/24-7/ -- Every parent waits with bated breath for children to reach those critical developmental milestones, whether it's rolling over, crawling or taking those tender first steps. Then watch out, because baby is on the move and exploring everything in sight with zealous abandon. To help parents ensure their home provides a safe environment for their little ones this New Year, Evenflo Home Safety Made Easier and renowned safety expert Alison Rhodes are launching the Evenflo Home Safety Makeover Contest.
"Home is where babies and children grow, play and explore, so it's essential to provide a secure home environment for little ones," said Alison Rhodes, The Safety Mom. "I've partnered with Evenflo and the Home Safety Makeover Contest to encourage parents to take action to make their homes safer in 2010. Even a few simple 'baby-steps' can help keep little ones out of harm's way and provide parents peace of mind."
From December 1, 2009 through January 15, 2010 parents can enter the Evenflo Home Safety Makeover Contest by telling their story, in 500 words or less, about how they would benefit from a home safety makeover in the New Year at http://www.evenflo.com/homesafetymakeover. The Grand Prize winner will receive a home-safety consultation by Alison Rhodes, Evenflo baby gates and other home safety products (valued up to $2500) tailored to their home and family's needs. In addition, five other lucky winners will receive an Evenflo Symphony65 car seat, valued at $199, to help baby stay safe when travelling away from home.
As we approach the New Year, here are some easy tips for parents to help make their home environment baby and child-safe:
• Always anticipate the unexpected and stay one step ahead of your little ones. Armed with pad and pencil, get down on your hands and knees, and record all the potential hazards you see from a child's-eye view.
• Consider children's ages and stages. Baby proofing is not a project you can do once and forget about it. Be vigilant; continuously monitor your baby's developmental stages.
• Know the danger "hot spots." Baby gates can provide safety zones within your home where you can keep a close eye on baby, while resting assured that he or she isn't in harm's way.
• Don't wait to baby proof your home. Keep safety at the top of your mind when creating a baby shower registry; add gates and home safety products to the wish-list.
Evenflo is committed to "Safety Made Easier" for parents and provides safety products, including gates made for every home and every lifestyle. For the official Home Safety Makeover Contest rules and more information on Evenflo's Safety Made Easier products, including tips and a simple tool to find the right gate for your home and family, visit http://www.evenflo.com.
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