Dad takes to social media to warn other parents about the dangers of these toddler shoes.

Concerned father, Chris Auke Stokes posted to the ‎Target Australia Facebook page about his concerns with a pair of toddler shoes suitable for his 12 month old daughter.

He posted “So, we got these pretty little shoes for our Daughter last weekend and today (the first time she has worn them) while out I find she has taken one off and is suckling on the ribbon, when I take the shoe off her I find that one of the metal ends off the ribbon was missing.

He continued, after a frantic search and dash for the car to go to the emergency room at the hospital I get a call from her mum at home saying she had found it. WOW!

Why on earth would you release a baby shoe with such a dangerous addition?

Chris said, I have now removed the offending metal adornments and suggest you do the same before someone is less lucky than my daughter.”

Target responded“Hi Chris, thanks for bringing this to our attention. The safety of our products is so important to us, even moreso when it comes to little ones! We’d definitely like these sent in for assessment, could you please private message us so we can provide you with the details?”

Thanks for sharing and bringing this to the attention of other parents, Chris! We hope Target follows up closely with the product.


Any object smaller than a D-size battery can choke children under three years, reports RCH Melbourne.

Make sure that young children cannot reach or play with:
•Needles, pins and safety pins.
•Coins and small button batteries including spare batteries and toys containing small button batteries.
•Buttons, beads, marbles, the tops of ballpoint pens and polystyrene beads (found in stuffed toys and bean bags) are all easily inhaled.
•Watermelon seeds, dried peas, toys with small parts that can be removed.

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  • So important to check foe little dangerous objects indeed ! Hope Target is taking this message serious and doesn’t check only these shoes but all their toddler products !


  • Lucky the little girl did not swallow the metal part. Retailers should be checking these products before selling them.


  • Oh, nice that this dad has brought this important message to the attention of everyone!!


  • Will be warning my daughter in law her little princess has these shoes in black. Lucky in one way for me my female toddler loves boys clothes and they do not have as many added things like this.


  • Little girls’ shoes are never practical or safe. It’s very hard to find shoes that actually let them play, run, jump and develop in comfort so, while I am appalled at the lack of attention to detail and safety, on another level I’m sadly not surprised at all.


  • You have to be so careful,lucky she didn’t swallow the metal end,thank god!


  • Don’t they have safety inspections on everything these days, how is something like that missed?


  • Thank goodness she didn’t choke on them. I hope target removes them from sale while they investigate


  • Great to know, will keep an eye out from now on.


  • You have to keep an eye on embellishments with clothes too.


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