4th of July Safety Tips

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Independence day is a summertime favorite for parades, family BBQs, kiddie pools and fireworks. It’s a classic way to socialize and spend the day. Children can often go unsupervised when it comes to all the excitement so we’re offering up nine tips and reminders to keep the little ones safe and having a great time from the early morning parade to the late evening fireworks display.

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🎇 4th of July Safety Tips 🎆

1. Keep Extra Water on Hand: Dehydration can set in fast with the summer sun and high temperatures that July typically brings. A few bottles of water can save kids from exhaustion and tantrums.

2. Designate a Meeting Spot: With the large crowds and commotion that events can bring, a safe meeting place is a great idea. Communicate with your children where to go and what to do if they become separated from you.

3. Obey Barricades: Whether you’re at a large event or a local hometown parade, pay attention to kids to keep them behind barricades and out of the street.

4. BBQs and Grills: Children are inherently curious about food and cooking. Give them a grill tutorial before the heat is on to avoid injuries. Think about having the kids draw a safety zone around the bbq with chalk so they know exactly what to avoid.

5. Wear Proper Shoes: While it may be tempting to let those little piggies wiggle in the freshly mowed grass, proper shoes are a must. Coals and sparks may secretly jump out of the bbq waiting to be stepped on. Or even worse, hot sparkler sticks may get tossed into the lawn.

6. Kiddie Pool Play: It’s no doubt that kiddie pools provide hours of cooling summer fun, and these portable, fun and convenient bowls of plastic are probably filled to the brim for your 4th of July get together. Even though these pools are relatively small and shallow, they cause several drowning deaths every year. Have a designated adult ‘pool watcher’ at all times. Take shifts to keep all the little ones safe.

7. Fireworks at Home: If you choose to set off fireworks at home, err on the side of caution and keep the kids well away from the blasting area and educate them about possible dangers. This really goes without saying, but you can never be too cautious!

8. Fireworks at Dusk: Boom! Simply put, fireworks are loud! This can be startling to babies and small children. Keep the peace with noise canceling headphones. They are a wise investment for watching fireworks or attending any loud event.

9. Summer Basics: With all the planning for the day’s events don’t forget the summer basics like sunglasses, hats and sunscreen!

If you happen to be traveling for the holiday, declare your own independence from bulky, inconvenient baby gear. Rent gear, toys and packages to keep travel quick and simple! Check to see what’s available in your next destination city.

Do you have any important 4th of July safety tips you would like to add or share? Is there something we missed? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Don’t forget to like and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest!

2018 Safe Family Travel Report

Parents Want Safety Help When Traveling

As the summer family travel season kicks off, Babierge introduces our first annual Safe Family Travel Report, based on survey data of  US families with children age four and younger. This year’s report coincides with the company’s new safety-focused Baby Gear Rental Policy and is informed by our colleagues at First Candle, a leading national nonprofit committed to eliminating sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related infant deaths.

Families love to travel! Approximately 98 million US and Canadian families will travel in 2018.* Many have already booked accommodations and carefully considered the beaches, museums, and attractions that will lead to a memorable family getaway this summer. Hotels and vacation rentals are gearing up for what promises to be a busy summer vacation season, and grandparents are greatly anticipating actual face time with their grandchildren as they finally see their smiles beyond a computer or phone screen.

With so many travel details to coordinate, safe sleep and play for their young children at the family travel destination may not always be top-of-mind for many parents. However, this research indicates parents do care deeply about travel safety and they want the travel industry,  and even their own parents who may be hosting them for visits, to offer gear and other resources that provide safer sleep and play options for their children.

 

Cribs are key.

Sixty-eight percent of parents with children under age two believe it’s important for a hotel or vacation rental to have a full-size crib so their baby can sleep more safely, with nearly a quarter (24%) indicating it is extremely important.

What’s not so safe?

Sixty-nine percent of parents indicated they slept with their infant in their beds while traveling, with thirty-nine percent of parents indicating they’ve done this frequently.

This data ties into a concerning trend. From 1999 to 2015, SIDS rates have decreased 35.8 percent. However, the rate of accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed among infants has increased 183.8%, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

 

 

According to Alison Jacobson, CEO and Executive Director of First Candle, “There’s only one safe environment for a baby to sleep–that’s alone in a crib, bassinet or portable crib. Babies should sleep on a firm, flat surface with a tightly fitted sheet and no blankets, bumpers, pillows or stuffed animals.

