The Nitty Gritty About Second Hand Car Seats

Having a baby is expensive, we can all agree on that. Second hand high chairs, toddler beds and clothing come in very handy. The one item that I strongly recommend buying new is a car safety seat. New car seats come with registration cards. As soon as you buy your car seat, be sure to send in the card to register it. Then the manufacturer can let you know by mail if your child’s safety seat has been recalled.

If for some reason you must use a second hand car seat, here are some guidelines to follow:

Avoid used seats if you don’t know the seat’s history. Never use a car seat that

    • Is too old. Look on the label for the date it was made. Check with the manufacturer to find out how long they recommend using the seat.
    • Have any visible cracks on it.
    • Does not have a label with the date of manufacture and model number. Without these, you cannot check to see if the seat has been recalled.
    • Does not come with instructions. You need them to know how to use the seat.
    • Is missing parts. Used car safety seats often come without important parts. Check with the manufacturer to make sure you can get the right parts.
    • Was recalled. You can find out by calling the manufacturer or by contacting the Auto Safety Hotline at 888/DASH-2-DOT (888/327-4236) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at



Do not use seats that have been in a moderate or severe crash. Seats that were in a minor crash may still be safe to use. The NHTSA considers a crash minor if all of the following are true:
    • The vehicle could be driven away from the crash.
    • The vehicle door closest to the car safety seat was not damaged.
    • No one in the vehicle was injured.
    • The air bags did not go off.
    • You can’t see any damage to the car safety seat.



If you cannot verify all of the above, the car seat is considered unsafe for use, even if it appears to be in good condition. Unless a used car seat is coming from a close friend or family member and meets the above criteria, it is almost always safer to choose a new car seat for your baby.

Ohio company recalls baby high chair

An Ohio Company is recalling its baby high chairs after dozens of reported injuries such as broken bones and head bruises.

The recall involves 95,000 Majestic High Chairs made by Evenflo Co. Inc. The company says they pose a hazard for small children when parts come loose and the seat backs fall off. The company, which is based in Miamisburg, Ohio, received more than 1,000 reports of parts falling out.

The high chairs are made in China and were sold nationwide at juvenile product and mass merchandise stores, including Toys “R” Us, Babies “R” Us, Burlington Coat Factory and Shopko, and online at from January 2006 through May 2007.

For more information consumers can call Evenflo at 800-233-5921 or visit

Baby Organic Products

Wow!!!!wow wow wow!  About a week ago I got my hands on the Baby Organic line made by Nature Paradise. I can confidently say that it is the best organic baby line that I have tried EVER!!! I love this stuff.Their products contain No Pesticides, No Parabens, No Artificial Ingredients, No Synthetic Preservatives, No GMO’s, No Fragrance, No Propylene Glycol, No Phthalates, No Sulfates, No DEA, No Nuts, No Animal Products

Natures Paradise is a family company. They are also the worlds 1st manufacturer to develop ONLY USDA Certified Organic products. I only tried the Baby Organic line, but they make products for the whole family.

I love their Conditioning Shampoo & Body Wash, which comes in coconut or unscented. Most of their Baby line comes in either coconut or unscented. I love the coconut, it is such a nice change from lavender. Their is only so much lavender a mom can take!!!

I am also a huge fan of their moisturizing lotion. I tried it on my son who is experiencing some dry skin patches right now, and it worked great. Ok, I admit, I have been using it too. I just love the smell of the Shea Butter they use.

The whole line is priced so… reasonably, and right now they are offering 15% the entire month of December. They also have lovely gift packages. The Baby Organic Gift Basket, contains everything a new mom needs for baby, such as:  8 oz Conditioning Shampoo & Body Wash, 6 oz Lotion, 3 oz Diaper Cream, 4 oz Baby Powder, 4oz Baby Coconut Oil and 2oz hand Sanitizer along with a puff Sponge for cleaning Baby.

I am so glad I have found this company, and I am sure you will be too!!!

Britax Announces Voluntary Safety Recall

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec 12, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Britax Child Safety, Inc. announced today that it is conducting a voluntary safety recall on the Frontier(TM) combination Harness-2-Booster(TM) child restraints. The recall includes Frontier child restraints manufactured between April 1, 2008 and September 14, 2008 for Model #s E9L54E7, E9L54H6, E9L54H7 and E9L54M6 and between April 1, 2008 and September 17, 2008 on Model # E9L5490.

