Keeping their children safe from harm is every parent's number one job. That's why there's a massive market for gizmos and gadgets that let you monitor a baby's every move and count every heart beat. For every item you see in stores that's meant to protect your child, however, there's another that could be putting them in danger. There are baby products that are banned outside of the U.S. that are still readily available here — so don't assume that just because something's being sold in a reputable store that it's perfectly safe for your little one.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is responsible for determining which products are too dangerous for Americans to use. Back in 2010, the CPSC banned drop side cribs according to CBS News. With more than 30 infant deaths, the cribs posed an undeniable danger. Since then, they've been completely been removed from stores, and Babble noted that it's even illegal to donate a drop side crib or purchase one second-hand. There are other products, however, that the CPSC website simply advises people not to use — despite their widespread availability. That includes some of the items on this list, which other countries have gone ahead and pulled from stores.
Here are five products that you might want to carefully consider purchasing, based on the red flags that other countries have raised about them. Of course you as the parent are empowered to use your best judgement, but it doesn't hurt to be extra cautious about any product that you introduce your baby to, whether its on this list or not.