Are you trying to avoid buying any of the most dangerous baby products? Or perhaps you have already bought some of the worst baby products?
Baby stores are full of baby products that are cute and time-saving.
Sadly, even baby products that have been recalled can still be found in these stores.
Incidents have been reported where babies suffered injuries from these dangerous baby products, but they are still being sold.
Experts often give recommendations on how to keep your baby safe to avoid accidents, unfortunately, sometimes the recommendations reach parents after there has been an incident.
Discover the worst baby products you should avoid buying for your baby and keep them safe from injury.
The Most Dangerous Baby Products You Can Ever Buy For Your Baby
Here is a list of the worst baby products moms are buying for their babies.
If you were thinking of buying anything on this list, think twice and choose to keep your baby safe instead of putting them in danger.
Here we go.
Toys That Are Not Age Appropriate
Baby toys are meant to be fun and help with development.
However, for a toy to give your baby the intended benefit, it needs to be age appropriate.
Toys that are meant for older babies can seriously be unsafe for your little one.
For example, babies make jerky movements with their hands. Most of the time they hit themselves with whatever it is that they are holding.
If your 4 months old baby is playing with a doll meant for children aged 3+, they will likely injure themselves with it.
The doll’s legs can easily find their way into a small baby’s eyes or even scratch the face.
Toys that are not age-appropriate are bad for your baby. Don’t buy them.
Here are the most common age-inappropriate toys usually given to babies:
Stuffed Animal Toys
Usually, a popular item is given as a gift for a new baby.
Moms make the mistake of placing these stuffed animals in the baby’s crib or letting their baby play with them as they pose a risk of suffocation
These toys are often labeled “not for children younger than 3 years old” so a 3-month-old baby should definitely not be allowed to play with it.
Also, putting stuffed animal toys is not in line with safe sleep guidelines.
Balloons can stick to a baby’s throat with great difficulty to remove. It quickly obstructs the airways and causes choking.
Marbles, Small Balls, and Button Batteries
These products are small enough to fit in a baby’s mouth and lead to choking.
Always read the label on a toy before buying and note the correct age restrictions to protect your baby from injury.
Baby Products with Long Strings Or Cords
Products with strings long enough to go around your baby’s neck pose a risk for strangulation.
Your baby will obviously not intentionally tie the strings around their neck. It happens by accident and when you least expect it.
- Baby clothes with belts
- Jackets with hoodie strings
- Infant hats with strings that tie under the chin
- Toys with longs strings
- Baby Monitors
When you have a baby who rolls over, having anything with long strings around them is completely risky.
If you have seen how a baby can end up tangled in a long curtain, that is exactly how a string can end up being tied around your baby’s neck.
Bibs are intended to help keep milk and drool from your baby’s neck and clothes.
There is a concern regarding baby bib safety though.
Using a bib when feeding your baby is fine. The problem is leaving your baby wearing a bib while playing and sleeping.
Again, for an active baby who rolls over, a bib can be a strangulation hazard.
Can a bib suffocate a baby?
Small babies who don’t have the ability to remove items from their faces are at risk of suffocation when sleeping with a bib.
Not only can the bib strangle a sleeping baby, it can also end up on their face block their nose when they rollover.
Remove your baby’s bib when you put them to sleep and always supervise a baby who is wearing a bib while playing.
Teething necklaces are convenient, aren’t they? They stay right there on your baby’s neck to quickly soothe that teething pain.
Be that as it may, as with baby products with long strings, teething necklaces pose the same risk of strangulation.
There is also a possibility that a baby can choke on the necklace beads if they come off.
There have been reported incidents of choking and strangulation from the use of these teething necklaces (Source).
For this reason, the American Academy of Paediatrics doesn’t recommend the use of teething necklaces or any jewelry for that matter.
Clothes With Buttons
Have you ever walked into a baby clothing shop and found adorable jerseys with big buttons?
Such clothes are a serious hazard for your baby.
You can never be sure when these buttons are going to come off because they do.
