Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Mommy and Me Classes Start Next Week

If you're a new Mom you may have noticed that there is an instant bond formed between you and other new Moms. The conversation flows endlessly, you learn from each other and support each other. Now throw a few more mommies and babies and a child development specialist in the mix and you have a party...or, as we like to call it "Mommy and Me."

Mommy & Me is an informal education support group for first time moms with infants 6 weeks to 18 months. Come meet other new moms and learn from each other and the facilitator. Various topics of your choice will be discussed, such as adjusting to parenthood, sleeping, feeding, and development. The groups will be facilitated by Joan (Joanie) Nolen. Joanie is a well known child development specialist and parenting educator currently working in center city Philadelphia. She has over 17 years of experience in the field of parent education. Joan is a former elementary and preschool teacher and the mother of three grown children.

Parenting can be extremely challenging and many parents find the transition and adjustment to their new role overwhelming. Parenting skills need to be learned. New parents need information and support to develop these skills. Research has shown how you respond to your child in the early years can influence how he or she interacts with their world throughout life. Children need a nurturing and stimulating environment. The goal of Mommy and Me is for you to feel more comfortable and secure in handling your child’s behavior and to teach you how to satisfy your own needs as well as your child’s so you can relax and enjoy each other.

We are offering two Mommy and Me classes. Adjusting to Parenthood is for infants 0-3 months old. It's a 6 week session starting this coming Tuesday, October 6th. Creepers and Crawlers is for infants 3-6 months. This is also a 6 week session and it starts next Friday, October 9th. For more information please see our website.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Alex's Lemonade Stand-Recap

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Alex's Lemonade Stand that was held at our store on Saturday. The stand raised $523 on lemonade sales alone. Not bad for a few hours! If you didn't get a chance to come by you can learn more about the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, and make your own donation here.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Alex's Lemonade Stand-THIS SATURDAY

Did you know September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month? Childhood Cancer remains the number one disease killer of children under the age of 15 in the United States. Over 12,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States alone. Of those diagnosed, an estimated 2,500 children will not survive, that is one child in the US dying from cancer every 3.5 hours. 36 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer every day in the United States, that is one new diagnosis every 40 minutes.

We will have an Alex's Lemonade Stand at our store, this Saturday, September 26th from 11am to 4 pm. Everyone who donates to the lemonade stand will receive a 20% off coupon to the store. At the end of the day we will donate 10% of our proceeds to the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. It's a great day to do some shopping, quench your thirst and help other children all at the same time.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Recall Alert-Clarks Shoes

Clarks® Children’s Shoes Recalled by C & J Clark America Due to Choking 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: Children’s Shoes

Units: About 2,000

Distributor: C & J Clark America Inc., d/b/a the Clarks Companies N.A., of Newton, Mass.

Hazard: Molded rubber pieces on the sole of the recalled shoes can detach, posing a choking hazard to infants and young children.

Incidents/Injuries: No incidents have been reported in the United States. In the United Kingdom there have been six reports of the rubber pieces detaching, including two reports of children mouthing the rubber piece. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Clarks® children’s shoes sold under the “crawlers” and “hazy daze” style names. The crawlers were sold in infant sizes 2 to 3 1/2; and the hazy daze in sizes 4 to 6 1/2. “Clarks” is printed on the sole underneath the heel and the words “Clarks First Shoes” is printed on a multi-colored label inside the shoe’s heel area. The following shoes are included in this recall.

PictureNameModel NumberDescription
Picture of Recalled Children's ShoeLittle Kyle Blue Crawler89823Blue with red and black trim
Picture of Recalled Children's ShoeLittle Kyle Tan Crawler89824Tan with blue and brown trim
Picture of Recalled Children's ShoeIndia Sparkle White Crawler88000White with light green trim and pink stitching
Picture of Recalled Children's ShoeKirstin Baby Pink Crawler88109Light pink with darker pink trim
Picture of Recalled Children's ShoeHazy Daze White Sandal88234White leather with cream and tan trim

Sold at: Clarks® retail stores nationwide from February 2009 through July 2009 for between $35 and $40.

Manufactured in: Vietnam

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the shoes away from children and return them to the nearest Clarks® store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact C & J Clark America at (800) 425-2757 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting


Friday, September 18, 2009

Fuzzi Bunz Cloth Diapers

As you may have heard in this post, or this post, we now carry Fuzzi Bunz cloth diapers. Fuzzi Bunz diapers were invented in 1999 by a Mother in response to her son's chronic diaper rash. Since then Fuzzi Bunz have become one of the most popular cloth diapering systems on the market. Sturdy snap closures, durability, no leaks and a variety of fun colors are some of the reasons parents love Fuzzi Bunz diapers.

