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Heading Home: Safe clothing and accessories for newborns

Posted September 20th, 2010 in Children, clothing, Motherhood, Newborns by admin

I love the internet and all the information I find!  I simply can not write better articles than what I find! Hope you enjoy them too!  This great reminder came from CentralValleyMoms.com!

By admin on Sep 20th, 2010
ShareThe following is an excerpt from “Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality” (Second Edition):

You’ll want to always take safety into account when choosing baby clothes.

Fortunately, there aren’t too many hazards lurking out there when it comes to baby clothing if you just put the necessary forethought into your purchases. An organization called the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) provides safety standards for clothing as well as other baby and consumer products, and routinely issues recalls to alert the public about potentially unsafe items. In addition to directing you to the CPSC website (www.cpsc.gov) for the purpose of identifying specific products as potentially unsafe, we’ve listed below some good general baby clothing safety considerations.

Safe at sleep. Baby sleepwear should be flame-resistant and/or snugfitting. That said, not all pajamas for babies come with a flame-resistant or flame-retardant finish. After determining that loose-fitting clothing could catch fire more easily, the CPSC required in 2000 that all tags and labels on children’s sleepwear alert potential purchasers if they are not flame-resistant and therefore need to be snug-fitting. In other words, check the labels.

No strings attached. Simply put, anything in which a baby could potentially become entangled is best left on the rack. While prevention measures have made it far less likely to find potentially dangerous outfits in the stores, items with strings or large, loose hoods should be carefully scrutinized before purchase. The CPSC recommends that no strings whatsoever be used in the neck or hood region and advises shortened drawstrings (measuring no more than 3 extra inches at either end) at the waist.

Loose object liability. Get in the habit of evaluating baby clothes for small and potentially removable objects. The most obvious, of course, are buttons. It’s amazing how many small 3-dimensional objects you can find attached to baby clothing in the name of fashion these days. If it isn’t securely fastened, be sure to avoid or remove anything your child could choke on should it come loose.

Pediatricians, moms and authors, Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP, and Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, offer a wealth of “parent-tested, pediatrician-approved” advice in “Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality,” Second Edition (American Academy of Pediatrics, September 2010). Available on the American Academy of Pediatrics official website for parents, HealthyChildren.org at www.healthychildren.org/heading-home. Also available in bookstores nationwide.


By LAURA A. JANA MD, FAAP, AND JENNIFER SHU, MD, FAAP
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