Category Archives: Child’s Age

Daycare Car Seat Safety

baby-in-carseatAs a responsible and caring parent, your child’s well-being is foremost on your mind. Car seats play a very important role in keeping your child safe in one of the most dangerous activities they will ever be a part of: riding in a car. Automobile injuries are the leading cause of death for American children (http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/factsheets/childpas.htm). A recent report, released by the American Academy of Pediatrics and based primarily off of a 2007 study by the University of Virginia, showed that children under two years of age are 75% less likely to sustain a severe injury in a car accident if they are in a rear facing position.

Most parents, as well as daycare centers and private daycares, currently use age as their primary factor when determining how and if a child should be restrained in a car seat. Previous to this study, it was recommended that a child should be in a rear-facing car seat until the age of one year. At one year of age, many children’s car seats are turned around so they can face forward. Turning the child’s car seat around was often a major milestone for parents.

Fisher-price Precious Planet Remote Controlled Music Deluxe Auto Baby
Fisher-price Precious Planet Remote Controlled Music Deluxe Auto Baby

This new study and the suggestion of the American Academy of Pediatrics indicate children are much safer if they are kept in a rear-facing position for one more year. Though the convenience of turning your child around to face forward is tempting, we would urge you to follow the new recommendation. The rear-facing position is much safer for your child in a car accident because their entire body is supported during a crash. Keeping your child in a rear-facing position might even help you avoid crashes since you’ll be less inclined to take your attention from the road by turning around to look at your child.

Since driving is such a normal part of our lives, it’s easy to forget how dangerous it is. Driving is one of the most dangerous things we do, so as responsible parents we need to be sure we are taking every precaution while driving to make sure we are being as safe as possible.

It’s important to address these new findings with your daycare provider. It is likely they already know about them, but it is important to make sure. You may want to ask what kind, if any, policy changes they will be making. Be sure that they are being as safety-minded as any other responsible adult.

Graco Zurich Snugride 32 Infant Car Seat
Graco Zurich Snugride 32 Infant Car Seat

If your daycare provider drives your child anywhere, it is important to know how they are doing this and that they are keeping up with all modern safety precautions. Be sure to also check what kind of car seat they are using for your child. Make sure the car seat is installed correctly and facing the right way. Your child should have an assigned car seat and it should be adjusted correctly for them.

Check to make sure your own accommodations are as safe as possible and that you are setting a good example by wearing your seat belt and talking with your children about car safety. If you teach your children about car safety they can and will police themselves. They may tell you if they did something dangerous or were not strapped in for a short trip.

Remember, as a responsible parent your job is to make sure your child is as safe as possible. It is your responsibility to speak to your daycare provider, change your own habits or inform your nanny of the changes in care for the safety of your child. Make sure you do what you can to ensure a long, happy and healthy life for you and your children.

 

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Foster Excitement in Daycare Age Children on Presidents Day

With Presidents day in the United States, it is a great time to talk to you children some about who and what a president is. It is likely your daycare and childcare will have many activities today revolving around Presidents Day. Capitalize on the opportunity to stir your children’s interest in presidents and a democratic government. It is important for everyone, including our children, to know who and what they are. It is never too early to begin to teach them the wider world and how it run and controlled by the government. Make sure to illustrate how a democracy is a government of the people and working for the people. In a democratic government the people have the power to control how the government helps the people.

If I Were President
A great book to get your children thinking about presidents.

I know it can be all too tempting to avoid politics and government when speaking to others and your children. However, doing this is a great disservice to you, to your children, and the world around you as a whole. Government and politics is what make our world work and it is very important to make sure that everyone is involved. Try to get your child interested in politics. Teach your children in a democratic society how each person gets a vote on how things are run by the government. Explain to your child who carries out those decisions, such as the president. Make sure to teach them how empowered everyone in democratic society can be. Instill a sense of duty and civic responsibility in your children so they will grow up to be good stewards of the country. These are some of the values to hold dear as they are the core of society.

President From Hawaii
Dr. Carolan's latest children's book explores the 44th President's history.

