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>Product Recalls: Sorrell Brand "Prescott" Cribs

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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: Sorelle brand “Prescott” fixed-sided cribs
Units: About 130
Retailer/Distributor: Albee Baby, of East Rutherford, N.J.
Manufacturer: Simplicity Inc. (firm is no longer in business)

Hazard: These cribs are re-labeled fixed-sided Simplicity cribs that contain tubular metal mattress-support frames recalled in April 2010. The mattress support frames can bend or detach, causing part of the mattress to drop, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged, entrapped or fall out of the crib.

Incidents/Injuries: In the April 2010 Simplicity recall, CPSC reported the death of a one-year-old child from Attleboro, Mass. who suffocated when he became entrapped between the crib mattress and the crib frame. In addition, CPSC has received reports of 29 incidents involving the Simplicity cribs where the cribs collapsed due to the metal mattress support frame detaching or bending. These include one child entrapment that did not result in injury and one child who suffered minor cuts when his head struck the broken mattress support bar. CPSC has received one report of a consumer who, in April of 2010, removed the Sorelle Prescott label from the crib and found a Simplicity crib label underneath. (The consumer purchased the crib in July of 2009, prior to the Simplicity mattress support recall.)

Description: These are full-sized fixed-sided cribs sold in an oak finish, as 3-in-1 or 4-in-1 convertible cribs. “Sorelle Furniture” along with the company’s address, the crib’s model number and a manufacturer’s code are printed on a label attached to the headboard or footboard.

Sold at: This recall is limited to Sorelle “Prescott” cribs sold online by between July 2009 and October 2009 for between $180 and $210.

Manufactured in: China.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact Albee Baby for a replacement crib, store credit or refund. C&T International/Albee Baby is attempting to directly contact known consumers who purchased the recalled crib online from July 2009 through October 2009. In the meantime, find an alternate, age appropriate, safe sleeping environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Albee Baby toll-free at (877) 692-5233 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at

Important Message from CPSC:

CPSC reminds 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 parts separating. Disengagements can create a gap and entrap a child. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib. Babies have died in cribs where repairs were attempted by caregivers. Crib age is a factor in safety. At a minimum, CPSC staff recommends that you not use a crib that is older than 10 years. Many older cribs may not meet current voluntary standards and can have numerous safety problems.

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>Get a Free Child Safety ID Kit from Gerber

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Gerber is offering free child safety ID kits for parents. It’s really easy to get your free kit. All you need to do is fill out your basic mailing information, and your kit should arrive in 4-6 weeks. 

To request your free ID safety kit from Gerber, click here.

>Teething Twins

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The past few nights have not been fun for me at all. The boys are teething again, and this time it’s their top front teeth coming in. Omg! Malc started first about five days ago, with both front teeth coming in at the same time. Needless to say, he was not a happy camper at all. He was super cranky and super fussy. He ended up with a fever that was pretty stubborn for a few hours there, but it eventually went away. As a parent, it’s tough not being able to help your baby when they feel pain. Yes, the Anbesol and generic Tylenol works, but it doesn’t take away the fact that I felt powerless as a parent. 

After a day or so of TLC and occasional meds, Malc returned to his normal happy self. The fever was gone, and all he wanted to do was play with his brother and sister. One day goes by, and the next thing I knew, Marc was feeling warm. I took a peek into his mouth, only to find out that his front teeth were starting to come in as well. He was not a happy camper like his bro, but he was no where near as fussy as his brother. Marc was still trying to play, still trying to smile, and was happy with a little TLC from mommy and daddy. The only time that was tough for Marc was during the night. he had a real touch time catching some z’s.

After a few rough days, the boys are doing fine. They feel better, and I feel better as a parent knowing that my boys are not in pain. Maybe I’ll finally be able to get some good sleep, oh I forgot, that won’t happen again until they’re grown. 

>The Single Parent Double Standard

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There is a double standard in single parenting that is unfair to both male and female single parents. I am lucky enough not to be a single parent, but I can’t help but recognize the double standard that exist. Whenever my partner is out and about with the children, and I’m not with the crew, people want to give him the gold medal for “Dad of the Year.” Now, I’m not downplaying the fact that my children have a great father, what I am saying is, single mothers don’t get same round of applause.

