Tag: child safety

Finally, a rear-facing car seat that won’t squish your toddler’s legs

Thanks to the American Academy of Pediatrics’s well-intentioned rule that babies under the age of two should remain in rear-facing car seats, there’s plenty of cranky, uncomfortable toddlers out there, whining in backseats across the land. Luckily I came across a very smart rear-facing car seat for ages newborn to 2, so my growing, grumpy toddler boy can finally get back to chillaxing and watching the rear-view world go by. The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 car seat is the first car seat that comfortably accommodates children up to 40 pounds. The secret is in the base of the...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and catch cool new picks like these every day. 1. Fun, free retro Valentine’s printables that make great DIY cards too. 2. The essential guide to making an iPod Touch safe for kids. 3. The cutest black boots that don’t even need breaking in. 4. Children’s tees to make your kids look smart. Which they already are. 5. Pretty new mom keepsake jewelry that’s actually...

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Bugaboo stroller recall – no reason to panic but worth a read if you own one

Today, Bugaboo voluntarily recalled the Cameleon and Donkey strollers that have detachable carrycots/seats. A button on the seat carry handle can become disengaged and detach. No injuries have been reported, and the safety risk has been deemed low. Bugaboo Cameleon Even so, you’ll want to get a free replacement handle right away if you own a stroller with one of these serial numbers under the seat:  Bugaboo CameleonSerial Number 04011090900001 to 04031101009999Serial Number 08011090900001 to 08021100800386Serial Number 140100093600531 to 140103123350418 Bugaboo DonkeySerial Number 170101105300001 to 170104130900500 To get your free handle replacement, call Bugaboo at (800) 460-2922 from 7AM...

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Breaking news: Peapod travel crib recall

Just yesterday, the CPSC and KidCo Inc. recalled all 220,000 of their Peapod travel cribs that have been sold since 2005. We were so sad to hear that the recall was due to a possible infant death (though the cause is unknown), and others being trapped and distressed–however these occurred in some cases due to users placing the mattress on the floor of the tent and not in the pocket as the directions specify. KidCo Inc. is offering a kit so parents who own a Peapod travel beds and Peapod Plus travel beds can fix them, making the cribs safe...

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Afraid of the dark? Not with this just-in-case kit stashed away

In light of Hurricane Sandy, I think a lot more of us are thinking about preparedness and safety precautions our families. Not that it’s such a fun thing to think about. But when I saw this kit created for blackouts, I liked the balance of straightforward approach without too much gloom and doom. [Don’t miss a great limited time discount after the jump..plus another really wonderful incentive!] The Family Blackout Kit comes packed in a sturdy child-size hiking backpack marked Survival Kit (which I admit, still makes me go eek). What’s inside is super smart though: flashlights, a lantern,...

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Breaking news: Trader Joe’s and Sunland peanut butter recall expands *Now updated

NOTE: It appears that Sunland Inc is now out of business. Check your pantries, mamas! The recall of New Mexico-based Sunland Inc. peanut butter sold at Trader Joe’s has now been expanded to 76 types of products, including almond butter, cashew butter, and tahini. The original recall was for Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter due to numerous salmonella illnesses across 18 states, however, additional products that are made on the same equipment by Sunland Inc. have now also been voluntarily recalled, including Archer Farms (sold at Target) and Harry & David. The good news is that none...

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Baby-friendly bling: necklaces safe for little nibblers

When my son was a baby, he was fascinated by my jewelry–a fascination that led to his stuffing fistfuls of my necklaces into his curious mouth. Worried that my necklaces might be sporting some not-so-friendly chemicals, I stopped wearing them altogether. At the time, I didn’t have any other option–because I didn’t have any Chewbeads. Chewbeads, which we love so much you’ll find them in our Baby Shower Gift Guide, are every bling-crazy mom’s salvation. These non-toxic, silicone jewelry pieces are stylish for mama and intriguingly colorful (and mouth-safe) for babies who like to chomp. And now I’m loving...

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A bike helmet so cool, we can’t keep it under our hat… or can we?

Reading the recent Cool Mom Picks post about awesome family-friendly bicycles had me dreamily clicking through images of families on bikes and imagining myself pedaling my kids through our neighborhood. Only, with the most awesome bike helmet ever made. And that’s exactly when I first saw it: the bike helmet of my dreams. Now, I have always been a helmet-wearer. Hair-, image- and outfit-be-damned. But I know there are people out there who have more fashionable priorities. And I get it.  (Kind of.) Helmets are ugly. They’re bulky. And they don’t match cute outfits. Until now. These amazing helmets...

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There’s a whale in the tub!

Having just returned from a week at SeaWorld–during which we were splashed by sea critters no fewer than five times–I can attest to the fact that, to kids, whales rule.  This whale may not be doing twists and turns in the air, but it might do something that’s just a little bit cooler: it makes bathtime enticing. There are few parents that will say that’s not a good thing. While so many non-slip bath mats look like something Great Grandma Ruth might use, this Whale Rubber Bath Mat from Urban Outfitters takes it six steps cuter. The rubber mat has traction...

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Safer bathtime for babies thanks to the help of a blue elephant

Why does bathing our young in a tub have to be so darn hard? The bottom is slippery, so we’ve got to outfit it with a non stick mat. Then there is the problem with the water spout. It’s shiny (so kids gravitate towards it, obviously), and it’s also metal. I can’t tell you how many times my kids bumped their heads on the spout. [don’t miss a huge limited time discount after the jump] I know I’m not alone here, when you consider all the baby-safe bathtub spouts out there. And now there’s another one that adds a...

