Mama in the City

A blog about raising my family in downtown Vancouver

Grandpa Safety to the Rescue!

Growing up with my two sisters we were always kept in order with my Dad's safety precautions. In fact so much so that we are all a little on 'the safe side' in our adult years. Our husbands will testify to that as we three sisters tend to worry about things ahead and will guard a lit candle with our eyes. So, in honor of my Dad I am introducing occasional posts by 'Grandpa Safety'! From time to time Grandpa Safety will make an appearance and will write to all you readers about safety concerns related to babies and children. Sometimes it might be a specific product, a story or an issue current in the news. Here are some words from our Grandpa Safety! Enjoy! Please feel free to leave him a comment. ~ Mama in the City

Andrea asked for some thoughts from Ben's Grandpa that might be of interest and I am pleased to oblige. My wife and I were overjoyed when we first became grandparents some five years ago and now we are proud to have three grandchildren with Ben being the youngest one. So, what can a grandpa write about that might be helpful and won't illicit remarks such as " We don't do it that way any more ! ". Well, I thought a few comments on Canada's role in improving safety of food, consumer and health products might be helpful.

If you are looking at this web site I guess you most likely have a little one or hoping for one in the future. Making sure that your baby has the best possible food and the least exposure to hazards is a big deal for most parents. Especially right now with that topic being in the news. In Canada most parents can make a choice on such items as food and baby toys but it seems that often things slip through and the hazards are just not obvious. The Canadian government has recently announced that it is bringing in a new Canada Consumer Product Act and strengthening regulations.

Some of their press release states - "Health Canada moved to ban the use of harmful chemical additives called phthalates in children's soft vinyl toys,strict new regulations preventing toy companies from using six phthalates in bath toys (rubber duckies), animal figures, school supplies and vinyl bibs.It also moved to effectively ban lead content in children's products that come in contact with young mouths, such as pacifiers, teethers, snorkels, baby bottle nipples, and sippy cups.

This grandpa thinks these new rules are a good thing so long as they are actually enforced! Ben seems to be at the stage when he will chew just about anything and no parent should have to worry if something like a toy could make their baby sick.


Sister Sarah said...

I enjoyed this very much. Good writing job Dad! You could start your own blog:) We were lucky to have parents who cared so much about their children's well-being growing-up. And you still do...I appreciate it.

Oh and I just threw out a rubber duck.

June 29, 2009 at 10:37 PM  
Mama in the City said...

Testing! Testing! New comment application is up. Do you like it any better? Is it easier? Thank goodness my husband is computer savvy!

June 30, 2009 at 9:27 AM  
Auntie Glyn said...

Nice work Grandpa Safety! You make a good point about enforcement of these new rules. It's great to set safety standards but without accountability kids will still be coming in contact with unsafe materials. Also, I wonder if such rules cover items imported to Canada? I see baby items in the dollar store and can't help but wonder...

And yes, the new comments format is MUCH better!

June 30, 2009 at 4:05 PM  
City Mama said...

This is why I like the 'old fashioned' wood toys with milk based paint for my baby.

July 3, 2009 at 8:40 PM  

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