My, What Cute Button Eyes You Have!

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Will you be stuffing your little sweetie with love this Valentine’s Day? Stuffed animals are so cute, soft, cuddly and sometimes your child’s first friend. However, the cutest things for our babies aren’t always the safest things for them.  We are sometimes so distracted by the cuteness, we don’t read the tags on most toys that read “Hazardous.” Babies’ best friend, can also be their worst enemy!

teddy bear with stitched eyesPay Close Attention!

We all know that babies and toddlers love putting unknown objects into their mouths. As with any small object, parents should observe their children closely and carefully. Some small objects may even go unnoticed by caregivers because they are attached to larger objects (i.e. those cute little button eyes on teddies!). Yes the eyes are attached, but can be chewed or pulled off, posing a choking hazard. Sewn/stitched eyes and nose are a safer option.

“Eye” See a Teddy Bear Recall:

The build-a-bear workshop recalled nearly 300,000 teddy bears in 2011 due to the button eyes on one of their bears. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission the eyes on the bears were loose and they feared that they would fall off easily. Luckily, no children were affected by the recall. There is no need to be afraid of your child’s toys, but there is a need for caution and awareness of the durability and make of the toys. This will help in preventing mishaps and safety scares.

See Build-a-Bear recall here:

Take a peek at this toy safety article we wrote a while back:

Take a tour through your child’s toys and treasures. How many choking hazards can you find? How many stuffed animals with button eyes do you have? Please join hands with Lexlee’s Kids to help keep your children safe. Feel free to leave comments and questions below. You may also contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-372-3991.

Co-written by: Deonka Birdon, 2014 Spring SLU Intern

Is your Bear really your Buddy? December Recalls are here and Roaring!


Who knew something so soft, cute, cuddly and lovable could break your heart?!?! Teddy bears…in the past their cute button eyes and nose made your fluffy friend seem more life like. Today it is common to see the eyes and nose made of stiching to prevent choking hazards to children. Build-A-Bear learned this lesson the hard way!

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc., of St. Louis, Mo. announced a voluntary recall of the Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears. The teddy bear’s eyes could loosen and fall out, posing a choking hazard to children.  The Colorful Hearts Teddy is a stuffed animal about 16 inches high with black plastic eyes. The bear’s fabric covering is printed with multi-colored heart shapes.  Consumers should immediately take the recalled teddy bear from children and return it to any Build-A-Bear store to receive a coupon for any available stuffed animal from Build-A-Bear. For additional information, contact the firm toll-free at (866) 236-5683 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT and on Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT, visit the firm’s website or email the firm at

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC’s teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054. To join a CPSC e-mail subscription list, please go to Consumers can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC’s Web site at

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kids’ safety.  If you have questions about child product recalls or child safety post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-372-3991.

Child Product Recalls Issued by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in December 2011 are as follows:

12/1/2011 – Halloween Projection Flashlights Recalled by Nygala Corp. Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

12/13/2011 – Toys Distribution Inc. Recalls Rattles Due to Choking Hazard

12/22/2011 – Target Recalls Circo Childrens’ Travel Cases Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

12/22/2011 – Bugaboo Bee Strollers Recalled by Bugaboo Americas Due to Fall Hazard

12/22/2011 – Bugaboo Car Seat Adapter Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

12/22/2011 – BRP Recalls ATVs Due to Loss of Control Hazard

12/23/2011 – Build-A-Bear Recalls Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears Due to Choking Hazard

12/23/2011 – Children’s Robes Recalled by Hanna Andersson Due to Violation of the Federal Flammability Standard

12/23/2011 – Petit Lem Children’s Pajamas Recalled Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standard

12/27/2011 – Navien Recalls Tankless Water Heaters Due to Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

12/28/2011 – Madeline Bed Canopy Recalled by Pottery Barn Kids Due to Impact Hazard