4 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Baby Product
September 20, 2016
As we continue to honor Baby Safety month, we have compiled a list of safety questions you should ask before purchasing a baby product. With so many baby products available, you’ll want the knowledge to make the best decision for purchasing. Here are four questions to ask.
Has there been a recall on the product?
Obviously, a recalled product would not be on store shelves if it has been recalled. However, there are many money saving options available through Facebook Yard Sales, Craigslist, even friends who are willing to let you borrow their baby products. However, if you intend to use a second-hand product, this is where you’ll want to do your research.
Search for items at recalls.gov to make sure it’s up to today’s safety standards. This government-run website posts all recalls for more than 15,000 products, including most baby goods.
What is the age limit?
It may be tempting to purchase a baby product that you’ve heard other moms rave about, but only purchase it if it fits your child’s age limit. Products provide age limits and/or weight limits for use and are a guideline for your baby’s safety. From baby carriers, baby seats, sleep blankets and toys each product should have an age limit listed that you must abide by.
Does it have instructions?
This is important to ask in relation to baby products because some products now do not include instructions within the packaging but are only available online. You’ll want the instructions on hand to review before use. Instructions not only give you an idea of how to assemble and use the product, but they should also include warnings about how not to use the product as well. Reading these warning signs will help you be aware of what not to do with the product.
What safety measures does the product have?
This is a very helpful question to ask for products where you are able to put the baby down by themselves. Safety measures on car seats, baby beds, exer-saucers, bouncy chairs, strollers … all of these types of products you will want to know and be able to locate the safety belts and how to properly use them.
For larger purchases, be sure to do your research if these type of products will fit your needs and baby’s needs. But a very important element to that is how safe the product is. So look for safety precautions and read about how much the product needs you to rely on the safety tools on the product.
For other helpful resources to use when you are researching baby products, try these websites:
– GoodGuide (mainly for baby bath products)
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