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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (April 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435459709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435459700
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,861,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Inside the Book: "Myth Buster!"

The Safety Mom sets the record straight in her Myth Buster! feature.

  • Tummy vs. Back Sleeping

    Myth: It's dangerous to have babies sleep on their backs because they could die if they spit up or vomit while they're asleep.

    For healthy, full-term babies there is no greater risk for choking while lying on their backs than there is when lying on their stomachs. The United States Department of Health and Human Services states: "Healthy babies automatically swallow or cough up fluids. There has been no increase in choking or other problems for babies who sleep on their backs." The American Academy of Pediatrics also states that there is no evidence that choking is more frequent among infants lying on their backs.


  • You Don't Get a Cold from the Cold

    Myth: Going outside without a hat, coat, gloves, or with wet hair and getting chilled or overheated causes a baby or child to get sick.

    Cold germs are caused by viruses. The reason more colds happen in the winter months is because people are generally inside more and in closer proximity to one another. Cold viruses survive longer when the humidity is low, which is the case in the colder months.

    What will make your baby sick is contact with someone who is carrying germs. So, most importantly, keep strangers from touching your baby. Be sure that your older children and all other family members frequently wash their hands.


  • Benefits of Day Care

    Myth: Children who attend day care will have problems bonding with their parents.

    In a study conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) entitled "The Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development," researchers found that children in day care settings demonstrated a greater ability to form relationships with peers and adults than children who did not attend day care. And, in fact, children in day care exhibited more positive interaction with their mothers than did children in other settings.


  • Removing a Bee Sting

    Myth: If you are stung, never pull the stinger out with your fingers because this can send more venom into your body.

    It is more important to get the stinger out of your child as soon as possible to reduce the risk of secondary infection. If additional venom is pumped in inadvertently, it will not increase the reaction.



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1. Congratulations - You're Pregnant! ... Now What? 2. How Do I Know What's Safe To Buy? 3. Bringing Your Baby Home From The Hospital - Are You and Your Home Ready? 4. Breaking It Down - The Greatest Dangers In and Around The Home. 5. Baby Proofing - What To Do On Your Own and When To Call For Help. 6. The Off-Limit Rooms for Babies. 7. Taking Your Baby Out - You Can't Baby Proof The World! 8. Your First Date Night - Are You and Your Baby Ready?

More About the Author

Alison Rhodes, The Safety Mom, has exploded onto the national scene as the preeminent voice on safety, wellness and healthy living. From environmental toxins and healthy eating to sports injuries and cyber bullying, The Safety Mom is always on the lookout for the issues facing children - newborns to teens - as well as the entire family.

After experiencing the death of her child from SIDS, Alison became committed to saving children's lives. Over the years Alison has expanded her career platform to include a gamut of vital issues facing families.

Alison's ability to connect with parents in a down-to-earth, uplifting and engaging manner while providing important information has made Alison a sought-after guest on many national television shows including The Today Show, Fox & Friends, CNN International, CNBC Squawk Box, Good Morning America and The Doctors.

Both her newsletter, The Safety Scoop, and blog, The Safety Chronicles, as well as regular articles on popular parenting sites such as Parenting Weekly and Baby Weekly reach thousands of parents every month with tips and advice that help parents sort through the hype and get to the facts. She has a weekly radio show, "Keeping It Together With Alison, The Safety Mom" which features guests giving parents advice on staying happy, safe and sane.

Over the years, Alison has worked with numerous companies in reaching moms including ADT Security Systems, Johnson & Johnson, Evenflo, Symantec Technologies, Cord Blood Registry, SC Johnson and Unilever.

Alison is the mom of three children, the oldest with intellectual disabilities.

