Dec 21, 2009
Nov 10, 2009
This applies to all Maclaren Strollers which include the Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, Techno XLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller. The stroller’s hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and aceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller. Immediately stop using Maclaren strollers and contact Maclaren USA, Inc. to receive free hinge covers at: (877) 688-2326 or visit http://www.maclaren.us/recall
Oct 12, 2009
Sometimes the best way to improve an old technology is to completely change the way it works. In 1993, Dyson engineers created the first vacuum cleaner to use cyclone technology instead of bags – because bagged vacuums don’t work properly.
Now we’ve turned our attention to another familiar device - and made it work better by removing something you might have thought was essential. This is a new machine for Dyson. It won't be launched for a few more days, but you can get an idea what it might be on our website.
Sep 25, 2009
SUMNER, WA – September 24, 2009 – Sunshine Kids, manufacturer and marketer of travel solutions for the children of today's families, just introduced at ABC Kids Expo 2009, its newest launch – the Radian SL™. Radian SL (which stands for SuperLATCH™) is the first seat that accommodates children rear-facing to 45 lbs and the first seat to use lower anchors / LATCH use beyond 48 lbs, all the way to 80 lbs. It is also the first car seat tested far above government standards to secure a child from birth up to the highest weight limits; 45 lbs. rear-facing and 80 lbs. forward-facing.
63% of unsafe child seat installations are caused by the seatbelt not properly securing the child seat. In 2002, vehicles and child seats began to incorporate the LATCH attachment system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) as a way to simplify and improve the safety of child seat installations. But limitations of child seat design and hardware prevent LATCH installations with children over 48 lbs. As demand continues for higher-capacity seats (i.e. for children above 48 lbs), a growing number of child seats cannot be installed with LATCH, once again requiring the use of seatbelts.
The Radian's steel alloy frame combined with SuperLATCH allows installation for a child up to 80 lbs using LATCH - either vehicle lower anchors alone, or with top tether. No seatbelt is ever required. The Radian's steel alloy frame and new SuperLATCH system are both NCAP crash tested up to 80 lbs which makes Radian not only the strongest car seat, but now the easiest to install for any weight child.
"The Radian SL convertible car seat was designed to fit today's lifestyle, not the over-priced, over-sized excess of yesterday,” stated Brad Keller, president, Sunshine Kids Juvenile Products. "We're a no-nonsense car seat and you'll find our best features ‘under the hood' but our testing methods are never hidden. We'll share all our protocols and results, proving we go beyond what any other manufacturer does.”
The Radian SL will be available in the following models:
In addition to the new Radian SL launch, Sunshine Kids also introduced 14 new car seat fashions at the recent ABC trade show as part of a comprehensive makeover for the 2010 seats. All the Radian seats have a new look, as well as the Monterey booster seat. See these new seats at US retail stores in early October or visit SunshineKidsBaby.com to learn more.
Sep 11, 2009
For 8 years The Zaky (a pillow that simulates the shape, weight, touch, scent of the parent's hands) has help babies feel comfortable, protected and secure allowing them to bond with the parents, fall and stay asleep, cry less, and manage any pain/colic better. It even works in car seats and soon becomes the "safety blanket" for babies.
This year at the ABC Show in Vegas the Zak's Sack will be introduced (the top for parents to Kangaroo their healthy and preemie babies) and the Zak's Collection (clothing and accessories for preemies and healthy newborns, plus the sensitive issue of burial clothing).
Click here to learn more about the Zaky Bonding Pillow
Sep 10, 2009
Bugaboo is happy to announce the launch of its new wheeled board. The new wheeled board can be attached to the Bugaboo Cameleon, Bugaboo Bee, Bugaboo Frog and Bugaboo Gecko. It makes it easy to roll with two by attaching to the axle of a Bugaboo stroller with just two clicks.
Click the link to learn more about the Bugaboo Wheeled Board
Sep 3, 2009
This past Tuesday, NHTSA tested the Orbit Baby Infant Car Seat for compliance with all crash testing requirements of FMVSS 213. NHTSA confirmed that the Infant Car Seat passes these tests. Below is the email letter Orbit sent out to all registered Orbit Baby owners to inform them that our Infant Car Seat passed NHTSA's own testing.
Orbit Baby parent,
As I mentioned in my last letter to you in regards to the Consumer Reports testing of the Orbit Baby Infant Car Seat, we referred this matter to NHTSA, the government agency responsible for car seat safety. I am pleased to share the following information:
Update September 1, 2009: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tested the Orbit Baby Infant Car Seat for compliance with all crash testing requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard(FMVSS) 213. NHTSA confirmed that the Infant Car Seat passes these tests.
