September Is Baby Safety Month- Take a Second Look at Second Hand Baby Gear

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JPMA is helping educate parents and caregivers on the importance of safely using second hand, hand-me-down, and heirloom baby gear.

September is Baby Safety Month, sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This September, JPMA is helping educate parents and caregivers on the importance of safely using second hand, hand-me-down, and heirloom baby gear.

In these tough economic times, parents are pinching pennies anywhere they can. A new nursery can cost as little or as much as you are willing to spend. Whether by choice or necessity, parents are increasingly buying second hand products. From garage sales, auctions, thrift stores or friends and family, parents are finding ways to cut costs on baby gear.

Purchasing new products that meet current safety standards is the safest option. However, if you are on a tight budget, buying second hand is a good alternative, but it is vital you follow a few basic rules to ensure you aren’t compromising safety for price.

Raising a bundle of joy takes care and knowledge to ensure the first years are happy and healthy. It’s important to know how to properly use any juvenile product, new or used, including cautiously following product instructions and using keenly attuned instincts when caring for baby at all times.

There is an abundance of material available today for parents and caregivers looking for safety information regarding juvenile products. This year’s Baby Safety Month campaign and the information contained on the special microsite, provide insight into the safe selection and use of second hand, hand-me-down, and heirloom products.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to read through the safety tips, and a special section just for retailers provides ideas and helpful hints for promoting Baby Safety Month in-store. We invite you to celebrate Baby Safety Month 2012 and Take A Second Look At Second Hand Baby Gear.

Special acknowledgment goes to Baby Safety Month partner, WeMakeItSafer, for supporting this important campaign and providing a portion of the safety guidelines included on the website.

Baby Safety Month started in 1983 when JPMA initiated “Expectant Mother’s Day.” In 1986, it was extended to a week long celebration, until 1991, when JPMA sponsored the first “Baby Safety Awareness Month.” Since then, every September has been designated as Baby Safety Month.

About the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association is a national trade organization of more than 250 companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. JPMA exists to advance the interests, growth and well-being of North American prenatal to preschool product manufacturers, importers and distributors marketing under their own brands to consumers. It does so through advocacy, public relations, information sharing, product performance certification and business development assistance conducted with appreciation for the needs of parents, children and retailers.

To find out more information about the JPMA certification program, the products certified and a complete listing of JPMA members, please visit . Follow JPMA on Twitter @JPMA and connect with us on Facebook to learn about additional safety tips and JPMA initiatives.

ABOUT WeMakeItSafer
WeMakeItSafer is a high-tech, social venture that builds applications for consumers, manufacturers and retailers to improve communication around product safety information and recalls. Founded in 2009, WeMakeItSafer makes recall search, product registration and inventory scanning applications available to the public. Since launching its recall applications in 2011, users have checked more than 3 million products for recalls. Follow WeMakeItSafer on Twitter @WeMakeItSafer or become a Facebook fan at

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