On Friday, our Babyproofing piece aired on the WPIX morning news. We decided to give WPIX the right to giveaway our One Level Living Package to 1 lucky viewer. You have until July 1st to enter.
Years ago, before we were certified in CPR, I was watching Runway Moms, a show about pregnant moms in NYC, and one of the moms on the show had a terrible experience, where her little girl fell off the family boat and into the water below. She was able to save her daughter’s life because she knew how to do CPR on the toddler.
Most of our clients have already taken an infant/child CPR class by the time they call us and if they haven’t, we highly recommend it.
One of the BEST places to learn infant/child CPR in NYC is Little Hearts CPR, run by Amy Gross. We took her class a few years back and she is one of the most knowledgeable safety professionals we have ever come across.
In her class, you will learn:
- Infant and Child CPR
- Relief of Foreign Body Airway Obstruction ( Choking )
- NYC Taxicab and Car Seat Guidelines
- Extensive Baby Safety Tips for use from Day 1 on
Classes are taught in Manhattan, several times a week, and once a month in Brooklyn. Amy, will also do private lessons, for a little bit more money.
Baby Bodyguards wants to stress again, how important it is to arm yourself and everyone who takes care of your child, with the lifesaving tools necessary in case of an emergency.
A few weeks ago we all heard about the horrifying death of Exodus Tyson, Mike Tyson’s four year old daughter. Exodus was found dangling from a looped cord attached to a treadmill in her family’s home. She was rushed to the hospital and spent the rest of her brief life in critical condition and on life support.
Kids are naturally curious, and it is important to always keep a watchful eye on them. Unfortunately, even when closely supervised it only takes a few seconds for a child to get into a lot of trouble.
Even if you feel your house is completely childproofed, please take a few minutes to review our list of potential strangulation hazards you may not have thought about.
- Make sure the slats on your baby’s crib are more than 2 3/8 inch apart.
- Remove mobiles from cribs when baby can push up on hands and knees.
- Don’t allow babies or children to sleep with bibs, necklaces, or any other items around their necks.
- Make sure that rails on bunk beds or toddlers beds fit closely against the bed from so your child’s head cannot slip through.
- Take ribbons, cords, or strings off of toys before giving them to kids to play, and never attach a pacifier or other item to your baby with a string.
- Remove all drawstrings from jackets, sweatpants, or other clothing that babies or young children wear. Most of these are probably items that were recalled just for that reason, but check to be sure.
- Store children’s belts, scarves, tights, necklaces and similar items out of kids’ reach. Since much of the time kids spend in their bedrooms is, by nature, unsupervised, these items shouldn’t be left in a bedroom drawer where children can play with them.
- Be sure any dress up clothes that could pose a strangulation hazard are played with only under direct supervision.
- Don’t allow kids to play on playground equipment or bicycles wearing things like long necklaces, purses, backpacks or scarves that can get caught in equipment.
- Supervise kids playing with balloons carefully. They may be tempted to wrap the string around their necks.
- Gather up and secure any loose cords, cables, wires, ropes, netting or similar items. This includes swing sets, too. Don’t leave anything dangling.
- Make sure there are no loose strings hanging from mini blinds or other window coverings
Get on your hands and knees if you have to, so you can see the world like your child does. If it looks like something that might attract your child and could be dangerous, you need to do something about it.
NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
|Office of Information and Public Affairs||Washington, DC 20207|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2009
Release # 09-233
|Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 460-2922
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Bugaboo Recalls Strollers Due to Risk of Brake Failure
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Bugaboo Bee Strollers
Units: About 22,500
Distributor: Bugaboo North America Inc., of Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Manufacturer: Bugaboo Design & Sales, B.V., of the Netherlands
Hazard: One or both sides of the brakes can fail, causing a stroller to unexpectedly roll away on an incline. This can pose a risk of injury to the child occupant.
Incidents/Injuries: Bugaboo has received 121 reports of the stroller’s brakes failing. No injuries have been reported.
Description: Bugaboo Bee strollers have item code 580210 on a label on the back of the seat and item code 50100 on a label on the plastic support under the seat. The strollers were sold in blue, dark khaki, pink, red, yellow, and black. “bugaboo® bee” is printed on the left side of the seat.
Sold at: Juvenile product retailers nationwide and on various Web sites from August 2007 through April 2009 for about $530.
Manufactured in: Taiwan
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the strollers immediately and contact Bugaboo to receive a free repair kit. To order the bracket kit, go to www.bugaboo.com and fill in the special order form or contact Bugaboo customer service.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Bugaboo at (800) 460-2922 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, visit the firm’s Web site at www.bugaboo.com, or email the firm at firstname.lastname@example.org