NHTSA also independently verified:
The middle shoulder harness slot is the appropriate slot for the size of the
official CRABI 12 test dummy.
The knob on the car seat Base should be turned to engage the StrongArm(tm) tightening mechanism to achieve the regulated seat belt tension for compliance testing.
Therefore, our Infant Car Seat not only passes our own tests in independent labs, it also passes tests conducted by NHTSA, the government agency that regulates traffic safety.
Orbit Baby maintains that Consumer Reports did not properly follow
the Infant Car Seat instructions when they conducted their tests. (Our
full response can be found here.) As an Orbit Baby parent, I believe
that this issue highlights the importance of following car seat instructions, as
well as the need for parents to educate grandparents, babysitters, and other
caregivers on proper car seat usage.
be sure to take advantage of these helpful resources on our website:
Car Seat installation videos
the Orbit Baby article on "The Correct Harness Position for Rear-Facing
Orbit Baby product manuals
Baby's position on car seat safety can always be found here
us with any further questions at email@example.com
you for your support of Orbit Baby.
and Co-founder of Orbit Baby
Aug 31, 2009
Stokke is launching a compact changing table with custom-fit baskets and a new bumper and it still grows with the child. The new CARE™ changing unit is smaller, complementing the compact size of the SLEEPI™ oval crib. The new CARE™ also comes with two large organizing baskets that will fit perfectly into each shelf. Based on user input, we have removed the wheels. There is no need to move the unit from room to room like the crib.
In October, Stokke will introduce classic white, playful dots and animal patterns designed for newborns, babies and toddlers. The new textiles have Oeko-Tex® Class 1, making it suitable for baby’s soft skin. The new STOKKE® bedding also features ribbon-tie bumpers for a softer look.
DwellStudio™ has just recently added two new sets to its existing bedding line for the STOKKE® oval crib: the ever-popular Transportation and the Organic Embroidered Circles.
In addition to the current organic mattresses, we will have 4 new items available by October 1st: two organic mattress protectors and two organic fitted sheets, available in crib and mini/bassinet sizes.
Introducing the new blue color makes our modern classic stay on top of fashion trends. Blue is the new black for the upcoming seasons. On October 1st, 2009, STOKKE® will launch a new Blue TRIPP TRAPP® into our Trend Collection. Orders will be taken starting September 21st. Consumers can now choose between the hot fashion shades of blue, pink, yellow and green in the Trend Collection or natural, white, gray, black, cherry, walnut and red from the Classic Collection. The turquoise color is being discontinued. A blue/brown version of the popular Tales pattern cushion and a matching blue Baby Set™ will also be launched to fit the chair perfectly!
Click the link to learn more about Stokke baby products.
Aug 27, 2009
A recent Consumer Reports article showed that the Orbit Baby Infant Car Seat failed one of their safety tests. These results were very surprising to us. Because we make products for children, nothing is more important to us than the safety and well being of children.
Orbit Baby has run extensive and regular compliance testing in the same independent lab that Consumer Reports uses, and every test has passed. When we were notified about Consumer Reports’ results, we immediately conducted more testing -- simulating their unique test conditions – and every one of those tests also passed. We also receive reports of real-life accidents from Orbit Baby parents, and we have never had a report of a separation or injury with an Orbit Baby car seat.
We are very concerned that Consumer Reports did not follow our product instructions when they conducted their testing. Any deviation from a safety product's proper usage instructions can result in unpredictable testing conditions, and we believe this is reflected in Consumer Reports' inconsistent results. Our greatest concerns are that they used a harness position that was too high for the size of the dummy, and that they did not turn the Base’s knob to engage the StrongArm™ self-tightening mechanism. It is extremely important to follow all instructions with safety products like car seats, both in testing and in the real world. Consumer Reports strongly recommends that all instructions be followed for safe car seat use, and we encourage you to consult your product manual, watch our installation videos, or read our FAQs.
We have pro-actively referred this matter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and will work with them on any further recommendations they may have.
If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact us directly at 1-877-672-2229, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best, Joseph, Bryan, and The Orbit Team
Learn more about the Orbit Baby Stroller System by clicking this link
Aug 24, 2009
Aug 19, 2009
Blink and You’ll Love It
Posted by Candace on Aug 13, 2009
Not content to just innovate in producing safe, convenient car seats, Britax is turning its engineering genius towards making strollers. Since I’m a dedicated babywearer, a stroller has to be something special to get me excited about it and I really enjoy the Britax Blink Stroller.
