After purchasing a baby product, it’s important to register it with the manufacturer or selling company if possible. Filling out the card or registering on-line may seem like an inconvenience, but this action provides a means for your child’s protection. Product manufacturers will then have a means to send out notices of baby product recalls to any person who is registered with that company as a product owner.
Baby Product Recalls: A Real Concern For Parents
It’s also always a good idea to do some of your own research about a baby product’s safety. Even as important as preliminary checking is, parents with busy schedules may skip this step, assuming a product is safe with little or no checking. It makes sense to stop and really think about the product, while considering how a baby or child might get hurt. We’re not talking about going overboard here, just common sense. Babies are small beings that like to stick things in their mouths, so obviously small and sharp objects a high on the list of dangers. Exterior surfaces that can peel off or be absorbed into the babies skin or body opening is another cautionary item. Some of these surfaces may be hazardous.
Thankfully, the vast majority of baby products are safe. If there are potential dangers to a child, cautionary language typically is displayed on the product or its packaging. Nonetheless, invariably a limited number of products will have have safety concerns. Some of them being downright dangerous. It’s a numbers game, with thousands of baby products in the marketplace from all over the globe, some are bound to have problems.
Good news awaits! Have some piece of mind knowing there ways to minimize purchasing a product with safety concerns. Saferproducts.gov, administered by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, maintains a database of harmful or potentially harmful products, including baby product recalls. This agency provides an internet search tool allowing consumers to find incident reports and recalls for baby related items. The website provides basic and advanced search screens to search either broad categories, or to zero-in on a particular product.
Becoming familiar with this government website search tool does not take long. The potential benefits to your child’s safety are well worth the several minutes it will take to understand how the tool works. We’ve inserted the word “baby” into the tool, as a filtered search criteria. You can see the results of this search here or click the USA.Gov logo to the left.
As noted above, please be aware that this website search tool also supplies other ways besides entering “baby” into the search field as we’ve done for you above. Notice that there are several different categories for baby and child items. First-Time-Parent.com provides this link as a convenience to its readers. We hope this resource is helpful to you.
Report Your Own Product Safety Experiences
Notice that the above search included both baby product recalls and consumer reported incidents (shown as “reports”). Searches can be performed for just recalls or reports. You, the baby/child product consumer, can become a part of the product safety solution. If your child has been harmed by an unsafe product, or if you think a product is unsafe, you can report it to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission here. The online form takes an average of about 10 minutes to complete. It even allows for the uploading of pictures to better illustrate your submission.
Infant and Child Car Seat Recall And Safety Information
Here’s a scary fact: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSC), most people think they’re using the right car seat, but they’re not. With so many infant car seat choices on the market, no wonder there is still quite a bit of confusion about the correct type of seat for babies and young children. The NHTSC recommends using a rear facing car seat for all babies and young children for as long as possible, since this is the safest setup. Generally, this means the child should stay in that seat until the maximum weight and height is reached, as recommended by the manufacturer. This can be all the way through the toddler years. Car seat recommendations by general type for all childrens’ ages and sizes from the NHTSC are here.
Rear facing car seats come in different styles: Infant only, convertable, and 3-in-1 car seats. The last two types usually allow a child to remain in this rear facing position longer because of the higher limits for height and weight. Infant car seats are made only for babies. One advantage to this type of restraint device is that many of them can “click into” and attach to a specially designed stroller. This way a sleeping small baby will not have to be detached and woken up when transferring him or her into the stroller or removed from the car. The entire car seat cradle is removed, while the base stays behind attached to the car.
To find out how to properly install the various types of infant and child car seats, the NHTSC’s safecar.gov website has a series of installation videos here.