One Baby, Nine Months Of Parenting, and Two Product Recalls

23 Feb

Creepy. We’ve been in the baby gear business for nine months now, and this is the second product we’ve owned that’s come under a safety recall. First our baby monitor (which has a power cord that has been associated with–nightmare–strangulation) and now our jogging stroller, which has a strap that, again, can wrap around the baby in a frightening and obviously unsafe way. It’s the thought that some other parents had to have a horrific experience to lead to a recall that makes your heart hurt.

For us, the baby monitor’s camera sat on the wall with that cord running to the outlet, and the only thing that ever crossed my mind was that it looked bad, and our daughter could grab it and maybe knock the camera out of kilter, forcing a walk to the nursery to re-adjust. Why didn’t it cross my mind that she could become tangled in it?

I also never had the thought that something could go wrong with the jogging stroller, though I’ll be the first to tell you my wife and I, longtime once-a-year marathon runners, have not exactly been burning up the miles lately. That stroller’s been out for perhaps two runs in total. So I don’t feel quite as bad about never having a thought about a safety issue.

All the thinking and obsessing about safety and which product would be best for our baby, and still, there’s no way to avoid buying something that maybe isn’t quite as perfect and safe as you’d hope. The best way to move forward, I’m thinking, is to make sure parents who do notice something off about that baby monitor share their concerns. We’ve got to watch out for each other, because by the time a recall is announced, some families have been through hell.

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2 Responses to “One Baby, Nine Months Of Parenting, and Two Product Recalls”

  1. Mary February 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    The video monitors themselves scare me. I’ve seen a few articles recently where reporters have driven around and intercepted over-the-air video feeds from dozens of baby monitors. I don’t have a baby yet, but the thought of a stranger watching my kid scares me as much as safety recalls!

    • standupkid February 24, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

      Mary, it IS weird. We had the uber-bizarre experience of looking at OUR baby monitor one night and seeing ANOTHER baby. It was like slipping into the X-Files. It was a neighbor with the same monitor on the same frequency. Kept us awake feeling weird.

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