And be wary of when your child is prepping for a new stage in development: "A child's life is filled with numerous firsts," Campbell says. "The first time they stand, and the first time they stand in a stroller. The first time they crawl, and the first time they crawl out of their crib. It's often the surprise of when they first do that activity that exposes the child to potential hazards." So, if you see your baby slowly grasping the concept of climbing, be the baby again, this time looking for risks above ground level.
Out with the Old...
As sentimental as it is to put your babe to bed in the crib you once cuddled up in, reusing family heirlooms is a common misstep of many parents.
"The use of hand-me-down products, particularly cribs, isn't a good idea," Waller says. "Although it's clear they're not doing it to hurt the child, we still see a tremendous number of injuries from the use of older products."
Manufacturers constantly develop new standards, and this causes many a mom to wonder how old is too old. According to JPMA, there are no prescribed time frames for determining when products become obsolete, with the exception of guidelines for child restraint seats, which have a federal standard of approximately no more than six years of use. "If a parent used the heck out of a stroller, anything over two years old might be pushing it, but if a high chair hasn't seen a lot of wear and tear, it can be several years or another kid before you need a new one," Waller says.