When Are Stuffed Animals Safe for Baby

posted 11/2/22 -- Tempting as it is to give new babies cute stuffed animals, doctors don’t recommend it.

The American Academy of Pediatrics puts stuffed animals in the category of items that should never be placed near sleeping babies. Soft items like stuffed animals, pillows, blankets and crib bumpers increase the risk of SIDS and death by suffocation or strangulation.

After your child is a year old, special toys are safer, but parents should still watch for certain things. Look for washable, flame resistant, non-toxic materials. Watch for long strings and removeable parts. Lower quality manufacturing may mean parts like eyes will come off if they are pulled hard enough.

Be mindful of stuffed toys with batteries. Make sure the battery compartment requires an adult to unscrew a panel. Batteries are serious choking hazards.

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