Friday, April 30, 2010

The 2010 Bugaboo Bee Stroller Is Here!

Have you heard the buzzzz? The 2010 Bugaboo Bee has just landed at Nurture! If you have salivated over a Bugaboo Cameleon, but thought it was too bulky and cumbersome, then you will love the Bugaboo Bee, Bugaboo's most compact, convenient and stylish stroller yet!

The travel friendly Bugaboo Bee is made for life on the go. Think of an umbrella stroller, but with 6" foam filled rubber tires, a durable frame and fixed wheel capacity. This stroller is perfect for busy city sidewalks, shopping at the mall or buzzing through the airport. The Bugaboo Bee stroller folds quickly by simply releasing the safety button and lifting the stroller, and it unfolds with just a kick. Weighing only 17 lbs, this stroller is quite easy to carry up steps or toss into the trunk of your car or a taxi. Its small stature and improved, easy to use seat reversing system make this Bugaboo stroller a welcome addition to any busy family.

If you are familiar with the 2009 model, you should know that the new 2010 Bee has several enhancements, including the following:
  • Ergonomically shaped backrest fits children more naturally
  • Increased seat width for a more comfortable ride
  • Length of Sun Canopy shortened for better visibility of your child
  • Improved seat reversing system for better ease of use
With the appropriate seat adapters, the Bugaboo Bee is compatible with both the Graco Snugride Infant Car Seat, and the Maxi Cosi Infant Car Seat.

The Bugaboo Bee provides a safe and comfortable place for your baby or toddler, up to 37.5 pounds, to ride in style. Whether facing you, or outward at the world, the reversible seat reclines to 3 different positions. The new and improved ergonomic seat design counters perfectly to your little one's body while in their natural sitting position. The new Bee also features an increased seat width to make your little one more comfortable, and a 4-position height-adjustable backrest and an extendable seat to fit children of all sizes.

The following is included with the purchase of your 2010 Bugaboo Bee:
  • Chassis with wheels
  • Seat unit
  • Sun Canopy clamps and wires
  • Underseat basket
  • Rain Cover
  • User guide
  • Two-year warranty
Come into the store to take the 2010 Bugaboo Bee for a test ride!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Two Big Crib Recalls

Simplicity Cribs Recalled by Retailers; Mattress-Support Collapse Can Cause Suffocation and Strangulation

One Infant Death Reported

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing the recall of all Simplicity full-size cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames. This recall includes fixed-side and drop-side cribs. These cribs pose a risk of serious injury or death due to entrapment, strangulation, suffocation and fall hazards to infants and toddlers.

The crib's tubular metal mattress-support frame can bend or detach and cause part of the mattress to collapse, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged, entrapped or fall out of the crib.

CPSC has received a report of a one-year-old child from North Attleboro, Mass. who suffocated when he became entrapped between the crib mattress and the crib frame in April 2008. CPSC is aware of 13 additional incidents involving the recalled cribs collapsing due to the metal mattress- support frame bending or detaching, including one child entrapment that did not result in injury, and one child who suffered minor cuts to his head when his mattress collapsed and he fell out of the crib.

CPSC staff urges parents and caregivers to stop using these cribs immediately and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. Do not attempt to fix these cribs.

Due to the fact that Simplicity and its successor, SFCA Inc., are no longer in business, CPSC has limited information about the number of cribs sold. All Simplicity drop-side cribs have previously been recalled for a hazard involving the drop side. Simplicity drop-side cribs could still be in use by parents or caregivers who are unaware of the recalls or by those who received a repair kit to immobilize the drop side from Simplicity when the firm was still in business. This recall involves all Simplicity cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames, which include but are not limited to the following models:

Crib NameModel Number
Aspen 4-in-18755
Chelsea Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System8324
Graco 4-in-1 Ultra Sleep System4600
Graco Aspen 3-in-18740
Simplicity Crib and Changer Combo8994
Simplicity Ellis Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System8676
Simplicity Nursery-in-a-Box Convertible Crib8910

Some model numbers are followed by letters, indicating the color or finish of the crib. The name "Simplicity Inc." or "Simplicity for Children" appears on a label on the crib's mattress-support frame and/or the crib's end panels. The cribs were manufactured in China.

The recalled cribs were sold at Walmart, Target, Babies R Us and other stores nationwide for between $150 and $300. Consumers should contact the store where the crib was purchased to receive a refund, replacement crib or store credit.

Important Message from CPSC:

CPSC would like to remind parents not to use any crib with missing, broken or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Any disengagement can create a gap, which could fatally entrap a child. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib with tape, wire, rope or by other means. Infants and toddlers have died in cribs with makeshift repairs.

For more information on Crib Safety, visit CPSC's Crib Information Center.

