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Put an infant in a box – really

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An Infant in a box – REALLY?

Who would put an infant in a box?   Well, hopefully, new parents in Denver will!

Denver Public Health hopes to soon begin a campaign distributing free baby sleep boxes across the city, a first, modest step in Colorado to help new parents gain access to a simple tool that health experts say could greatly reduce infant mortality.   Please check out this Denver Post article referencing Denver Public Health.

The leading cause of death in infants – that’s birth to age one – is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).    It is believed that this tragic occurrence, happening during their sleep, is likely caused by suffocating due to items in the crib with them   Doctors recommend *nothing* in the crib with an infant.

In this Children’s Hospital of Colorado excellent information about SIDS, there is a long list of things to AVOID so the infant stays safe.   Two of these are:

  • Sleeping on a sofa, adult bed or other soft surface
  • Sleeping in the same bed with someone else, including a parent or sibling (called “co-sleeping” or “co-bedding”)

Infant in a Box.   Yes, really!

infant in a box

Infant in a Box

A small, safe place to sleep – these infant sleep cardboard boxes (used for many years in Europe, already) – are a simple and wonderful solution to the two dangerous situations listed above.

Despite years of research, doctors don’t know why SIDS strikes some infants.     However, we do have accurate numbers of its occurrence.   In Colorado, between 50 and 80 babies have died from SIDS each year since 2004.

Safe sleeping is a goal that every parent – and babysitter – can commit to by following the advice from our excellent Children’s Hospital of Colorado.

Stay Safe!

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Help a Choking Child – Babysitters get trained

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Help a Choking Child – Babysitters get trained

The people who choke most often are small children and senior citizens.    So, youth who want to be babysitters, be sure to get trained, first.     Help a choking child, because you’ll know what to do!

I have taught Babysitting CPR classes for 17 years for youth ages 11+.    Training to be a safe Babysitter is so important – but feeling confident as you start babysitting is “worth its weight in gold”, as they say.

Parents Want YOU

As I always say in my class to young students, “parents are looking for YOU because you are a) kind and you are b) trained.”     I am so pleased that parents of prospective babysitters are directing them to my class because I include full CPR in the course.   I urge you to check my website page called “Compare the Classes” – it compares “babysitting” classes that don’t include mannequins and CPR, diapering with dolls, etc.     Take a GOOD class which includes preventing injury,  quality time with children,  first aid, choking skills, diapering/burping, tummy time, shaken baby syndrome – and full CPR.

Little kids choking


Please visit this excellent information site:  for keeping children safe.

When someone is choking it is vital that you  a) recognize the emergency and b) know what action to take.   Safe Kids Worldwide ( states this statistic about choking:

The Hard Facts

Among children treated in emergency rooms for

non-fatal choking incidents, almost 60 percent were food-related.

Overall, 13 percent of cases involved swallowing coins and 19 percent involved candy or gum.


Tips to avoid choking

  • Cut food for toddlers into tiny pieces.   Children under 5 should not eat small, round or hard foods, including pieces of hot dogs, cheese sticks or chunks, hard candy, nuts, grapes, marshmallows or popcorn.
  • Remember to have young kids eat in a high chair or at the table, not while lying down or playing. It is important to supervise your babies when they are eating or playing.
  • Keep small objects out of reach
  • See the world from a child’s point of view. Get on the floor on your hands and knees so that you are at the child’s eye level. Look for and remove small items.
  • Keep small objects such as buttons, beads, jewelry, pins, nails, marbles, coins, stones and tacks out of reach and sight.

Be On the Lookout for Magnets & Batteries

Swallowing toxic items

Parents often don’t know it was swallowed!

Keep small magnets and batteries away from children. Some great information from

These include magnets found in construction sets, children’s toys, refrigerator magnets.    Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect that magnets or batteries have been swallowed. Look for abdominal symptoms, such as pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

Get trained before babysitting – and learn CPR.   Stay Safe!

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Babysitters Parents Want You, 3 Scary Stories

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Young Babysitters, Parents Want You

Hello, young babysitters who have been trained to be safe babysitters!   Parents Want YOU!   I have taught Babysitting CPR (and Adult CPR and First Aid) for 17 years and know that parents want

A) someone who is KIND and  B) someone who is TRAINED.

If you completed my class you’ve been trained in preventing injury, quality time with children, first aid, choking skills, diapering and burping, when to reach out for an adult, FULL CPR and more.    You have been given, also, your class completion card from my Training Center, of the American Safety & Health Institute.   Because of your training, parents feel reassured to hire you – and you can earn income (which makes you feel very proud and happy).

