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Pool Safety Tips for a Great Summer

The best part about summer is cooling off at the pool with your kids. No matter their age. But as much fun as laying by the water sounds, pool time can give parents a surge of anxiety. And sure, these concerns are completely warranted. After all, more than 250 kids drown in pools each year due to lack of precautions. Because of this, it’s important to practice pool safety protocols to help keep your baby safe.  So, if you want to learn more about pool safety tips for a Great Summer keep reading!

#1 Supervision

Whether your child is 6 mos or 4-years-old, supervising them during pool time is critical. Yes, we’re talking to you kiddie pools, pools and jacuzzis. And that’s because children under the age of 4 are more prone to suffer from accidental drownings. So regardless of your child’s swimming experience, or the depth of the water, you must always keep an eye on them.

#2 Flotation Devices
Wearing the appropriate flotation device when swimming is helpful for inexperienced swimmers. Make sure that you buy the appropriate size depending on your baby’s age and weight. Ideally, the best way to keep your baby safe from the water is to enroll them in swimming lessons. You can introduce them to the water as early as when they’re 6-weeks old.
#3 Appropriate Fencing
The majority of backyard pools drowning occur due to the lack of fencing. Because of this, children fall prey to falling or walking into pools resulting in death. So, it’s important that you install the appropriate fence with latches to prevent any accidents. Make sure you follow the fending regulations where you live since they vary state-by-state.
#4 Have a Clean Pool
To prevent any infections or stomach problems, it’s crucial to keep a clean pool. This means taking the appropriate potty breaks to prevent accidents in the pool. If your baby’s not potty trained, wear swimming diapers to prevent spillage. This will help keep your baby safe and healthy from bacteria and infections.

 

Top Benefits of Skin-to-Skin Contact

Carrying your baby for nine months creates a special and unbreakable bond. After-all, you did provide all the important nutrients and necessities they needed. But once he’s pushed out of the comfort of your womb and into the outside world, creating a bond is even more important. And that’s where skin-to-skin contact comes in. Skin-to-Skin contact gives babies the security and comfort they found in your womb. And even better, it can have a lot of health benefits that can carry onto their infancy. So, here are the top reasons to have skin-to-skin contact with your newborn baby.
Breastfeeding Experience
Skin-to-skin contact between baby and mom can begin a strong lifetime connection. So, if you can have skin-to-skin contact after birth, it will usually result in your baby’s first breastfeed. This tender moment will help you produce prolactin, the hormone that begins milk production. Skin-to-skin contact also benefits your baby’s growth, digestion, and increase interest in feeding.
Fights Infections
Skin-to-Skin contact introduces your baby to the helpful bacteria on your skin. This means that the same bacteria that colonizes you will also colonize the baby. And that will help promote new breast milk that contains antibodies. These antibodies will fight off infections and improve your baby’s immune system.
Premature Babies
Skin-to-Skin contact can help the health of premature babies. The warmth and comfort of your skin provides the same level of security they found in the womb. It also helps improve oxygen levels, reduce stress and assist in healthy development.
Emotional Bond
Engaging in skin-to-skin contact can strengthen the bond between baby and parent. During the first time of contact, the body releases love hormones create a bond. Some of the hormones like oxytocin, and prolactin, help mom be closer to baby. This is beneficial for mom’s in reducing postpartum depression and stress.

Cloth Diapers Vs. Disposable. What Should You Use?

When it comes to your baby’s tooshie, you probably want to know everything there is about the diapers that go on it.  And if you’re a new or expectant parent, you’ve probably wondered what route to go; disposable or cloth. But regardless of what you’ve heard, both type of diapers have their ups and down. So here at iBaby, we’ve gathered all the information you need to make your decision on cloth vs. disposable diapers.
The difference between cloth and disposable:

Cloth and disposable diapers are completely different, but get the same job done. Contrary to disposable, you can throw cloth diapers in the laundry and re-use them. They may seen old school, but they have come a long way from the time our grandparents used them. You can find them in different shapes, sizes, and several levels of support. On the other hand, disposable diapers are straightforward to use and can be throw in the trash.