Picture of a Recalled Crib Picture of Detached Tubular Support Frame

Picture of Bent Tubular Support Frame

Picture of Bent Tubular Support Frame

Picture of End Panel Label Picture of Support Frame Label

Graco®-Branded Drop Side Cribs Made by LaJobi Recalled Due to Entrapment and Suffocation Hazards

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: Graco®-branded drop side cribs made by LaJobi

Units: About 217,000

Manufacturer: LaJobi Inc., of Cranbury, N.J.

Hazard: The drop side hardware can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches, a hazardous gap is created between the drop side and the crib mattress in which infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped, posing a risk of suffocation and strangulation. In addition, children can fall from the cribs when the drop side detaches or fails to lock.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and LaJobi have received a total of 99 reports of drop side incidents, including hardware breakage and drop side detachment. There were two incidents in which children became entrapped in the gap created by the detached drop side. Both children were freed by their caregivers. There were six reports of children falling due to drop side failure, including one report of a mild concussion.

Description: This recall involves LaJobi-manufactured Graco® wood cribs. The full size cribs were sold in cherry, espresso, natural and white finishes. The production date, item number, purchase order number and finish name is printed on a label affixed to the footboard or headboard. "LaJobi" and the crib model name are printed on a product sticker located on the stabilizer bar or bottom rail of the crib. Affected models are listed below.

PictureNameModel Numbers
Picture of Recalled Crib: Ashleigh Drop SideAshleigh Drop Side3280142
Picture of Recalled Crib: Hampton Drop SideHampton Drop Side3080136
Picture of Recalled Crib: Jason Convertible Drop SideJason Convertible Drop Side3290235
Picture of Recalled Crib: Kendal Drop SideKendal Drop Side3570170
Picture of Recalled Crib: Lauren Drop SideLauren Drop Side3250235
Picture of Recalled Crib: Rachel Convertible Drop SideRachel Convertible Drop Side3300236
Picture of Recalled Crib: Sarah Drop SideSarah Drop Side3000135
Picture of Recalled Crib: Shannon Drop SideShannon Drop Side3010136
Picture of Recalled Crib: Tifton Drop SideTifton Drop Side3090136

Sold at: Children's product stores and other retailers nationwide from February 2007 to March 2010 for between $140 and $200.

Manufactured in: China and Vietnam

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact LaJobi to receive a free hardware retrofit kit that will immobilize the drop side. CPSC urges parents and caregivers to find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact LaJobi toll-free at (888) 842-2215 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at

For more information on Crib Safety, visit CPSC's Crib Information Center.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Recall Alert-Step2 Basic Rhythms Drum

Step2® Recalls Basic Rhythms Drum™ Toys Due to Choking Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, 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: Step2® Basic Rhythms Drums™

Units: About 21,000

Importer: The Step2 Company LLC, of Streetsboro, OH

Hazard: The plastic clips used to attach the drumsticks to the drum can break. The small broken pieces present a choking to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves Step2® Basic Rhythm Drums™ intended for preschool age children. The toy drum is sold with two drumsticks that can be stored in clips on the side of the drum. A red "Step2®" logo in printed on the side of the drum.

Sold at: Toys "R" Us, Burlington Coat Factory and other retail stores nationwide from August 2009 through March 2010 for between $10 and $15.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy from children and contact Step2 to request a replacement toy.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Step2 toll-free at (866) 860-1887 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at

For more information on this recall click here.

Picture of Recalled Drum

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Junior League of Philadelphia

Since it's Earth day, we're "recycling" an old blog post. This weekend (April 24 and 25) we will once again be donating 10% of our sales to the Junior League of Philadelphia. Read on for more details...

The Junior League of Philadelphia is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community. The JLP has been effecting change and making a positive impact in the Greater Philadelphia area for 96 years. Currently, the JLP is involved in projects like "Boost camp," supporting siblings of children with cancer, "Kids in the Kitchen" teaching kids techniques they can use in everyday life to promote a healthy lifestyle, and "Green Volunteer Corps" which focuses on our community parks and the environment. You can learn more about the Junior League of Philadelphia on their website.

We believe that the work the Junior League of Philadelphia is doing in our community is very important. That is why this weekend we will be donating 10% of our profits to the JLP. So come on in, or shop online, and go ahead and spoil your little's for a good cause!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mindfulness-Based Child-Birthing and Parenting

Here are Nurture, we help a lot of new mommies-to-be with the registering process. Most expecting parents get a little overwhelmed when they see all of the things they will need for the new baby on the way. When you are expecting your first child there is so much unknown. The extraordinary miracle of pregnancy and birth can too easily become clouded by fear and stress. It can be a beautiful time, but also a time of anxiety and nervous anticipation as we journey into the unknown...starting with the often feared process of child birth.