There ARE “bad babysitters”

Yes, there are!    Here are three scary stories, as examples:

  • Kyle Out the Window

One of  my 12 year old students shared a story in class about how, at age 4, he had a brand new babysitter one day.   His mother showed the girl around the house, gave information, etc., and then departed.   The girl immediately went to the computer and played video games.   She ignored Kyle and refused to interact with him.   Bored, he had a great idea as he wandered around the house!   He would tie a little blanket around his shoulders and jump out of the 2nd story bedroom window and FLY!     So… yes… he did it.   He landed on the concrete sidewalk beside the house and was rendered unconscious; babysitter still on the computer, of course.   A pedestrian finally saw his body and raced to the door to exclaim, “Is this child?   Your child is lying here!”    911 was THEN called and he, miraculously, survived such a dreadful impact.    He shared this true story – it helps illuminate that “bad babysitters” are definitely out there.

Parents Want You

Parents Want You to keep their child safe

  • Babysitter Walking Home

A mother who booked a class with me to train her 10 Girl Scout Troop members in Babysitting CPR, shared in class  this scary story.   She shared that, years earlier, she and her husband hired a young babysitter living just down the street to watch their 18 month old baby so they could go out to eat, going on a “date”.    Driving back home down their street, they saw this girl walking down the sidewalk!   They were utterly and completely horrified.   They raced to the girl for an explanation – she said she was tired of babysitting and “wanted to go home, now”.   They dashed home to find their baby peacefully asleep.    The baby’s mother then escorted the young babysitter home to share the enormity of the irresponsibility the girl had displayed.   She told the girl’s mother to NEVER let her babysit – ever!

Parents Want You

Babysitting CPR Training – Get it Now!

  • Baby Difficulty Breathing

This is a scary story that turned out VERY WELL!    A young mother, who was untrained, was home with her 5 month old infant when it began to have trouble breathing.    Trouble breathing is one of the main life threatening conditions.   She called 911 but while awaiting their arrival, the baby STOPPED breathing.    She ran out to the front yard and screamed, “Somebody help me!   Help!   My baby’s not breathing!”    Two 10-year old boys playing nearby ran to her to ask, “What’s the matter?  What?”    When she said that her infant was not breathing, they looked at each other and said, “We’ll help you!”   And they did.    They went into her house and showed her how to place her 4 fingertips on the baby’s sternum and compress approximately 1.5 inches at a certain rate and then to blow into the baby’s little lungs two times (which is CPR!).     The baby’s life was saved due to these 10 year old boys because the baby had this excellent care (via their tutoring) prior to 911’s arrival.    Scary story – but they knew what to do!

Parents Want You – Because YOU are trained!


Weak Babysitting Classes

There are babysitting classes out there that do NOT include CPR.    I believe it is vital to have a great Instructor (not volunteers who teach twice per year, perhaps), mannequins, baby dolls, great book and passion to teach the topic.   I have loved my 17 years doing so!


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Hand Washing Stops Illness

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Hand Washing Stops Illness

It’s so simple.   Yet so effective!    Hand Washing is so very, very important.   Hand washing stops illness because adults and children are erasing the germs accumulated at work, at school, at the store, at day care – wherever!

Hand Washing Stops Illness – but do it correctly

Most of us wash our hands far too quickly.   A too-quick washing gets rather close to having no value, regardless the soap we used.

Here’s what you need:

– soap, you bet

– lots of friction

– 20 seconds long

Hand Washing Stops Illness

Hand Washing Stops Illness

Hand washing – Best Thing for Babysitters to do with the children

When I teach my youth Babysitting CPR classes, we pretend to wash our hands while I count to 20 for them.   It *really* illuminates to them how long 20 seconds really is.   We all chuckle because 20 seconds starts to feel long – that’s why adding a little song is so popular to do so the 20 seconds has fun associated with it.    Hands down, the length of time, along with the soap, is what makes hand washing the GERM KILLER we all need.

Everyone in the family – and even your community – benefits from stopping germs and disease from being spread due to the ceaseless number of surfaces we all touch.   We touch tables, desks, doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, chairs, etc., etc.

Hand washing stops illness

BOTH Babysitters and children wash hands often!

Please watch this short video clip from the Center for Disease Control where its Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, explains how important hand washing is to you  and your family.    School has begun and we all know that constant interaction between hundreds and hundreds of students can explode the incidence of colds, flu, sore throats, and more.

