“Honey, I Lost the Baby in the Produce Aisle!” New Book from Alison Rhodes Coaches New and Expectant Parents as they Prepare to Baby-Proof their Lives

Rhodes provides light-hearted advice, guidance and reassurance on pregnancy, taking your baby home, your first night out without baby, and everything in between
Boston, MA – May 4, 2011 – Course Technology PTR, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of professional, technical and reference materials, today announced the availability of Honey, I Lost the Baby in the Produce Aisle!: The Safety Mom’s Guide to Childproofing Your Life, a practical, step-by-step guide to creating a child-safe environment.

Written by Alison Rhodes, “The Safety Mom,” a nationally-recognized expert in child safety and wellness, this book provides detailed and valuable information for parents and caregivers to help keep their family safe, happy and sane.  Honey I Lost the Baby in the Produce Aisle!: the Safety Mom’s Guide to Childproofing Your Life provides practical tips and advice on a variety of subjects including banking cord blood, preparing the home and everyone in it, traveling, vacations, specific concerns for special needs children, sports and outdoor activities, among others. 

In addition to tips and recommendations, Rhodes also provides “war stories” from the parenting trenches – those toddler mishaps that have happened to almost every parent – which readers can learn from and relate to.  Among the many fun and relevant topics, the book also confronts sensitive, more serious subject matters.  Rhodes’ first child died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and her second son has intellectual disabilities, granting her with the unique ability to speak to the many challenges that most parents can only imagine.

“Accidents are the leading cause of unintentional death for children aged one to 14,” said Rhodes. “Parents are their child’s best safety advocate, but there’s so much information, and misinformation, available that it’s hard for parents to separate facts from fiction. My goal with this book is to provide parents with the most accurate information possible, so that they can make the best decisions for their child. I also want to dispel some myths and old wives tales that aren’t true and can be downright dangerous. As the mom of four children and step-mom to an additional four, I’ve been there and lived through that!”

New and expectant parents and caregivers can expect to come across a lot of information, making it hard to sift through the many “facts” they are faced with. Honey, I Lost the Baby in the Produce Aisle!: The Safety Mom’s Guide to Childproofing Your Life dispels some common parenting and child safety myths including:

  • MYTH: It’s dangerous to have babies sleep on their backs because they could die if they spit up or vomit while asleep – According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the United States Department of Health and Human Services, for healthy, full-term babies there is no greater risk for choking while lying on their back than there is when lying on their stomachs.
  • MYTH: Short falls can’t kill a baby – This myth was disproved by Dr. John Plunkeet in a 2001 article that included the videotaped fall of a toddler from a 28-inch high play set that resulted in the toddler’s death two days later. There is now a growing body of evidence that even short falls can cause death.
  • MYTH: You’re more likely to catch a cold when flying because of the circulated air – An airplane cabin changes its air more often than the air in an office building. The risk of catching something due to air ventilation is only about one in 1,000.
  • MYTH: Children who attend day care will have problems bonding with their parents – In a study conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), researchers found that children in day care settings demonstrated a greater ability to form relationships with peers and adults than children who did not attend day care. In fact, children in day care exhibited more positive interaction with their mothers than did children in other settings.  

For more information or to purchase Honey, I Lost the Baby in the Produce Aisle!: The Safety Mom’s Guide to Childproofing Your Life, or any other title from Course Technology PTR, please visit www.courseptr.cengage.com or www.cengage.com.

About the Author
Alison Rhodes is a family safety expert, consultant, author, blogger, spokesperson and mom.   Her ability to connect with parents in a down-to-earth, uplifting and engaging manner while providing important information has made Alison a popular guest on many national television shows including The Today Show, Fox & Friends, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, CNN International, CNBC Squawk Box and The Doctors. Her newsletter, The Safety Scoop, and blog, The Safety Chronicles, as well as regular articles on popular parenting sites such as Parenting Weekly and Baby Weekly, reach thousands of parents every month with tips and advice that help parents sort through the hype and get to the facts.


About Cengage Learning and Course Technology PTR
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