8 Frightening Baby Product Recalls: You Will Never Sleep Again

Nothing sucks more than shelling out your cold hard cash on an adorable baby product, only to find out months down the road that it has the power to open up like a Venus fly trap and snap off your baby’s tiny little hand. Or something like that.

I’m joking, but really—product recalls aren’t all that funny. We’ve all seen headlines of babies or young children that are killed because of a product defect. That thought makes my blood run cold. But don’t click away just yet! Keep reading to find out the eight most terrifying product recalls in baby history:

(*Note: “Terrifying” is subject to my personal opinion. This is not an official list of terror.)

1.    Simplicity Cribs

TRIGGER WARNING! I hate this story, but here goes. 1 million Simplicity drop side cribs were recalled in 2009 because they suffocated babies that got trapped between the drop-side crib portion and the mattress. I don’t even want to picture this. No, no, no, no.

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cpsc.gov

2.    Infantino Baby Slings

1 million of these puppies were recalled in 2010 because they caused “breathing hazards.” If you’re carrying a baby in a sling, a breathing obstruction isn’t exactly ideal.

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3.    Hasbro Easy-Bake Ovens

Easy-Bake Ovens are the best! Or are they…? Hasbro had to recall nearly 1 million Easy-Bakes in 2007 after 249 children got their fingers or hands trapped in oven openings; 77 kids were burned. For shame, Hasbro, for shame.

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hasbro.com

4.    IKEA Smila Lamp

This recent product recall just sucks because you would never expect it. Poor IKEA. The kid-friendly lamp had a dangling cord that posed a choking hazard to babies. After several unfortunate deaths, IKEA went for the recall.

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cpsc.gov

5.    Pottery Barn Kids Dolls

These sweet, unsuspecting little dolls were recalled in the thousands in the US and Canada because of strangling hair loops! I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around that, but it freaks me out.

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cpsc.gov

6.    Toy Speed Boats

200,000 battery-operated toy speed boats were recalled by Dollar General. Just when you’re having fun playing with your toy boat in the bath, it overheats and BURNS YOU. $3 well spent.

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cpsc.gov

7.    Carter’s Watch the Wear Bodysuits

Every new mom has Carter’s in their baby’s closet, right? It should make you feel warm and fuzzy to know that 128,000 bodysuits were recalled in 2012 because of an infant choking hazard from detachable snaps.

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cpsc.gov

8.    Fisher Price Seahorse

This is an intriguing recall because it hasn’t happened yet, but this Facebook thread is demanding it so. My son actually was given this Fisher Price Seahorse, and he slept with it every night for over a year. Needless to say, we chucked it in the trash to prevent any spontaneous combustion during naptime.

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    • Natasha B

      Didn’t someone run an article on the Ikea lamp not to long ago? It’s kinda common sense-secure the cord, or don’t have it near your kid! Same way you secure heavy furniture to the wall. Are we going to start expecting Potter Barn to recall bookshelves? As horrifying as it is….parental responsibility.

      • JLH1986

        The Bumbo seat comes to mind. Parents were leaving kids on tables or in the bathtub unsupervised…

      • Bethany Ramos

        I got that recall seat belt thing! I saw many episodes of 16 & Pregnant where they had the baby in the Bumbo on a tabletop…

      • JLH1986

        I’m not a parent and I was like GET THE BABY OFF THE EFFING TABLE!!!! Common sense….not that common.

      • MerlePerle

        I recently saw a negative amazon review for a swing. It was too big to fit on the counter tops in the kitchen…

      • JLH1986

        My head hurts reading that.

      • MerlePerle

        Whenever we go see the in-laws, I have to make sure grandpa doesn’t put the car seat on a kitchen chair…

      • JLH1986

        oh no…your stomach is in knots the whole visit, right?

      • MerlePerle

        It’s not actually that bad. He’s 72, I’ll cut him some slack :) I just get baby out of the car seat as soon as possible and ignore grandma sneaking gummy bears behind my back!

      • Blooming_Babies

        I’ve had those ikea lamps for almost a decade, it’s as dangerous as anything else with a cord.

    • E.Silva

      The seahorse thing is a stupid recall. I used that through all my kids with no problems. The issue is people using rechargeable batteries instead of the ones the manual says to use then go out looking for their 15 minutes of fame instead of calling the company directly.

