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Child Safety

It’s Time for an FDA for Toys

Over the past week I have done several dozen news interviews about the toy recalls and how to choose safe toys for this holiday season.   As a child safety expert, reporters are hoping that I have answers for moms who are confused, frustrated and angry.   Unfortunately, there are no easy answers.   It started with lead […]

Will Moms Be Buying Toys This Year?

This past week, moms across the country have reached out to me asking for some advice on shopping for safe toys this holiday season.  I’ve also heard many of them say that they’re just not going to buy toys this year, that they’re afraid that if something hasn’t been recalled it will be in a […]

Are We Risking Our Children’s Lives Buying Toys This Holiday Season?

As the Safety Mom, I get e-mails from concerned parents daily, asking me questions about child safety as well as letting me know about products recalls.  Last night my in-box was flooded with the news of the latest recall, Aqua Dots, distributed by SpinMaster Ltd. here in the U.S.   In case you’re not familiar with […]

Does the CPSC really care about child safety?

Now that the holiday season is about to kick into full gear, we can’t help but wonder, is the toy we just bought really safe?  Are we going to read that it’s been recalled next week?  We rely on the government to monitor these issues and protect our kids from faulty manufacturing and unsafe levels […]

Child Safety Tips for Halloween

Before your little ghosts and goblins set out for a scary night of trick-or-treating, be sure their prepared to be safe as well as scary.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you’re planning their evening: There’s safety in numbers: If your child’s old enough to go out without an adult, make […]

The Cold Medicine Confusion – What’s a Mom To Do?

On Friday, A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended a ban on over-the-counter cough and cold medicines for children younger than 6.    Many reports showed that the medicines were nothing more than a placebo and recommended the drugs be tested to see if they are in any way effective.  The recommendations apply […]

Who’s Picking Up Your Child at School?

My daughter Kelsey started kindergarten this week.  She loved everything about it except taking the bus home after school. Unfortunately we’re the last house on the bus run so she was by herself which was a little frightening for her.  Of course I told her I’d pick her up from school instead.  It turns out […]

You Can Never Take a Vacation From Safety

This past weekend my husband and I took a mini vacation.  When we came out of our hotel room we found a boy who looked to be about five years old standing in the middle of the hall.  When I asked him where his mom and dad were he said that he had left his […]

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