If the harness straps are repeatedly loosened one strap at a time, then the harness strap(s) may become detached from the metal yoke located on the back of the child seat. If the harness strap(s) becomes loose or detached then the condition can be corrected by inspecting the back of the child seat and reattaching the harness straps. If this condition occurs, the child may not be properly restrained, and in the event of a vehicle crash there could be an increased risk of injury.

To address this issue, Britax will provide two rubber caps that can be easily placed on the yoke slots to prevent the harness straps from detaching. The rubber caps have been specifically designed for the Frontier yoke to provide a secure fit and have been tested to verify their effectiveness. No later than January 7, 2009, the rubber caps will be mailed with an instruction sheet to all registered Frontier child restraint owners with manufacturing dates prior to September 15 or 18, 2008. Additional caps will be made available to retailers with affected inventory of Frontiers manufactured prior to September 15 or 18, 2008. All Frontier child restraint owners should confirm whether their Frontier is affected by verifying the date of manufacture. Starting December 15, 2008, further details will be available here”

Until consumers receive their remedy kit, they should confirm that their harness system is properly attached to the metal yoke and they may continue to safely use their child restraint.

Owners of the Frontier child restraint who have not registered their product or need to verify existing registration should contact the Britax information line, toll free at 1-800-683-2045 or visit

Spotting a Food Allergy

With the Holiday Season upon us, and parties galore, a lot of children are exposed to new foods. Just the other day while at a party with my family, I quickly intervened when I saw an 8 year old boy offering my 2 year oldson some peanuts. I rushed over and politely explained to the boy that my son was too young to have peanuts. Most pediatricians now reccomend waiting till a child is 4 to be exposed to nuts.

I thought I would write a post about spotting an allergic reaction caused by food, because the symptoms can easily be confused with other illnesses. Because there are many things that can be confused with food allergies, it is important for parents to know the difference.

Symptoms of a food allergy

  • Skin problems
    • Hives (red spots that look like mosquito bites)
    • Itchy skin rashes (eczema, also called atopic dermatitis)
    • Swelling
    • Breathing problems
    • Sneezing
    • Wheezing
    • Throat tightness
  • Stomach symptoms
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Circulation symptoms
    • Pale skin
    • Light-headedness
    • Loss of consciousness

If several areas of the body are affected, the reaction may be severe or even life-threatening. This type of allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis and requires immediate medical attention.

Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction. It comes on quickly and can be fatal. This type of reaction is a medical emergency and immediate medical attention is important. For anyone experiencing anaphylaxis, epinephrine should be given right away followed by a call to 911 for further treatment and transfer to a hospital.

Not a food allergy

Food can cause many illnesses that are sometimes confused with food allergies. The following are not food allergies:

  • Food poisoning—Can cause diarrhea or vomiting, but is usually caused by bacteria in spoiled food or undercooked food.
  • Drug effects—Certain ingredients, such as caffeine in soda or candy, can make your child shaky or restless.
  • Skin irritation—Can often be caused by acids found in such foods as orange juice or tomato products.
  • Diarrhea—Can occur in small children from too much sugar, such as from fruit juices.

Some food-related illnesses are called intolerance, or a food sensitivity, rather than an allergy because the immune system is not causing the problem. Lactose intolerance is an example of a food intolerance that is often confused with a food allergy. Lactose intolerance is when a person has trouble digesting milk sugar, called lactose, leading to stomachaches, bloating, and loose stools.

Sometimes reactions to the chemicals added to foods, such as dyes or preservatives, are mistaken for a food allergy. However, while some people may be sensitive to certain food additives, it is rare to be allergic to them.

Foods that can cause food allergies

Any food could cause a food allergy, but most food allergies are caused by the following:

  • Cow milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Nuts from trees (such as walnuts, pistachios, pecans, cashews)
  • Fish (such as tuna, salmon, cod)
  • Shellfish (such as shrimp, lobster)
  • Peanuts, nuts, and seafood are the most common causes of severe reactions. Allergies also occur to other foods such as meats, fruits, vegetables, grains, and seeds such as sesame.

