Recall on Simplicity Bassinet


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging retailers across the country to stop the sale of dangerous bassinets made by Simplicity Inc.

If you are the owner of a Simplicity Bassinet, click here, to see if the model you own is listed in the recall.

A 6 month baby was strangled to death this month in Kansas, after being entrapped between the metal bars of the bassinet. This is the second strangulation death the CPSC has been made aware of dealing with the co-sleeper bassinet.

Organic Produce, Is it Worth the Extra Money?


These days, it seems that every where we turn, we come across food that is organic. Sales of organic produce has risen 30% since 1990. Organic advocates contend that the extra cost buys them produce that has less synthetic pesticide residue and is more nutritious, better tasting and more environmentally friendly.

The difference between organic produce and conventional produce is the way it is grown, handled and processed. Organic fruits and vegetables are grown without the use of ionizing radiation, genetic engineering, sewage sludge fertilizers, and most conventional pesticides.

Be careful when choosing an item marked “natural”. Being marked “natural” has nothing to do with the way the item was grown, processed or handled and just means that there are no artificial ingredients or added colors.

When I became pregnant, I started buying organic produce because I was worried about exposure to pesticides, even though it remains unclear whether the small amounts of pesticide residue found in produce will cause health problems in people over time. I am a worrywart and I only wanted the best for my baby.

With money being an issue for most parents today and most organic produce being more expensive then conventional produce, I decided to do a bit of research to see whether it was necessary to be shelling out the extra bucks for organic.

The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit environmental organization, analyzed more than 100,000 tests that the USDA and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration conducted on pesticide residue in 46 fruits and vegetables between 1992 and 2001. From that analysis, the group came up with the “dirty dozen,” a list of the produce most contaminated with pesticides:

apples

bell peppers

celery

cherries

imported grapes

nectarines

peaches

pears

potatoes

red raspberries

spinach

strawberries

If you eat this produce frequently and are looking to avoid pesticides, you may want to switch to the organic versions of these 12 items.

I will now be saving money by buying conventional bananas.

Baby Bodyguards Review of Simply Neutral Cleaning Products


Simply Neutral is a unique line of cleaning products developed by Maggie, who was cleaning houses to make extra money, while she was staying home with her children. Her skin started reacting to the harsh chemicals found in commercial cleaning products and she set out on a quest to develop a “green” natural line of cleaning products. Well, she succeeded with flying colors!!!!!

Last night, I eagerly opened the package of Simply Neutral products that Maggie sent me and went to town cleaning my house. This was no easy task. I have been putting off scrubbing my bathroom for weeks, little hand prints cover every window and door in my house and the amount of residue on my dining room table had me wanting to eat sitting Indian style on the floor.

I ordered the Value Pack. It consisted of a glass cleaner, all-purpose cleaner and non-abrasive cleaner. This trio did the job and then some. My 19 month old is going through a clingy period, and is basically attached to my hip 24/7, and I felt comfortable using these products around him knowing they were free of toxins.

All Simply Neutral products are ideal for people with asthma, allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities. All of their products biodegrade rapidly making them safe for the environment. Baby Bodyguards is recommending Simply Neutral products to everyone who strives to keep a healthy clean household and planet.

Unfortunately, there are no stores carrying Simply Neutral products in the New York area yet, but don’t despair. You can purchase these amazing products online and Maggie was sweet enough to offer us all a 10% discount, just enter the promo code baby .

"Lap children" At Risk in Flight

Adults traveling with babies may have no idea how dangerous it is to allow infants and toddlers to fly on commercial airline flights as “lap children.”

The Federal Aviation Administration and the airlines don’t require babies and children under age 2 to travel in child safety seats, primarily for cost reasons.

In August 2005, the FAA said, “Analyses showed that if forced to purchase an extra airline ticket, families might choose to drive, a statistically more dangerous way to travel.” At that time, FAA administrator Marion Blakely said, “Statistics show that families are safer traveling in the sky than on the road.”

But the FAA has acknowledged the inherent danger: While most parents would do anything for their child — including holding on for dear life in an airborne emergency — the simple fact is they can’t always hold onto the child.

That’s because commercial aircraft are designed to withstand tremendous G-forces, but humans are not. And therefore a 25-pound baby could easily weigh three or four times that amount when a parent is struggling to hold onto it during an emergency, let alone dealing with impact, smoke or fire.

In addition, a baby strapped inside a parent’s seat belt can be crushed by the parent’s weight during an emergency.

These laws of physics have been proven time and again, in the most heartbreaking of circumstances. In several cases, lap children have been severely injured and killed in accidents that were survivable.

In the 1989 crash landing of United Airlines Flight 232 near Sioux City, Iowa, for example, the accident report from the National Transportation Safety Board noted that of the four lap children on the plane, “the mothers of the infants in seats 11F and 22E were unable to hold onto (them).”

The NTSB added mandatory child safety seats to its “Most Wanted” list of FAA improvements in May 1999 (although it was removed in 2006). Other experts such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Association of Flight Attendants and the National Air Disaster Alliance have strongly concurred.

The best way to ensure that a baby or small child will be safe while flying is to strap him or her into a safety seat. This means that parents need to purchase a seat for every member of their traveling party, regardless of age or size.

There was a time when parents could be fairly certain of a nearby empty seat, so they could bring a safety device onboard and cabin staff would place it on an adjoining seat without purchasing a ticket. But with passenger load factors at all-time highs, the days of stretching out next to an empty middle seat are long gone.

Not all safety devices are created equal. The FAA suggests that parents make sure their restraint device is certified for use on aircraft.

For guidelines, visit faa.gov, And most airlines restrict where safety seats can be placed (exit rows are not allowed).

Some carriers such as Southwest offer discounted tickets for infants and kids. Parents should carry a copy of their child’s birth certificate, since some airlines require proof of age.

Flame- Resistant Pajamas vs. Snug Fitting Pajamas


Children spend most of their time in pajamas so it is important for them to be comfortable, but safety is also paramount. Recently, I received a question about flame-resistant pajamas, and my feelings about them. I don’t believe they are necessary and am not a fan of them because of the chemicals used,

First, some history: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) first adopted standards for children’s sleepwear in 1971. The standards stipulated that all sleepwear exposed to a small open flame must self-extinguish. Polyester garments and cotton garments treated with chemical fire retardants were approved, but untreated cotton garments were not. Subsequent data indicated a significant decrease in sleepwear and fire related deaths and injuries among children.

The flammability standards in effect during the 1970s, nearly eliminated the use of cotton in children’s sleepwear. In 1977, the fire retardant Tris, commonly used in textiles, was found to be carcinogenic and was subsequently banned from use. Public demand for healthier, more comfortable garments grew, and during the 1980s and 90s, pressure from consumers groups lead to the CPSC’s relaxing the standards of the Flammable Fabrics Act to include untreated cotton garments. However, an important distinction was made with regard to fit. According to the CPSC, loose-fitting sleepwear made of cotton or cotton blends are associated with 200 burn injuries every year. When the standards changed in 1997, “snug-fitting” untreated cotton sleepwear became a legal alternative for children over 9 months old. The same amendment eliminated all restrictions for infant (0-9 months) sleepwear, since infants are less mobile, and most burn injuries result from children playing with fire.

Following the new CPSC standards all snug-fitting cotton sleepwear is labeled with a hangtag that says “For child’s safety, garment should fit snugly. This garment is not flame resistant. Loose-fitting garment is more likely to catch fire.” The permanent label says, “Wear snug-fitting. Not flame resistant.”

The current regulations determine the safety of cotton garments according to a set of measurements for each size group. These measurements are based on testing done to determine the optimum snugness necessary to prevent the garment from being flammable when exposed to an open flame. The standards are based on studies that showed eliminating the airspace—and therefore the oxygen—between the garment and the child’s skin significantly diminished a cotton garment’s flammability. (CPSC used dressed mannequins for their testing.)Cotton can be treated with fire retardants, though the strict CPSC standards requiring all cotton garments to be snug-fitting and the negative perception of treated natural fibers do not create a favorable market for such innovation.

