When you have babies and toddlers in your house you must make sure that it is secure and baby proofed. There is only so much you can do and the most important is that you watch the kids and teach them how to behave in a world which is far from baby proofed. Still, there are some basic things that you should look over in your house and here is a list of things that must be secured for small kids no matter how careful and educational your approach is. Read and check if your house really is baby proofed. If you can cross them all off that is great if something is missing, fix it now!

Small things

You probably don’t buy toys with small parts for your babies but if you have older children in the house this area becomes shady. Lego blocks are great from age 4 and on but younger kids might feel tempted to put them in the mouth! Make sure to have a proper storage for the Lego and teach your older kids to put them back after a game. If they are all over the floor the house is not proofed for babies!

If you have candy holders for small candles you should make sure that they will never reach the hands of your children. Not only are they dangerous if someone put them in the mouth; their sharp ends also become like pieces of glass on the floor if left for the kids to step on.

Fridge Magnets



Not all fridge magnets are secure for children. In many the magnet comes off easily and it is usually small and easy to mistake for a candy. Swallowed magnets present a danger to life! If you are using fridge magnets make sure that they are big and that they are placed high up. Remember that older kids can reach high up and make the magnets available to anyone in the house hold.

Sharp Edges

Sharp edges of furniture are a fact and you can’t place foam on all of your furniture. If there are hours when you know that the kids are playing around your coffee table you can simply place a comforter over it. Coffee tables are dangerous for babies that are just learning to stand up and walk so have them covered with something soft for these occasions.

Strings from Clothing

Strings in pants and clothing can be very dangerous and many times it is better to just remove them before use. If you must use the string to keep the clothing on you should tie it well so that your curious child won’t be able to make it into t new toy.

Kitchen Knives

This is something we all know about and yet little children get to the knives, how is it possible? This is how it happens: You’ve got a lot to do and while you are using a knife you need to run to help a child in the bathroom meanwhile the toddler spots the shiny knife you left on the counter…

To fix this problem you should simply get a magnetic knife rack. This will make your kitchen safer and also make it nicer with all the knives stored properly.

Enjoy your safe house with your happy kids!

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Jul 072011
 

Is your kitchen a safe place for the kids to be? The truth is that kids have to get used to the rules in a kitchen, and a house for that matter. You can’t drape rubber and cotton on every corner but there are a few things that you can and should do make your kitchen safe for children. Here are some important points to think about when you are in the kitchen with your kids. Check them and see if your habits can be upgraded or if you deserve a medal for the safest kitchen ever!

Fire and Hot Liquids

When you are cooking in the kitchen you need to be in the kitchen. Does this sound stupid to you, well then you probably stick to the pots till the meal is ready. If you dash out of the kitchen for quick errands you might compromise on the kitchen safety rules. A child can quickly go and check that pot with a curious hand. Never leave your cooking in dangerous stages when kids are around the kitchen!

Dishes

They are stacking up, I know! Can your children reach them? A glass cup is a danger if it tips at the end of your kitchen counter where a child can tip it over. This is especially something to think about during the summer when your children are running around the house without shoes and socks. Sometimes the dishes have to wait but let them do so far from the edge of the counter where they might create a dangerous situation.

Lower Cabinets

Kids love to play with your tools in the kitchen and depending on what they get their hands on things can get out of hand. A smart tips for saving the situation and feeding their curiosity is to stuff the lower cabinets with things that they can use and touch. For the cabinet with the chemical cleaning stuff you can get a baby lock. There are very simple plastic versions that you glue on. Once your child is busy playing with the pots that are OK, he won’t even think of trying to break into the lethal storage.

Knives

Knives and kids do not belong together, especially not if you have many kids that sit and eat together. A little air born game with a knife can end a disaster so let them stick to forks and spoons till they are big enough to understand table manners.

