4 Your Child: Safety for baby
Redbud Baby Planners, Amanda Harding and Stephanie Zerr, talk about potential dangers for your newborn or toddler and how to keep them safe and happy.
Not all products on the market are recommended for use. Some products should not be used in specific ways. Caretakers should register all gear to be notified in the event of recalls.
“Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib. This includes pillows, blankets and bumper pads.” – American Academy of Pediatrics 10/18/2011
They pose a potential risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment because infants lack the motor skills or strength to turn their heads should they roll into something that obstructs their breathing.
Chicago banned the sale of crib bumpers Sept. of 2011 for that reason.
Based on information from the Consumer Product Safety Commission for 1985 through 2005, researchers found reports from medical examiners and coroners of 27 accidental deaths of children ages 1 month to 2 years, that were attributed to suffocation when they became wedged against a padded bumper or strangulation by a bumper tie around the neck.
Eleven of the infants who died most likely suffocated when their face rested against the bumper pad, 13 infants died when they became wedged between the bumper pad and another object, like the crib mattress, and three infants died when they were strangled by a bumper tie.
Many parents believe bumpers prevent injury from a baby’s head hitting the sides of a crib, or from limbs getting stuck in the slats. And indeed, bumpers were first conceived to cover the space between crib slats so babies couldn’t fall out or get their heads, arms or legs stuck between the bars. But regulations changed in the 1970s and now mandate less space (just 2 3/8 inches—about the width of a soda can) between slats, making bumpers more an aesthetic choice than a safety necessity.
While it is possible for a baby to get an arm or a leg stuck between crib slats, it’s virtually impossible to break a limb by doing so—which means that at most, the experience will be uncomfortable and upsetting, but not life-threatening, until a caregiver arrives to help.
After-market Car Seat Accessories
“Any product that does not come with your car seat or vehicle is considered an ‘aftermarket’ product. It is never recommended that you use anything extra with your car seat without the express consent of the car seat manufacturer.” – CPSafety.com
- Doing so may void the warranty on your seat
- All car seats have been crash tested without the use of aftermarket products
- It is impossible for every seat manufacturer to test every aftermarket product on their car seats
If the product is sold by your specific car seat manufacturer, it has been crash tested on their child restraints and it is okay for use with that specific brand of child restraint only.
One of the most dangerous baby products.
Possible injuries include:
- Rolling down the stairs — which often causes broken bones and severe head injuries. This is how most children get hurt in baby walkers.
- Burns— a child can reach higher in a walker. It is now easier for a child to pull a tablecloth off a table and spill hot coffee, grab pot handles off the stove, and reach radiators, fireplaces, or space heaters.
- Drowning — a child can fall into a pool or bathtub while in a walker.
- Poisoning — reaching high objects is easier in a walker.
- Alternatives – Stationery activity centers or playpens.
Each year from 2004 to 2008, approximately 3,000 children under 15 months of age sustained baby walker-associated injuries (safe kids worldwide)
Between 2004 and 2006, five infant deaths connected to baby walkers were reported to the CPSC. Between 2001 and 2003, there were two infant deaths under the age of 15 months associated with baby walkers. (consumerwatch.com)
- Children in walkers can move up to 3 feet per second!
- Walkers can actually delay when a child walks.
- Walkers can hurt the tops of adults feet and their shins when the child runs into them in the walker.
“Never place Bumbo Baby Seats on tables, countertops, chairs or other raised surfaces” – US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Bumbo
Infants as young as 3 months can fall or escape from the seat by arching backward, leaning forward or sideways or rocking.
They were recalled in 2007.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said that since the recall, at least 45 more children have fallen out of Bumbos that were placed up high.
Seventeen of those babies suffered serious skull fractures.
That compares with 46 similar accidents before the recall, in which 14 babies suffered skull fractures.
- NEVER use a Nap Nanny in the crib, play yard or other confined area.
- NEVER use a Nap Nanny on a table or other elevated surface.
- ALWAYS use Nap Nanny on the floor while supervising your child.
- Do not use once baby can sit up
These were recalled in 2010.
CPSC and Baby Matters, LLC., the manufacturer of the Nap Nanny have received 22 reports of infants, primarily younger than 5-months-old, hanging or falling out over the side of the Nap Nanny® despite most of the infants being placed in the harness.
One infant received a bruise as a result of hanging over the side of the product.
About Redbud Baby Planners
Redbud Baby Planners is Oklahoma’s premier baby planning and maternity concierge business.
Serving the Oklahoma City metro, we strive to fully prepare budding families for the arrival of their newborn.
From private car seat installation instruction, baby gear registry and nursery organization to baby shower planning, we want to make expecting families’ journey to parenthood a relaxing and joyous event.
Amanda and Stephanie are both certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians.