Parents use a variety of methods to clean a baby’s pacifier: rinsing it in tap water, boiling it, or putting it in their own mouth and sucking on it before giving it back to the baby. According to a new study, parents who “clean” their child’s pacifier by sucking on it can also protect their infant from developing allergies. The study, “Pacifier Cleaning Practices and Risk of Allergy Development,” in the June 2013 issue of Pediatrics (published online May 6), examined 184 infants at 18 and 36 months of age for clinical allergy symptoms and sensitization to food and airborne allergens.
Researchers found that children whose parents sucked on their pacifiers to clean them had one-third the risk of developing eczema (the most common early manifestation of allergy), at 18 months of age, compared to children whose parents did not use this cleaning practice. Development of eczema up to 36 months of age was significantly lower in children whose parents sucked on their pacifiers during the first 6 months of life. Additionally, infants who were vaginally delivered and experienced parental pacifier sucking also had a reduced incidence of eczema at 18 months of age. Study authors conclude that early exposure to parental saliva may help stimulate the baby’s immune system, resulting in a reduced risk of allergy development.
Courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics
For over 20 years Sealy has been making crib mattresses so baby and parents can have a peaceful night of sleep. We take great pride in our crib mattresses made of the finest quality materials and workmanship right here in the USA, so naturally we are ecstatic over our Sealy crib mattresses winning the Women’s Choice Award.
The Women’s Choice Award is given to America’s best baby brands for being brands that moms would most highly recommend! Behind the Women’s Choice Award is the voice of female consumers who help each other identify businesses who deserve their loyalty and referrals. The Seal of Excellence symbolizes women who are helping women identify businesses that value the customer experience and appreciate the needs and preferences of their female consumers.
Now you can rest assured that when your baby is sleeping on a Sealy crib mattress, thousands of moms are giving you 2 thumbs up for giving your baby the best sleeping environment possible. The Women’s Choice Award is one more proof that baby sleeps best when on a Sealy crib mattress.
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The hands on the plush dolls can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
The Land of Nod at (800) 933-9904 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online atwww.landofnod.com and click on Safety Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.
This recall includes plush handmade baby dolls in five styles and colors. The all fabric dolls measure about 12 inches tall and 10 inches wide. The dolls are dressed in a one piece printed floral fabric outfit with a white lace trimmed hood over the head of the dolls.
|Product Name||Color||SKU Number||Item Number|
The SKU number is printed on a sewn-in label attached to the right leg of the doll and on a hang tag fastened to the right arm.
The firm has received one report of the doll hand detaching and three reports of the dolls hands loosening. No injuries have been reported.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled dolls away from the child and return the dolls to The Land of Nod for a full merchandise credit.
Sold exclusively at
The Land of Nod stores and online at www.landofnod.com from October 2012 to March 2013 for about $30.
The Land of Nod, of Morton Grove, Ill.
Radiant Exports, Noida, India
Courtesy of U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission
WHITE PLAINS, NY, APRIL 17, 2013 – Celebrities from music, film, television, and sports are lending their star power to bring attention to this year’s March for Babies, the March of Dimes premier fundraising event that will take place in 750 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in most communities at the end of April.
This is a special year because the March of Dimes is celebrating its 75th anniversary. From Frank Sinatra to Kelly Clarkson, major stars have always supported the Foundation’s work for stronger, healthier babies. Nearly 4 million babies are born each year in the United States and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through cutting-edge research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.
March for Babies has been held annually since 1970 and has raised a combined total of more than $2 billion to help all babies get a healthy start in life. The goal for this year’s event is to raise more than $109 million.
“The support the March of Dimes receives from every volunteer is invaluable, and celebrity support always has been a hallmark of our history,” says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “Today, millions of people, including celebrities, sports stars, community leaders and families of babies born prematurely help support the March of Dimes work for stronger, healthier babies. We hope everyone will participate in our signature fundraiser, March for Babies by visiting marchforbabies.org.”
Among those taking part in 2013 March for Babies:
In New York City, two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning of the New York Giants is serving as March for Babies Celebrity Chair for the Manhattan March for Babies taking place on Sunday, April 28 near Lincoln Center. March for Babies National Chair Bill Fitzgerald, Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Engines at GE Aviation, and Dr. Howse will join Manning to help kick off the walk’s opening ceremonies.
Internationally famed model Niki Taylor will help kick off March for Babies at Miami’s Tropical Park the morning of Saturday, April 27th. This is the second year Niki will return to her hometown community to volunteer and lend her voice in support of the walk for healthier babies. As a Mom of four, Niki is proud to bring her own family out to encourage fellow moms and supporters to join her and do all they can for stronger, healthier babies.