What will happen if your baby fiddles with the button and it comes off?
Your little one will obviously put it in their mouth and be at risk of choking.
Stick to functional clothing and avoid clothes with buttons if you want to keep your baby safe.
Baby Clothes With Zippers
Another example of bad baby products.
Unlike those small buttons on baby clothes, zips are quick and easy to close.
Unfortunately, while closing the zip ‘quickly’, parents often catch their babies’ skin with the zip, resulting in tears and agony for the baby.
As with clothes with big buttons, in some cases, the zip on baby clothes comes off and can end up in your baby’s mouth.
Toxic Baby Products
Toxic baby products are those which contain toxic chemicals that pose a risk to your baby’s health.
They are found in toys, feeding equipment, clothing, baby bath products, mattresses, etc,
Here are the toxic chemicals to look out for and avoid in all baby products (Source):
- PVC and Phthalates
- Flame retardant chemicals
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
- Tributyltin (TBT)
These chemicals cause cancer, respiratory problems, skin irritation, and a host of other health complications.
Read the label for every item you give your baby.
Do your best to avoid these dangerous ingredients in baby products and opt for safer products that don’t contain them.
A jumper can really relieve you if your baby likes to be on their feet all the time!
You can easily pop your baby in there for a few minutes while your hands catch a break.
The biggest risk with a door jumper is that it is mounted to a door frame. This makes it likely to collapse and drop a baby on the floor.
A baby on a door jumper can also bump their head, arms, or body against the door frame.
Another problem is that parents often overuse the jumper and leave their baby on it for more than the recommended 15 to 20 minutes.
There is no way of talking about the most dangerous baby products without mentioning baby walkers.
They supposedly teach a baby to walk.
However, a walker enables your baby to waltz around in the house, bumping into household furniture and walls with no control whatsoever over the device.
A baby walker can also topple over and fall, serious head or neck injuries to a baby.
Baby walkers are a safety hazard and have led to many injuries. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend the use of baby walkers for this same reason.
Besides, a lot of babies learn to walk without using a walker, and the American Academy of Pediatrics states that a baby walker can actually delay a baby from walking sooner.
Ditch this dangerous item for your baby’s sake.
Rather use a stationary activity center as it is much safer compared to a walker.
Read Also: How To Create A Safe Play Area For Your Baby
Swings And Bouncers
These baby products are ideal for keeping your baby off your hands when you are tired and all your baby wants is to be held with rocking motions.
The problem starts when baby swings and bouncing seats are used as a sleeping place for babies.
The AAP recommends that babies be put to sleep on their back on a firm, flat surface. This is in line with safe baby sleep guidelines to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
A swing is nowhere close to being a flat surface.
The position a baby adopts when sleeping on a swing or bouncer seat forces the head and neck to be in an awkward position with a higher likelihood of obstruction of the airways.
You don’t want that.
For this same reason, it is not recommended to use an infant car seat as a sleeping place in your home. Use it for traveling with your baby and that’s it.
Exercise caution when using these items and use them for their intended use.
Never let your baby fall asleep on a swing or bouncer and always supervise them to make sure they are safe and don’t slip out through the safety harness.
Baby Slings And Carriers
Slings are designed to help you keep your baby close to you while you get other stuff done without holding your baby all the time.
However, there is often a misuse of the sling where moms will do hazardous activities while carrying the baby, like cooking for example.
In other instances, the baby’s back is not always in the correct posture.
Sometimes the face gets stuck against the sling or the parent’s chest, blocking the baby’s airway in the process, increasing the risk of suffocation.
A baby can also fall and sustain injuries if the sling is not safely secured.
Sling carriers have great benefits but incorrect use can result in injuries for your baby.
Practice how to correctly secure the sling and positioning your baby to prevent accidents.
Make sure you can see and kiss your baby. Choose a sling carrier that is easy to use and has fewer ties with less room for error.
Designed to help train your baby to sit upright on their own, bumbo can actually pose more harm than good.
