Get the gum out

If your child ends up with gum in his or her hair, don’t think the only option is reaching for the scissors. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, items from your pantry can get the job done without lopping off any hair.

First locate a jar of creamy-style peanut butter or vegetable oil. Using your fingers or an old toothbrush, thoroughly spread the peanut butter or oil on the gum; the oils will turn the chewing gum stiffer and less sticky. Allow the product to sit for a few minutes, remove the gum, and then wash your child’s hair as normal.

Cradle Cap

For the first few months after birth, a baby’s scalp may have flaky, scaly skin that resembles dandruff. The condition is called infantile seborrheic dermatitis, but is commonly known as cradle cap. According to the Mayo Clinic, this condition isn’t serious and resolves on its own within a few months. Washing your baby’s scalp daily with mild shampoo can help with the appearance. Common symptoms include:

  • Patchy scaling or thick crusts on the scalp
  • Greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scaling
  • Skin flakes
  • Possible mild redness

Nap time necessity

Skipping your baby’s afternoon nap will not ensure an earlier bedtime or better nights sleep. Without the nap, babies tend to be over-tired, which results in more difficulty falling asleep and sleeping through the night. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that the length of most newborns naps varies and will increase over time. The scheduled three-naps-per-day routine with naps typically lasting from 1-2 hours will come later once your baby has developed an initial pattern.

A safe ride?

Car seats can save lives but nearly three out of four parents make these five common mistakes:

  1. Wrong harness slots: For rear-facing seats, use slots at or below child’s shoulders; for forward-facing seats, use those at or above the child’s shoulders.
  2. The harness straps are too loose; there should be no slack.
  3. The harness retainer (chest clip) is over the abdomen rather than the chest.
  4. The car seat moves more than two inches side-to-side or front-to-back; more than one inch of movement is too much.
  5. When using a booster seat, the lap belt rests over the child’s stomach or the shoulder belt is over the face or neck. Lap belts must lie snugly across the upper thighs and shoulder belts across the shoulder and chest.

Visit for car seat safety tips by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or to locate a nearby Child Passenger Safety technician who can help often for free.

Register your seat!

Send in the registration card or register on the manufacturer’s website so you’re informed of safety recalls.