The Los Angeles March for Babies will take place on April 27th in Exposition Park and will be hosted by television personality Samantha Harris. She shares her inspiration and commitment to March of Dimes mission inthis video. International superstar Dayanara Torres will help welcome walkers at the event. She will be joined by friends and family who have formed a walk team in support of a premature baby in their lives. Fellow celebrity momLinda Cardellini will join in this year’s Los Angeles March for Babies.
To encourage everyone to sign up for March for Babies, racing driver Brian Vickers drove the FedEx #11 March of Dimes car on April 13 at the Texas Motor Speedway. Eight year-old 2013 March of Dimes National Ambassador Nina Centofanti, born nine weeks premature, got a special treat when she met the most successful woman in racing history, Danica Patrick. FedEx racing outfitted Nina with an official fire suit for pre-race activities to help promote March of Dimes 75th Anniversary and March for Babies. See more about the race on the March for Babies blog.
Nina and her family will help lead at two March for Babies events. The first will be with the GE Healthcare national team at the Milwaukee March for Babies on April 27th. The Centofanti family also will join United Airlines at the Chicago Lakefront Walk in Grant Park on April 28th. Learn more about our 2013 National Ambassador by watching Nina’s Story.
United Airlines is the Official Airline Sponsor of the March of Dimes National Ambassador Program. The 2013 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Farmers Insurance Group, Macy’s, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Famous Footwear, Actavis, Mission Pharmacal, and United Airlines.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.
Courtesy of March of Dimes
Specific elements of music have therapeutic qualities that may be beneficial to a growing premature infant. Recorded music has a fixed meter and decibel level, which cannot be adapted to meet the needs of a compromised infant the way live music can.
According to a study in the May 2013 issue of Pediatrics, “The Effects of Music Therapy on Vital Signs, Feeding, and Sleep in Premature Infants,” three different types of music therapy interventions— live ocean disc whoosh sounds, gato box rhythms, and parent’s sung lullabies—had a positive health effect on preemies. Researchers studied 272 infants in 11 hospital neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), and found that live music provided by a certified music therapist can increase a premature infant’s capacity to feed, sleep, and self-regulate, whereas noise can have a negative impact on growth and development.
Music therapy—in particular, the use of live, entrained (matched, in the moment with the infant’s breathing rate) breath and heart beat sounds, as well as parent-preferred lullabies can enhance a premature infant’s vitals and provide opportunities for bonding. Lullabies, especially the singing of ‘songs of kin’ (parent-selected, culturally relevant songs) also eases the stress and anxiety of mothers and fathers, enhancing ease and attachment through NICU stays.
Study authors determine that music therapy programs provide a valuable service to premature infants in the NICU. Parents should be encouraged to sing to their babies, providing a familiar and comforting voice, with a familiar theme, to help develop the emotional bond between the premature infant and parent.
Content courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging that consumers stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product:
Baby high chairs
The front opening between the tray and seat bottom of the high chair can allow a child’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck. This poses a strangulation hazard to young children when the child is not harnessed.
BabyHome USA Inc. toll-free at (888) 758-5712 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online atwww.babyhome.es and click on “Eat Recall” for more information.
This recall includes Eat model high chairs in red, black, green, purple, navy, orange, and brown. The model number BH2104 is located on a label on the back of the high chair. The word “babyhome” is printed on one leg of the chair and the word “eat” is printed on the opposite leg of the chair. The high chairs have a nylon fabric seat with a plastic tray and metal frame. The high chairs measure about 36 inches high and 24 inches wide. There is a printed white “babyhome” logo shaped like a backwards letter “h” on the seatback. The recalled high chairs have lot numbers: BH00301/01-2012, BH00303/07-2012, BH00304/09-2012 and BH00304/09-2012. The lot numbers are located on a sticker affixed to the bottom of the footrest.
Consumers should stop using the high chairs immediately and contact BabyHome USA to receive a free crotch restraint repair kit.
Juvenile product stores nationwide including USA Baby, Magic Beans and RC Willey and online at Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com and Diapers.com from March 2012 through February 2013 for about $150.
BabyHome USA, Inc., of Chester, N.J.
BabyHome SA., of Sabadell, Spain
Name of product:
Bugaboo Cameleon3 Strollers
The stroller’s carrying handle can break and detach posing a fall hazard.
Bugaboo Americas, at (800) 460-2922, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.bugaboo.com, and click on “Important Safety Announcements” at the bottom left of the page for more information.
In conjunction with Canada
About 9,200 in the U.S. and 960 in Canada
This recall involves the Bugaboo Cameleon3 strollers. The stroller has an aluminum and plastic frame with rubberized wheels, a removable seat and bassinet, a removable “U”-shaped carry handle, an under-the-seat storage bag and a sun canopy. The bassinet, seat and sun canopy come in a variety of colors. The removable carry handle is used to transport the bassinet or seat separately from the chassis. The words “Bugaboo” and “Cameleon3” appear on a fabric tag on the side of the sun canopy. Strollers included in the recall have serial numbers from 19010 11153 00001 to 19010 51248 00215. Serial numbers are printed on a horizontal bar of the stroller’s chassis beneath the seat.
