By Samantha Edwards
Spring means warmer weather, flowers begin to bloom, and spring cleaning! The spring season is a great time to take a look at what you have and get rid of what you do not need. Many grandparents donate or sell their old household items and products their grandkids have outgrown during this time. However, KID wants you to be aware that you may have recalled products in your home that could be dangerous if other families brought them into their homes. You can check recalls at http://www.cpsc.gov/. You can also check recalls when you’re on the go at www.kidsindanger.org on your smartphone. Check out our “ditch this, get that” list below to keep your family and others safe this season.
Ditch this: Drop-side cribs
Get that: A crib that meets standards
In December, 2010 the CPSC approved new standards for cribs. These new standards included the banning of drop-side cribs citing 32 deaths in a ten-year span. If you own a drop-side crib, get rid of it and get a crib that meets the improved standards.
Ditch this: crib bumper pads
Get that: A firm crib mattress with tight-fitted sheet
Bumper pads continue to pose a threat to infants. Bumper pads have 3 main safety hazards: suffocation, strangulation and choking, and fall. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that soft objects and loose bedding (including bumper pads) be kept out of cribs. A firm crib mattress with tight-fitted sheet are the only things that should be in a crib with baby.
Ditch this: Walkers
Get that: Stationary activity center
Walkers account for over 2,900 hospital emergency room visits a year. Children can be injured in walkers by falling down stairs and reaching and grabbing things that were meant to be out of their reach. To avoid this risk, buy a stationary unit instead, which has all the benefits of a walker, without the same amount of safety hazards.