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Infant Entrapment and Suffocation Prompts Stork Craft to Recall More Than 2.1 Million Drop-Side Cribs

From the US Consumer Product Safety Commission:

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc., of British Columbia, Canada, today announced the voluntary recall of more than 2.1 million Stork Craft drop-side cribs, including about 147,000 Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo. The recall involves approximately 1,213,000 units distributed in the United States and 968,000 units distributed in Canada.

CPSC urges parents and caregivers to immediately stop using the recalled cribs, wait for the free repair kit, and do not attempt to fix the cribs without the kit. They should find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. Consumers should contact Stork Craft to receive a free repair kit that converts the drop-side on these cribs to a fixed side.

The cribs’ drop-side plastic hardware can break, deform, or parts can become missing. In addition, the drop-side can be installed upside-down, which can result in broken or disengaged plastic parts. All of these problems can cause the drop-side to detach in one or more corners. When the drop-side detaches, it creates space between the drop-side and the crib mattress. The bodies of infants and toddlers can become entrapped in the space which can lead to suffocation. Complete detachment of drop-sides can lead to falls from the crib.

CPSC, Health Canada, and Stork Craft are aware of 110 incidents of drop-side detachment; 67 incidents occurred in the United States and 43 in Canada. The incidents include 15 entrapments; 12 in the U.S. and three in Canada. Four of the entrapments resulted in suffocation: a 7-month-old in Gouverneur, N.Y.; a 7-month-old in New Iberia, La.; a 6-month-old in Summersville, W.Va.; and a 9-month-old in Bronx, N.Y. Included in these incidents are 20 falls from cribs; 12 in the U.S. and eight in Canada. Fall injuries ranged from concussion to bumps and bruises. The cribs involved in these incidents had plastic drop-side hardware that had broken, missing, or deformed claws, connectors, tracks, or flexible tab stops; loose or missing metal spring clips; stripped screws; and/or drop-sides installed upside-down.

This recall involves Stork Craft drop-side cribs and Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo. This recall does not involve any cribs that do not have a drop-side. This recall does not involve any cribs with metal rod drop-side hardware. It involves only those cribs with plastic trigger and one-hand-system drop-side hardware.

This recall includes Stork Craft cribs with manufacturing and distribution dates between January 1993 and October 2009. This recall also includes Stork Craft cribs with the Fisher-Price logo that have manufacturing dates between October 1997 and December 2004. The Stork Craft cribs with the Fisher-Price logo were first sold in the U.S. in July 1998 and in Canada in September 1998. The cribs were sold in various styles and finishes. The manufacture date, model number, crib name, country of origin, and the firm’s name, address, and contact information are located on the assembly instruction sheet attached to the mattress support board. The firm’s insignia “storkcraft baby” or “storkling” is inscribed on the drop-side teething rail of some cribs. In Stork Craft cribs that contain the “Fisher-Price” logo, this logo can be found on the crib’s teething rail, in the manufacturer’s instructions, on the assembly instruction sheet attached to the mattress support board, and on the end panels of the Twinkle-Twinkle and Crystal crib models.

Major retailers in the United States and Canada sold the recalled cribs including BJ’s Wholesale Club, J.C. Penney, Kmart, Meijer, Sears, USA Baby, and Wal-Mart stores and online at Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com, Costco.com, Target.com, and Walmart.com from January 1993 through October 2009 for between $100 and $400.

The cribs were manufactured in Canada, China and Indonesia.

For additional information, contact Stork Craft toll-free at (877) 274-0277 anytime to order the free repair kit, or log on to http://www.storkcraft.com

Read this recall in its entirety on CPSC site.

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Haunted Gingerbread House

Baby K and I decided to take on a project this week for Halloween, building aHaloween Gingerbread House gingerbread haunted house. I wasn’t sure Baby K would be able to enjoy this very much, at 18 months, but we gave it a shot anyway. We’re using a guide from Allrecipes and just finished today. Follow the link above for the template and recipes for the gingerbread and royal icing. Be sure if you plan to eat your haunted house, that you use meringue powder instead of egg whites for the royal icing. Meringue powder is found with the cake and baking supplies at the store. In addition to the tools and supplies listed on the guide, plan on needing extra TIME. As in time for cleaning. And patience. You might as well forget the picture perfect gingerbread house in your

Marshmallow Baby Ghost

Marshmallow Baby Ghost

head, too, unless it is a picture of a gooey, handprinted, smeared up mess. That said, we sure had a lot of fun – an this was a good teaching opportunity for counting, colors, and shapes.

