Monday, July 27, 2015

Water Safety

     Once you have childproofed your home, you will realize that the great outdoors presents a whole new set of problems. When outdoors, babies or toddlers should never be left unsupervised especially if there is a water:  a hot tub, swimming pool, ornamental garden pond, or even a kiddy pool. Always follow strict water safety rules:

  • Swimming pools should be equipped with appropriate life-saving devices.
  • Be aware: pool covers do not provide the necessary safety that a fenced-in pool area provides.
  • Do not rely on flotation devices to protect your child- Top heavy toddlers may not be able to flip onto their backs or get their face out of the water even when wearing a life-vest.
  • Children of all ages and swimming abilities still need adult supervision.
  • No running by the pool.
  • Small children should wear safety devices the entire time they are in the pool area not just while in the water. 
  • Children should not be allowed to stand on the edge of an adult pool and get things out of or scoop out water.
  • Always remove toys, floats, and so on from the pool after use.
  • Teach children that they are not allowed in the pool or pool area without an adult
  • Child adult ratio should be: one adult for every three children.
  • If pool is over 5 feet deep, one adult should know lifesaving techniques.
  • Make sure all latches are in working order and that your child cannot open.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Safety First

Sooner or later it happens to all of us, you turn around in the store and your child is no longer in view. Your breathe catches in your throat, you start to perspire, and just at the first wave of nausea, you hear a little voice say “Mom, look what I found!”

Unfortunately, the reality is that children do sometimes get lost or separated from there parents; especially in large crowds, if you have more than once child, and if they are prone to wandering off. As an adoptive parent I am probably more paranoid than the general population, but also more aware especially during those early years together that our children may be more at risk because they are more prone to indiscriminate friendliness and processing attachment. There are many things you can do to help keep your mind at ease so you can enjoy your time together: 

  • Purchase a under-the-clothing money bag with a note that contains emergency contact information.  
  • Put your business car/ or hotel business card or a note with additional contact info in their pockets. (You may want to pin it in.)
  • Purchase hospital ID bracelets and write emergency contact info on them.
  • Write your cell phone number on child’s arm with permanent marker, It will wash off- in a few days.
  • All adults and older children carry cell phones.
  • Hold hands when walking in crowds or crossing the street, or lose walking privileges.  
  • Use a safety harness for young toddlers.
  • For outside actives after dark, take glow bracelets and glow necklaces for the kids to wear so you can see them better.
  • Teach your child how to identify a Mom with children, whom they can ask for help.
  • Review rules before you leave, and help them identify people they may encounter that they can ask for assistance: a police office, lifeguard, zookeeper, flight attendant, etc.  

Sunday, July 19, 2015

How to Dress Your Baby in the Summer

     Too much material, too many layers, exposed skin, bare feet, sunscreen? Choosing the right clothing is essential whether indoors or out. For helpful hints on how to keep your baby cool and comfortable in warmer weather see:

Summer Packing List for Babies and Toddlers
Diapers, wipes, disposable changing pads, diaper rash cream
First aid kit, prescription meds
Snack food, baby formula, etc
Pacifier, washable bibs, sippy cups, bottles, plastic utensils
Portable high chair
Assorted, resealable plastic bags
Handsanitizer and tissues
Clothes, shock, shoes, jacket or sweater
Swimsuit, sunscreen, sunhat
Collapsible stroller, sling or front facing carrier
Inflatable bath tub
Laundry Soap
Blanket and child’s snugly, baby/lovey
Portable crib, or playpen

Nightlight, Socket protectors

Monday, July 13, 2015

Faith, Patience, and Adoption

Adoption is a lesson in faith and patience. You must have faith that thing will work our as they are suppose to; faith that the child that is suppose to be yours will be, and faith in those that assist you in your journey.

Patience on the other hand is harder. It's hard to be patient, especially if you have experience infertility prior to stating the adoption process.  It's hard to have faith in the process and patiently wait for things to come together in their own timing.  But they will, you just have to have faith and patience


Thursday, July 9, 2015

The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers

The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: 

Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity

"Mothers are expected to do it all: raise superstar kids, look great, make good salaries, keep an immaculate house, be the perfect wife. In this rallying cry for change, Meg Meeker, M.D., uses her twenty-five years’ experience as a practicing pediatrician and counselor to show why mothers suffer from the rising pressure to excel and the toll it takes on their emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual health. Complete with an all-new tool kit of wellness tips and exercises, Dr. Meeker’s book reveals the 10 most positive and impactful habits of healthy, happy mothers, including
• making friends with those who know the meaning of friendship
• finding out what money can buy (and what it cannot)
• lightening the overload—and doing less more often
• discovering faith and learning how to trust it
• taking some alone time and reviving yourself"

For more info, See: 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Sleep and Adopted Children

Are you ready for an afternoon nap? Are your little ones making you sleep deprived? Did you know many adopted children have sleep issues?  You may have noticed from the very beginning that your child has a hard time going to sleep, or they may experience increasing difficulty in falling sleeping. Approximately 25% of all young children experience some type of sleep problems.   It can be one of the most difficult challenges of parenting.  Below is expert advice on sleep issues and adopted children:  

All Through the Night- Parents and experts weigh in on the best ways to get our kids to sleep.

Helping Your Child to Sleep through the Night

The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
by Elizabeth Pantley
A no tears approach that offers alternatives to letting babies  "cry it out" (not recommended for adopted children) or getting up as often as necessary with baby,  The No-Cry Sleep Solution provides effective, step-by-step  strategies to overcoming naptime and nighttime problems.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Amazon Smile

What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You use your same account on and AmazonSmile. When you shop at Amazon, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from purchases. Once you select Beacon House Adoption for your  501(c)(3) public charitable organization, every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation to BHAS. It's that easy shop Amazon- support Beacon House!

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