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Category Archives: Safety

Sun safety: look out for sunscreen ingredients, and cover up!

baby sunscreen

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released their ninth annual sunscreen guide, and the news isn’t good: Spray sunscreens can be inhaled, and they don’t cover skin completely. SPF values above 50+try to trick you into believing they’ll prevent sun damage. Don’t trust them. SPF protection tops out at 30 to 50. Oxybenzone can disrupt the hormone system.* Retinyl palmitate may trigger damage, ... Read More »

Is your child ready for a booster seat?

clek oobr booster seat

The transition from a car seat with a harness to a big-kid booster seat is a momentous one, and there are a few important factors to remember before you make the switch. Obviously, you’ll want to make sure the seat fits in your car (we can help you with that!), and that your child fits the height and weight requirements, ... Read More »

Magalog Flashback: Baby Proofing 101


What do you get when you combine a catalog with a magazine? Our magalog, Surprises, is your guide to the best of our baby gear selection and the top toys of the season. But there’s more: each issue of Surprises is loaded with informative articles about babies and kids, and common-sense advice that you can use. Just in case you ... Read More »

Bike helmets: a no-brainer

I don’t usually get preachy here, but this is important, so bear with me a for a minute. Last week, my friend stopped by to take the kids out for a bike ride – his son is close friends with my oldest daughter. I was appalled to see that, while his son was outfitted in a helmet, my friend was ... Read More »

What’s really up with the metoo seat?

On Friday, late in the afternoon, I saw a news release from the CPSC that was unlike anything I’d ever seen before. Even the headline was unusual: “Consumers Urged To Stop Using phil&teds USA Clip-on Chairs Due To Serious Dangers Posed To Children.” What was this? A recall? A warning? Were ALL metoo chairs affected by this? But the headline ... Read More »

phil&teds recalls Sport V2 and Classic V1 buggies

This week, phil&teds announced a voluntary recall-to-repair of their Sport V2 and Classic V1 strollers. The hinges can pose an amputation and laceration hazard if fingertips are inserted while the stroller is folding or unfolding. The phrase “amputation hazard” is chilling, but if you can just keep your fingers away from the stroller’s hinges during opening and closing, you’ll be ... Read More »

Belgian foam playmat ban – should you be worried?

Yesterday, Belgium announced  a new ban on foam puzzle mats, due to the presence of formamides, a type of chemical used to soften the foam for the mats. These chemicals are byproducts of the manufacturing process and residues can be left behind on the foam. For a country to immediately outlaw the sale of a product indicates a fairly serious ... Read More »

Nap Nanny Recall

In my recap of the ABC Spring Show in Louisville this past May, I mentioned the Nap Nanny, a baby recliner that has been getting a lot of buzz lately. Today, the Nap Nanny was recalled because a 4-month old baby suffocated when she was strapped into a Nap Nanny that had been put into a crib. The baby rolled ... Read More »

Step 2 Recall – Push Around Buggy and Whisper Ride Buggy

Step 2 has just recalled 2.5 million Push Around Buggy and Whisper Ride Buggy ride-ons. This is a recall to repair, which means that Step 2 has devised a solution that will eliminate the safety hazard, and they will send parents a repair kit at no charge. What’s the problem? The yellow pin that holds the parent handle in place ... Read More »