 

What else keeps our little ones safe when traveling?

More than two thirds (70%) of parents would like to see electrical outlet covers available at hotels and vacation rentals, and more than half would like highchairs. Other top safety-related items many parents would like available include cabinet locks (43%), safety gates (41%) and bed rails ( 39%).

 

How safe is grandma’s house?

While parents were much more likely to give their in-laws and their own parents’ homes an A (32%) or B (36%) when asked to grade these locations in terms of how safe they were for their visiting infants and toddlers, parents were more likely to award a C grade to vacation rentals (53%) and hotels (49%).

Only two percent of parents gave hotels or vacation rentals an A score. When it came to a failing grade, hotels (6%), vacation rentals (5%) and grandma’s house (2%) all received a few Fs.  

 

 

Can the travel industry help?

Ninety-two percent of parents would rent a “safer baby” hotel room — one equipped with baby gear to help their child sleep and play more safely — if it was available to them.

Parents want other supports available for their families when staying in hotels/vacation rentals too, including air quality monitors for carbon monoxide & radon gas (72%), information about the nearest hospital & emergency room (68%), a drinking water filtration system (46%) and information about the cleaning products used on the premises (32%).

What did we learn?

Wherever they stay, almost all families traveling with young children would like more help when it comes to safety. Ninety-five percent of parents surveyed want access to additional safety-related gear, information, and support from the travel industry, or from their own parents.

Far beyond the availability of cribs, parents would like an assortment of safety-related gear available to them when traveling, including high chairs, outlet covers, cabinet locks, safety gates, bed rails, doorknob covers and infant bathtubs.

Some parents anecdotally told us they would like to see televisions and dressers bolted to walls, and rooms with fewer sharp corners or breakable decor. Clean floor space was also important. Some also suggested changing tables, sippy cups and airport shuttles with car seats.

Finally, as the leading baby gear rental service, one data point surprised us all at Babierge: Only twenty percent of parents were aware they can rent baby equipment when traveling!

 

For more information about this report, please contact trish@babierge.com

Download infographics here.

 

 

*Based on a 2018 survey on Millennial American family travel by the American Automobile Association and a 2017 survey of Canadian travel trends by Skyscanner.ca.

Memorial Day is the Official Kickoff to Summer — Enjoy it!

When you feel the warm breeze on your face, hear the song birds chirping and the smell of the sizzling grill tickles your nose, you know it’s going to be a great Memorial Day weekend. You’ve probably got the basics already planned but we’ve got a few unique suggestions to make your Memorial Day unforgettable.

 

Play at the beach

‘Tis the season for bare feet, salty hair, and cooling waves. Be sure to pack some beach balls and shovels too for your kiddos to play by the water. With no school (yay!) and early summer breezes, packing up the beach bag can lead to some lasting  Memorial Day memories.   Traveling for the holiday? Pack light and rent a Beach Fun Package. Better yet, have the family try their hands in Bocce Ball, a simple game for the whole family to play — learn what you need and how to play here.

 

Spectate your local event in style

 

 

Local events such as block parties, barbecues, fairs, amusement park celebrations and parades will  be in full swing this Memorial Day weekend. Want to attend but travelling with little ones who may not last through a day-long event? Rent gear that keeps them comfy all day long, like this Amusement Park Package. It  includes a stroller or wagon, bug spray, sunscreen and even a fan to keep your little one cool as a Memorial Day cucumber.  A stroller is a must-have item to extend your day, and your fun, and give your kiddos first-class seats at any spectating event.

 

Prepare a family picnic for a day at the park

With a simple trip to the grocery store, a checkered blanket and the basket lying around in the garage, you can get the whole family to make sandwiches and drinks for a day at the park. Break out the containers and cooler for egg salad, lemonade and all your go-to summertime favorites. Don’t know where to start? Whole Foods has some prep tips and recipes to help get you off the ground running.

 

Go fruit picking at a nearby farm

Kids are berry picking machines! A PYO adventure will definitely result in huge smiles, lots of giggles and adorable berry stained fingers. Be sure to have the camera ready, this will be a great photo op! Cherries, strawberries and blueberries are growing all over local family farms, ready to be your family’s next healthy summer snack! Supporting local agriculture is just an extra plus to skipping the grocery store and getting delicious, fresh fruit right at the source. Head over here to find a pick-your-own farm in your area.

 

How are you spending Memorial Day? Tell us your plans for additional inspo in the comments below!