New Parent: Baby Gear Safety Tips

Safety is a top priority when it comes to baby gear. Because Kid to Kid buys and sells used gear, everything we take in we make a serious effort to ensure each piece is inspected and meets our high safety and quality standards. Even so, it never hurts to double-check. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind to ensure that your baby is safe and secure:

Follow all manufacturer instructions

Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for assembling and using baby gear whether new or used. This ensures your gear is properly put together and it contains a lot of helpful information such as model numbers, safety info, and possible cautions to look out for. If you don’t have the instructions, most gear has a model number to research online to find a digital version of the instructions.

Register your gear

Register any new baby gear with the manufacturer to be notified of any recalls or safety alerts. Many products come with a registration card that you can fill out and send through the mail free of charge to register your product so manufacturers can reach you, or you can register online directly. Remember to also regularly check for recalls and safety alerts. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website is a great resource for checking for recalls.

Use age-appropriate gear

Make sure that any gear you use is appropriate for your baby’s age and size. Follow the manufacturer’s weight and height restrictions. This is very important, especially for cribs, high chairs, changing tables, and car seats. 

Inspect gear regularly

Because your child will heavily use the gear you buy, you should regularly inspect baby gear for signs of wear and tear. Check for loose or broken parts, frayed straps, and any other damage. It is also recommended that in any car accident, car seats and boosters be immediately replaced for the safety of the child, even if it doesn’t appear broken or damaged. Replace immediately if you see any wear or damage, and remember when in doubt, throw it out.

Keep gear away from hazards

Keep baby gear away from hazards such as cords, curtains, and blinds that could pose a choking or strangulation hazard. Also, keep them away from heat sources such as electric blankets and heaters or falling hazards such as stairs. Cribs should be two feet away from windows, vents, and other hazards.

Always use safety straps

Always use safety straps on gear such as high chairs, strollers, and car seats. Make sure they are properly adjusted and fastened. Never use bulky coats when strapping a child into a car seat as the straps will not fit properly and can pose serious risks in an accident. Instead, light jackets and specially-made blankets can be used to cover them.

Don’t leave children unattended

Never leave your child unattended in any baby gear, even when they’re strapped in. This includes bouncers, swings, changing tables, and playpens.

Use a firm sleep surface

Always use a firm sleep surface for your baby, such as a mattress that fits snugly in the crib and is specifically made for infants. Do not put your baby to sleep on soft surfaces such as couches or adult beds. Also don’t use bumper guards on cribs as these pose a suffocation hazard.

Remember when it comes to purchasing baby safety gear and products, it is paramount to always buy from reliable and reputable sources. The safety and well-being of your baby should be the top priority, and reliable sources ensure that the products meet safety standards and regulations. By purchasing from trusted sources like Kid to Kid, you can have confidence in the quality and effectiveness of the safety gear, providing peace of mind for both you and your child. Remember to do your research about the gear you’re looking for, read reviews, and seek recommendations to make informed choices when selecting baby safety equipment.

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