Last week, a friend of a friend lost her one-year-old daughter after the little girl got tangled up in a window-shade cord and suffocated to death.
Several years ago, a colleague lost her four-month-old daughter to SIDS. This happened about a month after I had my second miscarriage, and it hit me particularly hard. I remember thinking that it was unbelievable that even if you manage to get to the point of having a baby, you could still lose him or her. This little girl is the reason I followed the SIDS prevention guidelines to the letter.
Not surprisingly, I think that when a tragedy hits close to home, it has a greater impact. But today I’m begging all parents to take those extra steps to keep their children safe.
Here are a couple of related starting points:
- You can order free retrofit kits for your windows from the Window Covering Safety Council.
- You can find recommendations for reducing the risk of SIDS at Babycenter.com.
Finally, The Wastrel Show has a tip for keeping teens safe.