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Chris Daughtry, Among Many, Expecting Twins!

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Chris and Deanna Daughtry, North Carolina natives, are expecting twins!  The happy news was just announced on May 17th.  The twins will join their other two children in November 2010.  You all know Chris as a final four contestant of American Idol in 2006.  He has been arguably the most successful American Idol contestant that did not win the contest since they started the show.  According to Wikepedia, the band that was formed, Daughtry, released their self-titled debut album which sold more than one million copies after just five weeks of release, becoming the fastest selling debut rock album in history.[2] In its ninth week of release, the album reached number one on the Billboard charts. Chris Daughtry is now the third most successful American Idol contestant in terms of record sales, behind only Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, who both won their respective seasons.

We are very happy for Chris and Deanna on their upcoming additions and wish them much happiness.  I also wanted to point out that there must be something in the water in North Carolina.  Many of our customers are also expecting twins, so the only logical conclusion is that the NC government is adding some sort of twin-producing hormone to our water.  How else can we explain the recent influx in twins?

All joking aside, having twins can be very exciting and overwhelming.  Choosing products for your twins is twice as hard, as now you have to figure out what the perfect “twins” product is, and it is more of a challenge, as there is not as much information out there on twin products.

So Chris and Deanna, some recommendations if you please…  You may look into these at your leisure.

-Bumbleride Indie Twin Stroller- Great for walking around the trails, the beach, your neighborhood, and great for running from the Paparazzi.

-Baby Jogger City Mini Double - Lightweight, easy to get in and out of the car in a quick pinch.  Still leaves room in the trunk for your band’s equipment.

-Baby Jogger City Select - If you go with one twin stroller, go with this one.  Multiple positions and reclines.  Babies can face parent, face each other, face the street.  You can put both your infant carriers right on the frame and the basket is extra large with great access.  Awesome canopies on this stroller as well.  Incredibly hard to get stroller right now due to popularity.  Give us a call Chris and Deanna!  We’ll save one for you!

-Chicco Car Seats - The best rated infant carriers out there.  Will go in both of the above strollers.

-Nap Nanny - Great product for feeding two at one time, or for lounging.  Also great for colic, reflux, and earaches.  VERY comfy for babies!

-Baby K-Tan Carrier - You can carry both babies at once in this thing!

-Sprout Shell Infant Car Seat Protector - Chosen just for you to shield babies from the flashing cameras that will come their way, and from prying hands.  Also acts as a nursing cover and shopping cart cover

-Skip Hop Duo Double Deluxe - Extra Large Twin Size Diaper Bag for Baby

To Chris, Deanna, and ALL parents of twins, good luck with your double blessings, and let us know how we can help.  Congratulations!

Shirts That Go! - Cool Toddler and Kid Shirts for Your Little Man

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

It’s a fact that little boys LOVE vehicles!  Fire trucks, bulldozers, trains; whatever goes, they love.  As a mom of two boys, I know it is hard to find realistic looking vehicle kids t-shirts for my boys.  That is where Shirts That Go comes in!  Created by a dad out of Chapel Hill, NC, Shirts That Go creates realistic looking screen printed vehicles on white t-shirts that your little guy will love!

Choose from Fire truck t-shirts, Airplane t-shirts, Train t-shirts, Bulldozer t-shirts, and Motorcycle t-shirts.  Check them out at ShirtsThatGo.com.  My 3 year old, Peyton, chose this cute firetruck t-shirt below.

Shirts That Go Firetruck T-Shirt

Shirts That Go Firetruck T-Shirt

Most Popular Baby Names of 2009…

Monday, May 10th, 2010

According to the Social Security Administration, the 10 most popular girls’ names, in order, are: Isabella, Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Ava, Emily, Madison, Abigail, Chloe and Mia.

The 10 most popular boys’ name, also in order, are: Jacob, Ethan, Michael, Alexander, William, Joshua, Daniel, Jayden, Noah and Anthony.

What are you going to name your baby?  Let us know!

Keep Your Baby Safe with These Great Tips from JPMA

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is a national trade organization representing 95% of the prenatal to preschool industry. Today, JPMA represents 250 companies in the United States, Canada, and Mexico who manufacture, import and/or distribute infant products such as cribs, car seats, strollers, bedding, and a wide range of accessories and decorative items.

The JPMA is a great resource for parents to ensure their baby items are safe, and they have recently updated their website to make it easy and user-friendly for parents.