Pros of Using Cloth Diapers:
Using cloth diapers can save you thousands of dollars by the time your baby is potty trained. And since you can re-use them, you know you won’t be spending time or money at the store. It’s also said that cloth diapers help make potty training easier. The cloth can help kid’s become familiar with the feeling of underwear. In addition, cloth diapers are beneficial to the environment. They produce less waste and don’t take up room in landfills.
Cons of Using Cloth Diapers:
Cloth diapers can be more time consuming since you have to wash them and can’t throw them out in the bin. Washing cloth diapers can be a process and require in-depth research on what products to use and how to use them.
Pros of Using Disposable Diapers:
Disposable diapers are the most common type of diapers you hear of. And that’s because of the ease they bring to parents. All you do is roll it up, throw it in the bin and put on a new one. These diapers are easy to use and super convenient for parents who are on the go.
Cons of Using Disposable Diapers:
Some disposable diapers contain toxins that can be dangerous to the environment and to your baby. Disposable diapers can also be expensive and can cost thousands until your baby is potty trained. There are a lot of organic diaper brands that can be healthier for your baby and are biodegradable.

Most Commonly Asked iBaby Monitor Questions Answered!

iBaby monitors are some of the most unique smart baby monitors. Our entire line, ranging from M6 to the M7, come equipped with safety features that help make monitoring effortless. And now that you own an iBaby or two, you’re probably wondering how to use it. So, we have compiled the most commonly asked questions and answered them to make your transition to an iBaby Monitor hassle-free.

What Does VOC Measure? (iBaby Care M7, iBaby Monitor M6S, iBaby Air, and iBaby AirSense)
VOCs—Volatile Organic Compounds—are chemical compounds made up of carbon and hydrogen. They become distinct by their ability to evaporate or survive to standard living conditions. The majority of VOCs are man-made and can come from products like paint, cigarette smoke, wood treatments or even dust.

Because of the sensors, iBaby monitors can detect the most common VOCs in the room. However, They do not detect dangerous substances like Carbon Monoxide.

Our iBaby Care app sends VOC alerts ranging from 1 to 4. When reading the air quality chart level 4 means the air in the room is in perfect condition. Level 3 means the room air quality is moderate, level 2 means the air quality could be reactive to sensitive groups. And Level one means that you need to open a window and let the room air out.

Many different things can trigger the sensors in the iBaby Monitor. Dust, aerosol sprays, and even nail varnish can trigger an alert.

How to save and delete videos and photos from the media and alerts sections?

Exporting your media is a great way to save your favorite pictures and videos. If you have an iOS device, tap on the media gallery located on the top right of the app. Then, tap on the image you would like to save and tap on the export button. Once you tap the icon, you will see the option to save to your phone or share on  social media.

On  Android devices, images and videos are saved to the local media gallery.

What are background notifications and notifications?

At iBaby, our highest priority is the safety of you and your family. And that’s why our monitors are equipped with smart alerts and sensors. You can change your alerts by heading into alert settings and modifying what notifications you’d like to receive. The iBaby Care app will then send you alerts or background notifications according to your selections.

Background notifications are alerts you will receive if the app is running in the background of your phone. Regular notifications are the alerts you will receive inside of the iBaby Care App, but will not show when you’re outside of the app.

How do I connect my iBaby Monitor with a 2.4 GHz or 5GHz connection?

Dual-band routers usually come in two frequencies 2.4 GHz or 5GHz. All iBaby Monitors, with the exception of the iBaby Care M7 and iBaby M6S, require installation on a 2.4 GHz frequency.

So, if you do not use the proper internet connection, installation of your monitor will not complete. If you don’t have a dual internet connection, you will need to contact your internet provider to separate it

The Dangers Behind Secondhand Smoke

The majority of smokers and non-smokers understand the dangers of smoking. But usually, people tend to overlook the side-effects of secondhand smoke. Because of this, pregnant women and kids are at higher risk of diseases like asthma, SIDS, and cancer. Secondhand smoke is also the leading cause of diseases that can result in diseases in children and newborns. To learn more about the dangers of secondhand smoke and how to prevent it keep reading.

What is Secondhand smoke?

