Parents and grandparents should know that products in 20 categories can be certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association (JPMA). This certification means that a product meets standards set by the ASTM–and nearly 2,000 juvenile products have received this certification, which must be renewed annually.
The product categories include bassinets/cradles, bath seats, booster seats, carriages and strollers, changing tables, children’s folding chairs, frame infant carriers, full-size cribs, gates and enclosures, hand-held infant carriers, high chairs, infant bouncers, infant swings, play yards/non-full size cribs, portable bed rails, portable hook-on chairs, soft infant carriers, stationary activity centers, toddler beds, and walkers. JPMA is currently working on adding commercial cribs and infant bath tubs to the program.
Because car seats must meet strict standards set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, they do not have to pass additional inspections by the JPMA.
The JPMA’s testing program is completely voluntary. When you select a product that has the JPMA inspection seal, you can be confident that the item has met standards “above and beyond” the normal child-safety standards. Here’s the complete list of JPMA-certified products, sorted by category. Make sure to bookmark this list and consult it before you shop.
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