It is very wise to use a magnetic knife rack for storage of larger and sharp knives. Place one or two in your kitchen in a place where it won’t invite your kids to come and play. Some magnetic knife racks can be placed on the inside of a kitchen cabinet. Be creative and think safe! Magnetic knife racks are also excellent tools for a tidy and organized look in your kitchen.

Expertmom recommend you to get one right now from Amazon, order one for your best friend too as a great gift for any occasion!

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If you allow food and snacks in the car you will soon have a mess building up in the back seat and maybe even up front. Your kids are having a party with summer ice creams and while you look back at them and smile about clown faces the real fun will begin later. If you like taking the baby seats out of the car every month, by all means, continue the sticky behavior, if not you need to re-think your car policies.

No Food in the Car Means Clean Seats

If you decide to totally ban all foods from your car (groceries are fine) you will not see brown, yellow and grayish patches of something that once was edible. Before you let anyone into your card you need to act policeman and discard anything that could constitute as food. You should also give adult passengers strict instructions about your food policies and make sure that they adhere by them. No one will love you but, man (sorry woman!), will your car ever be clean!

As you glance back at sour faces looking for a little snack you should just turn the car stereo on high volume and think about the hours of cleaning you are saving yourself!

Just Deal With it!

Car seats for kids are meant to become messy and dirty and if you can’t act policeman of the car you’d better just accept this fact. Learn how to clean baby seats, boosters and regular car seats and do it with joy! Remember that ice cream, cake, chewing gum and other edibles do come out with some water and soap and scrubbing. Don’t get angry about this task but approach it with love and dedication.

Yes, seriously, by learning how to clean your kid’s car seats with love you can actually work on yourself and your attitude in life. Having said this you can still exclude certain substances from your car, marijuana included! It gets easier when all you have to do is vacuum crumbs and wash off some ice cream from the baby car seats.

Another simple trick is to cover your car seats with towels before you put in the baby chairs. This should also let you relax more when the party gets going in the back seat. You can look back at them, smile, and just throw that towel into the laundry later. Smile again, and live a long, happy and clean life!

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Baby monitors are shunned by some and loved by others. You don’t have to belong to a certain school of parenting to see the advantage of an extra pair of ears. We all have moments when we can’t let the baby sleep exactly where we are and in these situations it is a comfort to still keep a close connection should the need arise.

Safety of Baby Monitors

A baby monitor is never the problem when it comes to the safety of your baby. You can’t expect the baby monitor to do the job for you as a parent. The idea is that you cause an extra safe environment by being able to hear your baby cry for you even when you are on a different floor or in a different room. Baby monitors should never be used at such a distance that you can’t come to your baby’s aid fast. Going to a next door party with a baby monitor is irresponsible and could end really sad!

If your Baby Plays with the Monitor

Some baby monitors are made to be used for toddlers and these will either have to be placed out of reach or be safe enough for the child to touch. There are two aspects to this. The first one is your child’s safety and health. The monitor cannot have any small parts that could come loose and find its way to your child’s little hands and mouth. The other aspect is that you want the device to last and not break. It is hard to name any electrical application that can withstand the test of a curious toddler so you’ better install a shelf out of reach to truly enjoy the baby monitor!

Get a Good Brand!

If you are looking for a safe baby monitor you will also have to get a safe brand which is known to work well. Read reviews and decide if you want to try this helpful machine or not. Many parents do well without so it is not a must but rather a nice way to make things around the house less complicated when there is a baby or toddler around at sleep time!

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Cold weather is a fact for many of us and during the winter months you might find it too tricky to go out and play with your kids. It is cold and wet outside so you suffer inside with kids climbing at the walls. To get through this kind of scenario you must either learn how to activate your baby properly indoors or know how to dress your baby for the winter.

The second option is the best one because playing outside dressed properly is healthy both for you and your baby.

