Concerned mum shares how her baby daughter choked on the stuffing of a popular toy. She hopes her warning saves other families.

Kath Milroy Pattingale wrote on her Facebook page about the scary experience of her 7-month-old daughter Maddison choking on the stuffing of a Lamaze doll.

She wrote, “A couple of nights ago Maddison (7 months) started to choke!

Thank goodness we were right next to her and Waz was able to help her. She’d choked on plastic stuffing from the back of this Lamaze doll :( The stitching on the back had come undone and the crinkly noise it makes is because it’s stuffed with cellophane which she’d ripped and got stuck in her throat (she doesn’t have any teeth yet).

We’ve got a lot of these Lamaze toys and they’ve been the kind of toys that I’ve trusted to leave with the girls in the car seat, pram, play mat, etc and to be honest I’d never thought twice about the safety of them.

Please please please check the stitching on yours.

I wasn’t sure whether to post anything about this, but I’d never forgive myself if I heard of another baby choking on these toys and I’d kept quiet.

I’ve contacted Lamaze twice and they’ve not even given me the courtesy of a reply.

Please share so that other mums can check their toys and we can prevent another child choking.”

Kath has since been made aware of at least two other dolls that also had lose stitching. She is waiting for a Lamaze representative to contact her.

We are so glad her little bubba was OK! So very scary. Please check your bubbas toys and make sure they are safe.

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  • wow luckily we never had an issue with this brand or the toys. my daughter has loved the lamaze octopus and thankfully that has managed to stay in one piece even to this day


  • Thank you for warning people about the danger of this toy. If you don’t get a response from Lamaze, would send another letter by Registered Mail. It will cost you more but I would do that so they have to sign for the letter. If they still fail to respond there is a Govt. Dept. you can report it to. If you speak to a person from the company make sure you write down the name of the person, also the date and time.


  • We had heaps of toys that brand. That is so scary! Quality control has some serious issues. Maybe they will take it more seriously if she goes to consumer affairs and gets them recalled?


  • All information regarding the safety of toys amd warnings to other parents is good information. Thank you.


  • Glad to read no harm was done and your Maddison was okay.


  • Oh my! Really scary! I had a lot of Lamaze toys and I thought they were of very good quality.


  • I’m so glad this story did not end in tragedy. A good warning to other parents.


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