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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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>Product Recalls: Baby Monitors and Wooden Rattles

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Wooden Toy Rattles
P. Graham Dunn of Dalton, Ohio, is recalling about 500 wooden toy rattles because the wooden dowels can be installed at an angle, allowing the metal rattle inside to become exposed. This poses a serious choking hazard to young children.
The firm is aware of four incidents of the metal rattle becoming exposed. No injuries have been reported.
This recall involves a wooden toy rattle with light brown stain, eight wooden dowels and a gold-colored metal rattle inside. The toy rattle is circular in shape, measuring 2 3/4 inches by 2 inches.
They were made in China and sold at gift stores and book retailers nationwide from June through July 2010 for about $6.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and contact P. Graham Dunn to receive a full refund. For additional information, contact P. Graham Dunn at (800) 828-5260 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website.

Baby monitors
About 800 Levana wireless video baby monitors are being recalled because the wiring can overheat and emit smoke, posing a burn hazard.
Distributor Circus World Displays Limited of Ontario, Canada has received two reports of the camera portion of the monitors overheating and smoking. No injuries have been reported.
The recall involves Levana wireless baby monitors with model number LV-TW300. The receiver front is white and green with six round buttons and the printed word “Levana.” It is 7 inches tall and includes a stand/base. The camera is all white, about 5 inches tall and is attached to a 3 1/2 inch long white base. The camera can rotate and swivel. The camera and receiver each have their own A/C adapter.
The monitors were made in China and sold at BB Buggy and Health and Safety stores nationwide and on the Internet between February and May 2010 for about $200.
Consumers should immediately stop using and return the baby monitor directly to CWD for a refund or replacement with a different model. For additional information, contact Circus World Displays at (866) 946-7828, by e-mail or on the firm’swebsite.

>Twins and More Twins!

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I hate aging myself, so I’ll use estimates within this post when it comes to years. My bestie and I have been friends for a super long time. We have been through so many stages in life together, and we’ve always been supportive of each other. I remember how shocked she was, when she found out that she would be having twins. I never thought that I would experience the same shock myself some years later. My bestie delivered two beautiful twin girls, and I delivered two adorable (if I must say so myself) twin boys. 

During my pregnancy, it was nice to have someone so close that had prior experience with twins. Even though we live in different states, her advice helped me to prepare for labor and those first few months at home. I remember calling her several times, feeling like I couldn’t get a grip on new motherhood. Yes, I had prior experience and plenty of it with my four daughters, but no single birth can prepare you for a multiple birth. The basics of what to expect goes right out the window, when it’s more than one newborn coming. A support system is necessary just to keep your sanity.

My bestie was a huge part of my support system, along with my doctors and nurses from the hospital. It was very tough to have twins, while having a young toddler without any family living in our neighborhood. I eventually got the hang of it, and it no longer takes me two days to get everyone ready to leave the house. My days of calling the bestie in tears are gone as well. Every now and then, I still have the “I can’t believe that there’s two of them” thought. I guess that’s all part of the transition. Now, the boys are at an age where I can have lots of fun with all three of them. One of the best part of being a mom of multiples, is having something so special in common with my bestie. It gives us plenty of chances for cool photo ops like the ones in this post. We both never thought that we would share twins in common. I guess that’s an example of how funny life can be.

>Black and White Newborn Twins?

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I’m all about seeing the beauty of your babies, looking at them and thinking they are the most beautiful and unique and special beings in this world. But one mom — Carole Fraser — might be treating her twin babies like the oddities they are not. They are twins. Rejoice! I love twins — I have twins. But get this (drum roll please): One is black and one is white.

OMG! How could this have happened? Oh I know. The mother is black and the father is white. So you have fraternal twins who don’t look a lot alike.

This isn’t that unusual and Jezebel agrees. My twins don’t look a lot alike. In fact, Penelope is more olive skinned with brown eyes and looks a lot like me. Hunter is fair and blond and has blue eyes like my husband. We’re both white but even white people come in different shades (though some orange people are just white people wearing really bad fake tanner).

Carole, her husband Brian, and her twins — Martha and Daniel (nicknamed Salt and Pepper by mom) — are being treated like a circus sideshow and she seems to like it. She even said Japanese tourists stopped her family so they could take pictures with them. (Gasp! No stranger danger there, I guess.

“For us that takes some getting used to because we just see them as our babies, and we’re used to one being black and the other white. We sometimes forget that it might look strange to other people,” Carole said.
She lives in Bearsden, Glascow. Perhaps they are stuck in another time?

