Just because an item is made for babies, doesn’t mean it’s safe. From common items causing major trauma to items that are supposed to keep your baby out of harm’s way, we share some of the most shockingly dangerous baby items, ahead.
1. Changing tables
While the changing table in your nursery may be sturdy and safe to use, it’s not always the same with changing tables in places like public restrooms. If you’re worried about the potential dangers of changing tables, you can place a changing pad on the floor to change your baby’s diaper.
2. Sleep positioners
Although they may have been invented to keep your baby safe while they sleep, sleep positioners are another baby item to watch out for. With the risk of rolling over, babies can often end up face-first in the sides of the positioners. Which can result in fatal suffocation.
3. Crib tent
Crib tents may be used to prevent your child from getting out of their crib. However, they’re not always safe. In some cases, babies may end up getting caught in the fabric, trapping them between the crib’s rails and the tent. On top of that, babies may also end up being strangled by the fabric.
4. Infant bath seats
As far as manufacture goes, bathtub seats aren’t dangerous. That said, depending on the supervision you provide, they can become death traps. By sitting upright in a bath seat, an infant can easily tip over and may become susceptible to injury, or worse.
5. Crib bumpers
Another baby item that poses a potential threat? Crib bumpers. Made to protect babies from hitting their head or getting their limbs stuck in the crib bars, these bumpers seem like a life saver. But, that’s not always the case. Similar to sleep positioners, babies can end up face first into the bumpers and suffocate.
In theory, jumpers sound like a great way to preoccupy your baby while you get things done around the house. That said, they can also be extremely harmful. From poorly secured jumpers to overly excited babies jumping too high, the baby item can result in cuts, bruises, and in some cases, fractures.
7. Bumbo seats
Similar to bathtub seats, bumbo seats can also be a potential cause of injury. And it all depends on how much supervision the baby has. If left alone in a bumbo seat, babies can tip over. If placed on the floor, it may only cause a minor disturbance or scare. But, if the bumbo seat is on a countertop or table, the baby could become seriously hurt.
8. Car toys
If you’re using a car toy that came with your car seat, you should be in the clear, as most manufacturers of car seats crash test the seats with the toys attached. That said, since there’s no test proof that a third party toy would stay attached to the car seat in an accident, add-on toys could be a potential cause of harm.
Similar to bumpers, you shouldn’t have pillows or blankets in the crib while your baby sleeps. A baby can suffocate from these extra crib items. In fact, “CPSC staff estimates that between 1992 and 2010 there were nearly 700 deaths involving infants 12 months and younger related to pillows and cushions placed in or near a baby’s sleep environment,” according to On Safety. “Nearly half of the infant crib deaths and two-thirds of bassinet deaths reported to CPSC each year are suffocations caused by pillows, thick quilts and/or overcrowding in the baby’s sleeping space.”