If used without a harness, a baby can tip over and fall from rocking themselves back and forth, or side by side.
Bumbo seats were recalled in 2012 and the CPSC urged parents to stop using them until they ordered a repair kit which includes a warning label, installation, and safe use instructions, and a warning sticker.
It is important to note that even with the restraining belt on, the seat can still tip over and fall off if used on an elevated surface.
Second-hand Crib Mattress
Using second-hand baby items is a great way to save costs when having a baby.
However, a crib mattress should not be on your list of baby items you want to reuse for your baby.
A crib mattress is prone to having bugs, dust mites, bacteria, and mold and could trigger health conditions such as eczema, asthma, conjunctivitis, and rhinitis.
A second-hand crib mattress will also be contaminated with burped milk and urine (or even poop) from leaking diapers. This leads to mold and fungus developing on the mattress.
There will also be dust and dead skin cells the skin naturally sheds on the used mattress.
A second-hand crib mattress won’t be as firm as a new mattress. This means your baby will not sleep on a firm surface as recommended by safe baby sleep guidelines.
There has been a link between SIDS and used crib mattresses found in A study published by the British Medical Journal.
Using crib bumpers to prevent your baby from hitting the sides of the crib is like working backward.
You are trying to keep your baby from injuring themselves but at the same time, you are putting their life in danger.
Crib bumpers can suffocate a baby if they roll and get their face against them.
The usage of crib bumpers is not in line with safe baby sleep guidelines and parents must avoid them.
Don’t put anything in the crib beside your baby. Put your baby to sleep alone with no crib bumpers, pillows, blankets, or toys.
Sleep positioners are often used to prevent babies from rolling onto their stomachs.
There were also reports where babies were found in dangerous positions after being put to sleep in a sleep positioner.
The CPSC urges and warns parents to stop using sleep positioners to keep their babies safe.
Co-sleeping pads are also a bad idea as they pose the same risks as sleep positioners.
A changing table makes diaper changing quick and effortless with everything in one place and no need to set up changing pads on top of the bed or couch.
However, for a changing table to be safe, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a sturdy changing table with 2-inch rails around all the sides to prevent your baby from slipping off, a concave top where the middle is lower than the sides, and a safety strap to buckle your baby.
Most changing tables in baby stores don’t meet all these requirements.
It is even common practice to place a changing pad on top of a dresser or chest of drawers with no guardrails or even a safety harness.
This makes most changing tables dangerously unsafe for babies as there is an increased risk of falling and sustaining serious injuries.
Consumer reports estimate that an average of 3,000 babies are injured on changing tables every year.
Follow changing table recommendations by the AAP and always keep a hand on your baby when changing diapers.
Using a baby bath seat can be potentially hazardous for your baby.
Designed to hold a baby while bathing, a bath seat can tip over and cause injuries to a baby.
Another problem is that parents are often tempted to rely on a bath seat and leave their baby unattended for a while.
This is dangerous as your baby can tip over and drown in the water while you are unaware or slip and sustain injuries even if the bath has no water.
Some bath seats have suction cups on the base to help the seat not move inside the bathtub.
Others come with a safety harness to prevent the baby from slipping.
Besides making bath time an even longer process with the placement of the seat and strapping of the harness, there is still no guarantee that the suction cups won’t let go or that the harness will keep your baby on the seat.
Ditch a bath seat and stick to maintaining a firm grip on your baby during bath time. Your baby will be safe and there won’t be a temptation to leave them unattended as when using a bath seat.
What To Do If You Already Bought Some Of The Most Dangerous Baby Products
Firstly, be glad you found this article (ha ha!) and are now able to take a step and prevent injury to your little one.
If you have any of these worst products, check if they have not been recalled.
If there has been a safety recall, swallow the hard pill and simply stop your baby from using it.
Even if there has not been a recall but the product is on the list of the most dangerous baby products, the best thing you can do is to discontinue using the item.
Remember, what is important is your baby’s safety.