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 Although older parents intend to give good advice, their keen sense of child rearing may be outdated.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.