Another excellent piece of information from the CDC is their category of “Show Me The Science“.    One of the areas of this category is called “Why Wash Your Hands?”

Antibacterial soap?    Nah….

The famous Mayo Clinic reminds us that regular soap is better to use than antibacterial soap, stating, “Keep in mind that antibacterial soap is no more effective at killing germs than is regular soap. Using antibacterial soap might even lead to the development of bacteria that are resistant to the product’s antimicrobial agents — making it harder to kill these germs in the future.”

Mayo Clinic offers a nice list called Hand Washing:  Do’s and don’ts.

Many times per day!

Just home from work or school?   Wash your hands FIRST.

Handled food, pets, dirty shoes?    Wash your hands.     It’s a win – win!


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Distracted Driving Danger

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Distracted Driving Danger

Distracted driving danger is on a deadly rise.

We know for a fact that our brains have difficulty juggling multiple cognitive tasks that demand our attention.    “Juggling multiple cognitive tasks” translates to “You can’t drive and also focus on a voice/text call”.

Cognitive tasks are those needing you to think and process.   For instance you CAN chew gum while performing the cognitive task  of driving because you don’t have to think to chew gum.

It is a myth that “Drivers can Multitask”.   The National Safety Council (NSC) has compiled a massive amount of scientific studies about the brain’s capability, about distracted driving, about perception and reaction times when using a cell phone – even a hands-free situation!

At issue is this statement from the NSC, “Vision is the most important sense we use for safe driving. It’s the source of the majority of information when driving. Yet, drivers using hands-free and handheld cell phones have a tendency to “look at” but not “see” objects. Estimates indicate drivers using cell phones look at but fail to see up to 50 percent of the information in their driving environment.”


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Using a hands-free cell phone

distracted driving danger

Not using a hands-free cell phone







Texting versus Talking

Although texting is clearly a serious distraction, NSC data show drivers talking on cell phones are involved in more crashes.

Driving while talking on cell phones – handheld and hands-free – increases risk of injury and property damage crashes fourfold.

Distracted Driving Danger, Once Upon a Time

The two leading factors of car crashes for many years was

1) driving inebriated and

2) speeding.   Distracted driving has definitely become number 3) !

Since 1994, which covers the explosion of cell phone users, there have been 737,000 lives lost to motor vehicle crashes.   Seven hundred thirty seven thousand lives.   737,000 lives.

A study done by the Department of Psychology at the University of Utah entitled “A Comparison of the Cell-Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver” stated these findings, “We used a high-fidelity driving simulator to compare the performance of cell-phone drivers with drivers who were legally intoxicated from ethanol….When controlling for driving difficulty and time on task, cell-phone drivers exhibited greater impairment than intoxicated drivers.”

Football Field, the official US Government website for distracted driving danger, overflowing with information about this issue, is a wonderful library to check out.

One of their statements is: “Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.”

DOUBLE Distracted Driving Danger

So there are drivers texting or talking on their cell phones?

Now add how many, many pedestrians, every age, are walking along in a haze as they text, talk or play video games.   They are crossing streets without looking.   They are moving around parking lots, oblivious to cars also moving around the lot, as a few examples.

Here’s a too-common scenario:   a distracted driver strikes a distracted pedestrian.

And it’s growing.

Let’s All Learn About This

The NSC offers excellent online training classes about issues such as:   Defensive Driving, Distracted Driving, Motorcycle Safety, Alive at 25, and more.

A very nice feature is that you can take a free short demo in advance of the class to see if it’s a fit for you.

When you think about it, you are hurtling along in a massive frame of steel – and so is everyone else.   Let’s not collide with each other – or pedestrians – or motorcycles.   Everyone, please, let’s do nothing but drive.  .

Let’s all stay alive!   It’s a community commitment.

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Toddlers with Guns

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Toddlers With Guns

Some people are choosing to own guns.   So, there are guns in their home.     On the tragic rise is toddlers with guns – because people are NOT safely storing their guns.

Little kids are getting killed.   Little kids are killing.   Because they FOUND THE GUN!

Of course, little kids don’t know the danger of a gun but only have seen them fired on TV – you just point it and shoot, right?

So they do.   At their little sister.   At their mom.   At anyone.

This a story about a 2 year old in the car’s back seat who reached under the driver’s seat, located a gun and then shot his mother – and killed her, as she drove.   Embedded in this Washington Post article are links to more and more stories of small children shooting others with guns.    It’s on the rise.     Read each tragic story.    It’s happening.    This article, alone, references at least four incidents.

