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Tuesday
Nov062012

Best apps for moms

By Angela Ardolino

Being a mom can sometimes feel like you’re a Bionic Woman.  And like her mom’s need some state-of-the-art tools to make the job easier. As smart phones become more and more common in all households, there are some great programs and apps you can use to make this 24/7 job that you love easier.


Whether it’s compiling your grocery list or figuring out what to do when someone bumps their head, these apps will help make your life more organized and prepared.

 

Health and Wellness

            First Aid (Free) – This app provides step-by-step instructions for dealing with life-threatening situations including head injuries, breathing problems and many other medical emergencies. Using illustration, it’s easy to read.

            Baby Bump Pregnancy Pro – For the expectant moms, you can track all of your pregnancy to-dos as well as get updated every week on your baby’s development. You can also compare your notes with other moms in the pregnancy forums. www.BabyBumpApp.com

            Pocket Dock (Free) – Brought to you by All Children’s Hospital, Pocket Doc makes parenting a little easier by giving you access to reliable information on children’s health. Symptom Guides help you make smart decisions about what (if any) level of care your child’s symptoms require and how to provide quick symptom relief at home for minor illnesses or injuries. www.AllKids.org

 

Staying Organized

            Baby ESP – The “ESP” stands for eat, sleep and poop and every time your little one does one, you can track it using this simple app. It’ll help you manage diaper cost as well as sinking it with your baby sitters phone so they know the kids routine. www.BabyESP.com

            Out of Milk (Free) –Out of Milk is on a mission to keep your fully updated list in hand. It lets you build multiple grocery lists for different stores and share them via e-mail or text. When you run out of an item, just scan the barcode to add it to your list. The app also has a voice function, a handy auto-complete feature, and the ability to add items from your own shopping list history.  www.outofmilk.com

Cozi Family Calendar and List (Free)- Cozi makes your phone the ultimate family organizer with a shared calendar, grocery shopping lists, to do lists and a journal the whole family can access on the go.

 

Everyday

            Baby Monitor & Alarm - will automatically call you on any pre-selected number when there’s a noise in your baby’s room. The app can be set to first try soothing your baby with your pre-recorded voice or with baby’s favorite song from your music library – which you can also choose to play automatically when you first put your baby down.  It also turns your phone into a baby monitor.

Mama Bear – Helps you track where your kids are, what they’re saying, who they’re with and whether they are speeding or not.  www.mamabearapp.com

Background Check - Literally billions of public records right at your fingertips. Use the Background Check App to search people and check their Criminal History, Property Records, Current Contact Info, Relatives, Neighbors, and more! www.BeenVerified.com

 

 

Sources

TBParenting.com

Babble.com

Parents.com

Wednesday
Sep262012

Sports Season Safety

Every year almost 30 million U.S. kids participate in organized sports. Although many studies have shown the psychological and physical benefits of playing sports the number of preventable injuries is growing rapidly as well.

Taking a few steps can drastically reduce the chances of your child being injured on the field or at practice.

Check Ups    

For those kids that plan to participate in sports this year an annual physical is especially important. While the doctor will check your child’s weight and vaccinations make sure to address any current injuries, cardiac issues and history of concussions. Ideally, the sports physical should happen about six weeks before the start of the season, according to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Medical Director Daniel Plasencia, M.D.

If your child is injured during the season, you should immediately schedule an appointment with the pediatrician and make sure they are well before returning to play.

Equipment

Of all the sports injuries that happen each year it is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that half are preventable. So keep in mind, that regardless of what sport your kids want to play there are ways they can stay safe. As well as checking online, contact your team coach, pediatrician and league to see what safety equipment is required and available.

Remember - Using safety equipment is not limited to actual game play. Some studies argue that more sports-related injuries happen during practice because one third of parents don’t enforce the same safety restrictions during practice as they do in games. Your child should be wearing all of the safety gear during both practice and games.

Leagues and Fields

Each league, whether it by through your local Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA or school district, has stringent rules in place to keep families safe during practice and games. Some things to look out for are safe playing conditions, accredited staff and coaches, positive environment and happy families!

Work with your kids and teach them why and how to play safe sports. Making them accountable for activities like following directions and stretching will teach them not only to stay safe but also be aware of unsafe conditions.

For more information and statistics about sports injuries, visit www.StopSportsInjuries.org.

Sources

TBParenting.com

Facebook.com/StJosephsChildrens

StopSportsInjuries.org

TampaYMCA.org

Friday
Sep142012

Child Passenger Safety 

By Angela Ardolino

September 16-22 is National Child Passenger Safety Week and with it brings a somber statistic that in the United States, the number one killer of children between 1 and 12 years of age is car accidents. So making sure that kids are using the right car restraint, at the right time and using it correctly is the best way to protect them. Now, with all the options available from car seats to car boosters understanding the options and what you need will allow you to implement a safe car environment for the kids.

Types of Seats

Your child’s age and size will dictate what type of safety restraint she uses in the car. Newborns up to one year should always ride in a rear-facing car seat. They use harnesses and move with your child, lowering the chance of head and spinal cord injuries. SafeCar.gov suggests moving onto forward-facing restraints only when your child exceeds the height or weight limit on the rear-facing seat, generally around age 3. Once they reach the limits of these seats it will be time to move them to a booster seat.

Although not required by the state of Florida, moving onto a belt-positioning booster seat, as opposed to seat belt alone, will lower injury risks for your child by 59 percent according to a national study conducted by Safe Kids USA published in 2010.

Choosing the Right Car Seat

Once you’ve figured out what type of seat your child requires, you’ll need to make sure that any seats you’re interested in will work in your car. One of the most common mistakes is buying a seat that is either too small or too big for your car.

You’ll also want to find ratings on safety and ease-of-use by organizations like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The administration is constantly ranking car seats to help parents find the best options. From evaluation of labels, installations and overall ease of use, the ratings can be found online at NHTSA.gov.

Installation and Asking For Help

More than 60% of car and booster seats are installed incorrectly. So before installing its important to read the seat’s instruction manual completely. Also read any information that might be in your car’s manual on installing safety restraints.

If you’re still not sure about the installation there are local programs and classes in Tampa Bay like the one at All Children’s Hospital where you can meet with a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and they can show you how to properly install and use your car seat. To register for a class, visit AllKids.org/carseats.

The most important thing to remember is that parents are not the only one that Child Passenger Safety applies to. Anyone that will be transporting your kids from school or anywhere else should be trained to property install and restrain your child.

Whether it be a car seat, booster seat or seat belt everyone should always be restrained in the car.  Doing so is not only important for your child’s safety, it could also save their life.

Find good car and booster seats at www.Seedlings.com

More Information visit:   www.TBParenting.com

www.AllKids.org/CarSeats

www.NHTSA.gov

www.SafeKids.org

www.CPSBoard.org