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Fisher-Price Recalls 3-in-1 High Chairs Due to Fall Hazard

Picture of Recalled 3-in-1 High ChairWASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: 3-in-1 High Chairs

Units: About 24,000

Importer: Fisher-Price, of East Aurora, N.Y.

Hazard: The seat can fall backwards from high chair frame if the booster seat release is unlatched while the child is in the product. Also, the seat back can detach if not fully snapped in place, posing a fall hazard and risk of serious injury to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of a seat back detaching and child falling out, resulting in a skull fracture.

Description: This recall involves the 3-in-1 High Chair to Booster™, which converts from a high chair to a toddler booster seat. It includes a removable tray, height adjustment and folds for storage. The product number (P5369) is printed on the side of the seat, on a label on the seat pad, and on the product’s packaging.

Sold exclusively at: Target stores nationwide from December 2008 through March 2009 for about $100.

Manufactured in: Mexico

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled high chairs immediately and contact Fisher-Price for instructions and a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Fisher-Price at (800) 432-5437 anytime or visit the firm’s Web site at www.service.mattel.com

Fisher-Price Recalls 3-in-1 High Chairs Due to Fall Hazard.

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Sili-Love for Silikids

Like most moms (and dads), I’m trying to navigated the confusion surrounding the safety of baby and kid products. I had the chance to check out some new products from mom-driven California start-up company, Silikids recently. They’ve taken silicone – commonly used in medical and cooking applications – and used it to produce baby bibs (Silibibs), Silicone sleeves (Siliskins) for bottles and cups, and my favorite, Silipads.

fullsilipadred1Silipads are perfectly sized little protective kneepads for crawlers and walkers alike. Made of cotton with a silicone pad, the Silipads protect little knees from scrapes and redness that are all too familiar. I was afraid that the Silipads wouldn’t stay up around my little-bitty’s skinny knees, but that wasn’t the case, they’ve grown right along with her!

fullsilibibtiffanyblue1Silibibs are such a welcome change to the daily grind of stain-fighting. Since silicone is such a high-performance material, the Silibibs are dishwasher safe. Additionally, silicone is non-porous, so the Silibib won’t harbor germs or bacteria.

fullbottlelargepinkWe all know how slippery bottles can be, let alone in the clumsy hands of a baby or toddler. Enter Siliskins. These silicone skins cover bottles and cups so that baby has a better grip. Like the Silibibs, the Siliskins are dishwasher and microwave safe, hypoallergenic, and won’t harbor nasty germs and bacteria. Plus the Siliskin acts as a barrier to hot glass bottles, keeping baby’s hands from getting too hot.

Silicone is widely known for it’s safety, hygenic, and sustainable properties. Silicone is a viable alternative to plastics, and Silikids has really taken this to the next level, beyond the typical uses of silicone in baby bottle nippes, pacifiers, teethers and spoons. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that silicone is environmentally friendly, as no harmful by-prodcts are produced during its manufacturing or disposal. The use of silicone also promotes reuse and recylcing, which as we all know, is essential to sustainability. Please visit Silikids for more information.

Disclosure: I did receive a product to try, but I believe in transparent and honesty in blogging. Receipt of this product did not influence my review. You can read my disclosure policy in full here.

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Around the Play Yard: January Roundup

Each week or so I’m posting my favorite baby-related finds from around the web:branchorganicmbr

  • I usually don’t include products in the roundup, but I had to share this mint and brown organic onesie from My Baby Rocks.
  • Making your own Vanilla Extract, from Bethany Actually. Obviously you wouldn’t use this in your baby’s food, but nice gift, nonetheless.
  • Ok, another product website, but Sticks and Stones site has really inspired me to look more closely at the environment around me and create one of these photo alphabet projects for Baby K. This family run business specializes in photo gifts, with photos of letters taken in nature and architecture. Check it out, this would be a cool project to start as our babies start to learn their letters. I’ll post mine as it progresses!
  • I’ve collected several newpapers from this year and 2008, mainly election and inauguration news for to show Baby K all of the historical events that took place in the year that she was born and during her first year. How to preserve them? This article from Columbus Dispatch tells how. Whatever you do, don’t laminate!
  • Gardening season is just around the corner. Have you thought about Growing Your Own? As in food and herbs? It’s much easier than you think, visit Seeds of Change to get started. More on organic gardening for baby and your family to follow.
  • The recall on peanut butter products seems to grow every day. Stay up to date using the FDA’s searchable site.

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Baby Gear Giveaway and Prose: WooBee Bib

Let me paint a picture of dinner time with my almost 11 month old:

Twas the time before dinner, when all through the house,

There was a creature stirring, a little bigger than a mouse

The pureed food cubes were stored in Ziplocks with care

Pumpkin, bananas, carrots and pear

As Baby K chose lasagna, my heart skipped a beat

Visions of tomato sauce, covering her clothes, face and feet

As dinner was heating we prepped the scene

We needed a bib that would keep Baby K clean

Not this one or that one, everyone would agree

The only bib for the job is the posh Woobee

Beautiful and stylish, plush in a ranch print

For bib after bib I’d no longer sprint

When up from the high chair there rose such a clatter

I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter

Baby K’s newest trick is to spit out her food

Soy milk and lasagna, quite a colorful brew

Armed only with faith and laundry soap

A clean Woobee bib was really my hope

Away Cheerios, lasagna, sweet potato bites and soy milk

Out came the Woobee just as clean as new and softer than silk

Amazing! I cried, happy to see, this snap-closure bib

One of the coolest things since the convertible crib!

