There is so much to do when you’re getting ready to have a baby. Luckily, friends and family are more than eager to help out buying all those must-have products that new parents need. But before you start registering, double check this list of the scariest baby product recalls in recent history and be sure that none of these questionable items are on your list!
Infantino & Wendy Bellissimo Baby Slings
Infant slings have become one of the most popular baby registry items. Lots of parents opt to use slings to carry their children and cite the many benefits of “babywearing,” which include less crying, improved breast milk production, and parent-infant bonding and attachment.
In 2010, more than a million of the slings were recalled due to the defective design flaws in the Infantino SlingRider and Wendy Bellissimo baby slings. Tragically, 14 infants were smothered to death before the recall was issued. Thankfully, there are plenty of safe varieties out there now, including the BABYBJORN line. Parents need to learn to use slings properly before ever putting an infant into one.
Kids II Oball Rattle
This is one that a lot of you might already have around the house, if you have older kids. Please make sure to check, and don’t include this ball on your baby registry!
Over 680,000 of the popular Kids II Oball rattles have now been recalled. The round rattles, which feature a series of holes, perfect for little fingers to grip. But some of those finger holes are covered by plastic discs, which are filled with tiny rattling beads. If that round plastic disc holding the beads breaks, you’re looking at a serious choking hazard.
There are countless other rattles and balls to choose from (like this cute animal set!), so please don’t include this particular one on your wish list.