safety first


My husband and I have been trying to decide the best plan of attack for moving our 2 oldest sons into a bedroom together. We have officially run our of bedrooms, and unless we do some pretty hefty construction work to add on a 5th bedroom, our 2 oldest boys just have to double-up.

For us, it was a simple decision.

For our 2 sons, it’s been something they don’t even want to discuss. The thought of moving in to the same room… ahh, it hasn’t been an easy subject.

So we wanted to make the experience as fun as can be. What came to mind!? Let’s get BUNK BEDS!

There have been pros and cons about the bunk bed chat since January. Our oldest son would only be 4. And our second son would only be 3. Not exactly good ages for bunk beds. All I could see and envision was the “who could jump farthest?” type contests going on at night.

On the other side of the coin… bunk beds would be our best bet for more space in the room with the two of them together. And we figured that we could get a queen size bed on the bottom bunk and possibly have them share that for the time being.

But then I came across an article on News for Parents.orgBunk Bed-Related Injuries Not Exclusive to Young Children – which states in it’s opening paragraph that:

Bunk bed-related injuries are not an issue of concern solely for parents of young children according to a study conducted by investigators at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The study, published in the June issue of Pediatrics, found although three-quarters of the children who sustain bunk bed-related injuries are younger than 10 years of age, there is a surprising spike in injuries among individuals between the ages of 18 and 21 years.

This study used national data to examine bunk bed-related injuries among children and young adults (which they classified as up to 21 years of age). There were an estimated 572,580 bunk bed-related injuries during the 16-year study period, resulting in an average of 36,000 cases annually.

Now I had concerns about the safety of bunk beds, which is why I have been looking up research on them, but I never figured the numbers to be this high and this alarming.

To read more of this extremely informative article from News for Parents.org, click HERE.

“Would you let a delivery person bring a pizza while you have a babysitter?”

It may sound like an innocent question, but in this day-and-age… it is a significant question to ask.

As a mother of 3 little boys, at first thought… I may not see a problem. An innocent pizza delivery. Something I’ve done dozens upon dozens of times. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized the dangers of that stranger coming to my door. And as I struggled with the idea of that easy and much-loved pizza lunch or dinner, I thought about that delivery stranger coming to my door when my kids are with a babysitter.

No way.

Plain and simple.

This question was posed to several moms, through an informal poll format, in one upper-middle-class neighborhood. A variety of opinions, including some you may not have thought about, were aired.

To read the opinions, see Betsy Flagler’s June 8th Providence Sunday Journal article by clicking HERE.

smart-mama-ski-helmet.jpgThis week ski resorts around the US are having the National Ski Areas Association’s National Safety Awareness Week, and I wanted to remind all parents about slope safety. Skiing is a fun hobby the whole family can enjoy together, but there are a few safety issues parents should always remember to teach children. The earlier they’ll learn safe skiing principles, the better you will prevent skiing accidents later.

And don’t forget the ski helmet – read more about tips how to get your child to use on later on this article.

It is important to teach your child the responsibility code, provided by National Ski Areas Association. Always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.

RESPONSIBILITY CODE
(Code copied from NSAA)

– Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.

– People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.

– You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.

– Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.

– Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.

– Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.

– Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

Teach this code to your child, and don’t let them go on a mountain adventure without knowing it.

USE A HELMET

Benefits of using a ski helmet has been a controversial issue among skiers for years. While ski helmet can prevent many serious injuries, there are also injuries because of a wrongful use of a ski helmet. My husband is an emergency helicopter pilot at the Rocky Mountains, covering several ski resort areas, and trust me when I say: using a ski helmet is for your own good, and can even save your life.

There are a few important issues though. Always use a well fitting helmet, which is strapped. The helmet might fall of if it isn’t strapped well, or strangle if teh strap is loosely closed. Remember to check this on your children’s helmets too – you should be able to have a space of one finger between your child’s chin and the helmet strap, not more.

Top tips how to get kids to wear a helmet:

1. Set an example. Wear a helmet and show you are safe too.

2. Show an example. Show your child an example who else is wearing a helmet – a teacher, an older child, the nice neigbour or the cool snowboard dude on the slope. Professional athletes are a great examples on TV too.

3. Do it with style. Buy a helmet your child likes. There are helmets with Sponge Bob or Spiderman – if that’s what’s needed to get your kid using a ski helmet, then let the cartoon characters help you. Girly girl? There are plenty of pink helmets on the market.

4. Get comfortable. Purchase a helmet that fits well and is comfortable and lightweight to wear. The more comfy the helmet, the more likely your child will want to wear it.

5. Personalize it. Buy fun helmet stickers so your child can decorate her/his own helmet. Sometimes this such a small thing to us can be such a big deal for the kids.

Now go and have some fun at the slopes, just remember to be safe!


Reporting from the Rocky Mountains, Katja owns the fabulous upscale online clothing boutique Skimbaco (www.skimbaco.com), and blogs about the Skimbaco Lifestyle at skimbaco.blogspot.com.