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Consumer Reports Guide to Childproofing & Safety [Paperback]

Jamie Schaefer-Wilson , Consumer Reports


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May 13 2008
Your home. Your yard. That great big world out there. Hazards waiting to seriously injure your child are everywhere. Each year, millions of children sustain an injury serious enough to require medical care. The majority of these accidents can be prevented.

As a parent, you want to do everything in your power to arm yourself with the best and most complete safety information available. But finding and keeping track of all of this essential information is a daunting task. This book, chock full of easily readable tips, advice, and clear illustrations compiles all the information time-crunched parents and caregivers need to keep their children safe both at home and on the go - so you can spend less time worrying, and more time enjoying your kids.

- Which products are safe to use with your children and how to identify products that are not

- How to eliminate potential hazards in every room in your home

- Tips for your babysitters, grandparents and other caregivers

- Tips beyond childproofing, from basic bite and sting care to more serious problems such as poisoning, choking, and food allergies.

- Playground, beach, water safety and MORE.

- Clear advice for choosing the right car seat and illustrated instructions for proper installation

- Special section on the hazards of LEAD and what you can do about them.

From one of the most trusted sources of safety information, here is an invaluable baby and child safety resource every parent and caregiver should own.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Consumer Reports (May 13 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933524170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933524177
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 14.7 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #856,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jamie Schaefer-Wilson serves on several juvenile products committees for the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) where she advocates for safer juvenile product standards. She has been the featured speaker for American Baby Magazine for their winter child safety seminars for the past two years. Jamie is currently a consultant in Juvenile Product Testing and Safety for Consumer Reports. Jamie works with the non-profit KIDS AND CARS and is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. She is also author of "The Baby Rules: The Insider's Guide to Raising Your Parents," and has been featured in newspapers and magazines including American Baby, Pregnancy, Consumer Digest, Woman's World, Working Mother and Parent Guide.


Consumer Reports regularly reports on baby products and child safety issues. Their work is based on the impartial testing and expertise of the Technical Division, which has evaluated products for more than seventy years. Since 1936, the mission of Consumer Reports has been to test, inform, and protect.



Consumer Reports is located in Yonkers, NY and for more than 70 years has tested and reported on products of every form, size and shape, including consumer electronics, autos, appliances, baby products, and health and financial services. Consumer Reports is trusted for its expert unbiased testing and reporting, and for the fact that it does not take advertising and is beholden to no commercial interest.

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  16 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-read for Parents! June 16 2008
By Marilyn Heins - Published on Amazon.com
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Every parent should read this comprehensive, easy-to-read and understand guide to child safety at home, outdoors, and in the car. There is an enormous amount of information so I suggest parents, especially new parents, do a quick read to learn about hazards in familiar surroundings and what parents can do to prevent injury. Then when you are ready to buy a bicycle and helmet carefully re-read that section in the chapter, "On the Go" which also covers strollers, skates, and how to be a safe pedestrian. This book is so comprehensive I could only come up with one omission: under food safety I would have added food spoilage and hazards like bacterial contamination of purchased food urging parents to keep abreast of food recalls and warnings. Might a new parent feel overwhelmed thinking about all the possible dangers in their child's world? Maybe, but better safe than sorry. Plus the book will help a parent develop a "safety reflex" so you automatically turn in the pot handle even though there are no toddlers around. Plus you will be modeling that safety reflex for your kids which will help keep your future grandchildren safe.

Marilyn Heins, MD
Pediatrician and parenting educator
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine for what it is Nov. 29 2008
By Peter Wayne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Do you have a subscription to Consumer Reports online? Then you can skip this book and just surf for the latest reviews. Otherwise, this is a fine little book to prepare you on what to look for, what questions to ask. It's actually a little thin on specific recommendations -- not every product has a review per se -- and be forewarned: there are no recommendations on car seats, as they are re-evaluating their safety criteria on car seats/crash worthiness. You may be just as well off getting the recommended list from your registry at Babies-R-Us or Target or wherever, and looking at the online customer reviews of the products.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the usual Consumer Reports Feb. 3 2009
By AP - Published on Amazon.com
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This isn't what you expect from consumer reports. All this book does is tell you what you need for baby-proofing your home. You can find this information anywhere on the internet. Their other books and their monthly magazine review different products and let you know which ones were better so you know what brand to buy. After reading this you still have to research what the better brands are.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish There Were More How To's As Well... Dec 24 2009
By Happy Camper - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book for first time parents in understanding what to childproof, but I wish there were more how to install instructions. I also wish that they'd give more information on people to "hire" to help you. It just didn't give enough information. It's a good start though.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A top pick for any concerned parent July 13 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Any parent who doesn't have the utmost concern for the safety of their child cannot call themselves a parent. "Consumer Reports Guide to Childproofing & Safety: 600 Tips for Keeping Kids Safe at Home and on the Go" is a complete and comprehensive guide for parents who seek to keep their child as safe as possible while they navigate one of the world's most treacherous and hazard-filled paths - life. With suggestions on avoiding bad toys or products, and how to treat common injuries, "Consumer Reports Guide to Childproofing Safety: 600 Tips for Keeping Kids Safe at Home and on the Go" is a top pick for any concerned parent and for community library parenting collections.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch

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