Customer Reviews

I bought this book for my daughter.
JUNE
I don't know, it just seems like a little too much added unnecessary detail to me.
Laura B
This is not to say that there isn't helpful advice to be found in this book.
April Blake

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By April Blake VINE VOICE on June 2, 2011
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This is the first time I've ever heard of "The Safety Mom," so I don't know if she really is fun and lighthearted on TV, but it doesn't come through in print, or if she's not all that fun and lighthearted. I understand that keeping your children safe is hugely important and can be a heavy subject, and I understand and really, really appreciate Rhodes' mission being born out of losing her own first son to SIDS. She's built her entire career on safety and childproofing. However, my daughter isn't even here yet and after reading this book, I feel like I should wrap in bubble wrap myself, my entire house, and my daughter when she arrives, and not let anyone breathe, cough, smoke, or look cross-eyed at us anywhere within a five-mile radius, minimum. I could just be extra-nervy right now, at this point in my life, but I failed to get any fun or light-heartedness anywhere in this book. I don't feel at all reassured. I just feel paranoid that something's going to kill my baby, and that something will probably be my own ineptitude and stupidity.

This is not to say that there isn't helpful advice to be found in this book. The author even says at the beginning that as a parent, you pick and choose which advice to follow and which to let go. It's just that it's all presented as though it's all the most important thing to do. Also, Rhodes recommends very specific items, specific brands. Evenflo seems to be a big beneficiary of this, or maybe they helped sponsor the book. I don't know. I have mixed feelings about this. Either the stuff Rhodes recommends really is great and warrants being checked out, or she got promotional consideration for recommending specific products, which renders them just advertisements.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By almosthappy VINE VOICE on June 16, 2011
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I am a first-time dad of an 8 month old, and I got this book because I thought we could still use support with regard to child proofing and safety. I was not familiar with Alison Rhodes before the book, so I wasn't really sure exactly what to expect. The book turned out to only be mildly useful. She does provide a lot of clearly stated information and instructions, but I found that nearly all of the information was familiar from our parenting classes and/or the What to Expect books. In addition, I have to agree with other reviewers that the organization of the book leaves much to be desired.

For new expecting parents, I would suggest NOT worrying about childproofing and most other safety issues before your first child comes. There is more than enough to be terrified about without worrying about drawer latches and outlet covers. It will be a while before your baby is moving enough to warrant those precautions. The only exception is SIDS safety, but you will get lots of information about that in parenting classes and other materials. If you're already feeling nervous, save the reading about the other stuff until after you've had the baby.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Renee O Pruitt VINE VOICE on September 15, 2011
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My baby was just starting to crawl when I got this book. I was excited to get this book so I could child proof things I didn't even think about needing to do. It sure gave me plenty of dangers I didn't think of ... too many!
It fell flat to me. It wasn't written in a way that was the least bit enjoyable. Some helpful anticdotes or light hearted language would have been a good help. Half of the things are just overboard. A lot was common sense. A little was helpful, but I got so bored reading it, I probably missed those!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bearcat VINE VOICE on August 17, 2011
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Most of the things discussed in this book are pretty basic and I would hazard a guess that most mom's already know most of the information. Also, I almost felt like this was a little bit of an autobiography about the author as opposed to a baby help book. Maybe that's just me. Overall I wasn't really impressed with this book and there are better options out there for mom's looking for parenting/childcare advice. Just my two cents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura B on August 13, 2011
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I picked this book because the title sounded humorous and I needed a little levity in preparation for my first take-home baby. I am the mother of twins that died at birth, so I am a little uptight and paranoid about pregnancy and taking care of my baby. The author also lost an infant [SIDS], so she has a bit of paranoia as well. There is no humor in this book. It is all serious business.

Pros:
It has all the basics. She starts with things to think about during pregnancy and works her way through the house, day care, traveling, how to deal with holidays, and more.

Cons:
She is a little overzealous with her recommendations (and remember they are her recommendations and not a professional). She recommends a baby bathtub that I think is completely unnecessary (my opinion as well as that of some friends). She also is heavy handed with Evenflo products.

She actually goes through how to install items...meaning actual instructions that seem like they should be included with the item. I don't know, it just seems like a little too much added unnecessary detail to me.

Overall, I think this book is not worth it. Most of it is common sense or things you can figure out on your own. I don't need her to tell me that I shouldn't have breakable items at baby's level or to give her approval to use a baby leash. There isn't anything new in this book. I've read quite a few baby books as well (hello...paranoid mommy), so I have seen this all before.
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