This Denver Post article, dated May 1, 2016 is entitled, “Toddlers Have Shot 23 People in the U.S. This Year“.


Toddlers With Guns.   WHO leaves guns where tiny people can find them?

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Finding a gun in a                   drawer

Child in a Boat With No Life Jacket.     SERIOUSLY?

I grew up in MN, land of 10,000 lakes, where there are lots and lots and lots of boat and swimming activities.    Regardless the many responsible parents, there were/are continual stories of drownings because a boat overturned and the little kids did not have on life jackets.   What is more obvious than a life jacket on a child when in a boat?     Equally, what is more OBVIOUS than storing your gun somewhere completely safe?

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What’s THAT in this                          drawer?

I’ve been teaching Babysitting Safety/CPR to youth age 11+ for 16 years, now.   Only recently have I begun to add to class this piece of advice, “I recommend you talk to your parents about if the babysitting home has a gun somewhere and is it SAFELY stored?”   I want no one to get hurt with a gun – but a young babysitter may not be aware of the potential danger to their own life.    I never thought to add this warning until teaching classes now, in 2016.   It’s a real issue.   And how utterly stupid that it’s happening at all!

Good Golly Miss Molly…

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Online CPR is not CPR

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Online CPR is not CPR

As a Training Center for the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI), I recently received a voice mail from a woman requesting information about getting CPR certified – on a speedy basis.  I returned her call the next morning.    She told me that she had just taken an “online CPR course” and was “now certified” so she could begin her new job as a Nanny in a few days.   However, online CPR is NOT CPR!

I told her an online class is *not* a real class; without physically utilizing mannequins with a trained Instructor present to monitor correct compressions and breaths, it is *not* a certified class.

She argued that she now had a “real” 3-year certification.   3-year certifications don’t exist in authentic CPR agencies.

I was appalled.   These employers believe this woman can save their children in case of emergency.   Nothing is further from the truth.   She is not trained.

Faking Certification

Recently, our CO legislature passed a bill making it illegal to claim that your dog is a “Service Dog”, if it is not.   Service Dogs are highly trained dogs to give their owner mobilization support, retrieve items, emotional support, and more – much more.

Service Dogs wear a jacket (with licensure card in pocket) that allows them to enter buildings, airlines, restaurants, etc.

To pretend that your dog is a service dog is abusive.   It can engender doubt in the mind of the public – “is this REALLY a Service Dog?”   Of course, the public is also in danger if untrained dogs are entering venues but are not trained for public contact.

Online CPR is not CPR – They are Lying

The Health and Safety Institute (HSI) states on their website that these untruthful online-only companies claim their classes are ‘nationally accepted’.   They are NOT.

HSI states further, “No major authentic training program in the United States endorses certification without practice and evaluation of hands-on skills.   According to OSHA, “online training alone does not meet their requirements”.

FAKE certificate 2


FAKE certificate

             FAKE CLASS

Let’s Clarify Online-Only vs. “Blended”

There IS a difference.   All major legitimate agencies now offer an option of “Blended Training”.   This means that some class information is done online in advance of the physical skills done face-to-face with an Instructor.   The student arrives to class with a print-out of completion and the physical skills are then taught.   A Blended class is a great idea.   A usual CPR class runs 2+ hours – the Blended class, since part is completed in advance, requires a shortened physical skills session with an Instructor.

What’s the Problem?

There is no nationally accrediting or governing body for emergency care training.

What are some agencies offering authentic training?

  • American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI)   [part of HSI]
  • Medic First Aid  [part of HSI]
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • National Safety Council
online CPR is not CPR

   This is NOT training.             Online CPR is not CPR.


oneline CPR is not CPR

      THIS is CPR Training

The OSHA website has an article called “Unmasking the Certification Mill Problem” discussing the disservice of lying to people that they can get certified online.    The article states:  Thomas Glassy, director of the OSHA Directorate of Enforcement Programs, wrote: “Online training alone would not meet the requirements of these training standards. The word ‘train’ is defined as ‘[t]o make proficient with special instruction and practice,’ Webster’s II New Collegiate Dictionary, 1995, p.1, 169. These standards require training in physical skills, such as bandaging and CPR. The only way these physical skills can be learned is by actually practicing them.”

The article also asserts, “The certification mill problem threatens to undermine first aid and CPR education and certification as a whole. Though it is naïve to expect an immediate resolution, the problem requires direct action by employers, training organizations, states, and the federal government.”

