After my son was born, I had serious anxiety about everything. From the right laundry detergent to choosing the right pacifier, I found myself overwhelmed for the first 6 months of his life. This was compounded by sleep deprivation and the fact that he had a colicky period each day, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Back then, I never even considered (or heard of) product recalls for child products. It never dawned on me that the crib we were using might be unsafe or the toys he chewed on when he was teething might be in violation of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act's lead regulations.
Product recall information wasn't as readily accessible as today. Today, child product recall information is all over the internet. When my son was in infant, the internet was nowhere near the size it is today. Back then, accessing the internet on a cell phone wasn't even possible.
In a sense, I'm glad I didn't have the information to worry about because if I did, I would have obsessed about child product recalls. Just last month, drop side cribs were recalled due to the risk of the sides failing. This is a risk inherent in drop side cribs, especially ones that have been assembled and re-assembled over time. I used a drop side crib for my son that was given to me by a friend and remember that the sides seemed shaky, but it never dawned on me that if the sides failed, he could have fallen out of his crib, or worse, become entrapped and suffocated. I didn't know of this risk back then and only learned about it after I became an injury lawyer. We were lucky nothing happened.
As an infant, my son didn't have any major mishaps or accidents. I'm one of the lucky parents whose child didn't have an accident or become injured due to an unsafe product. Thousands of kids are injured each year due to unsafe products. There are two things parents can do: try to stay informed and register products (fill in the product registration card and send it in).
Here are some good child product recall resources:
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