Category Archives: Safety/Health news

Baby Bodyguards is Used and Recommended by NYC's Top Pediatricians!

I had to post our latest testimonial. I never do this, we don’t even have a testimonial page, but I am so proud of this latest one that I had to share.


We had am amazing experience with Baby Bodyguards.  As director of Pediatric
Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, I see what can happen as a
result of having your child in an unsafe environment.  My wife and I had a
baby 3 months ago, so we decided to see what Baby Bodyguards had to offer.
The results, I must say, were somewhat humbling.  I learned a lot about
home safety and I’m supposed to be the expert!  Fred was a wealth of
knowledge and made a variety of suggestions that were obviously no brainers
to protect our child.  In fact, he gave advice that went beyond our
immediate safety concerns in a non threatening and friendly way.  It was
also obvious that he wasn’t just trying to sell us things, but rather
letting us know what he thought was crucial vs what could wait until later.
All in all, we had a great experience and I would highly recommend Baby
Bodyguards to new parents.  My daughter Sloan is certainly safer as a
result.  Thanks Baby Bodyguards!!
Adam Vella, MD
Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Mount Sinai Medical Center

Is It Time to Upgrade Your Cleaning Products?


I recenly was contacted by Emily Johnston of Gracefully Green Baby. She is a natural/green product guru and offered to write a guest post for us. She was also kind enough to include a 10% off promo code for our readers. Thanks Emily!!!


Subject: Is it time to upgrade your cleaning products?

Infants and children naturally absorb more of their environment than adults; they
also spend much more time on the ground and putting objects in their mouths. We
lock away harsh cleaning products under the sink, but we may not realize that they
leave residue behind that could potentially be harmful to children. Did you know
that within 26 seconds after exposure to chemicals such as cleaning products, traces
of these chemicals can be found in every organ in the body? 1 Pretty scary huh!?!

Here’s a quick checklist to keep in mind the next time you’re shopping for cleaning
– Full ingredient disclosure
– 100% natural ingredient sources
– Non-toxic formulations
– Biodegradable formulations
– No animal testing

Watch out for products that simply list “eco-friendly” or “green” because
they aren’t always what they claim. We here at
really love Babyganics ( and Rockin Green (http://

Drop by anytime, and say hello! We carry natural choices
for happy homes and healthy babies. In fact, use the discount code “hello” and get
10% off your first purchase!

Rental Car Companies With Car Seats

It’s travel season!!! I am in the middle of planning a trip to Puerto Rico with the family. We are not resort staying people. We like to explore a location and really get the local feel and experience. The car seat situation is the only thing that had me thinking that we may have to just lounge on the beach and dine at a resort during our stay because the thought of schlepping 2 car seats and 2 children had me nauseas. That’s when I remembered reading about  car rental companies that have child safety seats available.

This Is from Thrifty FAQ: Should I bring a child seat with me or will the rental location furnish one?

The decision is yours. All states and several countries require children under a certain age to be secured in child seats. You can save time at check-in by placing a request for your child seat when you make an advance reservation. A few new vehicles, like the Chrysler minivan available through Thrifty, have child seats built in. You should know that we cannot guarantee the availability of child seats, so please make your decision accordingly.


Here is what Avis says:
Child safety seats are available for infants and toddlers at most U.S. Avis locations. The usual cost is $13.00/day or $65.00/week (5-7 days) with a maximum of $65.00/rental for the use of an Avis child safety seat. Seats must be returned to the original renting location or an additional $15 fee will apply to the rental. Failure to return the seat in the same condition as received (minus normal wear and tear) may result in a $50 additional charge.Types and brands of cars seats vary by location.Our child safety seats can be reserved only when renting a car with Avis. If you’re not renting with Avis and need a safety seat, a local rent-all center that carries tables, chairs, cribs, etc., is recommended.Child safety seats can be reserved online, but the price is not included in the Estimated Total. If you need to modify the number or type of seat reserved, please contact customer service.


Dollar Rent A Car offers child safety seats, both toddler and infant, for rent at all locations. In addition, certain models of the Dodge Caravan come with built-in child safety seats, and back-door child safety locks come standard on most Chrysler vehicles. For details, call the Dollar location at which you have reserved your car.