Layers

The first thing to know about is layers. Layers of clothing help to preserve your baby’s heath. You should not overdo it. Your baby must stay mobile to be able to run, climb and have fun outside. Put on a good long sleeved jump suit or sweater coupled with long join underwear. Put another layer of shirt and pants over this. Depending on your baby’s shoes you might also want to layer the socks for maximum warmth. Just make sure not to pack it too tight as it is the air in between the layers that becomes warm and keeps the heath better.

Keep the Water out!

Over your baby’s regular clothes and jacket you should add some form of rain set unless you have an overall which is also rain proof. It is very important to keep your baby dry and especially so by the feet, head and hands. Make sure that your overalls or rain suit has snaps and straps that make sure that your baby’s shoes or both fit well inside so that no water can creep in through cracks.

Hat and Gloves

Don’t forget about the hat and gloves. It is a well-known myth that most of the body heath goes out through the head but even if this is not true you should keep the head warm and protected by a comfortable hat. Make sure that your baby won’t sweat and get wet hair under the hat. If he already got wet hair you should take him inside and dry it, not remove the hat to let the cold wind give him a blow dry!

Quality clothes are always great but remember that it is how you dress your baby for the winter that matters. Use your Mommy senses and get out there for play also when the wind howls and the puddles stand deep. These moments will become sensatory and emotional memories that your baby will cherish for life!

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Dogs are popular all over the world for their loyalty and playfulness. A dog can transform a home to a happy and healthy one. How to choose dog is not the easiest thing to figure out. There are many things to consider. Before you choose dog you should sit down and discuss the issue with the people who will be affected by the presence of the new family member. Even if you live alone your dog might need some babysitting now and then so make sure to talk about it with the people that could be your candidates for this job.

To help you how to choose dog Expertmom.info has put together a list. Go through this list. Discuss with your family or potential dog sitter how the points on the list affect you and your life. This should help you to choose dog with the kind of smarts that will lead to a dog which will fit you and your family just right!

1. Is anyone allergic? If there are people in the house with allergies it is possible that they might also be allergic to dogs. It isn’t hard to test this but make sure to do so before you move on and decide how to choose dog.

2. Big, small, brown, long hair, short hair… the list goes on. Discuss what type of dog you envision so that you can narrow down the type of dog that you are actually looking for.

3. Borrow a dog. You can help the process of how to choose dog by borrowing one from a friend or neighbor. See how it works in reality.

4. Temperament of the dog will also influence your choice. To decide on this you need to be aware of your life style. Do you travel a lot, do sports, do you often go for walks? You will want a dog that likes to do what you like to do.

5. Who is going to care for the dog? A dog can be a lot of work. You need to walk it, groom it and care for it when it get sick. Ask yourself if you have time for this and look into the types of dogs that demand less maintenance if you are short for time. For an example, a short hair dog will not need vigorous combing like a long haired one.

6. When you are trying to figure out how to choose dog you should also watch movies online where people demonstrate their dogs and talk about why they love them. This should give you an idea of what you are looking for in a dog which will help your search immensely.

Happy dog hunting!

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Apr 012011
 

Spring cleaning, Pesach cleaning, as the days get warmer and the trees start to turn green and lush again many of us feel the desire to clean toys and perhaps even more important clean them out! Trucks and cars with 3 wheels and dolls who did not survive attempts of saving limbs gets to go to the trash bin.

When cleaning toys the throwing them out part should be done during the times when the kids are out. If a certain toy holds a special place in your child’s heart you should obviously let it stay no matter how broken it is but for those pieces of plastic collecting dust the coast is clear; to the bin!

Cleaning toys can be a great activity for the afternoon with your kids helping you out. Gather all of the plastic blocks and lego pieces and dump them into a bucket of soapy water. Get tooth brushes and let everyone help with the scrubbing. Smaller kids really like this activity! All of the clean toys that needs rinsing goes into a separate container and you will handle the rinsing after bed time if necessary.

