Take the Safety Pledge

Little Duckling Sale & Expo is dedicated to safety! It is our intention to only sell items that are safe and have that have not been recalled. It is the responsibility of our Consignors to ensure that all of their items are not recalled and meet all safety standards. While it is the Consignor’s responsibility, we want to help you succeed in this area. During the registration process you agreed to research your items to ensure there are no recalls and that they are safe. Two resources for you are We Make It Safer and U.S. Consumer and Product Safety Commission. Below are a few items that we receive questions about. Don’t know if you can resell your recalled item? Read this article by Consignment Mommies.

Disclaimer: The information provided here is included for research purposes and is not intended to be legal advice, you should always check the Consumer Product Safety Commission and/or relevant government agency and industry sources (some of which are listed below under “additional safety and industry resources”) to ensure your items can be resold.

Baby Slings

Due to the positioning of an infant in a sling, there are suffocation hazards. The slings fabric can cover a baby’s nose and mouth thus blocking breathing orifices. Likewise, the positioning of the child is prone to restricting the airway due to the curled nature which pushed the chin into the chest.

Balls and Balloons
  • Balloons – that are deflated should be kept away from children under the age of 8 as they present a choking and suffocation issue. Furthermore, discard broken balloons at once.
  • Small balls and other toys with small parts – Toys with small parts can cause choking and should be kept away from children under the age of 3.

Source: Toys Safer This Holiday Season Due to Stronger Safety Rules

Bath Seats and Bath Rings

CPSC standards instruct that bath seats and bath rings should not be sold if they attach to the tub floor, were made before 2007 (see date code stamp on the bottom of the product), or are broken and/or damaged in any way. Seats and rings that do meet the standards are a drowning hazard.

Source: CPSC Approves New Federal Safety Standard for Infant Bath Seats

Breast Pumps and Accessories

With the exception of hospital-grade pumps, the FDA considers breast pumps single-use (one-individual for the life of the product) devices. LDS abides by this and concur with the FDA that a breast pump should only be used by one woman, as it is impossible to guarantee the pump is clean and disinfected betwixt uses of the device by different women… Furthermore purchasing a used breast pump or sharing a breast pump between women is a violation of some manufacturer’s warranties.

Bumbo Seats

Bumbo voluntarily recalled approximately four million seats in August 2012. It is unlawful to resell these seats without the repair kit installed.

Car Seats and Infant Carriers

Car seats, booster seats, and car seat bases cannot be older than 5 years old. All car seats, booster seats, car seat bases, and infant carriers that function as a car seat will be inspected at check-in/drop-off and must be free of recall. A Car Seat Checklist must accompany every car seat. Please download this checklist and bring it with you.


The new crib rule that was approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission has some people confused. Some believe that it only applies to “drop side” cribs. However, the standard applies to more than just the drop side. It is required that the crib’s mattress support, slats, and hardware now be more durable. Furthermore in order to prove compliance, manufacturers must adhere and test their products to more stringent requirements.

Little Duckling Sale will only accept cribs that were manufactured on or after June 28, 2011. Cribs manufactured from July 23, 2010 to June 28, 2011 may be consigned if the consignor provides a certificate of compliance from the crib manufacturer or retailer. Cribs manufactured prior to July 23, 2010 will not be accepted under any circumstance.

Additionally, Cribs cannot be sold as toddler beds. A Crib Checklist must accompany every crib. Please download this checklist and bring it with you.

Crib Bumpers

Little Duckling Sale will only accept Crib Bumpers that are breathable. The American Academy of Pediatrics states there is no evidence of crib bumpers providing protection from or preventing injuries. However, they do pose a risk of suffocation, strangulation, and/or entrapment.

Mattresses and Bedding

All crib and/or toddler mattresses and box springs and bedding must have its original factory label/tag. This is known as a “Part 1633” compliance label and details what the item is comprised of.

Mattresses manufactured on or after July 1, 2007 must meet the CPSC flammability standard. This standard is intended to reduce the severity of mattress fires caused by an an open flame ignition source such as candles, matches and/or lighters.

Source: More Than Once Upon a Mattress: Used Bedding Labeling Rules

Pack-n-Plays and Playards

Play yards are meant for children less than 35 inches tall and who are not yet able to climb out of the play yard.

Play yard hazards include entrapment from collapse of the play yard, entrapment of the child between an unfolded mattress and the floor liner, and strangulation from a looped strap hanging into the play yard.

Source: September 2011- Play Yards: What Parents Should Know

Toddler Beds

In the Spring of 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a new federal standard for the design of toddler beds.

Source: CPSC Approves New Mandatory Standard for Toddler Beds

Toys with Small Parts and Magnets

There is an ingestion hazard with toys containing magnets and/or magnetic components. Toys that contain magnets include, but are not limited to, action figures, dolls, some puzzles, and construction sets. Furthermore, strong/powerful magnets that can be found in some building sets have been known to cause death upon being swallowed.

There is a great choking risk to children under the age of three years old whom interact with small parts. Be sure that all small parts, whether on a toy or even clothing, are securely fastened.


Baby walkers must be wider than a standard doorway (at least 36 inches wide) and it must have features, such as mechanisms that grip which stop the walker at the edge of a step such as at the top of stairs thus preventing the walker from toppling over.

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