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5 Mistakes Parents Make That Can Increase Kids’ Risk of Drowning

I’ve just read this great article “5 Mistakes Parents Make That Can Increase Kids’ Risk of Drowning” over at parenting.com, you need to read this to keep your kids safe

Here are the first few lines and a link to the full article.

Heading to the pool this summer? Avoid these mistakes when your kids are learning to swim to prevent drowning.

With swimming pools across the country opening Memorial Day weekend, it’s time for us parents to make sure we know how to keep our kids safe around water. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among children ages 1 to 4 years old, according to the CDC, and sadly, between Memorial Day and Labor Day in 2015, 209 children drowned in swimming pools and another 76 in lakes, according to the United States Swim School Association (USSSA).

While teaching kids to swim can save lives, as parents, we have our own preferences and beliefs about at what age a child should learn and what techniques should be used. No matter your choice, Sue Mackie, executive director of the USSSA, suggests following these guidelines so you’re not putting your kids at increased risk while they’re learning to swim:

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What to do when your toddler soaks through the diaper every night

I’ve just read this article “What to do when your toddler soaks through the diaper every night” over at todaysparent.com (great website by the way) a must read for all parents.

Here are the first few lines and a link to the full article.

It was the same thing every night for six months straight. Starting when he was about 18 months old, Melissa Rose’s son Calder would wake up with a leaky diaper and pee-soaked pyjamas. This meant many, many middle-of-the-night pyjama and sheet changes. “It was a difficult time, sleep-wise,” she says, ruefully.

 

As toddlers get older and sleep for longer stretches at night, their diapers naturally have to hold more liquid. Going up a diaper size to accommodate a kid’s changing weight and body shape usually does the trick to stop the leaks, which is what worked for Kim Latimer when her son Jack was waking up with wet PJ waistbands at around 18 months old. Her friend took things a step further: “She actually doubles up on diapers, and cuts a slit in the outside of the first one so that the overflow can soak into the second one, but we didn’t have to go that far,” she says.

Carry on reading