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And what to buy instead to keep kids safe
Yonkers, NY – Not all baby products available for sale are safe to use—last year, 40 percent of all recalls were for kids’ products.
The June 2012 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, highlights 12 baby products that can put babies at risk and identifies safer alternatives parents should use instead.The report also describes how to achieve maximum safety when using items such as jogging strollers, safety gates, and baby monitors.
“Many people think that if a product is for sale in stores that it must be safe,” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. “But that’s not always true. Many widely sold baby products can put your child at risk of injuries or even death.”
Hazardous Baby Products
When you buy a baby product, mail in the registration card that comes with it—for most items, your information won’t be used for anything other than notifying you about safety issues with the product. Here’s a sampling of baby products to avoid – the full list is available in the June 2012 issue of ShopSmart and online at www.ConsumerReports.org.
Infant bath seats are designed to help a child sit upright in a bathtub, but can give parents a false sense of security—they can tip over and babies can fall into the water and drown. Instead, use a hard plastic baby bathtub and never leave your baby unattended or turn your back. Keep one hand on the baby at all times.
Parents should avoid using bumpers, sleep positioners, blankets, and pillows in a crib, which can all prevent a suffocation hazard. Instead, put babies in a bare crib with just a fitted sheet. Instead of a blanket, use a sleep sack or footed pajamas to keep your baby warm.
Choose a changing table that has barriers on all four sides to avoid the risk of your baby falling. Unsecured furniture can topple over and kill a child in an instant. Use antitip straps or brackets to fasten furniture to the wall to avoid tip-over accidents which can result in injury or death.
How to Ensure Safety
Products like strollers and safety gates are safe as long as you use them correctly. Here are some tips to ensure maximum safety.
About Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports is the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually.
Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, website, and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace.
About ShopSmart Magazine
Launched in Fall 2006 by Consumer Reports, ShopSmart draws upon the publication’s celebrated tradition of accepting no advertisements and providing unbiased product reviews. ShopSmart features product reviews, shopping tips on how to get the most out of products and “best of the best” lists.
It’s ideal for busy shoppers who place a premium on time. ShopSmart has a newsstand price of $4.99 and is available nationwide at major retailers including Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart, Borders, Kroger, Safeway and Publix. ShopSmart is available by subscription at www.shopsmartmag.org.
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