It’s been a little over a year since I started working at KID. Prior to coming here, I knew absolutely nothing about child product safety. Now I feel like I have a much more solid understanding of the field. My friends and family must agree because they ask me for A LOT of safety advice. Here are some of the most common pieces of advice I share with them:
#3: Register your products!
It’s easy, paid for, and the only way manufacturers will contact you in the event of a recall. Learn more about product registration here. If you no longer have the product registration card that came with your product, register your products online.
#2: Do the toilet paper tube test
If a toy fits inside a toilet paper tube, it is a choking hazard for children under three. Also keep in mind that larger toys can have smaller parts that break off and can become choking hazards. Follow age recommendations on toys and nursery products, they are usually set for safety reasons.
#1: Decorate the room, not the crib.
Without a doubt, this is the #1 piece of advice I am always giving to new parents. While a bare crib might not look as “cute” as a decorated crib, it is much safer and can help prevent suffocation, choking, and fall hazards as well as reduce the risk of SIDS. Click here for specifics on what a safe crib looks like.
At KID we love helping people answer their safety questions. If you have a question about child product safety, feel free to email Carson, our current Program Associate, and she would be happy to help.
Lastly, please consider joining our cause and helping us keep kids safe. A donation of any size would be much appreciated and will help us keep kids safe from unsafe products.