Recliner Chairs Can Hurt Your Child

Parenting September 27, 2008 Print Friendly and PDF

Parenting Tips for Your 9 Month Old Baby

Children have been hurt or killed in recliner chair accidents. A child's head and neck can become trapped between the leg rest and chair if the chair folds up. Children between 12 and 30 months old have had their head and neck trapped between the leg rest and the chair (if the chair folds up). The children were injured or killed when they were alone in a room and climbed on the leg rest of the chair.

If you have a recliner chair: Always keep it in an upright position when it’s not in use.

Don’t let your baby play on the leg rest, even when an adult is in the chair.

For more information, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission Publications Page. Report any accident with recliner chairs or with any baby products to the Consumer Product Safety Commission at 800-638-CPSC.

Learn more about Your 9 Month Old Baby from Just In Time Parenting. You can also go to our Resource Links for additional information on child care and development.
Note to Parents: When reading this newsletter, remember: Every baby is different. Children may do things earlier or later than described here. This newsletter gives equal space and time to both sexes. If he or she is used, we are talking about all babies.
References: These materials were adapted by authors from Extension Just in Time Parenting Newsletters in California, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Wisconsin.


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