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Alison Rhodes, "The Safety Mom"

National Child Safety Expert, Alison Rhodes, “The Safety Mom,” is one of the country's leading child safety authorities, providing tips and advice to parents on a broad range of issues facing all children - newborns to teens.
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Baby Equipment Safety Check

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  • The changing table should have safety straps and drawers and shelves that you can get into easily to get everything you need without having to leave your baby.

  • Your bath rings or seats should have suction cups that are securely fastened and can attach themselves to the surface of your tub without slipping. Even with a bath ring or seat, remember never to leave your child alone or with a sibling while in the tub.

  • Gates should have too small an opening for your baby's head and a pressure bar or other fastener than can resist your child's weight and pressure. Do not use an accordion style gate.

  • Your baby's high chair should have waist and crotch restraints independent of the tray, a tray that locks securely, a wide and stable base, caps or plugs on the tubing that your child will not be able to detach, and, if it is a folding high chair, an effective locking device so that it won't collapse with your child in it. As with all the restraints on your baby's seats, stroller, and other equipment, make sure that the high chair restraints are easy to buckle, and use them at all times.

  • If you have a hook on chair, it should have a restraining strap, a trustworthy clamp for locking onto the table, and caps or plugs on the tubing that your child can't detach. Never place the chair where your baby can push off with their feet, and don't leave your baby unattended while in the chair.

If any of your baby equipment does not meet these standards, find out if the missing or unsafe parts can be replaced or if the breaks or cracks can be repaired without creating a new hazard. Usually, the answer is no.

For more information about product safety, visit the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission Website or call them at 800-638-2772.

 

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