February 22, 2012
Child Home Safety, Home Safety Tips
crib bumpers, crib safety, crib suffocation, sids
Research published in “Pediatrics” has linked crib bumper pads to at least 27 infant deaths between 1985 and 2005. So it seems that using the pillow like bedding accessory is a thing of the past. The pads can present a real danger to your child and it is said that a bare crib is much safer than using the bumper pads.
Kidsafe recommends that you DO NOT USE BUMPER PADS as they pose a real threat when it comes to suffocation, choking, and falling hazards.
It is recommended that you immediately get rid of bumper pads you may have in your childs crib – as it is proven that they have caused death in infants and serve as a step up for an older child possibly causing a spill from the crib.
They do sell mesh bumper pads which may not present the same danger as the pillow pads - but no research shows that they eliminate the problem of suffocation all together.
Also there is no evidence that shows that a bare crib presents a danger for your baby when it comes to them pushing up against the rails.
All in all, it’s a good idea to remove the bumper pads and place your baby on his/her back when sleeping. Bumper pads, sleep positioners and other bedding create a suffocation risk and may cause the risk of SIDS. Research shows that air flow is a factor in SIDS, and bumper pads can create a risk of mechanical suffocation and reduce airflow in the crib.
So now go – empty that crib, and then enjoy your baby! Crib Safety Products
The staff at Kidsafe
February 17, 2012
Child Safety, Family
car seat, car seat tips, car seats, infant car seat
“According to NHTSA, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 3-6 and 8-14″. So choosing your childs “Car Seat” is very important. And then using it properly after you get it home is imperative.
All 50 states have laws requiring the use of a car seat, and all car seats manufactured today must meet safety standards set by the Federal Government.
Below we have compiled a list of tips to help you with your car seat to help keep your little ones safe:
- Always put your car seat in the back seat.
- Your car seat should not be able to move more than 1 inch once installed in the car. ( If you buy a seat that moves more than 1 inch in any direction – return it and get one that fits your car better).
- Always anchor the car seat/booster seat with the seat belt in the car – using the directions provided by the car seat manufacturer.
- NEVER put a car seat/booster seat where there is an airbag.
- remember when storing your car seat – do not store in a location that will expose it to extreme temperatures. This may cause damaged not visible to the naked eye.
Kidsafe offers some wonderful travel products that add to the comfort and safety of your child when traveling in a car.
Remember to always buckle up – now get out there and hit the road, the adventures awaiting you and your kids are endless!
Best Wishes, from the staff at Kidsafe!