I do warn heavily against injecting any of your own opinions on the current political climate or the governments inner workings today. Daycare age children need to learn the basic function and idea behind government. Children need to understand the process. Your children need to learn the importance of how democracy should provide for its people and how the government goes about doing that. If you interject bitterness, frustration or anger in these discussions you will inadvertently associate these feelings with politics and the government. This is something you should work to avoid. To assure a bright future for your children and the generations of their children after we all must do our best to make the voters of tomorrow excited to be a part of a democracy. So just remember, teach your daycare age children the what and how of democracy and how the presidents lead these nations.

The Everything Kids' Presidents
Filled with fun facts, trivia, and 30 puzzles!

A great place to start would be to talk about our current president of the United States of America, President Barak Obama. Here is a list of quick facts that you can use in your discussion. You can also talk about thee many great presidents in our nations history. There are many worth discussing. After you are done with President Obama look up some interesting facts from your own favorite president.

  • President Barack Obama
  • 44th President of the United States of America
  • Born August 4, 1961 (1961-08-04)
  • He is 49 years old.
  • He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • He is a member of the Democratic Party.
  • His wife is called the First Lady. Her name is Michelle Obama.
  • He lives in The White House. This is where all American Presidents live when they are in office.
Woman For President
In 1872, American women couldn’t vote, but they could run for president.

Talk to them about democratic processes and how they work. You can even take this a step further and demonstrate to your daycare age child how it works. Maybe the family can vote on dinner or what game to play. Vote for a President for a day. That President can be in charge of who is cleaning up what at playtime.

Just keep in mind that your job as a parent of daycare age children is to teach them of the world and get them excited about all the important things that will make a difference in their lives.

Big George
Before he was the face on the dollar bill, George Washington was a shy boy with a hot temper.

As parenting advice from www.decideondaycare.com we hope that you will take this to heart and get your children excited and interested in democracy. It is an incredibly important and vital part of our way of life and as it will be your children’s. Foster the excitement and hope that will only serve to make any democracy a better place for its people.

Happy Presidents Day!

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Sick Child Parenting and Day Care

Day Care Digital ThermometerSometimes it’s difficult to determine when to keep your sick child home from day care. Decide on Day Care is here to help you with parenting advise about this decision that all parents must make.

Children can go to day care when they have a cold, but they shouldn’t attend with more serious illnesses. Your childcare handbook likely gives you a lot of information regarding unacceptable temperatures, conditions, and sicknesses.

It’s a good idea to have a plan in place for what you’ll do if someone needs to stay home with a sick child—know your workplace’s policies for these types of situations. Other parents truly do appreciate it when you keep a sick child at home, and don’t expose their children to illnesses more serious than a cold. Understanding parents also realize we can’t keep our children home with every sniffle, and honestly, shouldn’t. Getting a cold from another child is an inconvenience, but it happens. Getting the flu or strep throat from a sick playmate that should never have come to day care in the first place is something else entirely.

Children in day care with others do tend to get more illnesses than children who are not enrolled in daycare. Depending on the age of your child, you can teach some basics to help him or her stay healthier:

  • Proper use of a facial tissue—they need to learn how to blow or wipe their nose, capture whatever they get on the inside of the tissue, and throw the tissue away themselves.
  • Covering their mouth and nose with the crook of their elbow when they sneeze or cough, instead of with a hand. If they cough or sneeze into their hand, they need to wash their hands immediately.
  • Washing hands with soap and water, and for a longer time than most children do—it should be long enough to sing happy birthday two times.
  • Keeping their distance from kids who are sick and staying away from others when they themselves are sick.

If your child has vomiting, diarrhea, an unexplained rash, or a fever (usually above 100), your daycare provider will want him or her to stay home. Also, if your child is lethargic or is crying because of the sickness, he or she is better off at home. If you are concerned about your child’s well being you should also be sure to at least call your doctor’s nurse help line. Ask them if any further treatment is needed.  They can be very helpful to let you know what you should do for your child and if what your child has is contagious.  Remember it is always better to error on the side of caution when your child’s health is at stake.

Sometimes you will be called at work to come pick up a sick child. If this happens, understand the provider cannot keep your child at the daycare without risk of infecting the other children. It is best to try to get to the day care as soon as possible. Make sure you have let your employer know with as much warning as possible.

