Category Archives: children’s product safety

Keep Baby Close – and Safe – During International Babywearing Week

October 2-8, 2017 is International Babywearing Week. Advocates remind us that babywearing is a good bonding tool, helps premature babies regulate their heartbeat and breathing by being closely attached to the mother, and allows busy caregivers to do other activities with comfort and convenience while still engaged with the child. However, to enjoy the benefits, follow these safety recommendations. Many baby carriers sold today must meet mandatory ... Read more
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KID Makes Connections at 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics Conference

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of 66​,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.​ Their evidence-based guidelines on safe sleep, car seats, and more have been crucial to KID’s outreach and educational work. When we learned that the 2017 AAP Conference was going to be in Chicago – KID’s home town – ... Read more
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Safety Tips for the New School Year

We are coming upon the end of summer, which signals to every parent, caregiver, or teacher that it’s time to head back to school.  As your children get ready to see their friends, teachers, and school staff again (or for the first time), we want to highlight some specific safety concerns for the new school year. With this information, both caregivers and children can enter the new school prepared and ready to learn. Clothing While school ... Read more
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Buy and Sell Safely on National Thrift Shop Day

Today KID celebrates National Thrift Shop Day. Thrift shops are important community resources in that they offer discounted items, more sustainable shopping options, and encourage donation over disposal. However, not all used items are safe to use, especially for children. Before you run out to your local thrift shop today, we want to make sure you have the information you need to buy and sell used items safely. Certain categories of products ... Read more
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Emerging Hazards: Fidget Spinner Safety Tips

New fidget spinner business guidelines and safety tips were recently released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). For parents and caregivers, it is important to know that the CPSC categorizes most fidget spinners as “general use” products, not toys. Those marketed primarily to children under 12 are classified as toys, but for older children so no warning needed for small parts.  Fidget spinners are therefore unlikely to have ... Read more
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Two Days at CPSC Talking about Recall Effectiveness and Agency Priorities

KID's Executive Director, Nancy Cowles, spent Tuesday and Wednesday of last week with other product safety stakeholders at the US Consumer Product Safety Commission in Bethesda, Maryland. On Tuesday, July 25, Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle[1] hosted a Recall Effectiveness Workshop. KID, Consumers Union, and Consumer Federation of America attended, along with many industry attorneys, association staff, and other stakeholders. In the morning, ... Read more
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The Biggest Recalls of 2017 (So Far)

Summer is in full swing and we’ve made it halfway through 2017. Several dozen children’s products have been recalled this year – already outpacing 2016 recalls. At this time of year, we like to remind parents and caregivers about the biggest recalls of the year, so far. Checking your products for recalls is an important step in protecting your home and your children from common hazards. If you have any of these products, stop using them immediately ... Read more
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What is the ‘life of a product’?

At KID, we receive many questions about product safety and how to best keep children safe. One question that we frequently get is: What is considered the “life of a product?” How many years can a product really last and still be safe? Manufacturers use the phrase “life of a product” to describe the average amount of time products can be used before becoming too old or worn out to be safe or functional. However, it can be difficult for consumers ... Read more
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