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 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 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 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.
Check that sides stay up and lock into place; mattress has no gaps at sides; and mesh sides have “mosquito-netting” sized mesh.
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
For recall information visit Health Canada at: www.healthcanada.gc.ca/cps-recalls