Safeguarding Baby Against Hidden Hazards Throughout The Year
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Posted by: Lauren Schoener-Gaynor
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (January 25, 2017) - Forget those hard to reach New Year’s resolutions. Make your #1 priority this year keeping your baby safe! The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) reminds parents of the importance of properly using any baby product, new or used, including cautiously following product instructions and using keenly attuned instincts when caring for baby at all times.
Did you know that some of the top hidden hazards for baby in your home are actually everyday items? For example, change floating around in pockets or purses may wind up on tables around the house, where curious children may be attracted to the shiny coins and ingest them. A great way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to assign a tray or jar for loose change and keep it out of a child’s reach.
Other hidden hazards include loose carpets that are tripping hazards for unsteady walkers, liquid laundry and detergent packets (they look like candy), hot mugs and pot handles that stick out over the counter, and heavy furniture like dressers and tv’s that can be easily pulled over if not properly anchored.
“Safeguarding against hidden hazards in your home goes beyond baby proofing,” commented Julie Vallese, JPMA Managing Director and mom of two. “It’s about constantly being aware of what everyday items look like to curious climbers who like to touch and taste everything.”
Ideally, the best time to prepare your home for baby is early in your pregnancy before you register so you can include needed safety items on your registry list. For added assurance, be sure to register for JPMA Certified products, which go through an extra set of rigorous testing above the standard requirements.
The best way to safeguard? Get down on your hands and knees and think like a baby! This is a great activity for both mom and dad since males and females tend to look and inspect different aspects of the home and safety measures in general.
Babies at any age are curious and want to touch, feel, lick, smell, and listen to everything and anything they can get their little hands on. Your job is to make him or her part of your home as much as possible. After all, this new addition is not a temporary guest and should be able to safely explore at home.
Consider safeguarding an ongoing process. Monitor your child’s growth and development and always try to stay one step ahead. For more safety tips and information on hidden hazards, visit www.babysafetyzone.org.
“Successful childproofing provides both safety for the child and peace of mind for the parents,” remarked Peter Kerin, owner of Foresight Childproofing and International Association For Child Safety (IAFCS) member. “With a little due diligence or professional assistance you can add safety and reduce stress, creating a happier home for all.”
To learn more about the International Association For Child Safety (IAFCS) or to find a childproofer near you, visit http://www.iafcs.org/
About the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is a non-profit association representing leading manufacturers who make prenatal to preschool products for the North American market. The JPMA serves as an advocate for the industry and is committed to ensuring the safe use and selection of juvenile products. Each September, the JPMA celebrates its Baby Safety Month initiative, heavily promoting the campaign’s messages through its consumer brand, the Baby Safety Zone.
To find out more baby safety tips, visit www.BabySafetyZone.org or www.jpma.org . Follow JPMA on Twitter @JPMA and connect with us on Facebook to learn about additional safety tips and JPMA initiatives.
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