Every parent’s top concern for their baby is to keep her safe and healthy. Hundreds of baby products are recalled each year because they pose a danger to your baby. Keeping abreast of these product recalls is very important to keep your baby safe. Here are some tips to help you stay informed when it comes to your baby’s safety.
First of all, when you purchase a new product for your baby, always send in the warranty and product information card that comes along with it. While this may seem like a time consuming and useless task, it is essential to make sure you get the information you need if a product is recalled. If you fill out this card and the product is indeed recalled, you will be contacted by the manufacturer with the recall information. Additionally, if a refund or replacement part is provided for the recall, you will get the chance to receive it. If you do not fill out this information card, there is no way for the manufacturer to know that you own their product.
The next step in making sure you stay current with baby product recalls is to check periodically for recall notices to see if anything you own has been recalled. You can check baby product manufacturer websites, or even news websites and search for product recalls. This can be fairly time consuming, however. An easier way to find up-to-date recall information is to visit a baby supply store. Baby stores such as Babies R Us post current product recall information, along with the necessary information needed to obtain the replacement parts, if applicable. Sometimes repairing a hazardous product is as simple as removing a portion of it. These recall notices will tell you exactly what needs to be done and you can easily find all of the most recent recall notices all in one place.
Keeping informed about current product recalls is only the start of keeping your baby safe. Another thing to consider is when you buy used items. If you are considering purchasing baby products at a yard sale or consignment store, make sure to specifically research that product to see if it conforms to current baby safety standards. Most cribs and car seats, for instance, that are more than 10 years old are not going to be considered safe for babies by today’s stringent standards. Do your safety research ahead of time so you are sure not to waste your money.
Keeping current on baby product recall information is very important for the safety of your baby. Do your research, check periodically for product recall notices, and always fill out the information card that comes with new products, and you will be doing everything you should to make sure your baby’s products are safe.