All posts by Courtney Ilarraza

Crib Tent Recall

A death and a catastrophic brain injury have prompted the recall of these crib tents, made by Tots In Mind, Inc.  According to the C.P.S.C., infants and toddlers are at risk of serious injury or death due to strangulation and entrapment hazards. These tents were sold at five major stores: Burlington Coat Factory, Walmart, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Toys R Us and Amazon.com.

Click here for all recall information from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Dorel Safety Seat Recall

Child-safety-seat manufacturer Dorel Juvenile Group is recalling 1,737 Comfy Carry and OnBoard35 infant-safety seats because they were sold without the seat base, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The seat base contains the required Latch attachment assembly. Without the assembly, these infant-safety seats fail to meet federal safety standard requirements and may be difficult to properly install in a car, increasing the risk of injury to the child. The affected models are:

Comfy Carry: IC123FSM
OnBoard 35: IC124FSM
Dorel will notify registered owners of the recall and provide bases at no cost. Parents and caregivers who haven’t registered their infant seats should call Dorel at 877-416-8111. Affected owners also can call NHTSA’s hotline at 888-327-4236.

The Book That Needs to Be in Every Diaper Bag

On Friday, we participated in a Safety Event at the new MOM Museum in NYC. We got to mingle and share stories with many other companies sharing our passion for keeping babies out of harms way. I had the pleasure of meeting Tara Summers-Hermann, a nurse and mom who wrote two fabulous books about child safety, Baby MEDBASICS and Toddler MEDBASICS.

Tara was inspired to write the MEDBASICS series after she had to save her own toddler’s life, when he was choking on a piece of potato. After 5 or 6 abdominal thrusts, the potato flew out of his mouth and he started to breathe. Tara couldn’t imagine what would have happened if a non-medical professional was in the same situation. She set out on a journey to eduacate parents and caregivers, so they will always have easy to follow  instructions on how to respond to an emergency at their fingertips.

The books are very easy to read, and are designed to be read by a person whose adrenaline is pumping and needs immediate instruction. The average ambulance response time in the US is 8 minutes, brain damage from lack of oxygen begins in 4 minutes and death shortly thereafter, these books can make the difference in the outcome during an emergency situation.

 

Baby Bodyguards Reviews the Clek Oobr

We are constantly receiving child safety seats to try out and review. Recently we received the Oobr fullback booster seat. Upon opening the box, I was very impressed by the looks of this luxury booster. It reminded me somewhat of a modern airline seat. I wonder if that is what the folks at Clek had in mind. The fullback booster can also convert to a backless booster.

A unique feature of the Oobr booster is that it is equipped with LATCH anchors. The anchors don’t make the booster seat any safeer as far as installation and protecting your child, but they serve to protect you when your child is not in their seat. When using a Booster without your child sitting in it, you should always buckle the seat belt anyway, so in case you are involved in a crash the seat doesn’t become a projectile. The LATCH anchors protect you from this scenario and keep the seat in a stable position.

Oobr Safety Highlights

  • Raises your child 4 in./10 cm. to improve in-vehicle shoulder belt fit
  • Better positions the seat belt on the child’s hips to improve safety
  • Locks into place to provide additional booster seat stability in a collision
  • Confirms that latches are locked with an audible “click”
  • Provides a secure connection even when booster seat is not occupied
  • Meets all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
  • Rated a “Best-Bet” in 2009, 2010 and 2011 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

    Child Height, Weight and Age — Fullback

    Height Weight Recommended Age
    38-57 in.
    (96-145 cm.)
    33-100 lbs.
    (15-45 kg.)
    min. 4 years old

    Child Height, Weight and Age — Backless

    Booster seat laws vary by state. Please check your local booster seat laws.
    Height Weight Recommended Age
    40-57 in.
    (101-145 cm.)
    40-100 lbs.
    (18-45 kg.)
    min. 4 years old

The Oobr is available online, and ranges in price from $274 all the way up to $499, if you go with a leather material or their specialty editions.

If you can afford  the “Mercedes of Boosters” this is the seat for you.

Come Join Us for an Evening of CPR Instruction, Car Seat Safety, and Babyproofing Advice at Madison Rose

Join Save-A Tot CPR and Baby Bodyguards for an evening of safety and fun

Course covers:

  1. •CPR for Infants /Child
  2. •Hands only Adult CPR for the community
  3. •Choking prevention/Heimlich 
  4. •Poisoning/ drowning
  5. •SIDS prevention
  6. •Falls, head injury, bleeding
  7. •Allergies
  8. •Safety and baby-proofing
  9. •A Demonstration on proper car seat installation, how to fit it to your child, and when to switch to the next seat

When:

Monday March 5th, 2012 6-9pm

Where:

Madison Rose Maternity & Kids

313 Court Street

Brooklyn, NY 11231

Sign up here

Come Join Us In Hoboken

Baby Bodyguards is thrilled to be participating in a Infant/Child CPR Class in Hoboken, February 26th.