The smoke inhaled by others and not the intended active smoker is secondhand smoke. There are two combinations of smoke released from a cigarette. Mainstream smoke, and sidestream smoke. The smoke exhaled by a smoke is mainstream smoke. And the smoke released from the end of a cigarette, pipe, or a hookah is side stream smoke. According to the American Cancer Society, sidestream smoke is the most dangerous due to the high cancer causing agents. Because of this, it’s best to keep children away from smokers and to keep a smoke-free home. 

What are the Side effects for my children?
Secondhand smoke can cause serious problems in children. Those who are exposed to this can suffer from asthma, SIDS, Lymphoma, Leukemia, liver cancer, and brain tumors. Secondhand smoke can also cause kids to get sick more often, get lung and ear infections and suffer from asthma.

How Can I Protect My Children?
Parents can protect their kids by making sure their home and cars are smoke-free. Secondhand smoke can still contaminate the air through ducts, floors, and walls. The best way to prevent it from reaching children inside the home is to always smoke outside.

Effects of Secondhand Smoke in Expectant Mothers:
Secondhand smoke can lead to a lot of problems for expectant mothers.  This includes miscarriages, early delivery, SIDS, and learning disabilities. And when an expectant mother is in direct contact with secondhand smoke, so is their child. So, it’s always best to keep away from smokers and secondhand smoke.

What is SIDS and How to Lower the Risks

Having a baby is one of the greatest feats a mother will ever go through. But parenthood can come hand in hand with sweetness and harsh realities. Babies, specially newborns, are fragile and are prone to get ill quicker. And every so often, they can suffer from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, a condition that has no real cause and no way to entirely prevent it. Because of this, SIDS can lead to be one of the most confusing condition any parent can go through. It can make you feel helpless and vulnerable with a lot of unanswered questions as to why and how this can affect you. So, if you want to learn more about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and how to reduce risks keep on reading

What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
SIDS  is the unexplained death of an infant, usually when they’re asleep. No one is entirely sure why it occurs or if there’s an answer to help prevent it. Even through it’s a  unknown syndrome, there are few known risks factors associated with it.

What is SIDS Linked To?
SIDS is linked to children who are born with brain defects, low birth weight, and respiratory problems. It’s also closely related to babies whose brains can’t control breathing and sleeping patterns. Because of this a baby can easily fall asleep and not have the ability to wake up while oxygen levels drop.

SIDS is also linked to parents who expose their children to cigarettes and secondhand smoke. Children who have been exposed to smoke can be affected three times more often than those in non-smoking homes.

What Steps Can I Take To Reduce Risks?
There isn’t a foolproof way to prevent SIDS. And that’s what makes this condition that much more frightening. Though there are several steps you can follow to decrease the risks.

Sleeping Habits:
Babies are at a higher risk if they sleep on their side or stomach. It is always crucial to lay a baby on their back and to closely monitor them to prevent smothering. Always make sure that anyone who is babysitting understands that babies should always be laid to sleep on their back. It’s crucial that babies sleep in a firm bed away from loose blankets, comforters, pillows and stuffed animals.

Breastfeeding:
If you’re breastfeeding don’t stop! Breastfeeding is linked to lower the risks of SIDS by 50%. Though this can help, you have to make sure to avoid alcohol when breastfeeding as this can increase the risks of SIDS.

Vaccinations:
SIDS  has been reduced in babies who have been vaccinated in accordance with the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC.

How High Humidity Can Affect Your Children’s Health

Hot weather has the power to make you feel too humid or too sweaty. And sure, you may think this is a normal occurrence until the air becomes a too suffocating that it makes you want to stand by the AC all day long. And you may ask yourself, “so what? Humidity is always around us”. And yes, humidity in the air is normal. But when levels reach a certain high they can cause havoc with the health of your loved ones. So, if you’re still wondering  on the  effects of high humidity on health keep on reading!

What is Humidity?
First things first, what is humidity? In a nutshell, humidity is a measurement of how damp the air is or isn’t in any given environment. Your air isn’t just air – it contains moisture in varying degrees depending on the temperature. The higher the air’s temperature, the more water the air can hold.” (You Can keep reading more about humidity in our post: How Harmful is High Humidity to your Family’s Health?

