New Addition to the Family

Take great care at home with your precious little ones. Watch them like a hawk. They can get into so much trouble if you don’t protect them each and every day. Child proofing is a big deal to me given that my son almost drowned a few years ago. Most municipalities require fences around a backyard in-ground pool for good reason. This doesn’t apply to the inflated type, but don’t kid yourself—something can happen here, too.

There are also issues in the house given the number of household cleaning products most families possess. Most have toxic chemicals unless you buy the new green versions which I recommend. Be sure to lock closets (don’t forget the garage) if they do contain any dangerous that could harm a child if it is ingested or turned on, as with an appliance. I know that a vacuum cleaner has crevasses and holes that trap little hands. When on, the suction can inhale little toes. Don’t clean when your child is present so that he will learn inadvertently how to start the machine.

A child’s hands could also be burned in the toaster or caught in the mixer attachments. It is not always about drinking bad stuff. They put their heads in the toilet, looking for frogs, so be sure to keep the lids closed all the time. Every cupboard, nook and cranny contains the possibility for harm. It is as much a problem inside as out. The point here is to keep your eyes open. Teach your older children to do likewise.

Speaking of the vacuum, I have to tell you that it died a miserable death when it became clogged with shedding pet hair from Ian’s new puppy. While the little fellow is adorable and a great companion for my son, he is also a bit messy. The vacuum couldn’t be cleaned as the hairs got stuck in the motor. Now it falls on my shoulders to select a new one, but should it be upright or a canister model? Help me out. What is most cost effective, most compact, and most efficient on any kind of furniture or floor? I don’t know much about it as I inherited the old model. I thought it was going to be guesswork, until I discovered The Vacuum Challenge.

Just considering the dog hair problem, I think I should opt for the canister type as people say they are quite powerful and versatile given all the attachments that come with it. I can use the crevasse tool for the sofa where the pillows meat the back. Doggy hair seems to love this particular spot. I can change to a brush tool for the wood floor to scoop up any debris and others for drapes and carpets. I want an all-around perfect vacuum so it will be the last time I have to splurge. A good vacuum can run up to five hundred dollars, but to justify this expense, they come with 7-year warranties.