Child Care

    Child care involves so much, from finding a caregiver to taking the little ones on vacation.

    But we’ve got the information you need to make it easier.

    WHN TIP – Be safe, be smart and be prepared!


  • Red Cross Babysitter Training Program

    Our editor, Marta, had her first babysitting job was when she was 11. She babysat for the neighbors across the street, keeping an eye on their new baby while she napped. She has memories of feeling very adult, yet very nervous, because she didn’t really have any experience with babysitting or newborns. Thankfully (for everyone […]

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  • Child-Proofing Tips: 5 Steps to a Safer Home for Little Ones

    Kids are naturally curious and it’s up to us to keep them out of harm’s way. April 29 is Safe Kids Day, created by Safe Kids Worldwide, but don’t wait until that date to make the changes to keep your little ones safe. Also, download the free RedCross first aid mobile app – just in […]

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  • 5 Sites for Childcare Options

    Looking for resources for your childcare search? The following sites offer childcare information as well as other useful information. Care.com — Child Care / Day Care Ever wish you had a Day Care Directory – or, a list of the nearest available babysitters? Now you do! Enter your zip code and find what is available […]

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  • Kids and Burns — Here’s What to Know and Do

    According to the American Burn Association, almost one-quarter (24%) of all burn injuries occur in children under the age of 15, with 1,100 children dying each year from fire and burns. More than 136,000 children were seen in emergency rooms for burn injuries in 2011. During National Burn Awareness Week (observed the first full week […]

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  • FAQs About the Flu

    The flu season is still in full swing. Here’s what to know and what to do to help prevent the flu and deal with the symptoms if you catch it. WHN TIP — Check With Your Doc: As always, discuss your options and treatment with your healthcare practitioner. What is the flu? The flu is […]

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  • Tips for Conducting Child-Care Research

    List Your Requirements Start a folder or notebook to keep records of your child-care research. Think about your child-care needs and write down your preferences: What type of care would you like for your child? Does your child have special needs? Do you need full-time or part-time care? What hours/days will your child need care? Does […]

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  • 3 Halloween Costume Hazards

    When we think of Halloween, costumes and candy usually pop into mind. However, with all the fun, it’s easy to forget about safety. Here are just a few tips from Jenna B., a child life specialist at the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, to help keep your children safe during the Halloween festivities. Jenna writes: […]

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  • 20 Items for Your Emergency Entertainment Kit

    What do you do with the kids when: the power goes out? you’re stuck at the airport? you’re stranded in your car during a snowstorm? you’ve been evacuated to a temporary shelter due to a natural disaster? for whatever reason, your kids are without their usual toys and diversions? If you’re not prepared, children will […]

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  • 7 Tips for Cruising With Kids

    By Steven W., our family blogger Cruising can be an ideal way to travel with young children due to the many on-ship activities and programs for your children and the convenience of your cabin and the dining room when returning from a day-long excursion. We enjoyed a 15-day Hawaiian cruise aboard the Diamond Princess last […]

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  • 4 Recommended Adult-to-Child Child-Care Ratios

    Infants (up to 12 months): No more than eight babies per group; one adult for every four babies. Young Toddlers (12–24 months): No more than 12 children per group; one adult for every four children. Older Toddlers (24–30 months): No more than 12 children per group; one adult for every six children. Preschoolers (30 months to 5 […]

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