Many new parents want to know what they can do to help keep their newborn babies safe. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced extensive product recalls on cribs and toys, but there are other factors that come into play than just what you can find on the shelf. Some of the articles reviewed include:
- Fort Lauderdale Fire Department Infant Safe Sleep Initiative Expands Throughout Broward looks at how a community pulls together to reduce infant deaths. It talks about the initiative that the town of Broward is making, and also includes tips for the readers on how to make the sleeping environment safer for young children.
- Is Your Child’s Crib Safe examines sleeping safety concerns in public areas such as hotels and daycare centers. Effective December 28th, new regulations will be put into action to help reduce the crib deaths that occur in these common areas.
- Parenting: Cribs and Other Dangers covers the extensive measures taken by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to continuously examine, rate and recall products that are potentially dangerous for infants and toddlers. It looks at past and upcoming recalls and what makes certain products so dangerous.
- Baby Products Parents Still Need to Watch Out For covers topics that typical recall articles fail to mention. Here, you will find out why products are recalled even with safety stickers attached, and why you should be weary of second hand items.
- Grandparents Flunk Baby Safety Quiz looks at an interesting notion that the advice that our mothers may give us – that which they exercised when we were young – may not be the safest and most up-to-date information. Grandparents often use information that may be traditional, but may not be safe when compared to today’s standards.
- Keeping Up To Date is a commentary exploring some of the conceptions surrounding recall regulations set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. It looks at notions that extend past advertised recall information, providing parents another guideline to help their children stay safe.
There are a number of concerns in connection with safety with numerous products on the market today. Sure, keeping up to date on with the latest Consumer Product Safety Reports is a great start, but there are other dangers that new parents should take into consideration. If you are expecting, or welcoming a new child into your home, here are a few things that you need to think about.
First of all, the advice that your mother or mother-in-law provides may be well intended, but may not be the safe for your baby. Many grandparents utilize techniques that worked for them, which are not up to date. A good example of of this is explained in the article Grandparents Flunk Baby Safety Quiz. Although older parents intend to give good advice, their keen sense of child rearing may be outdated.
Products that are on the shelves may be clearly labeled with recall and safety information, but what about the products that you pick up from second hand stores or are given by friends? In the articles Baby Products Parents Still Need to Watch Out For and Parenting: Cribs and Other Dangers, parents will get useful advice on how to stay up to date on the latest information from the CPSC and apply it to products that they may have laying around the house. They also look at how injuries can occur after household use, which is why when purchasing a product it will not always have particular safety warnings at that time.
Any new parent needs to be careful about bedding and toys that have led to infant deaths. But more importantly, they need to look at the advice they they are being given and products that are already present in the home or bought second hand. By keeping up to date with the latest consumer information, you can ensure your child’s safety.
Many new moms and dads take the advice of their parents when it comes to ideas on how to help a baby to get to sleep. However, according to Lisa Flam from Today’s Moms, the Grandparents Flunk Baby Safety Quiz may begin to change your point of view on accepting outdated advice. According to this article, many grandparents are not up-to-date on current safety standards, and may dish out advice that may not be in your child’s best interest. From bumpers and bedding to how your child should sleep and in what kind of crib, check out this article for current information.
Baby Products Parents Still Need to Watch Out For is an excellent article on ClickOnDetroit.com discussing a very hot topic for parents: product safety. It discusses the relevant point that even though most products have safety warnings, most concerns are not exposed until the product has been used by a number of families and parents. From bedding to Bumbo products parents have a full time job looking at the stuff their children are using and checking them against safety standards presented by the CPSC.
Angela Wang’s article,Parenting: Cribs and Other Dangers, published by the South End Patch looks at a number of different changes and recalls put into place by the Consumer Product Safety Commission over the past few years. Wang also looks at upcoming regulations that will be put into place on current products that are sure to provide better safety standards for unsafe cribs and toys. Many companies do not have to completely recall products that children get injured on, many of them just have to add particular warnings for parents in order to prevent serious injury.
“Is Your Child’s Crib Safe?” is the question examined by WIS staff on www.wistv.com. They aren’t talking about the cribs that are in your own home; they are speaking of those when you are vacationing in a hotel or resort, or when you drop your child off to daycare. New regulations will be enforced on December 28th requiring all public facilities to have child-safe sleeping arrangements to reduce the amount of crib deaths in places outside of the residence.
Fort Lauderdale Fire Department Infant Safe Sleep Initiative Expands Throughout Broward, an article written by Mark Young and published by the BrowardNet, discusses the community initiative that is being made by the fire department and Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies to help reduce the number of infant deaths caused by unsafe sleeping environments. It includes ten tips to help keep your infant safe from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
September was national baby safety month, and while we are concerned for our children’s safety every month of the year, we try to raise awareness in September as well. This week we discussed tips for baby proofing your home, along with a few other important topics.
Baby proofing your home is one of the most important things you will ever do for your child. Face it…no parent can keep an eagle eye on their child 24/7. With September being National Baby Safety Month, we are going to discuss whether your home is baby proofed and give you some tips on how to make it completely safe for your child.
One of the first things that you will want to do when you want to baby proof your home is to examine your baby’s crib. It’s best not to use the drop-down kind, and never use an old crib, as many of them have lead based paint on them. Crib slats need to be only about 2 inches apart, and there should be no toys in the crib. Make sure to move the crib away from windows, and any type of curtains or dangling cords from blinds.
Never leave your child in a bathtub alone, it only takes a few seconds to drown, and you can drown in very little water. Making sure that your hot water heater is turned down is another safety tip that many parents don’t think of. Even if you are careful not to leave your baby in the tub alone, the water can get turned on, and easily scald a child.
These are just a few of the safety measures you can take to baby proof your home, there are many more out there for careful parents to explore.
Drop-down cribs used to be the popular thing for babies; now there are concerns that they are a danger to the very babies that sleep in them. One organization is taking steps to replace drop-down cribs with devices that are safer. You can read about it in Mary-Beth Smetzer’s “State Groups Working To Replace Unsafe Drop-Down Cribs.”