Monday, January 25, 2010

The UPPA Baby Vista 2010 is Here!

We started carrying the UPPAbaby stroller line last year, and we absolutely love their Vista stroller system. You might have caught this past blog post, where we went on and on about the benefits of Vista, the stroller that grows with your family. Well, leave it to Uppa Baby to make their perfect stroller even more perfect!

Here are the new features on the brand new 2010 model of the Vista stroller.

  • More upright seating position, allowing for more space between the toddler seat and the attachable RumbleSeat.
  • Additional 1.5 inches of head room (allowing you to use the stroller longer).
  • One touch step down parking brake is much easier to use.
  • Improved wheels for a smoother ride.
  • Removable, washable bumper bar cover.
  • More seat padding for extra comfort.
  • Bassinet has extended pull down sunshade and a water proof latex mattress.
The 2010 Vistas are in the store and on our website now, so come in and give one a test drive, or learn more about the UPPAbaby Vista stroller here.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Two Important Recalls

Recall Alert! Dorel Asia Cribs

Name of Product: Dorel Asia cribs

Units: About 635,000

Distributor: Dorel Asia SRL, of Barbados

Hazard: The drop side hardware can fail causing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches it creates a space in which an infant or toddler can become entrapped and suffocate or strangle. In addition, the recalled cribs can pose a serious entrapment and strangulation hazard when a slat is damaged. This can occur while the crib is in use, in storage, being put together, taken apart or reassembled; or during shipping and handling.

Reports: CPSC and Dorel Asia SRL received a report of the death of 6-month old child from Cedar Rapids, Iowa who became entrapped and strangled in a crib after the drop side hardware broke. The crib continued to be used after the parents tried to repair the drop side themselves. CPSC and Dorel Asia received reports of 31 drop side incidents. In six of those incidents, children were entrapped between the drop side and crib mattress. Three children suffered from bruises as a result of the entrapment. In addition, CPSC and Dorel Asia received reports of 36 incidents of slat breakage, including seven reports of bruises and scratches to children and two reports of entrapment that resulted in no injury.

Sold at: K-Mart, Sears and Wal-Mart stores nationwide from January 2005 through December 2009 for between $120 and $700.

Manufactured in: China and Vietnam

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs, find an alternative safe sleeping environment for your child, and contact Dorel Asia to receive a free replacement kit. Consumers should log on to to order the free replacement kit to prevent child entrapment in these cribs. The repair kits will be provided to owners within the next several weeks.

Consumer Contact: Call Dorel Asia toll-free at (866) 762-2304 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at

For a complete list of Dorel Asia cribs involved in the recall, and for more information please click here.

Recall Alert! Graco Strollers and Passage Systems

Name of Product: Graco’s Passage™, Alano™ and Spree™ Strollers and Travel Systems

Units: About 1.5 million

Manufacturer: Graco Children’s Products Inc., of Atlanta, Ga.

Hazard: The hinges on the stroller’s canopy pose a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is opening or closing the canopy.

Incidents/Injuries: Graco has received seven reports of children placing their fingers in the stroller’s canopy hinge mechanism while the canopy was being opened or closed, resulting in five fingertip amputations and two fingertip lacerations.

Sold at: AAFES, Burlington Coat Factory, Babies “R” Us, Toys “R” Us, Kmart, Fred Meyer, Meijers, Navy Exchange, Sears, Target, Walmart and other retailers nationwide from October 2004 and December 2009 for between $80 and $90 for the strollers and between $150 and $200 for the travel systems.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact Graco to receive a free protective cover repair kit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Graco at (800) 345-4109 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at

For a complete list of Graco model numbers involved in the recall and for more information, please click here.

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Nap Nanny

Doctors often recommend elevating your baby at night to help with a stuffy nose, ear infection, gas, reflux or colic. One friend of ours would always put a book under her daughter's crib mattress when she had a cold. Another friend would put her 6 week old baby to bed in his car seat for the night in order to keep him comfortable. Too bad they did not know about the Nap Nanny. The Nap Nanny is a groundbreaking product designed by a mother (Philadelphia native and Comcast SportsNet Sport Anchor and Reporter, Leslie Gudel) to improve infant sleep. The Nap Nanny is made with a durable, yet incredibly comfortable high-density polyurethane foam that mimics the contours of a car seat. So now you can leave your car seat in the car, because the Nap Nanny combines the comfort of a plush blanket with the stability of a mattress, while elevating your baby 30 degrees.

Light and portable, weighing only 3 lbs, the Nap Nanny can be easily moved from room to room for many uses. Lay it on the floor and let your little one have some tummy time with their head held high, or place it on the kitchen table and let your child watch you cook up a storm in the kitchen. The safety harness holds baby securely in place. Got twins? The Nap Nanny is ideal for bottle feeding twins simultaneously.

The washable cover is available in a variety of solid colors and fashion prints, and the water proof liner protects the foam pad for greater longevity, so the Nap Nanny can be passed down from one child to the next.

The Nap Nanny is available in our store now. If you're a sleep deprived mama, or you know one, please come in to learn more about this exciting new product. The Nap Nanny is currently not available on our website, so If you are not in our area, please contact us to place your order.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Recall Alert-Children's Cloth Books

Children’s “Big Rex and Friends” Cloth Books Recalled 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 products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: "Big Rex and Friends" Cloth Books

Units: About 204,000

Importer: St. Martin’s Press LLC, of New York, N.Y.

Hazard: A red plastic dot sewn in the book contains 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 “Big Rex and Friends” cloth books. The book has a black and white striped border with a red dinosaur on the cover. The words “Big Rex and Friends” are printed on the cover. ISBN 031249260X or 9780312492601 is printed on the back of the book.

Sold at: Barnes & Noble, Toys “R” Us, Amazon, Borders and other bookstores and retailers nationwide from May 2004 through October 2009 for about $9.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled book away from children and contact St. Martin’s Press for instructions on returning the book for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact St. Martin’s Press at (800) 347-9411 or visit the firm’s Web site at

Click here for more information.