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Report: First Years exits the car seat business

The folks over at the CarSeatBlog.com are reporting that the First Years is exiting the car seat business. First Years owner Tomy markets car seats under the Lamaze, JJ Cole and Learning Curve brands. Tomy got into the car seat business when they acquired RC2 in 2011. RC2 and its sub-brand Learning Curve itself acquired the booster […]


2014 car seat update: what’s new, what’s next

We’re back from Nashville and the Lifesaver’s Conference, which focuses on child passenger safety (as well as teen driving and other road safety issues). Here’s an update for what’s new with car seats for 2014 and what’s next: • Diono said their trio of new convertible seats (Rainer, Pacifica, Olympia) will be begin shipping in May […]


Reader Q: Help! My Toddler Won’t Keep Her Clothes On!

Thank you for your useful books. (I read Baby 411 and am now on Toddler 411.) I couldn’t find anything in your books about the situation I’m going through with my 3 year old. About a month ago she started to undress completely and run around naked, refusing to put on clothes. She becomes hysterical […]


RECALL: IKEA Expands Recall of Wall-Mounted Lamps Due to Strangulation Hazard

IKEA Reannounces and Expands Recall of Children’s Wall-Mounted Lamps Due to Strangulation Hazard WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product Recall Date: April 29, 2014 Recall Number: 14-161 Units: About 3.5 million in the United States, 1.4 […]


Feeding 411! Preventing ‘Picky Eater-itis’

Before jumping into your latest baby feeding questions, we posted an important Rule To Remember in our blog from last week (Feeding 411! Chewing, Swallowing: Baby’s Intro To Solid Food) that’s worth mentioning again… Rule #1 Introducing solids foods to your baby is a process. Have patience. Babies have been learning how to eat food […]


Feeding 411! Chewing, Swallowing: Baby’s Intro to Solid Food

Feeding babies and toddlers can be stressful for parents. Kids are fidgety, throw or spit up their food, refuse to eat, cry, make faces—creating a fun mealtime environment of high blood pressure! Let’s face it, we all worry…is my baby getting enough nutrients? Is she swallowing correctly? How do I keep her from becoming a […]


Kids & Language: Small Investment in Reading = Big Impact in Learning

Reading matters. Really. More of your FAQS on children and reading. How do parents think children learn language? Parents underestimate the value of talk-time and reading time with their children. And other parents go overboard and spend time and money on learning programs that really aren’t necessary. Experts recommend the 3 T’s… Tune In (listen […]


Kids & Language: The Cost of Screen Time

“If you want your child to be an engineer, don’t get her an iPad, get her a set of blocks.” More of your FAQS on children and reading. This one focuses on the impact of screen time such as apps, videos, TV, etc. (Click here to check out yesterday’s blog.) Have a question? Comment here […]


RECALL: Baby Trend TrendZ and Fastback car seats

Report Receipt Date: APR 01, 2014 NHTSA Campaign Number: 14C002000 Component(s): CHILD SEAT Potential Number of Units Affected: 16,655 Child Restraints–Brand Name–Model–Production Dates BABY TREND TRENDZ FASTBACK 10/01/2011 – 07/31/2013 Manufacturer: BABY TREND INC., SUMMARY: Baby Trend, Inc. (Baby Trend) is recalling certain model year 2011 and 2012 TrendZ Fastback 3-in-1 child restraints, models FB60070 (Granite) and FB60408 (Jellybean), manufactured […]


Kids & Language: Talking at Costco & Other Learning Moments

This week we’re focusing on children and reading by answering some FAQS such as how do kids learn to read? What is its impact on language development? How is ‘screen’ culture changing families? and more…. Many of these Qs came from a panel I participated in for BookSpring in Austin, Texas, a non-profit close to […]