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7 toys for babies and toddlers you can make at home

For very young children, play is a serious business and can bring a lifetime of benefits. As Harvard University's Dr. Jack Shonkoff says: "Play is exploration. Play is trying things. Play is trying to figure out [why] when you do one thing, something else happens. Play is trying to develop a sense of mastery of the world." 

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Expressing and storing breastmilk

Expressing breastmilk is handy if you’re breasts are engorged or you’d like to have some breastmilk for use later. You can express breastmilk by hand, with a hand-held pump, or with an electric pump. Store expressed breastmilk in special storage bags or clean, closed containers. It’s best to refrigerate or freeze after expressing. Check with your midwife, child and family health nurse or lactation consultant if you’re having trouble with expressing.

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Does UV Light Kill Viruses and Germs?

Linda Lee, environmental health expert and chief medical affairs and science officer at UV Angel, says UV light and chemicals like bleach or ethanol are equally effective methods for sanitizing surfaces. She suggests using whatever cleansing method is available to you, but points out that, in some situations, UV treatment can be superior. “For instance, chemical treatment might be difficult for a baby’s pacifier, because the way chemicals work, there’s a residual left behind that continues to treat the surface,” she says. So maybe don’t scrub your baby’s pacifier with a Clorox wipe and then hand it right back to them. Another benefit of UV light over wipes or paper towels is that you create less waste.

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UV Light Sanitizers and Safety

Does ultraviolet light destroy the virus that’s causing our current health situation? That seems to be a question on many people’s minds these days. The answer is that the jury’s still out. A quick Google search will give conflicting opinions. It’s known that UV light destroys other strains of this family of viruses. That’s why some in the scientific community believe it has the same effect on the latest version. Because of this, many people are adding UV light disinfection to their safety arsenal. Let’s talk about that and how Solid Signal can help you with our handy UV sanitizer. But first, let’s look at…

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