Babies will put pretty much anything in their mouths. This is pretty much just a fact. There are plenty of things that are made to be put in little mouths thankfully. Like those adorable soft books that can be squeezed by little fists and handle drooling and teething. Seriously, they come in handy when you want to keep baby entertained but also worry that they'll end up with bits of gunk or something in their mouths they shouldn't. But even soft books that are made for tiny mouths can be dangerous sometimes. A soft book company is recalling one of their books for a possible choking hazard.
Find the Bear, a soft book from Manhattan Toy is the book in question. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, a metal grommet used to fasten a fabric flap to the page can detach. And if it does, it obviously can pose a choking hazard if it ends up in a little one's mouth. It's upsetting that this wasn't thought through more thoroughly, but sometimes only certain materials will do a sufficient job. Thankfully, the company is aware of the problem and is going about ways to rectify the situation the best they can.
The version of Find the Bear being recalled has a blue and purple stripe cover with a panda. Inside the book is a Manhattan Toys label and also this lot number, 208150 AJn on the inside. If you have this book, be sure to place it somewhere that little ones are unable to reach. While your copy may be okay, it's always better to be safe than sorry with little ones.
Per the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, this particular edition of the book was sold between March 2017 and July 2018. While mostly sold at independent sellers, it was also made available through the Amazon, Buy Buy Baby and Manhattan Toy websites.
About 1,180 copies of the book are available in the U.S., with approximately another 20 sold in Canada. If you purchased or received a copy of the book, Manhattan Toy is offering a refund. You can contact Manhattan Toy at: 800-541-1345 Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. CT. You can also visit their website www.manhattantoy.com and visit the "Recalls" page.