As new parents, we often want to provide the best possible environment for our little ones. We buy all sorts of baby products, from car seats to baby mattresses and from strollers to cozy bedding sets, without realizing that some of these items could be dangerous to our newborns. In this article, we will discuss five baby products that could pose a risk to your baby’s safety:
1. Soft crib mattresses and loose blankets
Soft crib mattresses and loose blankets may seem like a cozy place for your newborn to sleep, but they can be dangerous. Soft bedding increases the risk of suffocation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Babies should sleep on a firm crib mattress covered with a fitted sheet and no other bedding.
2. Infant walkers
Infant walkers may seem like a great way to help your little one start walking, but they can be dangerous. Walkers can tip over easily, causing your baby to fall and get injured. They can also give babies access to dangerous areas, such as stairs or hot stoves, that they might not be able to reach otherwise. Instead of using a walker, encourage your baby to practice walking with your help.
3. Crib tents
Crib tents are designed to keep babies from climbing out of their cribs, but they can also be dangerous. The mesh sides of the tent can pose a suffocation risk if they come loose and cover the baby’s face. Additionally, if the tent is not installed correctly, it can collapse and trap the baby inside.
Co-sleepers are designed to allow parents to sleep close to their babies, but they can also be dangerous. Co-sleepers that attach to the parents’ bed can pose a suffocation risk if the baby gets trapped between the mattress and the co-sleeper. Additionally, if the co-sleeper is not installed correctly, it can collapse and trap the baby inside.
5. Baby swings
Baby swings can be a great way to soothe a fussy baby, but they can also be dangerous. Swings that are not properly secured can tip over, causing the baby to fall and get injured. Additionally, babies can slide down and get trapped between the swing’s frame and seat, posing a suffocation risk.
In conclusion, as parents, we want to provide the best possible environment for our little ones. However, we need to be aware that some baby products can be dangerous to our newborns. Soft crib mattresses and loose blankets, infant walkers, crib tents, co-sleepers, and baby swings are just a few of the products that parents need to be cautious of. When it comes to choosing baby products, always prioritize safety over aesthetics. Remember to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and never leave your baby unattended in a swing, stroller, or car seat.
As cigarette smoking is increasingly being linked to lung cancer, not to mention a whole host of other health complications, a new form of using e-cigarettes also known as vaping is gaining popularity.
Vaping is essentially the inhalation of the vapors produced by an electric vaporizer or an e-cigarette. The vapors are produced from certain concentrates, herbs, or e-liquids.
Vaping requires the use of a vaporizer which is an electrical device that consists of a main console, an atomizer unit, also known as a cartomizer, cartridges, and a battery. The electrical impulse from the battery heats up the liquid placed in the atomizer and converts it to fine vapor which can then be inhaled.
E-liquids are usually made with a propylene glycol base and vegetable glycerine base and are used in e-cigarettes. They may or may not contain nicotine in them. In general, e-liquids may also be given specific flavors so that the vapors produced when heated in a vaporiser are more pleasant smelling than usual cigarette smoke.
Generally speaking, vaping is considered an alternative to smoking that is relatively less harmless than smoking cigarettes. However, the chances of vaping turning into addiction or leading the user into cigarette smoking are also high, if not carefully monitored.
When compared to the toxic side-effects of tobacco, vaping has potentially lower health risks. Many de-addiction experts may also recommend vaping as a strategy to gradually wean a person from smoking tobacco.
Furthermore, according to some studies, the volume of volatile chemicals exhaled when vaping is less than what is exhaled when smoking tobacco, or for that matter, even breathing in a highly polluted city.
However, similar to the effects of smoking cigarettes, vaping may also have immunity-suppressing side effects.
In conduction vaping, the e-liquid is heated through direct contact via the heating plate.
In convection vaping, the vaping liquid is heated indirectly through hot air that is blown over the surface of the liquid.
Sub ohm vaping uses a coil with less than 1 ohm resistance. Sub ohm vaping is believed to generate a larger and stronger current which in turn can intensify the flavor of the vaporized substance and also enhance the overall vaping experience. However, sub ohm vaping is not recommended for those who are trying vaping for the first time.
In any case, if one is not already a smoker, vaping is not recommended as a practice to be developed as it needs to be done with great caution. Moreover, vaping has its own set of cons and can be as harmful as regular smoking and can have some long-term effects on your health and body. Therefore, vaping is not to be tried by anyone who is doing it for the first time, as if not done properly, it can pose as a danger.
There’s just something about a classic pick up truck. As far as stature and power, the following trucks led the way as far as impressive styling, engine power, hauling and off road capabilities that, no doubt, inspired the design of many pickups on the road today.
Here’s our list of the six most tried and true pickup trucks in history:
When I was a kid, all the cool teens had a Ford Bronco, but those with a limited edition Baja Bronco were king of the road. Why? As far as off-roading capabilities, the Baja offered a powerful 302-cid V8 paired with a C4 automatic, plus drivers got a impressive boost due to the high cut rear wheel wells and flares, which left ample room for huge tires. The Baja screamed daring adventure roll cage and special enhancements made to offer heavy-duty suspension.
Ford longed to take their classic F150 off-road, but it took until 2009 for them to create the Raptor, a pick up that offered smooth driving and handling and four-wheeling on even the most extreme desert terrain. Not to mention, this truck could haul an 8000-pound trailer. No problem! Offered in a SuperCrew cab and SuperCab configuration, the Raptor also featured a 4WD system based on the standard F-150, plus urethane bump stops and internal-bypass Fox Racing shocks, which allowed for smooth-riding suspension over the roughest roads and highest jumps.
