Baby Proofing Your Home – When and How

March 31, 2009 by   Comments (4)

baby-crawlBecause having a baby for the first time means you will be parents for the first time, everything is brand new and you are not quite sure when and how you should do everything. This is certainly true in the case of baby proofing your home. You have  never done this task before, so you and many parents as well are not sure when they should begin.

Although you might be tempted to baby proof the instant you get your little one home from the hospital, you can wait a little bit. There is no need to proof your home until your baby starts crawling.

First, you need to be aware of what harm can be done to your baby because your baby’s safety always should be your top priority. You can start with the obvious. Get outlet protectors so your little one does not get hurt playing around the sockets. You should cover every outlet even if you do not think your little one will find it. Also, get latches for your lower cabinet doors.

You also want to keep your bathroom doors closed at all times when you are baby proofing your home. You do not want your child to fall into the toilet or tub because you left the door open. One of the best ways to protect your child is by putting child safety gates at the top and bottom of your stairs. These you will want to keep in place well after your child is in the walking stage. Now that you have protected your baby from the house’s dangers, you need to protect your house from your baby.

You can do this by getting down with your baby while he or she is playing on the floor and crawling around. Look for anything that you would not want broken. When you are baby proofing your home, be sure to move all small objects to a higher location so your child cannot choke on them. You also may want to take your proofing a little bit higher than where your child can crawl as well. It will be no time before your little one is pulling himself up. He will be able to reach higher things then.

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Recent Recall Notices for Children's Products

March 13, 2009 by   Comments (1)

Recall notices are important for the safety of all infants and young children.  We all want our little ones to be safe and happy.  Every time you purchase something for a baby or a toddler, it is a good idea to check to see if it seems safe.  There are lots of hazards that we may not notice.  Small parts pose a choking hazard, faulty manufacturing can lead to equipment malfunction and injury, and certain products can lead to accidental strangulation or suffocation.  It is your job as a parent or guardian to look out for the safety of your children.

There are a bunch of products that have recently been given recall notices.  For example, Old Navy has recalled some stuffed toys that have detachable button eyes.  This was deemed to be a choking hazard for toddlers and babies.  Another tragic case prompted another product recall.  A young boy in California was strangled to death when the drawstring on his hooded sweatshirt got caught on a part of the playground equipment where he was playing.  This death has resulted in the recall of hooded sweatshirts with drawstrings by the Hill Sportswear company.

Recall notices were also issued for a product from the Disney Store.  Tons of parents shop there for their kids, but not everything is safe.  A tool set toy was recalled because it poses a choking hazard to young children.  In another case, DDI Inc. recalled toy construction play sets from the market.  The surface paint on the play sets was found to contain lead.  This was a violation of the federal lead paint standard, and the toys were taken off the market.  Even some High School Musical products were recalled.  As it turns out, that brand was selling a manicure kit with glitter lettering.  Unfortunately, this lettering contained lead which was putting children at risk.

As you can see, even some of the more respected product lines have issued recall notices.  There are dangers everywhere, and it is important for parents to keep an eye out for their children.  It may be an innocent mistake, but accidents can result in injury, illness, and even death.  Avoid a tragedy by closely examining all products that you buy for your kids.  It is better to be safe than sorry.  Check the listings of recent product recalls (or directly from the CPSC) to make sure that the toys and clothes your child has are not a threat to his or her well-being.

Be a Real Man with these Five Simple Rules

February 18, 2009 by   Comments (0)

Real Men eat Steak

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So, you think you’re a “Real Man” don’t you? Well, as a professional people watcher, I see lots of guys that would consider themselves to be real men that violate my simple list of 5 Rules.

These men walk tough and talk tougher but they don’t have the common sense to know how the actions they take affect the rest of us and leave a bad impression on their children.

5 Simple Rules:

1) Don’t Swear in Front of Children
Sounds simple right? Well, swearing is addictive especially if you work in a loose environment where everyone does it. You may have the tendency to bring it into the house. Fight it, kids don’t need to hear it.

2) Don’t Smoke Near Children
For the love of God this has to be a no-brainer right? I mean, smoking is bad for you isn’t it? That hasn’t changed, so why the hell would it be OK to smoke in close proximity to children?

3) Be Courteous
There are plenty of ways to be courteous both physically (opening a door for someone) and verbally (saying ‘Thank you’ or ‘Excuse me’). What it comes down to is being respectful. Forget world peace (I say that with my tongue firmly planted in cheek) this world would be a much better place if we all just respected each other.

4) Stop at Stop Signs
Stop signs are red and octagon shaped.  They typically have cross walks on the other side of them and/or separate your car from another through way. Obvious right? How come so many people completely ignore them? I live in the city and see people blow straight through stop signs leaving moms and dads yanking their children out of crosswalks.

5) Give it Away
Everybody has a little extra to give. Donate some time, money or materials to help out a worthy cause. Real men don’t do it for the tax break, they do it because they hope that someone will be there for them when they need a hand.

Now, if you already abide by the rules above then give yourself a pat on the back, but don’t get carried away. These are pretty easy rules to live by. If you don’t, well, all is not lost. With practice and….who the hell am I kidding. These rules are dead simple and common sense. You’ll figure it out!

How about you? What rules do you live by that should be included in the list above? Let us know in the comments section below.

Calling all Poker Dads!

November 15, 2008 by   Comments (1)

Daddy Rockstar has been busy with two new Poker websites. Feel free to vist them and let us know what you think!

  • Complete Poker Rules
    • A community of online and live poker players discussing poker strategy and poker hand analysis.
  • Twitter Poker Tour
    • The TPT is a weekly online poker “home game”. The tour alternates between PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker and is open for all players!

Weekly Link Roundup: 10/10/2008

October 10, 2008 by   Comments (0)

This weeks Link Roundup for October 10th, 2008:

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