A story how one Red ribbon loop created a safer tag blanket for kids all over.
I am a mom. I worry about my children 24/7 and in the rare occasion that I would get sleep while my son was young, i never wanted to worry about his well being while snoozing. However, i did check up on him multiple times throughout the night before all the video monitors came to market. It was tough without technology, but we managed!
As a first time parent, we made sure all the products were perfect for our kid. We pre-washed all his clothing and removed the tags to avoid any irritation. We were very cautious and made smart decisions just like many other parents do. Just like car seats, bumper pads in cribs and swaddling, we took precautions.
Jack got his finger caught in his beloved Red ribbon when he was 18m old. He would take that ribbon and wrap it around his finger as a form of sensory play. A tag blanket that I created with my business Baby Jack Blankets, similar to "others" on the market with ribbon loops, his finger became stuck. Imagine how awful I felt as a mom who provided this sense of security, hand sewing it for him and he got hurt. The ribbon loop was not even that long, but compared to a child's finger, it was enough. The thought of seeing my child with their little fingers wrapped up and caught in a looped tag blanket will forever stick in my head.
Ribbon loops give me anxiety. I vowed as a mother -- and business owner -- to prevent this from happening to any more Baby Jack products.
From that moment on, Baby Jack & Company decided to create a safer alternative to tag blankets, unlike anything on the market. We came up with a new design of sewing ribbons closed into TABS to keep fingers safe, but still provide the sensory stimulation that the original ribbons do. We opted away from the heat sealed ribbons as we did not want children putting them in mouths. How awful having burned edges of fabric inside a baby's mouth - it wasn't an option for a safe alternative to heat seal the ends. By sewing the ribbons closed into tabs, little ones still get the experience of rubbing the ribbons together for sensory play.
A little red ribbon changed our design and it is my mission to provide a comfort to kids without the worry from parents. It is also a mission to share this story. If you simply google, you won't find ANY other story of this happening on the internet. Why is this? Out of sight, out of mind, perhaps? It is our job as parents to make sure our kids have the BEST PRODUCTS and SAFEST PRODUCTS out there and this never happens again and we at Baby Jack & Co. are proud to team up with medical experts to ensure our items are assisting the development of little ones!
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