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Top 10 Questions about Baby Safety

Imagine those tears running down your cheeks as your wonderful child graduates from college. Now imagine those tears coming sooner -- at a not so happy occasion. Imagine that those tears are for the passing of your child because of a safety issue -- or the lack of safety.

Baby safety is so important if we want those tears to be those of joy, not sadness. So many babies are injured or killed because of a little oversight -- something you might miss in your busy schedule. So check out these top 10 baby safety questions and keep your baby safe!

1. Do I really need to "baby-proof" my home?

If you're thinking back to when you were kids, and you rode unbuckled in the back seat of the car, or you ran around the unguarded pool, or any number of things our parents used to let us do -- stop! Times have changed. We know a lot more about safety than we did back then.

So if you don't want your baby to be a victim -- if you want your baby to grow up to be an adult you can be proud of -- then pay close attention to keeping your beloved child safe, so they can grow up. Baby-proof your home, in every detail. The inconvenience it may cause you now will be worth it in the long run.

2. Are baby crib manufacturers regulated?

Baby crib manufacturers are more than aware of safety issues these days. Governments have passed laws, regulating the design of baby cribs and playpens. In the U.S., the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) is the governing body, while in Canada, it's Health Canada.

And the manufacturers have also taken it upon themselves to voluntarily provide many safety features. Baby product makers are as concerned about your baby's safety as you are. But don't forget to do your part, too. There are many baby crib guidelines that you should follow to reduce the risk of injury or death to your little angel.

3. Should I buy a pre-owned crib at a garage sale?

When buying a baby crib, or any baby furniture, for that matter, at a garage sale is very iffy. You don't know how old it is, or what it's been through. If it's more than 10 years old, it definitely shouldn't be used.

If a friend or relative has given you the crib, then you're on somewhat safer ground. The 10-year rule still applies, but if you know it's newer than that, and you trust the information given you about its history, then go ahead. But again, make sure it passes all safety regulations and standards.

4. How long does my baby need to be in a rear-facing carseat?

The back seat is the safest place for babies, even after they've grown. So you should keep them there as long as you can. As far as the rear-facing carseat goes, check your owner's manual for height and weight limits. Those are you best guidelines.

The standard age and weight guidelines put out by the American Academy of Pediatrics for rear-facing carseats, are at least one year old and at least twenty pounds.

5. Is it safe to use a pre-owned car seat?

Guidelines for pre-owned car seats are no different than any other kind of baby gear -- you need to know what they've been through. Unless you're absolutely sure they've never been in a crash, then you definitely shouldn't use them. Once a baby car seat has been involved in a vehicle accident, it's rendered useless.

Other than that, you need to know how old it is (follow the 10-year rule). There should be a manufacturer's label with the date it was made. If you can't find one, don't take a chance. It also has to pass all regulations and standards.

As we said, be sure! It's not worth taking a chance -- this is your baby's welfare we're dealing with here.

6. Which car sear is the safest?

You can't really pick any particular car seat that's the safest. They all have to pass the same regulations. So, in effect, they're all safe.

What you need to look for is the one that's most compatible with your baby, and your vehicle, because that's where you'll find the most difference. Also, look for one that you're not going to have difficulty in using. You can choose from many fine car seat manufacturers, like Century, Graco and Eddie Bauer, to name a few.

7. Is it safe to put my baby in a jogging stroller?

Jogging strollers are a great invention. With your busy life, it's great to take your baby out for some fresh air, and get your exercise at the same time.

Jogging strollers are recommended for babies from six weeks old to five years old. They're made to be versatile, providing the best comfort for the baby and the parent.

8. Is it safe to wrap my baby in a blanket?

While your baby's sleeping in a crib, you shouldn't use blankets. But when you're taking them out, they need to be warm. So now, there's another great invention that's come around as a mother's helper -- safety blankets.

There are a number of manufacturers of these useful blankets, like Safe T Sleep, and Kiddopotamus. They're specially designed for use in carseats, but can be handy anywhere. They keep your baby warm and comfortable, and because your baby loves to be cuddled, they sleep better.

9. Are baby walkers safe?

The American Academy of Pediatrics emphatically says baby walkers are dangerous. They base this on the fact that 14,000 babies end up in hospital every year, with injuries suffered while in baby walkers. And, since 1973, 34 babies have even died. Although that's a low number over the years, you wouldn't want your baby to be one of those, would you?

If you choose to use a baby walker, then you need to keep a close eye on your baby. Remember, just because they can't walk, it doesn't mean they can't get around twice as fast in a walker. Make sure all openings to stairways are blocked with safety gates.

Some of the injuries that occur with baby walkers are pinched fingers and toes, burns, poisonings, and drowning. Although it seems unlikely those types of injuries can come from walkers, those are the facts gathered from statistics. So again, if you think baby walkers are ok, follow the guidelines very carefully.

10. Can I use a safety gate between a wall and an iron railing?

Safety gates are another wonderful invention that really help a lot in keeping your baby safe. Most types are standard and fit between two walls.

However, not all stairway and door openings are standard. There are safety gates available for these places, but you need to take special care that they're installed according to the instructions, and that they're secure at all times. Don't use pressure-mounted gates.

In Conclusion

There's really no question about baby safety. It's your responsibility as a parent to do everything you can to create a safe baby-proof environment. That's a parent's greatest gift to their baby.

The baby safety industry is growing, with a full line of products that help you keep your baby safe, from newborn, to growing children.

There are some sad statistics that have motivated governments and manufacturers to provide the safest products possible. If you don't want your baby to be one of those statistics, then take advantage of the wide array of baby safety products available on the market today.

Remember, you love your little bundle of joy, and if you want them to grow up into fine adults, then make baby safety a habit.

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