Getting Real

online CPR is not CPR

            ABSOLUTELY NO WAY!

Can you learn to ride a horse watching a video?

Can you learn to change a diaper watching a video?

Can you learn to drive a motorcycle watching a video?

Online CPR is NOT CPR

Physical skills require physical involvement.  

We must stop accepting bogus online-only classes with their print-your-own certification cards that you get for paying $19 for the class.   It’s wrong.    It’s fraud.   Parents, don’t be tricked!

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5 Steps to First Aid?

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5 Steps to First Aid?

Someone needs help?   When you offer First Aid to anyone, you become the “first responder”!   If someone is injured or in medical distress, we can feel adrenalin – but hopefully not panic.

You automatically want to respond.   You want to help.   You just have to be sure that you respond effectively, respond appropriately (don’t exceed your training), and don’t forget important elements.

When does someone need First Aid?

There are many reasons why a person might be experiencing a health problem.    Of course there are injuries:   a fall, a collision, a bleeding wound, a burn, and more.    Next, there are systems in the body that might be in trouble – heart, brain, lungs, stomach, intestines, etc.   Next, there are ongoing health issues for that person – diabetes, asthma, heart condition, high blood pressure, seizure activity, pregnancy, to name a few.   And there is always the presence of a scary problem – someone choking.

trouble breathing

Someone needing first aid can occur suddenly

Where does someone need First Aid?

When you think about your day, imagine how many environments you are in per day – and first aid could be needed at any of them!

  • the lobby of a business building
  • someone entering as you exit the grocery store
  • the lunch counter / coffee shop
  • parking structure / pedestrian walkways
  • bookstore / department store / office supply store
  • picking up your child from school
  • and the BIG ONE – your HOME – where everyone is spending lots of hours doing all kinds of activities
first aid when you need it

Medical urgencies can require first aid

Who will need First Aid?

You are most likely to give care to someone you love.   But you are also at work, at venues of organizations you belong to, out in public recreation and garden sites, walking in your neighborhood – so you might assist unknown members of your community!

4 out of 5 cardiac arrest occur in the home, actually.

bleeding arm

Get trained to know how to handle an injury

Here are the 5 Steps to First Aid:

  1. Recognize the emergency.   Does someone look like they’re in trouble?   If so, ask them, “Are you OK?
  2. Call 911 if you think you should.   Remember, you don’t need their agreement to call EMS (Emergency Medical Services) – 911.   (You only need their agreement to touch them
  3. Ask them questions in case the situation escalates to unconsciousness.    “Are you allergic to anything?   Are you on a medication?
  4. Be kind and calm.   Your compassionate and gentle smile, your reassurance that they’re “going to be OK” is a type of care!    Kindness and reassurance is “care”.   You might reduce their blood pressure or ease their frightened breathing.   You can do a lot to soothe thei fear.
  5. Be a Steward of the person.   Some folks have old, incorrect ideas about how to handle a problem – such as, “give him some brandy” or “lift her up and put her on the couch”.    Nope.   Do.   Not.  Do No Further Harm is the key.   Step in and say, “No.  Don’t do that.   It can hurt them.

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Have a Summer CPR Party

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Have a Summer CPR Party

What IS a Summer CPR Party?

Well, are there people that you love?   Yes?   Oh, then you should HAVE a CPR Party!

As you know, the 2-hour certified CPR class teaches people two main things

1) what to do if someone is choking and

2) how to correctly do chest compressions for someone unconscious and not breathing – as you await the arrival of 911.

A CPR Party is YOU gathering together your family and friends for the 2-hour class.  As the 16-yr experienced Instructor, I arrive with my 3 sizes of mannequins and teach a great class for you.   II am EasyCPR-Denver because I make class smooth, focused and with fun humor.  After class, you have a fun social time, a party!   A cook out?   Playing games?    Telling jokes to each other?

cpr party 1

2-hr CPR certified course followed by a PARTY!

Student stories I’ve heard – both good and bad

I’ve been teaching CPR and Babysitting CPR youth classes (age 11+) for 16 years and, WOW, have I heard a lot of stories!    Students like to share things that have happened in their family or to friends and neighbors.    I think it’s great!   Everyone in the class learns from the story that’s been offered.   Sharing stories adds to retention of the skills they’re learning!

The topic is choking?   I am told choking stories.

