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8 Hidden Child Product Dangers

1) Sippy Cups
Parents love sippy cups, but dentists despise them. Why? Those convenient no-spill contraptions (which have a valve beneath the spout) can cause tooth decay. Despite appearances, sippy cups are nothing more than baby bottles in disguise, says the American Dental Association. So when an infant sucks on one, the milk or juice comes in direct contact with the back of the teeth and generates bacteria.

What should you use instead? To curb tooth decay the American Dental Association says babies should stop using a bottle and begin drinking out of a regular cup by their first birthday. If some hand-holding is required during the transition, consider a training cup with a lid and open spout that will teach your child how to properly sip a beverage while limiting spills

2) Wipe Warmers
Most parents would never consider wrapping their baby in an electric blanket. Yet many mothers and fathers buy baby-wipe warmers that carry the same risk of starting a fire. Over the past decade at least three manufacturers had their warmers recalled by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission when cracks in the interior tub allowed water to come into contact with the unit's electrical components.

If you absolutely must keep your baby's bottom warm during those 4AM diaper changes, consider using a warm wash cloth or simply heating up a wipe between your hands, suggests Alan Fields, co-author of baby products guide 'Baby Bargains.' Not only can you avoid a fire or electric shock, but you'll also save yourself some aggravation. Parents often complain that the warmers dry out their supply of wipes, leaving them scrambling to find a substitute in the middle of the night.

3) Outlet Covers
Ironically, even some baby-proofing products aren't safe. Consider the plastic single electrical outlet cover. At first glance they seem brilliant. Just pop one in and no small fingers will be finding their way into the socket. What parents don't consider is that a baby can easily choke on one if Mom pulls the cover out to do a little vacuuming and then forgets to reinsert it into the wall. "As a general rule anything that is small enough to fit through the tube of a roll of toilet paper is a choking hazard," says Dr. Garry Gardner, a pediatrician who sits on the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention.

Instead, parents should consider swapping out their traditional outlet plate covers with one that has sliding plastic doors to cover the sockets, suggests Fields. They're not only safer, but also more convenient to use.

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5) Product: Baby Bedding
Danger: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Suffocation

It can be tempting to adorn a nursery with cozy bedding sets complete with fluffy quilt, bumper and matching pillows. But most safety experts recommend avoiding them for fear of suffocation or rebreathing (when a child breathes in his previously exhaled carbon dioxide) that can lead to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). "We believe the crib should be naked," says Don Mays, senior director of product safety and consumer sciences for Consumer Reports. "Put the baby in warm clothing and remove all soft bedding."

Worried about those tiny limbs getting caught between the crib's slats? The danger is overstated, says Mays. But if you must have something, he recommends purchasing a mesh bumper that a child can breathe through. Just remember to take it out by the time the baby is about five months old and can use it to climb over the crib's railing, recommends the American Academy of Pediatrics

6) Product: Sleep Positioners
Danger: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Suffocation

Another sleeping hazard: the sleep positioner. This is a piece of foam that's used to prevent a baby from turning over onto his or her stomach. (Sleep experts warn that infants shouldn't sleep on their tummies since it could cause SIDS.) "While it was designed for safety it actually compromises it," says Consumer Reports' Mays. As babies in a positioner turn their heads from side to side the foam can conform to the face and cause suffocation and rebreathing.

A safer sleep option is to snuggly swaddle infants for the first few months. Then once they are strong enough to turn over on their own, it's safe to let them move around and sleep however they want.

7) Baby Oil
Not a healthy choice.  It is a petrochemical product that blocks the pores of the child.  You derive oxygen through your skin and this blocks that from happening.It is also absorbed into the body and has detrimental effects

8) Commercial Baby Talc
This is well known to cause cervical and vaginal cancers.  Adults should avoid.  Best holistic recipe is what Grandma used to use.  Simply get corn starch and add an essential oil scent such as rose, or lavender (calming effect).  Do not use peppermints these will have a burning sensation.  Too strong.  You can make your own body talc this way as well.  Safe, economical.

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