Halloween and Allergies

Remember that treat-size candy may have different ingredients or may be made on different machinery than the same regular-size candy.

Fire Safety

To avoid any contact with fire, don’t dress your little goblin in any costume with billowing material such as baggy sleeves or flowing skirts.

Fabric choices for costumes

When picking a costume choose fabric that is flame resistant. You can even buy pajamas that have a Halloween theme.

From families.com.

Trick or Treating Tip

Go to the bathroom BEFORE leaving the house to trick or treat. And, choosing a costume that is easy to use the bathroom in.
From: About.com: Child Care

Choosing a costume

When picking a halloween costume consider comfort. A toddler will become cranky if they are not comfortable while sporting their costume.

Be visible on Halloween

Make sure your little goblin is visible after dark. Fix reflective striping to costume, or carry a flashlight or illuminated light stick.

Book Suggestion: Jerry Seinfeld’s Halloween

Halloween

Halloween, by Jerry Seinfeld is a great Halloween story. Buy it today, or borrow it from your local library.
From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Pumpkin Carving Tip

Instead of carving pumpkins, consider decorating with markers & paint. Also consider battery-powered lights for insides instead of candles

Eating before Treating

Feed your kids a healthy meal prior to trick or treat. Kids will be happier & reduce temptation to devour candy from the first stop.
From: About.com: Child Care

Watch for Cars on Halloween

Statistically, Halloween is the most dangerous day for kids. In fact, kids are 4X as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween other nights.
From: iVillage.com

Inspecting Halloween Candy

Talk with your children about eating candy before they get home.  You should inspect the candy before they eat it.
From: TheFamilyCorner.com

Cooking Safety

When you are cooking, turn pot handles to the inside so that baby can’t accidentally grab handle & pour hot contents on himself.
From: essortment.com

Common Poisons

The most commmon poisons for small children are Cosmetics, Cleaning Substances, Pain Medicine, Coins, Thermometers, Plants, Diaper Care products, Cough/Cold Medicines, Pesticides and Vitamins.

Photography Tip

Photograph babies when they are the most alert. Just after nap time works well. Be patient and wait for the moment when their eyes go wide.

Protecting clothes from stains

To set colors when washing new clothes for the first time, add half a cup of white vinegar and half a cup of salt once the water is in. Wash with regular laundry detergent in cold water.

Loose Toys

Child Safety First, check toys often for loose or broken parts.

Potty Tip

Use cheap coffee filters to line the potty and then just dump it in the commode after use. This way the potty is always clean.

Spanking

Use age-appropriate discipline: distraction, reasonable limits, redirection. Don’t unwittingly teach your toddler that might makes right by spanking her. And if you yell at her, you’re teaching her by example that tantrums are ok.

Book Friday: Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners

Do Unto OttersDo Unto Otters: A Book About Manners is a guide to manners that anyone would be delighted to follow.

Here beloved children’s author Laurie Keller brings the “Golden Rule” to life in the form of Mr. Rabbit and his new neighbors, the Otters, who animate every page with their well-behaved hi jinks, showing kids that a simple “please” or “thank you” goes a long way in making friends.

From: Amazon.com

Sippy Cup Tip

If child is unwilling to tip up a sip cup try a reusable straw drink container. Small children tend to suck more readily than tip up a cup