Tag: child safety

Letting your kids play outside alone or walk to school: Is it bad for kids, or just bad for parents?

Do you let your kid walk to school alone? Or to the park? Or to the neighbor’s house to play? But more importantly, have you ever let your kid go out alone…and lied about it for fear of repercussion?  Today on the latest Episode of Spawned, Kristen and Liz have a lively discussion about just what the heck is going on in today’s world.  Has “it takes a village” given way to “it takes a village of paranoid strangers with CPS on speed dial?” And who the heck is writing all these playground safety rules these days? Clearly this one gets us...

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10 of the most fun, most creative pool games for kids to play this summer beyond Marco Polo

If your aim is to get the kids to spend as much time in the pool as possible before summer ends, we’ve got you covered with 10 of the coolest, most creative pool games for toddlers to teens. Not only are these ideas a whole lot of fun, but they also help kids become more comfortable and confident in the water, something that’s so important to us, since we want those little tadpoles of ours to be safe when they’re playing in the pool. Especially when they are swimming with a bunch of their giggling, shouting, jumping friends. Related: Pool safety: 11 top tips for keeping kids safe this...

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A temporary tattoo that keeps kids safe. Not just cool.

I always thought it was a clever idea to write your number on your young child’s arm with a Sharpie, should you be hitting a beach or a theme park where there’s even the slightest chance of getting lost. But I also know plenty of squirmy kids who do not want to have anything to do with that, especially as they get a little older. One trick: Make your kids memorize your phone number. (We started with my kids around three and remarkably, they nailed it.) Another really fun trick: The Emergency Contact Number Temporary Tattoo Watch. Fun, right? A box of 16...

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Volvo reinvents the child car seat, and wow.

We’re always looking for cool new safety innovations for children and since Volvo is synonymous with safety (thanks, advertising!) we’re not entirely surprised that they’re the first to reinvent family car travel with this Volvo child seat concept. Whoa, right? The premise is that the baby can remain in a rear-facing seat in the new Volvo XC90, only…in front. Then whomever is in the passenger seat has the ability to slide back. That way, the kiddo is in eyeshot of both the driver and another passenger, instead of one of us (ahem) climbing awkwardly into the rear over the seat back in the middle...

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Enjoy safer sparklers with 6 fun Fourth of July crafts for kids

We expect to hear plenty of  ooh’s and ahh’s to accompany all the bright and sparkly things we’ll see on the Fourth of July, but I hope to eliminate any ow’s with these safera alternatives to sparklers that they can enjoy on Independence Day. Or heck, all summer long. I hope these 6 fun Fourth of July crafts for kids help create a safer holiday for all. Related: Free printable Fourth of July temporary tattoos   Pipe Cleaner Sparkler Craft for Fourth of July (tutorial, Kix Cereal) Metallic pipe cleaners make great faux sparklers, especially in red, white, and blue colors. Follow the easy Pipe Cleaner Sparklers tutorial at...

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Pool safety: 11 top tips for keeping kids safe this summer

We are always looking for products that help keep our kids safe at the pool, whether it’s a big community pool or something smaller in our friends’ backyards. Last year one of the coolest safety products we discovered was iSwimband, an excellent wearable drowning detection system that Jeana called a poolside essential for parents because it literally can saves lives. So we are beyond thrilled to welcome them as our newest sponsor. (Welcome!) – Don’t miss an exclusive, limited time discount for CMP readers below –  This is not an alarmist thing for us in the least; pool safety is serious, serious business — iSwimband was in...

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When Lyla Got Lost (and Found): A really helpful safety book for kids

I know that teaching my kids about personal safety is so important, but there seems to be a fine line between preparing kids for emergencies and scaring them about Things That Could Happen. Like all parents, I definitely don’t want to tell them more than they need to hear. But lately we’ve been getting our talks just right with the help of reading When Lyla Got Lost (and Found), the latest in The Mother Company’s new series of safety books for kids. Thanks to authors Abbie Schiller and Samantha Kurtzman-Counter, my kids are learning some great safety strategies that will work for them in the real world,...

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The hottest tech posts from the past week

Here are the hottest tech picks on Cool Mom Tech from this week. Look what you might have missed!   1. A thermometer that plugs into your smartphone. Brilliant! 2. This small little gadget might make a huge difference when it comes to organization in your home. 3 . You can still send (belated!) Valentine’s Day cards using this handy website. It’s one of our favorites! 4 . Talk about awesome: This amazing kit will get your kids super excited about STEM. 5. This cool app turns your kids into photo editors and designers. Love!...

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The Hottest Tech Posts You Missed This Week

Here are the hottest picks on Cool Mom Tech from this week. Look what you might have missed!   1. This Inbox zero trick is such a sanity saver. 2. A disturbing new Instagram trend that all parents should know about. 3. Hot from CES: A cool new family phone that lets you finally ditch your landline. 4. A smart tech productivity tip that will help you minimize distractions in a couple of clicks. 5. 7 tips and apps to help you get better sleep in 2015....

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. 7 helpful tips for taking Halloween photos of your kids. Your Instagram followers await! 2. A new Toca Boca app for kids, just in time for Halloween. Hooray! 3. We’re having way too much fun Halloween-ifying our photos. We bet you will too. 4. Need a fun, splurge-y holiday gift for the kids? This is awesome. 5. Here’s a sweet, simple Halloween DIY that will help keep them safer while trick or treating....

