Baby Safety Month: 5 Best Safety Practices for Infant Children
September 15, 2016
This September celebrates the 25th anniversary for Baby Safety Month; a national event that has been sponsored by Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) since 1991. This month-long event works to educate parents and caregivers about the importance of safety issues, and inform consumers about safe selection of juvenile products.
At Storkcraft, safety is our top priority, as we strive to manufacture the safest products for your infant and adolescent children. Now, in honor of Baby Safety Month, we would like to pass on some of our best safety practices that will ensure the safety of your baby.
1. Look for Industry Certifications
It is important to note that all nursery furniture should pass the required, government safety standards, such as the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). These agencies set stringent standards that ensure the products will be safe for your infant children. All products manufactured by Storkcraft meet or exceed CPSC and ASTM safety standards, and we are proud to declare that all of our cribs have undergone additional, rigorous testing (above the standard requirements) to receive certification from the JPMA.
2. Familiarize Yourself Safe Sleep Standards and Crib Safety
Once you have confirmed that your crib has passed all the essential safety standards, there are many other factors that need to be considered before you put your baby to bed. Familiarize yourself with the proper steps that need to be taken to create a safe sleeping environment for your baby HERE
- Use a firm mattress covered with a tight fitting crib sheet
- Place babies to sleep on their backs
- Do not use pillows, blankets, or bumpers in the crib and remove any toys and stuffed animals
- Keep cribs away from windows and long cords
- Baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else
- Regularly check the crib for loose, missing or broken parts
- Do not use a crib with a drop-side rail
- Do not use a crib that is more than 10 years old
Important: Be aware that the limiting factor for a child to use a crib is not weight, but height. The maximum height for a child to use a crib is 35″. Once your child is taller than 35″ they must be transitioned to a toddler bed. The maximum weight limit for toddler beds and daybeds is 50 pounds.
3. Always Use Wall Mounts and Safety Straps
You can never be too safe. Even though our chests and dressers are tested above federal anti-tipping standards, we also include a wall mount and safety strap for further protection against accidental tipping. There have been many news stories and recalls about the tragedies that can occur if the anti-tipping hardware is not used, so it’s crucial that this is not overlooked. Remember to follow the assembly instructions to ensure the wall mounts are installed correctly and securely.
Learn more about anti-tipping at CPSC’s Anchor It! Campaign
Safety straps are important for preventing falls and injuries, as babies often make a fuss when it’s time to change their dirty diapers! A safety strap is included with all of our changing tables, and we highly recommend that you use it during each change, so your baby is safe from rolling off the changing table.
4. Complete and Return Registration Cards
The focus of JPMA’s campaign this month is to highlight the importance of completing and returning registration cards, with their slogan “Baby Safety Right Out of the Box” (read more here). It sounds simple (and it is) but many people don’t complete this relevant step! According to Baby Safety Zone, registration cards are the #1 way to ensure your baby is using the safest products; in the event of a recall, manufacturers are able to effectively contact consumers to notify them and rectify the safety concern. Please do not throw these away and take the time to fill them out!
If you’ve misplaced yours or it was missing from the box, fill out an online registration form on our website: http://storkcraftdirect.com/resources/
5. Baby-Proof Your Home
Once your baby starts crawling or walking, you will need to take extra steps to ensure their constant safety. Before you know it, your child will have the ability to quickly move across your home, and their curiosity can get them into trouble. With that said, it will be important to baby proof your home and ensure that all dangerous items are out of reach.
One of the most effective ways to do this is by using hardware-mounted safety gates to block off doorways and stairwells. Keep your baby confined to one or two rooms at a time so you can keep an eye on them easily.
We have three different styles of gates that come in various heights, colors and materials; allowing them to easily to match any home décor. Read all about Storkcraft Safety Gates and how they keep your baby safe, in a previous blog post HERE.
Some of the ways you can baby-proof your home that are recommended by Baby Safety Zone are:
- Don’t hold your baby while cooking at the stove. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Secure the oven door with an appliance latch
- Put safety plugs or outlet covers over unused outlets or block with furniture
- Hide electrical cords behind furniture or use hide-a-cord device
- Keep blow dryers, toasters, and other appliances unplugged and out of reach
- Keep knives, heavy pots, breakables and other dangerous items locked up or out of reach
- Put locks or latches on accessible cabinets and drawers that contain unsafe items
- Keep trash cans in inaccessible cupboards or use cans with child-resistant covers
- Attach corner and edge guards to tables
Now that you know the basics, let’s see if you can put your safety knowledge to the test with Baby Safety Zone’s Top 10 Hidden Hazards Game! For more information about your baby’s safety, please check our Safety Page
If you have any questions about product safety, feel free to reach out to us on social media.