The Mirror did a big feature on the family and both that paper and Carole call her black and white twins a million-to-one miracle. Maybe they wanted some free family photos? They should have went to People magazine — they would have dressed her in a fancy dress and $300 earrings and perfected her hair and makeup and then placed the twins in her arms. (Oh wait, that was Jennifer Lopez.)
All this makes me feel bad for the couple’s 2-year-old daughter who looks just like the dad. There’s always going to be fuss over a new baby (or babies), but this is over the top.

I don’t want to poo-poo all the excitement this mom has about her babies — they are adorable and I do believe babies are miracles (all babies). And the fact that one is like mom and one is like dad is fantastic. I get this excitement, I have it with my own twins, but it isn’t an OMG I cannot believe this moment. Now if her twins were anything like the twins born in the movie V (you know, one looks human but has an alien tongue, the other is a green monster baby), then I would say WOW! Or if the twins had two different dads, then I’d say WHOA! But to me, it’s just two really adorable twins born to a black mom and a white dad.

Source: The Stir
Photo Source: The Mirror

>Makeshift Nail Salon in Hospital NICU

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According to the L.A. Times, “officials have placed two Olive-View-UCLA Medical Center staffers on paid leave after “allegations that they had participated in a makeshift beauty salon atop medical equipment in the ward for high-risk newborns.” And it gets weirder:
Perhaps not shockingly, this isn’t the only instance of “substandard care” alleged against the neonatal ICU via anonymous tipsters. There are more general charges, apparently, of understaffing and incompetence. But the salon allegations are, somehow, especially damning.
Said the complaint, “nurses and doctors through the shift get their manicures, eye brows waxed and nails filed…The smell of acetone permeates the back area of the NICU.” One doctor allegedly “had a French manicure right on the high frequency ventilator.” So, yes, that does imply not merely presumed neglect of the baby patients, but also the presence of harsh chemicals – to say nothing of hot wax and files. Acetone is highly toxic to anyone; I wouldn’t think you’d need to be a doctor to guess that it doesn’t do the compromised immune systems of high-risk newborns any favors – but apparently scores of medical professionals were okay with it! Indeed, according to the LA Times, even members of the the hospital’s’ infectious disease staff were clients. Why not add a smoking lounge while they were at it? Wouldn’t those babies have enjoyed a little gin with their formula?
In a statement, the hospital’s CEO said,

“Olive View-UCLA Medical Center takes this situation very seriously and we are aggressively investigating the allegations…The first concern of the hospital is always patient safety and quality of care. We comply with all state and federal requirements. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provides safe, high quality care to our youngest patients.”

That said, Carol Meyer, the chief network officer for the county’s Department of Health Services, says no babies were harmed as a result of the salon (which, we might add, despite probably being unusually clean, did not technically meet any state health-inspection requirements) and said that
“there’s nothing to notify parents of unless we verify something.” However, we see settlements in someone‘s future. And some seriously ragged cuticles around UCLA.


>UK Wonder Twins Set to Enter High School at Age 9

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Paula and Peter Imafidon have broken existing records and are setting new records as they wait to hear about their high school placement. While that is something children around the world are doing, what makes it special for the Imafidon siblings is that they are only 9 years old.

The twins have attracted attention for being the youngest to pass the A/AS-level math papers at age seven. Then a year later, they became the youngest to pass the University of Cambridge’s Advanced Mathematics (FAM) paper, according to the TimesOnline report.

Dubbed the “wonder twins” by the British media, this brother and sister combo are just the latest overachievers to be parented by Chris and Ann Imafidon, who came to London, England from Nigeria about 30 years ago. According to the MailOnline, the twins’ three older sisters all broke achievement records: the oldest won a government scholarship to take undergraduate courses at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University when she was 13, the next oldest was the youngest student to take undergraduate courses at a British university at age 11 and the one closest to the twins, passed high school level math and statistics exams at age 6.

The twins have attended a normal state primary school and received additional instruction through the Excellence in Education program, an initiative to help disadvantaged families. Their father said, according to the BBC News, “We’re delighted with the progress they have made.”

Heralding the work of the program, their father dismissed “genius” as the source of their accomplishments. TimesOnline reports him saying, ” Every child is a genius. Once you identify the talent of a child and put them in the environment that will nurture that talent then the sky is the limit.”

The twins are not resting on their laurels either. According to TimesOnline Peter wants to be Prime Minister and Paula a math teacher.


>Twincredible: 2 Sets of Twins 12 months Apart.

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>Growing up, Hazel Bowden had a clear vision of how her life would be: she would have a good career, a nice home and no more than two children.

