Stuff your Valentine’s Day with Love & Safety!


Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, jump up high.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the sky.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, bend down low.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch your toes.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn off the light.
Everybody say shh!
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say goodnight.
(Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Nursery Rhyme)

Valentine’s Day is here, and what better way to say I’m sweet on you than with a cute and cuddly teddy bear? We want you to SEE the dangers of those cute button eyes that make our fluffy friends seem more lifelike!

•Stay away from stuffed animals with features made of buttons, beads, or other small items that could fall or be chewed off. These small items could become choking hazards if they end up in your child’s mouth.

We may be bursting at the seams with love for our kids, but make sure their stuffed animals aren’t!

•Check the construction of stuffed animals for sturdy and tight seams to make sure that stuffing stays inside. If the stuffing comes out of your child’s teddy bear, it could become a choking hazard if they put it in their mouths.

We may poke their adorable chubby cheeks, but beware of stuffed animals that could poke your child!

•Watch out for wires in stuffed animal paws, ears, tails, etc. Even if these wires are covered with fur, they could still poke through and hurt your child.

Germs love your kids and their stuffed animals!

•Stuffed animals can become full of germs and dust mites fast, so pick a stuffed animal that you can easily wash and dry.

We always want our babies to feel cuddled and loved, especially on Valentine’s Day, but they should be the only one in their crib!

babyvalentine•Never put stuffed animals in your child’s crib with them. Fluffy stuffed animals can become a suffocation danger to your children in their crib.

How Sweet it is to be loved by you on Valentine’s Day!

•Small candy can be a choking hazard for children. Monitor your kids when they are enjoying the sweetness.

•Kids are always in a hurry! Don’t let your kiddo run with a sucker in their mouth. It could become lodged in their throat if they trip and fall.

nutrition•Saf-T-Pops are a safe candy option for children!They have a flexible fiber looped handle for safety and are allergen free. The handle is designed to bend instead of lodge like a stiff stick if a child falls with the candy in their mouth. The loop design is made for a swoop and pull if a child is choking on the candy.

•A small parts tester will help you to know if your Valentine trinkets are a safe size for your child. A toilet paper roll can also be used to identify choke-able toys. Do not let small children play unsupervised with anything that can fit into one of these cylinders.

Spread love and safety this Valentine’s Day! Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kids’ safety. If you have any questions about child safety, feel free to post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225.372.3991.

Co-written by: Haley Taylor, 2016 Spring SLU Intern

Segway to Safety!


burnedhoverboardSome say lazy & unhealthy (we should be getting our steps in), some say great ab workout (the balancing forces you to keep your core tight), some say fun and some say dangerous! Hoverboards are currently the hot buy. Literally…HOT! They may seem fun, but they pose risks! The fun and futuristic devices continue to cause fires and many injuries.

We have several concerns, but our top two are: 1. Helmets and 2. You should be focusing on not getting hit or hitting someone else instead of keeping your balance. The boards are being banned from sidewalks/streets in several areas! If you are looking to invest in a hoverboard, please do your research & make safety your priority! Here are some turn by turn tips to help you and your kiddos stay safe while enjoying your hoverboard!

• Research before you buy a hoverboard.
• Do not buy the lower budget model – these tend to be the models that catch fire!
• Packages, the device itself, or even the charging equipment will be labeled if it has been tested to meet minimum safety standards.
• Also, make sure to purchase with a warranty and notify the manufacturer and distributor of any problems.
• Product safety concerns can also be reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

• Charge in an open area away from combustible materials.
• Avoid leaving the hoverboard unattended while it is charging.
• Have a working fire extinguisher nearby while charging or using a hoverboard in and around your home.
• Do not overcharge the hoverboard or leave it plugged in overnight.
• Do not use imitation chargers.
• Only charge 1 device per outlet.
• Always let the hoverboard cool off after use and before charging.

