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Delta Crib Recall Update

I just received more in-depth information about the Delta crib recall from Melissa:

Hi,

Saw the information about the Delta Recall on your Blog. As you are aware, Delta Enterprise, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), announced two voluntary recall actions that can affect nearly 1.6  million older versions of its drop-side cribs,  after two tragic infant deaths. I know that delivering accurate, timely information is essential to you and those who follow your blog so I wanted to be sure that you had everything you might need to share with your readers.

It is important to note that the recall does not affect any cribs in retail inventory right now.  Approximately 985,000 drop-side cribs made from 1995 through 2005, and a single design from 2007, require safety pegs that consumers may have lost during reassembly. Another 600,000 drop-side cribs made during the same time have spring pegs that can, in very rare instances,  jam if forced.

It is also important to note that no cribs are being sent to Delta for replacement.   Instead,  the company is offering replacement safety pegs or spring peg retrofit kits to all consumers who may own one of the cribs in question.

CPSC and Delta urge parents and caregivers to immediately contact Delta to receive a free, easy-to-install repair kit.  Call Delta’s Recall Hotline toll-free at (800) 816-5304  anytime after 5 pm today or log on www.cribrecallcenter.com <http://www.cribrecallcenter.com/>  to order the free repair kit.  For additional information you can also call the CPSC Recall Hotline at (800)638-2772 and view thee CPSC’s press releases that were issued today at:

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09017.html

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09016.html

Thanks for the updated information Melissa!

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October 22, 2008   No Comments

Safest Baby Gear

The Delta crib recall news inspired me to do some research on the safest baby gear currently on the market.  Here’s what I’ve found so far:

The Childsafe Crib: I was a bit shocked at the size of the Cildsafe crib, but after checking it out, I really like the efficient use of storage space in the design, and  the fact that it converts into a toddler bed.  Plus, it was designed by a mom and engineered for safety by NASA, so that should help parents sleep easier in light of all the recent crib recalls.

Stroller Safety Flag: A great way to make kids more visible to drivers.  The Stroller Safety Flag can move with kids from tandem strollers age all the way until the bicycle age for added safety.

Britax Boulevard CS Car SeatReviews say the Britax Boulevard CS Car Seat lives up to its safe reputation.

October 21, 2008   No Comments

New Organic Baby Product Line

Natural Baby

If you’re like any other mom, you want to have the best things for your baby and it seems that right now, having organic products is for the best. With all the talk of plastic being unsafe and chemicals like BPA threatening the health of your baby, it seems logical. More and more companies are coming out with natural products and solutions to ensure the safety of your baby.

Like the Lafe’s Natural Bodycare product line who has just announced its new line of organic baby products. They are already known for making organic deodorants and now they are expanding their line with 95% certified (by the USDA) organic baby products like shampoo, sunscreen, diaper cream, bug repellant, baby lotion, baby wipes and massage oil. The products are also packaged with baby-safe plastic, which is free of harmful estrogen activity EA chemicals. These items are set to launch on the Lafe website sometime later this year.

August 23, 2008   No Comments

Air Travel: Lap vs. Child Seat

So you’ve decided to take an airplane trip with your little one, but have chosen to skip out on buying them a ticket for their own seat. You think, he’s too small or I can hold onto her; nothing will happen. The FAA, Federal Aviation Administration, don’t currently require children under 2 to travel in a child seat or to even have their own seat. Of course, by enforcing this would cause airlines to lose customers who don’t want to pay for an extra ticket. Well, even if your baby isn’t that heavy and you feel that you can hold on tight enough during turbulence and emergencies – think again. During these instances, a 25-pound baby can weigh twice or even three times as much, making it difficult to hold on to.

Before you think about pocketing the money for your baby’s ticket, consider getting an FAA approved child seat.

CARES

If your child isn’t so small and weighs over 40 lbs, CARES can be used instead of a child seat. It’s specifically made for plane seats, not for cars.

Car Seat

You can also use a regular car seat that meets FAA requirements. You can find this on the tag or box of the seat, which will read “FAA Approved”. It should be clear that the child seat is made for both vehicles and aircrafts, so check before you buy.

GoGo Kidz Travelmate

I think this is a wonderful invention. The Gogo Kidz Travelmate is perfect for toting around your luggage, car seat and, of course, child. No more worrying about holding your kids hand or pushing a large stroller. You get the best of both worlds.

Before you buy a new child seat or bring along the one you have, call the airline to find out the measurements of the plane seats; some may be too narrow to fit your child seat. The airline can also give you recommendations as well.

August 17, 2008   2 Comments

Crazy Man Threathens to Poison Baby Food, Gets Arrested

Mad baby

File this under: WTF is wrong with people?

