When Baby Gifts Attack!

Babyface6I’ll admit the title of this post might be a tad overly dramatic, but it got your attention, did it not? I just wanted to let you—baby gift givers and new mothers alike—about a few products that have been recalled over the last six months. If you’re a mom who received any of these as a gift, stop using it and notify the company. With our thanks to About.com for the information, here we go:

AttackInfantino Baby Slings
You may remember hearing about this. On March 24, Infantino  recalled 1 million SlingRider and Wendy Bellissimo baby slings due to a suffocation risk. There were three infant deaths associated with these baby slings, which prompted an advisory to stop using these slings immediately for infants under 4 months old. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) has warned of baby-sling danger, regardless of the brand.  Don Mays of Consumer Reports says that the potential hazards of putting small babies—especially newborns—into bag-style slings arise because, “A very young infant’s head will be folded forward. That cuts off the airway, and they essentially suffocate. Another problem could be if the baby’s head could be nestled up against the carrier’s body.”

Gund Baby Books
In April, about 15,000 Gund board books were recalled because the styrofoam filling in the book binding can detach, posing a choking hazard. The miniature board books measure about 4″ x 7″ and have a rattle handle. The three book styles included in the recall are: Animals (059174), Numbers (059175) and Colors (059176). They were sold separately and as a 3-book set. You’ll find the item number  on the back of the book. Don’t buy them. Moms, stop using these books  immediately and contact Gund at 800-436-3726 or their Web site for a replacement product.

Fork & Spoon Sets
About 127,000 Scooby Doo, Tweety and Batman plastic fork and spoon sets sold at Dollar Tree and Deals stores have been recalled because the middle fork tines can detach, creating a choking hazard. Don’t use the these utensils. Instead, return them to a Dollar Tree or Deals store for a refund.

Attack2Baby Bracelets and Pacifier Clips
Baby jewelry is a popular newborn gift, but make sure the quality is top-notch. Nine-hundred baby bracelets and pacifier clips were recalled in April by Allreds because the jewelry and clips contain high levels of lead, resulting in at least one child being treated for elevated lead levels. The bracelets and pacifier clips have plastic beads and a metal clasp. Moms, don’t use the jewelry and call 866-695-3551 for a replacement product.

Plush Books
At the end of last year, Simon & Schuster recalled about 142,000 plush “Monday the Bullfrog” books because the plastic eye on the frog can come off, posing a choking hazard. “Monday” is a plush bullfrog with a board book inside its mouth, where the identifying number ISBN 10: 1416912312 or 13: 9781416912316 is also printed. Call 800-732-9531 or visit Simon & Schuster’s Web site for a free replacement product.