Baby Care Advice » Baby Safety Products Wed, 15 Dec 2010 19:21:34 +0000 en hourly 1 WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE STROLLER, CAR SEAT, OR TRAVEL SYSTEM AND WHY? Wed, 15 Dec 2010 06:46:00 +0000 admin

Question by cole2585:
What is your favorite stroller, automobile seat, or travel system and why?

I am a first-time mother (due Sept 10, 2010) but I have been a full-time nanny for 6 years, so I have an idea of what I want/do not want in a stroller/car seat. Ideally, I would like a travel system so that I can place the automobile seat in the stroller for convenience when my baby is sleeping but they can also be very bulky and heavy for me at 5’2″ and 110lbs. Some of the other features I was looking for in a stroller are:

* A seat that fully reclines
* A footrest on the stroller that can be secured so that the stroller can make a bassinet (not one of my priorities, but a nice feature)
* A tray for the child (it doesn’t matter to me if there is a cup holder for my son or not because once he can use it the cup will end up on the ground anyway, that is what toddlers do)
* At least one parent cup holder and a storage compartment of some kind near the handle
* A massive basket that can be accessed without disturbing a sleeping baby in the fully reclined position
* Straps that are simple to adjust and also simple to open/close with a squirming child either inside or in your arms
* Something that can fold up and fit into the trunk of my mid-size automobile with room to spare for other essentials or groceries
* Of coarse safety and durability so I can continue to use the stroller until my son is a toddler

In a automobile seat:

* Straps that are simple to adjust and also simple to open/close with a squirming child either inside or in your arms, especially in harsh weather since the winters here can get bad- I do not want to be fumbling with straps when I am hanging half outside of my automobile in a snow storm with my infant
* Comfortable fabric that is soft enough for a newborn but breathable enough not to make him sweaty and uncomfortable in the hot sticky weather – I also do not want anything that will get hot in the sun while it is sitting in my car
* Safety
* Simple to install correctly and know that it is secured properly

I have been in and out of stores devoting hours, sometimes whole days, to trying to find the right combination. I have read reviews on each website I could find and they all contradict each other. The only consistent review I have seen is that the stroller frames (with no seat, the ones you snap your automobile seat into) are poorly built and the wheels fall off. Other than that, people are often arguing about who’s child is larger and why my child is 8 months and still fits in this automobile seat and her child is 7 months and cannot anymore or whether you should use your stroller/car seat in such and such way. My favorite reviews are the ones that state they have never actually used the product because the baby is not here yet, but it’s so beautiful! That is not helpful.

So, I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on the topic with their views on the features of products they have actually used. Thank you for your time!


Answer by Annie
After months of research I found a carseat and a stroller. I havn’t tried anything else so I do not really have much to compare them too.

The carseat I selected was the britax chaperone. It’s a bit difficult to take in and out, with a 2 door automobile at least. Rebound bar on base… It’s very safe

The stroller is the city mini stroller by baby jogger. My 2 year old nephew sleeps in it as comfortably as my 1 month old. It fully reclines, the part the baby lays on is soft but durable, the straps are simple enough. Comes with a large basket underneath. It’s 3 wheels, the front swivels or locks in place. SO simple to maneuver, can use one hand to push and steer! It’s under 17 pounds and all you have to do to fold it is pull a latch and it just collapses. Then you sort of throw it out and it’s set up!

The only downside to this stroller is you have to purchase the carseat adapter, child tray, parents drink holder separetely, I would not get the adapter, it’s simple enough for a baby of any size to sleep comfortably.

When it comes to the carseat, I am not too sure if that is the ideal pick, but I would not dream of getting a different stroller now

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PLAYARD BASSINET SAFETY? Thu, 02 Dec 2010 06:47:53 +0000 admin Question by Mel:
Playard bassinet safety?

We just picked up a chicco lullaby lx playard

and we realized after we set it up that you cannot have the mobile in EVER if you put sheets on the bassinet mattress.

My husband adores the mobile and read some things about how important it is to visually stimulate newborns and really wants to leave it in.

The mattress is washable and I plan to take at least one of the sheets we purchased and cut/sew holes for the mobile snaps but it will be a large pain to get on/off, especially if there is a blow out diaper in the middle of the night.