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• Always read the user guide before riding a hoverboard and operate with the intended use.
• Calibrate board before riding. (To check if calibrated, lift the wheel up and press hand with the footpad. If the wheel is spinning and it is not shaking on you, it is calibrated correctly.)
• Suggested safety gear: a helmet (always!), elbow pads, kneepads, and wrist guards as needed.
• Do not text or operate a phone while riding board.
• Do not use a hoverboard on or near a road.
• Stand in the middle, not too much toe and not too much heel with a wide stance. Always look forward and not down.
• To get off of the board, always step backward not forward.
• If the board becomes very hot with use, discontinue use and check with the retailer about the issue.

Statement from U.S. CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye on the Safety of Hoverboards and the Status of the Investigation:

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kids’ safety. If you have any questions about hoverboard safety, feel free to post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225.372.3991.

Co-written by: Haley Taylor, 2016 Spring SLU Intern

JUMP into Safety!


trampoline-safetySpring is springing, and for South Louisiana that means beautiful sunshine and the kids are JUMPING to be outdoors. Trampolines have become more popular, and with that comes trampoline injuries! This bouncing ball of fun is healthy, but can also present safety hazards if used incorrectly.

Some of the easiest ways to help keep your family safe while having fun on a trampoline are:

  • Read instructions, assemble properly, follow all rules and be aware of hazards.
  • Always use a safety enclosure and make sure it is installed correctly.
  • Make sure the safety net enclosure door is shut or purchase an overlapping entry net.
  • 1 jumper at a time. About 75% of trampoline injuries occur when there is more than one person jumping at a time. Double bouncing was always popular growing up, but it could land you at the hands of a doctor or worse!
  • One size does NOT fit all! A traditional-sized trampoline may not be the right fit. There are smaller child size trampolines for younger children. Refer to owner’s manual for suggested age for use.
  • Children should be supervised at all times while jumping.
  • Make sure any bars or springs are correctly and sufficiently padded.
  • Never jump off of the trampoline.
  • Louisiana heat is NO joke, but do not wet the trampoline, slips and falls are serious issues.

in-ground-trampoline_07What do you think about the sunken trampoline? This is when you dig a hole to make your trampoline flush with the ground. Safety enclosures and padding should still be used! It’s a creative way to prevent falls from an elevated height. Thumbs up to the safety cautious genius who thought this one up!

Do your children jump on a trampoline? Is it a fun and SAFE activity at home or when at someone else’s house? Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kids’ safety. If you have any questions about trampoline safety, feel free to post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225.372.3991.

Co-written by: Donna Theriot, 2014 Spring SLU Intern

My, What Cute Button Eyes You Have!

teddy bear

Will you be stuffing your little sweetie with love this Valentine’s Day? Stuffed animals are so cute, soft, cuddly and sometimes your child’s first friend. However, the cutest things for our babies aren’t always the safest things for them.  We are sometimes so distracted by the cuteness, we don’t read the tags on most toys that read “Hazardous.” Babies’ best friend, can also be their worst enemy!

teddy bear with stitched eyesPay Close Attention!

We all know that babies and toddlers love putting unknown objects into their mouths. As with any small object, parents should observe their children closely and carefully. Some small objects may even go unnoticed by caregivers because they are attached to larger objects (i.e. those cute little button eyes on teddies!). Yes the eyes are attached, but can be chewed or pulled off, posing a choking hazard. Sewn/stitched eyes and nose are a safer option.

“Eye” See a Teddy Bear Recall:

The build-a-bear workshop recalled nearly 300,000 teddy bears in 2011 due to the button eyes on one of their bears. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission the eyes on the bears were loose and they feared that they would fall off easily. Luckily, no children were affected by the recall. There is no need to be afraid of your child’s toys, but there is a need for caution and awareness of the durability and make of the toys. This will help in preventing mishaps and safety scares.

