Posts Tagged ‘ baby safety ’

Graco Recalls Over 1.9 Million Harness Buckles on Car Seats

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

car-seat-recallGraco has issued a recall for over 1.9 million harness buckles on certain infant and toddler car seats manufactured between July 2010 and May 2013, after consumers complained they were tough to open. Among the various models affected are Snug Ride, Snug Ride 30, Snug Ride 35, Argos 70, My Ride 65 and My Ride 70. (Check out the full list of infant and toddler car seats affected.)

To find out if your buckle is being recalled, visit GracoBuckleRecall.com and enter the model and date of manufacture. You can find that info on the white label on the bottom or back of the car seat. If your car seat is on the list — or you just want to upgrade your buckle to the updated, easier-to-open design — fill out the online order form and Graco will send you a free replacement kit. According to the company, your current car seat is perfectly safe to use while you’re waiting for the replacement buckle to come in. In fact, to help make it easier to operate in the interim, Graco recommends giving the buckle a thorough cleaning.

For more information, visit GracoBuckleRecall.com or contact customer service by calling 877-766-7470 or emailing blog@gracobaby.com.

Tell us: How often (if ever) do you clean your child’s car seat?

Avoid a Car-Seat Mistake
Avoid a Car-Seat Mistake
Avoid a Car-Seat Mistake

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Image of baby in a car seat courtesy of Shutterstock 

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Believe It or Not, Dry Drowning Can Happen

Friday, June 27th, 2014

dry-drowningsWater safety is something we parents take pretty seriously: We hang on to our babies in the pool (and teach them survival techniques) and watch our older ones like a hawk, even if they already know how to swim. After all, drownings are common — they’re the number-one cause of death in children under 5 — and they can happen in the blink of an eye.

But drowning after leaving the water? That’s a new one on me. Thankfully, though, it’s something Tiffany Eidson was wise to last week when she noticed her two-year-old daughter choking in her sleep; she also spotted water coming out of the girl’s nose and mouth. Eidson had just watched a news segment on “secondary drowning” and realized that her daughter was experiencing those very symptoms, even though it had been hours since she was in the pool of the Kansas City, Mo., hotel where they were staying. Eidson rushed the little girl to a nearby hospital, where doctors were able to resuscitate her, according to USA Today.

Though very rare, so-called “dry” drownings occur when a small amount of water pools in the lungs and causes spasms that can close the airway, according to the World Health Organization. Drowning can occur up to 24 hours after leaving the water, and the big symptoms to look for are difficulty breathing and extreme fatigue. Bottom line: If you suspect your child has any of these symptoms, take him immediately to the ER. The sooner you get help, the better the chances of survival.

Tell us: Have you brought your baby into the water yet? Are you considering signing up for an infant swimming class?

How to Introduce Your Baby to the Water
How to Introduce Your Baby to the Water
How to Introduce Your Baby to the Water

Is all that ear tugging a sign of swimmer’s ear or an infection? Get the facts — and peace of mind — with our Baby Symptom Checker. And keep up with the latest baby news by liking All About Babies on Facebook!

Image of baby swimming courtesy of Shutterstock

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Is It Time to Teach Your Baby How to Swim?

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

infant-survival-swimmingIf you’re anything like me, you’re taking great pains to make sure your baby’s world is all BPA-free bottles, five-strap harnesses and rounded, padded corners. So small wonder that my stomach lurched a bit when I read an article in the New York Times Magazine about an unusual swimming program that involves — gulp — carefully dropping an infant under water.

Created in 1966 by Harvey Barnett, then an 18-year-old lifeguard, “self-rescue” teaches infants and children lifesaving skills, like how to hold their breath underwater, kick their feet, and float on their back. Learning these things “gives the baby the best possible chance” of survival, he told the Times.

While it’s not your average baby swim class, which usually works up to going under water, Barnett’s program has caught on with parents. Almost 300,000 children under 4 have already learned his self-rescue skills, and more than 800 kids have been saved as a result.

