Christmas Crib Safety

Many of you will be travelling away from home this holiday season. Like me, your first concern is probably how to make sure everyone gets a good night’s sleep while on vacation! Getting my kids to sleep through the night at home was hard enough for the first few years, travelling upped my anxiety level just a bit more.

Crib safety

Whether you are staying at a hotel, renting a private vacation home or bunking in with grandma and grandpa….make sure baby’s bed meets the same standards for safety you use at home.

Here is a link from Health Canada that tells you what to look for when inspecting a crib.

Consumer Reports has a great article on tips for using a Hotel Crib or Pack n Play.

As an owner of a Baby Equipment Rental company, I can tell you that the pressure to ensure our equipment meets and exceeds current safety standards is high. Operated by parents for parents, I would recommend the services of my counterparts in other cities across the world. But as with everything, double check for yourself before you put your baby to bed!

Baby’s First Visit: Preparing you and your home for a visit from Grandchildren

Expecting a visit from your new grandchild soon? Baby’s first visit to Grandma and grandpa’s house is a very exciting event. This may be their first visit to your new place or just a long time since you had a “little visitor” in your home. You can prepare for the arrival of your grandchild with a little planning and preparation.

 

If this is their first trip Mom and Dad are going to welcome all the help they can get. First, find out from them what equipment the baby will need when they stay with you. A Crib, Car Seat, High Chair? These items can easily be rented from a local Baby Equipment Rental company or purchased at a specialty shop. Crib Rentals

 

Be sure the equipment you get meets all the current safety standards and hasn’t been recalled. Be careful when borrowing equipment from friends. Safety standards are constantly changing and a piece of equipment that looks good, may not meet current standards. Health Canada posts a list of all children’s product recalls online.

 

A Child’s Car Seat is a crucial piece of equipment these days. If you are installing a car seat into your vehicle, read the owner’s manual to know where the safest location is for the seat and the location of any child seat anchors. By law, it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that passengers are buckled up correctly. Mom and Dad will have some experience in installing their own car seat too. Allow some extra time at the airport for them to check it over if you have already installed the seat in your vehicle. Britax Car Seat Rentals

A few days before their arrival you will need to take a look around your home for hazards. Baby-proofing your home requires looking from a baby’s vantage point.

Some of the hot spots in Grandparent’s homes are bed side tables that have medications in them. An easily accessible bed side table with dangerous medications will need to be relocated. Also, have a look in your closet for any dry-cleaning bags that can pose a suffocation hazard. Any small objects that can become a choking hazard should also be moved (marbles, decorative beads, coins, etc.)

safety gate rentalsSafety gates can be installed at doorways or stairways to prevent fall hazards. Baby Proofers and safety experts operate in most major cities and can provide some excellent advice on how to prepare your home for a visit.

 

Consider taking a basic first aid or CPR course. A lot of the techniques have changed in treating emergencies like a child who is choking. Whether you are taking your first course or a refresher course, you will definitely feel more confident looking after a little one if mom and dad want to sneak out for a night alone.

 

Travel can be stressful for families with a new baby. By preparing for their visit, you can help to make the visit an enjoyable time for everyone!

 

 

Baby’s First Visit

An article I wrote was recently published regarding Baby’s First Visit to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Here’s a link to the article in its entirety (page 20).

With some help from a local Baby Proofing company and Rhonda Tkachuk of Certified First Aid in Calgary, the article describes some of the preparations grandparents can make before the arrival of little visitors. Here’s an excerpt of the article:

“some of the hot spots she sees in Grandparent’s homes are bed side tables that have medications in them. An easily accessible bed side table with dangerous medications will need to be relocated. Also, have a look in your closet for any dry-cleaning bags that can pose a suffocation hazard. Any small objects that can become a choking hazard should also be moved (marbles, decorative beads, coins, etc.)”

With a little preparation your first visit to Grandma and Grandpa’s home can be successful. Don’t wait until you arrive to talk to them about sleeping arrangements, relocating dangerous pieces of furniture, plans for pet/baby interactions. Most grandparents today understand that things have changed and parents are much more aware of the safety precautions necessary to keep their baby safe in a new environment.