Bugaboo has received 16 reports of carry handles breaking. No injuries have been reported.
Consumers should immediately remove the carry handle from the stroller’s bassinet or seat and contact Bugaboo for a free replacement handle. While awaiting the replacement handle, consumers can continue to use the seat or bassinet when attached to the chassis but should not attempt to use the seat or bassinet separate from the chassis.
Buy Buy Baby, Toys R Us and other baby product stores nationwide, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, online at Bugaboo.com and other online retailers from September 2012 to March 2013 for between $889 and $1,600.
Bugaboo Americas, of El Segundo, Calif.
Bugaboo International B.V., of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Courtesy of Consumer Product Safety Commission
Name of product:
Imaginarium Activity Walkers
The small bolt and spacer that attaches each front wheel to the walker can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Toys R Us at (800) 869-7787 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, or visit the firm’s website at www.toysrus.comand click on Safety Information and Recalls for more information.
The recalled Imaginarium Activity Walkers have a round wooden push handle on the top of a curved triangle-shaped wooden walker base with four wheels. There is a multi-colored metal xylophone with 2 triangle mallets, 1 multi-colored abacus and 1 scratch noise maker on the front of the walker. The walkers have multi-colored wooden, disc-shaped wheels. The walkers measure about 19 inches tall and about 13 inches wide. The recalled walkers have model number “Toys ‘R’ Us 5F5E972” printed on the bottom of the activity walkers. Barcode number “3700217300319” is printed on the bottom of the activity walker box.
Toys R Us has received five reports of the front wheels detaching. No injuries have been reported.
Consumers should stop using the recalled walker immediately, put it out of reach of young children and return it to a Toys R Us store for a full refund or store credit.
Sold exclusively at
Toys R Us stores nationwide and online at www.toysrus.com from August 2011 through January 2013 for about $30.
Toys R Us Inc., of Wayne, N.J.
Courtesy of CPSC.gov
Beginning Feb. 28, 2013, manufacturers and importers of infant and toddler play yards are required to test their play yards to ensure that they meet new federal safety standards.
Play yards are framed enclosures with a floor and mesh or fabric side panels. Most can be folded for storage or travel.
Play yards that meet the new safety standard must have:
- Side rails that do not form a sharp V when the product is folded. This prevents a child from strangling in the side rail.
- Stronger corner brackets to prevent sharp-edged cracks and to prevent a side-rail collapse.
- Sturdier mattress attachments to the play yard floor to prevent children from getting trapped or hurt.
The new play yard standard is one of many safety standards that CPSC has passed as part of the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, or what we call “Danny’s Law.” Danny Keysar was killed in Chicago in 1998 when a previously recalled play yard in which he was napping collapsed, suffocating him. This new play yard standard was completed in honor of Danny and his family.
In addition to the play yard safety standard, CPSC has issued mandatory safety standards for cribs, children’s bed rails, baby bath seats, baby walkers, infant swings and toddler beds.
CPSC staff is currently working on safety standards for bedside sleepers, hand-held infant carriers, bassinets, and bassinet attachments to play yards and will propose rules this year for strollers, soft infant carriers and infant slings.
If you use a play yard, keep it bare when you put your baby in it. Each year, CPSC receives reports of infant suffocation deaths. Some key causes of these deaths are the placement of pillows and thick quilts in a baby’s sleeping space and/or overcrowding in the space. Here’s more information from CPSC on how to put your baby to sleep safely.
Courtesy of Consumer Products Safety Commission
Purr-Fection Stuffed Animals with Flashlights Recalled by MJC Due to Laceration Hazard, Sold Exclusively at Cabela’s
Name of product:
Beamerzzz™ Stuffed Animals with LED Flashlight
LED flashlight wires can protrude through the stuffed toy, posing a laceration hazard.
Purr-Fection by MJC at (800) 359-0254 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at www.purr-fection.com and click on the orange product recall tab at the top of the page for more information.
The recalled Beamerzzz stuffed toys come with LED flashlights sewn into the left paw. The toys are 12 inches high and come in five animal types. The model number can be found on the hang tag on the left ear. Affected toys are marked with manufacturing code 111208-02 on the sewn in label located in the left rear portion of the toy. The recalled styles are:
|Baby Butter Cream Bear||1229FS|
|Baby Smoky Black Bear||1231FS|
|Baby Derby Elephant||1927FS|
One incident was reported involving a consumer who noticed an exposed wire. No injuries were reported.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Purr-Fection by MJC for a replacement toy.
Cabela’s stores and online at Cabelas.com from September 2012 through November 2012 for about $15.
Purr-Fection by MJC, Inc., of Tualatin, Ore.