Often pain and anxiety are our greatest challenges in childbirth. Learning to use our mind to work with these challenges can make a huge difference in our labor and delivery experience. Our typical experience of pain is that something is wrong, and this in turn can elicit fear which brings with it a whole emotional and physiological chain of events. The pain of childbirth is something different. It is not a message of illness or injury, but of a powerful process of transformation taking place. In mindfulness meditation practices, we are learning to uncouple the fear associated with pain from the actual direct physical sensations. When we do that, we are radically changing our relationship to the pain and this can powerfully transform the experience of the sensation itself.

Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting is an adaptation of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. It was developed twelve years ago by Nancy Bardacke, CNM, MA, Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. This program is now being offered to the expectant parents of Philadelphia. This nine-week childbirth education course will help expectant parents:

· Access deep physical and mental relaxation
· Learn to engage the mind to work with pain during labor
· Increase confidence and courage for the experience of labor and delivery
· Practice prenatal yoga for strength and flexibility
· Develop skills for managing stress in pregnancy, parenting and daily life
· Enhance partner communication skills
· Become more aware of our own approach to parenting

This class will be a time to look deeply at pain and fear in childbirth and to cultivate present moment awareness for meeting whatever childbirth experience might unfold. It can also be helpful for those who anticipate a birth experience requiring special medical attention or for those who have had a previous difficult birth experience.

Dates: Thursdays, April 29 - June 17th and a Reunion Class after births
Time: 6:30-9:30 PM
Location: Jefferson Center City Philadelphia, 1013 Chestnut St., 1st Floor

Information and Registration: Please call 610-650-0901, or email with questions or to register. A phone orientation interview will be scheduled prior to start of class.

Instructor: Catherine Polan Orzech, MA, LMFT, is a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in mindfulness-based psychotherapy, and has taught Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for the last nine years. She completed a practicum in MBSR at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and professional training under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn. She has taught and lectured on the subject of Mindfulness internationally, and was founder and co-director of the Montreal Center for Mindfulness. Catherine received certification as a doula in 1999, and is in the process of becoming a certified childbirth educator through Childbirth International.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

From No to Yes!

Why is the word "no" so much easier to say than "yes?" Most toddlers learn to say a defiant "no" much sooner then a sweet pleasing "yes." And it seems "no" quickly becomes a favorite word. If your child has entered the "no" phase, or just isn't the sweet, angelic child of your dreams, you may benefit from our next seminar.

This Saturday we are proud to offer "From No to Yes!" a seminar on managing challenging behaviors in your toddler and preschooler. This one day workshop is a must for all parents! While parenting can be the most rewarding experience, it can also frustrate and challenge like nothing else! Dealing with whining, tantrums and refusal to cooperate is an inevitable challenge of parenthood. This workshop will provide strategies to create an environment that will foster positive behavior in your children and teach tools for managing those challenging behaviors when they arise.

Topics will include:
  • Structure, consistency and predictability: flexibility within structure ("picking your battles")
  • Getting the "most bang for your buck": creating a positive environment (catch your child "being good")
  • Effective commands
  • Managing challenging behaviors
  • Being a detective: understanding triggers and consequences
  • The are of ignoring
  • Making the most of "time out"
  • "Time out" vs. "take a break" ("cool down")
  • Reward charts/loss of privileges
  • Choosing your strategy
  • Strategies for dealing with challenging behaviors in public
Questions and participation from parents attending this workshop are welcomed and encouraged. Resources will be provided. The workshop fee is $20 per person and preregistration is required due to limited space. To register please call the store or visit our website.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Special Offer on Britax!

If you read our last post, you know that last weekend we participated in the Baby Toddler Expo, in Oaks, PA. We handed out a special offer on Britax merchandise to everyone who visited our booth. However, we know that not all of our blog readers were able to make it to the expo, so we decided to extend this special offer to you too!

Now through Saturday, April 17, 2010, we are offering:
  • $30 off the Roundabout, Marathon, Boulevard, Boulevard CS, Advocate CS, Frontier and Frontier 85 Britax car seats
  • $10 off the Parkway SG Booster and Blink Stroller
  • $150 off the Chaperone Travel System
This offer is not valid on website orders, in-store or phone orders only please. Offer is available for in-store pick up only.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Baby and Toddler Expo

This weekend we are excited to be participating in the Baby and Toddler Expo in Oaks, PA. The expo will feature a wide variety of exhibits, attractions and entertainment. You will be able to check out products specifically tailored to families with young children and expectant parents while your kids enjoy a large inflatable play park, party with "Elmo," watch a magic show, and even enter the diaper derby.

The expo is this Saturday and Sunday, April 10th and 11th, from 10am-5pm. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $5.00 for children 3-12, and free for children 2 and under.

You can go to the Baby and Toddler Expo website for more information and to see full details on the exhibits and entertainment.

Please stop by our exhibit and say "hi!"