She certainly didn’t want to be one of those frazzled-looking mothers with unruly broods that she encountered in supermarkets.
But Hazel, 40, could never have foreseen just how off course her own life would go.

Hazel Bowden with husband Andrew and their two sets of twins, left  to right, Connor and Sarah, Luke and Hannah

Hazel Bowden with husband Andrew and their two sets of twins, left to right, Connor and Sarah, Luke and Hannah.

Today, she is the mother of not one, but two, sets of twins, who were born in the space of 12 months. She is thought to be the only woman in the UK to give birth to twins twice in a single year.
Hannah and Luke are now four and Sarah and Connor are three, and, for the first time since their birth, Hazel has the energy to take stock of her extraordinarily challenging and exhausting situation.
Perhaps, not surprisingly, the strain of the situation pushed her marriage to the brink.

In January this year she and her husband Andy, 38, a computer engineer, who live in Lytham St Annes, Lancs, with Hazel’s nine-year-old daughter Charlotte, from a previous relationship, discussed divorce.
Driven to despair by sleep deprivation, their relationship seemed beyond repair.
‘At one point, Andy and I were preparing 24 bottles, getting through 35 nappies and doing four loads of washing every day,’ she says. ‘I got up eight times in the night and the day would start at 5.30am.
‘Even going to the loo was a struggle and I’d sometimes do it with two babies balanced on my lap and the other two in their rocking chairs next to me.
‘I used to take such pride in my appearance – but now all I had time to do was sling on some comfy clothes. I never bothered to look in the mirror as I never saw anyone except Andy and the children.
‘In fact, there were times when I went three weeks without leaving the house. There was no reprieve, no chance to sit down and relax for a second.
‘I know some women can’t have children and I should feel grateful for having been blessed with twins – twice – but the day-to-day reality was hell.
‘One of the worst moments was two years ago when all four of them had a viral infection. For three days they were constantly being sick and there wasn’t a clean towel in the house. I felt awful as they all wanted a cuddle, but it just wasn’t possible.
‘Then Charlotte and Andy fell ill. It was a miracle I didn’t, but I couldn’t afford to be ill, I had to care for everyone. Even now, it’s not easy. I know most mums with four kids have a tough time, but the problem is them all being so close to the same age.
‘One of them does something naughty and before I know it they are all copying. If we go to the park, one might run off. But unlike most mums, I can’t sprint after them, as that would mean leaving the other three.
‘One morning in January this year, I reached breaking point. I lay in bed curled up in a ball in tears, unable to go on.’
Today, thanks to marriage counselling, the couple say their lives are back on track.
Despite the challenges of having four such young children, Hazel and Andy have learnt to embrace their unique family situation.
‘I battled for a long time with not being able to continue my career as an accountant,’ Hazel says. ‘But Andy and I have realised we lucky are to have this big family.
‘We can’t change our circumstances but we did change our attitude. After months of rowing, we’ve got back the closeness we once had.’
When Hazel met Andy on a dating website in March 2003, she had no idea they would face such challenges. At the time Hazel had recently split with Charlotte’s father and was focusing on her career as an accountant.
She says: ‘I would have been happy not to have any more children had Andy not wanted them.’
In February 2005, Hazel and Andy discovered she was pregnant three days before their wedding in Florida.

The couple had been renovating their six bedroom Victorian home, which they had planned to sell to fund a move to Canada.
Shortly afterwards Hazel started to suffer intense morning sickness. ‘It was unlike anything I had ever experienced. I remembered reading that morning sickness is more intense with multiple pregnancies.’
Her 14-week scan confirmed Hazel was expecting twins. While her grandmother had given birth to twins, there was not a strong history of it in the family.
‘I put a brave face on because any baby is a gift, but at the back of my mind I was scared,’ says Hazel.
On September 22, 2005, Hazel gave birth four weeks prematurely to Hannah and Luke, who weighed 4 lb 15oz and 4 lb 14oz respectively, at Blackpool Hospital.

Hazel recalls: ‘The first time I held them, I felt an indescribable mixture of joy and despair. I kept asking Andy how we would manage but he said: “We’ll find a way.”
‘When I came home, Andy was wonderful. We barely got any sleep for weeks, but once we’d got into a routine I felt silly for ever thinking we wouldn’t be able to manage.’
Eight weeks after the birth she went back on the contraceptive pill. So when, four months after the twins were born, Hazel missed a period she panicked.

