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However, the second item on the list was latex balloons. I'm not saying they're okay for babies to play with, but the stats quoted don't really make me thing it's a very likely accident: "Since 1973, more than 110 children have choked to death when chewing on or blowing up latex balloons." That works out to two or three kids a year, compared to cited number that up to 900 suffocate in soft bedding annually. On the other hand, the amount of exposure to balloons versus pets or bedding is vastly different.
There are so many sources of fear & guilt about parenting these days, often as a part of marketing a product to help you solve the 'problem' that you didn't know you had. I found it quite overwhelming initially & had to fight the paranoia that books, marketers & even other parents seem to want you to have. When it comes to safety, I'm not going to say I'm against doing any babyproofing, but how much is too much? I've seen ads for padded helmets for children learning to walk or crawl--isn't this too much? What does that do to a child if they're never allowed to take any risks? Do they learn if they're not allowed to make mistakes that result in the occasional bump or bruise?