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How to Select Safe Clothes for Babies

The choice of outfits is nowadays abundant. Kids' fashion is no exception. However, the problem of finding high-quality and, even more important, safe clothes for children still exists. How to purchase items that won't bring you trouble? Here are some recommendations.


A Reliable Store

When it comes to the choice of clothes, finding several brands that can be trusted is a surefire way to never experience disappointment from the purchase, be it online or offline. One can find for baby clothes at https://thetrendytoddlers.com/pages/baby-girl-clothes or other favorite resources and be always sure of the quality. A respectful brand understands its responsibility towards its clients, thus, they will select only reliable suppliers ensuring the quality they promise to their buyers.

What is more, purchasing from a reliable shop, you will know which terms of delivery and return/refund policies to expect. So, positive experience from buying outfits is no less important than the clothes you buy.

Safety Comes First

However, purchasing outfits for babies even from the most trusted retailers, it is crucial to remember about safety. Here are the concerns to pay attention to:

  • For children younger than 3 years old, clothes should not have accessories and tiny items that can be torn and swallowed. Remember, choking is one of the greatest hazards for your child. Even if you have by accident acquired an outfit with a small accessory, tear it yourself so that not to endanger your child.
  • Check the quality of prints and painting of an item. Unfortunately, even the most trusted store can be let down by defects in the process of production or any other unexpected circumstance. So, before putting a new outfit on your baby, check if the textile won't impact or color the skin. Also, make sure that prints are reliably placed. Otherwise, your curious baby may tear some of its parts and swallow.

  • Bright colors should be chosen if you love strolls. With active children, the only way to ensure that you will sleep at night is to spend a lot of time outside. Of course, buying a black or gray jacket, you will facilitate the process of washing for yourself. However, a yellow or orange one will save your nerves while you are staying out late in the evening.
  • Forget about tight pants and sweaters. Well, your baby will definitely look trendy in tight jeans. However, are you sure that such pants will let your child move? Such a restriction can not only prevent from activities on the playground and in the park but also endanger your baby. Let your little one grow a bit older for such fashionable solutions.

This is great that there are so many outfits for children. First of all, there is no need to wash them often. Buying several more items, washing stops being an ordeal. Besides, dressing a baby in trendy clothes is one of the hobbies of contemporary parents. Make your choice wisely and stay safe!

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Culture

Black Wall Street: The Story of One Black American Superhero

Like so many millions across the globe, I deeply mourn the loss of one of our greatest real-life superheroes, Chadwick Boseman. To pay tribute and homage to him, my family rewatched his amazing performance in Black Panther. T'Challa was one of Boseman's most important roles both on and off the screen, as his portrayal of the heroic warrior and leader of the people of Wakanda inspired viewers of all ages.

Re-visiting the futuristic city of Wakanda on screen caused me to reflect on how Blacks in America once had our own version of Wakanda: Black Wall Street. Black Wall Street was the name given to the wealthy, thriving, Tulsa, Oklahoma neighborhood of Greenwood in the early 1900s. The nearly 40 square-block neighborhood had more than 300 businesses and over 1,000 homes, including several stately mansions. Like Wakanda, Black people in Greenwood built their own hospitals, schools, theaters, newspapers, churches, and everything needed for their community to flourish.

Tragically, he lost everything he built, as did the entire district of Greenwood, in the largest, government-sanctioned race massacre in U.S. history.

With only 42 years separating the moment Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves and Greenwood's founding, the amazing feat of Blacks building Black Wall Street is something that required supernatural acts of real-life superheroes the likes of which we see onscreen in Black Panther.

One of these real-life superheroes and leaders of Black Wall Street was my great-grandfather A.J. Smitherman, owner and editor of the Tulsa Star. The Tulsa Star was the first daily Black newspaper with national distribution and was a source for Black people to stay informed about issues affecting them throughout the US. A member of the first generation of Blacks born free in the late 1800s, Smitherman attended La Salle and Northwestern Universities. After receiving his law degree, A.J. began his career in community activism, politics, and the newspaper business.

A fearless leader in the Black community not just in Tulsa but throughout the nation, he dedicated his life to empowering his race in all categories of life in every way: morally, economically, physically, and politically. A.J. fiercely and courageously used his newspaper and the power of the press to end a myriad of corrupt operations and develop his community. As one of the most influential founding fathers of Black Wall Street, his contribution and investment in Greenwood was and is immeasurable. Tragically, he lost everything he built, as did the entire district of Greenwood, in the largest, government-sanctioned race massacre in U.S. history.

Unlike Wakanda—the fictional land hidden in the mountains of Africa, mostly invisible to the outside world and protected from foreign threats—Greenwood was exposed. Greenwood was not only visible, but the 11,000 residents and their luxurious lifestyle were a constant reminder to their poor white neighbors across the tracks that Black people had surpassed them in economic empowerment and success. Eventually, the jealousy, greed and contempt for the growing Black economic and political power ignited a horrendously evil act of domestic terrorism by white Tulsans.

A.J. fiercely and courageously used his newspaper and the power of the press to end a myriad of corrupt operations and develop his community.

On May 31st, 1921, thousands systematically looted and burned down Greenwood in a 36 hour-long massacre resulting in the murdering of over 300 Blacks. Thousands more were detained in concentration camps where they remained for months through the freezing Oklahoman winter.

In a recent interview, I was asked what goes through my head when I see the racial unrest taking place today and compare it to what was happening 100 years ago leading up to the Tulsa Massacre. The short answer is that I am incredibly sad. I'm sad for so many reasons. One of the things I am saddest about is knowing that my great-grandfather and great-grandmother sacrificed everything for the betterment and empowerment of their race. And after all of these years, the struggle continues.

I believe that now, more than ever, it is so important to maintain not only our hope but our faith.

A.J. Smitherman's writings in both the Tulsa Star, and thereafter in the Empire Star, a paper he founded later in New York, reveal a man full of hope and ambition to make a difference and contribute to his race and his country as part of the first generation of Blacks born free. He worked tirelessly to this end until the day he died in 1961. Tragically, A.J. died still a fugitive of the state of Oklahoma, having been unjustly indicted by a grand jury for inciting the massacre. This is another point of tremendous pain and grief for me and my family. It is a travesty that he never saw justice in his lifetime, and he furthermore never saw his dream of racial equality.

But perhaps what saddens me most is the fact that I truly believe that in his heart, he still had hope that America was on a path to find its way out of its dark past and into the light of a new dawn. He hoped that the nation would one day become a country where his descendants would no longer be subject to racial hatred, discrimination, and economic disenfranchisement. And I'm certain that he believed the days that Black people would fear being lynched would be long gone by now.

One of the things I am saddest about is knowing that my great-grandfather and great-grandmother sacrificed everything for the betterment and empowerment of their race. And after all of these years, the struggle continues.

I can feel A.J.'s blood in my veins, and I feel a responsibility to carry the torch of the light of hope. I believe that now, more than ever, it is so important to maintain not only our hope but our faith. I'm very grateful for the attention being brought to the legacy of Black Wall Street and A.J. Smitherman. Knowing their story of success and triumph and how it tragically turned to massacre and destruction is vital to insuring history doesn't continue to repeat itself 100 years later.

One thing I know for certain is that building a brighter future will require all of us to summon our own inner superhero, like A.J. Smitherman and Chadwick Boseman before us, and work together to continue to fight for our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.