Category Archives: Safety

Beautiful Bedding with or without the Bumper

In our industry, things change constantly. Colors and patterns that were on trend this season may be very hard to find next season, our artisans are always coming up with gorgeous new pieces, and child safety standards are ever evolving. Over the past few years, baby bedding with bumpers has been a big topic of debate.

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) filed a petition requesting that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) establish a performance standard for crib bumpers to distinguish between “hazardous pillow-like” and “non-hazardous traditional” styles.  JPMA’s current stance is that “traditional crib bumpers, when used properly, can prevent limb entrapment and head injuries.”

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), there is no evidence that crib bumpers protect against injury, but they do carry a potential risk of suffocation, strangulation, or entrapment because infants lack the motor skills or strength to turn their heads should they roll into something that obstructs their breathing.

We at Posh are supporters of parents. We believe that you will make the right decision for your baby. To help support this important decision, we have recently added many new bedding sets available with our without bumpers. Below are a few new beauties with designs that don’t dull without the bumper!

raspberry dahlia bedding from PoshTots

Raspberry Dahlia Baby Bedding

montego bay bedding from PoshTots

Montego Bay Baby Bedding

prim posie bedding from PoshTots

Prim Posie Baby Bedding

The trick? If you’re on the fence about using a bumper (or definitely don’t want to), find a bedding set with most of the pizzazz in the crib skirt. This way, you won’t feel like you are being cheated out of the look you want when the bumper is taken away.

Many parents purchase bumpers, but only use them when their baby is around 6-12 months (give or take). Babies around this range have the ability to move away from the bumpers if needed, will be protected from getting their little legs and arms caught, but aren’t quite big enough to climb up on the bumper. You know your baby best and will be able to determine what is right for their stage of mobility.

We, and our talented designers and artisans, make every attempt to progress with the industry. Our promise to you, our PoshParents, is to strive to find new products to fulfill your style cravings and safety concerns. So will it be a two or three piece set for your baby?

If you are totally against bumpers, shop bumperless bedding sets here.

As Seen in Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine: June 2013

Have plans to layout by the pool with a good magazine this summer? Be sure to pick up the June 2013 issue of Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine!

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Our Aqua Medallion Crib Sheet was featured as a “sweet sheet” in the Good Mom section of the magazine! How adorable are these sets??

A big thanks to everyone at Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine!

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Click here for a digital copy of the magazine!

To Swaddle, or Not to Swaddle?

When it comes to your baby, you want to know every safety detail about the products you choose and methods you use. So the big question is.. to swaddle, or not to swaddle? We vote yes!

You may have the initial concern that swaddling will restrict your baby’s movement. As long as the blanket is not too tight or covering the baby’s face, they will be very comfortable. Swaddling feels natural for infants since it reminds them of being in a mother’s womb.

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To make swaddling a little easier, here are some Do’s and Don’t’s from OnlyMyHealth.com:

Do

  1. For swaddling, just dress your baby in a cotton made short-sleeved bodysuit. Thick and heavy clothing may make it too warm for the baby. Also, use a light-weight cotton sheet slightly larger than baby’s body.
  2. Some babies seem more comfortable with their arms free. In this case, swaddle your baby only under its arms. Some babies comfort themselves by sucking their fingers or thumbs. Swaddling under the arms allow a baby to learn self-soothing skills.
  3. Once you have swaddled your baby, ensure that your baby can still freely move his legs. Baby’s bottom should be in normal position, flexed and not pressed together.
  4. Make sure to place your swaddled baby on his back with his feet at the bottom of the cot. Putting your swaddled baby to sleep on his stomach can be life threatening.
  5. If your baby has started kicking the sheet off, it is a sign that now it does not want to be bundled any longer. You can stop wrapping your baby once it turns one month old, as this may interfere with baby’s growth, development and mobility.

Don’t

  1. The idea behind swaddling is to make your baby feel secure and safe rather than keeping him warm. Do not wrap him in a thick blanket. A linen sheet may be best when the room is warm. Swaddling the baby in a thick blanket may cause overheating which makes the baby restless and cranky.
  2. Don’t cover your baby’s face while swaddling as this can cause difficulty in breathing and may lead to suffocation. Make sure that the sheet is not too loosely wrapped as it may possibly come undone and cover the face of the baby.
  3. Too tight a swaddle which makes the baby’s legs straight and compressed together may result in legs’ decreased flexibility and movement, or development of hips dysplasia (abnormal development of hip).
  4. Never place a swaddled baby on his stomach. Always place him on his back in bed. If you place a baby on his stomach, he may find breathing in difficult. Being swaddled while sleeping on their stomach increases the chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  5. Never swaddle a baby, who is ill or has a fever. This can overheat the baby by further increasing baby’s already elevated body temperature. An overheated baby may fall into a deep sleep and you may find it hard to arouse him.