See Build-a-Bear recall here:

Take a peek at this toy safety article we wrote a while back:

Take a tour through your child’s toys and treasures. How many choking hazards can you find? How many stuffed animals with button eyes do you have? Please join hands with Lexlee’s Kids to help keep your children safe. Feel free to leave comments and questions below. You may also contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-372-3991.

Co-written by: Deonka Birdon, 2014 Spring SLU Intern

20 Baton Rouge Children Leave Spook-a-Rama Safer than When They Arrived

Lexlee with a mom-to-be at the car seat check
Lexlee with a mom-to-be at the car seat check

Lexlee with a mom-to-be at the car seat check

At this weekend’s safety event at Gerry Lane, we were able to help 20 children leave safer than when they arrived! We were also able to educate teens about the importance of safe driving…all while having a spook-tacular time!

“Events such as the Safety Spook-a-Rama held at Gerry Lane are so important because, motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of permanent injury and fatalities in teens,” explained Crystal Pichon, Executive Director of Lexlee’s Kids.

Also displayed at the event: The Lexlee’s Kids Ready, Set, DRIVE! program – designed for teen drivers to learn the negative effects of distracted driving and underage drinking.

A young driver is experiencing driving while using impaired "intoxication" goggles to learn dangers of driving under influence.

This teen is experiencing driving while using impaired “intoxication” goggles to learn dangers of driving under the influence.

“Coupling our young driver safety program with State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive campaign is an excellent way to encourage teens to make safe choices when they are behind the wheel,” added Pichon.

So why does Lexlee’s Kids put such a big focus on these car seat check events?

Because statistics show that 9 out 10 car seats are installed incorrectly in Louisiana – and we want to reduce that number.

“Every car seat we checked on Saturday needed corrections or to be completely replaced because of expiration, recalls, or incorrect fit,” explained Lexlee Overton, Injury Attorney and Founder of Lexlee’s Kids.

A child safety seat set up in a 2014 Chevy Impala to show proper seat installation. Remember, parents, infants must be rear-facing!

A child safety seat set up in a 2014 Chevy Impala to show proper seat installation. Remember, parents, infants must be rear-facing!

“We know it’s a scary statistic, but one definitely worth repeating: automobile collisions remain the leading cause of unintentional death for children,” Overton reminded.

It’s all about saving lives, and thanks to our sponsors Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, Gerry Lane  and State Farm Insurance, our program is able to make a difference in the community!

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Do you Need a Reminder that your Baby is in the Vehicle?

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Is it crazy? Does it happen? Well, you may think it’s nuts, but it does happen! Children are forgotten in vehicles, even more so in the summer! It doesn’t mean they are bad parents…it means they are human! The mind is a machine and even YOU CAN FORGET! So instead of saying this is crazy and this could never happen to me, take a moment to read and say a prayer for the families it has happened to.  Never in a million years did they imagine experiencing such pain and sadness over losing a child.

Because it does happen Baby Reminder was created!

The Baby Reminder app reminds you not to forget your baby in the vehicle. You simply set the day and time intervals in which you are usually driving your children. Baby Reminder will automatically monitor and determine when you are driving and when not. An alert reminding you not  to forget your baby in the car will be sent shortly after you arrive at your destination.

Example: If you drive your child every weekday around 8AM and again around 4PM, you can set the app to monitor from 7AM-9AM and 3PM-5PM, Monday to Friday. Baby Reminder will monitor and send you an alert when you arrive at your destination.
Features: *Easy to use. *Add multiple events per day. *Easily edit or delete events. *Set monitoring to repeat on specific days and time intervals. *Also possible to start/end the monitoring manually by pressing the green/red balloon. However, it is recommended to set the times and days in advance. *Baby Reminder continues to monitor and will alert (according to user’s scheduled times and days) also when in background.
*GPS Required.