      • Aimee Beff

        Oh, that’s really good to know! We have one for each baby and they’re such a help at naptime.

    • Life-Sized Mommy

      I have three of those Fisher Price seahorses, and we’ve had them all for over 5 years. They’ve been used nigh-continuously during that half a decade. I doubt mine are going to combust anytime soon.

      • ShanLea

        My thoughts exactly. 2 1/2 years of nightly use, including travel times…not too worried. My SIL ended up digging one out of the trash after she found my nephew would just not go to sleep without it!

    • Megan Zander

      TRIGGER WARNING- I saw recently that angelcare monitor was recalled, it was supposed to make you worry less about SIDS bc it would alarm if the baby stopped breathing, but it had a cord that went from the crib to the wall. I feel awful for those parents who bought it for peace of mind and were met with tragedy instead.

      • Bethany Ramos

        I hated that story!!!!

      • Shannon

        I’ll have to read the story to understand how something bad happened. The sensor pad goes UNDER the mattress and sitting on the crib springs. We used that and loved the peace of mind. The cords were nowhere near the baby; they were all completely tucked under mattresses, sheets, etc.

    • DeliciousIroning

      I bought the Infantino sling for my first kid (2007) and figured out within 30 seconds of putting her in it that it was a terrible idea. I can’t even begin to understand parents that persisted in trying to use that stupid thing. My daughter was folded completely in half and sunk to the bottom. I wanted to return it but my father in law just couldn’t wait the 30 seconds to try it out to keep from breaking down and throwing away the box.

      • Elli

        I read the name of the crib three times before I realised that its name is not “Inferno crib”

    • G.E. Phillips

      Someone gave me that Infantini sling when Face was a babe, but I never used it because I thought it would feel like I was carrying my infant around in my purse. Glad to see my instincts were basically correct!

    • Aimee Beff

      Hooooly shit, my baby is sleeping in the Pack and Play with the Fisher Price Arson Seahorse right now! PARENT OF THE YEAR RIGHT HERE

      • Bethany Ramos

        Arson seahorse lolllllll

    • Blooming_Babies

      I once looked at a picture of a baby doll trapped in a drop side crib and I didn’t sleep for a week. We had a drop side crib that we never dropped the side on, I made my husband nail it closed. So scary.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

      We have the ikea lamp (cord well-secured to the wall because duh) and the seahorse of death. Sigh. I also heard something about that damn hug me elmo being a problem recently?

    • Jo

      Ahhhh! I do wonder if some of these recalls aren’t necessarily fair to the manufacturer, but the ones that involve combustion and burning are obviously not the fault of parental irresponsibility. And now we can’t trust dollar general toys anymore? Where is this world heading?? lol

      • Bethany Ramos

        I was actually lolling at the Dollar General one because it seemed so outrageous that a toy boat would catch on fire during bath time. Or something like that. :-)

    • Kay_Sue

      Thank you for the trigger warning. I loled at that alone to begin with, then some more at the rest of the article. :-P

    • Ife

      Meh. I guess the mommy guilt and worry center of my brain must be on the fritz – I think most recalls are gross overreactions and none of these things scare me any more than regular life scares me. Which it does, like, all the time. With few exceptions these products aren’t dangerous because of some gross negligence, but because everything is dangerous.

      True story: I took my old high chair to the consignment shop, and they couldn’t take it because it had been recalled. Why? Well, the knobs on the back that held the tray when not in use had *gasp* bruised some children who had fallen into it. OH THE HUMANITY!!

    • Abbe

      Some of these I agree with, and some should fall into the category of common sense. I have several of the ikea lamps, and would NEVER put one by a crib or anywhere where a young child could reach it. It’s just like cords for blinds, use your brain.
      I did have one of those slings but the first time I tried it my kid kept turning her head into the fabric side, so I never used it because I prefer a breathing child.

    • Tara

      Well, crap. Each of my children have had one of those seahorses! My two girls only recently stopped sleeping with theirs. We just got my 4-month-old his for Christmas. That facebook thread is pretty horrifying!

    • QAMom

      I would never want to make light of any childs death or any families tragedy but I was really sad to see the Infantino Sling be recalled. I used it with both of my children and we all loved it madly! It was so much better constructed and had so many more safety features than the make your own sling patterns that a lot of Moms use.

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