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RECALL: More Simplicity Cribs

Recalled crib - CPSC If that headline looks familiar, it should. It’s the latest in a very long line of crib recalls involving the now defunct Simplicity company. So far, more than 2.3 million of these things have been recalled. The walls fall off or the structure collapses. Now the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled all Simplicity full-size cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames. The frames can bend, causing the mattress to collapse, taking your baby with it. A Massachusetts 1-year-old suffocated after becoming wedged in the folded mattress. Another child hurt hit head after he fell out through the bottom of the crib. And at least 12 other cribs have collapsed this way. The CPSC is not specifying how many cribs this recall involves because there are no longer any sales records for this wretched crib company. This particular structural collapse problem is not fixable, so if you’ve got one of these cribs, contact the store where you purchased it for a refund.

Want to see what the collapsed mattress support looks like?
Recalled crib - CPSC

Need more crib safety info? Click here for the CPSC Crib Information page.

Posted on Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
Under: Babies & Tots, Health & Safety | 1 Comment »

THE New Dad, A to Z

The New Dad from A to Z Wednesday, already?? OK, folks, last week’s Backyardigans DVD is heading off to our winner, Marci, and we’re getting ready for this week’s giveaway … a tad late. This time, we’re showcasing “The New Dad from A to A: Real Tips for a Surreal Time,” by Dan Consiglio, who promises to answer such tough questions as “Will I get pooped on?” (Yes) “Will I ever sleep again?” (In about a decade) and “What the hell is a onesie?” It’s a very fun, very real little book for new and about-to-be dads, mixing plenty of humor with a good dash of reality. And it’s arranged, as you’d expect from the title, from A (is for anxiety) to Z. Great little gift for baby showers or Father’s Day.

And we’re giving away a copy to one lucky family. All you have to do to enter is click “comments” and share your best piece of advice for the new dads out there. We’ll draw a winner’s name on Monday, May 10!

Posted on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
Under: Babies & Tots, Books, Dads | 5 Comments »

RECALL: 150K Baby Gates

You know those wooden baby gates you put at the top of the stairs to keep little ones from tumbling down? If you’ve got one made by Evenflo, read on, because the U.S. Consumer Product Safety folks just recalled 150,000 of them. Seems the slats on the gate break. Evenflo has received 142 reports of slats breaking – one child actually fell down the stairs, one fell down just one step, and 11 kids were hurt as they fell through the gate. The gates were sold at Toys R Us, Kmart, Burlington Baby Depot, Amazon and other retailer between October 2007 and now. Check the model number here, then contact Evenflo (the same link tells you how) for a replacement gate.

Posted on Friday, March 26th, 2010
Under: Babies & Tots, Health & Safety | No Comments »

RECALL: 1 Million Baby Slings

Recalled baby sling Well, we knew this was coming, but it’s still utterly depressing. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety folks and the Infantino company just recalled a million Infantino “SlingRider” and “Wendy Bellissimo” infant slings. If you have one of these, stop using it immediately. The sling poses a suffocation hazard to young children. Three suffocation deaths occurred in these slings in 2009, including a 7-week-old baby in Philadelphia; a 6-day-old in Salem, Oregon; and a 3-month-old in Cincinnati. Heartbreaking.

Infantino is offering free replacement products, including a Wrap & Tie infant carrier, a 2-in-1 Shopping Cart Cover, or a 3-in-1 Grow & Play Activity Gym. More details here.

Posted on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
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RECALL: 1.2 Million Graco Highchairs

Recalled Graco Highchair First came the lead painted toy recalls, millions of them. Then the crib recalls, millions of them. Now come the high chairs. You know what? It’s probably best if you just let your kid sit on the floor in a completely empty room, playing with his toes. Sigh.

OK, today’s message of doom comes from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety folks and Graco, who are recalling 1.2 million Harmony High Chairs (pictured). The inharmonious truth is they’re worried about the screws that hold the front chair legs together spontaneously exiting, which can cause the chair to tip. Graco has received 464 reports of screws loosening and/or plastic brackets cracking, which caused the high chair to tip over unexpectedly. 24 reports included bumps and bruises to the head, a hairline arm fracture, and gashes, scratches, bumps and bruises to various other body parts. If you bought one of these between November 2003 and December 2009, you’ve got a problem. Look under the foot rest for the label, then compare the model number with the recall list here. Stop using the high chair and go here for details on how to get a free repair kit.