From what we have seen the app is great! You should not solely depend on the app, but it serves as a great back-up reminder. Better safe than sorry. The cutest little baby giggle sounds off a few minutes after you have stopped driving. ~Lexlee’s Kids

Tips to help you remember that you have precious cargo on board:

  • Never leave a child alone in or around a vehicle, not even for a moment!
  • Put something you will need on the floorboard in the back seat of your vehicle (phone, purse, briefcase).  Secure the items, so they do not become projectiles.
  • “Look before you Lock”, get in the habit of checking the back seat before leaving the vehicle.
  • Keep a photo of your child in the front of the vehicle.
  • Set alarm reminders on your phone, at your desk and have someone call you to check and see if you made it safely to drop your child off.
  • If you see a child left in a vehicle, get involved!  Call 911, if the child looks hot, sick or unconscious get them out quickly as possible.

If you have questions or comments about vehicle and passenger safety, post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-372-3991! Thanks for reading!




Summer Recalls are on Fire!


Summer fun calls for safety! Don’t find out about a child product recall because your child is hurt by a product on the list. Make this a summer to remember for all the right reasons, and stay up to date with those items that could harm your little one.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC’s teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054. To join a CPSC e-mail subscription list, please go to Consumers can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC’s Web site at

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kids’ safety.  If you have questions about child product recalls or child safety post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-372-3991.

Child Product Recalls Issued by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in May and June are as follows:

June Recalls:

CPSC 06/14/2012 – Kolcraft voluntarily recalls three-and-four-wheeled strollers due to fingertip amputation and laceration of both children and adults

NHTSA 06/13/2012 – Dorel Juvenile Group voluntarily recalls two infant car seat models: IC123FSM (COMFY CARRY) and IC124FSM (ONBOARD 35), because they were lacking the latch attachment assembly which is required by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards

FDA 06/12/2012 – Unilever has issued an allergy alert on pints of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Nougat Crunch Ice Cream: sweet cream ice cream with fudge covered wafer cookies & a chocolate nougat swirl

FDA 06/08/2012 – Best Maid Cookie Company has issued an allergy alert on undeclared walnuts in products

FDA 06/07/2012 – Bay Valley Products voluntarily recalls boxed pasta mix products because they may contain small metal fragments

CPSC 06/07/2012 – California Innovations voluntarily expands its recall of freeze gel packs due to ingestion hazard

CPSC 06/05/2012 – Evenflo voluntarily recalls convertible high chairs due to fall hazard

May Recalls:

CPSC 05/30/2012 – Toys R Us voluntarily recalls Imaginarium 5-sided Activity Center due to choking hazard

CPSC 05/22/2012 – Bicycle handlebar stems voluntarily recalled by Ridley Bikes due to fall hazard. The stems are black and have the words “4ZA Cycling Performance”

FDA 05/22/2012 – Harris Teeter is voluntarily recalling five flavors of sorbet due to possible undeclared milk allergen

CPSC 05/17/2012 – Climbing ropes voluntarily recalled by Porter Athletic due to fall hazard (The climbing rope can slip through the clamp that connects at the top, posing a fall hazard for climbers)

CPSC 05/17/2012 – Aqua-Leisure recalls children’s trampolines due to fall hazard; sold exclusively at Toys “R” Us

CPSC/Health Canada 05/17/2012 – Safety 1st toilet and cabinet locks voluntarily recalled due to lock failure; children can gain unintended access to water and dangerous items

CPSC 05/16/2012 – Five retailers agree to stop sale and recall Tots in Mind (out of business) crib tents due to strangulation and entrapment hazards; one death and a serious brain injury reported. The retailers are, Bed Bath & Beyond/Buy Buy Baby, Burlington Coat Factory, Toys R Us/Babies R Us and Walmart. This is an ongoing recall effort

FDA 05/11/2012 – Whole Foods Market recalling carrot cake cupcakes for undeclared walnuts in Northern California

CPSC 05/10/2012 – Supreme Trading Children’s Letterman jackets voluntarily recalled due to detachable snaps posing a choking hazard; sold exclusively at Dillard’s