But how Does Humidity Affect My Kid’s Health?
Humidity can cause greater havoc in children than adults. And if you’re not cautious, a child can easily go from feeling hot after playing soccer to suffering from heat exhaustion. High humidity can affect your child’s health in various ways. From creating a disarray with their body temperature to creating a breeding ground for allergies. High humidity can result in heat exhaustion, heat stroke and an overproduction of mold causing allergies.

What is Heat Exhaustion?
Heat exhaustion is one of the most common occurrences of hot weather and high humidity. Heat exhaustion can overheat and prompt your body to go into alert mode to try and cool it down. But when the cooldown process — sweating — doesn’t help cool your body the temperature continues to rise. And that’s where heat exhaustion comes in. Heat exhaustion, also known as overheating, can lead to an excessive amount of sweat, dehydration, rapid pulse and other chemical imbalances. These symptoms can be extremely dangerous as they can easily gravitate from heat exhaustion to heat stroke.

What is Heat Stroke?
Heat stroke is a significant form of heat exhaustion. This can cause a child to experience severe symptoms including nausea, dizziness, muscle pain, weakness, headaches, and sometimes experience black outs. This is the most significant heat and high humidity related injury, but you can always prevent these ailments by keeping cool during hot days, staying near A/C units and cranking up air purifiers.

If you’ve ever wondered why your allergies seem to act up when it’s hot, it’s probably because of the high humidity in the air. High humidity can be a breeding ground for dust mites, allergens, and dust. These allergens can lead to and worsen allergies, asthma, and eczema. Hot weather can also trigger and overstimulate pollution resulting in asthma and allergy flare-ups. The best way to prevent these flare-ups is to control your environment and turn on the air purifiers.

Happy National Bath Safety Month!

January is National Bath Safety Month! In honor of this month-long celebration of bath safety and awareness, here are a few steps to make your baby’s bath safer and more enjoyable. It’s normal for babies to be fussy during bath time for the first few months. But taking the right steps can help them adjust to bathtime quicker and easier.

Your baby’s umbilical cord should be completely healed and fallen off before proceeding with a tub bath. Otherwise, submerging the baby’s body in water may cause infections.

As you prepare for baby’s first bath, make the room nice and warm. Keeping the room warm helps regulate the baby’s core body temperature when going in and out of the water. Next, cover the floor of the bathtub with a towel. It is easier for a baby to adjust to laying on a soft towel than a plastic tub.

When everything is set up, fill the bathtub with about two or three inches of warm water. The water temperature should be between 90 to 100 F. Once there’s enough water in the tub to cover the baby’s body, place your hand and wrist into the tub to check the water temperature.

If the water is just right, support the baby’s neck and body as you lower the baby into the tub.

Start bathing your baby by using a cotton ball and gently wipe the baby’s eye from the inner corner out. Discard the cotton ball afterward and use a fresh one to wipe the other eye. Use fresh cotton balls each time you clean your baby’s eyes to prevent discharge from spreading to the other eye.

After, use a washcloth to clean your baby’s face and neck. Wet the washcloth and begin by gently wiping the baby’s cheeks and forehead. Then, clean the creases of the baby’s neck. As you clean the baby’s neck, be sure to get into all the creases to clean up milk dribbles that may collect there.

Once the face and neck are clean, continue wiping the baby’s arms, legs, fingers, and toes.

Lastly, it’s time to clean the baby’s head and bottom. Use the washcloth to wipe the baby’s bottom. Then, set the dirty washcloth aside.

You may choose to wash the baby’s hair with mild, tear-free soap or rinse with warm water. Squeeze a quarter size bit of soap into your hand and massage it into the baby’s hair using small gentle circles. Then, soak a clean washcloth and gently squeeze the water onto the baby’s head. You can also use a small cup instead of a washcloth.

When the suds are all gone, lift your baby up out of the water and into a towel. Hooded bath towels help keep the baby’s head warm as you dry them.
Since babies have sensitive skin, over-washing may dry their skin. In the first few months, limit baths to only a few times a month. You can keep your baby clean in between baths by wiping them with wet washcloths. As they adjust to bathtime, it becomes fun for the whole family. In the meantime, celebrate National Bath Safety Month and make baths as enjoyable and safe as possible!

