Tuesday, September 7, 2010

September is Baby Safety Month!

Each September, the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association (JPMA) sponsors a campaign called “Baby Safety Month!” This September, JMPA is spreading the word about the importance of creating a safe sleeping environment for your child. We at Travel-Tot couldn’t agree more! JMPA features some brilliant advice on their webpage (click here), including links to crib selection criteria, the “back to sleep” initiative (positioning sleeping children on their backs), and bedding suggestions.

Travel-Tot also wants to encourage you to be vigilant in assuring that these same standards are met when you are away from home. Be sure to either bring your own portable sleeping environment (pack-n-play, bassinet, etc.) and bedding (sheets, sleeping pads, etc.), or be prepared to thoroughly inspect the “borrowed” furniture available at your hotel. Always check to be sure the crib available has not been recalled, that it is JMPA approved, and that it is in good condition. A few quick guidelines to keep in mind can be found at here. If the crib offered by the hotel does not pass muster, ask for a different crib. Do NOT be afraid of offending or annoying hotel staff; they are there to serve you and to provide a safe environment for all their customers, even those who have no voice of their own!
Warm wishes for a safe and healthy September!

- Destination Mom

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