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Stroller Mistakes | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear
Editor's Note: Giulia Simolo is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl's LLC. Daphyl's is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Five Stroller Mistakes Parents Need To Avoid

By | Parenting, Safety

Five Stroller Mistakes Parents Need To Avoid

Strollers might seem safe, but they can pose many dangers for babies. Shockingly, in the U.S. two children visit the emergency room every hour for injuries linked to infant carriers or strollers, according to a study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Many of these injuries are head injuries.

It’s very important to know how to use a stroller so that it doesn’t put your baby at risk. Here are five stroller mistakes to avoid.

You Don’t Use The Brakes

The stroller’s brakes are there for a reason. Although they might seem OTT, they’re really important to use, even if you’re only moving slowly. As outlined by Parents, it just takes a bump to the stroller, such as from an older sibling, for it to flip over, especially if you’re on an elevated surface.

If you have to take a call on your cell phone or find something in your handbag, always put the stroller’s brakes on first, even if you’re on a level surface.

You Cover Baby Up

Yes, it’s hot and you don’t want your baby to be exposed to the harmful UV rays so you cover the stroller with a blanket. But this can be dangerous. Your baby could become too hot, which is not just uncomfortable for them but can cause heat stroke. In addition, your baby could suffocate under the blanket, as Parents reports.

Make sure you only use a light blanket, and make sure you don’t cover the stroller completely because this cuts off air circulation. It’s a better choice to purchase a stroller with a canopy that will offer sun protection for your baby, so you can leave the blanket at home.

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You Use The Cup Holder For Your Morning Coffee

It might seem like no big deal to use your child’s stroller’s cup holder for your hot cup of coffee, but this can easily become a freak accident. If this hot drink spills, it can burn your baby. Rather hold your takeaway coffee when taking your baby for a neighborhood stroll to avoid unnecessary accidents.

You Don’t Use The Harness

You might think, “Why should I strap my baby into the stroller when I’m just going for a slow walk with him?” Well, consider this. A 2002 study found that 76 percent of baby injuries from strollers were caused by babies falling out of them, as Baby Center reports.

You might not think your baby can fall out of their stroller if they’re snugly sleeping in it, but you’ll be surprised. You never know when they can slip or move, and if they’re not safely secured in the stroller, they could fall out of it.

You Jog Instead Of Walk

You might be in a hurry, so you increase your walking speed so that you’re basically jogging along with your baby in his stroller. It’s not safe! Not only can you trip, putting your baby at risk of injury, but your baby’s neck and core muscles need to have grown and developed so that he can handle all the bumps on the pavement, as Baby Center explains.

The site goes on to advise that you don’t use an off-road stroller or jog with a stroller until your child is at least eight months old. If your baby is over the age of two months, you can walk briskly, but make sure you’re walking on smooth surfaces and avoid picking up the pace.

Although recorded stroller injury stats are scary, it’s clear to see that many stroller-related injuries that occur can easily be avoided. Keep baby safe out there!

 

Sources: Eureka Alert, Parents, Baby Center

Editor’s Note: Giulia Simolo is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Playgroup for your Kids | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear
Editor's Note: Harrison Howe is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl's LLC. Daphyl's is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

What to Look For in a Playgroup

By | Parenting

If you’re a stay-at-home mom or dad, then maybe you aren’t doing the pre-school route. However, it’s important to arrange some play time for your child with others his/her age.

Enter the playgroup.

Playgroups are far less structured than pre-school, but still provide an organized and supervised get-together that allows your child to engage with other children and form important social and creative skills and learn how to make friends, share and be involved in a group setting.

Really, how else is Jason or Jessica going to learn how to share their new toys? Or how will they learn how to react when someone tries to take their cool Pink Floyd or Beatles sippy cup?

In many cases, there’s more to it than just getting some neighborhood kids together. Is a specific playgroup right for you and your child? What should you consider when you’re looking to hook up with that perfect playgroup for your toddler?

Here are some things you might look for when you’re on the search for a playgroup.

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The Importance of a Playgroup

Before we explore what you might look for in a playgroup, let’s take a moment to find out why it’s a good idea for your child to attend one in the first place.

There’s only so much time you as a busy mom or dad can spend with your child. Yes, you’re giving them play time, and structure, and setting rules. But when your child can be around others their age to help them develop communication skills and the ability to share and try new things, then you should take advantage of such an opportunity.

A 2016 report from the Australian Institute of Family Studies showed that participation in a playgroup benefited children in areas of self-confidence, speech and increased engagement in play. The report goes on to show that yes, even moms and dads benefit: improvement to their social lives, a better relationship with their child and more confidence in providing care to their children are listed among the parental benefits of playgroups.

Is This Playgroup Right for Me?

Age. Facilities. Structure. Even distance. These are a few of the major aspects you should consider when you’re planning to try on a playgroup for size.

In many cases, it’s important to think about the range of ages you want your child to interact with. If he/she is crawling, putting them in a room of 3- and 4-year olds might not be beneficial and maybe even dangerous. Up to the age of perhaps three, you might want to find a playgroup where all of the children are the same ages.

For those over three, they might learn from older children, so going for a playgroup with a more diverse age range might be the way to go.

What is the facility like? Is the setting conducive for children under the age of three? Is there enough around to keep a five-year-old entertained? Visit the location and see what age group it’s geared toward and if the surroundings are safe and offer activities and toys that match your child’s interests and age.

Are you looking for a lot of structure or more informal meetings? Your child’s personality might mesh best with an informal group run by a parent or parents, while another’s might benefit from one run by an early childhood educator and has a more formal structure.

