Safe Sleep Tips with HALO: plus giveaway!

I’ve been a HALO fan since we had Ryan nearly 5 years ago. We used their SleepSacks for our children as a safe way to sleep and keep warm, without blankets. They’re now a regular on baby registries and as shower gifts for new parents! I’ve teamed up with HALO to bring you these safe sleep tips:

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Place baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and at night time. Use a crib or bassinet that meets current safety standards

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7 TIPS: preparing for emergencies

Did you know September is National Preparedness Month? It’s always a good idea to have a plan in place for unexpected moments! I want our family to be prepared for emergencies—as prepared as we can be—so I partnered with Energizer to bring you these tips for preparing for emergencies!

1. Create a plan. Have a plan with your family for what to do before, during and after severe weather. Make sure to practice your plan so you are ready for any situation.

Only 36 percent of households have discussed

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My Child Ate….. (Now What?!) poison control resources

I think I’m pretty lucky that in my last 4.5 years of parenting two little ones, I’ve only had to deal with a “my child ate…” moment once. Rebecca grabbed a sunscreen stick and, thinking it was chap stick, put it on her lips and then continued to put it IN her mouth. I think she barely ate any, but still, as a parent you have that NOW WHAT?! moment.

Yea, ya see “poop” on that image above? Not here (KNOCK ON SOME FREAKIN’ WOOD), but that happens. When I was little, my

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Travel Safety Tips & Safety 1st Advance Car Seat Giveaway

Car crashes are sometimes no accident and there are ways to help avoid injury. I’m big on car seat safety and it just takes a little knowledge on how the car seat works (with YOUR child and with YOUR car) to use it properly. Check out these travel safety tips below and then enter to win your own Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air + Convertible Car Seat!

Travel Safety Tips by Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert Julie Vallese

The three most important things when choosing a car seat are:

One that fits your

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Tips to avoid distracted driving

It seems to appear in the news far too frequently—car crashes, injuries, and deaths from distracted driving. It is devastating and so senseless to lose a life to something that could have been prevented. Crashes from distracted driving habits are no accidents… put away the phone, stop messing with the radio, keep your hands on the wheel, and your eyes on the road.

Has it happened to you? I’ve never been in a crash as a driver, but I have as a passenger. My friend was just playing with the radio or

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Drive it Home: teen driving safety

Last week I shared news about an upcoming event called the Drive It Home Show. The Allstate Foundation and the National Safety Council teamed up to travel across the country and present in 14 different cities. Their goal? Keeping teen drivers safe. They helped raise awareness for teen car accidents, gave tips on how to help your teen, and shared some grim statistics. I attended our local show at Rockford College last night.

My mom won

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Just say NO! to crib bumpers

I know, they’re adorable. Crib bumpers make the bedding set. They’re cute, pretty, decorative, fun, soft and comfy…. except that they’re not. They’re dangerous. Believe me, I know how much it sucks to admit that–you want to love them, you want to find the perfect set, you want your baby’s nursery to look perfect!

But at what cost?

There was an article on CNN (posted Oct 18 2011) about the new crib bumper guidelines released by the American Academy of Pediatrics. And…

According to the AAP, there is no evidence

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