Infant Toddler Products

Pillow safety for babies under 12 months

As a baby develops in its first year, there are a lot of exciting new things for them to experience. One of these is going outside and traveling in the car. Some parents may even want to take their baby or infant on an extended trip that requires air travel. While keeping things closer to home, there’s still enough to keep parents concerned and up all night with worry. Using pillows during travel can bring up some questions about the overall pillow safety, both inside and outside of the home. 

How safe are pillows for babies in their first year?

There can be a lot of questions about pillows for babies under 12 months. New parents sometimes feel overwhelmed by all of the rules and restrictions that they hear about. One of these hot topics is pillows for babies under 12 months. Using a pillow in a baby’s crib is an absolute no, but this doesn’t mean that it can’t be useful in other areas. Doctors recommend that parents keep pillows out of their baby’s cribs until the child is at least two years old. 

In a child’s first year, there are a couple of ways that pillows can be helpful. The first is a U-shaped pillow that is primarily used when a child is in their car seat. This not only helps with supporting their head and neck, but it can also provide a sense of comfort and security. Many children do not like the feeling of confinement that comes with being restrained in a car or infant seat. Using a neck pillow can help to give them a feeling of safety and relaxation. 

The other instance when a pillow is not only safe but helpful for an infant is when they are learning to sit on their own. Sitting is one of the major developmental milestones that babies achieve in their first year of life. As they are developing the muscles that are necessary for them to sit without assistance, a specialized sitting pillow can help to support them.

As a child develops, their needs will change, but having supervision is always important in the first few years of life. Staying aware of their movements can help to keep them safe. Regular check-ups with a pediatrician are also helpful for the child and the parents. Pillow safety is just one of the important aspects of a child’s first year. Keeping a child safe requires constant attention.

Infant Toddler Products

Tips for childproofing your home

Making sure your home is completely safe for your children is no easy feat. As parents, we sometimes go to extreme lengths to make sure there’s nothing around that could possibly harm our little ones. While it’s impossible to remove every potential danger, there are lots of things you can do to prevent your children from coming to harm. If you’re looking for some new ideas to stop your children from causing unintentional havoc, this blog has got you covered.

Keep your glasses safe

If you or your children wear glasses, you’ll know just how easily they can become broken. Whether your children have stepped on them, thrown them into their toy box, or run around outside wearing them, it’s all too easy for lenses to become smashed and arms to be bent out of shape. One solution to the problem is ordering prescription safety glasses, which are designed to withstand rough treatment and harsh environments. Another is to make sure your glasses are always out of reach or stored safely in a protective case. As your children get older, make sure they understand how to take care of glasses to avoid breaking them.

Check for sharp edges

It can be hard to find sharp edges when walking around the house normally, so it’s important to get into your child’s mindset. Crouch or crawl around your rooms to see if you can find any pieces of wood or metal that are sticking out. Don’t forget, your children will probably be running up and down and not looking where they’re going. If there are any areas where your children often trip over and fall, try to put some extra cushioning in place or get rid of bumps in the carpet that are causing them problems.

Locks

Some cabinets contain items that children shouldn’t get their hands on. Whether it’s cleaning chemicals, medicines, or kitchen knives, storing them out of the way won’t be enough to stop busy little fingers from finding them. Putting locks on the cupboards that contain anything harmful to your child’s health will keep them much safer and will also offer you complete peace of mind. Just make sure you don’t misplace the key!

Cover sockets

Children often stick their fingers or other objects into wall sockets, which can lead to disastrous consequences, especially if these objects are metal. If your child uses scissors, they might be curious as to what happens when they put one end in a wall socket. While this might seem an unlikely thought process for an adult, children are curious and often don’t know any better. You can buy socket covers and protectors from hardware shops, which will act as a deterrent to adventurous children. If your kids are old enough, make sure you educate them about the dangers of electricity to prevent accidents.

It’s natural to be anxious as a parent, but your children are safer than you think. Try not to stress too much and take sensible precautions where needed for childproofing your home.

Children's Books, Easter, Infant Toddler Products

2 Toddler Books Perfect for the Easter Basket

Crinkle, Crinkle Little Car 2 Toddler Books Perfect for the Easter Basket

Crinkle, Crinkle Little Car by Jay Fleck is just how you would imagine, but perhaps a crinkle car is not the best noise to fall asleep to. The moon and stars would love some sleep, but this car is making so much noise. This is an adorable board book for toddlers at bedtime.

Available at Amazon and other retailers.

Construction Site

Construction Site: Spring Delight by Sherri Duskey Rinker is an Easter Lift-the-Flap book. In this book, construction vehicles meet spring animals as they work through their day. It all ends in a fun Easter surprise. The perfect Easter Basket treat for a toddlers basket.

Available on Amazon and other retailers.

Infant Toddler Products

Ojala Threads reclaims indigenous stories within their products

Ojala Threads reclaims indigenous stories within their products

The inhabitants of Cuba, Trinidad, Jamaica, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico are the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean and are the heart of Ojala Threads. The symbols of their products that make up the logos represents their identity and are meant to celebrate the Hispanic culture. Ojala Threads has apparel for infants/kids, totes and gifts and you can shop by logo with indigenous stories.

eco bag

There are several logos to choose from and they range from Taino icons of the people, lands and ‘today’. The logo on my bag is El Camino. The El Camino collection is quoted below:

The inspiration behind this design is the current immigration debate in the United States. The role of wise folk has not changed throughout the ages. It is to them that we look to for guidance… the three kings were that during the times of Jesus. Who are today’s wise men and women?

The face mask above is the Coqui logo. The Puerto Rican coqui (pronounced ko-kee) is a small arboreal frog that’s brown, yellow, or green in color. It is their National symbol. It is said that the frog of legend The coquí was here long before any humans came to the island, so they have the longest history, and perhaps they sing each night because they have so much to say. This mask is much more than a cute frog logo! Wear it proudly!

If you need Holiday gift ideas that celebrate heritage, shop Ojala Threads for gift ideas!