Tis the season when the State of Illinois issues its annual Safe Shopping Guide. This year, some of the products parents, grandparents and gift buyers should watch out for include sippy cups, stuffed animals and neck pillows containing lead; sleepwear and robes that can be flammable; and toys that have been recalled due to choking hazards from parts that can break off. Additionally, a number of cribs, infant carriers, infant bouncers, rocking seats and infant sleepers listed in the guide can present fall or suffocation hazards.

While many recalled items have been removed from store shelves, you should check the 2020 Safe Shopping Guide to make sure you are not planning to give a product as a gift that a retailer still is inadvertently selling. You should also check the product guidelines to make sure that the products you’re buying are appropriate for the age of the recipient.

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