Everything You Need To Know About Baby Swing Safety. Make Sure You Protect Your Baby While He Rocks.
The infant swing safety guidelines on this page will help to ensure that your baby is safe in her favorite soother.
She just loves the to and fro rocking motion. It keeps her quiet, and if you're lucky even rocks her off to sleep. But a baby swing can be dangerous for your little one if it is not used correctly. Make sure you are aware of the hazards, and protect your baby from harm...
Send in your product registration card so that you will be notified if your baby swing is recalled. You should never use a recalled baby product.
Correct Usage Guidelines To Ensure Baby Swing Safety
Many baby swing accidents result from incorrect usage. The worst kind of accident is one where you know you could have prevented it. Follow these guidelines every time you put your precious child in his swing to make sure he stays safe...
Babies have wiggled out of their straps in the past resulting in entrapment and strangulation. For this reason baby should never be left to sleep in the swing at night when you are not supervising him.
Make sure that your baby is always in view, even if he is strapped in.
NEVER use your baby swing on a raised surface such as a table.
Use the baby swing on a flat, level surface away from curious little finger hazards such as:
Electrical power points and cords.
Curtain and blind cords.
Use the harness EVERY TIME you put baby in the swing.
The harness should fit baby snugly. If it is too loose, adjust the straps.
Babies can wriggle and slip down if they are not strapped in. This has resulted in babies' heads becoming entrapped between the seat and the tray, causing strangulation. So at the risk of repeating myself - PLEASE protect your baby and always use your straps.
Don't use a pillow, folded quilt or blanket as a backrest in the swing. Modern baby swings have padded seat covers anyway and provide more than enough comfort for your cuddly bundle.
Don't move the swing to a new position while your baby is in it. Take the time to pick your baby up, then move it. It's just safer.
Don't adjust the recline position while baby is in the swing. Again, take the time to remove baby first. Sneak in an extra snuggle while you're at it.
Don't suspend your own toys above the swing. It's tempting - you just want them to gurgle with delight at all the fun stuff you've accumulated for them, but this presents a strangulation hazard. Rather look for a swing with a built in mobile or toy bar.
Young babies should be placed in the lying position until they have gained sufficient head control. Their spindly little newborn necks just can't handle the weight in a sitting up position.
If you are using a foldable, portable swing, make sure that the frame is locked securely in place during use.
Stop using the baby swing when your little one reaches the age or weight restriction specified by the swing manufacturer.
It's become her favorite spot, so it's tempting to carry on for a bit longer, but it's dangerous
- so please don't.
Maintenance Of Baby Swing Safety
Baby swings take quite a beating with all the moving around and to-ing and fro-ing - regularly check the swing for:
Loose parts that baby could pull off and choke on, especially caps and plugs on tubing.
Tears in the seat. Baby can choke on small pieces of foam torn from the padding.
Secure locking devices on recline adjusters, folding mechanisms and trays.
Follow these baby swing safety guidelines and enjoy peace of mind while you listen to the soft cooing of a happy, rocking baby.