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A visual on safe baby wearing…

Because some of you that couldn’t make it to our class asked…


Sling ‘em!


Slings have been around for thousands of years, and there is no question why! There are many benefits for both parents and babies to using a baby slings.

 ~~~Come and learn about slings and safe baby wearing with~~~

Baby wearing expert Ginger Duer

On Tuesday March 9th

5:30 at Partner’s

Try out slings and baby carriers…

Come practice wearing a baby!


It’s very important to wear your baby safely. Here are some tips to follow from renowned pediatrician Dr. Sears:

  • Make sure that no matter what carrier is being use that it fits the wearer and the baby correctly. Before purchasing a new carrier, be sure to try it on to assess its fit. Have someone familiar with that carrier check to see that it fits correctly, or to adjust it if need be. Practice putting it on and taking it off without the baby inside until comfortable with the procedure. A doll or stuffed animal can be used when practicing safely putting the baby into and out of the sling or carrier.


  • While you are getting used to wearing your baby, support him with your hands. As you go through the learning phase of moving and reacting, the urge to support your baby with your hands is instinctive. After you become a babywearing veteran, you can safely carry your baby in the sling with one or both hands free.
    Wear baby cautiously in the kitchen. Do not wear baby while cooking or working with sharp or hot objects.


  • Do not drink hot beverages when wearing baby, although wearing baby while eating is safe.
  • When wearing your baby and stooping over, bend at the knees, not at the waist, and hold baby in the sling with one hand.
  • Toddlers, if worn are at your reaching level, can grab dangerous or breakable objects off shelves. Keep an arm’s distance away from potential hazards.
  • When going through doorways or around corners, be careful that baby’s body does not stick out past your arm and strike the wall or doorjamb.

  • Do not ride a bicycle or other moving vehicle while wearing your baby. Baby carriers are not substitutes for an approved car seat.

Read More about the advantages of babywearing here

Should…knock on wood…we have a tropical storm or hurricane…

The Department of health has put together a feeding guide for your infant

In light of World Breastfeeding week, and the month of August declared as Breastfeeding Month in Florida…below are the guidelines for safe infant feeding:

TALLAHASSEE – In the event of a hurricane, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) encourages new mothers to adhere to these guidelines:

Mothers who are breastfeeding should continue to breastfeed their babies. Mother’s milk has everything a baby needs to grow well in the first six months of life.

Mothers who are both breastfeeding and formula feeding their infants should breastfeed as much as possible in place of bottle feeding.

Formula should only be used when mothers are unable to breastfeed.

Feeding with Infant Formula

Infant formula should be prepared according to the directions on the formula label and as instructed by the baby’s health care provider.

All baby bottles and nipples must be washed and sterilized before each use. If this is not possible, then single-serve, ready-to-feed bottles of formula must be used with a sterilized nipple.

Ready-to-feed formula does not need mixing and water should not be added. Just remember that once a can of ready-to-feed formula is opened it must be refrigerated and should be used within 24 hours or as specified on the infant formula label.

Always boil water before mixing concentrated liquid or powdered formula. Boiling water is the best way to make water safe to drink. Cold tap water or bottled water (except sterilized bottled water) must be boiled vigorously for 1 minute, allowed to cool, and then mixed with powdered or concentrated liquid formula following directions on the formula label. Once formula is mixed, it must be refrigerated and used within 24 hours or as specified on the formula label. If refrigeration is not available, mix formula each time baby is ready to eat and then discard extra formula.

Sterilized bottled water does not need to be boiled before mixing with concentrated liquid or powdered formula.

If unable to boil water, water may be sterilized by mixing 8 drops (1/8 teaspoon) of unscented household chlorine bleach per gallon of water. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes before use.

Never use a microwave oven to warm infant formula. Microwave ovens do not heat the formula evenly and there may be hot spots that could burn the baby.

For more information, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics website at www.aap.org/breastfeeding

Happy weekend!!

Avoiding tragedy…Reminders for parents to be



Another devastating tragedy occurred in our community this week. A baby was left in a car and died of over-heating. It is an accident that sadly continues to happen (this is the second one in two months in our area alone)…yet can be completely avoided.

It is never to early to start conditioning yourself to help avoid such a tragic, and horrific accident!

Some ideas that every parent should remember:

  • In the time it takes to run in and pay for gas, or buy a gallon of milk…or lottery tickets…the car can become a death trap for children. Never leave a child alone in the car…even for a quick errand


  • always make it a point to check the car seat…even when the baby isn’t in it…condition yourself. Placing your purse, lunch bag or employee badge in the back, next to the car seat can help you to remember to look. You can even start doing this before the baby is born.


  • Never let any child play around your car…even when it is in the garage. Best to keep the car locked at all times. Many overheating deaths have occurred when parents did not know their toddler/child snuck into the car to play.


  • Also…Before you buckle up your baby in a seat that has been parked in a warm spot, check the temperature of the car seat or upholstery. Burns can easily happen this way.


  • Have an agreement with your child care center to always call you shortly after the child has not shown up that day.

There is also an alarm on the market called the Child Minder by Baby Alert . It is a childminderseat buckle with a wireless transmitter which fastens over your child’s existing seat strap. The transmitter activates when the buckle is engaged and turns off when the buckle is opened. 

The parent carries a key chain receiver. If the parent walks more than 10 feet from the vehicle with the child’s buckle still engaged, the key ring sounds an alarm. Both units have audible low battery indicators.

You can find it here.