1.Start shopping about six months into your pregnancy. All 50 states require that infants and young children be properly harnessed in a vehicle. Start comparing safety features and prices early on, so you will be prepared when the baby is born.
2.Buy a rear-facing seat. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children under 20 pounds and/or one year of age ride in the back seat in a rear-facing seat. Because your infant has little neck and head control, facing backward will be the safest position for your child should you get into an accident.
3.Look for easy installation. If the seat is not installed correctly, your child may not be restrained properly.
4.Buy seats with a five-point harness belt. Seat belts that restrain the shoulders, thighs and between the legs prevent injury better than plastic chest restraints on the belt.
5.Decide which style of seat you want. Styles vary from rear-facing infant-only seats to convertible seats for infants and toddlers. Do you want an infant carrier also or do you want a more permanent seat? Some seats are complete travel systems for the car and stroller, and some toddler seats eventually turn into booster seats. Whichever model you decide on, check the ease of installation and safety standards. Prices range from $80.00 to $500.00.
Buy a model that is easy to wash. Fabric that is attached with screws is harder to remove for washing than snaps or elastic.
Buy a seat with a lot of cushion. A comfy baby is happy baby!
Consider a top tether strap for forward-facing models. The strap further anchors the seat and prevents injury.
Check recall notices before placing your child in a borrowed or used car seat.
Check the security of your car seat often by pulling on the main seat belt.
Never put a baby in the front seat of a car with an airbag. Steps:
1.Ask the parents what they need or want for this baby if you want clear guidance.
2.Enjoy the process - browse a baby store or Web site.
3.Consider clothing. Babies grow fast and they can always use more. Shop big - at least 18-month sizes.
4.Think long-term: Buy a bond or mutual fund for the baby's educational fund.
5.Pamper the parents: Consider offering an afternoon of babysitting.
6.Give the gift of music: Does that baby boy like to bop to the beat? Get your new, favorite CD. Opt for classical music; researchers say it will enhance a baby's math skills down the line.
7.Look for age-appropriate toys, such as shape sorters (the wood and peg variety), blocks, push toys (such as the doggie with the tail that wags), or noise makers. Get the sales clerk's advice if you're in doubt.
8.Buy a baby book or two - simple touch-and-feel books are most likely to be winners at this age.
Warnings: One-year-olds are constantly exploring and are prone to choking and falling - make sure your gift is not responsible for an accident by selecting a gift appropriate for a one-year-old.
1.Take care not to split them in the first place, because the only cure is a trim, according to trichologists (hair doctors) everywhere.
2.Don't brush hair when it's wet, because that's when it is at its most vulnerable.
3.Cool it on the heat styling tricks. That means cut down on hair dryers, straightening irons, crimpers, curling irons and hot curlers.
4.Buy a natural-bristle brush that won't pull on hair and ultimately break it off, thereby causing a possible split end.
5.Wear a hat to minimize sun damage.
6.Use a shampoo that lists sunscreen as a major ingredient.
7.Condition after shampooing, and use a deep conditioner once a month.
8.Try a hair split repair product. It won't actually repair the hair, but it will minimize the stray hair look you hate.
9.Get a trim every six weeks.
Treat your hair as the fragile living thing it is; don't twirl, tug or abuse it.
A satin pillow case will minimize tangles.
Always use coated or covered rubber bands.
When you swim, wear a swim cap to protect your hair from harsh chlorine.
Learning preventative care is a must.
Warnings: Too many products, treatments and fussy hairdos won't do your hair any good. Overdying and drying it are the main culprits.
1.Select the proper equipment. Options include a frontpack or backpack carrier or an all-terrain stroller.
2.Try out the equipment with the child in it prior to the hike.
3.Go a shorter distance for the first time. Often, parents enthusiastically take a baby off into the beautiful outdoors only to have the child protest at midpoint.
4.Hike on a well-defined trail, using a map. If hiking somewhere remote, try to check in with a ranger or park official prior to the hike.
5.Keep to the trail.
6.Hike with another adult. Besides safety in numbers, an extra set of adult arms may come in handy with the baby.
7.Take plenty of water for you and a bottle or finger food for the baby. Make frequent stops to drink.
8.Bring whatever items help baby fall asleep if hiking around naptime.
9.Consider tucking a first-aid kit - along with sunscreen, insect repellent and a hat - into a pocket of your child carrier or in a basket under the stroller.
1..Dress in layers and anticipate shedding these layers on the hike.
1..Wear appropriate hiking shoes that have already been broken in.
Tips: Hiking is a great opportunity to show your appreciation of nature to your child. Point at trees and flowers and say their names. Pretty soon, baby will be pointing and pronouncing the words.
If hiking alone with a baby, always tell someone what trail you are on and what time you are heading out. You may want to tuck a cellular phone in the backpack in case of emergency.
Do not apply sunscreen on babies less than six months old.
1.Decide together what type of honeymoon you want. Do you crave a relaxing beach vacation? Or perhaps a high-energy sight-seeing trip?
2.Choose a destination that is new to both of you.
3.Call a travel agent. Many travel companies have developed prearranged honeymoon packages to make planning easier.
4.Allow ample time between booking and travel to ensure that all of your dream accommodations are available.
5.Build in plenty of time for rest and relaxation. Avoid overbooking day trips and tours.
6.Schedule your departing flight two days after the wedding, instead of the day after. If you must travel the day after, leave in the middle of the day instead of the early morning.
7.Ask a lot of questions of each potential hotel or bed-and-breakfast. Request an oversized bathtub, a double bed and a romantic view wherever possible.
Remember to take along your marriage certificate or other proof of marriage, especially if the bride's name will be different on passports and IDs than on reservation logs.
Remember to pack your camera and several rolls of film. This is one trip you will not want to forget.
Mention to anyone who will listen that you're on your honeymoon; you may get special deals, free drinks or other wonderful surprises.