Friday, August 28, 2009

Recall Alert-Roman Shades and Blinds

Several types of Roman shades and blinds have been recalled due to a strangulation hazard. For more information click on the links below.

1. Strangulation Deaths of Children Prompt Recall to Repair of Roll-Up Blinds and Roman Shades by Lewis Hyman Inc. <>

2. Near Strangulation Prompts Recall of Roman Blinds; Sold Exclusively at IKEA <>

3. Near Strangulation of Children Prompts Recall of Roman Shades; Sold Exclusively at Pottery Barn Kids <>

4. Risk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Victoria Classics Roman Shades; Sold Exclusively by Target Stores <>

5. Risk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Roller Shades by Lutron Shading Solutions <>

6. Strangulation Death of a Child Prompts Recall To Repair Window Blinds By Vertical Land <>

Monday, August 24, 2009

Should You Use Cloth Diapers?

Is cloth diapering becoming mainstream? It may be hard to believe, but many parents have switched to cloth. Even some celebrity moms like Julia Roberts and Maggie Gyllenhaal are toting cloth bottomed tots. These aren't your Grandma's cloth diapers. Gone are the days of pins and rubber pants. The new cloth diapers of today snap and velcro close. Pocket diapers and all-in-ones allow users to customize their absorbency, and they come in a variety of fun colors and prints.

So, have you ever thought about switching to cloth? Here are some of the facts you should consider.

Skin Care and Health Concerns:
A study done by a disposable diaper manufacturing company shows that the incidence of diaper rash increased from 7.1% to 61% with the increased use of throwaway disposable diapers. This could be due to the chemicals and dyes used in disposable diapers, among which is sodium polyacrylate (the absorbent gel) which has been linked to toxic shock syndrome, allergic reactions and is potentially lethal to pets. If you cut a diaper in half and look at what is inside the diaper you may be surprised to find the unnatural elements you are putting against your baby's most sensitive skin every day.

Since disposable diapers are more absorbent than cloth diapers, a child may be changed less often when they are in a disposable diaper (sidebar-babies who wear cloth diapers tend to potty train faster, since they can feel when they are wet). This can also lead to diaper rash, as the bacteria in the child's waste is sitting against their skin for long periods of time.

It is estimated that a diaper takes 500 years to decompose. It takes around 80,000 pounds of plastic and over 200,000 trees a year to manufacture the disposable diapers for American babies alone.

While some people argue that the water use and detergent run off of cloth diapers is just as harmful to the environment as disposables, the fact is the amount of water used per week to wash cloth diapers at home is about the same amount consumed by an adult flushing the toilet four to five times daily for a week. Also, when flushing solids from a cloth diaper down the toilet and washing the diapers in a washing machine, the contaminated, dirty water from both toilet and washing machine go into the sewer systems where they are properly treated at wastewater plants.

In today's economic climate many parents are choosing to switch to cloth in an effort to save money. It is estimated that parents spend anywhere from $50-80 a month on diapers. One child will go through an average of $2500 in disposable diapers. Cloth diapers average about $18 a diaper, and with many one-size diaper options out there, you may only need to buy 18 diapers to get you through your child's diapering days. The cost of laundering your cloth diapers comes to about $4 a week, when you factor in detergent, water and energy costs. So, if you purchase 18 cloth diapers and you diaper your child for 3 years your total comes to $948, a significant cost savings. Your savings are furthered if you use your diapers again for subsequent children. Also, cloth diapers have a great resale value, so when you are finished with your diapers you can sell them on a website like and get some of your money back.

Of course disposable diapers are more convenient than cloth, but with todays velcro and snap fastenings, cloth diapers are just as easy to put on and take off as disposables. If you're a little squeamish when it comes to poop, they now have cloth diapering accessories that make it even easier, like flushable liners you can lift out of the diaper and flush down the toilet, and diaper sprayers that rinse the mess into the toilet. And although you will be doing more laundry with cloth diapers, it is only about 2-3 loads a week, and unlike your normal wash, there is no folding and sorting involved, just toss it in the washer, the dryer and presto...clean diapers are ready for your baby's bum!

