If you are like me your children’s items enter your home via thrift stores, yard sales, and hand-me-downs. While I love saving money, their safety is my number one concern. Items are not a good deal if they could potentially harm your child. I remember years ago we received a pack-n-play from a friend. I found out after using it for several months that it had been recalled. We stopped using it and purchased a different one.
Now it is easy to find out if those second hand items are safe. Parents.com has a feature that allows you to check the recall status of any baby item or toy. You enter the name, type of product, and time frame (if you know it) and it searches for recall information.
If the item has been recalled the site provides detailed information as well as weblinks if available. This site is free and doesn’t require you to register, which of course means saving time!
You can access the site by clicking on this link. Their information is compiled from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and other sources. For more information concerning recalls, visit www.cpsc.gov or, for car seats, www.safercar.gov.