Pass on these pins

Bad pins

I like Pinterest.  I have messy boards, and I don’t pin everything in my life, but I have fun looking for new things to sew or new foods to make.  I do run our BabyLove Pinterest page, too, which means that I often spend a ton of time looking for baby-related pins.  But there are days where I see pins that make me cringe, worried, or just plain upset that they keep getting pinned.  I’ve collected a few, and I’ll tell you why you need to pass on these pins.  And please note, I am not trying to make fun of or shame anyone.  But, as is true with many things in parenting, just because others do it doesn’t mean it’s safe.

The SIDS Traps

It all started with this froggy sleeping bag for babies.  It turns out that the actual bag isn’t for sale (because it’s a HUGE suffocation risk), but I keep seeing it pinned with a note of trying to make it.  Please, no.

Then there’s this Nap Nanny, which I keep seeing pinned, despite the fact that it was recalled last year.  Ah, Pinterest.  Where bad ideas never die. And this awful idea was labeled as a “DIY Nap Nanny”…..We’re talking a baby here, not a puppy. Babies need firm surfaces.

And finally, if I see one more tricked out nursery complete with heavy blankets and crib bumpers, I just don’t know what I’m going to do.  Yes, they are pretty, but blankets and crib bumpers and dangerous to use while your baby is in the crib.  So save some money and just say no.

The Car Seat Covers

No, I’m not talking about the blankets you can put over your seat to keep baby warm.  Those are ok.  I’m talking about all the pins I see with patterns, tutorials, and even actual replacement covers for sale that you’re supposed to use instead of the cloth on the seat.  Why is this a bad idea?  Well, for one, once you take off the old cover, it’s very possible you can break the seat in the process.  Also, if you look at the pin I linked to above, it’s quite clear that the cover is loose and the holes for the straps are in bad spots.  What really makes me upset is when I see pins encouraging mothers to buy old seats from garage sales and recover them.  All that’s doing is making an unsafe seat even more unsafe. Please, please, please use a safe seat.

The Sleep Training/ Cry It Out

Before you yell at me, let me just remind you that the AAP is very clear on the dangers of sleep training and cry it out for newborns.  It doesn’t matter what these pins say– following through with the advice can be dangerous for your baby.  How’s that saying go?  The nights are long but the years are short.  Hang in there.  You might be tired, but this isn’t the answer.

There are lots of fun, helpful pins out there, but the bad ones are out there, too.  Have you noticed anything I have missed?  What keeps getting passed around like a bad rumor?

Oh, and for good, safe, vetted pins, follow us on Pinterest!



Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

Opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.

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