We at Nurture are so impressed with the cloth diapers of today, we have decided to carry an assortment of cloth diapers at our store. They are just coming in this week if you want to stop by and check them out. We will continue to educate you on cloth diapers and the various brands we carry over the next few posts. Stay tuned!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Recall Alert-Cloth Books by Sterling Publishing

Cloth Books Recalled by Sterling Publishing Co. Inc. Due to Strangulation Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: eebee’s “Have a Ball” Adventures Cloth Books

Units: About 15,000

Importer: Sterling Publishing Co. Inc, of New York, New York

Hazard: A string attaching a ball to the book can become entangled in the basketball hoop element, posing a strangulation hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves the eebee’s “Have a Ball” Adventure cloth book. This interactive activity book has a small cloth ball attached to a string which children use to complete activities in the book. The books are intended for children ages 9 to 36 months. ISBN 13:978-1-4027-5771-6 is located on a white tag attached to the book. Other eebee’s Adventures cloth books are not included in this recall.

Sold at: Book and toy stores nationwide and Internet retailers from June 2008 through June 2009 for about $15.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the book away from children, and return the product to the place of purchase for a refund.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Sterling Publishing Co. Inc. at (800) 367-9692 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Consumers can also email the firm

Friday, August 14, 2009

Recall Alert-Little Tikes Workshop Sets and Trucks

Little Tikes, of Hudson Ohio, has recalled 1.6 million workshop sets and trucks. The toys have oversized plastic toy nails that can pose a choking hazard to young children. The firm has received one report of an 11-month old boy from Goose Creek, S.C. who choked when the toy nail become forcefully lodged in his throat. The child was hospitalized and made a full recovery. The oversized, plastic toy nail is about 3 ¼ inches long by 1 ¼ inch in diameter and comes in red or blue colors. It has a large round head; about 1 ¼ inches below the head is a plastic ridge, slightly smaller than the nail head and about 1 inch in diameter. They were sold with a variety of Little Tikes Children’s products. The names, model numbers and UPC code of the products included in this recall are listed below:

Model #NamePicture
0914Electronic Project Workshop
UPC: 0-50743-00914-3
Picture of Electronic Project Workshop
0920/612237Little HandiWorker Workhorse
UPC 0-50743-10920-1
UPC 0-50743-61223-7
Picture of Little HandiWorker Workhorse
4146Home Improvements 2-Sided Workshop
UPC 0-50743-04146-4
Picture of Home Improvements 2-Sided Workshop
440ZSwirlin' Sawdust Workshop
UPC 0-50743-38540-7
Picture of Swirlin' Sawdust Workshop
4028Black Pickup Truck with Tools
UPC 0-50743-04028-3
Picture of Black Pickup Truck with Tools

These toys were sold at various websites and Toys R Us from March 1994 -June 2009. Consumers should immediately take the toy nails away from young children and contact the Little Tikes for a free replacement toy nail.

Consumer Contact: Little Tikes at (800) 791-2737 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET Saturday, or visit the firm’s Web site at

Monday, August 10, 2009

UPPAbaby Vista 2009

We just added the UPPAbaby Vista 2009 to our fabulous line up of strollers available at Nurture. We're very proud of our new addition!

Combining style and practically, the Vista takes performance and innovation to a whole new level. The bassinet and the seat both come with the Vista and are completely interchangeable, no fabric swapping necessary. The bassinet is fully lined with organic soybean fiber and cotton which doesn't irritate baby's skin. The large easy access storage basket and convenient cell phone pocket are receiving rave reviews from parents everywhere.

The Vista is so easy to use! Red/green attachment indicators let you know when you have attached the seat correctly. You will love the one step fold, with or with out the seat, making travel a breeze, and the one button telescopic handle height adjustment. The reversible seat has a 3 position seat angle adjustment. The 4-wheel shock absorbing suspension ensure a smooth ride and the high performance extra wide aluminum spoke wheels coated in rubber will never go flat. It's the perfect stroller for city sidewalks and jogging trails, yet it's sleek design allows you to easily maneuver the stroller through tight isles at your favorite store.

If your planning on expanding your family, the Vista is the perfect stroller for you. The 2009 Vista Rumble Seat will allow parents to add a toddler seat onto their 2009 UPPAbaby Vista so that they can then seat 2 children for amazing flexibility. (Parents can even push 3 around with the added UPPABaby Vista PiggyBack board!)

Included with your purchase of a 2009 Vista, is the convenient zip-in weather shield and mesh sunshade/bug cover, as well as a pop-out SPF 50 canopy extension with 30% more sun coverage, making the Vista an incredible value when compared to other high end strollers.

The UPPAbaby Vista 2009 is suitable from birth until 50 lbs. Come into the store to give it a test drive. We are certain that your going to love it!