Health & Safety

Tips to keep your family healthy and safe

When days get hectic it's hard to find time to prepare healthy meals or stay active as a family. Gerber Life put quick, healthy recipes and workout routines for you and your family right at your fingertips. We also share tips for helping to keep your family safe, such as how to avoid everyday dangers. Because it's so important to take good care of your family, we hope that our advice for raising healthy families will give you the kind of practical information that can help you do just that.

  1. Foolproof Lunch Ideas For Kids

    Boy Eating Healthy LunchFoolproof lunch ideas for kids have to satisfy two often-contradictory goals: a kid’s taste test and his parent’s “good food” definition. Adding to the difficult mix are websites and magazines with ridiculously ornate foods that more closely resemble artistic sculptures than the basis of a child’s lunch. No one but a Stepford wife would spend hours creating two-story decorative cupcakes that will hardly survive the trip out the door, much less the timeframe between arriving at school and lunchtime. The best advice for any parent is to take the workable ideas and modify them according to the home pantry contents and available lunch preparation time.

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  2. Fire Safety: Be Prepared in Case of Fire

    Fire Safety AwarenessA house fire is one of the most devastating events a family can experience. Fires may destroy your home’s structure, and they can also cause physical harm if members of your family aren’t able to evacuate the building. For these reasons, preparing for a fire is an essential goal in every household. Below are some strategies you can use to prepare your family and home for the possibility of a fire.

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  3. Common Cleaning Products Pose Serious Risks to Young Children

    Child Spraying Cleaning Product on the WindowMany of the most common household products contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful to our children. In fact, according to a study published in Pediatrics magazine, over a period of 16 years (1990 to 2006) more than 250,000 children under the age of five were rushed to the emergency room for treatment after exposure to toxic products. The vast majority of those children were under the age of three.

    Dangerous household products can include:

    • Dishwasher detergents
    • Bleach
    • Toilet bowl cleaners
    • Drain cleaners
    • Laundry detergents
    • Floor and furniture polish
    • Paints
    • Pesticides

  4. Five Easy Weight Control Tips for New Moms

    Weight Control Tips for New MomsControlling your weight with a new baby around can seem impossible, but shedding those final pregnancy pounds is actually easier than you think. To lose fat, tone up, and increase your energy levels, just follow these five easy weight control tips for new moms

    Catch more zzz’s. There’s no such thing as “enough” sleep when there’s a new baby in the house, but you should stock up when you can. Lack of sleep stresses the body, which means you’ll hold on to more fat. To help shed the pounds, nap anytime your baby does – your waistline will thank you.

  5. Five Safety Tips Your Kids Should Know

     Mother Teaching a Boy to Ride a BicycleWe all want to keep our children safe and injury free. You can start by teaching your children these five safety tips:

    Tip #1: Street Safety. Demonstrate how to look left and right before crossing the street. Teach your kids how to use and obey traffic and safety signals, and to walk on the left hand side of the road (i.e., facing traffic). Explain that cars can’t always see them, and that they must be aware of everything around them at all times. Above all, make sure they understand that they can’t play in the street.

    Tip #2: Water Safety. Knowing how to swim is both a fun activity and a potentially life-saving ability. If you don’t know how to swim, consider taking yourself and your children for swim lessons and safety training at a local pool or athletics club. And, never let a young child swim alone. A person can drown or nearly drown in seconds – active supervision is the key to prevention.