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Baby Equipment List

by Guest
Posted August 4 2010 02:40pm

Choosing baby equipment is an important but dizzying task. Today’s parents typically buy and receive a lot of new furniture and equipment when they have a baby, and it is important to be aware of safety standards, regulations, the possibility of product recalls, and the warnings of safety hazards.

This list will help you with choosing furniture and equipment for your baby. In the following sections you will find each of the products listed below briefly described, followed by the product’s purpose, use, and possible hazards. Each introduction will be followed by the do’s and don’ts of choosing that product, and the do’s and don’ts of using that product safely. The equipment described appears on its own page for ease in printing and taking with you when shopping for your baby equipment:

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Playpens

by Guest
Posted August 4 2010 03:03pm

 

Playpens and play yards provide babies with an enclosed space for playing or napping. Playpens are usually stationary, whereas play yards are designed for portability, whether that means moving them within the home or folding them for travel. Some play yards also feature change tables, bassinets and a playpen.
 
Countless playpens have been recalled for safety reasons. Children have died due to the sides of playpens that have fallen and trapped their necks. Check for recalls before choosing to purchase a playpen or play yard, even if the pen or yard is a new product.

If the playpen has been recalled, stop using it right away. Stop using a playpen or yard as soon as the child first attempts to climb out. Find out if the company will replace the playpen or fix it. If the playpen cannot be fixed, throw it out.
 
Choosing a safe playpen:

  • Choose a playpen that has a mesh or mosquito-type netting; the openings in the mesh should not be bigger than 6 millimetres or ¼ inch.
  • Follow the product instructions for use every time. Do check to make sure the playpen has not been recalled before you purchase it.
  • Choose a playpen with a manufacturer’s label listing when, where, and by whom it was made. 
  • Choose a playpen with top rails that lock automatically when lifted to set up the playpen.  

Playpen safety:

  • Supervise your baby when he is in the playpen.
  • Make sure the sides are securely locked in the upright position at all times. Do not leave your baby in the playpen with one side down—your baby could become trapped and suffocate.
  • Follow the product instructions whenever using the playpen and check for weight and age restrictions.
  • Remove any bibs or anything tied around your baby’s neck before placing him in the playpen, because these items can become caught and pose a choking risk.
  • Remove toys strung across the playpen as soon as your baby can push up on his hands or knees. He can become caught in these toys and choke. 
  • Stop using a playpen as soon as your child attempts to climb out.  Do not use a playpen that has large openings, rips in its mesh, loose parts or padding that does not fit snugly and firmly.    
  • Don’t put large stuffed toys, pillows, thicker mattresses or thick comforters in the playpen. These items can suffocate your baby.

 
 

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Baby Bathtubs

by Maxine
Posted August 4 2010 02:43pm

Portable baby bathtubs can make bathing a baby easier and more fun for Mom, Dad and baby. They can be placed in a sink, in a regular bathtub, on a counter or kitchen table, or even on the floor. Never leave your baby alone in the bath, even for a minute. When your baby is in the bath, keep a hand on her at all times to keep her safe.

Once your baby can sit up, usually at about six months old, you should no longer bathe baby in a bathtub that is small enough to fit into a sink. Move your baby to a slightly larger model.
 
Choosing a safe baby bathtub:

  • Choose a baby bathtub with an internal slip-resistant mesh sling, cradle or contour to prevent baby from slipping.
  • Choose a baby bathtub with a smooth, overhanging rim to allow for easier carrying. 
  • Choose a baby bathtub that has a large drain with an attached plug for quick emptying.

 

Baby bathtub safety:

  • Turn off the hot water first when filling the bathtub, and make sure that the baby does not touch the hot water spigot.
  • Swirl the water with your hand this will even out any hot spots of water. 
  • Test the water’s temperature before placing your baby in the bathtub. The water should feel warm, not hot; then place your baby in the bathtub;
  • Stay with your child at all times; a baby can drown in as little as 2.5 cm (1 inch) of water.

 

Caution

Don’t buy or use a bath seat or bath rings. Both items are dangerous. They pose a drowning risk.
 
We do not recommend the use of baby bath seats. Organizations such as Health Canada, the Hospital for Sick Children and Consumer Reports all ask that parents avoid bath seats and bath rings.

A baby can drown in as little as two and a half centimetres (1 inch) of water. Babies have fallen over and drowned when the suction cups on the seats did not stick to the bathtub or they slipped through the leg openings. These things have happened even when parents were in the room.  

 

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Stationary Activity Centres

by Guest
Posted August 4 2010 03:05pm

 

Stationary activity centres resemble walkers without wheels. They are made of moulded plastic, with a circular frame, a rotating, high-backed seat recessed in the center, and a surrounding flat tray with a variety of attached toys. They can be adjusted to different heights to grow with your child.  Babies can use them as soon as they can sit up independently, usually between 4 to 6 months of age. By 12 to 15 months, your baby will have outgrown the centre.
 
Babies like to jump and bounce when they are in activity centres. If the centre tips over, your baby could be hurt or trapped under it. The stationary centre allows your child to stand with support, making her taller and more stable than she really is. This means she can reach up and out to grab at things she ordinarily would not be able to. Never leave your child unattended in a stationary centre. Watch your baby closely at all times.
 
Choosing a safe stationary activity centre:
 

  • Choose an activity centre that is appropriate for your child’s weight and age.
  • Choose an activity centre that is sturdy, with a solid, flat base. 
  • Choose an activity centre with comfortable, soft fabric edging on the sides and legs of the seat cushions. 
  • Choose an activity centre with well-designed, well-secured toys for little hands. 
  • Choose an activity centre with a seat that swivels smoothly, without hitches. 
  • Don’t choose a used activity centre if possible. Used centres may not be safe.

 
Stationary activity centre safety:

  • Stay with your child while she is in the activity centre.
  • Use the centre according to the product instructions.
  • Keep the activity centre away from areas where your child could fall or be accidentally struck, such as stairs, doors and windows, lamps or electrical appliances, and sharp corners on tables.
  • Check the toys on the activity centre and check the centre itself before placing your baby in it. Make sure there are no sharp edges, broken hardware, or loose or broken pieces.

       
 

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