Alamo also offers seats. They claim to have child safety seats at airport-serving locations in the United States and Canada for an additional charge.Child booster seats are featured in some locations but in limited quantities. Remember, you can inquire with your airline about bringing your personal child booster seat or child safety seat from home. They state it is the renter’s responsibility to properly install and fasten a child safety or child booster seat.

It seems the majority of car rental companies are now supplying child safety seats in limited supply. The best thing to do is reserve the seat in advance, make sure you are requesting the appropriate seat for your child (infant, convertible, booster), and are well versed in how to install the seat properly.

Puerto Rico here we come!!!!



Cosco, Maxi-Cosi and Safety First, The Dorel Car Seat Recall

The seats were made by Dorel Consumer Group between May 1, 2008 and April 30, 2009, according to the agency’s website. They include infant, convertible, and booster child restraint systems marketed under brand names including Cosco, Maxi-Cosi, and Safety First. The concern is that the harness might loosen as a child moves around, raising the risk of injury in a crash.

The company said it would provide consumers with a tube of non-toxic lubricant that can be applied to the locking mechanism to ensure that it works properly, along with a label to indicate that the repair has been made.

Until the repair is made, consumers can continue to use the seats – but should make sure the lock/release button is in the locked position. A pull on the shoulder harness can help make sure it is secure and will not loosen.

For more information, contact the company at 866-623-3139 or

Here are the model numbers of the recalled seats:

DJG / 17439 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22077 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22078 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22148 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22149 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22150 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22152 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22154 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22155 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22158 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22159 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22172 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22177 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22178 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22185 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22188 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22195 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22346 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22356 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22371 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22372 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22412 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22439 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22449 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22452 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22453 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22456 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22458 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22459 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22462 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22465 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22469 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22475 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22476 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22486 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22546 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22547 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22553 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22554 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22560 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22561 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22564 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22567 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22574 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22580 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22657 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22740 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22741 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22755 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22758 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22759 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22790 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22799 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / 22880 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

DJG / IC072 MAY 01, 2008 – APR 30, 2009

Recall of Britax Chaperone Infant Seat

There has been a recall of the Britax Chaperone Infant Seat, models E9L69N9, E9L69P3, & EL69P5 made 4/09-5/10. The problem is with the chest clip. It is brittle and may break causing sharp edges and choking hazard. Call 888-427-4829 for instructions and a new chest clip. If chest clip is broken, remove chest clip and any fragments and discontinue use of seat until replacement clip is installed.

When we teach our clients to how to install their car seats we always urge caregivers to register the seat with the manufacturer so that they can be notified of any recalls. Recalls for small numbers of seats often don’t get a lot of media coverage. The only way you can be sure to know if there is a recall is to register with the manufacturer. Most manufacturers now allow you to register online and it only takes a minute.

Urgent Care Center in Brooklyn Open 24/7

Empty waiting room
Hey guys!

Once again I am writing about the amazing facility at the old Victory Memorial Hospital in Bay Ridge that is now SUNY Downstate.

I developed what I believed to be the flu on Friday night. I tried to rest (didn’t happen with my 4 year old and 8 month old) but kept getting worse. By Sunday morning I had had it and went off to the urgent care center, where I knew there wouldn’t be any wait. Turned out to be strep and it is Monday and I am now feeling better after my antibiotic.

I feel the need to plug this place again because the nurses told me how SUNY Downstate will probably be doing away with the overnight hours because nobody knows about the facility and it is always empty. I am trying to get the word out because having a place other than the emergency room to take a sick child in the middle of the night is an invaluable resource.

The 24/7 facility is staffed by one doctor, two nurses and a nurse technician and has 17 acute-area beds, an isolation room, a gynecological room, an orthopedic room, a designated asthma area, a designated area for patients saying they are acute, and a fast track stitch-them-up area.

Patients of all ages are accepted, as are most insurance plans, and free flu shots are available.

699 92nd Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11228

FDNY to Distribute Free Smoke Alarm Batteries

fdnyIt’s that time of year again!

When you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time on Nov. 7, the FDNY reminds you to also change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

The FDNY wants to help, so members of our Fire Safety Education Unit will be distributing 9-volt batteries in locations throughout the five boroughs from Nov. 5 to 7. (Special thanks to the FDNY Foundation for donating the batteries!)

