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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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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

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

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DHA: Your thoughts?

When I first started making Baby K homemade baby food, I scoured the baby food grocery aisle in search of ideas for recipes. Baby food can’t be that hard to “knock-off”, I thought, as most of the products had only a few main ingredients.
I noticed, and I’m sure you have too, that several brands have DHA fortified product lines. So I wondered, like any concerned parent, if by making my own baby food, I was denying baby of “support in brain and eye development”. Currently, The American Academy of Pediatrics does not have a statement concerning DHA additives due to insufficient data and evidence. DHA occurs naturally in algae, fatty fish such as salmon and halibut, organ meat, fish oil, and small amounts in poultry and egg yolks.

I consulted pediatrician Lara Zibners, MD, who is board-certified in both pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine. Dr. Zibners is also the author of forthcoming parenting book “If Your Kid Eats This Book, Everything Will Still Be Okay: How To Know If Your Child’s Illness or Injury is Really an Emergency.” (Hatchette Book Group, June 17, 2009). Here is her advice regarding DHA-fortified foods:

Fatty acids are important for an infant’s brain development. That we know. And we also know that breast milk is a great source of DHA and similar fatty chains, which is one of the many reasons that pediatricians almost universally recommend breastfeeding whenever possible. But science has failed to convince us that a healthy child who is receiving an age-appropriate diet benefits from fatty acid supplementation in a meaningful way. Not having served DHA-fortified strained peas is not the reason Johnny failed his long division test. Keep the cash and save it for a math tutor. – Lara Zibners, MD

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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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Gerber’s Hand Slap

This press release appeared on and can be found in its entirety here.

Court Scolds Gerber for Marketing Candy as “Fruit Juice Snacks”
By news release
Jan 2, 2009 – 12:04:37 PM


Court Scolds Gerber for Marketing Candy as “Fruit Juice Snacks” 
Lawsuit Against Company to Move Forward

WASHINGTON—The Gerber Products Company, owned by Nestleì, has drawn harsh criticism from a U.S. Court of Appeals for using pictures of real fruit to market a gummi-bear-like candy formerly called “Fruit Juice Snacks.”  The Court said consumers would likely be deceived because the package depicts images of oranges, cherries and strawberries, though the leading ingredients are corn syrup and sugar.

graduates_fruit_medley_juice_treats1The case brought against Gerber by a private citizen was initially dismissed by a Federal District Court in California, but then reinstated by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on December 22. Gerber argued that consumers could avoid being misled by turning the package around and reading the ingredient list.  But the Court stated consumers should not be “expected to look beyond misleading representations on the front of the box to discover the truth from the ingredient list in small print on the side of the box.”

“The Court’s decision is a warning to all companies that try to make junk food look healthy by depicting nutritious fruits, vegetables and whole grains on the labels of sugary, high-calorie snacks,” said Bruce Silverglade, CSPI director of legal affairs.

Gerber has since renamed the product “Juice Treats,” but continues to sell it alongside its baby and toddler food instead of at the candy counter. With corn syrup and sugar as the major ingredients, the product contains far more refined sugar than fruit juice concentrate. CSPI will serve as lead counsel when proceedings resume.


The Center for Science in the Public Interest is a nonprofit health advocacy group based in Washington, DC, that focuses on nutrition, food safety, and pro-health alcohol policies.  CSPI is supported by the 900,000 U.S. and Canadian subscribers to its Nutrition Action Healthletter and by foundation grants.

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