September is Baby Safety Month
September marks the beginning of “Baby Safety Month,” a time to raise awareness about infant care and baby product safety. The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) initiated Baby Safety Month in 1983 to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of the safe use and selection of juvenile products. Since its inception, Baby Safety Month has served to educate new parents about potential safety hazards in the home and in public.
Be Proactive in Keeping Your Child Safe
A main goal of “Baby Safety Month” is to emphasize the importance of choosing quality tested products for infants. From car seats and strollers, all the way down to diapers and pacifiers, infants are bombarded by dozens products beginning the moment they are born.
These products may make parent’s lives easier, but damaged or defective baby goods can cause serious harm to infants. In 2003, an estimated 60,700 injuries to children under 5 were related to nursery products in the U.S. (according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission).
General Safety Tips for New Parents
Baby Home Safety
- Baby gates, baby locks, and outlet covers are instrumental in preventing serious incidents and accidents in the home.
- At the very least, place baby gates at the top and bottom of stairs, and be sure that your child’s head cannot fit through the gate.
- Use baby locks to lock all cabinets- especially those containing medicines or chemicals.
- Use outlet covers to protect older babies who have already begun to crawl.
Stroller/Car Seat Safety
- Be sure your car seat is properly installed before using it to transport an infant.
- Never leave an infant unattended in a stroller or car seat, even for a moment. Babies can wiggle themselves out of the straps very easily in some cases.
- Never leave a baby in stroller on an elevated surface.
Baby Sleep Safety
- Follow Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards for crib bedding and avoid co-bedding if possible.
- Experts urge parents never to sleep with their baby in their bed, even though it may be beneficial in bonding, unless they take proper precautions to ensure the baby can breathe properly.
Baby Product Safety
- Put safety over cost when buying secondhand items: used cribs, car seats, strollers, and other safety devices may be damaged or recalled.
- Fill out the registration form that comes with new baby products- this helps the manufacturer contact you in case of a recall.
- Check for child product recalls at SaferProducts.gov.
Contact an Experienced Child Injury Attorney
At Thomas J. Henry, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been the victim of a serious injury, contact our offices. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.