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Happy New Year, 2013!!

2012 has been a whirlwind year: lots of highs and lows, a 50 Shades of Grey inspired baby boom, an election, a potential apocalypse, and right at the end there, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West sneaking in an announcement of their pregnancy. Overall, 2012 has been a life-changing year for me; especially if you have recently welcomed a baby into the world, or are preparing for a baby, I’m sure saying the same is an understatement.

With any new year, there is always a time to make resolutions, reflect on oneself, start over, refresh, get inspired, and do good.

Here’s hoping for a year full of prosperity, happiness, health, and love. Wishing you all nothing but the best in 2013!

Happy New Year! Talk to you in 2013! ;)

Retailers Agree to Stop Sale and Recall Nap Nanny Recliners

One of the Nap Nanny models voluntarily recalled.
One of the Nap Nanny models voluntarily recalled.

December 27, 2012.  Though Nap Nanny has been reluctant to issue a voluntary recall, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission along with four major retailers have issued their own voluntary recall of all Nap Nanny models.

The Nap Nanny is a portable foam infant recliner meant to hold baby while sleeping/resting. The CPSC reports that they are “warning parents and caregivers that these baby recliners contain defects in the design, warnings and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury and death to infants. This recall includes the Nap Nanny Generations One and Two, and the Chill™ model infant recliners.”

The Nap Nanny has been under constant pressure after the first voluntary recall in 2010 to improve their product, in which they did. Recently however, Nap Nanny has refused the CPSC’s request to issue another voluntary recall in the wake of five infant deaths linked to the use of their product. Therefore, the CPSC has taken legal action against Nap Nanny, and has now worked with four major retailers (Toys“R”Us/Babies“R”Us, Diapers.com, Buy Buy Baby, and Amazon) to halt sales of the Nap Nanny. BabyEarth has also stopped carrying Nap Nanny recliners.

Consumers of the Nap Nanny should immediately discontinue use. As it is still unofficial, there is no remedy at this time. For more information on the recall, visit CPSC.

Falls Creek Kids Infant/Toddler Jeans Recalled: A Choking Hazard

One of the few Falls Creek Kids jeans recalled.
One of the few Falls Creek Kids jeans recalled.

December 27, 2012.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Falls Creek Kids, has issued a recall of nearly 140,500 infant/toddler denim jeans.

The co-ed  infant/toddler jeans were sold exclusively at Meijer and H.E.B. stores from June to November 2012. According to the CPSC, the jeans pose a hazard as the snap can become loose and fall off, posing a potential threat should it be ingested. There have been zero reported incidents.

The CSPC describes the recalled jeans as follows:

“Falls Creek Kids infant and toddler, boys and girls, denim jeans were sold in sizes 12M-5T. “Falls Creek Kids” is printed on a tag sewn on the inside back of the waistband. The jeans are denim with or without a pink star or heart graphic design stitched on the outside front and back of the jeans. The jeans also were sold with cargo style pockets. There is label on the inside of the recalled jeans near the front left pocket that includes the date of production: 04/2012 and production location: Zhangjiagang, China. Falls Creek Kids infant jeans with production code 4/2012 in sizes 0-3 mos, 3-6 mos or 6-9 mos. printed on a label on the inside of the back waistband are not included in the recall.”

Children should immediately stop wearing these jeans and consumers should bring the garment to a local Meijer/H.E.B store for a full refund. To contact Meijer, call toll-free at (800) 927-8699 at anytime or go online at www.meijer.com and click on product recalls.

For more information on the recalled product, visit CPSC.

Merry Christmas from BabyEarth Grow!

Wishing you all a wonderful day with your family and loved ones. Take lots of pictures, give lots of hugs, and enjoy this time with the people who matter most in your life!

Merry Christmas!

 

Family Christmas Traditions: How Young is Too Young to Start One?

As I gear up to head home for the holidays, I can’t help but think of all the wonderful traditions that my family has participated in, both immediate and extended, that have truly shaped the way I perceive this time of year. Even now that my childhood days are long gone, I still see all of the magic that vividly surrounded me as a young’n. As we grow old, and especially as we watch new ones come into the world, this time of year is simply magic. But the question as to when to start a new tradition is always iffy – how young is too young? Will they even remember? Is it worth the hassle?

