Parenting Guide: Buying Safe Products For Your Baby
While all the fun and innovative features on baby products can be tempting, the most important thing to keep in mind when choosing these products is safety. There's no better item for your baby than the one that will keep him or her safe. Keep the following information in mind when purchasing baby products.
What Should I Look For On The Packaging?
The first indication of whether a baby product will be safe is the packaging. Your first task is to look for a seal from the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This organization has safety standards that are even higher than those set by the federal government. If you want to streamline your shopping process, you can just go straight to their website at JPMA.org and view a complete list of the products they’ve certified, which includes everything from bassinets to infant carriers.
The packaging will also list the ages for which the product is appropriate. Make sure the ages match up to your baby’s age and check to see if the product includes any small parts or sharp edges that may pose a risk.
What Should I Avoid?
It’s important to keep in mind that, although the products you see for sale have had to go through strict federal safety standards, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are recommended by professionals. For example, many experts believe that baby bath seats are very dangerous. Other professionals advise against using crib bumper pads. Both of these products are very common, but that doesn’t mean you should buy them. Ask your doctor for recommendations if you’re not sure if a product is safe or not.
Another thing you’ll want to avoid when buying baby products is anything that may make your baby susceptible to an injury. For example, you don’t want any baby toys that have a string or cord which could get lodged in the baby’s throat. Cribs or car seats with sharp edges could also potentially cause an injury to the baby. Look over a product carefully before allowing your baby to use it to make sure that it’s 100 percent safe.
How Can I Find Out About Recalls?
Despite the strict safety standards required of every product by the federal government, many baby products still end up being recalled once parents start using them at home. It’s important to stay up-to-date on what products are recalled so that you don’t end up using an unsafe product.
To find out which products are being recalled, check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website at CPSC.gov. They compile a complete list of recalled products along with important information, like the when and where the product was sold, why it’s being recalled and the steps the manufacturer is taking to remedy the situation. You can also sign up for baby product recall email alerts through the CPSC website.
What you’ll need to do in response to a recall depends on the manufacturer. Some offer full refunds to customers while others provide a safer product as a replacement. Use the CPSC website to gain more information about what steps you need to take to replace any recalled products that you own.
Searching through the thousands of baby products for sale can be quite overwhelming. However, if you know where to look for information about safe baby products, the task can be much easier. Use the resources provided in this article and talk to your baby’s doctor to find out more about which products are the best for your baby’s safety.