What parents need to know when baby products are recalled

By Nicole Moon, BBP Blog Contributor

The news of a sixth baby’s death in the recalled Nap Nanny infant sleeper is a yet another stark reminder to parents to pay attention to recalls.     The Nap Nanny was recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission nearly a year ago, but the product still remains in homes across the country and it’s not the only recalled product that’s still out there.

Why?  Because many parents believe the benefits of the products outweigh the risks.   Not so.

Here are some recent examples of baby products that have been recalled and our suggestions for different products that do as well (or better) at solving the problem for parents.

 

Some of the product recalls (and replacement products) she could discuss include –

Recalled Product: Suggested Replacement Product: 
  napnanny The Nap Nanny Infant Recliner was recalled after several infant deaths related to babies falling out of them or getting stuck in them.  DayDreamer Sleeper - Brilliant Baby Products The DayDreamer Sleeper’s higher walls, secured buckle and easy-to-read warning labels address all the safety concerns of the Nap Nanny while still giving baby the benefits of inclined sleep.
 P-17-481 DI HipHam_Reg [Converted] The Playtex HipHammock was recalled after reports that the carrier’s shoulder straps cracked and came loose, thus putting baby at risk of falling out. Moby Go - Brilliant Baby Products Summer Travel The MobyGo from Moby Wrap has a “side carry” option for parents who want to carry baby on the hip.  Its wide straps  have a safety elastic catch to prevent straps from coming loose.
 AngelCareMonitor1LARGE The AngelCare Movement Sensor was recalled after reports that the sensor’s power cords came loose and presented a strangulation hazard.  Snuza Hero Monitor - Brilliant Baby Products The Snuza Hero is portable and easy-to-use movement monitor which clips onto baby’s diaper to ensure that normal movement is maintained.  No cords involved.
 infantino monkey The Infantino Teething Monkey was recalled after dozens of reports of babies choking on it.  lela Made with 100% rubber, the Lela teether from Lassig USA is dye-free and safe for babies.
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Fourth of July Firecracker Pops!

Red, white and blue!  Strawberries, yogurt and blueberries!  We’re cooling down with some yummy (and super cute!) patriotic pops this Fourth of July weekend – with many thanks to HABA USA for these downright adorable silicone popsicle trays in “Magica” and “Penguin” shapes.

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I wasn’t sure how the silicone trays would work.   At first, I thought they would be too flexible and cause a lot of spills but they really weren’t. I did learn that once the trays are full you need to grab from the middle rather than the sides to help keep the contents in them easier.  Getting them out of the trays once they were frozen was a lot easier than regular popsicle makers too.  You simply “pop” them out — as opposed to running those plastic trays under water and then finding that magic pressure point that pulls the popsicle out of the tray without pulling the stick out by itself.

The best part (for me anyway) is that after you’re done, the sticks pop right back into the tray.  So they aren’t loose and easy to get lost.  I can’t tell you how many popsicle trays I’ve trashed because all of the sticks disappeared!

 

Fourth of July Firecracker Pops

Ingredients:

1 cup of strawberries, husked

1 cup of blueberries

1 cup of plain yogurt

4 tbsp sugar (divided)

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Directions:

1.  Use a blender or food processor to puree strawberries with 1 tbsp of sugar.  Set aside in separate bowl.  Repeat with blueberries and 1 tbsp of sugar.

2.  Mix 2 tbsp of sugar with yogurt.

3. Place all popsicle sticks into the holders before beginning to fill them.

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4. Drop a spoonful of yogurt into each popsicle holder.  Repeat with a spoonful of strawberries and a spoonful of blueberries.  Repeat until the holders are full.

5.  Use a skewer to draw circles in the holders to swirl the berries and the yogurt together.

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6.  Put in the freezer for at least 3 hours before serving.

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Taste test from the peanut gallery:  YUM!

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June’s “Dadtrepreneur”: InRoad Toys’ Andy Muslinger

By Nicole Moon, BBP Blog Contributor

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Brian opening his Christmas wish present, a big box of cars with older brothers Eric and Alex watching

It started with a Christmas wish.

That wish was made nearly 12 years ago, by then-3 year old Brian Musliner.  All he wanted for Christmas was a big box of cars.   And much to his astonishment and delight, he got exactly what he wished for.  Dozens of them.

“But then came the obvious question,” Brian’s father Andy said. “Where do you drive them all?”

That question sent Andy on a quest to design the perfect way to building roads anywhere.   Andy’s solution rolled out in 2014 with the introduction of PlayTape.

PlayTape is removable tape designed to look like roads.  You can stick and restick it anywhere and it cut or tear it to exactly the size you need.  It’s every little boys dream!