CPSC 05/09/2012 – Tender Vibes and Light Vibes bassinets voluntarily recalled by Kolcraft due to fall hazard

CPSC 05/09/2012 – Sportspower BouncePro 14’ trampolines,sold exclusively at Walmart, voluntarily recalled by Sportspower Limited due to fall hazard

CPSC 05/08/2012 – Severe neck injuries prompt recall of Banzai inflatable pool slides manufactured in China by Manley Toys, Ltd., in cooperation with Wal-Mart and Toys R Us (Resulted in the death of a 29-year-old mother and several other significant injuries)

CPSC 05/08/2012 – Girls’ “Goddess” hooded sweatshirts with drawstrings voluntarily recalled by LANY group due to strangulation hazard; sold exclusively at dd’s Discounts

CPSC 05/08/2012 – Girls’ hooded sweatshirts with drawstrings voluntarily recalled by YMI Jeanswear due to strangulation hazard; sold exclusively at dd’s Discounts

CPSC 05/08/2012 – LaJolla Sport voluntarily recalls hooded boys’ flannel shirts due to strangulation hazard

CPSC 05/08/2012 – M.M.M. boys’ jogging suits voluntarily recalled by Hot Chocolate; waist drawstrings pose entanglement hazard; sold exclusively at dd’s Discounts

NHTSA 05/07/2012 – Dorel Juvenile Group, in cooperation with NHTSA, is voluntarily recalling Cosco Comfy Carry and Safety 1st OnBoard35 child restraint seats; the affected seats were sold without the base and therefore fail to provide the required LATCH attachment assembly (This has already been reported.)

Open Up and Say Ahhh!


If they can reach it, they may try to eat it!  Button batteries have become very popular for children to swallow, most likely because they are readily available in toys or around your house. Even if the batteries are small and are not damaged or leaking, they can pose a dangerous threat. Although small, button batteries can only sometimes be passed through the digestive tract.  Emergency precautions should be taken in all cases. Call the National Battery Ingestion Hot line at 202-625-3333 if you suspect ingestion. If possible, providing the battery ID number can help to determine a treatment plan.  Even the smallest of batteries can cause tissue damage if they become lodged in the esophagus and an electrical current can be formed causing hydroxide, which can burn.

The symptoms of battery ingestion may not develop immediately. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to: vomiting, retching, low grade fever, irritability, abdominal pain, dark or bloody stools, persistent drooling, difficulty breathing if blocking the airway, and rash from a nickel metal allergy. Signs of mercury poisoning are lethargy, excitement, tremors, and rash in the diaper region.  Do not induce vomiting if you suspect ingestion, this can force batteries that have safely passed through the digestive system back into the esophagus.

Similar to batteries, magnets are sometimes swallowed by children and thought to ‘pass.’ Magnets are known to lodge in the digestive tract and require surgery for removal. Do not wait if you believe your child has ingested a battery or magnet. Contact a physician immediately.

To help prevent battery and magnet ingestion, follow these steps:

  • Do not insert or change batteries in front of small children.
  • Recycle or wrap securely and throw batteries and magnets away.
  • Keep products with magnets and button batteries out of reach of children, including:
    • Remote controls
    • Garage door openers
    • Cameras
    • Pen lights
    • Digital thermometers
    • Cell phones
    • Watches
    • Hearing aids
    • Name tags
    • Certain child toys/products


Did you know it’s not Safe to Place an Infant Carrier on the Front of your Shopping Cart?


