Stuff your Valentine’s Day with Love & Safety!

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, jump up high.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the sky.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, bend down low.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch your toes.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn off the light.
Everybody say shh!
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say goodnight.
(Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Nursery Rhyme)

Valentine’s Day is here, and what better way to say I’m sweet on you than with a cute and cuddly teddy bear? We want you to SEE the dangers of those cute button eyes that make our fluffy friends seem more lifelike!

•Stay away from stuffed animals with features made of buttons, beads, or other small items that could fall or be chewed off. These small items could become choking hazards if they end up in your child’s mouth.

We may be bursting at the seams with love for our kids, but make sure their stuffed animals aren’t!

•Check the construction of stuffed animals for sturdy and tight seams to make sure that stuffing stays inside. If the stuffing comes out of your child’s teddy bear, it could become a choking hazard if they put it in their mouths.

We may poke their adorable chubby cheeks, but beware of stuffed animals that could poke your child!

•Watch out for wires in stuffed animal paws, ears, tails, etc. Even if these wires are covered with fur, they could still poke through and hurt your child.

Germs love your kids and their stuffed animals!

•Stuffed animals can become full of germs and dust mites fast, so pick a stuffed animal that you can easily wash and dry.

We always want our babies to feel cuddled and loved, especially on Valentine’s Day, but they should be the only one in their crib!

babyvalentine•Never put stuffed animals in your child’s crib with them. Fluffy stuffed animals can become a suffocation danger to your children in their crib.

How Sweet it is to be loved by you on Valentine’s Day!

•Small candy can be a choking hazard for children. Monitor your kids when they are enjoying the sweetness.

•Kids are always in a hurry! Don’t let your kiddo run with a sucker in their mouth. It could become lodged in their throat if they trip and fall.

nutrition•Saf-T-Pops are a safe candy option for children!They have a flexible fiber looped handle for safety and are allergen free. The handle is designed to bend instead of lodge like a stiff stick if a child falls with the candy in their mouth. The loop design is made for a swoop and pull if a child is choking on the candy. http://www.saftpops.com

•A small parts tester will help you to know if your Valentine trinkets are a safe size for your child. A toilet paper roll can also be used to identify choke-able toys. Do not let small children play unsupervised with anything that can fit into one of these cylinders.

Spread love and safety this Valentine’s Day! Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kids’ safety. If you have any questions about child safety, feel free to post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225.372.3991.

Co-written by: Haley Taylor, 2016 Spring SLU Intern

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