New attention to gender-specific toys raised some controversy in 2012, as Lego introduced construction sets for girls in traditional “girl” colors of pink and lavender pastels.
Fort Lee, NJ (PRWEB) January 04, 2013
RealMomsRealReviews.com, an online site created by moms for moms to exchange advice on a variety of parenting products, launched its 2013 parenting blog season by sharing 2012’s top product health stories, beginning with one of the most emotional product safety stories of 2012 by year’s end:
1. Despite the deaths of five infants sleeping in the Nap Nanny infant-recliner, the manufacturer, Baby Matters, LLC of Berwyn, Pa., refused to issue a recall. The Consumer Product Safety Commission sued in an effort to prevent further tragedies, and in December 2012 took the unusual step of filing an administrative complaint due to defects in the product's design, warnings, and instructions.
In their complaint, CPSC officials claimed that the products "create a substantial risk of injury to the public." Four of the five children who died were using Nap Nanny Generation Two recliners and a fifth death involved the Chill model. A child placed in a Nap Nanny within a crib who rolls out can suffocate if his or her face presses up against the crib bumpers. In addition to the reported deaths, the CPSC says it has received more than 70 reports of children falling out of the product. (CPSC Docket No. 13-1)
Leslie Gudel, owner of Baby Matters, LLC of Berwyn, Pa., manufacturer of Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill claims that the product is safe when used as instructed.
2.. Batteries can pose a serious risk to young children. A Consumer Product Safety Commission study found that a growing number of children are swallowing batteries – particularly the small, round button types – and landing in emergency rooms for battery-related injuries.
3. New attention to gender-specific toys raised some controversy in 2012, as Lego introduced construction sets for girls in traditional “girl” colors of pink and lavender pastels. A UK-based group named "Pink Stinks" accused the Danish toy manufacturer of sexist profiling with the line of Legos (called Legos Friends), while Brooklyn-based consumer group SPARK posted an online petition at Change.org calling for people to: "Tell LEGO to stop selling out girls!" But LEGO claims that four years of product testing resulted in families reporting that some of their girls who had previously avoided blocks were now enthusiastic builders. These findings are important because blocks help develop children’s abilities with spatial and mathematical thinking, according to study findings. Traditionally, boys were given such toys, and girls were not. To develop engineers, architects, scientists and mathematicians, girls and boys need equal play.
4. Despite a movement among parents to limit the amount of television their children watch, new research from the journal “Pediatrics” in 2012 found that kids view a startling amount of background television. The study found that kids are generally exposed to at least four hours of background TV (television that’s on in the same room they’re in, even if they are not actively watching) daily. Children under age two are exposed to 5.5 hours of background television daily.
5. Infant changing pads, nap pads and crib mattress pads are showing up containing dangerous levels of a known carcinogen. According to an article published in the LA Times, the Centers for Environmental Health in Oakland threatened legal action against major national retailers including Toys R Us, Target and Walmart in an effort to force them to stop selling foam products that contain levels of Chlorinated Tris that exceed those permitted by California law. Banned in 1977 from children’s pajamas, Chlorinated Tris has been linked with gene mutations and hormone disruption.
6. An article in Science Daily, reports that injury rates to children while playing on inflatable bouncers increased fifteen-fold between 1995 and 2010, according to a report in the journal “Pediatrics.” Moonwalks, bounce houses and inflatable slides are popular for young children's birthday parties and carnivals, but the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio calls the injury rate caused by these novelties "epidemic." In 2010 alone, 30 children were treated for injuries daily in hospital emergency departments according to the report. The number of injuries increased from 702 in 1995 to 11,311 in 2010. Falls were the most common cause, followed by stunts and collisions. Smaller children are a greater risk.
Safe toys and child care products are a serious matter to every parent, but choosing safer toys and products doesn’t have to be rocket science. Check the CPSC website for guidelines in choosing safer toys and products for your child.
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