New Safer In Color! Theme: Baby Proofing with Big Kids

June 4, 2012 — By

Our new theme for Safer in Color! is Baby Proofing with Big Kids!

What is Safer in Color!?  It’s a fun new project that encourages activity-based learning for safety lessons.

Here’s how it works. Every month or so, we will introduce a new safety theme, often in partnership with another safety-related organization.  As you talk with your children about the safety tips and lessons, ask them to draw about something they learned.  Then, post their artwork on our facebook page so they can help other children learn as well.

Our goal with this project is twofold:

  1. Make important safety lessons stick, in a fun, engaging way.
  2. Empower kids to make a difference by teaching other kids through art.

For our new Safer in Color!  theme, Baby Proofing with Big Kids, we are partnering with the International Baby Planner’s Association (IBPA), an organization that sets standards and provides resources for professionals in the baby planning industry.   Who better to help us prepare our older kids for baby’s arrival, than the IBPA?

Making sure your home is safe for a second child is just as important as it was for the first. You now have something else to “baby proof” – your big kid.

When a new baby arrives, older children have a lot of adjusting to do. So many emotions and so many new rules!  Lots of rules!  It really is a lot for a little guy or gal to learn and remember.

Setting aside some quiet time to color with your older child while you discuss the changes and the new safety rules is a great way to help your child adjust, remember important information, and get some special time with you.

Ask your little one to draw a picture of the rule he or she thinks is the most important.  Depending on their age, you can even ask them to draw a picture first, and then let you guess the safety rule, Pictionary style.

Here are some ideas your kiddos may like to illustrate:

  • Putting toys away so baby brother or sister cannot reach them.
  • Checking the play area for small parts before baby’s “tummy time.”
  • Replacing locks on cabinets and drawers when finished.
  • NOT putting pillows, blankets and toys in baby’s crib.
  • Closing the stair gates behind you.
BIG THANKS to Sam T. for his drawing about how he keeps his big kid toys out of baby’s reach.
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