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I'm baby-proofing our home; what should I know?

New Yorkers know that baby-proofing their home is part of the process of raising a child and something that should be done by the time their little ones start crawling around. Preventing them from getting into deadly poisons, cleaning products, sharp objects and other harmful things around the home is a priority for their safety. But in today’s world, increased vigilance is called for in keeping them out of harm’s way, and parents must keep an eye out for a variety of potential threats.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission sends out between 400 and 450 product recalls annually, according to U.S. News & World Report. Here are some of the products that are at the top of the list when it comes to the most dangerous products for babies.

  • Slings: Baby carriers and slings that you wrap around your torso and your baby can smother a newborn. Parents should check that their infant’s airway is not blocked whenever they employ them.
  • Dressers: Climbing a bureau may seem like a fun activity for kids. This poses a threat that they’ll overturn the furniture on top of themselves, or dislodge a heavy object on top that may topple over and strike them.
  • Magnets: Powerful magnets that are small enough to swallow can try to join internally, tearing through intestinal tissue or trapping a part of it between them.
  • Jewelry: Beads and metal pieces that make up necklaces, bracelets and other jewelry can come apart and prove a choking hazard. Metal on old jewelry may also contain lead or cadmium.

Here is a final word of caution if you are a fan of garage sales. Even though drop-side cribs and other dangerous children’s items are banned, you can still unknowingly pick one up at a garage sale. Take your smartphone with you and look up any questionable items at recalls.gov.

This article contains information that is general in nature and should not be considered legal advice. 

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