How Harmful is High Humidity to your Family’s Health?

Humidity is more than just about our comfort. For the most part, we know how to keep things fairly even, but sometimes we simply let our indoor humidity get a bit out of control. It’s certainly good to know exactly what can happen if our homes have too much or too little humidity. It’s especially important to note just how harmful high humidity can be to our health.

What is Humidity?

In a nutshell, humidity is a measurement of how damp the air is or isn’t in any given environment. Your air isn’t just air – it contains moisture in varying degrees depending on the temperature. The higher the air’s temperature, the more water the air can hold. Many things can contribute to indoor humidity: our own perspiration, showering, washing and drying anything, cooking, you name it.

Does Indoor Humidity Matter?

Absolutely. We often measure humidity in two ways: absolute humidity and relative humidity. Absolute humidity is a measurement of how much water is in the air depending on its temperature. Relative humidity, however, is a percentage measurement of the humidity in relation to the maximum humidity for that temperature.
The most common measurement for our homes is relative humidity, and it’s preferable to keep it between 25% and 55%. Problems arise when our homes’ humidity levels dip below 25%, or rise above 55%. Considering we humans can spend up to 90% of our time indoors, it is absolutely critical to keep an eye on the relative humidity of the environment around us.

How Does Humidity Affect Us?

From a basic biological standpoint, we respond to humidity via perspiration. If the air is warm enough to be saturated with water vapor, our sweat is less likely to evaporate. On the flip side, when the air is cold, our sweat evaporates quickly. In essence, our bodies have an immediate and direct response to the humidity around us.
But because we have such a direct response to humidity, we often overlook the fact that our bodies can have indirect responses. It gets even worse when we leave the normal threshold for relative humidity, because we don’t necessarily associate humidity with our health and well-being.

But Can Humidity be Harmful?

Without a doubt, high levels of relative humidity – especially if exposed for a prolonged period of time – has an incredibly harmful effects on us.
Notably, high humidity levels can affect allergies and complicate respiratory diseases brought on by certain biological agents such as mites and mildew. Mold, mildew, and mites all thrive in environments that are high in humidity. We all know how deadly certain molds can be. Black mold can be incredibly damaging to almost all human functions, affecting your respiratory system, circulation, mental faculties, and more.
Just as scarily perhaps, high levels of relative humidity affects the concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in your home. VOCs are significant, because prolonged exposure to them leads to terrible health conditions such as eczema, nervous system damage, and cancer. This is especially true for babies and children.

How does High Humidity Affect VOCs?

Humidity affects the presence of VOCs in your home a number of ways. We typically use activated carbon in our homes to filter out unwanted and dangerous VOCs from entering our air. High levels of relative humidity, however, significantly reduces the performance of these activated carbon filters. This has the effect of letting in more VOCs than normal, certainly a terrible consequence of high humidity.
Perhaps more alarmingly, an increase in humidity also increases the concentration of VOCs. Volatile organic compounds are nearly omnipresent in our daily lives via the chemicals used to treat common household items. They exist in paints, carpeting, composite wood, upholstery, air fresheners, etc. Your own baby’s crib could be a hotbed of VOCs and toxins from the pressed wood it was built with, to the glue it’s held together with, and with the paints it’s decorated with. When the relative humidity increases in temperature, these VOCs are released in higher amounts from these different sources.
This means that a high humidity not only allows more VOCs in, but allows more chemical off-gassing to occur. Definitely horrible news for your family’s health.

How to Prevent These Problems?

Maintaining a healthy balance of humidity in your home is ideal and relatively easy to do. Getting fresh air into your home is simply the best. The more your air circulates, the cooler the temperature will be, and the less harmful toxins will stick around.
Using a dehumidifier also helps in keeping moisture at the right levels. This definitely helps prevent sections of your home getting too damp, and thus mold and mildew to develop.
Ionic purifiers can be incredibly effective in removing indoor air pollution from your home in general. With ionic purifiers actively working to remove VOCs, there’s little chance of them building up to dangerous levels and harming your family in the long run.
Combining all of these methods will help in preventing health problems due to high humidity now and in the future.

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