At Nurture, we carry the one-size Fuzzi Bunz diaper (pictured here) in a variety of colors.

This diaper is one of the most adjustable diapers you will find, with 8 length settings and 4 waist settings. The diaper rise is customized to your baby through adjustable elastic, similar to what you find on some maternity pants.

The Fuzzi Bunz diaper is a pocket diaper. An absorbent insert is placed inside the fleece lined diaper cover. After the diaper is soiled the insert is removed from the diaper cover and both insert and cover are tossed into the wash.

The following video was pulled from the Fuzzi Bunz website and further details the Fuzzi Bunz product. Come into the store to learn more and check out our Fuziz Bunz selection.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Recall Alert-Children's Animal Masks and Pendants

Children’s Animal Masks and Pendants Recalled by Team Work Trading Due to Risk of Lead Exposure

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: Children’s Animal Masks and Pendants

Units: About 1,400 pieces

Manufacturer: Team Work Trading, of Los Angeles, Calif.

Hazard: The recalled children’s animal masks and pendants contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves a children’s animal mask and four styles of metal pendants. The mask resembles the face of a cat. The pendants have various animated symbols including a dog tag with fire symbol (Bleach), knife and lion symbol (Final Fantasy), Mickey Mouse symbol (Kingdom of Hearts), and a burning sun symbol (Naruto). The pendants were sold with silver-colored chains.

Sold at: Gift shop and modeling stores nationwide, and the Team Work Trading store from November 2008 through March 2009 for between $4 and $8.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumer should immediately stop using the recalled items and contact Team Work Trading for a refund or exchange.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Team Work Trading collect at (213) 680-4489 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Cloth Diapers 101

If we convinced you that you should use cloth diapers in our previous post, then you are probably curious about the various types of cloth diapers that are out there. Here is a breakdown, sure to broaden your cloth diaper vocabulary:

Prefolds (above) are the least expensive cloth diaper system on the market today. Chances are you own a set of Gerber prefolds and you are using them as burp cloths. Prefolds have multiple layers of absorbency, with the most absorbent layer in the middle. They are often referred to as 2x6x2's, 4x8x4's, etc. The numbers refer to the layers of absorbency. When putting a prefold on a baby you can either fold the diaper around the baby and pin it, or you can lay the prefold into a diaper cover like a Bummis Super Whisper Wrap, which Velcros or snaps close just like a disposable diaper. When the prefold becomes soiled you just toss the prefold into your diaper pail and as long as the cover is not dirty you can place a new prefold into the cover that was already on baby. Prefolds are inexpensive, but they are not the most absorbent or user friendly cloth diaper out there.

Pocket Diapers: A much more popular, and user friendly choice, pocket diapers have a layer of fleece sewn into the diaper cover and an opening in the back of the cover, so that the diaper can be stuffed with an absorbent layer. With velcro and snap closures, the diapers go on and off just like disposables. When a pocket diaper is soiled, both the cover and the absorbent layer must be washed. When your diapers come out of the dryer, stuff the absorbent layer into the pocket and your diapers are ready for use. Pocket diapers are more absorbent than prefolds and pretty easy to use, unfortunately they are also more expensive too.

All-in-Ones (AIO's): All-in-ones are the easiest cloth diaper to use. The absorbent layer is sewn right into the diaper cover, so there is no stuffing or folding. The diapers go on and off just like disposables. While AIO's are the easiest diaper to use, they are not very absorbant, and they take a long time to dry. They are best used during the day (especially since they are so husband and babysitter friendly) but they are not recommended for night time and long naps.

Fitteds: Fitted diapers are a pocket diaper or an AIO that are designated to fit a certain size baby. These diapers will give you the trimmest fit and are best for cloth diapering a newborn. The downside to buying fitted diapers is that you have to keep reinventing your diaper stash as your baby grows.

One Size: One size diapers (like the Bumgenius 3.0 and the Fuzzibunz diapers we carry at Nurture) adjust in the front and on the sides so that they will grow with your baby. One size diapers are great if you are choosing to cloth diaper in an effort to save money. However, one size diapers can be very bulky on small infants and may not fit a newborn baby.

There are a lot diaper choices out there but most cloth diapers are only available for purchase on the internet, so it's hard to tell what you are getting. We now carry FuzziBunz One Size cloth diapers and Bumgenius 3.0 cloth diapers at our store, so feel free to come in and take an up close and personal look at our diaper stash.