Child Safety: Frugal Baby Choke Tester

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 0 comments
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Image: Sucker!, by Heather, on Flickr

From the picture's description: This was obviously taken before people started suing sucker companies for choking their babies to death!

Every home should have a choke tester to check if toys and other objects are safe for baby play.

But commercial choke testers can be very difficult to find, very expensive and too small to be effective.

Image: UK - Safetots Choke Tester - every home with a child should have one
(available in the UK)

Did you know you have a frugal baby choke tester right in your own home? (No, I don't mean the baby...)

How about an empty toilet paper tube!?

Commercial choke testers are made to gov't. regulation size of 3.5 cm (1 3/8") in diameter.

Image: You can consider any toy or object in your home that fits inside this toilet paper tube to be a choking hazardHowever, the Consumer Products Safety Commission in the U.S. has reported many deaths of babies and children who have choked on objects slightly larger than 3.5 cm (1 3/8") in diameter.

Your ordinary toilet paper tube is 4.5 cm (1 6/8") in diameter.

You can consider any toy or object in your home fitting inside this toilet paper tube to be a choking hazard to your baby or child.

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Image: Becker's School Supplies Choke Tube Set | Set of 3  | If a toy is small enough to fit through the opening in the Choke Tube Tester, it could pose a choking hazard for children under the age of threeShopping Suggestions:
Becker's Choke Tube Set

KidCo Small Object Tester

CDN - KidCo Small Object Tester

UK - Safetots Choke Tester

UK - BabyDan Choke Tester

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