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New Baby New Breastpump

hygeia-enjoye-extIMG_0495Our new Baby Bodyguards’s baby was born on April 19th 9:40 pm. After spending the day at a children’s carnival with our son, I went to take a nap, and POP! my water broke. Off to the hospital we went, and 31 hours, 3 pushes later, out little girl was born.

I researched breastpumps before the birth, because I used the Medela Pump in Style, with our first baby, and although it worked just fine in the beginning, I felt it fizzled out after a while and after calling the hotline and replacing all the membranes, and tubing etc, still no luck. I was kind of dismayed to then realize it only had a 1 year warranty.

I wanted to try something new, and that is when I came across Enjoye by Hygeia. I contacted them and they sent me a pump to test out for this blog post.

The Enjoye is a hospital grade pump and  has some pretty cool and unique features such as:

  • Proven performance for working moms with long-term and frequent pumping needs. Plus, your satisfaction is guaranteed
  • Usually more affordable than other rental pumps
  • More portable and convenient than other rental pumps
  • Features the unique Hygeia CARE Button for Customized, Audio, Recording, Experience so you can record your baby or other sound to enhance your breastpumping experience
  • Offers single or double pumping flexibility
  • Electric or battery operation with the included internal battery pack. The rechargeable battery is ideal for battery-dependent pumpers
  • Green Breastpump, Can be shared by multiple mothers when each has her own personal accessory set
  • Recycle the EnJoye when you no longer need it. See recycling instructions.
  • Mimics your baby’s unique suckling patterns with customizable speed and pressure controls
  • Safe, because all parts that come into contact with breastmilk are
    BPA/DEHP Free

I was very pleased to learn about Hygeia’s 3 year warranty. That is one of the longest in the industry.

I have used the Enjoye twice so far, and so far so good. I am able to get just as much milk as with the Pump in Style in it’s glory days, but find the suction action to be a lot more comfortable and similar to my babies feeding pattern.

The Enjoye is also very reasonable priced, between $219 and $299, and very lightweight.

I have only used this pump twice, but it is off to an awesome start. I will be updating again to let you all know how this pans out.

Voluntary Recall Of Evenflo Safety Gate

 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of Evenflo children’s safety gates due to a fall hazard. About 150,000 Evenflo Top-of-Stairs Plus Wood Gates were imported from Mexico by Evenflo Co. Inc. of Miamisburg, Ohio, and sold nationwide from October 2007 through March 2010 for about $40 each.

An additional 33,000 gates were sold in Canada.

The company has received 142 reports of slats breaking or detaching from the gates, increasing the risk of a fall. Several reports described minor injuries to children.

The recall involves gates with model numbers 10502 and 10512 made October 2007 through July 2009. The model number can be found on the bottom rail.

Consumers were advised to stop using the recalled gates and contact Evenflo for replacement with a newer model.

Consumers can call 800-233-5921 for information.

Recall of Graco Harmony High Chair

color and fabric may vary
color and fabric may vary

The Harmony™ high chair was manufactured from November 2003 through December 2009 and is no longer in production. The model number can be found on the label that is located on the underside of the foot rest.

The high chairs were sold at: AAFES, Burlington Coat Factory, Babies “R” Us, Toys “R” Us, Sears, Target, Target.com, Walmart, WalMart.com, Shopko, USA Baby, and other retailers nationwide from December 2003 through March 2010 for between $70 and $120.

Consumers should immediately stop using the Harmony™ high chair and contact Graco to receive a free repair kit. To order a free repair kit, contact Graco toll-free at (877) 842-3206 or visit the firm’s Web site at www.gracobaby.com. For additional information, contact Graco at (800) 345-4109 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

Harmony™ High Chair Model Numbers
3920BAN 3920BAN2 3920BEB 3920BEBB 3920COV 3920DOH 3920GEI
3920GEIDSP 3920GRN 3920HMP 3920IVY 3920LAU 3920PKR 3930DDH
3930DHO 3935CAL 3935OXB 3935PKR 3935PKRDSP 3935SPM 3935SPMDSP
3935THR 3935THR2 3935THR3 3940BIA 3940BIADSP 3940CAP 3940CLE 3940COT
3940DRM 3940HML 3940MCH 3940NGS 3940SAV 3940SLT 3940SPT 3940STA
3940UNN 3951CLO 3951CLT 3951COT 3951ORC 3951WLO 3955WSR 3960BGN
3960CJG 3960CNP 3960GGG 3980CNR 3E00ABB 3E00BAT 3E00DCF
3E00DCFDSP 3E00DGP 3E00DGPDSP 3E00GPK 3E01BDS 3E01BDSCA 3E01DNY
3E01DNY1 3E01ELP 3E01ELPDSP
Note: These model numbers may begin with the letter A, B, C, or D
Additional Models: 1752404 1755859 1755860 1757259 1757412 1760429

Deaths Linked to Baby Slings

slingrider(This originally was posted Wednesday March 10th, 2010 however due to our recent move to a green hosting company the database backup did not catch the last post so we’re re-posting this today, Monday March 15th 2010)

With the clock ticking and our new Baby Bodyguard family member arriving in a few weeks, I have been trying to decide whether to use a sling, a wrap or a carrier. When we had our first baby, I had registered for the Infantino “Slingrider” that was then recalled because of a defect with the ring that the fabric goes through. I had filled out the product registration card (duh) when I got he sling, was quickly informed of the recall and  was sent a new sling immediately. I think I used the sling once. Our son was a Winter baby and I didn’t walk around much, plus he got so heavy so fast!