Find a location near you:

Fri., Nov. 5
Gateway Center
409 Gateway Dr.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Hilton Times Square Hotel
234 W. 42nd St. (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues)
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 6
Western Beef
425 Bay St.
Staten Island
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Corner of West 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

430 East Fordham Rd.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Union Square Park
14th Street and Broadway
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dunkin Donuts
81-18 Roosevelt Ave.
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 7
Corner of Avenue M and Coney Island Avenue
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Corner of Avenue M and East 15th Street
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Stuyvesant Town
14th Street and Avenue A
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sleep Positioners Deemed Unsafe

sleep positionerThe FDA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have issued a joint warning against the use of sleep-positioning devices designed for babies.

The devices have caused 12 infant deaths over the past 13 years.

“Our goal is to make sure parents and caregivers are aware of the risks and to warn them to immediately stop using these devices,” said FDA principal deputy commissioner Joshua Sharfstein in a statement to reporters.

The positioners, have risers on their sides to hold a baby in place during sleep. Some also include wedges to raise the baby’s head. Several of the devices were cleared by the FDA as a means of alleviating symptoms caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and for preventing flat-head syndrome, a deformity caused by pressure on one side of a baby’s head.

However, the FDA, which has jurisdiction over the products because of the medical claims made by the manufacturers, has now determined that the risk of death far outweighs any potential benefits provided by the sleep positioners.

Recent Study Regarding Booster Seats

The International Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) did a recent research study on booster seats and found that 8 out of 72 tested aren’t recommended. Below are their findings.

Boosters are better than they used to be at fitting lap and shoulder belts on 4 to 8-year-old kids to restrain them in a crash. So parents don’t have to search as hard for a good fit for their child and vehicle. Most belt-positioning boosters, though, don’t offer consistently good fit in all vehicles. This is the bottom line in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s third round of booster evaluations.

Researchers assessed the safety belt fit of 72 boosters, assigning the best ones the top ratings of BEST BET or GOOD BET because they correctly position belts on average booster-age kids in most vehicles. The worst performers are ones the Institute doesn’t recommend because they do a poor job of fitting belts. A good booster routes the lap belt across a child’s upper thighs and positions the shoulder belt at midshoulder.


Best Bets
Britax Frontier 85 (combination highback)
Chicco Keyfit Strada (dual highback)
Clek Oobr (dual highback)
Cosco Juvenile Pronto (dual highback)
Cybex Solution X-Fix (highback)
Eddie Bauer Auto Booster (dual highback)
Evenflo Big Kid Amp (backless)
Evenflo Maestro (combination highback)
Graco TurboBooster Crawford (dual highback)
Harmony Baby Armor (dual highback)
Harmony Dreamtime (dual backless)
Harmony Dreamtime (dual highback)
Harmony Secure Comfort Deluxe (backless)
Harmony Youth Booster Seat (backless)
Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR (dual highback)
Recaro ProBOOSTER (highback)
Recaro ProSPORT (combination highback)
Recaro Vivo (highback)
Recaro Young Sport (combination highback)
Safety 1st Boost Air Protect (dual highback)
The First Years Pathway B570 (highback)

Good Bets
Britax Parkway SG (dual highback)
Combi Kobuk Air Thru (dual backless)
Combi Kobuk Air Thru (dual highback)
Evenflo Symphony 65 (3-in-1 highback)
Graco TurboBooster Sachi (dual highback)
Graco TurboBooster Wander (dual highback)
Maxi-Cosi Rodi (dual highback)

Eddie Bauer Deluxe (combination highback)
Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3-in-1 (highback)
Evenflo Express (combination highback)
Evenflo Generations 65 (combination highback)
Evenflo Sightseer (highback)
Harmony Baby Armor (dual backless)
Safety 1st All-in-One (3-in-1 highback)
Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite (3-in-1 highback)
Note: Thirty-six boosters are in the middle range. They may provide adequate belt fit for some kids in some vehicles.

Pottery Barn Recalls Drop-Side Cribs, U.S. Plans Ban

Pottery Barn Kids voluntarily recalled 82,000 drop-side cribs today. This coincides with the proposed ban on drop-side cribs by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission. The recall by the Williams-Sonoma Inc unit affects cribs sold from January 1999 through March 2010, priced at $300 to $600.

This is the 12th U.S. recall of drop-side cribs in the past five years, involving more than 7 million units, the CPSC said.

The CPSC’s proposal would ban the sale of all drop-side cribs from the United States, and require their removal from hotels, motels and day care centers. The ban would also require stronger mattress supports in cribs.