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
718-567-1400

New Year = New Website

Happy New Year! We are a bit late but have been busy launching our new site. 2010 was a great year for Baby Bodyguards, NYC’s premiere full service babyproofing company, and we expect 2011 to be our best year yet. We will be expanding, both geographically and also with the services we provide. We are on a mission to wipe out childhood injuries occurring in the home. and are on a safety crusade! Follow us on Facebook, for the latest updates and recalls.

Once again, thank you for your continued support, business and referrals.

Decorating Safely

christmas-tree-lights1Thanks to Safe Kids, for these wonderful tips

Top Safety Tips If you decorate a tree, avoid these top decorating mistakes:

 Decorate with children in mind. Do not put ornaments that have small parts or metal hooks, or look like food or candy, on the lower branches where small children can reach them.

 Trim protruding branches at or below a child’s eye level, and keep lights out of reach.

Natural trees always involve some risk of fire. To minimize the risk, get a fresh tree and keep it watered at all times. Do not put the tree within three feet of a fireplace, space heater, radiator or heat vent. Never leave a lit tree or other decorative lighting display unattended.

Inspect lights for exposed or frayed wires, loose connections and broken sockets. Do not overload extension cords or outlets and do not run an electrical cord under a rug. Do not burn tree branches, treated wood or wrapping paper in a home fireplace. ?

 Top tips to prevent poisoning this holiday season:

Keep alcohol, including baking extracts, out of reach and do not leave alcoholic drinks unattended.

Color additives used in fireplace fires are a toxic product and should be stored out of reach.

 Artificial snow can be harmful if inhaled, so use it in a well-vented space.

Mistletoe berries, Holly Berry and Jerusalem Cherry can be poisonous. If they are used in decorating, make sure children and pets cannot reach it. In a poison emergency, call the national Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222.

A Few Pointers on Finding Safe Toys for the Holidays

Years ago,  before I was a mother and safety fanatic, I used to think that if a toy was manufactured for children, then it had to be safe for them too. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Below are some tips to help you find a safe gift for the children you cherish.

1-Don’t purchase toys with small magnets that can be swallowed. The dangerous toy that comes to mind is the alphabet refrigerator magnets. They have tiny magnets that easily come off the back.

2-Beware of costume jewelry for children, it may contain lead or cadmium.

3-Look for toys painted with nontoxic paint or dyes.

4-Look for toys made with natural materials.

5-Sign up to get email alerts from the CPSC (Consumer Products Safety Commision), they email up to date information about product recalls.

6-Watchout for toys made with vinyl products or PVC. PVC is several times more likely to contain hazardous additives compared with other plastics.

Have a Happy Holiday and a safe one too!!!!!

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.
Brooklyn
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Hilton Times Square Hotel
234 W. 42nd St. (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues)
Manhattan
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
Manhattan
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

430 East Fordham Rd.
Bronx
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Stuyvesant Town
14th Street and Avenue A
Manhattan
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.

OMG!!! I Dropped the Baby

I was home with 2 sick kids Wednesday morning. The day was going smoothly. I was on the couch nursing the baby, my son was watching TV, but then he started trying to get my attention by trying to put his foot on the baby’s head. Boob was still in mouth, and the phone was ringing. I tried not to break the latch, got up to get the phone, and then it happened…OMG, I dropped the baby!!!!!

There she was on the hardwood floor screaming. I was in shock. I picked her up, started crying, calmed my son down, and called the pediatrician. I got the secretary, and through my sobs I explained that I dropped my baby. She was calm as could be and said “come in at 2pm if you want” huh… did she not hear me? I dropped my baby! She asked me if the baby cried, I said yes, she asked if the baby was vomiting, I said no. My daughter was alert, I couldn’t even make out a bump on her head.

I took her in at 2pm, and got her checked out, and she was fine, I on the other hand took 24 hours and 2 glasses of wine that night to recover.

btw…my Pediatrician confessed to getting at least 2 calls a week from frantic moms who accidentally dropped the baby too.

What to look for if your baby falls: look for swelling and bumps on the head, body and limbs, and then look for signs of head injury. Dr. Sears has great info on this here

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.

2010 IIHS BOOSTER EVALUATION RESULTS

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)

NOT RECOMMENDED
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.

Have You Heard of the Tummy Tub?

our 4 month old daughter
our 4 month old daughter

A few months ago I got my hands on a  Tummy Tub. It kind of  looks like a big punch bowl, except it is a baby bath which is supposedly good from birth to 3 years.

According to their site, “The Tummy Tub is designed to replicate the comfort of the mother’s womb and once in the Tummy Tub, babies naturally adopt the fetal position and instantly feel reassured and relaxed. Created in Holland, the Tummy Tub has been endorsed by maternity hospitals, physicians, midwives throughout Europe.”

I have to admit that I wasn’t so impressed with the looks of the Tub, and kept it in storage until our daughter seemed sturdy enough to use it. She is a real peanut, and only 11 lbs at 4 months. My whole opinion changed the minute I put our 4 month old in the tub. She was so… happy, calm and so… darn cute.

The other day, our daughter was so unhappy. She is teething and miserable, and nothing could calm her down. I decided to try the Tummy Tub again, and the minute we immersed her, she stopped crying and was comfortable.

This Tub is definitely worth the $40 it retails for.