News broke today that there are going to be new warnings on Infant Slings after more and more deaths and injuries have been linked to their usage. CPSC is mostly concerned about the so called “bag style” sling  that wraps around the adult’s neck and then “cradles the child” in what it described as a “curved or ‘C-like’ position,” which has the baby resting below the chest near the belly. Apparently, the curve is what can cause infants’ heads—and infants have minimal head and neck strength—to droop forward with their chins falling on their chests, which restricts the infants breathing

Hmmmm, I think I’ll check out the Ergo or the Bjorn, it’s not worth the worry

We're Giving Away The Britax Frontier With Installation!

frontierWe had the exciting opportunity to try out the Britax Frontier for a review which can be found on A Child Grows in Brooklyn. Needless to say we are huge Britax fans and our own 3 year old has been in the Roundabout and now the Frontier.

Baby Bodyguards is giving away the Frontier along with our complimentary car seat installation lesson by our Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, to one of our lucky readers.

In order to enter, you must

1-Become a fan of Baby Bodyguards on Facebook (just click the Facebook icon on the top of the blog)

2-For an extra entry you can become a follower of Babybodyguards on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway!

Winner will be picked randomly and announced on Facebook March 19th.

Good Luck!

Is Baby Bodyguards a Luxury Service? Hmmm

luxuryYesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with an old friend and checking out the Brooklyn Flea. I highly recommend it, the best part was the grilled cheese sandwich from Milk Truck.

While perusing around, we got into a heated debate about whether Baby Bodyguards is a luxury service meant for CEO’s and celebrities. My dear friend who shall remain nameless, seems to think we are, and that our prices are too low for what we offer and the clientele we are servicing.

While it is true that we have serviced celebrities such as most recently, Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, as well as top Broadway producers, some De Niro’s, CEO’s, and many of the world’s top hedge fund managers, we also have our fair share of teachers, nurses, lawyers  and 9 to 5 employees who take advantage of our services because they understand that babyproofing is not optional, it is a necessity!

When we came up with the idea for Baby Bodyguards, we wanted child safety to be something affordable to everyone. 1 in 4 children suffers an accidental injury in the home requiring an ER visit, and this is unacceptable to us.

My friend and I then started discussing whether babyproofing is something that most can do on their own. Yes, it is, so is changing your water heater, but I wouldn’t want to do that on my own. We have babyproofed hundreds of homes in the past few years so when we walk into a home, the dangers are very obvious to us. Plus, we have all of our tools handy as well as the safety devices and in a matter of hours everything is done. Our clients can spend the weekend with their family doing fun things instead of  reading manuals, going back and forth to  hardware stores, and Buy Buy Baby trying to get done what we get done in a matter of hours.

So, after giving this  lots of thought, my conclusion is that yes, we service the rich and famous but we also service those that aren’t. The one thing our clients all have in  common is they want the best for their baby and with our prices being within everyone’s reach they can have the best in safety and convenience.

After all, this is New York……

The Infant Tub of All Infant Tubs

With baby # 2 expected this April, I have been on a quest to find the latest and greatest of baby gear, that wasn’t around a few years ago when our son was born. My nesting instinct has kicked in, and last weekend, while cleaning out our basement, I came across our old mediocre infant tub, that was all dirty and worn. I added infant tub to my list of must haves for our new bundle of joy.

Boy was I surprised how the infant tub has changed! There are Spa Tubs, Euro Tubs, Foam Tubs, etc etc. The tub that caught my eye as the Tub of all Tubs is The Cleanwater Infant Tub by 4Moms. Their slogan is “if you spent a day in diapers, you’d want one too.” Brilliant!

The Cleanwater Infant Tub comes equip with a built in thermometer, rinse cup and clean water reservoir. There is hole in the side of the tub, so that cold, dirty water can drain out, while clean and perfectly warm water can flow in.

The tub is suitable for up to 25 lbs or babies up to 6 months old. Once a baby can sit up, this tub has run its course. It fits in single and double basin sinks.

We had Susan from Baby Bodyguards, try it out with her 3 month old, and she said it was “so cool and easy to use” , she really liked the built in thermometer feature.

