Posts Tagged ‘baby safety’

Choosing a car seat for your premature baby

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

This is an exciting moment! Your baby has been discharge from the newborn intensive care unit (also called, NICU) and is ready to go home.

Now you need to make sure your baby gets home safe. The law requires that you use an infant car seat when transporting your baby home from the hospital. However, the federal government’s standard for car seat safety has no minimum weight limit nor does it account for the special needs of a premature baby.

Learn about how to keep your baby safe while riding in his car seat before your baby is discharged from the hospital. Here are few tips that may be of help.

Look for these specific guidelines for car seat safety for premature babies or low-birthweight baby:

  • The car seat needs to have a three point harness system. Convertible car seats with a five-point harness system are also good.
  • Don’t pick a car seat with a shield, abdominal pad or armrest. Your baby might have trouble breathing behind the shield or may hurt his face and neck in a sudden stop or crash. Premature babies have weaker breathing airways, be extra cautious with this.
  • A car seat with the shortest distance between the crotch strap and the seat back is best. Ideally, pick one with a crotch-to-seat back distance of 5 1/2 inches. This helps prevent your baby from slipping forward feet first under the harness. You can also place a rolled diaper or blanket between the crotch strap and your infant to prevent slipping.
  • Car seats with multiple harness-strap slots are also good. They offer more choices than other seats and are better for small but growing infants. It’s best to pick a car seat with harness straps that can be placed at or below your infant’s shoulders.

How to place your baby in the car seat

  • Place your baby rear-facing. Keep your baby rear-facing until she reaches the highest weight and height allowed by its manufacturer.
  • Place your baby’s buttocks and back flat against the seat back. The harness should be snug, with the car seat’s retainer clip halfway between your baby’s neck and stomach. The clip should not be on his belly or in front of his neck.
  • Use only the head-support system that comes with your car safety seat. Avoid any head supports that are sold separately. If your baby is very small and needs more support for her head and body, then place blanket rolls on both sides of your baby.

Other safety tips

  • Recline a rear-facing car seat at about 45 degrees or as directed by the instructions that came with the seat. If your baby’s head still falls forward, place a tightly rolled blanket or pool “noodle” under the car seat.
  • Never place a rear-facing car seat in the front passenger seat of any vehicle.
  • Remember, the back seat is the safest place for all children to travel while in a car.
  • Whenever possible, have an adult seated in the rear seat near the baby in the car seat. If a second caregiver is not available, know that you may need to safely stop your car to assist your baby, especially if a monitor alarm has sounded.
  • Never leave your baby unattended in a car seat, either inside or out of a car.
  • Avoid leaving your baby in car seats for long periods of time to lessen the chance of breathing trouble. It’s best to use the car seat only for travel in your car.

For more information visit Car Safety Seats tips for parents of preemies.

Baby monitors recalled

Monday, November 25th, 2013

angelcaremonitor1large2The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling over half a million Angelcare Movement and Sound baby monitors. These baby monitors include a sensor pad that is placed under the baby’s crib mattress. The cord attached to the sensor pad may put a baby at risk of strangulation if the cord is within a baby’s reach and the cord gets wrapped around the neck.

The recalled baby monitors include the following model numbers: AC1100, AC201, AC300, AC401 AC601 and 49255. The baby monitors were sold from October 1999 through September 2013 in stores like Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Sears, Walmart and more.

If you have the recalled baby monitor, make sure all cords are placed out of your baby’s reach right away. Contact Angelcare to order a free repair kit at at (855)355-2643 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, or visit For more information, visit the CPSC website.

Baby bathers recalled

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

summer-infant-baby-bather-recallThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling nearly 2 million Summer Infant Baby Bathers because of falling and head injury risks. When the bather is lifted or carried with a baby in it, its folding wire frame can suddenly become unfastened from the side hinge, dropping the baby out of the bather. CPSC has received reports of babies who suffered head injury from falling out of these bathers.

The bathers were sold in stores nationwide from September 2004 through November 2011. If you have any of the recalled Summer Infant Baby Bathers, CPSC urges that you stop using the bathers immediately and contact Summer Infant for a free repair kit at (800) 426-8627 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or visit Do not return baby bathers to stores as the retailers will not have the repair kit.

The repair kit includes a locking strap and instructions. However, even with the new locking strap, never lift or carry the baby bather with a baby in it. To learn more about this recall, please visit

Bumbo seats recalled

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

bumbo-seat-1If you’ve been to a baby shower recently or visited a baby registry list, then you’ve probably seen the Bumbo infant seat. These baby seats, made of molded foam, are hugely popular in families with infants. But if you’re one of the millions of people who have a Bumbo, beware.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Bumbo International are recalling over 4 million Bumbo infant seats because several babies have fallen or gotten themselves out of their seats. This happened when the Bumbo was placed either on a raised surface or used on the floor. The CPSC has gotten reports of babies who suffered skull fractures, bumps, bruising and other injuries.

If you have a Bumbo seat for your baby, the CPSC urges you to stop using the seat right away until you get and install a free repair kit, which includes a safety belt. To order the repair kit, visit or call (866) 898-4999 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m EST Monday through Thursday, and between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. EST on Friday.

The Bumbo seats were sold in stores nationwide and online, including Sears, Target, Toys R Us (including Babies R Us), USA Babies, Walmart, and other toy and children’s stores from August 2003 through August 2012.

