Child safety is on the minds of millions these days, with the growing number of baby product recalls involving car safety seats, strollers, bassinets and cribs. Has there been some drop of industry standards that's causing less than safe baby products?

The sad truth is that many manufacturers are cutting corners to cut costs in tough times. Graco, Stork Craft, Regal Lager, Jenny Lind, IKEA, Delta, Dorel, and many more have recalled millions of cribs, strollers, bassinets, highchairs, and car seats. Many of these companies had moved operations to China and other offshore manufacturers, strictly to lower cost.

So what do parents and guardians do?

First, make a list of everything your child sits, stands, sleeps, eats, or pretty much does anything in or on. From swings to strollers, play yards to papasans, bassinets to convertible cribs. Then go to recalls.gov to see if any of the brands, makes, or models have been recalled. If you do find that something has been recalled, find out what action you should take (return, repair, exchange, etc.).

Once you know what you should do if any products in your home are not safe, you should also safeguard your future purchases. You can sign up to receive email alerts from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and other consumer safety groups at recalls.gov. The service is free, and may save the life of someone you care about. The website also offers a free mobile phone app.

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