Changes we made: I used a round pizza stone instead of a cookie sheet. Also, I next time I will cut out the shapes AFTER I bake the gingerbread, instead of before as instructed. Cutting them before meant when they baked, the edges changed shapes slightly. Extras we used: oreo cookies, candy corn, Brach’s pumpkins, oats, mini white chocolate morsels, marshmallows, and black licorice.

Baby K loved putting all of the pumpkins in the pumpkin patch, but she also tried toBoo pull off the door, the roof, made the marshmallow ghosts fly, and she even gave the entire house a hug, repeatedly!

We also bought a little battery powered flickering light for carved pumpkins and placed it inside. When it’s on, it makes the house look spooky.

(Yeah, I know the piping is bad. Is there a “piping pen” product?)

Happy Halloween!

 

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Green Supreme Smoothie

My once adventurous eater, now 18 months, has turned to the infamous toddlerGreen Smoothie “white diet” of only wanting bread, pasta, potatoes, bananas, Cheerios, crackers and cheese. Like any concerned parent, I wanted to make sure she was getting enough nutrients, especially since flu season is here. I turned to the “sneaky chef” method, and started making super food packed smoothies for her, which she usually drinks as a snack.

The great news is that this smoothie recipe, and the ones to follow, freeze well: just portion them in 8 ounce freezable Ball containers and label. You can semi-thaw them in the refrigerator, or for (nearly) instant smoothie snacks, submerge the container in a mug of hot water for a few minutes. Either way, just keep shaking the smoothie container to make sure the icy parts are evenly distributed. She will usually drink about 6 ounces over the course of an hour or so. I usually serve Baby K’s smoothie in a sippy cup that I’ve widened the nipple, but she also likes drinking them with a straw.

Yields 1 liter

  • 3 cups of spinach, washed and dried
  • 1 orange, peeled and seeded and sectioned
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and sectioned
  • 1 seeded and peeled papaya
  • 1/2 of a banana
  • 1/2 cup soy milk OR 6 oz container plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbs flaxseed meal (optional)
  • 6 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients except ice cubes into blender and blend until well blended.
  2. Add ice cubes and pulse until well blended
  3. Serve or freeze immediately

Also, I’ve found that when I feel like my diet needs a little boost, I drink one of the 8 ounce containers as a meal replacement. To see the (adult) nutritional data and analysis on this recipe driven by NutritionData.com, click here.

Photo credit to ilovemypit.

Filed under: Apples, Banana, Family, Freezer Friendly, Leafy Greens, Oranges, Recipes, Smoothies, Spinach, Vegetables

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

Oh my gosh I wish I had found this post from Mad Maggie Designs earlier this summer! Sidewalk chalk is a home run at my house! I’m thinking I may start making some now so we’re stocked up for next year, of course there’s always hope that there will be a few more nice October days…

Mad Maggie Designs: Homemade Sidewalk Chalk.

Someone just suggested this could make a great gift idea, I’d love to hear more!

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Homemade, DIY Vegetable Stock

So many dishes benefit from good, quality vegetable stock and how gratifying would it be to be able to use your own homemade stock? By saving and freezing unused veggie scraps, peelings, leaves and stalks, you can quickly accumulate enough to make your own stock.  This post by The Kitchn has some useful suggestions and tips for this project including vegetables to use and what not to use:

Vegetables to use: Onions, carrots, and celery are the key ingredients in vegetable stock, but many other vegetables can add depth and flavor. Wash and save roots, stalks, leaves, ends, and peelings from vegetables such as…

Additionally, The Kitchn has a great post detailing the recipe for using your new stockpile.