The consumer side of their site is called The Parenthood and is a great place to find safety tips, recall information, and information about innovative products for you and your baby.  Here are some great safety tips right from their site for you.  Please visit the JPMA site at:


JPMA Helps Keep Baby Safe

JPMA Helps Keep Baby Safe

Safety Tips from JPMA Safety House


  • Look for bassinets and cradles with a sturdy bottom and a wide, stable base.
  • Swinging cradles should have a way to keep them from swinging once a baby is asleep.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on the appropriate weight and size of babies who can safely use the bassinet or cradle.
  • If a product has legs that fold for storage, make sure that effective locks are provided to ensure that the legs do not accidentally fold while in use.
  • Decorative bows and ribbons should be trimmed short and stitched securely to prevent strangulation.
  • Infants should ALWAYS sleep in a crib, which meets current Federal and ASTM standards.
  • The crib mattress should fit snugly with no more than two fingers width, one-inch, between the edge of the mattress and the crib side. Otherwise, the baby can get trapped between the mattress and the side of the crib.
  • Remember to ALWAYS keep the drop side up when the baby is in the crib.
  • NEVER place the crib near windows, draperies, blinds,or wall mounted decorative accessories with long cords.
  • Make sure there are no missing, loose, broken, or improperly installed screws, brackets or other hardware on the crib or the mattress support.
  • Crib slats or spindles should be spaced no more than 2 3/8” apart, and none should be loose or missing.
  • Never use a crib with corner posts over 1/16 of an inch above the end panels (unless they’re over 16” high for a canopy). Babies can strangle if their clothes become caught on corner posts. These should be unscrewed or sawed off, and the remaining end panel should be sanded smooth.
  • No cutout areas on the headboard or footboard so baby’s head cannot get trapped.
  • ALWAYS use a crib sheet that fits securely on the mattress, wraps around the mattress corners and stays securely on the mattress corners.
  • Use bumper pads only until the child can pull up to a standing position. Then remove them so baby cannot use the pads to climb out of the crib.
  • Mobiles should also be removed when baby can pull himself or herself up.
  • NEVER place infants to sleep on pillows, sofa cushions, adult beds, waterbeds, beanbags, or any other surface not specifically designed for infant sleep.
  • Bed rails are not designed for infant use so do not use in place of a crib.
  • Some beds have built-in bed rails but a portable bed rail is for use only with an adult mattress and box spring. Portable bed rails are not for use with bunk beds, water mattresses, or inflatable mattresses.
  • Use a bed rail only with a standard innerspring mattress and box spring.
  • Do not use a bed rail on a bunk bed, water mattress, or bed without a box spring.
  • Be sure to keep the bed rail firmly against the mattress when in use to prevent dangerous gaps.
  • For toddler beds, place headboard against wall rather than the side of the bed so that the child can’t become trapped between wall and bed.

For Babies Under 12 Months…

  • Normal, healthy infants should ALWAYS sleep on their backs unless otherwise advised by a pediatrician.
  • Only a fitted sheet, mattress pad, and/or waterproof pad should be used under baby.
  • Cover baby with a thin covering, such as a crib blanket, receiving blanket or other blankets specifically designed for infants, only reaching as far as baby’s chest, and tuck the covering around the crib mattress. For newborns, consider swaddling.
  • Do not overdress your baby. Consider using a sleeper, sleep sack, or other sleep clothing as an alternative to any covering
  • ALWAYS use restraint system to restrain baby when the changing table is in use.
  • ALWAYS keep one hand on the baby on the changing table. Be sure any baby products you need, such as diapers or wipes, are easily accessible.


  • Bath seats and bath rings should be used with children who are capable of sitting upright unassisted. Discontinue use when a child can pull to a standing position.
  • NEVER leave baby unattended. If you need to leave the bathroom, take the baby with you. Do not rely on older children to watch the baby for you.
  • Collect all bathing materials before bringing baby into the bathroom.
  • Never use a bath seat on textured or non-skid tub surfaces unless the manufacturer’s instructions specifically state the seat is intended for such surfaces.
  • Place the bath seat in the tub so baby cannot reach the faucet or spout.
  • After running a minimum amount of warm water in the tub, carefully place baby into the bath seat.
  • If bath seat moves or tips while your child is in it, discontinue use.
  • Good practice to keep bathroom doors closed and toilet seats closed and locked. It is possible for baby to drown in as little as two inches of water.
  • Small appliances, including blow dryers and irons, should be unplugged when not in use and kept out of baby’s reach.


  • Check for adjustments on a stroller that reduces the size of seat openings in the front to prevent your baby from falling out when seat back is reclined into the flat position.
  • Choose a carriage or stroller that has a base wide enough to prevent tipping, even when your baby leans over the side.
  • If the stroller seat adjusts to a reclining position, make sure the carriage or stroller doesn’t tip backwards when the child lies down.
  • ALWAYS secure the baby by using the restraint straps.
  • Don’t hang pocketbooks or shopping bags over the handles of the carriage or stroller. If your stroller has a shopping basket for carrying packages, it should be low on the back of the stroller or directly over the rear wheels.
  • Use the locking device on any stroller to prevent accidental folding.
  • Apply the brakes to limit rotation of the wheels when stroller is stationary.
  • When you fold or unfold the stroller, keep the baby’s hands away from the areas that could pinch tiny fingers.
  • The back seat is the safest place to ride.
  • Infants must ride rear facing or in a car bed.
  • Always anchor the car seat/booster seat to the car using the seat belt exactly as directed by the car seat/booster seat manufacturer.
  • NEVER use a car seat/booster seat in a seating location with an airbag.
  • Always check that the car seat/booster seat is securely installed. A locking clip may be necessary. Read the vehicle owner’s manual for information on other belt accessories that may be required.
  • Do not use a car seat/booster seat more than six years old.
  • Do not use a car seat/booster seat that has ever been involved in a crash.
  • Do not use a car seat/booster seat missing the manufacturer’s label showing the name of the manufacturer, model number and date of manufacture.
  • Booster seats are recommended for children over 30 lbs., but consider height and maturity level as well. Some children are mature enough to handle a booster seat, while others are too immature to keep the shoulder belt properly positioned.
  • Set a good example and make sure the entire family buckles up.
  • NEVER buy a used car seat or booster seat.

