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Look Before You Lock - Keeping Kids Safe in Hot Cars


These temperatures are brutal, and it's only May! But here's something to always keep in mind: even a cool spring or fall day isn’t safe for leaving a child inside a car

In 2016, Texas led the nation in the number of hot car infant deaths. 

This alarming trend has gone surprisingly unabated. Since 1990, over 600 children have died from overheating in a car. Yet it took Congress until June 2017 to introduce the Hot Cars Act that would require all cars to have back seat child detection technology. 

Until the bill is passed, the best we can do is to educate ourselves so our children don’t become one of the statistics. Here are some things to keep in mind as the temperature climbs toward the sweltering heat of summer.
By Birgit Sund on May 19, 2022

Keeping Infants Safe in Midst of Formula Shortages

steps you can take to ensure the safety of your infant’s formula
Are you affected by the current formula shortages? The Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture shares some steps you can take to ensure the safety of your infant’s formula.
By Birgit Sund on May 16, 2022

Free Summer Camps In and Around Austin

It's never too early to start thinking about summer camps. Especially when registration for some summer camps are already open or closing soon or when they're free.

Free camps? Yes, there is such a thing as free camps. We've done quite some research to find camps in and around Austin (up to a 2.5 hr radius) that are not a financial burden to families, especially families that already have enough to worry about.

By Birgit Sund on February 9, 2022

Why Art Is Crucial for Kids' Mental Health

Kid creating art smiling
Mental health is a topic that's been receiving more and more attention in recent years. Whereas before, mental illness was a topic that was seen as taboo or shameful, it's now being recognized as a pretty standard part of many people's lives and something that needs to be addressed head-on. Within the broader topic of mental wellness, kids' mental health is an especially important area of focus.

So, where does art come in? In the context of the pandemic, teachers are using art classes and expression to ease kids back into in-person learning with amazing results. Read on for tips, resources, and some of Austin's finest art schools for kids and adults alike.

By Birgit Sund on February 9, 2022

What Every Parent Should Know: How To Avoid Playground Injuries

Boy on playground

Keeping your children safe is every parent's number one goal. According to the Centers For Disease Control, every year there are 200,000 playground-related injuries for children under the age of 14. In order to prevent these accidents, it's important to be aware of some safety measures that can be taken.

Here are 4 things you can do to prevent injuries on the playground.

By Birgit Sund on February 4, 2022

How To Keep Your Kids Safe In Car And Booster Seats - Texas Car Seat Laws and Safety Guidelines

Child in car seat.
Have you ever wondered whether your 9-year old still has to sit in a booster seat or whether your 11-year old can sit in the front? Or what you need to do when your child's car or booster seat was recalled?

Booster seats are utilized to secure young children and those under certain weight thresholds to secure them in place in motor vehicles. When booster seats meet the necessary safety measures and testing, they can serve as great tools in assisting in children’s safety. 

However, there are instances when individuals fail to use booster seats properly. In other instances booster seats are not used at all or are defective. Faulty booster seats and failure to adhere to state safety guidelines can lead to serious injuries for children and penalties for adults. 

By Birgit Sund on January 31, 2022

How To Make Mealtime Healthy and Fun For Kids

Ahimsa colorful stainless steel dinnerware set for kids


Did you know
 that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), harmful chemicals found in plastic called Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) interfere with children's hormones, growth and brain development?

Did you know that more than 80% of baby and children's feeding products are plastic?

Did you know that by decreasing your child's exposure to these plastic chemicals, the level in their bodies can drop dramatically within just 3 days?

Read on and find out how.

By Birgit Sund on November 16, 2021

Austin Company Creates "Elliott Superhero Robe" For Children With Life-alerting Illnesses

Girl wearing an Elliot Superhero Robe

After meeting a young girl named Elliot in Austin, Texas, who at the age of just 3 years old was battling cancer, Allison Schickel, CEO and Founder of Brobe Intl, was inspired to create the Elliott Superhero Robe, a special robe for children who were fighting chronic illnesses.

Read more about the robe and how you can donate a robe to a child in need.
By Birgit Sund on May 24, 2021

10 Tips for Keeping Kids Hydrated as Temps Heat Up in Austin [Tips + Giveaway]

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It's only April and temperatures are already in the upper 90's! Hydration is so important for your children’s health and development. Dehydration can affect your child’s ability to focus and perform, both physically and mentally. Here are some tips for keeping your kids hydrated.

Read on for details and enter for a chance to win one of two fun reusable water bottles.
By Birgit Sund on April 12, 2021

How to Survive Cedar Allergies in Texas

Cedar Fever
It took about 10 years until Cedar allergies finally got me. Fortunately, so far my symptoms have been rather mild. I occasionally experience sinus pressure, itchy eyes, and ear aches. 

Here are some tips and treatment suggestions to ease the misery of winter cedar allergies.
By Birgit Sund on February 4, 2021

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