Baby Safety Month
September 2012

September is Baby Safety Month, sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This year, JPMA is helping educate parents and caregivers on the importance of safely using second hand, hand-me-down, and heirloom baby gear.

In these tough economic times, parents are pinching pennies anywhere they can. A new nursery can cost as little or as much as you are willing to spend. Whether by choice or necessity, parents are increasingly buying second hand products. From garage sales, auctions, thrift stores or friends and family, parents are finding ways to cut costs on baby gear.

If you are on a tight budget, buying second hand is a good alternative, however it is vital you follow a few basic rules to ensure you aren’t compromising safety for price.

Most importantly, err on the side of caution and safety and use your best judgment when buying second hand baby products or taking hand-me-downs. If you are unsure of the safety of any used baby product, it's better to buy new.

Raising a bundle of joy takes care and knowledge to ensure the first years are happy and healthy. It’s important to know how to properly use any juvenile product, new or used, including cautiously following product instructions and using keenly attuned instincts when caring for baby at all times.

There is an abundance of material available today for parents and caregivers looking for safety information regarding juvenile products. This year’s Baby Safety Month campaign and the information contained on this Web site provide insight into the safe selection and use of second hand, hand-me-down, and heirloom products.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to read through the safety tips, and a special section just for retailers provides ideas and helpful hints for promoting Baby Safety Month in-store. We invite you to celebrate Baby Safety Month 2012 and Take A Second Look At Second Hand Baby Gear.

WeMakeItSafer

JPMA would like to acknowledge WeMakeItSafer for supporting this important campaign and providing a portion of the safety guidelines included on this site.