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Convertible Car Seat Makes Practical Investment

Is a convertible right for you? Credit: Getty Images The convertible car seat is a unique option within the car seat market -- a single seat your child uses from birth through school-age. What begins a rear-facing infant seat eventuall...Buying a convertible car seat makes financial sense.

New Car Seat Policy Keeps Kids in Booster Seats Much Longer

If you think it's time to graduate your child out of her car or booster seat, you may want to take a look at a new policy released today by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) which significantly modifies the last guidelines, issued in 200...
The AAP now calls for toddlers to stay in rear-facing car seats until age 2.

Product Recalls: How to Get the Latest Info

Sign up for e-mail alerts to find out about the latest recalls. Credit: Corbis When there's a massive recall, everyone hears about it, but many recalls don't make the news. However, since small children are famous for finding ways to m...Since small children are famous for finding ways to make toys and even seemingly-harmless household objects dangerous, parents need to know about recalls.

How to Stock Your Family First Aid Kit

Don't skimp on the bandages. Credit: Corbis When cuts and bruises call for more than a kiss, parents need to be prepared. That's why safety experts recommend parents keep first aid kits at home, in the car and in the diaper...Safety experts recommend parents keep first aid kits at home, in the car and in the diaper bag.

Just a Gentle Reminder, Boys and Girls: Stay Out of Appliances

Climbing inside a household appliance always seems like a good idea at the time. CBS News reports a 3-year-old got stuck inside the 15-inch wide drum of a washing machine, and it took rescuers at least an hour to free him. Then there's the...
Getting drunk and climbing inside an appliance is never a wise choice.

Corporate America Doesn't Care About My Family or Yours

Is corporate America concerned about your safety? Credit: Spencer Platt, Getty Images
It's another David vs. Goliath showdown. In this case, though, David is concerned parents like you and me, and Goliath is corporate America and his government c...
Did you know that much of the information from safety complaints is not made public because of a federal law that requires a manufacturer's approval before it can be released?

Easy Pumpkin Carving: Safety Tips

Pumpkin carving is easy with these safety tips. Credit: Getty Images
As fun as pumpkin carving is, it's still, well, carving. As in knives. Sharp knives. Not generally a good mix with children. So here are some tips and strategies to keep the kid...
As fun as pumpkin carving is, it's still, well, carving. As in knives. Sharp knives. Not generally a good mix with children. So try these tips and strategies to keep the kids safe.

Safety of Vaccines and Medications Tops List of Priorities for Parents

Parents want more research done on the safety of children's vaccines. Credit: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent each year on medical research related to children's health issues, yet parents have little or no...
When asked, nearly nine out of 10 parents rate research on the safety of vaccines, and effectiveness and safety of medicines, as the most important topics regarding children's health, according to a recent poll.

New Teen Driving Act Proposed to Help Save Lives

More than 4,000 teenagers die in car crashes in the United States each year. Credit: Getty Images
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens in the United States, with an average of 11 teens dying in car crashes each day – m...

Taking the Family to a Hot Spot Abroad? Stay Safe by Planning Ahead

A little planning can make international travel with kids go smoothly. Credit: jupiterimages
Thinking of trading Toronto for Thailand or skipping Madrid for Mumbai on your next family vacation? As the recession eases, more families are making...

Can Kids Play by Themselves at the Park?

Yes, yes, it's my idea: "Take Our Kids to the Park...And Leave Them There Day." Some people think it's crazy -- usually because they think I'm suggesting leaving kids there all day (I actually say even 10 minutes is a good start), and also because ...

Are Parents To Blame When A Kid Gets Molested?

Should parents be blamed -- or even prosecuted -- if they allow their child to go on an overnight where he ends up molested? Yes, says the head of the Boy Scouts council for Portland, Oregon. No, says me. No more than parents should be blamed if...

Is Any Baby Product Safe Enough?

Grab your babies out of their Gracos! The Consumer Product Safety Commission has just declared Graco's Harmony high chair a hideous hazard to humanity. How hideous? Of the 1.2 million units sold, the Commission has received -- sit down (and try ...

Professional Babyproofers: Spreading Fear Or Safety?

Place plastic covers over electrical outlets. Make sure cords from window blinds are well out of reach. Install baby gates at strategic locations. Oh, and keep that confounded Poppins woman under constant electronic surveillance. Most new paren...

Delivering Birthday Party Invitations: An Unexpected Workout

At Cabin Fever we aim to make room for everyone in the family to participate, however small or tall the activity. In our last post, our almost-seven-year-old made her own birthday invitations. Thus, our Saturday afternoon plan: to deliver freshly-mad...

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