Product safety + how to find recalls
As a parent there is nothing more important than your child’s safety. But how often do we miss important information about the dangers of products or recalls on products that do not make it into your line of sight? Here are some important facts about infant safety, product safety and how to find product recalls!
Product recalls are more common than you may expect! The scary part about that is we don’t always hear about them unless it goes viral on social media or is blasted on the news. And I don’t know about you but I rarely watch the news! If you don’t know how to find product recalls, your best resource is the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They have a list of all the products with recalls you can reference any time. This list is great because it encompasses all consumer products, not only those specific to children or infants. It is also extremely user friendly. It is searchable so you can find specific products or brands if you have questions. I also will sometimes search the words “kids”, “infant” or “toddler” to see what children’s products pop up!
Your other great resource will be searching and or contacting the makers of your major products, for example, bathtubs, strollers, high chairs or bedding. The company will have notices for these products readily available to you. This route is more tedious and time consuming, however, which is why it is all the more important to register all of your products with the makers when you purchase them so you will be notified immediately about any concerns or product recalls.
Identify risky products
If you don’t know where to start when looking for products that could potentially be at risk, think about the following basics: choking, head support, fall risks, and sleep safety. These are some of the most common hazards, so when you are shopping for a product or putting it together at home, think about any ways your child can put something in his mouth, climb out or not be supported enough, sleep suffocation risks, and appropriate strap and buckle supports. These are great places to start, but of course recalls can be for anything so it’s good to keep an eye out in case any major findings you may not realize come to light. For instance, I recently saw children’s pajamas on the list due to lacking a flame retardant treatment. This is something I would never think to look for!
Read and follow instruction manuals
I know this sounds obvious, but how many times do we put together a product and think “it’s obvious how to do this, I don’t need instructions“? 🙋🏼♀️ I know I have at least once or twice. But in all seriousness, this is how we risk safety. Reading instructions for proper use of a product, especially when it includes buckling instructions for your child, is imperative. Always be sure to follow the protocol and fasten buckles and belts properly every time to ensure your child’s safety.
If you’re looking for more safety info a great resource is the the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. They have great tips and information to keep your kiddos safe!
You got this, mama! 💪🏻
Have you purchased any products for your kiddos that were recalled? What resources did you use to find out? Let me know in the comments below! 👇🏻