Baby Safety Tips

Did you know that September is baby safety month? Each year, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) sponsors Baby Safety Month to bring awareness to safety concerns impacting babies and baby products. This September, the focus is on raising awareness about properly strapping babies into high chairs, strollers, car seats and more. Participate in the month-long event by spreading the word about how parents, teachers and caregivers can keep little ones happy and healthy. Here are some of our best baby safety tips. Share yours at #BabySafetyMonth.

Crib Safety Tips

  • Properly assembling a crib is the first step toward crib safety. Always carefully follow all written instructions in your crib’s instruction manual. Do not use a crib with any missing or broken parts.
  • Do not place the crib near a window with blinds and cords. A baby could potentially become strangled in the cords.
  • Cribs at The Land of Nod feature three adjustable mattress heights to improve the crib safety for your growing baby. Use the highest height to easily lift a young baby in and out of the crib. As your little one begins to sit-up, crawl and stand, lower the mattress height to make sure they aren’t able to climb out during the night.
  • When putting your baby to sleep, clear the crib of any loose blankets, pillows or toys, which can cause suffocation during the night.
  • Place a baby on its back to sleep. The CPSC and AAP recommend that babies avoid sleeping on their stomach or side to reduce the risk of SIDS or suffocation.
  • Crib mattresses should fit snugly inside the crib. You should only be able to fit a finger or two between the crib mattress and the side of the crib.
  • A crib mattress should be firm and covered with a tight fitted crib sheet. No other bedding should be in an infant or young baby’s crib.
  • Mobiles are an adorable addition to a nursery, but they can pose safety hazards if they aren’t hung properly. Never hang a mobile in reach of your baby as this could cause a choking or strangulation hazard.

Mealtime & Feeding Safety Tips

  • Start mealtime securely by properly strapping your little one into their high chair. Strapping your child in will keep them from tipping out of the high chair or from standing up during the meal.
  • Make sure to know the weight limit of your high chair as well, so that you can transition your little one out of the chair at the proper time.
  • When choosing dinnerware for your children, pick durable materials that won’t break or shatter if dropped. Melamine is a good choice. Also look for BPA-free products, which can offer a healthier eating surface for your kids.
  • For young children, make sure to cut up small, round food like grapes that could cause them to choke. Serve the cut food on a surface like a Happy Mat that makes it easy for your kids to pick one piece at a time.
  • Experts recommend not to warm up milk for your baby in the microwave, which can cause hot spots. Check the temperature of the milk on your wrist before giving it to your baby.

Bath Safety Tips

Bathtime should be fun for your little ones, enjoying toys, bubbles and lots of splashing. Following these simple tips on bathtub safety can reduce the risk of in-home drowning.

  • Never leave your child alone in water. According to the CPSC, it only takes about two inches of water for a young child to drown.
  • Before you start bathtime, gather everything you’ll need from toys to towels within an arm's reach. That way, you won’t need to turn your back on baby for even a second.
  • Carefully check the temperature of the water before putting your baby in. Avoid water that is overly hot to the touch.
  • Close toilet lids in bathrooms after use to prevent newly walking babies from falling in.
  • Only use age-appropriate bath toys to avoid any risk of choking.

Toy Safety Tips

  • At The Land of Nod, all of our toys are labelled with an age recommendation. Following age guidelines can help prevent young babies and children under three from playing with toys that have small parts and pose a choking hazard.
  • Storing toys in lid-free boxes avoids the risk of your little one getting a hand or head caught under a lid. Toy boxes that do have lids should use spring-loaded mechanisms to keep the lid from quickly closing.
  • Remember to check your children’s toys periodically to make sure they are not broken. Broken parts can be sharp or present a choking hazard.

Baby Product Recalls

  • For the safety of your baby, it is important to always register your baby products, so that you receive alerts about recalls.
  • The federal government requires companies selling “durable infant or toddler products” to send info about registering their products in case of recall. These products include large items like cribs, high chairs, toddler beds and strollers.
  • You can register your Land of Nod products online or fill out and mail back the prepaid card attached to your products.
  • If you receive information that there has been a recall on a product you own, make sure to stop using it right away and follow the manufacturer's instructions to replace or fix it.

Product Certifications

It’s easier to choose safe baby products when you know what to look for. At The Land of Nod, we strive to have outside sources certify the safety of our products, so you can rest at ease when you purchase them. Here are some of the certifications and standards our products meet:

  • All of our cribs, bassinets and other nursery furniture meet or exceed applicable US safety standards.
  • All of The Land of Nod’s dressers meet the ASTM International Safety Standards for dressers, which includes stability testing that imitates children climbing on the dresser.
  • The Land of Nod uses certified organic cotton in many sheets and other bedding to reduce the number of chemicals your little one is exposed to during the night.
  • A selection of furniture and mattresses at The Land of Nod are GREENGUARD Gold Certified, which means it has been tested for over 10,000 different chemicals by UL, a global independent safety science company.
  • Find ETL or UL-Listed lighting at The Land of Nod that has been verified to meet UL’s safety requirements.
  • Find rocking chairs and gliders made with OEKO-TEX Certified fabrics, which are rigorously tested for the presence of toxins and chemicals.
  • Many of the mattresses we carry at The Land of Nod are CertiPUR-US ® Certified, which means the mattresses have been tested for low VOC construction. They are also free of mercury, lead, other heavy metals, formaldehyde and phthalates.
  • A selection of furniture is made using FSC-certified wood. The Forest Stewardship Council certification ensures that the wood has been sourced from sustainably managed forests where fewer pesticides are used on the trees.

Help us spread the word about #BabySafetyMonth and share these easy tips to keep the little ones in your life healthy and safe. If you ever have any questions or concerns about the wellbeing of your baby, make sure to talk to your pediatrician or health care provider.

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