There is something that we as a community of families that we are failing to share or communicate to other families. I see the recalls, I see the news, I see the social media posts and I see another tragedy. A tragedy that could have been avoided. When it comes to baby proofing and safety, here are the 3 safety measures we need to be doing when we become parents.
There was a recall of dressers from a major furniture chain. The reason for the recall – the furniture could tip over and crush children if they aren’t anchored to the wall. Not anchoring televisions, dressers, chest or furniture in general is something that we as parents are failing to do. Furniture and TV tip-overs has been a great concern at Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for several years. According to CPSC, a child dies every two weeks and one is injured every 24 minutes in the U.S. from furniture or TVs tipping over. Buying an anchoring kit should be suggestion when purchasing TVs and furniture or registry must-have item. But until then, please anchor any furniture that may be a hazard to your child.
Have you thought about your blinds or curtains? Window cords are often missed when baby proofing. Window cords are a hazard for babies, toddlers and young kids. If possible, replace their window coverings that have exposed or dangling cords, which can pose a strangulation hazard to babies, toddlers and young children, with blinds and shades that are cordless or have inaccessible cords. Buy a blind cord winder if you are unable to replace blinds. Move all cribs, beds, furniture, and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall. When you are purchasing new window coverings, look for the “Best for Kids” certification label.
Improper car seat
Did you know that that 3 out of 4 car seats are not properly installed according to a 2014 report American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report. Most parents aren’t strapping the harness or the car seat too loosely among other things. Here are some other common car safety mistakes you could be making. It’s a good idea to get someone to double-check your that your car seat is installed correctly. Try any one of these options:
- Check with your local police or fire station; most will do a safety check for you for free.
- Find a car seat inspection station near you through the NHTSA directory or call 866-SEAT-CHECK.
- Keep in mind that only a certified car seat safety technician is likely to be up-to-date on all the latest recommendations, so for peace of mind search for one in your area through the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Program.
Wife and mother of twins. Founder of Pride & Joy Baby Planners and The Expecting Mamas Network.