Danger Zone: products that could harm your baby

There are constant recalls on baby supplies all the time.  Sometimes  it’s a specific car seat that fails to stay in one piece during an accident, or a choking hazard, or fall risk from a defective toy.  There are so many baby products on the market today, not only do you have to decide what to buy, but also filter through what’ safe and what isn’t.

Drop side no-no

Over 11 million drop side cribs have been recalled over the last four years.  Basically, the reasoning boils down to poor workmanship.  Over time, the hardware used to raise and lower one side of the bed slightly (which is why it’s called a “drop side”) can wear out—resulting in a bed that’s rickety or unstable. I personally raised two children in a drop side, and found it to be a dangerous arrangement. After the jumping and climbing antics of two toddlers using it, the bed was unstable and so much so that the bottom would occasionally shift and fall out on one end.  The “bottom” being the place that held the mattress, and my child. Not good.

I was never so happy to be rid of that bed. Leaving strict instructions for the sanitation men that it was to be thrown away and never used again.  These beds can pose choking hazards as well as suffocation risks if the bed’s support structures became loose. Just steer clear.

Baby powder and oil

We all love the smell of a fresh baby. But some of those perfumed  bottles  can pose serious risks to your baby.  The most obvious being baby powder. In case you have been under a rock for the last 8 years or so, you will know that dousing your baby in a cloud of billowing powder enters the lungs—causing respiratory problems in some babies.  Equally as dangerous, but more so for toddlers is baby oil. This includes the creamy baby oils.  In some very tragic cases, children have drank the liquid, which coats the inside of the lungs—and children essentially die from suffocation.  Bottom line: you don’t need these items to keep your baby’s skin soft and dry.  Don’t even bring them into your house.  If someone gave them to you as a gift, throw them away.  It’s not even worth passing them on to someone else.

Those satin-lined nightmares

Despite what you may be thinking, I’m not talking about your pajamas.  I’m talking about those beautiful, cuddly blankets that are all over the market today—lined on one side with a plush fabric and the other the smoothest satin-ish material.  As a nursery nurse, I see these blankets in baby’s beds all the time. I take them out and stuff them underneath the bed, and inform parents when I see them about their dangers.  First and foremost anything plush and cuddly should be kept away from baby to reduce suffocation risks.  Second, have you ever tried to wrap a baby in one of those blankets?  With absolutely no grip, they slip and slide like a bowl of Jell-o.  You can barely keep the baby from sliding out the bottom as the blanket wiggles and worms around—never staying in the same place for an instant.  The risk of dropping a baby wrapped in these blankets is high—keep them off your registry no matter how pretty they are.