Baby’s First Visit

An article I wrote was recently published regarding Baby’s First Visit to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Here’s a link to the article in its entirety (page 20).

With some help from a local Baby Proofing company and Rhonda Tkachuk of Certified First Aid in Calgary, the article describes some of the preparations grandparents can make before the arrival of little visitors. Here’s an excerpt of the article:

“some of the hot spots she sees in Grandparent’s homes are bed side tables that have medications in them. An easily accessible bed side table with dangerous medications will need to be relocated. Also, have a look in your closet for any dry-cleaning bags that can pose a suffocation hazard. Any small objects that can become a choking hazard should also be moved (marbles, decorative beads, coins, etc.)”

With a little preparation your first visit to Grandma and Grandpa’s home can be successful. Don’t wait until you arrive to talk to them about sleeping arrangements, relocating dangerous pieces of furniture, plans for pet/baby interactions. Most grandparents today understand that things have changed and parents are much more aware of the safety precautions necessary to keep their baby safe in a new environment.

Infant Car Seat Rentals

It’s December, and that means it is our busiest month of the year for Car Seat Rentals. My favorite orders to take are from grandparents that have been asked by their son/daughter to source out the exact Car Seat Rental they want. Just the other day I had a Grandma call to ask for a Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP infant car seat rental (she didn’t know what all those names meant but wanted to ensure she got the safest seat possible). Her daughter was bringing her new baby to Calgary and she wanted to rent the exact same car seat she used at home.

Good planning- we’re delivering it to Grandma’s house tomorrow!

Ciao Baby

There is another new site that is perfect for family travel enthusiasts. Ciao Bambino ( reveiws ‘Family Approved Vacation Properties’ around the world. Written by Aimee O’Shaughnessy, the site is super informative and makes travel abroad look less intimidating.

The site rates locations with 4 different levels of ‘family friendliness’: Baby Ready, Toddler Fun, School Age Action, and Cool for Teens. Most properties are upscale or luxury and one of my family’s favorites made the list: The Jasper Park Lodge. I can personally attest to the family friendliness of this property because we enjoyed our stay with two toddlers!

Check out the listing on this website for the Ac Palacio Del Retiro in Madrid, Spain. Modern design, in a historic building, with cribs and high chairs available?! I’ve officially added it to my list of places I need to stay at, but with all that contemporary design (ie. sharp corners) I will need to pack some extra baby proofing supplies. Totally worth it though!