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Stroller Savvy

Baby Girl in Stroller

For many families, a stroller is a primary form of transportation. For other, it's just plain handy to have. Either way, it's a good idea to consider what you need in a stroller before buying one.

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New Warnings on Laundry Detergent Packs and Dishwasher Tabs

Monday March 31, 2014
CPSC.gov.

CPSC has issued another warning about those single-use detergent packets you may have in your laundry room or under your kitchen sink. The group issued another detergent pack warning in 2013 after an infant died when he ingested a laundry detergent packet.

The bright colors and liquid interiors of these detergent tabs can be very appealing to babies and toddlers. These items look a lot like candy, or even a liquid-filled teether. But the skins of the detergent packs are made to dissolve with just a small amount of water, so they're likely to come open quickly if a child tastes, bites or handles the packet with damp hands. Babies and toddlers are at risk of swallowing the toxic chemicals, and also from skin or eye injuries if they come in contact with it.

Most of us don't have the luxury of not doing laundry or dishes, so what's a parent to do? I have some suggestions for keeping your little one safe, as well as the scoop on how manufacturers are helping make these products less attractive and less accessible to children.

Could Your Antique Toy Chest Be Deadly?

Monday March 31, 2014

Lots of modern parents keep an eagle eye on kid-related recalls. After all, we want to know that the products we buy for our precious youngsters are safe. If you've been saving an older toy chest or antique hop chest for a future generation, though, you may have missed a huge danger to your child. Toy chests, storage chests, cedar trunks, hope chests, and other storage furniture are the subject of a recent warning from CPSC. Some of these chests and trunks may have been recalled in years past, and some may have been made in the early 1900s and stored for years before being handed down to kids or grandkids.

If you own a toy chest, hope chest, or any type of storage chest, you should take a look at my new article, "Antique Toy Chests May Pose Danger to Kids," and take steps to remove any hazards in your home. Enjoying a treasured family heirloom is fine, and can be safe, but you'll need to make sure the latches and lid supports meet current safety standards.

What's New With Your Stroller?

Monday March 31, 2014

Well, nothing. At least not yet! But in 2015, you'll see some changes coming to the strollers sold in the U.S. That's because CPSC has just approved a new set of federal safety standards for strollers. These standards address many of the problems we've seen in recent years that resulted in stroller recalls. Remember the stroller hinge finger amputations? The parking brake failures? The potential entrapment? The broken wheels? The new standards cover all of these things, so your baby should be safer on the stroll than ever before.

Vera Bradley Toy Recall

Wednesday March 26, 2014
CPSC.gov.

About 98,000 Vera Bradley bear ring rattles and bunny stuffed toys are recalled because small pieces can detach, posing a choking hazard. Two incidents where a pom-pom detached have been reported, but no injuries have been reported.

The following models are included in the recall: Lola Bunny 007590013357145, Lillie Bell Bunny 0000630012803140, Tutti Frutti Bunny 0000630012803142, and Lola Bear Ring Rattle 007590013234135. The Vera Bradley brand name and model number are on a tag attached to the toy.

If you own one of these recalled toys, you should put it out of reach of children. Call Vera Bradley at 888-855-8372 for return and refund information.

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