The topic is difficulty breathing?   I am told breathing stories

The topic is injury due to falling?   I am told falling/impact stories

Story examples:

“my uncle choked one time and…”

“my little sister climbed in the dryer to hide…”

“my mom fell off a ladder and…”

“my grandma could hardly breathe and we…”

“my neighbor’s house had a gas leak and…”

Most stories have happy endings – but some don’t.

My eyes grow huge when I’m told things like:

my mom dug her fingers down my little brother’s throat when he was choking”  (You don’t do that!)

my friend told me you punch a hole in the throat if someone can’t breathe” (You don’t do that!)

my uncle had chest pain so he went for a long jog”  (You don’t do that!)


Are you ready?

So, there is an emergency at your home…    Are you ready?

Have a CPR Party to become trained and confident.    Nothing matches that feeling.

Is your babysitter or nanny more trained that YOU are?    Are your teens trained?    Do you know what to do if someone chokes?    While everyone can choke, the people who choke most often are little kids and senior citizens.   What if grandpa chokes?

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You will be GLAD you got trained in CPR!

How does it work?

Why do you do compressions?   How does it work?   WHY does it work?   How does it help save a life?    Do you give the person breaths – or not?

I’ll be happy to tell you!   

I make class enjoyable and full of information and

skills practice that is easy to learn.   

It’s !

How you host a CPR Party:

  • Pick a date for the 2-hour class – I reserve that date for you.
  • I send you a link to send to your invitees so they can register/pay in advance. That way, class starts/ends on time.   (Minimum 6 people, maximum 14)
  • The day of class, everyone arrives and gets trained. Then you have a party!

Everyone feels confident and ready to save their loved ones.

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Tummy Time babysitting tips

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Tummy Time babysitting tips

Tummy Time babysitting tips definitely help youth babysitters keep an infant safe.     And these safety reminders from medical experts are great reminders for parents, too!

At issue is that an infant enjoying tummy time must be continually supervised.    They must be watched in case they begin to fall asleep.    An infant sleeping on their stomach is of instant concern, a safety issue regarding the tragedy of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

Since 1992 when the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)  began to educate the public about how SIDS happens and the best advice on how to avoid a little infant suffering SIDS,  the incidence of SIDS has decreased by 50%.

While that is encouraging news, SIDS remains the leading cause of death in young infants.        It is vital to remember that infants must sleep on their backs, which is why the AAP implemented the “Back To Sleep” campaign; namely, sleep on the back.

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Tummy Time helps me get strong!

What are some great Tummy Time babysitting tips?

Dr. Jay L. Hoecker of Mayo Clinic recommends “at least 20 minutes of tummy time a day”.    The infant can lay on a blanket on the floor with some little toys close by to stimulate activity.   Dr. Hoecker states, “The more time babies spend on their tummies, the earlier they might begin to roll over, crawl on their stomachs, crawl on all fours and sit without support”.   They are developing muscles in their head and neck, shoulders and legs.   It’s all good!

Another great tip comes from the WEBMD site.     They recommend “move to the level” of the infant.  “Getting down on the ground and doing face-to-face encouragement will reassure a baby that he can did it and it’s OK”.

Use plastic mirrors.   A little infant might enjoy lifting her head (developing those muscles!) to look at their reflection in the mirror.   Lots of fun!

Involve a sibling.   Engaging the older child to join in the fun is a great idea for both ages.    As I remind my babysitting class students, two great rules when babysitting are

a) prevent injury and b) stay in the same room with the children.    Tummy time is a safe time for everyone.

Sing or tell a story so everyone enjoys themselves.   I urge my babysitting students to explore their own talent, their own creativity.    Can you tell the story or sing the song with “flair”?   Pull out your acting talent!

Never leave an infant alone during Tummy Time.

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Tummy Time makes me happy!

Not Too Hot – Tummy Time babysitting tip  states this advice, “Make sure your baby does not get too warm while sleeping.   Some researchers suggest that a baby who gets too warm could go into a deeper sleep, making it more difficult to awaken”.    Again, the issue is SIDS.

Extra tips for parents

Pacifiers also have been linked to a lower risk of SIDS.

Having the infant sleep in the same room with the parents (but not the same bed) has also shown to reduce the risk of SIDS.

Does the parent smoke?   Oh, no…   Exposure to secondhand smoke doubles a baby’s risk of SIDS.


The family dog might help tummy time be fun!

Click on this YOU TUBE clip for a gentle look at dog and infant together


As always, STAY SAFE!

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Jean Lesmeister, 15 year Babysitting CPR, Adult CPR & First Aid Instructor

American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI)

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