The Dangers of Hair Ties to Babies

By Susan Revermann
Those hair accessories may be cute, but they can pose a choking hazard.
Those hair accessories may be cute, but they can pose a choking hazard.

You may be super excited to dress your baby girl up in the adorable little outfits with matching accessories, but there are a few dangerous scenarios to consider first. She probably won’t miss the hair accessories at all if you leave them out of her ensemble, and even if you do successfully get them in her hair, that doesn’t mean that she will let them stay there for long anyway.

Be aware that hair ties, especially big, decorative ones, can pose a choking hazard for your baby. It is in a baby’s nature to put everything in her mouth, including hair accessories. The diameter of your little one’s windpipe is extremely small, making the choking potential even more severe.

Keep in mind that long stretches of fabric or ribbon can get caught around your baby’s neck or other body parts. So, if you are using a ribbon or fabric to tie your baby’s hair back, you may want to think twice.

Visualize yourself trying to detangle a snagged hair tie out of your screaming baby’s hair. Now, after you stop shuddering at the thought, think twice before you pull your child’s hair back with one of those.


Consider other alternatives besides the cute, frilly hair ties. Simple baby-friendly hair bands work well to keep hair up and out of the way. Baby barrettes work, too, although those can be swallowed just as easily.

There’s always the a haircut route. You may not want to even think of it, but getting your wee one a tiny hair trim to keep the hair out of her face may be the way to go. Remember, it’s just a trim -- you’re not shaving your poor baby girl’s head, and she won’t even remember it once you get her back in the car.