According to The Green Guide,your choices, then, from worst to best are 1) nylon or acetate treated with fire retardants, 2) “inherently” flame resistant polyester with fire retardants built into the polymer or 3) snug-fitting cotton garments. The healthiest safe choice with the lowest embodied energy and lowest ecological impact would be snug-fitting, organic cotton long johns or union suit-style pajamas with the “Wear snug-fitting. Not flame resistant” label. These common sense choices conform to the CPSCs standards, give the environment a break and provide your child with safe and comfortable sleepwear.

Since the Flammable Fabrics Act, was enacted to basically protect children who are playing with matches, or an open flame, I prefer to keep a close eye on my child, and dress him in comfy snug cotton pajamas.

Do Children Need I.D.?

My son is at an age where he can say a few words. He even says his name, which is only coherent to me and his dad. He is also at an age where he hates to be strapped into a stroller or a shopping cart. The other day, while shopping at Target, my son let go of my hand and tried to run off. For a brief second, I lost sight of him in a crowd of people and I couldn’t breathe, I felt as if I was having a heart attack. It was seriously just a second. The crowd cleared and there was my son, happy as can be, pulling items off a shelf.

Later that evening, while sharing the story with my husband, we started to discuss whether our son should have I.D. If he ever did get lost, or if something ever happened to me or the person he is with, he wouldn’t be able to communicate. I know, it is an awful thing to think about. I cringe at the thought, but I have always been a worrywart.

I came across a really cute product called Spot Me ID, it is a line of temporary identification products that will help reunite a parent with a child if they were ever to become separated.

Spot Me ID agrees with the experts who say it is not a good idea to put your child’s name on their person. They recommend putting the parents contact information on their products. By providing the authorities with a parents name and cell phone number, this will be very helpful to insure a quick reunion.

There products come in 3 varieties. They have bracelets, lanyards and temporary tattoos. They are all animated and cute.

Baby Bodyguards is happy to have come across such a great product and I will be getting a bracelet for my son.

Mamalu is Mamamazing


Yesterday morning was gloomy and it looked like it was going to rain. It was not a day for the park or beach. I was looking for a place that my son could burn off some of his energy, that also had a much needed cup of coffee for me. I decided to venture to Williamsburg to try out Mamalu. I can’t say enough great things about this place. Mamalu gets two thumbs up from Baby Bodyguards!!!!
When you walk in, there is a bunch of little tables and chairs set up for the little ones and a great big play space. My son loved sitting in a chair made for his size. I ordered an iced coffee, which was delicious, and was asked if my son wanted to use the “Munchground”? I said, sure, and paid the $5 fee. The play area is spectacular. It is 800 square feet and “full of toys and furniture that inspire imagination, movement and interaction”
The best part of Mamalu is that it is a place my son can play freely and I don’t have to worry about him getting hurt (like in the park). All the furniture and toys in the munchground are soft and the floor is padded. There is a lounge area, where I was able to enjoy my coffee on a comfy couch and still have a full view of my son playing.
They offer food, which I have heard is really good and most of it is organic, healthy and reasonably priced. I will definitely be back soon to eat.

Baby Trend Safety Seat Recall

NHTSA warns seats could fail in a crash
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a Consumer Advisory to alert owners of Baby Trend child safety seats that the seat base could fail and not protect a child during a collision.
The Baby Trend seats involved in the recall are the Magnum (model number 6439), Galaxy (model number 6481), Silverado (model number 6448), and the 6400S bases that were sold separately and manufactured between May 14, 2007, and April 1, 2008.
“Baby Trend is recalling the bases of these child safety seats because they could fail to adequately protect children in a collision. Baby Trend will replace the base free of charge,” NHTSA warned on its Web site.
Owners of the affected seats should contact Baby Trend at 1-800-328-7363 to obtain a free replacement base.
“In the meantime, NHTSA is urging consumers not to use the car seat with the base,” the federal safety agency cautioned.
Source: Consumer Affairs