A priority for a compact stroller is its size. At 16 lbs, the Blink is not the lightest weight stroller on the market but it is light enough to carry in the included shoulder bag and offers some design innovations you will not find in other strollers in its price range. The fold is very compact and even unfolded the Blink has a small footprint. In fact, when I asked my husband to stow it in our car, he thought it was already folded and just placed it in the back seat. My favorite, why-didn’t-someone-think-of-this-before feature is the fold release mechanism allows me to fold the stroller without scuffing my shoes.Well-spaced wheels with all-wheel suspension makes the Blink sturdy and maneuverable. A fivepoint harness keeps your child secure. Behind the canopy is a convenient storage pouch. There is also a storage basket beneath the seat, which is accessible though it could be larger and easier to access.
Britax again sets the bar high for weight limits–the Blink carries a child up to 55 lbs. My skinny-mini 30 lbs 3 year-old daughter likes to walk everywhere but that’s certainly a nice option to have for larger toddlers, preschoolers who will actually nap when they are out and about, or other children who have a need for a stroller. Speaking of naps, the Blink seat reclines fully and has an adjustable footrest. And the ample sun shade with canopy and side panels means that drowsy little ones will be able to drift off without bright sunlight or harmful UV rays. The canopy also has a little window so you can keep an eye on your child while strolling.
Click this link to learn more about the Britax Blink Stroller.
Jul 22, 2009
Due to the recent advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics to keep children rear-facing until their second birthday, rear-facing capacity has gained some renewed interest.
Sunshine Kids has recently completed additional crash testing and Radian's rear-facing capacity has been increased to 40 lbs. The Radian seats meet all the rear-facing crash test performance standards in FMVSS213, even at 40 lbs (Note: such performance is not required by law for RF seats above 22 lbs). As well, Radian seats were successfully NCAP crash tested (35 mph / 47 g's impact force — almost twice the forces — compared to 30 mph / 25 g's impact in FMVSS213 crash tests). This new change will be reflected in new manuals later in the year. In the meantime, please note this increased rear-facing capacity is now retroactive to all U.S. model Radian seats made after September, 2008.Click here to learn more about the Sunshine Kids Radian Car Seats
Models: U.S. models only - Radian65(16500), Radian80(18500) and RadianXT(19500)
- Rear-facing capacity for these Radian models has been increased to 40 lbs.
- This change will be reflected on future Radian manuals and stickers.
- This change is now retroactive and applies to U.S. Radian models manufactured in or after September, 2008.
Jul 13, 2009
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Jun 19, 2009
Just wanted to share a couple of videos that surfaced last week. There
was a young boy riding in a Britax Roundabout when the family’s van was struck
by a train doing approximately 55 miles per hour. The boy came out of the
accident without a scratch and a police officer and the child’s father are
recovering from injuries sustained while trying to rescue the child and his
mother from the van prior to impact.
The 1st link is from Good Morning America last week and the 2nd
link is from a local network in Wisconsin.
Click here to learn more about the Britax Roundabout Car Seat
Click here to learn more about the Britax Roundabout Car Seat
Jun 16, 2009
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Jun 1, 2009
Recently, Bugaboo received 121 reports of brake failure on the Bugaboo Bee stroller. This occurred in less than 1% of the total Bugaboo Bees sold. No injuries have been reported. Since safety is Bugaboo’s number one priority, we have taken extra precautions to ensure the brakes on the Bugaboo Bee work properly at all times. Bugaboo designers and engineers developed a set of Bugaboo Bee brackets that guarantees the functioning of the Bugaboo Bee brake over time.
Bugaboo is addressing this situation with the following measures:
- As of April 27, 2009, all Bugaboo Bees shipped from Bugaboo warehouses have been re-fitted with the brackets and labeled “RW-2721”. This label can be found on the outside of the carton next to the serial number.
- Bugaboo Bee owners who registered the warranty with their stroller will automatically be sent a set of brackets. The brackets are easy to attach and require no tools to mount. The bracket kit also includes an instruction guide for simple assembly.
- A notice will be published on bugaboo.com informing all Bugaboo Bee owners of the details needed to order a set of brackets at no charge.
- You may also order bracket kits free of charge to provide to your customers in the event that they visit your store with a Bugaboo Bee and do not have the brackets fitted yet. To place an order, contact email@example.com and use item #58100BS01 - Bugaboo Bee brackets.
