Buttons on baby clothes - yay or nay?
trrk · 30/09/2022 09:30
I have been gifted an adorable hand knitted cardigan for my DD. The buttons have been coming off quite easily and I already had to reattach a few. It occurred to me while doing this that they could pose a choking hazard for DD. Am I worrying about nothing here or is this a real risk? I guess it is safe for small babies that can’t put stuff in their mouth? My DD is 12 weeks.
SunshineClouds1 · 30/09/2022 12:33
It is a risk.
Could you go over the buttons afew times so they can't come off if you still want her to wear it.
Miriam101 · 30/09/2022 14:19
My DD ate a button when she was a baby. I didn't realise until it came out the other end!! Sorry that's not much of an answer to your question ;-)
NuffSaidSam · 30/09/2022 14:23
Any small thing like a button is a choking hazard for a baby old enough to put stuff in their mouth.
NotMeNoNo · 30/09/2022 14:25
It sounds like the buttons haven't been sewn on very well, if done properly they should not come off at all.
YellowTreeHouse · 30/09/2022 14:27
It’s hand knitted, so what do you expect? They care about how cute it is, not how safe it is.
yellowgecko · 30/09/2022 14:31
Cardigans are really practical. I was gifted many for my babies (family of knitters!) and not once did a button come off. It sounds like they need to be seen back on better and then it will be fine.
Scirocco · 30/09/2022 14:31
We tend to avoid easily accessible buttons - they can be a choking hazard. I'd either secure the buttons or take them off altogether.
trrk · 30/09/2022 15:22
Thanks for the advice! I’ll try to see them on better. It’s nice soft and warm wool too so would be a shame not to use it. I guess I could also cut them off as pp suggests. At the moment my DD puts her hands in her mouth but can’t grasp anything yet so she may out grow it before she starts to be able to pick up stuff. Would you assume shop brought cardigans have the buttons attached well enough that babies can’t bite them off?
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