed this item too) bearnaise sauce, mayonnaise, and Caesar salad dressing.

Kinda takes the fun outta eating but it is worth it to be cautious and to be protective of you and the unborn. It’s only for a few months and then you can go back to your normal eating.

I will be a few other foods so stayed tuned…

Thought This Was Interesting

Is it safe to have a drink or two at dinner while I’m pregnant?
Christina Chambersepidemiologist

This is a controversial issue. Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) was first identified more than 30 years ago, and yet there are still many unanswered questions about the risks of drinking moderate amounts of alcohol during pregnancy, including how much it takes to cause birth defects and why some babies seem to be affected and others don’t.

We know that women who drink heavily during pregnancy have an increased risk of having a child with FAS. Babies with FAS have a constellation of severe lifelong problems: they’re born smaller, often continue to grow poorly, and have physical abnormalities and learning and behavior problems.

But full-blown FAS is only the extreme end of the spectrum of what can happen when you drink alcohol during pregnancy. A broader category known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) affects many children whose mothers drank while pregnant. These children don’t have all of the physical features of FAS but do have learning and behavior problems.

Right now we don’t know what amount of alcohol is safe to drink during pregnancy for every woman, so we say, as does the U.S. surgeon general, that it’s best to take the “better safe than sorry” approach and avoid alcohol entirely when you’re pregnant. And since most people don’t find out that they’re pregnant until several weeks into the first trimester, you should also avoid drinking if you think you could be pregnant.

Russell Turkobstetrician

Because it’s virtually impossible to prove that even a small amount of alcohol is safe, most physicians recommend avoiding alcohol altogether when trying to conceive and definitely during the first trimester when most of the fetus’s vital organs are developing. (However, many women report having had a drink or two before they realized they were pregnant and that their babies are okay.)

Although regular consumption of alcohol has been clearly associated with fetal alcohol syndrome — a disorder characterized by retardation, birth defects, and neurological impairment — many obstetricians feel comfortable with their patients having an occasional drink (a glass of wine or a beer every once in a while) in the second and third trimesters. Just remember that the safety of drinking alcohol during pregnancy hasn’t been clearly documented because the effects on a developing fetus may be so subtle or not yet identified.

Breast Feeding Benefit Revealed

 

 

I have always heard that if you can then breast feed but nobody has ever been able to give exact benefits and Duke University has discovered that “Human milk promotes the growth of biofilms of beneficial bacteria that line the intestinal tract of healthy babies, helping digestion and the development of the immune system and acting as a barrier to bad germs.” News & Observer Section B, August 28, 2021, page 1. You can read the rest of the article at nando.com/health.

 

Stretches for the long haul

In the last post I mentioned the stretches for the car ride to the family visits – you know the ones – when retired people request that you take time off from your job, ride in a car for 5 or more hours pregnant to visit for three days, ride 5 more hours still pregnant only to have to wake up the next morning at 6 am to go to your job and make up for lost time at your job. Yes, this really does happen all the time so I teach in my Prenatal Yoga classes stretches to in the car on the road. Your husband will look at you funny while you do these stretches but remind him just who’s family is torturing you, while pregnant with his child, by insisting on the visit. Just explain to him that you need to stretch to keep from getting tension, tightness or cramps from sitting for long periods.

  1. While sitting in a chair, bend the arm at the elbow, extend the bent arm straight out to the side from the shoulder, now place the bent elbow on to the car window, take a long inhale and long exhale. Try to move the bent elbow further towards the seat belt area near the door frame of the car (behind). You are opening the right side of the shoulder and chest area so remember to take long inhales and exhales to relax those muscles. Keep moving the elbow back, pausing to take a breath with each move but keep it safe.
  2. The left arm can be stretched the same or you can extend it behind the drivers seat and relax. Be sure to do both sides of the body creating a balance.

I hope that this helps with those long rides. I use this technique all the time at my desk and it helps keep the chest area open. You can also reach behind with both hands and grab the chair back with both hands, bend or straighten the elbows and lift the chest to create a stretch in the front body. Ahhhh, it feels good. Just do not recommend that you use the reach behind method in the car. Happy Trails untill next time!

Batteries and children

Heads Up Moms and Grand moms! Me being in the  grand mom category, have never thought about the possibility of children swallowing the button batteries and the HUGE dangers that they pose. I read that in the US every 90 minutes a child is taken to the emergency room for a battery incident.

Please share with other moms the potential danger of the key-less remote batteries for your car, tv remotes, cards that play music when opened have small batteries, small flashlites

If you read this and have a battery idea  that I did not mention please post it and share. This is really sad, children loose the ability to talk, or worse death and this is so simple to avoid.

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