Infant Car Seat Rentals

It’s December, and that means it is our busiest month of the year for Car Seat Rentals. My favorite orders to take are from grandparents that have been asked by their son/daughter to source out the exact Car Seat Rental they want. Just the other day I had a Grandma call to ask for a Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP infant car seat rental (she didn’t know what all those names meant but wanted to ensure she got the safest seat possible). Her daughter was bringing her new baby to Calgary and she wanted to rent the exact same car seat she used at home.

Good planning- we’re delivering it to Grandma’s house tomorrow!

Baby Listening Services?

In the last two days I have watched two moms as they have left younger children locked in their vehicles in a parking lot while they took their other children inside for a class. Somehow, I am still surprised when I see this.

Even more surprising was coming across a service called, “Baby Listening”. asleep-baby

Apparently this service is offered at some hotels. Maybe surprised isn’t the word I am looking for…shocked seems like a more appropriate response.

One website described this service: “If you would like a meal on your own in the evening while your baby (hopefully!) sleeps peacefully upstairs, go for a hotel that offers a baby-listening service. This usually means that someone in reception will listen to your baby while you leave the phone off the hook in your room and they will come and find you if your baby becomes unsettled.”

Yes, travelling with children can be tough and yes a nice meal out sounds good, but I just can’t see under what circumstances this sounds like a good idea. Do the hotels not see any liability in charging a desk clerk with the responsibility of listening in for the sounds of a child choking or worse an intruder entering your room?

Madelaine McCann’s parents had hoped to use this service the night their daughter went missing during a family holiday in Portugal http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/maddie/article1081678.ece. It was unavailable at their resort…

I’m sure there is a way to protect the safety of your children and still have an enjoyable vacation. I’ve had many.

Crib Safety

I was surprised by yet another Crib recall this week. From Canada, Stork Craft is recalling over 400,000 cribs for problems with the support brackets that hold the bed base up. This is s similar problem to the one that led to recalls by Delta, Simplicity and others.

As a former Health aCrib Rentalsnd Safety Manager for an International Retailer- I know what goes into the product design, manufacturing and monitoring of Children’s products. Every aspect of the process is tracked. There are bad products on the market that are recalled for safety and quality issues. I also know that good products can be misused, improperly assembled and plain old just wear out.

My focus has always been on injury prevention and I take that part of my job, as a Baby Equipment Rental company (www.onetinysuitcase.ca) owner, very seriously. The cribs we carry in our inventory are not part of this recall. We receive regular updates about product recalls and verify our inventory is current. Each product is inspected for damage, wear and missing parts on every order.

As a Consumer or I urge you to ask questions about the safety of the products you are given when travelling. Whether that is at a 5 Star Resort or at Grandma’s house. It is easy to check if a product has been recalled. You can do an on-line search at Health Canada’s website http://209.217.71.106/PR/home-accueil-e.jsp or the Consumer Product Safety Commission http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prerel.html.

Christmas Crib Safety

Many of you will be travelling away from home this holiday season. Like me, your first concern is probably how to make sure everyone gets a good night’s sleep while on vacation! Getting my kids to sleep through the night at home was hard enough for the first few years, travelling upped my anxiety level just a bit more.

Whether you are staying at a hotel, renting a private vacation home or bunking in with grandma and grandpa….make sure baby’s bed meets the same standards for safety you use at home.

Baby Crib Safety

Baby Crib Safety

Here is a link from Health Canada that tells you what to look for when inspecting a crib http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/cons/cribs-lits_enfants-eng.php.  As you can see from an Inspection of Hotel cribs in one city in the US http://www.hotelchatter.com/story/2006/7/14/133223/752/hotels/Hotel_Cribs_Can_Be_Child_Deathtraps, not everyone is as diligent in making sure their products meet current safety standards.

I would like to say that things have changed but after a recent (2008) stay at a hotel in Banff, I found a pack n play with a gaping hole in the mesh inside our room ready to be used.

As an owner of a Baby Equipment Rental company, I can tell you that the pressure to ensure our equipment meets and exceeds current safety standards is high. Operated by parents for parents, I would recommend the services of my counterparts in other cities across the world. But as with everything, double check for yourself before you put your baby to bed!