The good news is that food allergies are often outgrown during early childhood. It is estimated that 80% to 90% of egg, milk, wheat, and soy allergies go away by age 5 years. Some allergies are more persistent. For example, 1 in 5 young children will outgrow a peanut allergy and fewer will outgrow allergies to nuts or seafood. Your pediatrician or allergist can perform tests to track your child’s food allergies and watch to see if they are going away.



Published online: 4/07
Source: Food Allergies and Your Child (Copyright © 2006 American Academy of Pediatrics)

Safe and Ecofriendly Holiday Gifts

I am still procrastinating and haven’t even bought one gift yet, but I came across a great list of sites that have wonderful Baby Bodyguards approved gifts this morning, and I thought I would share.

Check out Oompa Toys . The Wisconsin-based company offers thousands of child- and Earth-safe items. Theit website is easy to use and  you can buy products ranging from toys, dollhouses and stuffed animals to learning games, musical instruments and art supplies to kitchen play accessories, kids’ furniture and tricycles, many items made with organic or recycled materials.

Another great source for kids’ toys is Washington-based Earthentree , which sells dozens of pull toys, rattles, stackers and other goodies to stimulate young hands and minds. All of their products are handcrafted by “fair trade” (fairly compensated) artisans in India using sustainably harvested wood and natural vegetable-based dyes. I also like Hazelnut Kids . Hazelnut Kids specializes in natural, earth-friendly wooden and organic cotton toys for kids and babies, and even offers gift-wrapping with recycled and recyclable paper.

Healthy Toys

With the Holidays around the corner, all of us parents have toys on the brain. The other day I was watching the news and they had on the CEO of Toys R Us. He was saying that his company has not at all been affected by the recession, because even in the hardest economic times, that last thing a parent will cut back on is toys for the kiddies.
I am sure all of you are as concerned as I am after last years recalls on so…. many toys that were made in China.
I came across a great website called includes test results for more than 1,500 toys and children’s products. This site is a first step in providing parents, grandparents, and others who care about children with the information they need to make better choices when purchasing toys and other children’s products.

Happy Shopping!!!

Keeping Your Child Safe Over The Holidays

During the holidays, you should be extra vigilant to keep your children safe. There are many extra factors that put your children more at risk for injury during the holiday season, including gatherings at the homes of friends and family that may not be childproof, home decorations such as Christmas trees and lights,and menorahs and traveling.

– Be careful with high risk foods and holiday treats that can pose a choking hazard to children under age four. This includes nuts, hard candy, grapes, raw carrots, popcorn, and apples.

-When visiting the home of someone else, make sure their house is childproof, and be extra vigilant

-If at a party or hosting a party, make sure that their is an adult assigned to watch your child. The more adults around, the more prone a child is to injury, because every adult assumes that someone else is keeping a watchful eye on the child.

– If decorating your house for the holidays with a Christmas tree or lights, be mindful of your child’s age. Younger children are likely to play with ornaments and lights on trees. Only place unbreakable ornaments on the lower branches and make sure the tree is stable. Keep the tree’s stand full of water to prevent it from drying out so that it doesn’t become a fire hazard and keep lights and extension cords out of reach.

-Make sure a menorah is completely out of the reach of children.

-Don’t overload electrical outlets.

-Do not leave lights or candles on when you are not at home and keep them out of younger children’s reach.

-Buy and accept as gifts, only toys that are appropriate for your child’s age. If older siblings receive as gifts toys with small parts, keep them away from younger children in the house.

-If your child has food allergies, be sure to keep this in mind when visiting others and having holiday meals. Be certain that the host knows of your child’s allergies and does not offer foods to your child that he is allergic to. They should also be careful to not reuse dishes or serving utensils that come in contact with the allergic foods. Many children are exposed to new foods over the holidays, and it is not known whether or not they are allergic, keep a a close eyes for signs of an allergic reaction.

-Many holiday plants such as holly, can cause illness if ingested. Keep plants out of the reach of children.

-Make sure your child’s car seat is installed properly. If you are not sure if your seat is in correctly, please feel free to call us for guidance.