My question: Do you think it is safe to put down a thin lap pad or receiving blanket UNDER the baby while she sleeps to try to keep the mattress/sheet clean, or if that a SIDS hazard? She will either be in a swaddler or a sleep sack and we have a fan to circulate air in the room, and it doesn’t seem hazardous but maybe if she squirms it would bunch up under her?


Answer by Proud Mommy
I would not worry too much about the sheet getting dirty and having to change it daily. It’s unlikely your baby will have “blowouts” at that young age. I did not have that issue with my oldest until he was much older. My youngest is one and we still have not had a leaky diaper.

Good luck!

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BABY CAR SEATS CRASH TEST INFORMATION? Fri, 19 Nov 2010 06:45:49 +0000 admin Question by shady20001978:
Baby Automobile Seats Crash Test Information?

Newborn and Baby
Consumer Reports Magazine Crash test worries

In its February 2007 issue, Consumer Reports magazine reported on crash tests it performed to test the safety of automobile seats. The results were not encouraging.

Most of the infant automobile seats tested by Consumer Reports “failed disastrously” in crashes at speeds as low as 56 km/h. The seats came off their bases or twisted in place, the report said. In one case, a test dummy was hurled more than nine metres.

Of the 12 automobile seats tested, Consumer Reports stated it could advocate only two, and it urged a U.S. federal recall of the poorest performing seat, the Evenflo Discovery, which is not sold in Canada.

All the automobile seats passed U.S. standards — but Consumer Reports argues those standards should be raised.

To be sold in Canada and the United States, an infant seat must perform adequately in a 48 km/h frontal crash, and Consumer Reports found that all but the Discovery did so. But it noted that the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducts its crash tests for new automobiles at higher speeds — 56 km/h for frontal crashes and 61 km/h for side crashes — so the magazine tested the seats at those speeds.

“It’s unconscionable that infant seats, which are designed to protect the most vulnerable children, aren’t routinely tested the same as new cars,” stated Consumer Reports’ Don Mays, a product safety director.

The only seats that passed all the tests were the Baby Trend Flex-Loc and the Graco SnugRide with EPS — expanded polystyrene foam — both selling for about US. Consumer Reports urged parents shopping for seats to purchase one of those two, but it also noted that “any child automobile seat is superior than no seat at all.”

It also stated some seats performed superior when attached by automobile safety belts than when attached with the LATCH system. The system, which stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, includes belts that hook the base of a automobile seat to metal anchors in the vehicle.

Consumer Report Article
On January 4, 2007, Consumer Reports published a safety alert in the U.S. claiming that most infant automobile seats failed their new front- and side-crash evaluation tests. The report also claims that of 12 seats tested, only two performed well: the Baby Trend Flex-Loc and the Graco SnugRide with EPS (i.e., expanded polystyrene). Only six of the twelve infant automobile seat models chosen by Consumer Reports for this testing are officially certified for and marketed in Canada. They are: the Graco SnugRide; the Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio SIP; the Evenflo Embrace V; the Graco SafeSeat; the Safety 1st Designer 22; and the Combi Centre ST.
Transport Canada wants to reassure the Canadian travelling public that the Department’s collision investigations and data analyses do not support the results obtained by Consumer Reports. When automobile seats are used correctly, they perform effectively in motor automobile collisions and child occupants are afforded optimum protection.

The Department takes the safety of kids travelling in cars very seriously and is continually working to improve crash protection for kids through research, development and enforcement of safety regulations, participation in various national and international committees that work on policy development, and public awareness campaigns.


Answer by JS
Where is the question?

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Assume that you are suing the manufacturer. Discuss for which tort you would sue: negligence, strict liability?

Product: Arizona Newborn and Infant Denim Pants

According to the United Says Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC). A product recall had been released on November 25, 2008, Release #09-056 that a recall on J C Penney Co Arizona Newborn and Infant Denim Pants manufactured in Bangladesh in sizes from 0-9 months were found to be perilous because the metal snap at the waist could detach posing a choking hazard to infants. The recall involves Arizona brand newborn and infant girls and boy’s denim pants. Only those pants made in Bangladesh are affected; pants made in China are not included in the recall. There have not been any Incidents/Injuries reported thus far


Answer by meeomyo
Neither they spotted the problem before it became an issue and have tried to correct it.I see no basis for a law suit.