There was recently a very interesting study that came out regarding day care and illness. It is related to this subject and a very interesting article.

All of these things should help you as a parent get through these strange and often frustrating experiences with your child when they are sick in day care.  You will find a wide range of policies but they should fit somewhere close to this.  If you find that your day care has either too lenient or too restrictive policies regarding sick children you may look into another provider.  Too lenient and you can find you and your family being sick often when it otherwise could have been prevented.  Too strict and you may be forced to pick up your child with something as simple as the sniffles. This can be just as big of a problem possibly putting your job or other things at risk.

Use this parenting advice to gauge your own day care’s policies and what you think is best for you and your family. Ultimately, as so many other things, you must agree and be comfortable  with your own day care’s sick child policies.

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Share Your New Year Resolutions with Day Care

new-year-day-care-fireworks_0Making New Year’s resolutions is a long and honored tradition! But did you know you can get your children, and possibly even your daycare, involved as well? Decide on Day Care has some great parenting advice to kick off the new year!

The reason traditional New Year’s resolutions endure is because they can actually be quite helpful. There’s definitely a lot of value in thinking about ways we can better ourselves. A goal of self-improvement, as well as the challenges and successes that go with it are valuable lessons for your child to learn.

Squirrel's New Year's Resolution
Squirrel's New Year's Resolution

If you’re making New Year’s resolutions, be sure to discuss with your children why you make them, and how you make them. Then ask if they would like to make a resolution of their own. Let them know they can be ways to expand their horizons, such as trying something new, or it can be working on an existing issue like doing better with their studying, getting along better with their siblings, etc.  If you’ve made a resolution you can do with your kids, they could join you in your resolution. This is a good opportunity to explain that some goals are easier to reach when people work together and support one another.  If you and your children help each other succeed with your goals, they will learn a valuable lesson.

Your children may wish to share their resolutions with their day care provide or with the child care center to so they can help with a goal.

Here are a few suggestions that you can use to help you and your child develop some common learning goals for your New Year resolution. Try to pick something attainable for both of you.

  • Learn the alphabet
  • Learn colors
  • Learn letter sounds
  • Learn to count to 20
  • Learn to count to 100
  • Make a stack of 10 blocks
  • Write their name
  • Learn their home address
  • Learn their phone number (or your cell phone number)
  • Practice a musical instrument a certain amount of time per day

Your child can also make goals like:

  • Managing a temper
  • Practicing good manners
  • Getting along better with others
  • Doing chores

These goals are harder to measure, but if others notice a change, the resolution is probably working.

Hopefully these short lists give you some ideas of your own.

I would also suggest that you and your day care provider come up with some goals of your own between you for your children.  It is easy to just let the time slip by but it you set the expectation of some new goals every year, it gives everyone something to work toward.

The things your child learns will help them on their journey through life. By including your day care provider in these New Year Resolutions, you’re giving them an important guide to meet your needs and expectations.

Your child will find that working toward a goal is difficult, but in the end it can be very rewarding to meet and even exceed your goals in life.  New Year resolutions are a great idea and can be a very important learning tool.  Your children will watch you face challenges of your own, and see what you do to find solutions. They will learn to use those same skills to work toward their own goals. Make sure to set reasonable goals and make an effort to put these high on your priority list.  Your child will love that you have a vested interest in a goal they have and working with them to meet that goal is one of the many rewarding parenting moments.

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Day Care Kids Get More Infections Now, but Fewer Later

daycare_toy_trainThis article is credited to:
By Maureen Salamon, MyHealthNewsDaily Contributor
posted: 07 December 2010 11:39 am ET

We found this article very interesting and thought that we would share it with you.

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Young children who attend large day care facilities suffer more respiratory and ear infections as toddlers than kids who spend their days at home, but develop fewer such illnesses during their grade-school years, a new study suggests.

“Overall, all the children got sick the same amount, so there are no differences between the groups — just the timing is different,” said study researcher Sylvana M. Cote, a psychologist at the University of Montreal in Quebec.

However, “one can argue that there is an advantage of not missing school days, when they’re missing major education that’s really the basis of their academic trajectory, Cote told MyHealthNewsDaily.

