Safe Shopping

14 Jan

You wouldn’t buy a light bulb, extension cord or toaster without checking to make sure that it was UL listed–that’s the mark of a safe electrical or mechanical product.

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.

Stop back again on Monday for two BIG Baskets of Bargains and the kickoff of Great Ideas Week!

One Response to “Safe Shopping”

  1. mike@baby jogger sale 10. Feb, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    What JPMA does that ASTM does not do is they actually pull product from the shelves in stores, while ASTM does lab testing of products sent by the manufacturer. This is great because it tests products selected randomly from production runs that have traveled from the manufacturer to the store. So in a sense they test the entire supply chain whereas ASTM tests for product compliance with standards such as flammability, sharp edges, stress, etc.

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