Is it tough for a parent to watch? I can’t even imagine. But are child swim classes like these worthwhile? Without a doubt. Accidents happen, even when gates are in place and adults are around, and the consequences can be fatal: According to the CDC, every day two children aged 14 or younger die from unintentional drowning. Making sure your kid can survive an accidental fall in a pool, hot tub, or other body of water isn’t just smart, it’s also the responsible thing to do.

Tell us: Have you taken your baby swimming yet?

How to Introduce Your Baby to the Water
How to Introduce Your Baby to the Water
How to Introduce Your Baby to the Water

Planning to hit the beach this summer? You can take our quiz to find out if your vacation is child-friendly. And stay up-to-date on all the latest baby news by liking All About Babies on Facebook!

Image of baby swimming courtesy of Shutterstock

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What?!? See What This Bride Did With Her Baby!!!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

One bride took baby wearing to an extremely controversial extreme—and dragged her newborn baby behind her on her train! Shona Carter-Brooks of Jackson, Tennessee, secured her one-month-old daughter Aubrey into the ruffles of her Vera Wang wedding dress for her walk down the aisle. (No word on when during the festivities the baby was finally removed from her spot as a “something new” bridal accessory!)

While the couple’s friends and family have jumped onto Facebook to support their decision to trail their baby behind them in the ceremony, others have called for Child Protective Services to become involved—and I can’t say I blame them. While Shona’s baby should definitely have been part of the festivities, placing her on the train puts her in harm’s way—all it would take is someone to trip or stumble, and poor Aubrey would have been stepped on and seriously hurt. (And based on the number of footprints on my bridal dress train, it was happening a LOT at my wedding.) It would have been much easier (and safer) for Shona to just carry her daughter in her arms, have a friend or family member carry her in a moses basket or in their arms during the processional, or even put her in a cute baby carriage to push down the aisle. (I used to work at a bridal magazine, and I’ve seen all of these as perfectly lovely options for including a baby in the wedding ceremony.)

Tell us: If your children were at your wedding ceremony, how did you include them in the festivities? Would you ever consider something as extreme as carrying your baby in your bridal train?

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Baby Care Basics: Baby Accidents
Baby Care Basics: Baby Accidents
Baby Care Basics: Baby Accidents

Image: Facebook: Mrs.Brooks2013 / Via dailymail.co.uk

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Amazing Story: How Facebook Rescued a Newborn!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

You know Facebook is fabulous for sharing all those adorable shots of your baby with your friends and family—but just this week, the social media site was credited with helping bring a kidnapped newborn back to her parents, according to CNN.

New mom Mélissa McMahon handed her daughter Victoria over to a woman who looked and acted like a nurse—but the woman wasn’t. And the fake nurse fled the hospital in Quebec with McMahon’s baby. Fortunately, the hospital quickly discovered what happened, and several other patients were able to give descriptions of the woman. Security cameras caught an image of her with baby Victoria, along with her red Toyota Yaris leaving the hospital lot. The Amber Alert blast with the image of the woman and her make and model of car quickly caught fire on Facebook, where it drew the attention of Charlène Plante—who recognized the woman as her former neighbor. She and a few friends drove past the house, discovered her former neighbor was home, and alerted police. Within moments, the police were there, and baby Victoria was on her way back to the hospital and her frantic parents.

Two great takeaways from this story: Even though most hospitals have security measures in place to prevent these tragic situations, you may want to double check the ID badges and credentials, especially if someone’s planning to take your baby out of your sight. And you should always check out (and share) those Amber Alerts on Facebook. You never know when you might be able to help bring a child home!

Tell us: Do you always check out Amber Alerts on Facebook? How cautious were you when you were in the hospital?

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Babyproofing Your Home: Nursery
Babyproofing Your Home: Nursery
Babyproofing Your Home: Nursery

Image: Newborn baby’s hand by Igor Stepovik/Shutterstock.com

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