To anyone who has, or knows somebody who has a baby.
I posted this in a reply on What'cha knitting, but I think it's something everyone should see.
There are two safety issues that anyone who knits (or sews) for infants or small children need to be aware.
One is ties that go around the neck. There have been incidents of accidental strangulation in many different scenarios.
We've all heard about making sure buttons are sewed on very securely so they don't end up in mouths and cause choking.
The second is an issue I had never heard about, but I experienced on a very, very personal level. It's ribbons on infants clothing.
As lovely as they make a garment look, babies have a natural sucking reflex and they'll suck on anything they get in their mouth.
My second baby managed to get the end of a bonnet ribbon in her mouth, when I saw this, she had already sucked about 6" of ribbon down her throat. The ribbon was sewed on a bonnet, and I did know enough to re-enforce the attachment before I ever put it on her.
Ribbons that aren't anchored secured, could have fatal results.
If I made this sound scary, well good. It was for me, and should be for anyone who knows a baby.
*Knit, rip*, repeat between the *s as many times as necessary.