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Hook-on Chairs

by Guest
Posted August 4 2010 03:02pm

 

Hook-on chairs attach to the edge of a table and consist of a seat and sometimes an adjustable feeding tray. Such chairs have become popular for families who are dining in restaurants and want to take along their infant or toddler. Parents may keep a hook-on chair in the trunk of their car for convenience.
 
Many children fall from these chairs when the straps are not used. Children can also fall out of hook-on chairs when they come loose from the table. Before putting a child in a hook-on chair, attach it to the table and pull it backwards to make sure it will not topple. Place the hook-on chair so that the child's feet cannot push on the table or other chairs. NEVER leave your child unattended in a hook-on chair.
 
Choosing a safe hook-on chair:
 

  • Check the instructions before purchasing. Not all tables are suitable for use with hook-on chairs.
  • Choose a hook-on chair that includes a waist strap and a crotch strap that fit between your child's legs. 
  • Choose a hook-on chair that locks securely when set up.
  • Check the underside of the feeding tray for rough or sharp edges that could irritate or hurt your child. 
  • Don’t choose a hook-on chair with a seat made of flimsy or weak material, or material that will scratch your baby’s legs.
  • Don’t choose a hook-on chair without testing its harness straps. Try opening and closing the strap with one hand to make sure they are easy to use.

 
Hook-on chair safety:
 

  • Place the hook-on chair so your child’s feet cannot push on the table or other chairs.
  • Use safety straps—including the crotch strap—at all times when using a hook-on chair. 
  • Never  leave your child unattended in a hook-on chair. 
  • Don’t place your child in a hook-on chair without first attaching it to the table and pulling it backwards to make sure it won’t topple.

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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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