More of a conversion kit than a model truck, Napco (otherwise known as the Northwest Auto Parts Company) made up for the fact that 1950s pickups didn’t come in 4WD (opposed from Dodge). So Napco designed a 4WD offered a conversion kit that let Chevy, Fords, and GMC owners get the 4WD power they longed for. By the year 1957, pick up manufacturers finally caught on and began installing Napco Power-Pak 4WD conversions on their assembly line pick ups.
While GM and Ford enthusiasts may have issue with this truck, one can hardly match the ruggedness of the Dodge Ram of the early 90’s with it’s Cummins diesel engine. In fact, you can still witness the impact of this redesigned Ram on many GM and Ford trucks to this day, with it’s “big rig” styling.
Prior to the Ford F-150, the Highboy was king of the Ford pick up empire. A tough-as-nails truck renowned for it’s ultra-rugged driving capabilities on any terrain, the Highboy was named for its sky-high frame and 35-inch tall tires that was inches taller than any Jeep, Dodge, or GM on the market. After 1977, the Highboy was considered a “Lowboy” as it was constructed at least 2-inches lower, which is why the original pre-1977 model is now considered a collector’s item.
When a celebrity race car driver pairs up with an auto manufacturer, sometimes the results can be disappointing, which was sort of the case when Rod Hall collaborated with Chrysler to birth the Rod Hall Signature Edition Dodge pick up truck. Only 33 of these beauties were made, and despite the Dodge Ram 150 base design, bed-mount light bar and driving lights, and slick pre-runner front and rear bumpers, for some reason Dodge plopped in a whimpy 318-cid V8 with only 170 hp. Despite the fact, this truck continues to be a collector’s item among pick up truck buffs.
The pickup truck is synonymous with America. It’s tough. It works hard. And it has no problem getting dirty to get the job done. This is likely why the pickup truck continues to be among the best selling vehicle in North America. Regardless of if you’re part of team Dodge, Ford, or Chevy, you know that owning a truck offers a truly unique driving experience compared to any sedan, small compact, or even an SUV.
Here are our top reasons to super-size your driving experience to a pickup truck:
If it’s room you desire, ignore any desires to buy a sleek, compact car and turn to a pickup instead. Seriously, a recent Chevy Silverado offers ample legroom and cargo space for a comfortable daily commute or road trip because who wants a leg cramp to start the work day. Passengers can literally stretch their legs out in a roomy four full pickup truck with ample room for tools and everything you need.
Perhaps power and hauling capabilities are your biggest concern when thinking about pickup truck ownership. However, believe it or not safety is a huge benefit of pickup truck ownership. positive! Think about the safety features built in to most full-size trucks—you get a caged cab, vehicle stability, safety seatbelt systems, side impact protection, and even trailer sway control already built into your vehicle.
Sure, if you own a pickup truck you kind of open yourself up to helping every single person you know move house. However, when it comes to hauling your own stuff, you can’t go wrong with a pickup truck. Take a truck like the Chevy Silverado for example, you can suddenly haul up to 12,000 pounds no problem thanks to the impressive torque and horsepower. Suddenly your vehicle can easily transition from work truck to off road camping vehicle of your dreams.
If it’s a boost you want, a pickup is your best bet when it comes to the best visibility on the road. The height of a standard pickup truck cabin permits a view over most other vehicles on the highway. Is that a traffic jam 6 blocks ahead? Luckily, you’ll be able to see it and take a quick detour if you drive a pickup. Not to mention, the cab of a pick up offers the driver and all passengers all-round visibility, front, back and side thanks to huge rear and side-view mirrors.
Leading us into the next reason why trucks are such great vehicles.
Putting aside all jokes about overcompensating, there is little doubt that many individuals choose to drive a pickup for the sheer power it offers. While Ford, Chevy, and GM differ as far as horses under the hood, most current trucks offer between 350- to 440-horsepower (hp) if you consider a Ford F-250 or a Dodge Ram.
Pickup trucks represent the American dream. And while car buyers have vered from SUV to sports coupe over the past few years, pickup truck buffs tend to harken to the past when it comes to sticking with their love of the classic pickup truck. Many of the following classic trucks in good condition sell for a pretty steep price among collectors.
Here are four of the most coveted collectible pickup trucks:
Considered neither a car nor a truck, the Bronco was unique as far a broaching the needs of both a car and a truck driver, which explains it’s motto “the best of both worlds”. This cube shaped truck debuted for 1966 in rudimentary form for a mere $2400 (base model). However, it was the impressively wide (at 92-inches) wheelbase that offered serious off roading, smooth highway driving, and extreme towing capabilities in a single vehicle. Touted literally as a sports car with 4-wheel drive, the Bronco was mounted on coil springs and outfitted with a V8 engine that could literally take drivers from camping to off roading while offering the style and comfort of a family wagon. Today, this year range of Ford Bronco retails for $25k plus.
Behold the inaugural Ford F-series pickup. Think of it as the crown of America’s trucking obsession. Considering this Ford series has ranked in the best-selling for decades, many pickup truck owners are still firmly planted in the Ford camp thanks to this very vehicle. If you’re lucky enough to find a 1948 Ford F1 for sale, you can expect to pay upwards of $30K depending on condition and customizations.
Looking at this truck, there’s little wonder that it was originally designed in the early 1940’s for military purposes. However, the Dodge Power Wagon caught on in the mainstream market due to its ability to travel virtually anywhere. The impressive 4×4 capabilities of this truck was so good that it there were no revisions until it was discontinued in 1968. If you spot one, expect to pay $45k or more!
It was called the “Super” for good reason. This high-option, everyday use pickup truck boosted unique interior design with a/c, tach dash, power brakes and steering, headliners, and tilt columns. Plus, the exterior could be costoumize with special paint and trim. Find one and expect to pay up to $30k for a model in good condition with lots of options.