A pregnancy test confirmed her worst fears. The pill had failed and, once again, Hazel was gripped by the most horrendous morning sickness. Surely, lightning couldn’t strike twice?
It could. ‘Before the birth, I’d always been on the combined pill, but this time I went on the mini pill,’ she says. ‘You have to take it at the same time every day.
‘I didn’t mess up the timings, but it didn’t work. I’ve heard its not as reliable as the combined pill. I was one of the small percentage for whom it failed.’
At Hazel’s 14 week scan in March 2006, she was told that she was expecting her second set of twins.
This time there was no brave face. ‘I broke down in floods of tears,’ says Hazel. ‘When we told the stenographer we’d just had twins, she looked at us like we were idiots.
‘On the drive home from the hospital Andy and I didn’t say a word. The thought of a termination crept into my mind, but when I mentioned it to Andy, he said it was something he couldn’t live with – I quickly realised I couldn’t either.’

Hazel and Andy traded in their Renault Clio for an eight-seater Mitsubishi, imported from Japan. To keep costs down, cots and baby clothes were purchased from eBay.
She says: ‘We tried to be light-hearted and joked about getting a mini bus, but there was no denying our future was irrevocably changed.

We would never be able to afford a holiday and our plans to do up and sell the house were impossible.
‘I became so big that I couldn’t look after Hannah and Luke. My bump stopped my arms reaching the changing table. When I was six months pregnant Andy had to stop working so he could help me, which made us worry about money.’
On September 19, 2006, Hazel gave birth five weeks early to Sarah and Connor, weighing 5lb 9oz and 5lb 12oz respectively.

On Hannah and Luke’s first birthday, three days later, Hazel was still in hospital. Missing such a milestone in her babies’ lives only drove home how difficult balancing the needs of all her children would prove.
She says: ‘I lay there in tears, feeling I was neglecting the first twins. I blamed myself that Charlotte, too, would suffer and none of them would ever have a normal life.’
On top of everything, Hazel calculated that it would cost £660 a week for all of them to attend nursery full-time, which added up to nearly £35,000 a year – about what she had been earning – so there was no point in her going back to work.
She says: ‘Being a parent means you lose your freedom, but suddenly I couldn’t go out without it becoming a military operation. When we did go out as a family strangers seemed to be condemning me for having so many babies.
‘One time an old lady actually came up to Andy and I and said: “Did no one tell you about contraception?” She pointed at Andy and said: “I hope he’s going to have a vasectomy.” I couldn’t believe it.’
Instead of such comments uniting Hazel and Andy, the pressure affected their relationship. By the time Sarah and Connor were eight months old they were arguing.
Hazel recalls: ‘Usually our rows were about money. The babies were costing us a fortune as we were spending £160 on nappies and £80 on formula a month.
‘We moved Hannah and Luke onto cow’s milk to save money as soon as possible and Sarah and Connor wore their hand-me-down clothes.

But we still spent £140 on shoes and £40 on wellies every three months. Our electricity bill is now £120 a month. It used to be £60.
‘Some mornings I woke up wishing I was in a different house with a different family. Looking back I can admit now that I was depressed but I was trying to be superwoman.’
In August last year Hazel and Andy talked about separating. She says: ‘While a part of me wished I’d never met Andy and unfairly blamed him for what had happened, I still loved him and wanted to have our old relationship back.
‘I also didn’t want our children to grow up in a broken home and knew that Andy and I owed it to them to try and sort things out.’
In November last year, Hazel and Andy agreed to see a marriage counsellor. ‘We needed to spend time together without talking about the children, but it was easier said than done,’ says Hazel.

‘Even when we reached a point when all four slept through the night, when the youngest were four months old, all I wanted to do was climb into bed and sleep. Finding time for romance was impossible.’
As the twins all get older, life is becoming easier, says Hazel. ‘All four twins have started going to nursery in the mornings, which gives me a chance to try to catch up with things that I’ve been wanting to do for years.
‘Now, we are happy with the little things we achieve as a family. Just making it to my mum’s house for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon is an achievement, as is Andy and I making time for a walk, just the two of us.
‘The twins are incredible. They’ve had to be very independent because it wasn’t possible for me to baby them.

Hannah and Sarah love emptying the dishwasher, which is unheard of in most families. They have such a strong bond that they don’t really need other friends.
‘They all adore their big sister Charlotte and they’re always saying they wish she had a twin too. We might have had teething problems but Andy and I love our unusual family and we are stronger for it.’
While Hazel and Andy have found happiness with their unique family, they are adamant it won’t be added to. Andy, taking the old lady’s advice has had a vasectomy.
Lightning will definitely not be striking for a third time.