The funny thing is, when people see me out and about with the kids, they assume that I am a single mother. Especially, when they see that I’m not sporting a wedding band. Then, when they see both of us with our children, they respond differently in a more positive way. Now, I’m not one to get shook up by other peoples judgments because I don’t have to explain my life to anyone. We are responsible for our family, and we decide when and how we do things. We have just started to plan our wedding that will take place, after I finish school in two years. This post is not about me or my situation. It’s about the stigmas attached to seeing a woman with children alone, and the judgments that are made on said woman.

The first news flash is, just because you see a man or woman alone with children, does not mean that they are a single parent. The other news flash is, every single parent out there is not mooching off of some form of public assistance. For example, my bestie is a single parent who worked her way through undergrad, grad school, and finally law school, all while being a single mom. I have so many friends that have done well alone, while raising their children. These friends are both male and female, and none of them are walking around begging for praise.

I hate to make this about race and ethnicity, but most negative assumptions are made towards minority women with children. When people see a Caucasian women alone with children, no one assumes that she is a welfare mom living off of all kinds of assistance. Those type of judgments are reserved for African American and Latino single moms. Just like African American and Latino men are judged not to be in their children’s lives. I guess that’s why people make such a big deal about seeing a minority man with his children, single or not. The sad thing is, some of us have lowered our expectations to believe some of the same stereotypes about ourselves.

 Now, I’m not glorifying children being raised with one parent or out of wedlock. What I am saying is that people can be less judgmental because they don’t know each persons individual situation. Besides, there are single parents that exist in all races and ethnicities. No one is immune to single parenting, even it your married. The skyrocketing divorce rate in this county tell us that. Let alone the fact that, a spouse could die and leave a widow with children behind. Before you throw stones at the next single male or female with children that you see, make sure your not living in a glass house.

>Freebies and Coupons: Free Potty Training Kit From Pampers

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Check out this cool freebie from Pampers, for moms with potty training tots! 

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  • Potty Progress Chart
  • Dora or Diego training trophy
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>Made for Multiples: Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes

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Huggies Natural Care Hypoallergenic Wipes - 720 ct.
The best baby wipes that I have ever used, has to be Huggies Natural Care. I started using them after my daughter was born two years ago, and I continued to use them when the twins were born. I like them because of they are the thickest baby wipes out of the three major brands, and they have the perfect amount of moisture for cleaning up messy little ones. Any busy mom can tell you that it sucks to have a baby wipe break in middle of cleaning up a mess. 

When I compared the texture of Huggies baby wipes to the other brands, I could clearly see and feel that Huggies wipes are more cloth like. I have found myself using the wipes to clean wipe up anything, if the wipes are the closest thing I could grab. Most of the time my hands are full, so you know that I use these wipes pretty often.

Huggies Natural Care Wipes have the following features:
  • Aloe
  • Vitamin E
  • Fragrance Free
  • Hypoallergenic

Huggies brand baby wipes come in several types, from natural care to gentle care. Try them out for your babies, and see how you like them. What kind of baby wipes are you currently using for your babies, and why?

>Product Recalls: 11,000 Baby Bottle Warmers

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A recall is in effect for baby bottles warmers that can burn babies and their parents. 

Williams-Sonoma is recalling about 11,000 Beaba Express Steam Bottle Warmers. They were sold at stores nationwide, online, and through catalogs from June 2010 through July 2010 for $65.
The company has got 10 reports of bottles overheating. In one case, an adult got a finger burn from touching a hot bottle.
The Beara Express Steam Bottles Warmers are used to heat baby bottles or baby food. The warmer is green with an orange temperature dial. “Beaba” is printed on the base and model number 9602 is printed on the underside of the warmer.
Customers should stop using the bottle warmers and call Williams-Sonoma to learn how to return the product for a full refund. Customers who return the product will get a $25 Williams-Sonoma gift card.
For more information, call Williams-Sonoma at 877-548-0850 or visit their website at