Bumbo Safety Recall

 

So, I always felt like these things were a little dangerous, especially when Alex figured out that arching her back pulled her butt off the seat… She would lose her balance and the Bumbo always looked like it was going to tip – the main

reason while she was always under supervision when she was in it.

The new safety belt feature of the Bumbo will make it a heck of a lot safer, and a great lounge chair for little munchkins everywhere.

As with most awesome things – the product is only as safe as its user. So NEVER by any means place precious little humans in these things on a table, counter, or other high place. The whole reason for the safety recall is because of multiple reports of Skull Fractures after babies fell from raised surfaces. I must say I was guilty of putting Alex on the table while we ate dinner, and a couple times on the coffee table while we watching TV – but always under close supervision.

Hopefully these new safety belts will reduce the # of babies getting hurt, and keep this cool chair on the market.

Check out what the new Bumbo will look like

 

Pretty Cool huh? We loved the Bumbo with Alex. And clearly, she loved it too.

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Here’s the Media release for some more details:

Baby Seats Recalled for Repair by Bumbo International Due to Fall Hazard – Consumers should order free repair kit

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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Bumbo Baby Seats

Units: About 4 million in the U.S. Note: In October 2007, 1 million Bumbo seats were voluntarily recalled to provide additional warnings against use on raised surfaces.

Manufacturer: Bumbo International Trust, of South Africa

Hazard: Babies can maneuver out of or fall from the Bumbo seat, posing a risk of serious injuries.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Bumbo International know of at least 50 incidents after the October 2007 voluntary recall in which babies fell from a Bumbo seat while it was being used on a raised surface. Nineteen of those incidents included reports of skull fractures. CPSC and Bumbo International are aware of an additional 34 post-recall reports of infants who fell out or maneuvered out of a Bumbo seat used on the floor or at an unknown elevation, resulting in injury. Two of these incidents involved reports of skull fractures, while others reported bumps, bruises and other minor injuries.

Description: The bottom of the Bumbo seat is round and flat with a diameter of about 15 inches. It is constructed of a single piece of molded foam and comes in various colors. The seat has leg holes and the seat back wraps completely around the child. On the front of the seat in raised lettering is the word “Bumbo” with the image of an elephant on top. The bottom of the seat has the following words: “Manufactured by Bumbo South Africa Material: Polyurethane World Patent No. PCT: ZA/1999/00030.” The back of the seat has several warnings and seats manufactured since 2008 have an additional label on the front of the seat warning against use on raised surfaces.

Sold by: Sears, Target, Toys R Us (including Babies R Us), USA Babies, Walmart, and various other toy and children’s stores nationwide, and various online sellers, from August 2003 through August 2012 for between $30 and $50.

Manufactured in: South Africa

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the product until they order and install a free repair kit, which includes: a restraint belt with a warning label, installation instructions, safe use instructions and a new warning sticker. The belt should always be used when a child is placed in the seat. Even with the belt, the seat should never be used on any raised surface. Consumers should also immediately stop using Bumbo seat covers that interfere with the installation and use of the belt. A video demonstrating proper installation of the restraint belt and proper use of the Bumbo seat are available at www.recall.BumboUSA.com

Consumer Contact: Order the free repair kit by visiting www.recall.BumboUSA.com or calling (866) 898-4999 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday and between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. CT on Friday. Do not return the Bumbo seat to retailers as they will not be able to provide the repair kit.

 

There’s a time for everything – For Real, it’s science.

Everrryyyooonneee has heard the saying “There’s a time and place for everything.” Usually it’s a saying pulled out when someone is being inappropriate, or obnoxious or impatient – but apparently there really IS a time for everything!

I’ve shared some of my favorites from a post I found on BlueSuitMom.com.

Pain Tolerance Peaks: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Research at the National Institute of Mental Health found that people are significantly less sensitive to induced pain in the morning than in the afternoon. No one is sure why this is, but a circadian effect on the release of endorphins may play a role, researchers speculate.

Ideal Time For: Dental appointments or minor medical procedures, like having a mole removed.

Um – I feel like the LAST thing I want to do when I first wake up is deal with Pain? But maybe that’s why it doesn’t hurt so much when I’m stumbling my way to the Bathroom in the morning and bang my limbs into every piece of furniture on the way. Hmm, I wonder if “David visits the Dentist” in the morning?

Mind Is Sharpest: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Mental acuity “tends to rise in the morning, then it dips again at midday before rising again between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.,” says Smolensky, who is also an adjunct professor of biomedical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Brain functions that are affected include reasoning skills, short-term memory, complex decision-making skills and alertness. That explains why firefighters tend to have their fastest response rates during the mid-to-late morning and between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., according to a recent study from France.

Ideal Time For: Demanding mental tasks, analyzing information, brainstorming and preparing for an afternoon meeting or test.

Time to Take It Easy: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
It’s often called the post-lunch dip. At midday, alertness declines and people tend to get sleepy, whether or not they eat lunch. In addition, daydreaming is most frequent around 2 p.m., according to research at the National Institute on Aging. So this isn’t a good time to operate heavy machinery or handle tasks that require close concentration.