In a single word: YES!

Granted, this is just my opinion, but allow me to back up my answer… I dearly cherish the traditions that my family has partaken in since I can remember (though as to how far back, I’ll never know). Those memories my family and I have built over the years is irreplaceable, and they all started when I was a baby.

I’m sure I am going to get some heat for this, but in my household, it would not TRULY be Christmas Eve if my ENTIRE family did not partake in singing “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. Everyone in my family hates doing it, and with how terribly out-of-pitch we all are, it’s actually amazing neighbors have not requested us to stop this pastime years ago. And yet, we get out these old musty posters (with lyrics on the back-no less) and sing that song. Every year. Without fail. And I love that.

Another tradition in my family, aside from cinnamon rolls for breakfast – I mean, honestly, what says Christmas breakfast more than a gooey cinnamon roll with extra cream cheese frosting? – is that my dad creates these elaborately large Christmas cards each year that are unbelievably detailed and amazing to look at. It is a highly anticipated event when he debuts these works of art each year, and it would truly not be Christmas without all of us sitting down around him in the living room, eagerly awaiting its first appearance.

Now, okay, yes, these are old traditions, and maybe all of those weren’t always around for my first Christmas, but that is the beauty in starting traditions! You can mold and shape them as you go. If you think it will make your holiday a little brighter to start a new tradition of buying the entire family matching holiday pajamas, then do it! Your babies may not remember their first Christmas, but when they are older and looking back on old pictures, they will smile and “remember”. And really, isn’t that what it’s all about?

Now, in terms of the tradition you want to start as a new family, that’s up to you. We’ve covered the ‘Elf on the Shelf’ Christmas tradition, the up and coming tale that has taken the nation by storm, or at least that’s what I have gathered from countless hours spent on Pinterest. There is also the ever-classic baking of holiday goodies, the Secret Santa exchange, the opening of presents on Christmas Eve as opposed to Christmas Day, and there are traditions that may not be so run-of-the-mill (like my family’s Men’s Grab Bag gift exchange – yikes). However, those traditions, no matter how small or silly, will wind up making this time of year so special for you and your little ones.

Whatever you and your partner decide, don’t let age hinder when you’d like to start!

What traditions do you and your family partake in? What traditions do you think you will add in for your little ones?

The Final Elf Sighting: December 21st

As this is the last day in the office for many of us who are looking forward to some quality time with family and friends for the upcoming holiday, we braced ourselves to find Beartha one last time before she officially heads back up to the North Pole for the year. Low and behold, Beartha decided to go out with a leap. She bungee jumped with Christmas lights off of some of our cubicles!

And even left us a little note! :)

We’ll miss her. I guess we’ll find out if we made the naughty or nice list pretty soon… (fingers crossed).

From all of us at BabyEarth, Happy Holidays! Enjoy time with your family and snap lots of photos to always remember  these precious moments.

Spider-Man Snags President Obama at the White House

This photo posted on Barack Obama’s Facebook page has been liked and shared like wildfire across the Internet within the last 24 hours – and understandably so. We all need a bit of comedic relief after this past week, and this definitely put a smile on my face. According to Yahoo, the miniature Spider-Man is believed to be a son of a White House staff member.

Spider-man issues a sneak attack on President Obama. Pete Souza/The White House. Photo originally shared via Barack Obama’s Facebook page.
Spider-man issues a sneak attack on President Obama. Pete Souza/The White House. Photo originally shared via Barack Obama’s Facebook page.

All politics aside, you have to respect a man who will play along with the ill wills of an imaginative tyke superhero . From the looks of it, this little Spider-Man has mean accuracy!

Sassy & Carter’s ‘Hug N’ Tug’ Baby Toys Recalled: A Choking Hazard

The Sassy Hug N’ Tug Monkey model – one of the three recalled baby toys.
The Sassy Hug N’ Tug Monkey model – one of the three recalled baby toys.

December 20, 2012.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Sassy Inc., has issued a recall of nearly 45,300 baby toys.

