Baby stores sell hundreds of different baby products every day in the United
States. However, not all of them are useful. Some can even pose a threat
to the safety and health of infants and toddlers. While the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission (CPSC) monitors the use of baby products and
bans certain products that cause a significant number of injuries to children,
it is important to take precautions before using certain products. You
can take action to help increase the safety and comfort of your child
and avoid dangerous incidents that could result in long-lasting physical trauma.
Here are 3 Categories of Defective or Dangerous Baby Products to Stay Away From:
1. Unsafe Bedding Products
It is important to keep your child safe and comfortable while sleeping.
There are many products that claim to do this. However, the CPSC has found
that some products actually increase the risk of infant injury and death.
Dangerous baby bedding products include:
- Drop-side cribs
- Crib tents
- Sleep positioners
Drop-side cribs have one side that can drop down. This has led to more
than 30 infant deaths since the year 2000 due to strangulation or suffocation.
Millions were recalled, and the CPSC has since banned drop-side cribs.
It is best to have a regular crib with fixed sides and plain design without
embellishment. If you have a drop-side crib, you can fix one of the sides
with the included hardwire, or call the manufacturer for a kit. However,
you should never use a crib that is more than 10 years old, because it
lacks the safety improvements of newer products.
Bumpers are designed to prevent an infant from hitting his or her head
against crib slats. However, they can easily lead to death by suffocation,
and they are also linked with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Crib
tents likewise pose a suffocation hazard if the child becomes entangled
in the mesh.
Sleep positioners are used to keep an infant from sleeping on his or her
stomach. They also elevate an infant’s head and back, supposedly
to avoid acid reflex. However, they have caused 13 deaths in the past
13 years. A baby can turn his or her face into the fabric and suffocate,
or roll out of the sleep positioner and become entangled in crib bedding.
It is best to lay your child on his or her back to avoid SIDS, and to
avoid using a sleep positioner.
Blankets and pillows can also lead to infant suffocation. Thus, the CPSC
experts recommend providing an empty crib with just a fitted sheet for
your child’s bed. Footed pajamas or a sleep sack is also okay to
use. While some parents like to see their baby wrapped in plenty of blankets
and bedding products, the risk is high.
2. Unsafe Seating Products
There are 2 main kinds of dangerous seats for babies: infant bath seats
and Bumbo seats. Infant bath seats are used to help children sit upright
in the bathtub. However, they can tip over and cause the baby to drown.
Many parents get a false sense of security seeing their child sitting
in a protective chair in the bathtub and turn their backs for a few minutes.
Because of this, nearly 300 incidents occurred between 1983 and 2010,
resulting in 174 deaths. Instead of using infant bath seats, the CPSC
recommends a hard plastic baby bathtub. It is also important to never
turn your back on your child, and to keep one hand on the infant at all
times while in the water.
Another seating product that has resulted in several injuries is Bumbo
seats. These are colorful chairs designed to help an infant sit upright.
However, they are easy to fall out of, and injuries such as skull fractures
occurred in more than 45 incidents. It is never a good idea to place Bumbo
seats on furniture, on tables, or on countertops. Babies can rock themselves
out of the chair, and they can also fall out by arching or leaning. Instead
of using Bumbo seats, it is best to use a bouncer seat or a stationary
infant activity center to reduce the risk of injury.
3. Unsafe Carrying Products
There are many products for carrying children on the market. One product,
called sling carriers, poses serious health risks to infants. The sling
carrier holds your child in front of you in a sling close to your body.
However, children can easily fall out of it, resulting in serious injuries.
Injuries from sling carriers include:
- Head injuries
- Skull fractures
- Broken bones
Infants can also suffocate from positional asphyxia by pressing against
the mother. This could block the airways and result in death or severe
brain trauma from lack of oxygen. Instead of using sling carriers, the
CPSC advises parents to use strollers, backpack carriers, and soft front
carriers. It is also a good idea to practice with each carrier before
putting the baby inside.
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