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Welcome to Our Caribbean Baby Newsletter!

We thank you so much for your support in the month of July and hope you continue to visit our website daily at www.caribbeanbaby.com for more parenting tips and advice! You can also join us on Facebook and meet other Caribbean parents around the globe on our Live Chat or Blog Cafe. ************************************************************** Summer Holidays are in full swing and many parents are trying to figure out how to keep their kids occupied every day. Here are a couple suggestions. Plan an outing to the beach: Dress your kids in their favorite swimsuits, fill your cooler with lots of drinks, pack your towels and beach mats then head out to your favorite beach for a day filled with fun in the sun and waves…and don’t forget your sunscreen! Head to your local Botanical Gardens: Almost all cities in the Caribbean and around the globe have local botanical gardens or parks that are free and open to the public. This is a great place for your kids to explore your area’s local flora and fauna, interact with animals like birds and butterflies or spend the afternoon eating some rice and peas with brown stew on the park bench. Do some Arts and Crafts: There are many ways to exercise your child’s creativity through arts and crafts. Activities like making a tye dye shirt, finger painting, or making a house out of popsicle sticks will provide hours of fun for your little one’s wild imagination! For more activities that you can do with your children visit www.caribbeanbaby.com/Activities


********************************************************************** Looking for kid-friendly events in your area? Visit our Events Section at www.caribbeanbaby.com/Events to see what’s happening in your area. If you have an event that you would like to post on our website, you can send an email to info@caribbeanbaby.com *********************************************************************** Is Your Child ready for potty training? Your mom may have told you that you were out of diapers by your first birthday; your cousin was out of diapers by his second birthday and your neighbor’s son stopped wearing diapers at age four! Despite what family, friends and even strangers tell you about when to start potty training your child, remember that you know your child best. So let your child take the lead when it comes to this process. Waiting until your child shows interest in using the potty can make the learning process much faster and can boost your child’s ego when it comes to potty training. To read more about signs of potty-readiness, visit www.caribbeanbaby.com *********************************************************************** Tip of the Month During these hot July and August months, remember to keep your children hydrated especially when playing outside. Kids usually have a higher risk of suffering from headaches and even heat strokes as a result of dehydration.    

As a parent, make sure that you: Keep cups or bottles of water handy at all times, especially during outdoor trips. Limit the number of sodas and other caffeinated drinks that you give your child. If your child is attending a summer camp, find out about their hydration policy. Set an example for your kids by drinking a lot of water yourself. ***********************************************************************


Safety Tip of the Month How to treat a jellyfish sting Thousands of families will travel to their favorite beaches in the Caribbean during these holiday months. Apart from making sure that your kids don’t swim out too far, or keeping them between the red flags to avoid the “currents”, the other danger that you need to watch out for is jellyfish. From April to August, the number of jellyfish present in the Caribbean waters is usually at the highest, and it is very difficult to spot these transparent creatures. Unlike the famous Box jellyfish, most jellyfish that are found in the Caribbean are not poisonous; however their sting can result in extreme itching and unsightly rashes. If you are stung by a box jellyfish, seek medical attention immediately! For all other jellyfish stings, you should try to: 

Soak or rinse the area in vinegar or acetic acid for 15-30 minutes. This will help stop the nematocysts (typically found on the tentacles) from releasing their toxins.

If you do not have vinegar available, rinse in sea water or 70% isopropyl alcohol

Do not use fresh water! Fresh water will cause the nematocysts to continue to release their toxins.

Remove tentacles with a stick or a pair of tweezers and wear gloves if you have them available.

To relieve the pain try taking some Tylenol or Motrin

Seek medical attention immediately if your symptoms worsen ************************************************************ Do you have a question, story or comment for our Caribbean Baby Community? Visit our Blog Cafe to share your ideas and connect with other parents around the globe!

Caribbean Baby July Newsletter  

In this month's newsletter you will find tips on treating jellyfish stings, find activities to do with your kids and learn how to connect wi...