May 26, 2009
I was too embarrassed to take pictures in the store or while installing ... I'm not generally one to care but it was just awkward today. Etta was having an especially "floppy" day and I wasn't prepared for the stares while I worked with her and the seats. ("floppy" = low tone and very slouchy) I've been on the search for a shorter RF seat. I have MAs to date and while I love them I can't see well enough to the right side of my car. I've been in a side impact crash in the past and am so jumpy about having blocked vision.. also, we are a very bicycle friendly town and I NEED to make sure I can see the cyclists (I live off of a very popular riding street) with extreme ease. So, I saw the Coccoro in person and LOVE it... I was so hoping to hate it as I know it will not be the seat to take me to the optimal limits - but it's so perfect for today and at least another year RF. And, I'll always have the MA when it's time to move up (and, it will be easier in a year to have the girls crawl into their MA ERF... so I can move the seats to the back row of the van and avoid the whole blocked vision issue then) but the cost for an interim car seat. Oh why does it have to be such a great seat . It feels so nice and sleek and cushy without going overboard (I wasn't using the infant insert) and the harness adjuster was very easy with my DD in it. Easier than the MA. But, hands down - the MA is much simpler to install. Not that the Coccoro was challenging, it just wasn't as straight forward as a MA. My low-tone/hypermobile DD, Etta, fit like a gem in it - I didn't realize she could be supported so well. The MA is nice but she ends up slouching a lot. The support she has in the Coccoro is enough for me to justify buying HER the seat... but not her twin sister. My only excuse to buy two is that I want them to coordinate I also tried the Scenera. It did take up less height than the MA. But my heart is completely with the Coccoro and I'm having a hard time looking back. Even switching to a RA seems silly because I'm sure Etta will have the same slouching issue. I still want to try the TF and an Avenue and am calling to find a local store for tomorrows adventure. I played with a MR and wasn't as impressed as I had hoped to be (it was a contender for my older DD). For fit: Etta is 20lbs even, and 29.75". Her torso appears to be near 12" (slightly under). In a MA she is flush with the first slot and in the Coccoro she was flush with the second slot from the bottom.
Click here to learn more about the Combi Coccoro Infant Car Seats!
May 8, 2009
May 5, 2009
HOUSTON - Dr. Yamile Jackson, PhD, was working for an oil and gas company in the Houston area, when she went into premature labor. Her baby was born 3 months early. She made a promise to herself that when her baby got out of the hospital, she would help other "preemies."
Seven years later, she has lived up to that promise.
Her son, Zachary, is doing very well and has no signs or symptoms of every being prematurely born. Jackson developed a pair of hands called "The Zaky" that wrap around a baby, when the parent can't be there to hold them.
Doctors say this has been an effective tool in Neo-Natal ICU's around the world. It helps preemies realize that touch doesn't mean "pain", because so many procedures and needle sticks are needed to keep a premature infant alive.
In hospitals: The Zaky is used in very controlled environments like the Intensive Care Units since they are supervised by a healthcare professional and/or a family member constantly.
Jackson says, "The Zaky is great to take to the hospital when your baby is born. Scent it with your own scent and help your baby when he/she is on the bassinet next to you or give it to the nurse when the baby is taken to the nursery. This way you give your baby your hand with your scent and the nurse can use it to support and position the baby."
She says for sick babies, the Zaky comforts them so they can rest and use the calories to get well and not to look for protection.
The same Zaky fits all children, from premature babies that weigh less than one pound to healthy babies and toddlers, to children with special needs.
For babies at home: The Zaky is made to provide the baby with the optimum environment to fall sleep.
Jackson says, "Once babies fall into a deep sleep, the Zaky is removed and used when the baby wakes up again. The Zaky assists with the transition from womb to world, and then to different environments."
She says they do not recommend leaving the Zaky in the crib after the baby is asleep, unless is recommended by the baby's doctor. For babies and toddlers older than 6-8 months old, the Zaky may remain with the child at night."To learn more about the Zaky bonding pillow or to purchase click here.
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Click here to read the Stamford Times article about toxicity levels in car seats rates the 'safest car seats' of which two are the Sunshine Kids Radian and Monterey seats
Click on the link to learn more about the Sunshine Kids Radian car seats and Monterey booster seat.
Mar 17, 2009
Babywearing is more than just a trend, it's a lifestyle. Devotées of 'Attachment Parenting' consider a carrier an essential tool in raising secure and confident children. But that doesn't have to mean shrouding yourself in a sling of woven hemp until your baby's ready to walk on his own--unless, of course, you want to. And sure, every family needs a stroller and an infant car seat, but we suggest there's a better vehicle for a walk around a crowded farmer's market or keeping baby near while you put in a load of laundry. Baby carriers are more versatile, stylish, and practical than ever. We've picked the standouts--carry on!,..."
