Mortar mom reveals toys she’ll never let her kids have: ‘Call me the Grinch’

A “scarred” mortician is talking about the toys she’ll never let her kids play with, and now her eye-opening TikTok is going viral.

Mortician and mom @lovee.miss.lauren got over 5.7 million views, 722,000 likes and 10,000 comments when she uploaded the timely PSA to her account.

Now, just like the TikTok that went viral for revealing what can happen when you sleep with your bedroom door closed, Lauren’s video is giving parents chills everywhere.

“I basically grew up in a funeral home, and as many funeral directors will tell you, child deaths are the hardest things we ever have to work with,” Lauren explained.

“As you become a parent, you find yourself being extra-protective of your kids, because you know what can happen in the blink of an eye.”

On her TikTok — and a rapidly growing follow-up video — Lauren lists the following toys as off-limits within her home:

  • Pearls of water

  • Anything with a string

  • Teething necklaces

  • balloons

  • Jump ropes

  • Button batteries

  • Trampolines

  • Toys with magnets

  • Fidget spinners

  • Hammocks

The American Academy of Pediatrics backs up Lauren’s warnings. According to her website, the water-absorbing gel beads can grow up to 200 times their size when they encounter water, causing dangerous blockages that may go undetected by X-rays if they’re swallowed or placed in the ears.

Toys with loose strings, ropes, ribbons, or strings, especially when the strings measure more than 12 inches, such as with pull toys or jump ropes, can pose dangerous strangulation hazards to children.

Teething necklaces, which can cause suffocation or strangulation, should never be worn by little ones. Instead, parents should massage their child’s gums or give them hard rubber teething rings that aren’t frozen.

Button batteries, found in items such as music cards, toys, remote controls, thermometers, hearing aids, calculators, bathroom scales, key rings, cameras, and Christmas decorations, can cause serious injury or death if swallowed.

Trampolining has long been discouraged by the AAP, as serious injuries can occur even when padding and fencing are present.

Magnets, if ingested, can trap tissue together, causing life-threatening injuries.

Fidget spinners, both plastic and metal, often contain small parts and/or batteries that can pose a choking hazard.

Hammocks, whether intended for small children or for toys, can wrap themselves around the necks of little ones, causing them to strangulate.

Lauren isn’t the only TikToker pleading for parents to remove dangerous toys from their homes. Reese’s Purpose took to the internet in 2020 to warn parents about fatal button batteries, and That Water Bead Lady has been working hard since 2017 to educate families about the dangers of water beads.

“I Can’t Imagine What You Saw”

Thousands of TikTokers responded to Lauren’s PSAs and shared their own scary experiences.

“I’m an ER nurse and I have the saddest story about the button cell battery. People must keep them away from children and pets! So sad,” one user wrote.

“Taking 911 calls all day has made me the same! So many things can hurt the little ones! said another.

“As a former hospital chaplain… YES,” agreed one user.

“I can see how all of these are valid. I can’t imagine what you saw 🥺,” one user empathized.

“This video can save so many lives. thank you for bringing awareness to these for our kids❤️‍🩹,” another user wrote.

Parents wondering if their children’s toys are safe or looking for potential Christmas gifts this holiday season can refer to the Consumer Product Safety Commission website or to HealthyChildren.org.

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