Blue Ivy's dangerous baby bling

Almost one week old and Beyoncé and Jay-Z have spent more than $2 million on their new baby Blue Ivy, but have they being buying potentially hazardous gifts?

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Almost one week old and Beyoncé and Jay-Z have spent more than $2 million on their new baby Blue Ivy, but have they being buying potentially hazardous gifts?

The couple has reportedly spent or been given a total of $1.5 million in purchases in preparation of bringing their baby home. This includes setting up nurseries in all three of her parents' homes with identical décor and accessories.

Then there's the bill for the three-day stay at New York's Lenox Hill hospital where Blue Ivy was born on the evening of Saturday, January 7. Complete with controversy over stories that the couple rented out the entire floor, and with investigations launched after supposedly getting preferential treatment, with bodyguards interfering with other patients' stays, their stay was rumoured to have cost $1.3 million.

Hospital officials deny the couple shelled out that much and it is only estimated that Blue Ivy's gifts from parents and friends total the said amount, but what we do know is that baby Ivy has been given some possibly dangerous, even lethal, baby bling accessories.

Along with a handmade solid gold horse from Japanese jeweller Ginza Tanaka with a $600,000 price tag, plus a coach-like crib from Posh Tots, which cost $20,000, we hope that the $15,000 Swarovski crystal covered highchair is the only such accessory crusted in hazardous jewels.

Baby bling accessories such as jewelled or studded dummies and chains may be popular among A-list celebrities, but the 'bling' dummies and dummy chains decorated with crystals and other ornaments were banned in Australia after they failed mandatory safety requirements for children under three last year.

"They pose a major choking hazard to babies", the WA Commissioner for Consumer Protection, Anne Driscoll, said. "The dummies and their chains are decorated with small diamantes, crystals and beads which, if dislodged, could easily choke a baby or child."

It is especially dangerous as it is assumed that a baby would use a dummy during times when they are not being supervised, for example asleep in their cot or pram.

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However sources cannot confirm if Blue Ivy has been given a gem studded pacifier to match her highchair, but even at the age when she is starting solid foods, she should be under constant supervision while in the Swarovski chair.

Baby bling accessories do come with warnings. One internet supplier from the UK states, "All dummies are produced using glue specifically made for the bonding of crystals to plastics. The crystals are bonded solid to the dummy so risk of the crystals coming loose is very low, however to reduce damage avoid dropping on the floor and do not use in a steam or microwave steriliser."

So how many babies don't drop their dummy on the floor, or don't need their utensils appropriately sterilised? And even if the risk of the crystals or glass becoming loose is low it should be ringing alarm bells for most parents.

Although there is a ban in Australia and the UK, bling-style accessories are still being sold by online retailers, but parents should stop and think of the dangers, and not be tempted to buy them just because A-list celebrities are rumoured to have them.

Anyone caught selling them in Australia can be fined up to $1.1 million for a company or $220,000 for a person. If you have found this product for sale, please notify the Department of Fair Trading in your state.

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12:0AM, Jan 13th 2012

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