Ideal Time For: Mentally easy tasks: interacting with colleagues; making phone calls; taking care of routine administrative chores, like filing; visualizing creative solutions to challenges in your life.

Sooooo this is basically giving me the green light to take a nap after lunch and proves why siestas make logical sense. Point taken. Heading to the beach now.

 

Brain Gets Another Boost: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Mid-afternoon provides the second mental boost of the day, thanks to natural rhythms in brain function. (For more on this, see “Mind is Sharpest” above.)

Explains that moment when you’re scrambling to get everything done before 5pm.

Exercise Performance Peaks: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Late afternoon and early evening are when you’re likely to give your best performance in physical activities that involve strength, speed and power, possibly because your body temperature peaks during these hours, notes Dr. Thomas W. Rowland, a pediatric cardiologist at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., and author of The Athlete’s Clock: How Biology and Time Affect Sports Performance. You also may have more endurance and a greater tolerance for workouts since ratings of perceived exertion are at their lowest in the late afternoon and early evening, reports Rowland.

Ideal Time For: Your daily workout; running; biking; swimming; and competitive sports, like tennis or soccer.

This is my favorite part – and the part that made me want to re-post this. When I was in college I played in intramural Football leagues – Two of them to be exact. One All Girls, One Co-Ed. I LOVED getting through my day looking forward to heading over to the field to run around, get sweaty and use up all my leftover energy. I never knew there was an actual reason to why I wanted to do this. Now, when I get home my day is consumed with figuring out whats for dinner (because let’s be realistic, that’s just as stressful as actually cooking), cleaning up behind the Checha monster and trying to return phone calls, emails and get some editing done before its time to give munchkin a bath. The night time routine requires a crap ton of energy so thank goodness science supports all that craziness.

 

Balance Schmalance.

I realized today how long its been since I’ve posted – I also realized today how quickly time is passing. Time is the most precious thing on this planet – you can’t control it, it fixes a lot of problems and exacerbates others. Time is a fucking crazy concept. ::cue the philosophy rant::

Either way… in reality, this is why I really started this blog in the first place. To capture all of the moments in my life – and in the other Kairos girls’ lives – to look back and remember how we lived and the kinds of mommies we were [are], and vent out all those frustrations and accomplishments.

Today, I come to my blog with frustration.

Being a mommy is a full time job in itself – something I don’t need to explain to any of you. But what I am struggling with is figuring out my place in the “real world”. After leaving my job as a Fundraiser with Florida International University, I embarked on a journey to explore my creativity & started a small media consulting business… I could set my own hours, figure out my schedule as I needed to with Alex and still keep doing what I love – to be creative.

and I’ve enjoyed every second of it.

But the last 9 months haven’t been a walk in the park because, see, when you have a little person THEY become your priority. Not the amazing networking event tomorow, not the potential client’s phone call you haven’t returned, not the e-mail blast to previous clients you’ve been writing – all that is small potatoes. Your priority is your munchkin. Everything that needs to get done for them, gets done first.

To be honest, I’ve not enjoyed every second of this.

See, and if you know me, you know that I look at every scenario in  my life as an opportunity. A missed contract = something better coming down the road. A mistake made while working on a client’s project = a lesson learned to make my services better the next time.

There have been some super exciting accomplishments – I’m officially an FIU vendor and photographed my first event for the School of Accounting. I landed a pretty big contract with the Huntington’s Disease Society of America managing two of their fundraising walks in South Florida. I’ve completely redesigned my website. How I’ve found the time for this – who knows.

I just pray that I learn to keep the balance going and accept the things I cannot change. This business is like a second child of mine – it needs to be fed creative projects, nurtured with constant learning and changed when it gets messy and things don’t work – and I’m determined to be just as good a mommy to Amarticus as I am to Alex…

I’m so grateful for the last 9 months of hectic craziness. I’ve launched a semi-successful creative consulting business, we’ve had 4 different homes, celebrated countless milestones in each of them and grown closer as a family. I may not have been the greatest juggler – I’ve definitely been a giant unsuccessful balancing act…

But 9 months spent watching my daughter grow up and become an adorable ball of hilariousness = something a lot of people don’t get the chance to do.  THAT IS MY KAIROS.

COUPONS | Minute Maid, Pillsbury & Some Local Stuff

Moms = Bargains. We basically have less time to get things done, less money to use for things we need, less energy to get it all done in a timely manner…

So, I will try my very hardest to share with you all the bargains that I find! 🙂

First things first. Coupons.com. Add it to your favorites, your reader, a text message alert. Do whatever you need to do to, but its worth it.

This week on Coupons.com, find some great stuff like:

.75/1 Garnier Fructis shampoo or conditioner, excl trial size PRINTABLE
$1/3 General Mills select cereals PRINTABLE
$1/2 Glade jar candles, 4 oz PRINTABLE
.75/1 Minute Maid Pure Squeezed juice, 59 oz PRINTABLE
$1 off Neutrogena hand creme PRINTABLE
.40/3 Pillsbury Crescent dinner rolls PRINTABLE
.40/6 Yoplait yogurt cups PRINTABLE
.75/2 Pillsbury refrigerated cookie dough PRINTABLE

(Thanks SouthernSavers)

Also, for my Broward / Pembroke Pines friends, check out some coupons for some local businesses!

