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Written by:  Odile Fredericks
Date: July 16, 2012

Baby monitors are lifesavers for busy parents, but for babies and tots, the devices could be lethal if they are placed too close to a crib.

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), a national trade organization, last week kicked off a campaign to alert parents and caregivers of the strangulation risks when baby audio and video monitors are placed too close to where an infant or toddler is sleeping.

How close is too close? JPMA is urging parents to check now to ensure that the electrical cords from monitors and other products are at least three feet away from any part of a crib, bassinet, play yard, or other safe sleep environment. Don't forget to make sure that all cords are out of your child's reach, including those mounted on the wall. Never position a monitor inside or on the edge of a crib. You'll find safety tips, advisories and a public safety video in English and Spanish demonstrating safe baby monitor at www.BabyMonitorSafety.org, a new site that JPMA has launched.

More baby news ... Think your baby is cute? Gerber Products Company, on Monday announced the launch of the Gerber Generation Photo Search III on its Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Gerber. Parents of children up to 48 months of age are encouraged to upload their favorite photo of their children for a chance to win the search grand prize – a $50,000 cash prize and the opportunity to star in an upcoming advertisement for Gerber. Photo entries are being accepted through Aug. 26.


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