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Children's products

Information about safety issues regarding cribs, baby slings and strollers, as well as common household hazards like magnets.

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Child care

Baby bottles & pacifiers

Baby bottles and pacifiers are part of the everyday toolkit of many parents with young children. But each comes with its own risks if not cared for properly.

Baby slings & carriers

Many parents use baby slings and carriers to carry their babies. While having your child close to you may be practical, using these products incorrectly can lead to injury or suffocation.

Strollers & carriages

Strollers and carriages can be a huge part of your daily life when your children are young. These products are regulated in Canada for safety, but in addition to making sure your stroller or carriage meets current standards, it's also important to know how to use it safely.

Safe play

Battery safety

The batteries required to run many of today's toys contain harmful substances like acids and heavy metals. Here are some guidelines to help you keep playtime safe.

Blind cord safety

Keep cords up high and out of reach. Cords on the side, inside, or back of the window covering are a strangulation risk for children.

General toy safety tips

In Canada, all toys are regulated to make sure they are safe for use by children. Even so, unsafe toys can make their way onto store shelves and into homes. Being informed and aware of potential risks will help you protect your child's health and safety.

Using a second-hand toy

Use caution when shopping for children at garage sales or second-hand value shops. All too often products sold at garage sales do not meet current safety requirements.

Lead & cadmium in children's jewellery

Lead is often used in making costume jewellery. Wearing jewellery containing lead does not cause harm -- but sucking, chewing on or swallowing it can cause damage to children's bodies, especially the nervous system.

Magnets

Small, powerful magnets can be dangerous to children of all ages. Children can swallow these magnets and be seriously injured.

Play smart, play safe

Using unsafe toys -- or using safe toys in unsafe ways -- can pose any number of risks for children.

Small parts in toys

Small objects present choking, ingestion and inhalation hazards to young children.

Soft vinyl toys

In December 2010, the Government of Canada restricted the use of six chemicals (phthalates) in the soft vinyl of children's toys and child care articles such as bath toys, baby bibs and teethers.

Sports gear safety tips

When your children are out playing -- whether in a team sport like hockey or for unstructured fun like tobogganing -- keep them safe by taking the right precautions.

Toy safety during the holidays

The holidays are a time for family and fun -- and are often when many new toys and decorations come into the home. Some of these could contain hidden health and safety hazards if not used properly.

Trampolines & bouncy castles (inflatable play structures)

Use of trampolines and bouncy castles (inflatable play structures) are becoming increasingly popular at people's homes. While children enjoy playing on these products, using them incorrectly can cause injuries.

Ice safety

Keep children safe when ice skating. Make sure they always wear a helmet, as the slick ice makes it easy to slip and fall.

Safe sleep

Blind cord safety

Keep cords up high and out of reach. Cords on the side, inside, or back of the window covering are a strangulation risk for children.

Bunk beds

Bunk beds are convenient and fun ways for kids to share a bedroom. To make sure your children enjoy their bunk safely, be clear with them about the "rules" of use, and check that the bed you own (or are thinking of buying) meets current safety standards.

Children's sleepwear

Children's sleepwear sold in Canada must meet strict flammability requirements that improve safety.

Cribs, cradles & bassinets

Babies spend a lot of time in their cribs, cradles, and bassinets. To make sure yours is safe to use, check Health Canada's Consumer Product Recalls to find out about products that have been recalled.

Playpens

It is very important to make sure a playpen is assembled correctly before using it. Follow the manufacturer's instructions completely, as well as guidelines regarding the weight and age of child the playpen is made for.

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