If parents didn't worry about their kids, there would be something else to worry about. In addition to the many entertaining and educational applications for kids, there are several designed for a higher purpose: to keep tots safe.
Keep reading for 8 apps that will help keep your lil ones safe and sound, and give their mamas some peace of mind.
Everything changes when a baby comes along, especially parents' perspectives on safety. Every decision is made with protective goggles on as parents want the best bottles, the healthiest food, and household products without toxic chemicals. This is especially important when it comes to washing tots' tiny clothes and cloth diapers. What's good for baby is generally what's good for earth, and detergents made with irritating petrochemicals are harmful to both. Check out these products that are both eco and baby conscious.
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- Vaska Spotoff Advanced Botanicals Spot Remover ($10), and Vaska Herbatergent Light Lavender, 48 oz. ($12): Vaska products earned recognition by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment Program as they break down quickly to non-polluting compounds. The natural lavender scent actually smells like lavender because it is — unlike most brands which use manufactured scents.
- Rockin' Green Classic Rock Laundry Detergent ($15): One of the most popular brands used to clean cloth diapers, this detergent was developed by a parent whose kids had very sensitive skin that broke out with every cleanser they tried.
- Seventh Generation Liquid Laundry 2x Ultra Concentrate, Baby, 150 oz. ($22): Seventh Generation products have been a go-to for eco-conscious mamas for a while. The liquid is super concentrated so a little really does go a long way.
- Biokleen Laundry Powder, 5 pounds ($22): This nontoxic, biodegradable powder is gentle while strong enough to launder cloth diapers — and everything else. The price is also right so customers don't have feel like they have to choose between green (eco) and green (money).
- Method Baby Laundry Detergent, Sweet Pea ($15): When Method launched a line of laundry detergents in 2010, it was an instant hit with fans of green, clean laundry. The cleverly designed pump bottle means multitasking mamas can do laundry and hold the baby at the same time.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recently released tips for consumers to practice safe toy purchasing this holiday season.
So while you're scrambling to find last minute gifts, you may want to follow the CPSC's safety tips for buying safe toys:
- Magnets – For children under age six, avoid building sets with small magnets. If swallowed, serious injuries and/or death can occur.
- Small Parts – For children younger than age three, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking.
- Ride-on Toys – Riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates go fast and falls could be deadly. Helmets and safety gear should be sized to fit.
- Projectile Toys – Projectile toys such as air rockets, darts and sling shots are for older children. Improper use of these toys can result in serious eye injuries.
- Chargers and Adapters – Charging batteries should be supervised by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to children.
Once the toys are open be sure to immediately discard plastic wrappings on toys before they become dangerous play things, keep toys appropriate for older children away from younger siblings or neighbors and pay attention to instructions and warnings on battery chargers.
Also, check out the list of 2006's worst toys.