The start of the school year is always bitter-sweet for parents. For the stay-at-home parent, it means a break from the kids and a chance to spend some quality time with the youngest—maybe even catch a bit of alone time. For the working parent, it means a break from the expense of child care, nannies and the ever-nagging feeling that you shouldn’t be working.
But it also means the beginning of the school-year rush. Days and evenings that were spent taking walks, visiting parks and cooking out are now filled with after-school activities, PTA meetings and, of course, getting the kids to school on time.
But don’t let this transition overshadow the needs of the youngest member of your family.
As the family’s lifestyle means more time on the football field and less time in the nursery, it may be tempting to fudge on some well-known safety rules. Suddenly, baby finds herself spending hours in her car seat or sleeping in a make-shift crib. She may be placed in a stroller that doesn’t meet her needs or fastened too loosely in a car seat. While these examples run the gamut of ‘seemingly harmless’ to ‘outright dangerous’, the informed parent knows that they’re equally important in their own way.
And that is why it’s vital to remember the ‘why’ behind such travel and sleep taboos.
When times get crazy, it always takes a bit to adjust. But, keeping baby’s needs in mind will ensure a healthy and happy youngest family member.by admin (Erica) | Posted in Baby Talk | No Comments