Thursday, February 12, 2009

Keep Your Children Safe This Winter With These Tips From Toys"R"Us!

Before hitting the road with your kids, check out these great tips from Toys"R"Us! Did you know, accidental injuries are the number one cause of death among children in the United States ? It’s estimated that by taking simple precautions, 90% of these injuries can be avoided. While keeping children out of harm’s way when at home is every parent’s priority, on-the-go safety is equally important. Whether it’s a quick trip to the store, an extended vacation, a sleepover at grandma’s or a stay at a hotel, make sure your child is in safe surroundings! Have a wonderful, safe trip!

Tip Sheet:
Safe Kids Worldwide, Toys“R”Us AND Babies“R”Us Offer Tips to Help Keep Tiny Travelers Safe and Happy!

While all parents know the importance of baby-proofing the house, making sure that children are safe when away from home is equally essential. Injuries can happen any time and any place, such as during a car ride with a loved one, a sleepover at grandma’s or on a family vacation, but can be prevented by implementing simple travel safety measures. When it comes to safety and children, Safe Kids Worldwide, Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us understand what parents and caregivers need to help protect kids and keep them happy when traveling.

Based on the expertise of the baby product authority and the world’s leading childhood injury prevention organization, the tips below from Safe Kids Worldwide, Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us will help create a safe environment for young travelers.

1. Beware, Prepare! Before leaving home, discuss travel rules, itinerary and emergency contact information with older kids. Also include it in younger children’s travel gear and affix it to their car safety seats. Pack recent pictures of children in photo envelopes so they are readily accessible in case of an emergency.

2. Going Near or Far by Car. The proper installation and use of car safety seats can save lives and reduce the risk of death by 71 percent, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. Secure children in car safety seats designed for their height, weight and age, and learn how to properly install the seats from a certified child passenger safety technician.

3. Sleepover Safety. Whether staying at a hotel or sleeping at grandma’s, babies and infants should always sleep in their own bed, ideally a JPMA (Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association) certified crib, bassinet or portable playard. Keep toddlers from rolling out of bed by installing a portable bedrail.

4. Practical, Protected Play. Create a safe environment for playtime by inspecting the area for potential safety hazards and giving children age-appropriate toys and games. If travels include an extended stay at a friend or relative’s home, discuss the importance of baby-proofing the home with the host.

5. Crowd Control. Always keep a watchful eye on children, especially when in a crowd. In addition to dressing them in easily identifiable, colorful clothes, keep children close with wristband connectors.

6. No Mess, No Worry. Prevent stressful situations by keeping kids’ belongings clean and organized during travel. Neatly and carefully pack everything in a diaper bag for easy accessibility. Prevent meal and snack time spills by using containers with sealed lids and remember portable hand and toy disinfectants.

For more information about travel safety tips or for a list of items to help keep kids safe when away from home, please visit

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer. Currently it sells merchandise through more than 1,550 stores, including 847 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the U.S., more than 700 international stores in 33 countries, which includes licensed and franchise stores, and through its Internet site at

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