Posted on Friday, March 19th, 2010
Under: Babies & Tots, Health & Safety | No Comments »

WARNING Coming on Baby Slings & Suffocation Deaths

Baby sling  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) You know those trendy baby slings, the soft fabric hammock/sash that lets you wear your little one across your chest? Apparently babies have died in them, when their body positions constricted their airways and they suffocated. Now the federal government is preparing to issue an official warning to parents, probably later this week. Consumer Reports began raising concerns about the slings in 2008, first because of serious injuries suffered by two dozen babies who fell out of them. Then, about the suffocation risk, which has been linked to the deaths of at least seven babies. The brand Consumer Reports named was the “SlingRider” by Infantino.

I know a lot of you have used these baby slings or know someone who has. What was your experience?

Posted on Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
Under: Babies & Tots, Health & Safety | 3 Comments »

RECALL: 127,000 Kiddie Forks

Recalled kids' utensils If you’ve got one of these kiddie fork/spoon sets, purchased from the Dollar Tree and Deals stores for a buck, take them away from your child at once. The Consumer Product Safety Commission just recalled 127,000 of these sets because the middle prongs of the fork can come off, which poses a choking hazard. The affected sets include Scooby Doo, Tweety and Batman designs (pictured).

Um, is anyone actually giving their toddler a Joker spoon? I’d have thought a Joker knife would be more appropriate, considering the character is a psychopathic mass murderer. I’m just saying…

Posted on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
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RECALLS: Baby Food, Tinker Bell Bracelets

Recalled Bracelet (CPSC) Not to be an all-recall, all-the-time kinda gal, but here’s what’s been recalled this week:

The FDA just announced a recall on some varieties of HAPPYTOT and HAPPYBABY Pouch Meals, due to a packaging defect that could cause bacterial contamination. You’re looking for pouches with plastic caps and an expiration date between Nov. 2010 and January 2011. Follow the link for specifics.

CPSC just pulled the plug on 174,000 Papyrus children’s cards ($7, pictured) with little wooden bracelets. Super cute, but unfortunately, the beads on the bracelets have excessive amounts of lead.

And they also recalled 252,000 Tiny Tink and Friends Children’s Toy Jewelry Sets, because the connectors that hold the charms contain lead. The recalled jewely includes two varieties of Tinker Bell’s Lil’ Tinker Bracelet, Rosetta’s
Rosebud Key Chain and Silvermist’s Water Lily Necklace. And if you’re a Tinker Bell aficionado, you’ll know that Tink, Rosebud and Silvermist are all Disney fairies. Again, follow the links for pics and instructions on what to do next.

Posted on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
Under: Babies & Tots, Toy Recalls | No Comments »

STROLLER Recall: 1.5 Million Graco Strollers

Recalled Graco stroller Graco and the federal consumer product safety folks just recalled 1.5 million Graco strollers (pictured at left), including the Passage, Alano and Spree models. Seems the hinges on the stroller’s canopy can cut or amputate babies’ fingertips. There have been five fingertip amputations and two lacerations because of the faulty hinge, to date. And yes, this isn’t the first stroller company whose products have caused this type of injury. McLaren recalled a million strollers in November, after faulty hinge mechanisms on the stroller itself, not the canopy, amputated 12 children’s fingertips.

Click here for details on the Graco models involved and information on how to get a free protective hinge cover kit.

Posted on Thursday, January 21st, 2010
Under: Babies & Tots, Health & Safety | 2 Comments »

East Bay Moms Preschool Fair

Tot by Rick Nease, MCT The East Bay Moms are hosting their twelfth annual Preschool & Childhood Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland. Meet reps 80 East Bay preschools and childcare programs on both sides of the tunnel, and chat with other parents and child resource providers. Kids are welcome – and free. Grown-ups are $6. Need more info? Visit

Posted on Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
Under: Babies & Tots | 2 Comments »