Be prepared for a mess so do the cleaning of toys with your kids in the bathroom or outside. Lots of water will end up on the floors and be ready for soaked children. If you think you can handle the scenario, cleaning toys with your kids is a great activity which makes you get closer to bed time all that faster!

For soft toys and teddy bears you simply toss them into the laundry machine to make sure that all of your children’s toys are clean and ready for another round of play!

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If you want your kids to pitch in and help with the cleaning and ordering you will have to start from a young age but it is never too late. The best thing you can do is set an example. If you make a big deal out of cleaning and ordering they learn that this is a task which is not fun and even aggravating.

If you yourself leave the house without putting everything back in place you can hardly ask from your kids to be any different. Try to better your own practices while you try to influence your kids to become more ordered.
Positive reinforcement is always a good idea and even if you feel completely annoyed by the mess in the kid’s room you should stop yourself and think of constructive ways to make them clean and order it. If they are very young it might be enough to ask them to make order and then they will get a treat.

Once the room is ordered you will walk in and inspect it and make a big fuss over how nice it is. Even if some toys are still out on the floor you should act as if it perfectly fine. This will make young kids want to do this again and they might just surprise you with a neat room without you having to offer treats for it.

You can also get in there with them and make the order together. Make sure that all things have a place and involve the kids in where this place should be. Buy cheap storing boxes and let the kids help you label them. Put building blocks in one, pens and crayons in another and do this together with the kids.

Put some good music on and make the kids feel that order can be fun. You will also enjoy ordering the kid’s room much more this way. The cleaning and ordering will also become quality time which brings you closer to bedtime that much faster!

Happy cleaning and ordering with your kids!

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Jan 232011
 

To grocery shop cost effective you need to be good with the planning of your buys. It is the worst thing in the world to do, to go to the supermarket and try to remember what you need. This will usually give you a result where you bought most of what you need and many other things. It is the “other things” that ruins the budget of any cost effective shopping.

For sure, it can be hard to avoid all of the great offers you pass when you stroll down the aisles of your supermarket but for cost effective grocery shopping you need to be stronger than these primitive urges. To make things a bit easier you can include some spontaneous purchases into your weekly shopping budget.

It is smart to keep an open list by your fridge or somewhere in your kitchen where you can easily make notes of what you need to buy come shopping day. As you get ready to take care of your groceries you add the standard things that you always buy and then you bring the list along. You should also bring a pen and mark off everything as it goes into your food cart. If you are a big fan of order you could even arrange the list according to the setup of the specific supermarket where you buy your food.

To stay cost effective you should stick to your list and make sure to plan it according to a budget that works for you. If the spontaneous buys are too difficult to resist you could consider doing your grocery shopping online. Online grocery shopping is usually a bit more expensive but if you can control yourself better it might be the most cost effective grocery shopping for you. Take a look at online grocery stores and see what they can offer you. Remember that by ordering the food to your door you also save time and as we all know time is money!

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Calcium deposits form fast and easily in kettles and other kitchen tools and it is essential to get rid of them on a regular basis. Depending on how hard the water is where you live you will have to treat your tea kettle to remove calcium deposits once a month or every other month. You basically need to keep an eye on the white stuff building up.

When you want to remove calcium deposits from your tea kettle you have a whole range of products available in your supermarket. You can use a powder and leave this to sit in the boiled water or you can use a readymade solution. In common these anti-calcium treatments have the chemicals. No good!

So what should you do to clean your kettle from calcium deposit without having to deal with lethal chemicals? The answer is simple, citric acid!

Yes, the very same citric acid that you would use for drinks, baking and jams. This spice which looks like a salt and is often referred to as lemon salt will remove the calcium build ups in your kettle in an instant. All you have to do is heat up some water and then add some citric acid. You will see how it literally eats the calcium in seconds.

Remember to clean your kettle well after this treatment. You must use boiled water to clean it. Read more about the dangers of clearing calcium deposits in the tea kettle with citric acid here at ExpertMom!

Have a happy and healthy calcium deposit removal!

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