What's bound to get a dad wearing baby? A carrier as soft and simple as his favorite tee, like the ERGObaby Carrier, made with durable canvas, plush padding, and 400-thread-count cotton lining. It's as versatile as a tee, too: Wear baby in the front, back, or on the hip. And chances are it will be as hard to destroy as that worn-out shirt from his college days."
Click here to view the Ergo Baby Carriers
Mar 10, 2009
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Beginning February 2009, the Bugaboo Cameleon can now be dressed with the Bugaboo + Paul Frank special collection. This exciting collaboration between Bugaboo and Paul Frank has resulted in a special collection starring many signature Paul Frank characters. The collection consists of two tailored fabric sets, two footmuffs and two blankets which blend beautiful with the versatile Bugaboo Collection. Click here to learn more...
Feb 9, 2009
Feb 2, 2009
Often, injuries happen because parents are not aware of what their children can do. Children learn fast, and before you know it, your child will be wiggling off a bed or reaching for your cup of hot coffee.
Car Injuries Car crashes are a great threat to your child's life and health. Most injuries and deaths from car crashes can be prevented by the use of car safety seats. Your child, besides being much safer in a car safety seat, will behave better, so you can pay attention to your driving. Make your newborn's first ride home from the hospital a safe one — in a car safety seat. Your infant should ride in the back seat in a rear-facing car seat.
Make certain that your baby's car seat is installed correctly. Read and follow the instructions that come with the car safety seat and the sections in the owners' manual of your car on using car safety seats correctly. Use the car safety seat EVERY time your child is in a car.
NEVER put an infant in the front seat of a car with a passenger air bag.
Falls Babies wiggle and move and push against things with their feet soon after they are born. Even these very first movements can result in a fall. As your baby grows and is able to roll over, he or she may fall off of things unless protected. Do not leave your baby alone on changing tables, beds, sofas, or chairs. Put your baby in a safe place such as a crib or playpen when you cannot hold him.
Your baby may be able to crawl as early as 6 months. Use gates on stairways and close doors to keep your baby out of rooms where he or she might get hurt. Install operable window guards on all windows above the first floor.
Do not use a baby walker. Your baby may tip the walker over, fall out of it, or fall down stairs and seriously injure his head. Baby walkers let children get to places where they can pull heavy objects or hot food on themselves.
If your child has a serious fall or does not act normally after a fall, call your doctor.
Burns At 3 to 5 months, babies will wave their fists and grab at things. NEVER carry your baby and hot liquids, such as coffee, or foods at the same time. Your baby can get burned. You can't handle both! To protect your child from tap water scalds, the hottest temperature at the faucet should be no more than 120°F. In many cases you can adjust your hot water heater. If your baby gets burned, immediately put the burned area in cold water. Keep the burned area in cold water for a few minutes to cool it off. Then cover the burn loosely with a dry bandage or clean cloth and call your doctor.
To protect your baby from house fires, be sure you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home, especially in furnance and sleeping areas. Test the alarms every month. It is best to use smoke alarms that use long-life batteries, but if you do not, change the batteries at least once a year.
Choking and Suffocation Babies explore their environment by putting anything and everything into their mouths. NEVER leave small objects in your baby's reach, even for a moment. NEVER feed your baby hard pieces of food such as chunks of raw carrots, apples, hot dogs, grapes, peanuts, and popcorn. Cut all the foods you feed your baby into thin pieces to prevent choking. Be prepared if your baby starts to choke. Ask your doctor to recommend the steps you need to know. Learn how to save the life of a choking child.
To prevent possible suffocation and reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), your baby should always sleep on his or her back. NEVER put your baby on a water bed, bean bag, or anything that is soft enough to cover the face and block air to the nose and mouth.
Plastic wrappers and bags form a tight seal if placed over the mouth and nose and may suffocate your child. Keep them away from your baby.
The information in this in this post should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on the individual facts and circumstances.
This article is courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Jan 26, 2009
Sunshine Kids has gone where no other car seat company has yet to go by releasing behind the scenes video footage of their car seat safety test. In these test you will notice that the body of the "dummy" is completely contained, the head is totally protected and the neck is fully supported. Even with all the safety precausions they have taken to ensure your childs safety, it is chilling to watch what happens to a baby and childs body during a side impact collision. While side-impact events make up only 25% of all accidents, they account for a majority of the most severe injuries that occur. Click on the link and scroll to the bottom of the page to view the videos http://sunshinekidsbaby.com/info_side_impact_safety.asp.