Keeping Up with Baby Product Recalls
No matter how careful you are about buying products for your baby, there is always the chance that the manufactures' will find something wrong with their product and issue a recall. The difficulty is that not all product recalls are widely advertised, so you might not even know that something in your home is unsafe.
Knowing where to find product recalls is important so you can keep your child safe. One of the best places to find product recall information is the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Here you will find an exhaustive list of all product recalls, not just baby items. You can find all the information you need about product recalls at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/. You can also sign up for e-mail alerts on the site to stay current.
If you are concerned about a particular item in your home, you can always check out the website of the manufacturer and their press release page, or send them an email. Generally, if any item your child plays with, on, or in seems unsafe, you should contact the company and express your concerns, as well as try to get a refund.
Additionally, there are some items out there that may not have been recalled, but are unsafe. Older cribs, strollers, bassinets, and car seats should generally be avoided since they don't conform to today's safety standards. Additionally, some clothing items may be made from materials that are flammable, or that give off harmful gasses. Take charge with your baby's safety by finding out what in your home should be returned or thrown out.
There are many other websites out there that are dedicated to bringing consumers accurate and up to date product recalls, and some even offer an e-mail service that will let you know when new products are added. This way you can be sure that you are keeping your child safe and removing a potentially hazardous item as soon as possible.
Ultimately, it is up to each parent to ensure that they are surrounding their child with safe and healthy items, and with some help from various organizations and websites, your home can be as safe as possible.