The recalled Sassy and Carter products were sold online as well as through mass retailers nationwide. They are partially stuffed animals with a clear plastic rattle middle that is about 12 inches in length.  The specific recalled toys include: Sassy Hug N’ Tug Monkey (model #80214), Sassy Hug N’ Tug Puppy (model #80123), and Carter’s Hug N’ Tug Monkey (model #’s 61083 and 61540).

According to the CPSC, the toys pose a hazard as the tiny balls within the plastic sphere casing can fall out, posing a choking hazard if swallowed. There have been 12 reported incidents with Sassy-branded products in which the rattle beads have broken free from the plastic casing. There has not been any reported incidents with the Carter product to date.

Consumers should immediately take these toys away and should contact Sassy for a free replacement toy. Call Sassy toll-free at (800) 323-6336 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday-Friday or go online at www.sassybaby.com and click on Product Recall Information located in the bottom right corner.

For more information on the recalled products, visit CPSC.

Elf Sighting: December 20th

We were searching all over for Beartha this morning and could not find her. It wasn’t until we opened the fridge and found her all bundled up with the disappearing chocolates from yesterday!

Apparently she has a sweet tooth and is missing the cold from home. Unfortunately for us, she’ll be reunited with the brisk cold sooner rather than later; tomorrow is our last day in the office before spending time with our families for the holidays!

Baby Temperature Range: What’s Normal?

There are few things scarier for a parent than helplessly watching their baby fall ill.

As much as you research, you may never feel fully prepared for when baby comes home, especially when your little one seems to be a little warmer than usual and/or appear under the weather. Because babies cannot regulate their own body temperature, it is important that their temperature is monitored regularly for the first several months of their life to ensure their safety.

As most of us know, the average human body temperature is 98.6° Fahrenheit or 37° Celsius, and this includes infants as well. Nonetheless, everyone is different and internal temperature can vary based on the time of day, activity, and age of the person.  According to the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), “Infants tend to have higher temperatures than older children, and everyone’s temperature is highest between late afternoon and early evening and lowest between midnight and early morning.”

In terms of a typical range for baby, as outlined by the AAP, anywhere between 97.5° F (36.4° C) and 99.5° F (37.5° C) is totally normal. A temperature reading of 100.4° F (38° C) is considered to be the beginning of a fever and should typically be accompanied by other symptoms. If a temperature reading exceeds this, depending on the severity, consult your physician immediately. Important to note: If an infant is under the age of six months, any fever can be cause for concern; if older, usually the fever can be treated at home.

It is important to remember that a fever is not a form of illness. In fact, a fever is typically brought on by the body fighting off an infection or as a result of an immunization. Because a fever is generally caused by fighting off an infection, this can even be taken as a good sign of baby’s developing immune system (depending on the age). Nevertheless, we all know that having a fever is uncomfortable, and watching your baby battle a fever can be scary to deal with.

There are many ways to accurately read a baby’s temperature: rectally, orally, axillary (under the armpit), temporal (forehead) and via the ear. If your child is under the age of three, it is recommended to take their temperature rectally as this is typically the most accurate. The AAP strongly encourages the use of digital thermometers as the use of mercury thermometers can be dangerous if broken.

Did you know? Simply feeling for a warm forehead may not tell you whether or not your child has a fever. Any one of these factors can also indicate that your infant might have a fever: overly thirsty, lethargic, poor appetite, poor sleeping, or a seizure (febrile convulsion or “fit”).

To help offset the fever, depending on the severity, lessen the layers of clothing or remove some of the bedding so that your child can cool off gradually. It is not recommended to immediately place baby in a cold bath as babies do not regulate temperature as well as adults do. A lukewarm bath or sponging with tepid water will assist in cooling baby off gradually and will prevent him/her from getting too cold too quickly. It is also encouraged to ensure your baby is drinking a lot of liquids and kept in a cool room, out of the sun. If the fever is high, an oral acetaminophen or ibuprofen is usually okay to give them – but be sure to consult your physician first. According to Birth.com, if the fever reaches 102.2° F (39° C) or above, immediately give them medicine and seek urgent medical care as a temperature this high makes baby prone to seizure (febrile convulsion).

For an intricate breakdown of what each temperature reading indicates, click here.