Newborns who sleep in the same bed as their parents are five times more likely to die suddenly than those who sleep in a separate crib, according to a new study published in a British medical journal. The study, which looked at 1,472 cases of sudden infant death syndrome in the United Kingdom, reinforces a recommendation that the American Academy of Pediatrics has made for the past 20 years that infants are safest sleeping in their own bed.
Freshly minted Moms covet the basics—sleep, a hot shower and a decent meal. For Mother's Day, a box of chocolates, bottle of wine, or bouquet of flowers would certainly be appreciated. But as any seasoned parent will tell you, presents that make Mom and baby safe and comfortable can improve the whole family's quality of life. If you have a brand-new Mom in your life, consider these sanity-saving gifts.
With price tags of $300 or above, some high chairs can cost as much as a small sofa. But in Consumer Reports' recent high chair tests, we found that you don't have to spend a lot to buy peace of mind. Three of our top high chair picks, ranging from $85 to $150, performed as well as or better than high chairs that cost two to three times as much. All scored excellent for safety (stability, secure harnesses), and had such user-friendly features as harness buckles that are easy for you to open but tricky for a baby.
Impressive crash protection and a price of just $90 helped put the new Evenflo Embrace 35 infant car seat among two other Consumer Reports Best Buys for babies heavier than 22 pounds in our ongoing car seat tests. But our latest roundup also found that some big-name car seats can be hard to install and may not even fit in many vehicles, including a new Graco Snugride model designed for heavier infants weighing up to 40 pounds.
Each year more than 5,200 children suffer falls from windows and at least one in four is injured badly enough to be hospitalized. So it's no accident that National Window Safety Week occurs in early Spring when the weather is mild enough to open the windows again. Safety experts take advantage of this week to remind parents and caregivers about the dangers of window falls. And there's evidence in at least one state that it's working. The Oregon Trauma Registry reports it is seeing a decrease in the number of falls.
iCandy World has recalled 830 of its Cherry strollers because the opening between the bumper bar and seat bottom can allow an infant to pass through and become entrapped at the neck, posing a strangulation hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The cute names of some of today's high chairs—Sprout, Juice, Blossom—belie their serious purpose: keeping your baby safe. Some high chairs are better at this than others as Consumer Reports discovered in its latest tests. Of the 10 new models added to our high chair Ratings, two were good enough to make our list of top high chair picks while three others had safety issues serious enough to drop them to the bottom of our rankings.
Consumer Reports has removed its "Don't Buy: Safety Risk" designation from a stroller it tested last year after finding that a newer model did not pose the same safety risks. In earlier tests, we found that the positioning of the grab bar on the Mutsy Evo stroller posed a strangulation hazard if the child was not harnessed. The Consumer Product Safety Commission agreed and announced the stroller's recall in February. But a newer model, which offers more clearance between the bar and the seat, corrected the flaw and in our second round of tests we rated the stroller very good overall.
Consumer Reports has designated the Babyhome Eat high chair as Don't Buy: Safety Risk because it lacks key safety features designed to prevent an unharnessed child from sliding out of the seat or possibly being caught and strangled during a fall. Consumer Reports knows of no deaths or injuries associated with this high chair model.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced the recall of approximately 340 Mutsy Evo strollers because the opening between the grab bar and seat bottom can allow a child's body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck--a strangulation hazard if the child is not harnessed. The recall comes after Consumer Reports discovered the problem in December 2012 as part of our stroller testing program and notified the CPSC and Mutsy. We designated the stroller as Don't Buy: Safety Risk.
Target has recalled 560,000 Circo and Xhilaration children's two-piece pajama sets and 42,000 Circo girls' fleece blanket sleepers because both products violate the federal flammability standard for children's sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries.
Bugaboo has recalled 46,300 of its Cameleon and Donkey strollers in the U.S. and 4,440 in Canada because a button on the stroller's carrycot/seat carry handle can become disengaged and cause the handle to detach, posing fall and choking hazards to young children.
Portable electric space heaters provide heat quickly without the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, making them a quick way to provide extra warmth to a chilly family room. But if you have little kids, it's safest to keep them away space heaters--electrical or otherwise. Here are additional tips for using space heaters safely.
Fisher-Price Inc., of East Aurora, N.Y., has "recalled to inspect" 800,000 Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleepers for mold that can develop between the seat cushion and frame when it remains moist or is infrequently cleaned. The recall was announced today by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Our most recent test of strollers revealed two models that pose a potential strangulation hazard. We have designated these models, the iCandy Cherry (at right), and the Mutsy Evo (at left), Don't Buy: Safety Risk.
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