Day Care Checklist: Snowbird Edition

Today’s post is called Day Care Checklist: Snowbird Edition.  Before we know it, the snow will be flying and the wind will be howling. As a former day care teacher, I thought I would write a reminder post about the upcoming items that will be needed for your child. This way, it will be easier to get things accounted for early.

 

Day Care Checklist.

Extra Shoes-Please bring a pair of shoes for your child, it is difficult for them to walk around in snow boots all day. Having a pair of shoes to wear will also help cut down on accidents from melted water puddles from said boots.

Two or Three Extra Sets Of Clothes-This is important all year round but especially in the winter time. Sometimes kids fall in the snow on the way to school, they have accidents during art projects and blowouts/sickness is chronic. It is important to have extra clothes on hand so they aren’t being sent home in summer clothes from a dwindling extra clothes supply.

Hats/Gloves or Mittens/Scarf-We all know how easy the temperatures fluctuate. It can be cold in the morning and then frigid and bitter by the evening when it’s pick up time. Don’t forget a hat, gloves or mittens and a scarf for your child.

Day Care Checklist: Snowbird Edition.

Day care Checklist: Snowbird Edition

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More Items On The Day Care Checklist: Snowbird Edition.

Extra Socks- Extra socks are great to have on hand in the winter due to puddles of melted snow from boots that may be lurking from arriving in the morning.

Winter Coat-Once again, it is important to send your child in a winter coat due to fluctuating temperatures.

Snow Suit-Some day cares allow their kids to go out for limited periods of time IF the temperatures are not too cold. Check with your day cares policy on this item.

I hope this list will help you round up the winter essentials you will need in the coming months ahead. If you’re like me, even as an adult it’s nice to have a list to remind you what to look for. I hope my Day Care Checklist: Snowbird Edition is most helpful.

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Five Ways To Help Prevent SIDS

SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is one of the most horrifying, terrible things a parent can go through. It is also a chronic thought in the back of the minds of care givers. The good news is, there are many ways that parents and care givers can avoid this. Here are five ways to help prevent SIDS.

SIDS Prevention Tip #1

Vaccinate-There are many discussions and arguments over this topic.  However, it is important to keep your child up-to-date on vaccinations. Being immunized for chicken pox, measles, etc reduces the risk of SIDS by 50%.

Five Ways To Help Prevent SIDS.

Don’t Place Baby On Their Tummy To Sleep-Oh how the times have changed. When I was a baby, this was how our parents were told to put us down. Since then they now tell parents to put babies to sleep on their back because they can breathe better.

Five Ways To Help Prevent SIDS

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Other Ways To Help Prevent SIDS

 

SIDS Prevention Tip #3

No Stuffed Animals-Although they look super cute near your baby while they are sleeping, stuffed animals are dangerous. Eyes, legs and arms can become dislodged and cause a choking hazard if they become lodged in your babies throat.

SIDS Tip #4

Keep Your Baby From Overheating-Dress your baby in light, comfortable clothing for sleeping and keep the temperature of the room comfortable for an adult.

Consider Putting Your Baby Down With A Pacifier- Put your baby down with a pacifier, but don’t force them to take it and if it falls out when they are sleeping, don’t put it back in their mouth.

These are just five ways to help prevent SIDS, there are many more. Although this is just a start, keeping these in mind will help to prevent this horrible tragedy.

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Smiles Intact: What To Do With Your Leftover Halloween Candy

What to do with your leftover Halloween candy. The big night is over, Halloween has come and gone. Even though you had a wonderful time with your children, you may be up to your eyeballs in candy from school, day care and the night itself. I’m sure you are looking at your stash and thinking, we can’t eat all of this. Believe it or not, there are many ways you  can use that candy for doing a lot of good. Here are some ideas to keep those smiles intact as to what to do with all of that  leftover Halloween candy.

What To Do With Your Leftover Halloween Candy.

Bake-Pick out the best chocolate, caramel, candy bars, etc from your stash and freeze it. This will save you lots of money compared to buying regular priced Christmas candy. You can use it in many ways from using a chocolate bar to make shavings for a dessert, adding caramels to brownies or decorating a cake with foil wrapped miniatures.

Nursing/Retirement Homes-Call your local nursing homes and see if they take donated candy. If they do and the home is small enough, buy leftover treat bags at a reduced cost and make treat bags for the residents.

Animal Shelters-Donate some of your candy to the staff at your local animal shelter. They definitely deserve a treat for all they do. This is a great idea for what to do with your leftover Halloween candy.

What to do with your leftover Halloween candy

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Other Ways To Use Your Candy.

Homework Help-Teach your kids math skills by using candy as an example. This is a great idea for what to do with your leftover Halloween goodies.

Operation Gratitude-Operation gratitude will take your leftover Halloween candy and send it to our troops overseas. For  more information, click on this link. https://opgrat.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/halloween-candy-for-the-troops/

Halloween Candy Buy Back- At a candy buy back businesses  offer various things (coupons, cash, toothbrushes, creative exchanges,etc) in exchange for your leftover candy. The candy is then sent to our troops overseas as well. To find out more information, visit http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com/

Coffee Treat-Add a Hershey’s kiss to your coffee in the morning and let it melt. Mocha bliss.

Homemade Hot Cocoa-Use some of your leftover chocolate bars to make homemade hot chocolate.

Art/Craft Projects-There are many ways to use candy in art and different craft projects to use as gifts for the holidays.

These are just a few ideas about what to do with your leftover Halloween candy.  This way you can give back and keep those smiles intact.

 

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