I know Christmas has passed, but we could all use a little Christmas spirit every now and then right? Seriously, these bibs are the best. They’re made locally in Seattle by Rain or Shine Kids and feature the WooBee plush fabric that’s both beautiful, soft and water resistant. Rain or Shine Kids also makes WooBee blankets, perfect for outdoors, and WooBee burp cloths in the same fantastic fabric.

Wanna WooBee bib of your own? Check out RainorShineKids.com and comment below about your favorite feature of the WooBee bibs. Rain or Shine Kids has a fantastic sale going on right now until January 31st. Great time to try any of their products out, or stock up for baby shower gifts.

Comments must be entered by January 31st at 5 pm, EST.

When entering our giveaway, please leave a valid email address or make sure your email is available where you can be contacted in the event that you win. Winner must respond within 5 days of email. I can not be held responsible if you do not provide the correct e-mail address or if the e-mail was delivered to your spam folder. US residents only, please.

(Not sure what’s going on with my photo of Baby K in her WooBee bib, she really doesn’t glow, I promise!)

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seriously the machine wash had me hooked

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Disclosure: I did receive a bib to try, but I believe in transparent and honesty in blogging. Receipt of this product did not influence my review. You can read my disclosure policy in full here.

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Kitchen Gear: Beaba Babycook

Calling all gadget lovers, time savers, multi-taskers, and lovers of the all-in-one. Let me introduce you to my newest love, the Beaba Babycook.

babycookThe BPA-free Babycook is made to gently steam baby’s meals in 15 minutes or less, and then blend them into perfect purees, all in the same little appliance. And when I say little, the Babycook is so compact that it fit perfectly into a smaller wall cabinet. No sacrifice of counter space or rearranging existing cabinet contents to accommodate the Babycook. Already have have some of baby’s food frozen? Babycook also defrosts and warms precooked foods in the same unit.

For those of you that have read my posts, I’m sure you’ve noticed my preference to steaming most of baby’s foods. The gentle steam helps preserve the nutrients in food because, unlike boiling, the nutrients aren’t removed in the cooking water.

The Babycook was originally a French phenom, but is now making big splashes in the US. Babycook even won the 2008 JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association) Innovation Award.

The Babycook even came with a little cookbook of starter recipes to try out. Baby K loved the Whiting, Rice and Spinach recipe, and I loved how simple and fast it was. Baby K is a little young for a few of the recipes, which are all conveniently categorized by age, but I can’t wait to try the Tomato coulis recipe in the 12-36 months age range.

The first night we had the Babycook, I planned to have salmon, asparagus and potatoes for my husband and I, so I thought I’d put the Babycook to the test right off the bat and make Baby K an adapted version of our family’s meal.

  • small salmon fillet, about 1 oz.
  • 1 small yellow potato, peeled and diced
  • 2 asparagus spears
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • pinch of dried parsley

After steaming on the highest water level for about 15 minutes, the salmon, potato and asparagus spears were all perfectly cooked. I used the Babycook spatula to lift the steaming basket out of the unit, and placed the cooked food, olive oil and parsley into the blending container, which contained the cooking liquid. I then switched on the processor and a few seconds later, Baby K was eating her  little dinner.

Other Vanilla Pumpkin recipes well-suited to the Babycook:beaba-babycook

I will say though, that the Babycook isn’t really designed to prepare bulk batches of purees. It’s small steaming basket at 2 1/2 cups is perfect for preparing a few meals.

Beaba Babycook is available at Giggle.com.

Disclosure: I did receive a Babycook to try, but I believe in transparent and honesty in blogging. Receipt of this product did not influence my review. You can read my disclosure policy in full here.

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Baby Dipper Bowl Giveaway

This week I had the chance to check out the Baby Dipper Bowl. This bowl and spoon set is genius – it has a no slip base, which allows you to feed your baby with one hand

Baby Dipper

Baby Dipper

without the bowl sliding all over the table or highchair tray. The triangular shaped Baby Dipper Bowl has a gently contoured interior, which helps guide the spoon to the food and allows the spoon to rest in the lower corner when not in use. The spoon is cleverly designed as well to rest perfectly in the lower corner of the bowl.

Baby K, at 10 months old, is increasingly more interested in trying to use a spoon herself, and the Baby Dipper Bowl definitely gives her (and me) an advantage.

The Baby Dipper Bowl has a cool story as well. After her first set of twins started eating purees and solid foods – she now has 2 sets of twins – stay-at-home mom Barbara Schantz needed the most efficient way to feed her babies, using only one hand. Barbara put her ideas to work and designed the Baby Dipper Bowl.

My prediction? The Baby Dipper is going to be a hot baby shower item in 2009. It’s available for purchase at Baby Dipper. Barbara is kind enough to offer a giveaway of a Baby Dipper Bowl and Spoon set to one lucky reader.

Here’s how to enter:

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To be eligible, you must comment below with each entry method. Therefore, EACH COMMENT COUNTS AS AN ENTRY. When entering our giveaway, please leave a valid email address or make sure your email is available where you can be contacted in the event that you win. Winner must respond within 5 days of email. I can not be held responsible if you do not provide the correct e-mail address or if the e-mail was delivered to your spam folder. US residents only, please.

Comments must be submitted by Friday January 23 at 5 pm EST. Winner will be chosen randomly by random.org.

So the question remains – best use of my newly free extra hand? Sippy cup catcher or wash cloth holder?

This post is now closed to new entries.

And the winner chosen by random.org is….Barbara! Congrats!

My favorite feature would have to be the contour of the spoon and the way it stays in the bowl when resting. My daughter is pregnant and i am sure she would love it.

Disclosure: I did receive a Baby Dipper to try, but I believe in transparent and honesty in blogging. Receipt of this product did not influence my review. You can read my disclosure policy in full here.

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