When you are at the grocery store, you see almost every parent strolling along with his or her infant in a carrier on the front of the buggy.  What if someone runs into your buggy, causing your cart to flip…with your child in tote?!?!  Did you know it is not safe to put your infant carrier on the front of your shopping cart?  This is especially true for smaller carts. Infant carriers may seem to fit perfectly onto the front of a shopping cart, but beware of the false sense of security!  The bottom of most infant carriers are designed to latch onto a properly installed base in a vehicle, not the front of your shopping cart.   Adding the weight of a carrier and baby to the front of a shopping cart alters the center of gravity making it possible for the shopping cart to flip and cause serious injury to your child.  If the cart comes equipped with an infant carrier, the cart may have been designed to handle front loading, but adding your own carrier is not a good idea.  Ask yourself this question, “How much front weight can a buggy handle?”  Yes, the weight is off-set depending on how much weight is in the back of the cart, but unless you complete a mathematical equation before and during shopping…are you willing to take the risk? 

On the front seat flap, some shopping carts indicate not to place your carrier on top of the buggy.  However, people rarely see the warning because that’s where your child, purse or other items are stored.  If the warning is not visible on the cart, try checking your infant carrier owner’s manual, and you may find the warning there.     

So, you are wondering where to put your child while shopping if not on the front of your shopping cart?  Not to fear, many alternatives will make it more convenient and safe to tote your baby while shopping. 

  • Try wearing your baby.  A wrap, sling, swaddle or backpack style carrier may be the perfect option for you to carry your baby, allowing your buggy and hands to be free.
  • Pushing/pulling a second cart with the carrier in the large compartment is the job of an octopus! You can simply place your carrier in the large compartment of your buggy and creatively place your items around baby.   Now this does not allow much room for a large shopping list, but the option is better than putting your child at risk.
  • Bringing a stroller or additional person can be an option as well, but this may not always be possible.

Some parents have expressed concerns about wearing their baby.  “What if I trip, fall and squish my baby?”  Think of it this way, you have just as much chance of tripping while carrying your baby around the house.  The only difference is, while wearing your baby; your hands are free to brace yourself if you fall.  When carrying your baby, the child is likely to go airborne.  Ask any mom or dad, when your child is in danger…you transform in to a SUPER-parent!  Your natural parental instinct will be to brace, tuck, roll and hold on to your child before landing on your baby or letting them fly.

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kid’s safety!   If you have questions or concerns about child safety, post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at (225) 372-3991.

Throw me some Safety, Mister!

iris  and tuck's parade

It’s Carnival Time and Louisiana’s doing the Mardi Gras Mambo! For most down South families, Mardi Gras is a culture and season for creating great memories with family and friends. While you are on the parade route, be sure to catch these Mardi Gras safety tips to keep your little prince or princess safe as you Laissez Le Bon Temps Roulez!

• Attend family-oriented parades to assure that kid-friendly fun will lead the way.
• Be sure your children know basic parade rules before hitting the scene: stay behind barricades; do not run between floats, cars, horses or marching bands; do not chase or reach under floats and look out for flying trinkets that could hurt them.
• Park in a well lit area that has been approved for parade parking. Having your vehicle towed will put a damper on your festivities.
• Refrain from seating your little ones on top of a ladder. Unlevel surfaces, large crowds, tipping and slipping hazards are not worth the throws!
• Keep a close eye and hand on your little ones, but designate a meeting place as a backup plan in case your children become separated from your parade party.
• Locate “lost child” stations along the parade route. These stations may be near any Police or EMS stations. Write your phone number on your child’s arm with a marker or on a slip of paper in their pocket. Let your child know that it is okay to share the information with a Police Officer or EMS official if they are lost or scared. Keep a snap shot of your child on hand!
• Make sure your child’s costume adds to the fun instead of becoming a hazard. Have children wear masks on top of their head as a hat instead of over their eyes. Also, be sure Carnival costumes fit correctly and will not become a tripping hazard.
• Parents remember that most items thrown at parades are choking hazards for your little parade goer.  Keep beads, small toys, stuffed animals with button parts and plastic bags out of little hands reach. 

Enjoy the magic of Mardi Gras and join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kid’s safety! If you have any questions about child and Mardi Gras safety tips, feel free to post them here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225.761.7272 or