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!

Playpen or antique?

A few months ago I wrote a post about an ‘antique’ highchair I saw being offered at a fancy Calgary restaurant. Prior to that you can read my post about the unsafe playpen I found at a Banff Hotel. Well it hasn’t stopped…

Last week I had the chance to be in one of the fanciest hotels in Banff. There was a playpen the hotel had supplied in the room. I decided to get a closer look at the playpen… It was not a brand I recognized and was an unusual bright blue color (I am often updating our inventory and I am sure I have not seen this pack n play in any store in the last 3 years). The netting was in-tack but the warning labels were hanging off both sides of it. This loose fabric not only looked pretty rag-tag, it was not necessarily safe.

Why do hotels offer sub-standard baby equipment for their guests? If you paid a couple of hundred dollars per night for a room wouldn’t you expect a certain level of quality (and safety) with the equipment they supplied?

Speaking of playpens…Have you seen the ‘cadillac’ of all playpens featured yesterday on Breakfast Television (www.btcalgary.ca) ? Make sure you know what you are getting next time you travel.

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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!