That dreaded word: recalls. After having a baby I get that pain in the pit of my stomach when I hear that there was a new recall from a major company. Some recalls seem silly to me, while others are very serious. When I purchased my daughter’s crib, about 3 years ago, I didn’t realize that the side of the crib didn’t drop down. I felt so stupid for not looking into this and going ahead with such a big purchase. I blamed it on pregnancy brain and choosing a pretty crib that had all the functions I wanted, such as an attached changing table and drawers. Little did I know that drop side cribs were being phased out and within a few months there was a recall on every single drop side crib manufactured. I counted my lucky stars that my naivety placed me in the right direction and I didn’t need to replace the crib before it was even used!
It is hard to keep up with recalls, and even when you fill out that little card that comes with your baby gear, you don’t get a confirmation from the company that they even received it. I like to have all this information at my fingertips because in the event of a major recall, I need to know that my child is not in harms way. I just found out about a new app for my iPhone called Recalls Plus which allows me to stay up to date with all the latest recalls.
What I love about the app is that I can make a Personal Watch list which includes all the baby products we currently own. I can monitor their recall status and get updates in the event they are recalled. The app doesn’t only work for baby gear, but also for food. Within the past few years there has been quite a few recalls on children’s medications and formula. This is the scariest one of all! Recalls Plus includes recalls from government agencies such as CPSC, NHTSA, FDA, and USDA.
With all this information in the palm of your hands, you can feel great knowing that if there is ever a recall that requires your immediate action – like in the case of formula that should be stopped immediately, Recalls Plus will alert you. Recalls plus was created with parents in mind. Who wants to sit through internet articles to find out if their baby products are safe? You should be notified immediately and not expected to go out and find this information yourself. Who has time for that? The Recalls Plus App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at http://itunes.apple.com/us/
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