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. This new camera is so small you could eat it. But don’t. You know, because it’s a camera. 2. Cool interactive storybooks starring your child that actually look like your child. Wow! 3. A safe outlet that’s a must for parents. 4. Here’s a cool idea for all those Instagram photos you want to get off your phone. 5. And we’d be remiss not to mention our sadness about the passing of Robin Williams....

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Scooter Safety for Kids: 7 smart tips for a safe scoot to school and back again

Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean kids will be hanging up their scooters anytime soon. In some neighborhoods, we’re even scooting to school and hopefully safely. Our partner Micro Kickboard (we love them so much!) is a brand we all have trusted and loved and owned for years, which is why we are thrilled to work with them again. (And apologies to our kids, but no, this doesn’t mean “we can get another one.”) Micro Kickboard also knows a thing or two about scooter safety for kids, because they really care about them. Hey, a lot of them are parents...

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Our favorite safe, cool bike helmets for kids. Whether or not they’re future Tour de France riders

It can be a struggle to get kids to remember to wear their helmets, but when their bike safety gear looks as good as these cool  bike helmets for kids–they’re much more likely to use one. So since it’s July, and in our house the Tour de France is on TV every morning (meaning between stages, my own little cyclists are out on the driveway doing their own time trials) we’ve put together our favorite bike helmets for your kids. Because I’ve seen the falls in the race, and I want to be sure my kids are really safe when they’re out on our street...

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Looking for a great bed rail with night light built right in? We’ve found a great one.

My kids are rollers. I can’t count how many times I’ve gone to check on them while they sleep, only to find them on the floor. I’ve considered getting a bed rail but they think they’re so babyish. And when you’re a big four-year-old, is there a worse fate?  But then I discovered the new new Side Light bed rail from Babyhome which even my older kids think looks pretty cool. If you recognize the name Babyhome it’s because they’re the amazing modern children’s design company responsible for the modern So-Ro cradle that we’ve all been coveting for the babies in our...

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5 ridiculous baby products that seem like April Fool’s Day jokes…but aren’t

Every now and then we see ridiculous baby products that make us wonder if they’re real or…if they’re April Fool’s Day jokes left over from years past. Turns out, these five crazy baby products are not jokes at all. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t make us laugh. Or gasp. Or encourage some parents somewhere to think, “hey, I need that!”  We’ll chalk it up to pregnancy brain. We’ve all been there. You get a free pass.   1. The Baby Mop. Hey, your baby’s rolling around on the floor anyway, might as well put him to good use....

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5 tips for making Halloween safer for kids with peanut and tree nut allergies

With some of our own kids at Cool Mom Picks grappling with peanut and tree nut allergies that range from mild to life-threatening, we really have a heightened awareness of making Halloween fun and safe for all kids. If you don’t have children with allergies yourself, but want to make sure classroom friends and neighborhood kids are in good hands with you on Halloween, here are some helpful tips. (Note: This post has been updated for 2015.) Related: Allergy free Halloween treat recipes and great tips for keeping things safe   1. Read the labels: Even for things you’re not expecting...

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A car seat for dolls: Safety gets more fun

Ever since the AAP changed the car seat recommendations for children, kids are staying in rear facing car seats and eventually, booster seats, even longer. So I’m happy to find a car seat accessory for dolls, which can help kids understand car seat safety by taking care of their own little babies.  The new Car Seat for Dolls by German company Gotz, is perfect for dolls up to 16.5 inches, like a Corolle Baby Doll–but not quite an American Girl Doll, which might have been your next question. It even has a retractable top, should the baby doll need a little protection from the...

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Web Coolness: Lisa Simpson for fashion week, more flex-work for parents, and the best baby photos ever.

Here are some of our favorite links around the web this week. Hope you like them too!   Karate babies rule! Love this ad campaign featuring strong babies by Eric Sahrmann. You’ll laugh at these 21 kids who sold out their parents through their artwork. Interesting: A teacher explains why homework isn’t necessarily good for kids. [via Nancy Letts] Cartoon characters reinvisioned for fashion week. By far our favorite: Daria. (Also, they didn’t skinnify her like Lisa Simpson.) Brain, Child is back and better than ever, with tons of must-read articles for smart parents. The NFL’s Arian Foster on...

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Is it safe for babies to suck on keys? They are if they’re these keys.

I swear I am not Alarmist Mom. I did not plug every outlet when my kids were toddlers and my jeans were the only pacifier sterilizer I owned. But one thing I knew is that I didn’t want my kids sucking on keys, knowing that real keys may be one of the worst things for them to put in their mouths. And that includes the cat.    I’m so happy to see that CMP favorite Green Toys has expanded their baby toys line with a set of toy keys for babies that they can teethe on to their heart’s content, and...

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Web Coolness: Sharks, back to school fun, and safe tech talk for tweens

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. Shark! We adore Japanese photographer Toyokazu Nagano’s entire photo series starring his very animated four-year-old daughter. The featured shot seems especially apropos for Shark Week. So important for new parents to read: Katherine Stone shares A Mother’s Postpartum Depression Bill of Rights. How Kristen realized she suffered from postpartum depression, and didn’t even know it.   This not-too-difficult Back-to-School Bento Lunch gets an A+ from us! A great new tradition! Interview your kids with the All About Me worksheets at the start of each new school year and get...

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