Baby nursery items such as, cribs, bassinets, cradles, decor, and  rocker gliders as well as, toys, clothing, books, videos, advice and outstanding baby sales. Improve the lifestyle of your baby at BabyLifestyle.com.
Bookmark

home

contact us

site map

Nursery Apparel Gear Mealtime Safety Books, Toys & Videos Gifts

Infant and Toddler Feeding Products
Gear Safety Guide
Gear Buying Checklist
Household Safety
Day Care Safety
Child Safety Websites

Infant & Child Safety and Proofing Products
Bathroom
Cabinet & Drawer
Furniture Guards
Doors & Windows
Electrical
Gates
Kitchen
Monitors

More Helpful Information

Magazines
Layette Lists
A Parent's Guide to Baby Gear

Child Care Safety Checklist for Parents and Child Care Providers

By the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

About 31,000 children, 4 years old and younger, were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for injuries at child care/school settings in 1997. CPSC is aware of at least 56 children who have died in child care settings since 1990.

In a recent national study, CPSC staff visited a number of child care settings and found that two-thirds of them had one or more potentially serious hazards.

  1. CRIBS

    Make sure cribs meet current national safety standards and are in good condition. Look for a certification safety seal. Older cribs may not meet current standards. Crib slats should be no more than 2 3/8" apart, and mattresses should fit snugly.

    This can prevent strangulation and suffocation associated with older cribs and mattresses that are too small.

  2. SOFT BEDDING

    Be sure that no pillows, soft bedding, or comforters are used when you put babies to sleep. Babies should be put to sleep on their backs in a crib with a firm, flat mattress.

    This can help reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and suffocation related to soft bedding.

  3. PLAYGROUND SURFACING

    Look for safe surfacing on outdoor playgrounds - at least 12 inches of wood chips, mulch, sand or pea gravel, or mats made of safety-tested rubber or rubber-like materials.

    This helps protect against injuries from falls, especially head injuries.

  4. PLAYGROUND MAINTENANCE

    Check playground surfacing and equipment regularly to make sure they are maintained in good condition.

    This can help prevent injuries, especially from falls.

  5. SAFETY GATES

    Be sure that safety gates are used to keep children away from potentially dangerous areas, especially stairs.

    Safety gates can protect against many hazards, especially falls.

  6. WINDOW BLIND AND CURTAIN CORDS

    Be sure miniblinds and venetian blinds do not have looped cords. Check that vertical blinds, continuous looped blinds, and drapery cords have tension or tie-down devices to hold the cords tight. Check that inner cord stops have been installed. See www.windowcoverings.org for the latest blind cord safety information.

    These safety devices can prevent strangulation in the loops of window blind and curtain cords.

  7. CLOTHING DRAWSTRINGS

    Be sure there are no drawstrings around the hood and neck of children's outerwear clothing. Other types of clothing fasteners, like snaps, zippers, or hook and loop fasteners (such as Velcro), should be used.

    Drawstrings can catch on playground and other equipment and can strangle young children.

  8. RECALLED PRODUCTS

    Check that no recalled products are being used and that a current list of recalled children's products is readily visible.

    Recalled products pose a threat of injury or death. Displaying a list of recalled products will remind caretakers and parents to remove or repair potentially dangerous children's toys and products.


Home | Contact Us | Site Map
Nursery | Apparel | Gear | Mealtime | Safety | Books, Toys & Videos | Gifts
Copyright 2005, BabyLifestyle.com