We will be demonstrating the correct way to install a child safety seat and answering all your car seat questions.

If you have a babyproofing dilemma you need help with, feel free to ask us for help. You can even bring pictures, if it helps explain your child safety issue.

See you then!

SIGN UP BY CLIKING HERE

Car Seat Inspection Sites in New York

Here is the link fo car seat inspection sites in New York.

Baby Bodyguards doesn’t just inspect your seat, we teach you the correct way to install it as well, so you will be comfortable putting the seat back in if it needs to come out, or upgrading to the next stage seat.

We are often asked if we can just “inspect” a seat. The reason we don’t do this is because 9 out of 10 are installed incorrectly, and if we just make the necessary adjustments, chances are the parent will be calling us in a month or two when the car needs to go to the shop or they are traveling, and they will be stuck on the proper way to put the seat back in.

When the parent leaves us, they will be confident in their ability to install their own seat.

The 10 Most Common Car Seat Installation Errors We See

Baby Bodyguards staffs CPST’s who help  approximately 5 parents a day install their baby’s safety seat. We can’t help but take notice of the same errors we are seeing time and time again.

Here are the most common mistakes we see:

1-Using LATCH in a center seating position when it is not allowed by the manufacturer – most vehicles do not permit you to install a car seat in the center, using the two inner LATCH anchors from the side seating positions. Check your vehicle and child restraint manuals. If nothing is specifically mentioned to allow it, don’t do it.

2-Using LATCH and a seat belt together – you must use one system or the other, not both. Either method is safe when used correctly, so go with the method that gets you the best install

3- Using LATCH beyond the weight limit. LATCH is only good up to 40lbs unless otherwise stated in your vehicle or in the car seat manual. If the vehicle and car seat manuals defer to one another, err on the side of caution and assume a 40 lb limit.

4-Incorrect seat belt routing on a booster – make sure to read and follow the instructions for how to route the seat belt correctly over your child. Many boosters have arm rests that need the lap belt routed under them instead of over.

5- Loose car seat install – a car seat must be installed tightly enough that there is an inch or less of movement in all directions at the belt path when pushed or pulled on.

6-Incorrect belt path used on convertible seat install – you must use the belt path designated for the type of install you are doing. Usually the rear facing belt path runs under the child’s bottom/legs and the forward facing belt path runs behind their back.

7-Chest clip out of position (usually too low) – the chest clip should be at armpit level at all times.

8-Aftermarket accessories (head positioners, body padding/positioners, strap covers, hanging toys, under car seat mats/upholstery protectors, mirrors, suction cup window shades, seat belt tighteners/ratchets, bunting bags/liners, custom car seat covers, etc.) – if it did not come with your seat or is not specifically allowed by your car seat manual, don’t use it. The less “stuff” involved in your car seat install, the better. Nothing extra should go between the car seat and vehicle seat, the baby and the car seat, or the baby and the harness. Toys, mirrors, and window shades can come loose in a crash and injure passengers. Mats can interfere with an install. Many manufacturers will void the seat’s warranty if aftermarket products are used. There are no safety standards for these items, so even those that claim to be “crash tested” or “meet all federal safety standards” (there are none!) cannot be trusted as safe.

9- Not using the top tether anchor when the lower LATCH anchors are used for a forward facing seat – the top tether MUST be used when a seat is installed forward facing with LATCH.

10- Unfortunately the most common mistake we see, not by our clients, but just general observation, are parents riding around with babies/children with no car seat at all. I cringe every time I see this and just pray that child makes it through the early years without being subjected to a crash.

Baby Safe Holiday Decorations

With the holidays right around the corner, you may be wondering if you have to give up on decorating now that you have a baby. I wanted to share some products we found that will keep your home looking as festive as ever, and your baby safe at the same time.

Check out these vintage ornaments on Etsy. They are unbreakable and you don’t have to worry about your little one choking on any small pieces.

Love the glow of candlelight? Now you don’t have to worry about blowing out the flame, or baby getting burned. Baby Bodyguards loves these Flamesless LED Candles from Pier 1. Just pop in batteries and you have the look and effect of flickering candles.

Once you have the pitter patter of little feet running around, you need to take down the tablecloth. We can’t tell you how many devastating stories we have heard about toddlers getting scalded by soup, coffee, etc. Instead of a festive tablecoth, try a table runner. We like this one from Pottery Barn

We will be updating this with more holiday safety tips after Thanksgiving

Happy Turkey Day!!!!