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Non-toxic paint that is safe for your baby? Yes please.

Creating a cute, stylish nursery is supposed to be fun and invigorating. Then you find out all the places that toxic chemicals have taken over and it changes things a bit. If you’re like me, you want to cut some corners for your budget’s sake. But when it comes to paint, I think it’s totally worth it to spend a little more for something non-toxic. Lullaby Paints has developed a green, organic, baby-safe paint made specifically for expectant and newborn moms. I had high hopes for this product and giving it a try, thankfully, it exceeded my expectations. This paint...

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Childproofing window blind cords – that should be the least of a new mom’s problems

Our new house has lots of windows, with lots of brand-new window blinds. That means lots of window blind cords — and, to parents, those are serious business. That stats about kids strangled by the cords each month are pretty disturbing. So I was really happy to find these fabulous window blind cord winders by one of our favorite, eco-friendly childproofing company. In fact, they may be the only eco-friendly childproofing company. The window blind cord winders from Rhoost, made of non-toxic, BPA-free, 100% recyclable plastic, require absolutely zero tools to install–all you do is loop the cords securely through the appropriate...

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Crib bumper safety – no longer an issue with this bumper-less option

There’s always been so much controversy about crib bumper safety. Even so, when my first son was a baby, I always longed for a bumper. They looked so cool in the crib and added that extra bit of style to the nursery. However since 2010 was the year that they banned the bumper, skip*hop has been smart to create a very clever alternative The new Complete Sheet from skip*hop is a bumper-less crib sheet that lends the look of an actual bumper. Sounds like magic, right? The truth is, it’s really a pretty simple sheet, with a contrasting design...

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Editors Best of 2011: The coolest baby gear

If you haven’t realized by now, babies come with stuff. Here, our top 10 of the coolest baby gear that we discovered in 2011. Some of it will be the newest new mama essential, some of it…well, a gal can dream sometimes. Bugaboo Donkey Liz: I have to give it to Bugaboo for creating a remarkable piece of high tech engineering, disguised as a swanky double stroller (at top). The best part, it’s really meant to grow with your family for years and years. Despite the high price tag, there was still a wait list when it came out....

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The FDA bans BPA (sort of)

As a glass-is-half-full kind of person, I am thrilled to read that the FDA has (finally) agreed to ban the use of BPA in all baby bottles and spill-proof cups. OK, sure, Europe, Canada and China, along with a handful of U.S. states, have already made this move. And I know that the words BPA-free have already been on just about every baby bottle and sippy cup label for the past couple of years. But I’ll give the FDA credit for issuing the ban, even if it seems to be coming a little late and really doesn’t go far...

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Breaking news: BOB stroller recall

The CPSC action du jour is a BOB stroller recall affecting nearly 500,000 single and double strollers sold in the US and Canada. Evidently the backing behind the company logo on the stroller canopy can detach, and babies, particularly those in infant seats, can reach it and put it in their mouths. While of course choking hazards can be quite serious, fortunately no children have been hurt. If you own a BOB stroller (a very good one, in our estimation), the solution, according to the CPSC is simply to remove the embroidery backing patch from the canopy (visit www.bobnotices.com...

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The really cool allergy action kit we hope you won’t have to use

Since my son was diagnosed with a peanut allergy two years ago, we’ve made several permanent adjustments to our family’s lifestyle. No more trips to the Chinese buffet down the street, or the ice cream parlour. No more visits to most restaurants, period without calling ahead. No more unidentified cupcakes at classmates’ birthday parties. No more (sigh) trick-or-treating at Halloween.  And most importantly, no going anywhere, ever, without my son’s EpiPen.  Which is why I’ll be buying him an allergy action kit from Medpax. The “why didn’t I think of that?” invention of a mom who also happens to be a doctor,...

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Swankifying the booster seat with Clek

One of the biggest complaints we hear about kids car seats and boosters is how ugly they are. Yes, I know safety is the biggest priority, but once we check that off the list, I would prefer not to have a ginormous thing squarely in my rear view that’s covered in neon zoo animals. Well yay for Clek which is upping the style quotient in the booster department with a limited edition offering that sure is swanky. The Oobr Booster, reviewed here last year, is practical as it is safe, made with an amazing range of safety features, a...

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Banish bug bites without using any nasty chemicals

The first sign of summer for me is always my first mosquito bite. I always consider bug bites to be the price I pay for good weather and barbecues. But now that I have kids, I feel the need to douse them in something to ward off bug bites, and I’ve never been a fan of that hideous bug spray smell mixed with all those nasty chemicals. Thanks to Erbaviva, I’ve found a way to fend off the bugs, while still keeping my family chemical-free. The new Organic Buzz Spray bug repellant from natural mom and baby skincare line Erbaviva...

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Bubble Bum: The portable booster seat that may be my favorite new thing ever

I’m heading out on our first European family vacation this summer (I know!) and, mom that I am, was already stressing out about the car seat situation. Just in time, I discovered the portable car booster seat Bubble Bum and have been doing the happy dance ever since. Truly, I haven’t been this excited about a new kids’ product in a good long time. This portable booster seat is wildly popular in Europe, and I’m thrilled it’s finally approved for sale in the US. I got the chance to try one and seriously? Awesome. The reason it’s portable is...

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