Mom and babyGoing home for the holidays is an exciting time, but it's even more of an event when you're bringing a new little one to spend time with the family. New parents quickly realize that babies need a lot of stuff. A car-seat, high chair, swing, crib and activity seat are all necessities that you can't do without, even for just a few days. It's just not an option to bring everything with you when you're traveling via plane, and it's easier not to have to pack them up even if you're riding in a car.

So what do you do? In most families, Mom or Dad climbs up to the attic or digs through the basement to find the old equipment from the last baby. "It's in good shape," they'll say. "We'll just clean it up and it'll be fine." Well, you certainly don't want to be rude, but this may be one of those times where you need to step on some toes because much of that old baby equipment simply isn't safe.

Crib rails with slats too far apart, lead paint on an old wooden high chair and baby toys that are so small it's a wonder we all didn't choke to death are found in grandparents’ attics all over the country. These items need to be discarded as they are unsafe for any child to use. Maybe some of it isn't old enough to classify it as an antique, but it's been around a few years and you're just not sure if you should use it or not. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has a website where you can check the make and model of any product to see if there has been any recalls because of safety issues.

Traveling with a baby means you have to plan ahead and figure out how to get what you need. There are many baby equipment rental companies in major cities, or perhaps there's a friend of the family that has newer, safe equipment you can borrow. It may mean buying a porta-crib and a travel high chair to leave at grandma's house, but a small investment is worth it to avoid any safety issues involved with using the hand-me-downs in the attic.

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