To learn more about this and other recalls, visit

Child safety locks recalled

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling nearly 1 million Safety 1st Push ‘N Snap Cabinet Locks with model numbers 48391 and 48442. CPSC found that young children can unlock the cabinet locks, giving children access to unsafe items moms and dads keep in cabinets. This can put your child at risk of getting hurt from these unsafe items.

The child safety locks were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond and other retail stores nationwide as well as at from January 2004 through February 2012 for between $2 and $4.

If you have any of the recalled child safety locks, CPSC urges you to remove the locks from the cabinets right away and store dangerous items out of reach of children. For a free replacement Push ‘N Snap lock, contact Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG), Inc. (the company that imports these child safety locks) at (866) 762-3212 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at

For more information on the child safety lock recall, please visit the CPSC website. Learn more about keeping your baby’s environment safe.

Listeriosis harmful in pregnancy

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

You may have heard recent news about cantaloupes being recalled because they may be linked to listeriosis, a kind of food poisoning. The cantaloupes are Rocky Ford cantaloupes and were shipped nationwide by Jensen Farms.

Listeriosis is a serious infection caused by bacteria called listeria. Listeriosis most often happens from being in contact with foods that have listeria. While anyone can get listeriosis, pregnant women are about 20 times more likely than other healthy adults to get listeriosis. In fact, about 1 in 6 cases of listeriosis happens during pregnancy.

Listeriosis is very harmful to women during pregnancy. A pregnant woman who gets listeriosis is at risk for miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth. Listeriosis is also very harmful, even deadly, to newborn babies. Older adults and people with weakened immune systems are at increased risk of listeriosis, too.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises everyone not to eat Rocky Ford cantaloupes shipped by Jensen Farms. While most grocery stores have removed the cantaloupes from their shelves, some people may still have them in their homes. At least 18 states have reported cases of listeriosis from cantaloupes, including California, Montana, Kansas, Florida and Maryland.

To learn more about the recalled cantaloupes, visit the CDC website.

More Graco strollers recalled

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

graco-stroller-recall-1020103The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling more than 2 million strollers and traveler systems. The CPSC is recalling these strollers because babies may be at risk of getting trapped in the strollers.

The recall is for Graco Quattro Tour strollers made before November 2006 and Graco MetroLite strollers made before July 2007. These strollers and traveler systems were sold in stores nationwide between 2000 and 2007. Newer versions of these strollers aren’t part of this recall because they include safety measures that were updated in 2008.

Babies, especially those younger than 12 months, can get trapped if they aren’t strapped in properly. A baby can pass through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, but his head and neck can become trapped by the tray. This can lead to injury, or in some cases, strangulation.

Earlier this year, CPSC recalled other Graco strollers and traveler systems because babies were at risk of injuring their fingers.

For more information about this latest stroller recall, please visit the CPSC Web site.

More cribs recalled, again

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

We’ve posted about cribs being recalled several times in the last few months (post 1, post 2, post 3). This time, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling over 2 million cribs, both drop side and fixed side, made by 7 different companies. These cribs pose a safety risk to your baby such as falling, getting stuck or suffocating. The cribs being recalled were sold between 2000 and 2009 and were made by the following companies:

• Child Craft (now know as Foundations Worldwide): 866-614-0557 or
• Delta Enterprise Corp.: 877-342-3418 or
• Evenflo: 800-356-2229 or
• Jardine Enterprises: 800-295-1980 or
• Million Dollar Baby: 888-673-6488 or
• Simmons Juvenile Products Inc. (SJP): 877-342-3439 or

If you have a crib made by any of these companies, contact the company for a free repair kit. In the meantime, the CPSC asks that these cribs not be used until you receive the free repair kit. Visit the CPSC Web site for more information.

Ikea blinds recalled due to child strangulation risk

Friday, June 11th, 2010

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling over 3 million Ikea blinds because they pose a strangulation risk to children. Three kinds of Ikea blinds are being recalled including roller, roll-up and Roman blinds. The blinds were sold at Ikea stores nationwide from January 1998 through June 2009 for between $5 and $55.

The CPSC asks that consumers immediately stop using all Roman and roll-up blinds. The organization also urges consumers to stop using roller blinds that don’t have a tension device (which is attached to the bead chain) installed into the wall or floor. If you have difficulty installing the tension device on the roller blinds, contact IKEA at (888) 966-4532 or visit The recalled blinds can be returned to any IKEA store for a full refund.

For more information, visit the CPSC Web site.

Buying baby furniture

Friday, May 7th, 2010

bassinetSo many of my girlfriends are pregnant and everyone’s excited! One of my friends and her husband are in the process of turning their spare bedroom into a baby room. They’ve been clearing out the extra furniture and are ready to buy some new baby furniture. If you’re in the market for new baby furniture, it’s important to pick something that not only looks good, but is safe.

Cribs, for example, are an essential purchase. Baby is going to be spending lots of time getting her zzzz’s, so it’s important her sleeping area is safe. In the last year, there have been many recalls on drop side cribs (cribs with sides that go down).  Another recall was just issued yesterday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) because the drop side can become loose, leaving baby to be stuck between the mattress and the drop side. This can cause baby to suffocate. When buying a crib, try for one with sides that don’t move. They’re more stable than drop side cribs.

If you’re looking at car seats, try to buy a new one if you can. That way, you’re sure that it’s never been in a car crash. You also want to look for a model with a five-point harness (two shoulder straps, two leg straps, and one crotch strap). It’s the safest for baby.

To learn more about buying other safe baby products (like play yards, strollers, bathtubs and more) read our Safety for Baby articles.