Today marks our third snowfall of the season, and it’s not even Christmas! The very thought of getting through winter while traversing our local, windy roads with kids in tow gives me the shivers. Keeping them safe is my job as a parent, so I want to be sure I make the right decisions, and that includes keeping them buckled up in the right safety seats. Because my 9-year-old is on the petite side, she still rides on a booster seat, as does her 5-year-old sister. As you can imagine, being “almost double digits” means not wanting to feel like a little kid. But that doesn’t mean forgoing what’s important, like your life. Fortunately, some booster seat manufacturers recognize this desire for style, while still maintaining security in their new product designs. As its name suggests, the Safety 1st Incognito Kid Positioning Seat lets passenger ride inconspicuously, thanks to its sleek style and under-the-radar design. Because it ensures proper seat-belt positioning, you won’t have any slouchers in your car. It’s available in black, dark grey, grey and tan, and can accommodate kids 60-120 lbs. and up to 60 inches. And if you’re all about celebrating the cool factor, then check out the new line tokidoki for clek. It’s a standard size booster seat, and comes in three Japanese anime patterns that ooze cool factor: Travel, Rebel and All Over. This is one booster seat that seems to proclaim, “I’m here: alive and well.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
In a Nutshell: Don’t skimp on safety this holiday season. With these super-cool booster seats, your big kid can travel in style the whole year through.
As a kid, I despised having my temperature taken. It was one duty that my mom specifically designated to my dad who seemed to wrestle with a thermometer at my expense. I could never quite get it to stay under my tongue, and having to endure that entire minute of waiting for the mercury to peak felt like an eternity. My, how things have changed since then. Today, we have the options of under-the-arm or the less invasive in-the-ear models. Yes, you still have to contend with a squirming child, but at least you can get an accurate reading…or can you? The thermometer I currently rely upon is sometimes questionable; I wind up hitting the memory button in a panic and don’t know if I’ve just reset the darn thing or have the answer I’m looking for. For the temperature taking-challenged (like me!) comes a thermometer that lets you know whether your child has a fever loud and clear, just in time for cold and flu season. Within a second, the Safety 1st Advanced Solutions TALKING Ear Thermometer announces the measured temperature in either English or Spanish. As if that wasn’t clear enough, it also shines a visible red when detecting a fever. With a device this easy to use and information that can’t be misconstrued, we think it’s a medicine cabinet must-have. The Safety 1st Advanced Solutions TALKING Ear Thermometer debuted this week at the ABC Kids Expo and will be available in January 2013.
In a Nutshell: The next best thing to the kiss test, this talking thermometer lets you know if your child has a fever in no time at all.
When my younger daughter moved from her high chair to a booster seat, it was a memorable moment. Not only could she now truly join us at the dinner table, but having her in our company literally put her at our same level–and judging from the look on her little face, it meant the world and more. If the transition from baby to big kid chair is looming in your child’s near future, consider your options carefully. While some seats claim to make the move a smooth one, not all offer the extra comfort and security your toddler still needs. We’ve got our eye (and our bum) on the latest booster seat to hit the market. Safety 1st’s Sit! Booster gives a much-needed lift to your growing tot who’s too big for a high chair, but not quite ready for a grown-up seat. It boasts a firm back for extra support when sitting “way up there,” and a 3-point harness to protect against potential spills. We love the cushy styling that fits with most contemporary decor and the fact that it wipes clean–something any modern-day mom can appreciate. In fact, we love this booster so much, we’re giving away one free Safety 1st Sit! Booster to a random reader. Enter to win by contacting The Talking Walnut and include your name and address. The contest ends on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 5 p.m. Good luck!
In a Nutshell: Look who’s at the dinner table now. This booster gives toddlers a leg up and keeps them sitting safely.
Digital photos of my kids haunt me like a bad dream sometimes. While I dutifully snap away those milestone moments and (most times) remember to download them to my laptop, they often wind up taking permanent residence on my hard drive, never again to see the light of day–or the inside of a photo album. Now, busy parents don’t have to plagued by such guilt (forget to post your daughter’s first bath on Facebook? How dare you!). Thanks to the Safety 1st Baby Book App, you can have every precious moment chronicled and cataloged, right at your fingertips. Call it your personal scrapbooker, this amazing app lets you take new photos (or import existing ones) on your iPhone or iPod Touch and organize them all in one place. You can select or create your own tags to commemorate each moment, so you’ll never have to blame mommy brain on whether your son took his first steps at home or Grandma’s house. And when you’re ready to show those pix to the rest of the world, this app lets you share them on Facebook, Twitter and e-mail. We think the Baby Book App takes scrapbooking to a whole new level–one that doesn’t require a trip to Michael’s when you’ve run out of supplies.
In a Nutshell: This isn’t your first kid’s baby book. The Safety 1st Baby Book App captures magic moments right on your phone.
My 6-year-old has her annual check-up in a few weeks, and I know it’ll be hellish. Forget the nurse telling her that checking her blood pressure is like “getting a hug;” she’s too smart for that. And to this day, taking her temperature is still a big deal that requires a 5-minute explanation (and still she’s not buying it). Maybe that why I’m in awe over the Safety 1st ProGrade No Touch Thermometer, a minimally invasive medicine cabinet must-have. It doesn’t have to be put in her ear or her backside (heaven forbid–remember those?), but rather above her forehead and it gives a reading in a mere second. How do you know you’re doing it correctly? There’s an indicator that flashes and beeps when the thermometer is positioned correctly. What’s extra special about this model is that it has a life beyond the bedroom and into the kitchen and bathroom. Believe it or not, you can use the No Touch to gauge the temperature of your bath water, formula or food, too.
In a Nutshell: A multitasking thermometer? Now that’s hot…