We’ve ranted and railed about Simplicity cribs so much, it’s a wonder we’ve got any voice – or typing fingers – left. After umpteen gazillion crib recalls, guess what? Here’s another one: the Consumer Product Safety folks have recalled yet another 400,000 Simplicity drop-side cribs whose plastic parts are deformed or subject to breakage. The parts failure means the sides drop spontaneously (see illustrative photo) and have killed one 8-month-old, trapped or nearly trapped 25 others, and endangered still more. CPSC has also posted a handy list with details on the previous Simplicity recalls too. For those of you keeping score, we’re up to 2.369 million recalled cribs and bassinets from this now defunct company. You can follow those links to see the model numbers but frankly, if it says Simplicity anywhere on the thing, we wouldn’t want it in our house.
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May we suggest that you put your baby to sleep in a dresser drawer? Or the bathtub, perhaps? OK, maybe that’s not such a good idea… but there’s been another major crib recall. Jardine Enterprises and the Consumer Product Safety folks just recalled 96,000 cribs – that’s in addition to the 320K Jardine cribs last June and the 56K in January – because the slats are so flimsy, they can break. Babies can get stuck and even strangle to death in the resulting hole. CPSC has gotten 31 reports of slats breaking, including two cases where children became trapped in the gap. In 10 cases, the slats were broken by babies or toddlers inside the crib, which means either there’s been a surge in adoptions from the planet Krypton or those slats are flimsy indeed.
Seven crib models, priced at $220-$330 and sold between 2005 and 2009, are implicated in this recall. CPSC has the model numbers and info on how to get a full refund. Looking for more info on recent baby product recalls? We’ve got that too.
You may have seen the news story yesterday that 2007’s birth rate topped the baby boom record with 4,317,119 births. But the part of the story that left us stunned was that 40 percent of those 4.3 million births were to single mothers, and three quarters of them were over 20, so it’s not some huge spike in the teen birth rate, although that rose slightly too. How times change! It wasn’t that long ago that an unwed mother was a scandalous figure. Now it’s the norm. The Angelina Jolie effect, perhaps? It makes us wonder too why we’re not seeing that trend in our own social circle. Are you?
Kill us now. No, seriously.
What, you don’t think this is bad? Then watch Tori Spelling do it too.
On Wednesday, we started cooing about babies — oh, who are we fooling? We’ve been cooing about babies for years, but Wednesday, we ran a Fab Five list of Fabulous Baby Shower Ideas, with help from Karen Sullen from Corner Stork. In it, she made a passing mention to diaper cakes, those towering, fabulous baby gifts we first encountered on “Sex in the City.” You can certainly buy them ready-made, but you can also make one yourself. Here’s how:
Pssst. Come back Monday for more baby shower ideas…
We’ve got babies on the brain here lately. My cubicle mate is about to become a proud auntie for the — ooo, fourth time? fifth? – and she’s hosting a baby shower soon. And babies just seem to be popping out all over. So we’re bringing you a Fab Five list of fabulous baby shower ideas, with a little help from guest blogger Karen Sullen, from CornerStorkBabyGifts.com, an online gift shop that’s all babies, all the time. As you might expect, Karen is a baby shower expert. And the trick, she says, is picking a good theme. Read on for Karen’s Fab Five list (with a few parenthetical comments from us), then come back Friday for more ideas.
“Sometimes, selecting a theme can be the most difficult part of planning a baby shower,” says Karen. “But once you’ve done that, all the other details seem to fall into place. So to get you on your way, here are some fun baby shower themes that will help sprinkle Mom with love.”
1. About To Pop!
Everyone is just popping with excitement as they prepare to welcome a new little star to the world’s stage. Whether you like to watch movies or wish you could be in them, this idea is perfect for the movie fan. Using a popcorn theme, treat your guests to movie snacks, your own home movie, and make popcorn balls to enjoy. You could even give guests a mini popcorn box that says “About To Pop!” with sweets inside as your baby shower favor. (Corner Stork carries cute pre-printed boxes, but you can get plain ones at most party stores too, including Boswell’s in Lafayette.)
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You know those dangly baby toys, the ones you place over a crib or car seat to keep the sweet bebe occupied? Check those things. Give them a good tug and make sure no parts come off, because the Consumer Product Safety people just recalled 172,000 of those things. The toys in question are made by Infantino (a sample is pictured to your left, but the Lil Chef activity set and stacker toys are recalled too) and the metallic blue fabric comes off, posing a choking hazard for babies. The company has received 45 reports of the toy coming apart, but there have been no injuries. Got one? Return it to Infantino for a replacement.
Six major baby bottle manufacturers agreed yesterday to stop selling plastic baby bottles that contain bisphenol A or BPA, a chemical that’s been linked to disruptions of the human endocrine system. After studies showed that babies and toddlers in the United States have the highest concentrations of BPA in their systems, many parents shifted to glass or BPA-free bottles, such as the ones pictured here, in an effort to avoid the chemical.
Now, the six largest manufacturers of baby bottles sold in this country – Playtex, Evenflo, Gerber, Avent America, Dr. Brown and Disney First Years – have pulled the chemical from their product lines. Some, including Playtex, stopped using BPA last fall.
Now, after years of advocacy efforts, the ball is rolling. Fourteen states are mulling anti-BPA legislation currently, and Canada has banned the substance in baby bottles.
We love mothers’ groups – can’t even imagine how we’d have gotten through those early years without the support and friendship of the women in our moms group! So we were thrilled to hear that MOMS – the Moms Offering Moms Support – Club is launching a brand new group for stay-at-home moms in the San Ramon and Dublin area. What makes it even cooler is that the existing moms club in the area is taking them under their wing and relaunching, in effect, as a MOMS Club East (zip code 94582) and MOMS Club West (92583) with weekly activities, park days, holiday events, socials and service projects. Among those activities, fun swap meets like the one pictured above, where mothers have a chance to swap gently used toys and baby items, socialize and donate items to the Salvation Army too.
San Ramon and Dublin moms interested in joining the MOMS East group should contact Rachel Yost at (925) 365-1620 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For MOMS West, contact Charity Pelletier at (925) 487-4682 or email@example.com.
Charming. You know those safety stair gates you put at the top of your stairs, then totally relax because your toddler can’t go tumbling? And even when you see your tot gripping the bars and madly shaking them, you don’t worry too much? Yeah. Start worrying. The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Dorel just recalled 100,000 of these Safety 1st SmartLight Stair Gates (model #42111) by Dorel (pictured at left) because the hinges that hold it in place can break. No injuries reported so far, thank heavens. If you’ve got one of these things, call 1-866-690-2540, or fill out Dorel’s online order form or e-mail them at Smartlightgate@djgusa.com to obtain a free repair kit.