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!
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