At Posh, we believe your baby should be swaddled in style and comfort. Check out a few of our organic Petunia Pickle Bottom Swaddling Blankets!

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Happy Safe Swaddling!

Bumping Bumpers?

As society evolves, so does our idea and knowledge of what is safe. After all, it wasn’t long ago that we were painting with lead and smoking on airplanes! PoshTots is proud to say we’ve grown and adapted as the years have gone by and as product regulations have changed. But, the question still remains, where should the line be drawn when it comes to child safety? Could a crayon, stuffed animal or even a pacifier be considered unsafe when put within the reach of an unknowing child?

Today’s hot-button safety issue is baby bedding, particularly crib bumpers. These stylish accents were intended to prevent…well, bumps. While the American Academy of Pediatrics is advocating the ban of bumpers due to potential injuries, the jury is still out amongst many industry regulators. Michael Dwyer, executive director of the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association (JPMA), reports that traditional, non-pillow style bumpers are fine, and “our fear is that the recommended elimination of bumpers from the marketplace will lead to unintended consequences and may encourage parents to use towels, adult blankets or pillows as a protective barrier from the hard wooden surface of the crib slats.”

Now, we turn to our posh pals for your opinion. What are your thoughts on the safety of crib bumpers? Should they be “bumped”?


Feel free to offer additional insight on this issue in the comments field. We want to hear your personal opinions!

Baby Safety Month

September is baby Safety Month.

We applaud the JPMA for sponsoring and educating parents on critical tips to keep your tiny tot safe.

We urge you to take a look at their website for important tips on Soft Infant Carriers, Frame Infant Carriers, Slings, Wraps and BabyWearing, Everyday Saftey, and Recalls and Warnings.

What important tips do you have on baby safety?

Color Your Space Green

Not the color.  Although we do love green for children’s spaces.

But, really.  It’s earth week.  And that means evaluating, or re-evaluating, your lifestyle and its impact on the earth.  Whether you go all in, and immerse yourself in an environmentally-friendly lifestyle, or prefer to take baby steps, making one change at a time, any change is a good change.  A positive change.  A healthy change.

Low VOC paint

Paint is a good place to start, and PoshTots offers a full line of VOC paints in fabulous colors.  Yes, low VOC usually means higher prices, but consider this:  what you put on your walls will affect your family for their lifetime.  You won’t be aware of the emissions, but they affect you nonetheless.  Isn’t the well-being of your children worth it??

Check out the entire line here.

Happy Earth Week!

 

The Skinny On VOCs

With the green movement in full swing, we’ve been getting an earful about the (potentially harmful) chemicals that surround us on a daily basis.  Which begs the question…why NOT get back to nature?  And, more alarmingly, just what exactly have we been exposed to?

Even more disturbing, some of the chemicals ARE organic in nature — take VOCs, for instance.  The EPA defines VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) as gasses emitted from components/ingredients of certain solids and liquids, including paints, cleaning supplies, pesticides and permanent markers.  The problem with VOCs is that concentrations of these gasses are consistently higher indoors than out (up to ten times higher).  ACK!  While research continues on the prolonged effects and overall health ramifications of these VOCs, the EPA suggests taking steps to reduce the levels in your home.  Adequate ventilation, limited exposure, following label instructions carefully, discarding partially full containers of old/unused chemicals, limiting exposure…these are among the steps recommended.

In addition, plenty of manufacturers are working to find ways to reduce the VOCs in their products, including, and most recognizably, paints.

Paint fumes are nasty, and care is recommended for women who are pregnant who might be exposed.  But it’s the fumes you don’t smell, even after the paint dries, that are just as worrisome.  Especially when you think about a child’s room.

Being the parents of young children, as well as a company catering to young children, PoshTots is committed to providing the best products available for your family.  Whether it’s prepping a nursery, an older child’s room redo or even time for a family room makeover, check out PoshTots’ mouthwatering palate of low VOC paints.

For more information on VOCs, please read An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality.