I hear from parents all the time, wondering about the use of perfectly good looking hand-me-down cribs, strollers and playpens.  Here is a brief overview of what you can and cannot use for your new baby.

Baby walkers

Baby walkers have been banned in Canada since 2004. They are dangerous and should

be destroyed. Do not use a baby walker.

Baby bath seats

Babies can easily tip or fall over and drown. Always stay within arms reach of your child.

Never leave an older child to watch the baby in the bath.

Baby gates

Baby gates made before 1990 are dangerous. Fasten baby gates to the wall at the top of the stairs with screws. Pressure gates can fall over if leaned on.

Blind and curtain cords

Cords that can make a loop of 15cm (6in) are not safe. Cut cords short and tie them up

high, or cut them in half at the loop, or attach them to the wall with a tension device. Keep

all furniture away from windows.

Cribs

Cribs made before 1986 are dangerous. Check that crib bars are less than 6 cm (2-3/8″) apart; mattress support is screwed to the crib frame; mattress is firm with no gaps at sides; and crib sides stay up and lock into place.

Playpens

Check that sides stay up and lock into place; mattress has no gaps at sides; and mesh sides have “mosquito-netting” sized mesh.

Slings

There should be no rips in seams or straps and no damaged hardware. Secure straps before placing the baby in the sling. Keep baby’s head above the sling and away from your body.  Check baby often.

Strollers, high chairs, change tables

Always use safety straps in child’s strollers and high chairs. Make sure the brakes work and are used when the stroller is stopped. When using the change table, keep one hand on the baby and have needed items in reach.

For more safety information see: www.safekidscanada.ca or call: 1-888-723-3847

or visit: www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/child-enfant/equip/index-eng.php

For recall information visit Health Canada at: www.healthcanada.gc.ca/cps-recalls

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Jennifer McCallum

Thank you so much for stopping by this page to get to know a bit more about me and why I started Parent Guide Inc. My business story started a way back in 2001... …after the birth of my first daughter, I realized that an "all-in-one" resource guide for parents was needed, and fast! I designed the New Parent Resource Guide to fill a gap in the community for busy parents like myself. The New Parent Resource Guide offers an A-Z of key contacts for parents, caregivers, service providers, and health care professionals.  Working with key businesses and organizations in the community, we have also compiled much-needed articles, tips, and charts to answer all your parenting questions. The latest addition to our family is the School Age Resource Guide to serve parents of children, 3 to 18 years!  This guide answers questions about: nutrition, bullying, curriculum, building self-esteem, and much more, as well as offering a full directory of local and national resources. The Parentguide.ca website offers an “all-in-one” spot for parents to connect, add their own blog, and find needed resources in their community.  It is a site that educates and entertains and if you can't find somthing just ASK me. I am here to serve YOU!  My hope is that you connect with our members, find comfort in their words, and share your own story. My goal is to see what I can do to help make life a bit easier for you.   You are why I do what I do! I can’t wait to get to know you!  Comment below to tell me about yourself – then start blogging so we can find out what makes you get up in the morning!  Check out my blog too and I am sure you will be surprised what gets me out of bed each day!!! Jennifer -  Mom and Publisher

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