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WHAT ARE SOME RECENT SAFETY RECALLS ON BABY ITEMS AND PRODUCTS? Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:47:45 +0000 admin Question by mommy_titi_23:
What are some current safety recalls on baby items and products?

What are some website where you could see current safety recalls?


Answer by londa627
Well i know that they just recalled Thomas the train toys that are wooden because there is led in the paint. But i am pretty sure on the news websites there are links to all types of child related recalls…try there! :o )

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IMPORTANT INFO RE: INFANTINO BRAND SLINGS!!!? Sat, 06 Nov 2010 06:46:39 +0000 admin Question by Sheryl:
important info re: infantino brand slings!!!?

(CBS) The popularity of baby slings has been on the rise over the past four years.

But, reports “Early Show” Consumer Correspondent Susan Koeppen, the Consumer Product Safety Commission states two slings are considered so hazardous they are being pulled from the market, and parents are being told to stop using them.

Earlier this month, “The Early Show” broke the news that federal regulators were warning of possible suffocation hazards posed by baby slings — which parents put around their necks and carry their babies in.

Now, the CPSC has announced the voluntary recall of one million slings made by Infantino.

The Sling Rider and the Wendy Bellissimo are being pulled because they pose a suffocation risk, Koeppen says.

Asked by Koeppen how swiftly a child could suffocate in “one these slings,” CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum responded, “In a matter of minutes.”

Tenenbaum states three kids died in Infantino slings last year alone.

“You might have your baby in a sling next to you and not notice that the baby has gone into (a) position (in which he or she) can’t breathe” until it’s too late, Tenenbaum added.

That, notes Koeppen, is exactly what happened to seven-day-old Derrik Fowler during a shopping trip with his mother, Lisa Cochran.

She’d been carrying her newborn in a sling made by Infantino. “By the time I got to the automobile and pulled him out of the sling to put him in his automobile seat, he was no longer of normal color,” Cochran recalls.

Infants younger than four months are at greatest risk in slings, Koeppen points out, because their weak neck muscles mean they have no head control. An infant can curl into a “C”-shape, with the chin falling into the chest — restricting the baby’s airway.

There are no federal or voluntary safety standards for infant slings.

In a statement, Infantino says, “Safety is our No. 1 concern,” adding it “has also been working closely with the CPSC and other agencies … to develop safety standards for baby slings.”

But, observes Koeppen, that is of tiny consolation to moms such as Cochran, who says, “As a first-time mom, I had no clue I could walk into a store and pick something off the shelf that was not safe.”

Consumers are being advised to stop using the recalled Infantino baby slings immediately and contact the company for a free replacement product.

To get it, take the tags off your recalled sling and send the tags to Infantiono, Koeppen says, adding, “There are three different products that you could get in return. You have a choice. There is a shopping cart carrier. There is a different type of baby carrier. There is also an activity gym that you can receive for free.”

As for baby slings not included in the recall, Koeppen repeated parent sholdn’t use them if their infant is less than four months old.

The CPSC, Koeppen says, is also looking at all baby slings, investigating them — the ones that are on the market currently — and will be working toward mandatory federal safety standards.



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CO-SLEEPING WITH A NEWBORN (ALMOST 6 WEEKS OLD). SAFETY? Fri, 29 Oct 2010 07:53:25 +0000 admin Question by ஐ♥ 3Kids 2hearts 1dream ♥ஐ:
Co-Sleeping with a newborn (almost 6 weeks old). Safety?

I’m a mother of 3. Did not sleep with our first 2, and have recently started with our 3rd (and last). I know not to have any pillows or blankets around the baby. But I am still freaking out about the SIDS factor. To the point of not being able to sleep more than an hour or 2 a night!

Does anyone know of any other safety measure to take?