After using The Kitchn’s recipe and trying out a few others, I’ve found that one of the most important things to remember is to make sure you don’t overcook your stock or the flavors will turn bitter. I’d also suggest adding a bay leaf and a few peppercorns to the simmer for a more complex taste. Feel free to experiment as depending on your vegetable mixture, you’ll get a different flavor. Good luck!

Filed under: Around the Play Yard, baby, Bay, Carrots, Celery, Corn, Family, Freezer Friendly, Herbs and Spices, Medley, Recipes, Tomato, Vegetables, , , , , ,

400,000 cribs recalled after 8-month-old dies – Kids and parenting- msnbc.com

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that Simplicity Inc. is recalling about 400,000 cribs that put babies at risk of death by suffocation.

The commission said consumers should stop using the cribs immediately.

400,000 cribs recalled after 8-month-old dies – Kids and parenting- msnbc.com.

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100k playspaces in 100 days

How great would it be to have an online resource of playgrounds and playspaces online at your fingertips?!?

KaBOOM! is parterning up with non-profits across America to encourage families to get out and play. Their web site is full of resources and reasons why we should be encouraging our children to play:

Too many kids are missing one of the most important childhood experiences—play. It can help kids grow to be healthy, happy, and successful through an experience full of creativity, exploration, physical activity, friendship, and adventure. The experience is play.

KaBOOM’s current major initiative is to map all of the playscapes in America, and has partnered with Julianne Hough to achieve this goal. Julianne is donating $1 to one of nonprofits listed partering with KaBOOM to build this resource. You can joing one of the “teams” and for each playspace you add, Julianne will donate $1 to your cause. It’s a win-win!

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Where is the line?

On this morning’s TODAY show, Matt Lauer spoke with the executive director of an anti-smoking ad running in New York that portrays a little boy panicking and crying real tears because he’s lost sight of his mother. The commercial takes place in a train station: VIEW HERE

When he loses sight of his mother, his look of puzzlement turns into abject fear as tears roll down his face. A voice-over then says, “This is how your child feels after losing you for a minute. Just imagine if they lost you for life.”

The ad’s director insists that although the little boy, Alexander, did shed real tears as his (real-life) mother disappears into a crowd of 150 actors and production personnel on the set, no harm, no foul. She says that the child’s anxiety only lasted only a matter of seconds and had no lasting effect on the child.

End Times

This story reminds me of the controversy in 2006 over photographer Jill Greenberg’s End Times series, where Greenburg  photographed toddlers and children in distress, and was intended as a reflection of Greenburg’s frustration with the Bush administration (if I remember correctly – please correct me if I’m wrong). Greenburg manipulated these children to cry by offering them candy and then taking it away.

Regardless of whether or not the commercial is an effective anti-smoking deterrent, my opinion is that under no circumstance should a child be manipulated into feeling fear and confusion. What do you think? I look forward to your thoughts…

Filed under: Around the Play Yard, Family, Reading

13 Toddler Easter Egg Filler Ideas – Lil’ Duck Duck — Lil’ Duck Duck

Easter is just around the corner (April12) and I’ve been thinking about how to make it a fun experience for my one year old. I came across this post from Lil’ Duck and had to share:

13 Toddler Easter Egg Filler Ideas – Lil’ Duck Duck — Lil’ Duck Duck.

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iPlayPhone

If your todler is anything like mine, or any of the other millions of tots of tech-savvy parents, she loves mommy and daddy’s cell phones. Baby K has a fisher price phone and an old Blackberry, but nothing is as entertaining to her as the real thing. Enter iPlayPhone for the iPhone by Ryan Neudorf:

“I’ve just released my first iPhone app – iPlayPhone – it’s a toy phone for toddlers. I built it for my 1yr old son who’s always running off with my phone. It’s simplictic but super fun. All the buttons play goofy sounds. The onShake sound totally baffles my son, he’s like “woah, i shake it and is makes sounds…weird.”

Here’s the iTunes link: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=308425921

Ryan’s Blog: OHRYAN.CA – Ryan Neudorf Certified Web Expert » OhRyan.ca.

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