But what other product safety features should you be looking for when shopping for your child? Here at BizChair.com, we’ve put together a few simple guidelines to assist you with the selection and use of your child’s toys and furniture. We hope they help you ensure not only your child’s safety, but your own peace of mind.
Safe Cribs: The crib you select for your child should be in excellent condition. Watch out for missing, broken, or improperly installed screws, brackets, or slats; sharp edges and loose pieces may pose serious safety hazards. The slats should be a maximum of 2-3/8’’ apart to prevent a baby’s body from accidentally slipping through. Corner posts should be no more than 1/16’’ high to keep from catching on children’s clothing. Avoid decorative cutouts in the headboard or footboard of the crib that could trap a child’s head or limbs. Choose a firm, well-fitted mattress to prevent risk of suffocation from an infant rolling between the mattress and the crib. Click here to view BizChair.com’s selection of crib mattresses.
As families grow larger and budgets tighten, you may consider buying or reusing an older crib. Be warned: federal regulations and specifications for cribs have greatly improved the safety and durability of the latest models. Antique or older cribs should not be used unless they are in impeccable condition and meet the standards above.
Unsafe cribs should not be used under any circumstance.
Safe Playpens: Make sure your child’s playpen is stable and in excellent condition, with no rips, holes, or loose threads that could present a hazard. Mesh-sided playpens should have material with holes smaller than ¼’’ in size, to keep from catching on the tiny buttons on a child’s clothing. The mesh should be securely attached to the rails and the floor plate. Rail covers should be in good condition with no tears or holes.
Check to see if staples were used in the construction of the playpen; if so, ensure that none are loose, missing, or exposed. Side rails must remain secure when upright and locked, or they present a suffocation hazard if a child becomes trapped underneath.
Safe Strollers: Different stroller models may come with a variety of options and safety features.
A harness is a standard safety feature commonly available in a three-point or five-point attachment design. A five-point harness (one that fastens around the waist, between the legs, and over both shoulders) provides the most complete protection. Wearing a safety harness at all times is imperative for stroller safety: most child stroller injuries result from falls.
Foot brakes and/or hand brakes should be tested to ensure they are in good working order. The stroller should be stable and tip resistant, with all four wheels resting evenly on the ground. Watch for any sharp edges or tight places where you or your child may pinch fingers. Plastic safety caps on bolt ends should be checked for security, so that they do not present a choking hazard.
No stroller safety feature is a substitute for adult supervision. A child must never be left in a stroller unattended.
Safe Toys: All toys are not for all children. What may be a suitable toy for an older child could potentially injure a younger child, and should be kept out of reach. Age labels can provide a good starting point for choosing appropriate toys. For children under 3, toys should be unbreakable or durable with no small parts or pieces. If a label specifies that a toy is appropriate for children Ages 3 and up, it may contain small parts that could present a choking hazard to younger children. Parents should use extreme caution with small balls, marbles, deflated balloons, broken balloon pieces, and other objects that may be difficult to remove from a child’s throat.
All toys should be checked periodically for any damage or breakage – unsafe toys should be repaired or thrown away immediately. Toys should be stored away safely when not in use – stray toys can easily become tripping hazards. Toy boxes and shelves should also be checked for safety.
All our manufacturers meet rigorous safety guidelines, and their products adhere to strict regulatory and quality standards. On the rare occasion that a product recall occurs, please refer to our Product Recalls page for further information.
For more information regarding product safety, write to the:
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Washington, D.C. 20207
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