We have a king size memory foam top matress, cotton sheets, and are using the “baby wedge” to make sure she doesn’t move to a bad position. It still freaks me out huge time though. With the memory foam matress, I am scared everything will “sink”, and she will smother! It’s almost impossible to go to sleep while trying to stay awake to make sure she stays still, and listening for her breathing! lol

I have seen on the web a “baby bed” type thing, that sits on your bed, and is supposed to keep them safe. Has anyone used one of them, or know anything about them. I am exclusively breastfeeding (finally), so she is waking each 2-3 hours anyways, and it’s most convenient to have her in bed. (hubby works a crazy schedule days/nights, and we have 2 other children to keep asleep!)

Anyone have any advice, or product ideas that make it less scary?
Thanks for the answers guys! I suppose I need to begin checking further into baby bed options. We were putting her in the bassinet next to the bed, but she is out growing that already, so now I am kinda lost lol. I will check more into the baby beds though, that might be the answer.


Answer by ಊ]aMiEಊ
your fears is why I only had baby #1 in my bed for a few short months. In my home everyone was happier with the baby in their own crib and not in our bed.

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I need to purchase max-cosi (baby safety products) in Amsterdam. Can you give me adresses, I do not talk Dutch.


Answer by Vincent
Hi Lior,

I have no idea about babies and not too much about Amsterdam, sorry, but here is a list of all 46 babystores in the Amsterdam region as listed in the yellow pages…

I recommend you begin calling them, most will talk English I assume…

I hope this helps, let us know if you have anymore questions.

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CAN CHILDREN BECOME PROACTIVE IN THEIR OWN SAFETY? Mon, 11 Oct 2010 06:49:30 +0000 admin Question by I_am_pure_energy:
Can Kids Become Proactive in their own Safety?

I’m always looking for ways to make my children’s life safer, but with more than half the products I have in my home that says, “Keep out of reach of Kids it’s hard to keep them safe. I have all the safety gadgets but they get into everything. I was reading a parent magazine and read a write-up called “Mr. No-No Saves Children’s Lives”. Read your kids the book then put stickers of Mr. No-No on things you do not want your kids to touch. It states they did a case study on infants to preteens and they documented a one-year-old baby would not touch anything Mr. No-No was on including his stuffed bear. So I went on line, I noticed there are a couple other safety characters, but they are stupid. Looks like allot of time and effort went into Mr. No-No. Some characters were just outright pathetic. Would it be easier for kids to learn to stay away from Mr. No-No or just try to keep teaching them all places & things not to touch? Check it out let me know what you think.


Answer by Valarie C
I think the Mr. No No thing will work! I would be willing to try it!! They should begin it in daycares! It should be universal so that in hospitals and other places a toddler goes they will know not to touch things!

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I need to purchase max-cosi (baby safety products) in Groningen. Can you give me adresses, I do not talk Dutch.?

Maxi-Cosi products
Maxi cosi baby safety products


Answer by blα blα
The easiest (although not necessarily the cheapest!) is to go to your local branch of Prenatal. They have branches in many towns and most cities. Then there are also more massive stores as well which are excellent and well stocked. My local warehouse stock is Aalsmeer and I spent many an hour there when my two were a bit younger (now they are 1 and 3 years old so I do not go so often)

Anyway you are in luck! In Groningen there is a in-town branch and a warehouse branch as well.
Here is the address and opening times for the in-town one and here for the warehouse Like I said, go to the more massive one if you can as it will be much superior stocked with products

They also have an on the web shop but of course this is in Dutch

Otherwise I also used Baby Dump in comparison for things like automobile seats, buggies etc even though they do not have a branch in Groningen but only in – Grou (FRIESLAND) and Zwinderen (GRONINGEN-DRENTHE)

So checking the NL website of Maxi Cosi then there is a page where you can type in your postcode or city and it brings up all the stockists in the area.
- Go to
- On the right-hand side in the field next to “of Plaats” (or Place) type in “Groningen”.
- Press “zoek” (search) and all the shops will come up with the addresses, map and websites if applicable

If you are still stuck then feel free to Email me (click on my profile and you need to enable your Email option on your profile as well if you have not already done so)

If you are looking for second hand (and there are a lot of second hand items because it is a common brand here) then you can look on Marktplaats, but it is absolutely in Dutch though…..

EDIT – do take care with lists from the yellow pages as there are no guarantees that all the stores stock Maxi Cosi stuff e.g. Wijsneus doesn’t.

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