A friend recently had her first baby. After nine long months of shopping for nursery furniture, picking out miniature dresses and shoes, and finding the perfect name, baby Hanna arrived.
My friend and her husband are very protective, as this is their firstborn. And as new parents, there’s plenty to keep them up at night, but one thing that can keep their minds at ease – making sure they purchase playthings that take advantage of semiconductor testing.
The Advantages of Semiconductor Testing
Circuits are found in everyday electronic devices from television remotes to baby mobiles. Semiconductor testing can keep circuits grounded and products safe for kids and adults alike.
We all heard the stories a few years back about mass recalls of lead-tainted plastic toys, and it seems there’s something in the news each week that stores are asking parents to return for any number of reasons — from small parts that detach, to certain chemicals found in paint.
Following the mass lead-inspired recall, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 was passed. This law set strict standards for children’s toys to eliminate certain chemicals that have been linked with health problems and improve toy testing.
Improving Toy Standards
Since then, parents have also become more vigilant in holding companies accountable for safety. There’s even an available iPhone app to alert tech-friendly moms and dads of any recalls immediately as they become available.
The 2008 act and modern toy testing has improved the way that toys today are made, so parents can feel safe giving their newborn, toddler or child any of the playthings they receive from generous grandparents or that happen to fall into the cart on a trip to Wal-Mart.
A Wealth of Information
From making sure the baby sitter is certified in first aid to checking that junior’s handheld gaming device was semiconductor tested, parents are constantly under pressure to do what’s best for their children.
New parents can easily become overwhelmed with all of the options available to keep their child safe and healthy. Before bringing baby home, a game plan is key. There is plenty of literature to prepare parents-to-be for what to expect when they’re expecting and after bringing baby home.
My friends were lucky to get involved in a program through a local teaching hospital early on. Monthly meetings throughout the pregnancy discussed topics like changing diapers, finding a daycare, and budgeting for baby, so they felt ready when little Hanna was finally born.
While they couldn’t prepare for everything before the baby was born, making safety a priority early on through modern conveniences has allowed them to set the tone for a happy, healthy childhood for their growing baby girl.