This aspect will mostly depend on what you hope to get out of a playgroup. If you’re looking to just have your child build some interactive skills and friendships, an informal playgroup might be great. If you want your child to learn more of the skills they might develop in pre-school, then formal might be the way to go. And some might combine the best of both. Whatever works best for you.

Of course, distance needs to be considered. Is the playgroup you found ideal in every way but too far from your home? You’ll need to think about this in cases where your child falls ill during his time at the group and you need to get to him in a hurry.

In the end, it will take some research, but when you find the right playgroup, you’ll know it. Your child will know it. And the benefits you’ll both enjoy: priceless.

Editor’s Note: Harrison Howe is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Girl Playing Guitar | Creative Side | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear
Editor's Note: Lauren Saccone is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl's LLC. Daphyl's is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Making Sweet Music: Toys & Activities To Inspire Your Child’s Creative Side

By | Music, Parenting

Your little one has a big imagination — and now is the time to encourage them to really get in touch with their creative side. Creativity is a powerful tool that can provide your children with a rich inner life, as well as help them professionally and academically in the future. Best of all, you can help them to nurture this trait with a bunch of fun activities everyone will enjoy.

We’ve rounded up some great tips and ideas for encouraging your child to be creative. Be sure to try them all to see which one sparks your little one’s imagination.

Rock On

Get your child excited about music by having them start their very own band! You can watch fun music videos together for inspiration, and share your favorite songs with them. Then grab a fun plush guitar and have them play along with songs they love! They’ll have fun doing wild guitar solos thinking up their own lyrics.

If they seem especially interested, you can suggest they try their hands at playing actual instruments. Who knows — you might have a creative budding rock star on your hands!

Investigate Your World

Creativity comes in all forms, and scientific experimentation is one of them! If your child is curious about the natural world, have them go on a nature hike with you. The two of you can learn about the different plants and animals in the area, and even do some fun experiments at home!

You’ll both learn some amazing natural facts, and your child’s mind will open up to the wonders of the natural world. You can even write journal entries or short stories about your discoveries together.

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Dig Deep

If your little one loves dinosaurs, do some research into fossils. You can even schedule a trip to a museum to learn even more about these magnificent creatures. Then have your child discuss what they’ve learned, what they think about the dinosaurs, and what they imagine they might look like. It’s a fun combination of fact and fantasy you’ll both enjoy.

Create A Comic Book

Your child will adore creating a fun and fantastical comic book with you! You can download simple outlines of pages online, or simply draw your own. Then have your kid think up a superhero, their secret identity, and you’re ready to go! Everyone will love the fun adventures their character gets into, and your child will gain confidence and creativity when they share their stories with family and friends. So ask your child this: What would your superpower be?

Editor’s Note: Lauren Saccone is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Editor's Note: Harrison Howe is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl's LLC. Daphyl's is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Putting Your Foot Down: How to Say No to Your Child

By | Parenting

Say No to Your Children | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear

“No.”

Who knew such a small word could turn the world upside down?

Yes, no is NO fun to hear. As far as your child is concerned, this is the worst word in the English language. Children just don’t like to be told no; the utterance of this word can cause tantrums, screaming, crying, or other unacceptable behaviors, even in public. They’ll beg. Plead. Try to negotiate. Even try to manipulate you into getting their way.

But there will be times when no is the answer. So how can you tell your child no in a way that they can accept and that could help avoid the undesirable response they might have to the word?

Believe it or not, there are ways to do it!

Know How to Say No

So your two-year old holds up her sippy cup and wants more juice. But it’s close to dinner time and she’s already had enough, you feel. Time to say no.

You might avoid the inevitable tantrum by having set some limits earlier. For instance, you might have explained that only one cup of juice is allowed before dinner. Then, when they ask for more, you can simply remind them that the limit was already set. “No, honey…only one cup before dinner. Remember?”

You could almost make it sound as if you’re agreeing with your child, but still say no. You might say, “Sure, you can have more juice…but you have to eat your dinner first.” That’s no without saying no, directly. Sneaky, huh? But it just might work in some cases. If your child feels there’s a payoff for doing what they’re told, they might just roll with it.

Be understanding. You could try, “I know you want more juice, but you can’t right now. You might spoil your appetite and you need to eat to grow up big and strong. After dinner you can have more juice.” You’re being supportive, you’re not yelling, and you’re offering an explanation. It’s worth a shot–some kids will really respond to this, rather than the abrupt, cold “No.”

Saying ‘No’ is GOOD for Your Child

One way to make it easier on YOU to say No to your child is to understand that by doing so, you’re raising your child to be more accepting and responsible.

A child who gets what he/she wants at all times simply grows into an adult how can be demanding, easily frustrated, and unable to deal with disappointment.

No needs to be a word they hear from a young age, says Dr. Susan Bartell, a nationally-recognized psychologist and author. “This should start when kids are very young…ages 1 or 2. When you say no to your kids at that age, you’re teaching them the skill of self-soothing…you are teaching them self-control.”

Dr. Bartell goes on to say, “They won’t have temper tantrums because you will have taught them how to hear it. Remember that when you say no you’re teaching three important skills: tolerating not getting what you want, respecting another person’s view, and managing your feelings.”

Those skills will go a long way as your child grows to adulthood. They WILL hear no: from teachers, bosses, even spouses. Having a healthy understanding and acceptance of this word will serve them well throughout their lives.

In sales, they say that you’re one “No” closer to a “Yes.” When it comes to raising your child, you’re one “No” closer to being a more effective and assertive parent.

Say No & go rock it!

Editor’s Note: Harrison Howe is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.