Andy markets and sells PlayTape through his new company InRoad Toys.  Like many entrepreneurs, Andy says becoming a small business owner has presented many challenges.

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Andy Muslinger presenting PlayTape at the New York Toy Fair in 2014

“I wasn’t born and bred in the toy industry, so my biggest challenge is the constant need to learn and navigate a new part of the industry,” he said. “I’m overcoming this by surrounding myself with smart people who know this industry well and by learning to humbly ask a lot of stupid questions and seek sage advice. I am very fortunate to have found some marvelous guides through the toy jungle.”

Those challenges are party of the reason he’s glad he waited until his children were older to launch his businesses.   His number one recommendation to any parent looking to go into business for themselves is to wait until your children are grown.

“You’ll have more mental power and time to dedicate to the effort,” he said. “Don’t lose those precious years when everyone is at home.”

He also recommends making sure you have the money and the time to build your business.

“A new business takes time, unprecedented fortitude, and far more money than you expect. So have your financial house in good order,” he adds. “Think things through carefully, and test your product or business model as inexpensively as you can to see if your business will indeed be a success. No sense wasting years of time and money on something that won’t work. There’s always another great idea around the corner.

While he credits his son for the inspiration to design and create PlayTape, he credits his wife, with whom he just celebrated their 25th anniversary, for giving him the time and encouragement to make this PlayTape dream a reality.

“To be honest, I’ve never been very good at work-life balance,” he adds. “However, I’m blessed with a tremendously supportive wife and family who make my uneven balance feasible. I do take the time to go on family vacations and those are the times I love the most.”

Vacations aside, Andy has big plans for the future of InRoad Toys and PlayTape.   He’s already working on three to four years worth of product line extensions.

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Today, Brian helps his dad with strategic planning for the company

“We have a long road of opportunity ahead of us just with PlayTape (pun intended),” he said. “If in 10 years no child can imagine a world without PlayTape, I will have done my job.”

Oh, and if you’re wondering what happened to Brian, Andy’s now 16 year old son, the one who put this whole thing into motion?  Brian now works along side his dad helping with strategy and merchandising.

More information about InRoad Toys is available at: www.inroadtoys.com

 

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Brilliant Baby Products has declared 2014 the year of the Momtrepreneur.  Each month we will feature a different mom taking her “brilliant” idea and using it to make the lives of parents around the world easier and more fun!

January’s Momtrepreneur: Oogaa’s Sam Skolnik

February’s Momtrepreneur: PRK Products, Inc.’s Paula Roeske

March’s Momtrepreneur:  Moby Wrap’s Gillian Beerman

April’s Momtrepreneur:  Baby Elephant Ears’ Alicia Overby

May’s Momtrepreneur:  Baby Banana Brush’s Sandra Phillips

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Product Spotlight: Baby Banana Brush

By Nicole Moon, BBP Blog Contributor

My 19 month old has an addiction to brushing his teeth.  I’m not joking.  The kid would probably carry attach a toothbrush all day if he could and when he can’t find his own toothbrush, he’ll pull up a stool and steal his big brothers’.

Baby Banana Brush - Brilliant Baby ProductsSo when I was interviewing Natalee Phillips for the BBP Blog May Momtrepreneur feature, and she shared with me the story of her nephew ending up in the emergency room after he tripped and fell with a toothbrush in his hand.  I have to admit, the story hit home for me.    Fortunately for me (and all the other moms out there just like me) Natalee’s mother decided to use her nephew’s traumatic experience and turn it into a solution, the Baby Banana Brush.   It turns out accidents involving toddlers running with an object in their mouths (it doesn’t have to be a toothbrush) is the second most common reason for babies being taken to the hospital.  Crazy!

If you haven’t seen the Baby Banana Brush, you need to check it out.   This is a baby toothbrush in the shape of a banana (which incidentally is a popular snack in this house).  The whole thing, bristles and all, is made of silicone which not onlyBaby Banana Brush - Brilliant Baby Products makes it bendable and fun to hold, it is also non-toxic and safe in the accidental case that a bristle would come off.  Natalee told me that is a rare occurrence though.  She also told me that the brush was designed in C-shape because researchers have found that shape is least likely to cause damage if someone were to fall with it in their mouth.

So, after explaining my toddler’s obsession with dental hygiene, Natalee was nice enough to send him his very own Baby Banana Brush.   He LOVES it.  And his big brother’s do too.

The Baby Banana Brush is sold at BabyBananaBrush.com or on Amazon.   The company also has a sharky tooth brush and an octopus toothbrush too if bananas aren’t so appealing to you.

 

 

 

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