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Bouncer Seats

by Guest
Posted August 4 2010 02:51pm

Bouncer seats—also known as “bouncy seats”—are springy, reclining seats that may help keep your baby relaxed and amused. They have a semi-upright tilt that offers the baby a view of his surroundings. The upright tilt also appears to be more comfortable for a baby after a meal.
 
Bouncer seats generally consist of a lightweight frame made from metal wire, tubular metal or heavy-gauge plastic. Most are curved underneath to allow the seat to rock. The reclining seat is a soft, removable, washable pad that conforms to the baby’s spine. These seats are typically used during the baby’s first five or six months, though there are larger versions available for toddlers.
 
Bouncer seats are typically meant for indoor use, although some models come with features that make them appropriate for use outdoors. These may include mosquito or bug netting, and a folding canopy that acts as a sunshade. Always use the seat only in the shade, even if the bouncer seat is equipped with a sunshade.
 
Choosing a safe bouncer seat:    
 

  • Choose a bouncer seat with a manufacturer’s label that states the seat weight limit, usually ranging from newborn to 9 to 14 kg (20 to 30 lbs).
  • Choose a bouncer seat with a base or rear support that is wide and sturdy to prevent the seat from tipping. 
  • Test the stability of the model in the store before purchasing.
  • Choose a bouncer seat with rubber pads or other non-skid surfaces on the bottom. 
  • Choose a bouncer seat with removable and washable upholstery, because wet diapers are bound to come in contact with the fabric.

Bouncer seat safety:

  • Supervise your baby at all times, even if you think your baby is safe and snug in the bouncer seat.
  • Follow the product instructions regarding weight limits for the bouncer seat. Do not use the seat if your baby is over the weight limit, because this may cause it to tip over.
  • Don’t place a bouncer seat on an elevated surface such as a table or counter. Always place the seat on the floor.  
  • Don’t use a bouncer seat when your baby can sit up unassisted, unless the seat is made for toddlers.

 

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Guide to Maternity Leave in Canada

by Maxine
Posted August 25 2010 11:48am

Amber Strocel, a Canadian mom and journalist, has created A Quick Guide to Canadian Maternity Leave to help parents better understand and navigate the maternity leave system.

 

 

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Carriers and Slings

by Guest
Posted August 4 2010 02:52pm

 

 

Baby carriers come in three types: front carriers, slings and backpacks. What you choose will depend on the age and weight of your child, and the type of activity for which the carrier will be used.
 
Front carriers consist of two shoulder straps supporting a deep fabric seat. Slings are wide swaths of fabric worn across the adult's torso and supported by a single shoulder strap. Backpacks are similar to camping-style backpacks, but have a seat for your baby instead of a storage compartment for gear. Most are supported by a lightweight aluminum frame to distribute the child's weight evenly across the carrier’s shoulders and hips. Each type has advantages and disadvantages.
 
Health Canada advises caution when using slings and soft infant carriers as injuries have happened when: a baby falls over the side or slips through the leg openings; a baby has fallen from the sling or carrier when a parent trips; the product breaks and a baby becomes improperly positioned in the product and suffocates.  Health Canada is developing a safety standard for infant slings.

Choosing a safe baby carrier or sling:

  • Consider when and how you will use a carrier or sling, and how easy it is to put your baby in and for you or your partner to wear.
  • Choose a carrier that is comfortable for baby. Leg holes should be banded with elastic or padded fabric, and a there should be a padded support for your baby’s head. 
  • Choose a carrier that holds and supports the child securely. Give the harness and seat a few gentle tugs to make sure all belts, buckles and straps are in working condition. 
  • Choose a carrier with reflective strips, if you will be using it at night. If you cannot find a carrier with reflective strips, add your own. 
  • Choose a carrier with durable fabric and that is easy to clean.
  • Try out the carrier or sling in the store—it should be comfortable and a good size for you or your partner.  
  • Choose a backpack with a safety harness that clasps across your baby’s chest and over her shoulders. 
  • Choose a backpack with an adjustable inside seat, so it can continue to be used as your baby grows.

 
Baby carrier and sling safety:

  • Never leave your baby unattended in the baby carrier or backpack.
  • Always follow the instructions provided with carriers, slings and backpacks.
  • Check every time before you use the carrier, sling or backpack for ripped seams, missing or loose fasteners, and frayed seats or straps; repair them as needed or dispose of it. 
  • Check your baby frequently while you are using these products to be sure that: baby’s nose or mouth are not pressed against fabric or that his head has not bent forward onto his chest. His head and face should always be visible.
  • Do not zip your coat around the baby in a sling or carrier.
  • Hold onto baby when bending over, to keep her from falling out of the sling or carrier.
  • Consult with your paediatrician if your baby is premature or has medical conditions that may make use of these products a safety issue for your baby. 
  • Use the safety straps all the time when using a baby carrier or backpack, even when indoors.
  • Don’t put your baby in a carrier or backpack that is resting on a raised surface—your baby may rock or tip and fall over.
  • Avoid using the sling or carrier if you are doing activities such as cooking, cycling or drinking hot beverages.

Visit Health Canada's Website for more information on safety for carriers and slings.

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Baby Hammocks

by Maxine
Posted August 27 2010 01:21pm

Baby hammocks are made of woven fabric that may be hung from a metal or wood frame. Health Canada advises parents not to use a baby hammock.

A baby is at risk of rolling and becoming wedged in a position where they would be unable to breathe when these items are used. There is also the risk of falling out of the hammock. If you receive a baby hammock do not use it and dispose it in a way that it can not be reused.

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