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Alison Rhodes, "The Safety Mom"

National Child Safety Expert, Alison Rhodes, “The Safety Mom,” is one of the country's leading child safety authorities, providing tips and advice to parents on a broad range of issues facing all children - newborns to teens.
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Baby Equipment Safety Check

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  • Your baby's crib should have slats no more than two inches apart, a mattress that fits snugly, a mattress support securely attached to the headboard and footboard, corner posts no higher than one-sixteenth of an inch, drop side latches your child cannot release, well secured screws and bolts, and no cutouts in the head or footboard that your baby could get their head stuck in. If it is painted, make sure that the paint is lead-free. Do not to position your crib near drapes or blinds with cords that could pose a hazard to your child. As soon as your baby is 35 inches tall or can climb or fall over the cribs sides, it's time to move them to a bed.

  • Any toys you give your baby should not have strings with loops or openings with perimeters of more than 14 inches, strings or cords longer than seven inches, or pieces that could be swallowed.

  • Rattles, squeeze toys, and teethers should be too large to get lodged in your babys throat. Rattles should be sturdy enough not to break and squeeze toys should not have squeakers that could detach and choke your baby. None of these should be left with your baby while they are sleeping.

  • Your toy chest should not have a latch, but should have ventilation holes and a spring-loaded lid support that will hold the lid in any position.

  • Your baby's pacifier should not have any ribbons, strings, or yarn attached and the nipple should not have any tears or holes. Make sure that the shield is large and firm enough not to pop into your baby's mouth and that it has ventilation holes so that if it does make its way into your baby's mouth somehow, your baby can still breathe.

  • Your playpen, if it has mesh, should never be left with the drop-side down and should have mesh of a very small weave with no tears and a secure hold on the top rail and the floorplate. The top rail should also be free of tears or holes. A wooden playpen should have slats no further than two inches apart, and if staples were used in the construction of your playpen, make sure they are well installed and all present and accounted for.

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