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Risk of death for 1-year-old
Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2021
I want to preface this review with the fact that I was so excited to get this and I do not think it’s a bad product. I think it’s rated incorrectly for the age of appropriate use because of this specific design.
We are a wooden toy family and a Pikler was on our baby’s first birthday list. We got the combo with the tent convertor because I thought that was such a cool feature. I also like that the angle is easily adjustable for one adult. The setup was pretty easy and unlike a few other reviews, I found the texture of the wood to be a good thing as texture prevents slipping and falls and smooth only heightens the likelihood that a slip and fall will happen. Unfortunately, while playing, my baby climbed underneath and stuck their head through the slats just high enough to hang from the neck weightless. As I was supervising, I was immediately able to pull the baby through the slats and avoid any lasting harm, but because the slats aren’t quite close enough together for my average sized 1-year-old to avoid this, we had to put it away for the time being until baby’s head can’t fit through the slats anymore (we will try again around 18 months, but doing a measurement test first. The product is rated for 1+ use and that’s just not correct. No baby should be able to hang weightless from the neck on any product due to the head fitting through the slats. It’s extremely dangerous and could lead to death if someone isn’t supervising or a person supervising panics. Believe me, it was a traumatic event. The baby was screaming and crying and I had to keep my cool, figuring out whether to try to push the head back down or pull the entire body through (body through seemed easier so that’s what I did.)
All play with an item like this should absolutely be supervised, but this type of accident shouldn’t be able to happen if the slats are spaced close enough together or wide enough apart. Luckily we didn’t suffer lasting damage or harm, but I want to keep any other parent from experiencing the same issue.