Some jerk in New York was just arrested for posting videos on YouTube in which he claimed to be responsible for poisoning millions of jars of Gerber baby food. Gerber says the claims are false, and that there is no evidence that any of their products have been tampered with, but it is still pretty unsettling. Here is some more information on the case:

NY1: Police Arrest Man Wanted in Poisoned Baby Food Hoax

WNBC: Man Claims He Tried to Poison Baby Food

Daily News: New York man arrested in video baby threat scam

If you want to try your hand at making your own baby food so you no longer have to worry about lunatic threats, check out these links:

Wholesome Baby Food

Homemade Baby Food Recipes

Andres’ Homemade Baby Food Recipes

Simply Baby Food Recipes

August 1, 2008   1 Comment

Baby Pacifier Recall: ‘It’s My Binky’ Personalized Pacifiers

Pacifier Recall: It's MY Binky Recalls Baby Pacifiers for Choking Danger

Thanks go out to Dayna at Sew Sweet Baby Gifts for the heads-up on this recall: ‘It’s My Binky’ has issued a voluntary recall of approximately 115,000 personalized pacifiers. There haven’t been any injuries reported, but as always, better safe than sorry. Parents should take the pacifiers away from babies immediately and return them to the place of purchase to receive a free replacement.

July 31, 2008   No Comments

Baby Clothing Recall: Taggies Sleep ‘n Play Infant Garments

Taggies Sleep 'n Play

A voluntary recall has been issued for Taggies Sleep ‘N Play Infant Garments because the snap closures pose a potential choking threat. Luckily no injuries were reported prior to this recall, but it is always better to be safe than sorry. The two Sleep ‘n Play styles affected in the recall were sold between June 2007 through May 2008 at places like Dillards and Nordstrom and have the code “RN #27829″ printed on the garment’s care label. The Taggies licensee who manufactured these styles, Rashti & Rashti, is offering a refund, so check out their website for details.

I have to commend Taggies for their quick action on this recall and their overall commitment to children’s safety. The website has a full page of safety information and resources, in addition to a link for recall information on the homepage. It gives me a lot more confidence in their pledge to provide safe baby products.

There have been a few other recent notable recalls that I haven’t had a chance to blog about, so please check out the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s June 2008 Recalls and Product Safety News when you have a chance. Here are some highlights:

eStyle Recalls Mini Chef Toy Kitchens Due to Choking and Tip-Over Hazards

Stanley Furniture Recalls Cribs Due to Entrapment Hazard

Nordstrom Recalls Girls’ Sandals Due to Choking Hazard

Children’s Merry-Go-Rounds Sold Exclusively at Toys R Us Recalled by Pacific Cycle Due to Fall Hazard

Simmons Kids Recalls Crib Mattresses Due to Entrapment Hazard

July 2, 2008   2 Comments

Crib Recall 6/25/08

Crying Baby in crib

It’s tough to be a baby these days. Toxic toys, poison plastic baby bottles, and now, killer cribs. If you bought a crib by Jardine at Toys “R” Us or Babies “R” Us between 2002 and now, call 800-646-4106 or visit jardinecribrecall.com to get a voucher for a new crib. The problem with the Jardine cribs is that the wooden slats can break and babies can get stuck in the spaces, creating a very dangerous situation. The cribs are being pulled as a “precautionary” step after last year’s massive recall of Simplicity cribs.

June 25, 2008   No Comments

Keeping Baby Off the Bottle

Drunk Babies

Here’s something a little unusual: Milkscreen alcohol testing for nursing mothers. Much like the one-step over-the-counter pregnancy tests that originally signaled Junior’s imminent arrival, nursing moms simply need to saturate one end of the test strip (with breast milk instead of urine) and wait two minutes for the results. I guess it is great for new mothers who prefer not to think about breast milk storage, and of course for new moms who’d like a glass of wine without feeling guilty about passing potentially harmful effects to their baby.

Here are some related links:

Ubergizmo: Milkscreen System Prevents Drunk Tots

Gizmodo: Milkscreen System Prevents Party Moms From Getting Their Babies Drunk

InventorSpot: Keep the Booze out of Baby with Milkscreen

June 16, 2008   1 Comment

Get the Lead Out!

Lead Toy Recall

I saw a report on the news last night that linked lead exposure in children to an increased risk in criminal behavior in adulthood, which is especially scary in light of all the recent toy recall news. I’ve found some toy recall site that are great resources, so I’ll include them this post and to my blog roll.

Lead Toy Recalls

Consumers Union: Not in My Cart

US Consumer Product Safety Commission

Mattel Customer Relations Answer Center : Product Recalls

EPA : Lead in Paint, Dust, and Soil

May 29, 2008   2 Comments

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