Cote studied data over eight years, tracking how often children suffered respiratory, ear or gastrointestinal infections during their early preschool (up to age 2½), late preschool (3½ to 4½) and early elementary school (ages 5 to 8) years.

Among the 1,238 families in the study, kids who began attending day care facilities in large settings before age 2½ had higher rates of respiratory and ear infections compared with children who were cared for at home until grade school. Cote defined large day care settings as facilities with at least 100 children.

The apparent trade-off, Cote said, was that these children developed fewer infections after age 5.

The results follow the logic that the more germs children are exposed to, the more likely they are to get sick, said Dr. Henry Bernstein, chief of general pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, who was not involved with the study.

“There’s no question when there’s an environment where kids are in close contact — and young kids may not be washing their hands as much as adults — the spread of germs happens more readily,” said Bernstein, who is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Infectious Diseases.

Cote also found that children who enrolled in small-group child care facilities in early preschool, as opposed to facilities that had larger groups of children, didn’t have any more infections than kids who stayed at home. She added that few previous studies examined the impact of group child care on infection rates beyond the preschool years.

Kids who were initially cared for at home and later enrolled at any child care facility had more ear infections between ages 3 ½ and 4 ½, but no other differences in infection risk, according to the researchers.

The researchers did not find a link between gastrointestinal illnesses and group child care at any age.

“Young children do get more gastrointestinal infections, but it doesn’t matter later,” Cote said. “We do have a protective effect for intestinal infections when we get to grade school.”

Bernstein said gastrointestinal illnesses may not be spread as readily as respiratory or ear infections at day care facilities because parents may be more likely to quickly intervene when symptoms — such as vomiting or loose stools — appear. But runny noses or coughs may not attract parents’ attention as readily, he said, keeping sick children in day care and increasing their chances of exposing others.

Other studies have shown that repeated, mild respiratory infections at young ages — which stimulate the immune system — can prevent asthma from developing, Cote said.

“I hope people will not worry so much about sending their children to day care in relation to infections. Really, what we are seeing is a natural part of life when we get to large groups,” Cote said. “In the long run, it shows day care does not have an impact in the long-term burden of disease. I think it is (an advantage) in terms of the academic aspect.”

The study is published in the December issue of the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Pass it on: Kids who attend day care facilities when they are very young may get sick less once they reach elementary-school age than those cared for at home.

This article was provided by MyHealthNewsDaily, a sister site to LiveScience.

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Day Care Locator

daycare-center-climbingAt www.decideondaycare.com, we want to give you the parenting information you need to make the search for the perfect child care provider as easy as possible. Here’s a good place to begin the search. We’ve gathered links to websites for specific states to help you find day care in your area. Most are government-run websites for a child care locator containing certified day care providers. In some cases we were unable to find a suitable government site, so we substituted another daycare resource.

Just click on your state’s name. The link will lead to an external website to help you find day care providers in your area.

We cannot warranty or guarantee the accuracy of any information on any of these websites. This list does not constitute an endorsement by www.decideondaycare.com . Our hope is that this list can help you get started in your search for quality day care.

We hope that you find the information here helpful in your search for quality day care providers.  If you have any questions or comments concerning this list please feel free to contact us at www.decideondaycare.com by using our contact us form.

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Amazing Savings at zulily’s

Zulily’s is a new and interesting way to shop online. They don’t have a store in the traditional sense. They find the best deals at blowout prices on name brand items. When you join as a member of the website, they’ll notify you of the things that you’re interested in so you can jump on these deals as they happen. I encourage you to check them out as you can save quite a bit of money as a member of Zulily’s.

Click here to become a free member of zulily’s!

Here is some more information about them from their site.

Just what is zulily?

zulily is fabulous! It’s a new online store offering daily sales events on top-quality apparel, gear and other goodies for moms, babies and kids. We carry the best brands at the lowest prices.  Members enjoy savings of up to 70% off retail prices. zulily loves to find deals on favorite styles, and we love introducing our members to exciting new brands, too.

Why join?

It’s like a ticket to an amazing sample sale. Only members can take advantage of zulily’s low prices. Membership is free and signing up is fast and easy. Once you’re a member, you’ll be the first to know what we’ve got to offer every day.

