‘Tis the season for family get-togethers, cooler weather, shorter days and the long anticipated holiday season. However this time of year is also synonymous with germs, runny noses, colds and even the ever-dreaded influenza virus! Mama in the Now is excited to offer our readers a way to protect your child this cold/ flu season from being unnecessarily exposed to germs. (Website and coupon code listed below)
Even before we had an immune compromised child I never was able to subscribe to the school of thought that babies should be exposed to germs to build their immune system. There is plenty of time and opportunities for their immature defenses to be hardened, once they start preschool, kindergarten and after the rest of their little bodies have had a chance to grow bigger and a lot stronger.
While the babies are little, fragile and have very sensitive immune systems it is our responsibility to protect them from all the viruses and colds that we can. In my book there is no such thing as “just a virus” or “an innocent cold”. Every child reacts differently to these germs, and some of the reactions can be rather scary and downright life threatening.
However, protecting our young is not always as easy and simple as dipping them in hand sanitizer and wrapping them in bubble wrap from head to toe. Sometimes it is necessary for Mama Bear to come out and show how fierce she can be, all in an effort to keep her babies safe and out of harm’s (aka germ’s) way.
Well, as a new, or even a veteran mother, just how do you ensure that your child is not exposed to unnecessary germs? How do you protect them from exposure to illnesses when you are out in public?
We all know that babies are people magnets. There is just something irresistible about a little baby laying defenseless against the germs of the universe in their stroller. It is as if the baby screams out “stranger, please come touch me! Grab my hand and rub your dirty fingers over my clean soft cheek!” – only to drive parents insane and fill them with the bone chilling fear of “what germs was my child just exposed to?!”.
Thankfully there is a subtle and polite deterrent on the market, something that allows you to gently decline a stranger’s unsolicited handling of your child.
Please check out Kind Signs sold at www.mamabears.com! These 4”x3” silicone stroller and baby carrier signs alert strangers that their germs are not welcome around the baby. The signs’ saying “Your germs are too big for me. Please don’t touch” is straight to the point, but without hurting anyone’s feelings. They inform the toucher that this baby is off limits and to go touch someone their own size!
The signs come in pink, blue or a warm orange. The bear face-shaped sign is very durable and can easily be washed off with warm water.
We used these signs when our immune compromised child was an infant, baby and young toddler. I would find a way to strap them to his baby carriers and strollers. Now I just wish that he would wear one as a necklace to preschool, and especially to kindergarten next year.
We have since also used them with his younger (and immune healthy) brothers – all with great success. I also give them to all my new mommy friends for their shower or as a baby gift. The signs are also all the rage in the medical community, especially for children with immune system, heart and respiratory issues.
I love this product and can stand behind the quality and effectiveness whole heartedly. We are actually still using our originally purchased sign from 2009. They do not wear out and the message never gets old – unfortunately.
I am so excited to let you know that Kind Signs has created a special offer just for Mama in the Now readers. Please go to www.mamabears.com and enter MN13 during check out for a 25% discount off your entire order. The discount code is valid for a year and can be used as many times as you would like.
Kindly share this review and offer with all your friends – your recommendation may just spare a child from dangerous viruses or bacteria.
Please note that this review and coupon offer are not generating any monetary compensation for Mama in the Now. I just feel strongly about this product and the importance of the message – especially for children with medical issues.
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