Friday, October 02, 2009

How to Make Sure Your Baby Equipment is Safe

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) protects the public from serious risk, injury or death posed by consumer products. Here are several of their suggestions for purchasing safe baby equipment and products:

  • Baby Strollers or Carriages: should have a wide base to prevent tipping and the stroller's breaks should securely lock the wheels. If you're transforming the stroller into a carriage, make sure leg openings can close to prevent your baby from falling out. Make sure the stroller's shopping basket is directly over or in front of the rear wheels to ensure stability.
  • Toys: you should have a meticulous eye for any strings that might get wrapped around your baby's neck or detachable pieces he or she can choke on. Rattles should also be sturdy enough to withstand being dropped or struck so they do not break. Toys should not be left with your baby while he or she is sleeping.
  • Cradles: must have a sturdy bottom and wide base for stability. The cradle should have smooth surfaces, free of protruding staples or other hardware that can injure your baby. The cradle should also have strong legs and locks to prevent it from folding while your baby is inside. The CPSC also suggests using a firm mattress that fits snugly inside the cradle.
  • Car Seats: automobile crashes are the leading cause of death for children in the United States and installing your car seat properly is crucial. Read the directions and practice installing your car seat before your baby arrives. Also refer to your car's owner's manual to see if any other guidelines are provided. Make sure your car seat appropriate for your baby's weight and height.

For more information about product safety, visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Website or call them at 800-683-2772.