15% off Pizza Fusion (Downtown Fort Lauderdale)

Sal’s Restaurante
$10 off any check $50+
1/2 Price Entree
Free Large  Cheese Pizza

Miami Subs
$3.99 Gyros or Chicken Pita
$5 Footlong Cheesesteak
Free Sub, Salad or Platter

Rosie’s Italian Ice
2 Quarts Italian Ice, $9.50
Half Price Italian Ice

Rickey’s
$5 Off
Free Appetizer

 

Happy Saving!

Freeze!!

Alexandria is growing up. 

I want it to freeze!

She’s got such a personality. Peek-a-boo is her favorite game on the planet. All those bows I put in her hair – good luck leaving them there now for longer than 5 minutes. She’s grown to hate her trademark style – but too bad!

Her hair is finally growing in, an adorably shimmery strawberry blonde that I swear gets more red every day. Still no teeth. We have nubs, and white spots, but no official teeth.

She is crawling. She is growing. Just like I begged & prayed to happen. Everyone is constantly telling me to slow down. “Enjoy her now” they all say. “They’re only this little once!”. Oh man thank god they’re only this little once. Since the moment she was born, everything having to do with Alexandria has been intense. From the way she was born (emergency C-Section at 1:17am), to her evenings of screaming (due to GERD), to her dry patches of skin all over her chest (caused by an allergy to milk protein), to cracked, red scaly sores on her cheeks (due to Eczema), to the nightly breathing treatments (Due to asthma – which have stopped as of now – yay!). … intense is a good way to describe the last 8 months, 12 days, 21 hours, and 25 minutes of our lives. All I’ve wanted is for her to outgrow all of these litte baby things!

Now that it’s happening, I’m not sure what I was wishing for. 

 

Sick Nights = Long Nights.

Let’s set this up: beautiful Wednesday evening, 7.5 month old with her second cold in 3 weeks. Sticky, clear mucous, croupy cough, two more doses of cough medicine left from the last cold, and no doc appts available with  my pediatrician till Friday Morning.

I think to myself – two days only, really it’s only one full day… I’ll be fine!  I didn’t realize it was also two full nights.

Alexandria has sleeping issues. Since she was about 3 mos old, we could NOT get her to take a nap for allll the delicious pacifiers in the world. We found out when she was 6 mos old that this whole time she’d  been allergic to the protein in her milk, switched to a milk protein free formula (no not soy, they have the same proteins) , and in 2 days she was sleeping through the night as if this new formula was magical. Now we were just left with the issue of FALLING asleep.

At 7.5 mos, she’s developed the art of sleep fighting into a true talent. Let’s just say if Floyd Mayweather was a professional sleep fighter, he’d be scared to fight Alexandria.

So you could imagine – bedtime is a fun hour long process where we tell ourselves it’ll be over soon. Like childbirth, or when she got her ears pierced, or the 2011 Florida Football season. “It’ll be over soon, and then the next will be easier” “the next time won’t be as bad” and “can u make sure she’s still alive” are common statements we make during this hour.

So – tonight during round 3,442 of sleep fighting – the crying and screaming spiraled into a coughing attack. Complete with a pouty lip, banshee screams, cries that lasted longer than the commercial breaks during the last season of Lost, followed by gasps of air that I’m pretty sure have prepared her lungs for many successful opera seasons.

When we finally got her calmed down and to sleep, the coughing fits hurt her so bad that she would wake up crying every time she coughed… So by 3am she was back in our bed. When they’re sick, it’s just so much easier to cuddle them back to sleep within arms distance.

So – fast forward to 5am. Pitch Black delicious sleepy darkness, air humidifier making tons of noise so I feel like I’m on a long tiring plane ride that’s equipped with a comfy bed.

All of a sudden SCREAMS. Screams that no consoling, butt patting, mommy bouncing, baby rocking, pacifier plugging could alleviate. After about 15 minutes of that we decide to just give her a bottle because we don’t know what else to do.

Boom, bottle in her mouth, she knocks out. We’re beyond relieved, and even though somehow her diaper leaked all over the place and we had to change all the sheets… None of that mattered because she was finally at ease.

In brand new clothes, fresh diaper with a full belly, my princess was finally asleep.

This is my Kairos.

There she was, laying between her father and I, in a bed that’s way too small, with sheets that don’t fit, our clothes sprinkled with mucous, milk free “milk” smell still lingering in the air, her snoring a little snore holding tightly onto my finger.

This makes the last 12 hours seem so far away, and brings me to a place where no realistic number of kisses on her funny little head could express the amount of love I have to give her.

This moment is being added to my collection.

 

Hope everyone has a fabulous day, only one more night to make it through. 🙂

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