Eight years ago, my first daughter had a baby walker. By our third baby, I'd realized this product probably wasn't safe for use in our home, given the fact that we live on three levels!
According to a new study conducted at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and published in the journal Pediatrics, injury prevention efforts with baby walkers did in fact lead to a decline in nursery product–related injuries from 1991 to 2003. The findings suggest that since 2003, however, injuries associated with other staple baby products like carriers, cribs, and strollers have increased.
Researchers looked at nursery product-related injuries treated in hospital ERs across the country over a 21-year period, and determined that, concerningly, cribs and baby carriers are actually recalled more than any other kids' product category.
The study also found:
So what can parents do to keep their beloved babes safe? We talked to Tracy Mehan, M.A., manager of translational research at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital to find out. "Everyone with young children uses nursery products and most assume they are safe," she said, adding, "Unfortunately, injuries from these products happen more often than people think."
She recommends that parents do their research before bringing any nursery product into their home. "Check Recalls.gov to make sure it hasn't been recalled, register the product, and read the manual," she said, adding, "The responsibility shouldn't entirely be on parents; manufacturers have a role in putting safer products on the market."
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.