How zulily works

We’re not a traditional online store. Instead, we feature new items every day. We find great buys from lots of brands and work with them to ship you the goods. We don’t keep stock in a warehouse. zulily events last 72 hours . . . then they’re gone! New brands move in and get their three days on the site.

Each weekday, we offer at least five limited-time shopping events. Members receive a daily e-mail revealing the latest events. From there, members (gleefully!) click to our site and shop. Members can also go straight to the site to shop every morning.

Every day is different, so if you’re looking for something specific, check back often. Anything and everything for moms, babies, and kids will show up on zulily!

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What to Look for in a Nanny

daycare-babyNanny agencies work to match up a family with a qualified nanny candidate. The agency does the screening process for you, including a background check, and motor vehicle record check. They’ll also verify the candidate’s identity and legal status with Social Security verification.  Some agencies may even do drug testing. Nanny agencies generally charge an initial fee to start the search, and then will charge a flat rate or a percentage of the nanny’s first year gross salary for the placement fee.  Whether you use an agency or an ad to hire your nanny, you should give yourself about six weeks for the process. If you need someone more quickly, agencies may offer temporary nannies until they can place a candidate matching your criteria.

You’ll need to know before you begin what you are willing to pay, what hours per day and per week the nanny will be working, and whether she will be a “live-in” (you supply room and board) or “live-out” (she commutes to and from your house each day) nanny.

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Would a Nanny Be Best for My Family?

nanny_lakeOne option in your search for childcare is hiring a nanny. This option involves the most work—you not only have to find a caregiver for your child, but you are also hiring an employee and opening your home and family to this person.

When considering whether to hire a nanny, you need to determine if this form of childcare is best suited to your family’s needs.  Nannies are generally more expensive than in-home daycares or daycare centers, and nannies have a high turnover rate. But if you need childcare at odd hours, a nanny might be your only option. Parents who have children with special needs may find nannies are the most reasonable option. Parents who work at home may hire a nanny for a portion of the day while they work. A friend of mine had twins and was recovering from complications from the birth. She hired a night nanny two nights a week and said it was a lifesaver, because in those early days she was grateful for a little bit of sleep.  Even if your situation is more “traditional”, you may simply prefer not to take your child to a daycare.  The nanny decision is a tough one, since a nanny is a much more integral part of your life and your household than a daycare.  There are definitely more legal issues involved with hiring an employee to come to your home. You pay her paycheck, pay the payroll taxes, and decide on her benefits.

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Situations with Other Children in Daycare or Preschool

Biting and Hiting

daycare_bullySome children may bite or hit. Their parents are generally just as horrified by it as you are.  As they and your child’s daycare provider or preschool teacher are working on the problem, it may help to realize that for children under 3, it is a way to communicate their frustration or wanting a toy from another child. It may take a little while for the parent and daycare provider to work through the issue with the child. If the child seems overly aggressive you will need to make a decision for the welfare of your child. Whatever you decide, handling the situation with grace and compassion will go a long way in the eyes of the other child’s parents.

ceep.crc.illinois.edu/poptopics/biting.html

Some situations require that parents of children in the same daycare discuss the issue.  This may seem awkward, but if the provider can help both sets of parents, as well as the children involved, come to a solution, it may lead to a better environment for all.

Bullying

We know bullying occurs in school-age children, but it may also appear in daycare and preschools.  It may not be constant, and it may not be to the degree that older children bully, but be sure to take your child seriously if he or she talks about experiencing this kind of behavior from another child. The first thing to do is listen and show love and support to your child. When you speak to your child, find out if there are certain times or circumstances during which the offending child begins bullying your child. Ask your child how he or she responds to the behavior. Perhaps you can offer some suggestions for your child to deal with the situation. It’s a good idea to talk to the provider about the situation. Perhaps he or she can offer some suggestions or let you know what the daycare is doing about the child if they already know about it.

Keep in mind; bullying shouldn’t be trivialized as “kids being kids”. This type of situation can be very harmful to the victim. Also, a child who is emerging as a bully can perhaps be more easily set back on track than a child who has been displaying the behavior for years. Early intervention for all children involved may save a lot of heartache in the future and is very important for child development.

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