Are Grandparents Clueless About Kid Safety Rules?

Are Grandparents Clueless About Kid Safety Rules?
First, a shoutout to my two-year-old’s four grandparents, who spend hours a week helping watch him, and without whom I could not be a happy working mama.

I rarely question their child-rearing judgment (after all, my husband and I turned out just fine), but new research presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that many grandparent caregivers could use a refresher course when it comes to Kid Safety 101.

It was a small study of just 49 grandparents, but the results revealed that many didn’t know recent updates to rules about sleep, car seats, and walkers. Among the startling findings:

33 percent said the best position for a baby to sleep in is his stomach.

Fact: The AAP recommends infants be placed to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

49 percent said that bumpers, stuffed animals, and blankets are safe to have in an infant crib.

Fact: Last year the AAP officially recommended that babies not sleep with these items, which could also raise SIDS risk.

74 percent said walkers are a good way to help baby take those first steps.

Fact: The AAP strongly discourages walker use because they can lead to serious falls and injuries.

24.5 percent said that a 22-pound, 9-month-old baby should sit in a front-facing car seat.

Fact: Recent AAP guidelines recommend that babies remain in rear-facing car seats until age two.

Considering that an estimated 2.87 million grandparents are primary caregivers to their grandchildren (a 20 percent increase since the year 2000), it’s important that everyone (parents, grandparents, and anyone providing childcare) be up to date on the latest safety recommendations. It’s a good idea to read the same baby books, share articles about changes in childcare advice, and perhaps even take Grandma along to those well-child checkups at the pediatrician to make sure everyone is up to snuff.

Photo Credit: © Stockbyte/Thinkstock

Want to stay smart and healthy?

Get our weekly Health Reads newsletter

how we use your e-mail

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram


A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.


Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.


Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”


Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.