The Cleanwater Infant Tub is available at stores like  Babies R Us, Target, as well as smaller specialty stores. You can enter your zip code on the site and it will tell you the store nearest you. The tub retails for about $40.

The Child Safety Seat and the NYC Taxi

I received an email last night from a past client who was expecting some relatives coming into town with a new infant. She wanted to know our thoughts on whether a car seat is necessary in a taxicab. It is actually a question we get asked a lot, because the law in NY reads as this:

Drivers of yellow medallion taxicabs and for-hire vehicles and their passengers, are exempt from laws regarding car seats and seatbelts.  Keep in mind, the TLC encourages everyone in the vehicle to buckle their seatbelts while riding in a cab.  There are no Taxi and Limousine Commission rules regarding this, as it is a State exemption. Passengers with children are encouraged to bring their own car seats, which the drivers must allow passengers to install.
*NOTE – Children under the age of seven are permitted to sit on an adult’s lap.

Baby Bodyguards strongly encourages parents to always have their child in an age appropriate safety seat while riding in a vehicle.

According to Time Out New York Kids, some NYC parent favorites for portability and convenience are ,  the Graco SnugRide because; it can be secured in a taxi without the use of its snap-in car seat base. NYC parents also favor the Triple Play Sit ’n’ Stroll, which has wheels that let you convert the car seat to a stroller. If you need to travel lighter, try the foward-facing Eddie Bauer Portable Car Seat; it weighs just four pounds and can be used with children older than one year weighing more than 22 pounds.

For parents that don’t own a car, it is still important to know the correct way to install a child safety seat. Baby Bodyguards can let you use one of our cars while we give you the lesson.

7 Foods to Avoid for a Healthier You

A few weeks ago my husband forwarded me a great article from Food Consumer.  It had experts weigh in on certain foods to avoid, with some pretty provoking reasons. It has changed the way we have been eating in 2010, so I thought I would share.

Here is the list:

Canned Tomatoes –
The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Acidity — a prominent characteristic of tomatoes — causes BPA to leach into your food.

Baby Bodyguards Solution-We have switched to boxed tomatoes. Trader Joes, makes a great product

Corn-Fed Beef
The expert: Joel Salatin, co-owner of Polyface Farms and author of books on sustainable farming
Cattle were designed to eat grass, not grains. But farmers today feed their animals corn and soybeans, which fatten up the animals faster for slaughter. A recent comprehensive study found that compared with corn-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in beta-carotene,

Baby Bodyguards Solution-We have switched to grass-fed beef. I have to admit, it tasted very different. I don’t know if it is my pregnancy hormones that are increasing my sensitivity to the taste. Grass-fed beef goes great in this Shepherds Pie recipe.

Microwave Popcorn-

The expert: Olga Naidenko, PhD, a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group

Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize — and migrate into your popcorn.

Baby Bodyguards Solution – We have switched to air popped. It is not as convenient as the microwave, but just as tasty

Non-organic Potatoes-

The expert: Jeffrey Moyer, chair of the National Organic Standards Board

Root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that wind up in soil. In the case of potatoes they’re treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting. After they’re dug up, the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting.

Baby Bodyguards Solution-We have switched to organic potatoes sold at our local farmers market. For information about Farmers markets by you visit http://www.nyfarmersmarket.com/

Farmed Salmon-
The expert: David Carpenter, MD, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany

Nature didn’t intend for salmon to be crammed into pens and fed soy, poultry litter, and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. As a result, farmed salmon is lower in vitamin D and higher in contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT.

Baby Bodyguards Solution-we have switched to Atlantic Wild Salmon. Fresh Direct, sells a great product.

Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones-

The expert: Rick North, project director of the Campaign for Safe Food at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility

Milk producers treat their dairy cattle with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST, as it is also known) to boost milk production. But rBGH also increases udder infections and even pus in the milk. It also leads to higher levels of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor in milk. In people, high levels of IGF-1 may contribute to breast, prostate, and colon cancers.

Baby Bodyguards Solution- We had already been drinking hormone free milk. Most milk says in small print “our cows are not treated with rBST”

Conventional Apples-

The expert: Mark Kastel, codirector of the Cornucopia Institute

If fall fruits held a “most doused in pesticides contest,” apples would win. And increasing numbers of studies are starting to link a higher body burden of pesticides with Parkinson’s disease.

Baby Bodyguards Solution-We have switched to organic apples not treated with pesticides. It costs about $1 more a pound, but is not worth  the risk.

Happy 2010 From The Baby Bodyguard's Family!

I hope all of you had a wonderful and safe holiday season with your families. We at Baby Bodyguards wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your continued support and shared passion for protecting the little ones in our lives.

We are thankful for all the wonderful families and adorable babies we have gotten to meet in 2009. We are also thankful and anxiously awaiting the arrival of our first baby girl due the end of April.

May 2010 bring all of us joy, good health , and success…

Cheers,

Courtney Ilarraza, and the rest of our team