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Choosing Safe Baby Gear


Keeping your baby safe once you bring him or her home from the hospital is your top priority. Selecting the safest baby gear products is a crucial 
initiative . These items typically include:


Ø  crib and mattress

Ø  Changing table

Ø  Car seat

Ø  Strollers

Ø  Bathtubs

Ø  Baby gates

Ø  Slings and carriers

Ø  Playpens/play yards

Ø  Toys

Path to improved safety

Choose a firm mattress that matches 
snugly within the crib to avoid gaps. Soft mattresses may play a task in sudden sudden infant death syndrome syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is the sudden and unexplained reason a baby under the age of 1 dies in its sleep. The top of the mattress should be 26 inches from the top of the crib rail.

Newborn bassinets and co-sleepers (bedside bassinets that attach to your bed) are mobile sleeping spaces that ought to 
not be used beyond the baby’s first few months. Never share a bed with your baby because it increases his or her risk of SIDS. By age 3, your child should be moved to a bed.

Changing table: Choose a sturdy changing table. Many changing tables come as table toppers that attach to the top of a chest of drawers. Changing table toppers that are not securely fastened are unsafe. Safety straps keep the topper in place. Using safety anchor hardware secures the chest to the wall and keeps it from falling over on your baby or young toddler. Changing tables that fold are not as secure.

Never leave your baby unattended at a changing table, and keep supplies like diapers and wipes within your reach, but out of your baby’s reach.

Baby bathtub: A bathtub 
made from sturdy plastic that safely supports your baby is best. An angled design helps to boost your newborn when he or she can’t stay up on his or her own. Skid-resistant material on the surface keeps it from sliding. If you've got purchased or borrowed a second hand tub, replace the froth insert if it's tearing. Bits of froth could find yourself in your child’s mouth and become a choking hazard. Never leave your baby unattended at bath time.

Baby gates: Baby gates keep your baby safe from falls down the stairs, into a pool or from entering an unsafe room, such as a kitchen, bathroom, garage, laundry room, or basement. Use a gate with screws and brackets that securely attaches to the wall. Do not use the diamond-shaped, accordion-style gates. Your child can be seriously injured by getting stuck in between these folds. Do not use pressure-mounted gates or prop gates against an area 
. These sorts of gates are often pushed over easily.

These products keep your baby safe, while freeing you up to buy 
or hold another child’s hand. Quality carriers, slings, or wraps made from durable fabric, safety straps, and built for your child’s age, weight, and development are best. Worn fabric and frayed or missing strap restraints raise your child’s risk of a significant fall. Don’t let your child nod off during a carrier, sling, or wrap. It raises the risk of SIDS. As the baby grows, guidelines recommend having the baby face out, instead of in. If you are using a metal frame backpack carrier designed for camping or the outdoors, check to make sure the foldout kickstand stays open when you place the baby on the ground.

Playpens and play yards: A playpen offers a secure place for you to place your baby or young child when a crib isn’t available. Look for playpens or play yards with breathable, nylon sides instead of string netting. The string netting on older playpens can strangle your child if his or her head gets caught within the holes. Check to see that all four sides stay locked in place. This will prevent it from collapsing on top of your child.

Toys: Choose toys designed for your child’s age and skill 
level. New and old toys can pose choking hazards. The directions on the package should provide guidelines about age and safety, like the potential for choking and poisoning. Make sure battery covers close securely to stop your child from putting the batteries in their mouth, which may be a choking and poison hazard.

Things to consider

Many childhood accidents and injuries can be prevented. Talk together with your 
doctor about current baby gear safety hazards. Check product recall websites. Avoid previously owned products, especially items that are 5 or more years old. Well-meaning friends and family might not realize how quickly safety guidelines change.


Notice: Please consult your doctor before following any instruction of

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