You protect your baby by giving him/her only healthy foods, staying away from harmful products, getting vaccinated, etc, but lots of people forget that a baby spends a lot of his/her time in the car with you…at risk of being hurt in a car accident. Something simple people forget is to buy a “baby on board” sign for their car. It is a great way to tell those around you to drive with a little more caution (we wish people always drive cautiously but we can’t get too ambitious). Don’t forget these inexpensive little signs. You may think it’s overkill but I’d put one on each side of the car :-). Even consider putting them up on your while your pregnant! Do any of you have a sign already? It not, click on the image and get one soon!!!
With flu season officially here, the best way to prevent transmission of germs is by washing your hands. Whether you’re pregnant, have a newborn, toddler or even a teen in the house, the easiest barrier to germs is hand washing. If you have a newborn in the house, don’t forget your newborn’s immune system is immature at birth and unfortunately that is the time that all of your family and friends want to meet your new bundle of joy. Make it routine for each new visitor to wash his/her hands before handling your baby. In fact, you should make it a habit in your household regardless of what age your family members are. Our hands touch hundreds of surfaces per day and with each interaction, we pick up thousands of germs. Those germs hang out on your hands and underneath your nails, then get spread to your face, mouth, and your kids when you touch them. The best way to prevent this is to wash your hands frequently. Ten seconds of washing your hands outweighs a week in bed with the flu or cold!
Note: if you have a newborn in the house, talk to your doctor about getting members of your family vaccinated against the flu. This can further help prevent transmission to your newborn.