There seems to be a lot of concern these days about the Government over stepping the boundaries of parenting choices. But sometimes, we just need someone playing big brother, and laying down some ground rules, because let’s be real here… not all parents are created equally, and some seriously lack common sense…
Posts Tagged ‘Safety’
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Isn’t it amazing how much your view of the entire world changes when you become a parent? You see everything through new eyes…at first, things just look a little blurrier due to sleep deprivation, and then you begin the process of viewing everything through the “safety lens.” For me, the entire world became one big safety hazard, but then I got over the initial tendency to be obsessive and overprotective, and now I’m just really, really careful (as I’m sure all you moms out there can understand.)
So, in the interest of making the world just a little safer for all the babies out there, I’d like to share what I feel is one of the most important baby safety rules, and one of the most frequently broken.
I’ve spent many years working in retail, and before I was a mom, I never thought twice about seeing baby carriers perched high atop the child seat in a shopping cart. Now, the very thought of it sends a chill down my spine.
Many people will argue that their carrier is made to attach to the front of a grocery cart. I don’t know what every car seat/travel system/carrier manufacturer states in their safety guidelines, but I will tell you without a doubt that shopping carts are not designed to accommodate those carriers.
Many carriers click to attach to a car seat or stroller in a travel system, so it may seem if your carrier fits, or even “clicks” or “latches” onto the bar on the shopping cart, it is safe and secure. This is absolutely not true, and quite misleading. Just the mere weight of the carrier and baby is enough to throw off the balance of the cart, making it likely to tip over if your baby throws their weight to one side, or if someone else hits your cart.
Years ago, I was at work and saw a mother with 2 children shopping. In a split second, her older child ran up to the side of the cart and jumped on, upsetting the balance of the cart and causing it to tip. My heart stopped as I saw the carrier teetering and the cart ready to go onto its side. The baby nearly fell out onto the cement floor.
It was a very lucky day. A few groceries were the only casualties that day, as the mother caught and steadied the cart before any damage was done. But there are stories in the news all the time, and some other mothers haven’t been so lucky. The worst part? It’s a pointless and totally avoidable accident.
I work on the corporate side of retail now, but I still shop often (probably too often!) I don’t say anything when I see it, but I’d venture to guess that at least 8 out of 10 babies I see in stores sit high atop a shopping cart. I’m not sure why. No one wants to put their baby at risk, so I would assume that most people just don’t know.
Our baby is sitting up in the front of the cart now (which poses its own new set of safety issues!) but when he was little, we were always very careful to sit his carrier safely down inside the cart. I urge all parents out there to consider doing the same. It keeps baby safe and secure, with the added bonus of keeping stranger’s hands further away and cutting down your grocery bill (you just can’t fit as much when your cart is full of baby!)
Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas
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Today news spread across the internet like wild fire about the newest baby product recalled due to safety concerns. The Nap Nanny Infant Recliner was recalled voluntary, after a 4 month old baby girl in Michigan was found dead according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
“The CPSC said the girl who died was in the harness on the recliner but was found hanging over the side, stuck between a crib bumper and the Nap Nanny.”
Which poses the question of safety of crib bumpers again. Had the crib bumper never been applied onto the crib in question, would this little girl have been spared by the product being used incorrectly?
Which sparks the ongoing debate once again of why are traditional crib bumpers continuing to be used all over the world despite the number of deaths that are directly related annually to crib bumpers?
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First thing’s first! Hi! I am new here! I want to take a moment and introduce myself to all the great readers of the Go Mama Go Blog! I am Danielle Elwood and that is me over there to the right. I will be blogging here and handling the vast majority of social media for Go Mama Go Designs now! I am really excited to be joining the team, I love the Wonder Bumper product, and I think the awesome safety goals of Go Mama Go is something that totally hits home for me as a mother of two, and a huge advocate for safe baby products. I will be handling the great facebook fan page for Go Mama Go, as well as their Twitter account. So if you are on facebook, or twitter, come over, say Hi and get involved in the convo!
If you just want to just say hello, I am available E-mail me at Socialmedia@gomamagodesigns.com
On to the winner of the Giveaway!
Did I mention that I am really excited that in my first post I get to announce a giveaway winner?
And the winner is Bonnie who left the comment
“For my first daughter, we used the traditional crib bumper. We never had an issue with her face being too close to it (although now, looking back on it, I think we were foolish to believe it to be safe). She did, however, attempt to use it as a climbing tool to get out of her crib once she was standing. So UNSAFE!! The second I realized that she was doing this, and could potentially fall out of her crib, and break her neck, legs, etc..we removed it, and had it repurposed into cute matching wall hangings for her room. This time around, I knew better than to put the traditional bumper in the baby’s crib. Since most bedding sets come with the bumper already, we did the same thing as last time, and had it repurposed into throw pillows for the rocking chair, and some wall hangings. I am wishing that we had something for the railings, though, since my daughter is so young, and still makes the “startle” motion with her arms and legs. She has already knocked her poor little knuckles on the wood. Wonder Bumpers seem like such an AMAZING middle ground, and I am so thrilled to see how safe they are!”
But since everyone is a winner, I will be e-mailing all of the runner up’s with a special treat in the next day!
Bonnie, you can either e-mail me your pick, and mailing address, or one of the other Go Mama Go ladies!
Congratulations on your win and I hope all of the local readers here will continue to check back on all the new neat stuff that will be going on in the next couple weeks!