Before your baby was born, you probably went around the house and baby-proofed everything that even looked dangerous. You covered every outlet. You locked every cabinet. But now that your child’s walking and talking, you can drop a lot of that safety stuff. Right? Wrong. As kids grow their world expands, opening them up to more dangers. Many of these new gadgets allow you to give your “big kid” the freedom to explore while keeping him safe.
Shoulder seatbelts are designed for adults. The shoulder strap can cause serious injury to a child in the event of an accident. Using a booster set can help, but even when your child has outgrown the booster, the strap may still be too high for safety. That’s a fact that concerns many parents. But placing the shoulder strap behind your child isn’t the answer. The GOHIGH seatbelt cover pulls the belt down to a safe level that keeps your child secure, while protecting her tender neck.
You want your child to explore the world, but you need to keep her close. In busy places with lots to see, like an airport or store, that can become a serious problem. It takes only a second for a child’s hand to wiggle out of yours and he might be gone. That’s where the Kid Wrist Band helps. Simply Velcro the bands to your wrist and the child’s. As you hold hands, you can talk about all you see. But if his hand falls from yours, you are still connected by the coiled band. It makes it easy to keep your child safe and at your side.
Bikes are a wonderful way for your child to get exercise and explore your neighborhood. But making sure that your child can see and be seen on a bike is every parent’s fear. That’s where these LED lights make a difference. Each string of lights snaps onto the wheels of your child’s bike. A switch turns the lights on at dusk, making them completely visible to anyone driving down the street. These waterproof lights will turn off automatically when there is no motion for 60 seconds and are powered by AA batteries.
This little tracker fits unobtrusively in a backpack or pocket and gives you peace of mind. The tracker communicates with your phone, giving you minute-by-minute info about your child’s whereabouts. It tracks your child’s movement, so you can see if he is walking to his friend’s house or playing in the backyard. Should your child wander off at a museum or airport, you can quickly locate her. In addition to the tracking, this model has a two-way communication function. So, if your child finds herself lost, she can simply hit a button and talk to you. You can comfort your child while you are headed her way.
Indispensable to firefighters, this simple decal lets emergency workers know exactly where your child sleeps. In the event of a fire or other emergency, it allows EMS professionals to reach your child immediately. There is no guessing or knocking out windows to unused rooms. This model includes a suction cup making it easy to move to another window in the event you move your child,, change houses, or even travel.
According to the World Health Organization, noise is one of the most under-appreciated sources of child harm. Children’s ears are more sensitive than adult ears and are much easier to damage. Sounds that are above 80 decibels can begin to cause permanent damage. Such average activities as watching trains and planes, cheering at a sibling’s basketball game or attending a concert are often far above 80 decibels. You can protect a lifetime of hearing by protecting your child’s ears. Noise canceling earphones are a great way to keep your child safe in these loud situations.
The average age of exposure to online pornography is 11. Whatever your personal feelings about sex might be, 11-year-olds simply are not equipped to deal with the psychological ramifications of online sex acts. Then there are “fisher” that pretend to be kids playing games as they coax identity information from your child via chatrooms. You can’t live over your child’s shoulder as she does her schoolwork, but you can control where your child goes on the world wide web. The Koala Safe Router allows you to block sites that you know are harmful and see which sites your child has visited. This lets you sit down and talk with your child about anything he or she might find disturbing as well as start great conversations about responsible internet use.
If you have ever walked through a room and stepped on a Lego, you will recognize the need for sensor nightlights. These tiny lights plug into your outlet and turn on as you approach, giving you time to step over those tiny plastic menaces.
Have you ever jumped out a window in an emergency? Even on a first floor room, it’s a frightening prospect that gives anyone a moment of pause. Unfortunately, if there is a fire, you don’t have a moment. Take the fear out of that particular situation with the emergency escape ladder. Simply store this ladder under the desired window. It attaches quickly and securely to the ledge and rolls out the window. Then all you and your child need to do is climb down the ladder. Be sure to practice, so that every family member knows what to do.
Have you ever wished you had eyes in the back of your head? With this camera you can. Simply place this little gem in any place you want to keep off limits without an adult. This might be the office, the garage or the pool. When anyone enters the space, the camera turns on and alerts you by smartphone app. You can check the picture and see if it is someone that should be in the area or a child who might be sneaking. The two-way voice function allows you to reprimand the child, and warn her to leave the area immediately to avoid more consequences.