Baby Safety this Summer: 2014 (July, 2014)

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Baby Safety this Summer: 2014

Once again, summertime is here and, as parents know, there are different safety concerns during these months.  I am re-posting for my buddies the following news articles that appeared in the news feeds in regard to baby safety issues, food safety and parenting.

Grandparents flunk baby safety quiz:

Overprotective parents and teachers 'ruining children's play' because of risk-averse lifestyles: Adults are 'over-supervising' and 'over-scheduling' children; Cambridge lecturer says a lack of play stops normal development:

Dry Drowning: Water in the lungs during swimming can cause 'drowning' within 24 hours, see this important article about Dry Drowning:

Water Safety: Time to worry about water safety as summer approaches: Pools, swimming lessons, etc. Swimming can also help people with arthritis.

Sunscreen for Babies and Children:  The Mayo Clinic offers guidelines for sunscreen use on children:

Finger/Toe Tourniquet: Be aware that hair can wrap around your baby's toes and fingers when wearing mittens or socks, cutting off circulation and causing pain to that digit. Here is an article about Toe Tourniquet accidents:

Child Safety Warning: Teething Gels May Be Dangerous: Check out the Orajel Lawsuit:
Here is another article regarding the lawsuit against Orajel Teething gels:

Read about how Red Food Dye affects children:

Paint your child's room in one coat:

Senators Call for Closer Look at Flame Retardants:

Educational Benefits of Children's Toys:

CCEI recommends child care safety training in support of safe toys and gifts month:

'Snow Plow' Parenting becoming new trend:

Our daughter in her NFM t-shirt!

Links on 
For more information and links in regard to baby safety, click on the 'Baby Safety' tab above. Also, for a useful list of baby care tidbits, click on the '*Tidbits*' tab above.

Most importantly, I wanted to inform residents of Massachusetts that all children between the ages of
0 - 3 years old who qualify for the Massachusetts Early Intervention Program will receive services at no charge. The income-based fee was waived in 2013 for every income bracket (the fee was between $0 -$1500 per child based on income!).

Anyone can make an appointment with Early Intervention and they will send a team of professionals to your home to examine your baby or young child for any developmental delays (speech, motor, etc.).  This meeting is at no cost to the family as well. If it is determined that your child needs services, they will send professionals once a week to your home and provide whatever necessary services your child requires.  For more information, here is the link:

If you want to check the Early Intervention services in your state, here is the link:

I discuss my brief experience with the Early Intervention program on my '*Tidbits!*' tab. Just click here:

Also, below are very useful articles for new moms and moms-to-be:
My husband, Frank, feeding our 5-day-old daughter. Yum!

1. Pregnancy Awareness Month 2014:

2. Lost the Weight, but not the Waistline?:

3. The Lack of Sleep and Stress that New Moms Experience: 

4. Toys for Babies and Children:

I hope everyone finds these articles useful this summer as well as the other tabs above.  We will take a vacation for the next few weeks and return in August with our next post.
My happy daughter playing with her stickers (10 months old).

I hope my buddies have a great 4th of July and enjoy your summertime fun with your families.
Happy summertime everyone!

-Joy E. 
Posted July 1, 2014                                                                                                                                                                

Our Family Adventures:

Museum of Science

Finished lunch with Mom & Dad at MOS.
Playing with the light & mirror frame.

Me and Mommy in the nest covered in leaves 6-7-14.

At the chain design board at MOS, 6-7-14.
Wearing bird costume.

The back of the bird costume.

Daddy and me in the nest covered in leaves.

Daddy holding the bear face.
Spinning the static wheel.

Viewing the dinosaurs.

With Daddy in the nest, Discovery Center, 6-7-14.

My Gym!

Practicing somersaults!

Completing somersault!

Visits to the Arboretum

Exploring on Bussey Hill.

Found interesting piece of wood.
Examining an acorn.
Examining the leaves.

Lunch at Bertucci's after Arboretum visit.

MFA 'Playdates' class

With Mommy at MFA Play dates, 6-16-14.
Making bird nests.

Examining the Felix Gonzalez-Torres "Passages" bead curtains.

Passing through the bead curtains.

 Paint Playground!

Blending colors, 6-3-14.
Making wash paintings. 

Making dot and drawing mosaic.

At the water tables.

Belated Father's Day family outing: My Gym and Artesani Pool

At My Gym on trampoline with Daddy, 6-21-14.
Swinging with Daddy!

Me and Daddy in the octagon, 6-21-14.

Me and Daddy playing with the sensory balls.

Artesani park, on the bridge with Daddy, 6-21-14.

Touching the fountain.
Getting our feet wet at the spray pool, 6-21-14.

Come give Daddy a big hug!
Big hug!

Artesani pool family outing!

Having fun with Mom & Dad in the pool.
Ready to play in the pool with Mommy 6-28-14.



Playing with Daddy in the pool 6-28-14.

Birthday Party for my play date at Plaster Fun Time!

The birthday girl!

Painting the base coat on the butterfly.

Former Isis classmates Melissa, Annie, Frank and Laura helping to paint base coats.

Daddy helping me paint my butterfly!

Finished painting the butterfly with Mommy.
The birthday girl during strawberry time!

Playing with balloons with Daddy (Frank from Isis class in the back).

Playing with the balloons with Mommy.
Singing happy birthday to my friend (her Mom, Dad, Laura (from Isis class) and my Daddy in the back).
Melissa handing out party favors. supports supports
Keep up the great work!!