Living Room

  • Choose a play yard with mesh holes no larger than 1/4”. Slats on a wooden play yard should be no more than 2 3/8” apart.
  • The play yard, including side rails, should be fully erected prior to use.
  • Do not add padding or other objects inside the play yard, which permit your child to climb out.
  • Make sure all latching features of the play yard are in place and secure.
  • Always provide the supervision necessary for the continued safety of your child. When used for playing, never leave child unattended.
  • Infants can suffocate in gaps between a mattress too small or too thick and the sides, or on soft bedding.
  • NEVER leave a baby in a mesh play yard if its drop side is in the down position. The baby could roll into the space between the pad and loose mesh, causing suffocation.
  • NEVER place the play yard near windows, draperies, blinds, or wall mounted decorative accessories with long cords.
  • Never suspend strings over play yards or attach strings to toys.
  • Check vinyl or fabric-covered rails frequently for holes and tears.
  • Don’t tie items across the top of the play yard as they can entangle a baby and cause strangulation.
  • Some gates are not appropriate for use at the top of a stairway. Check the product use recommendations.
  • Gates with expanding pressure bars should be installed with the adjustment bar or lock side away from the baby.
  • Anchor the gate securely in the doorway or stairway.
  • Always close the gate when you leave the room and never leave the baby unattended.
  • Many new “accordion style” gates meet the current performance standards. Older models could be hazardous.
  • Never leave your baby alone in the activity center.
  • Keep activity centers away from stairs, doors, windows, plants, lamps, the TV, fireplace, heaters, or coffee table.
  • Keep curtains and blind cords out of reach.
  • Bouncer seats are for in-home use only. Many have bouncing action, soothing vibration, and/or toys for play.
  • NEVER place infant bouncer seats on beds, sofas, or other soft surfaces. Infant seats or bouncer can roll over and suffocate a baby.
  • ALWAYS secure the restraining straps on bouncers and never leave a baby in the seat when straps are loose or undone.
  • Baby’s movements can slide an infant seat, so be sure not to place the infant seat near the edges of counter tops, tables or other elevated surfaces.
  • Select a walker with a wheelbase longer and wider than the frame of the walker itself to ensure stability.
  • Coil springs and hinges of walker must have protective coverings.
  • NEVER leave a baby unattended in a walker.
  • Only use a walker on smooth surfaces.
  • Remove all throw rugs when a baby is in walker.
  • Keep doors closed.
  • Keep child away from appliances or items that could cause injury such as ironing boards ranges, radiators, and fireplaces.
  • NEVER carry walker with a child in it.
  • Electrical outlets, appliances and cords can be baby safety hazards. Be sure to cover unused electrical outlets with safety caps and replace broken or missing receptacle cover plates.


  • High chairs should have a waist strap and crotch strap.
  • Some high chairs recline for use with younger infants or are height adjustable.
  • Use waist and crotch restraint every time you place a child in the high chair to prevent falls from standing up or sliding out.
  • Never depend on the feeding tray to restrain or protect baby. Instead, secure restraint straps.
  • Prevent tip over – Keep high chair far enough from the table, counter or wall so the baby can’t push off from it.
  • Secure the safety latch on a folding high chair each time you unfold it for use.
  • NEVER leave a baby unattended.
  • Never use a bouncer seat on an elevated surface like countertops.
  • Portable hook-on chairs should have a strong clamp-on device, which keeps the seat level, making it impossible for a baby to kick off.
  • Do not use on portable hook-on chairs on glass or loose tabletop, or on a table with a single pedestal, leaf, tablecloth or placemat.
  • Check stability and sturdiness of table before seating a child.
  • Do not place an ordinary chair under the portable hook-on chair.
  • Always secure the waist and crotch straps around baby.
  • Before removing baby from chair, make sure baby’s legs are free from chair straps.
  • When feeding baby, first test all warmed foods for a comfortable eating temperature before serving.
  • Heating baby food in a microwave is convenient, but be sure to check the temperature very carefully. Use microwave-safe dishes and stir food from the center out after heating to ensure the temperature is even.
  • When baby begins to eat solid foods, do not give the child small, hard foods. Check with your pediatrician for a list of appropriate foods.
  • Baby should always eat and drink in an upright position.
  • Bleaches, oven and drain cleaners should always be kept out of baby’s reach. Childproof safety locks for cabinets can be helpful.
  • Keep the number of the poison control center near your phone so you can call for emergency first-aid advice.

Britax Frontier 85 Harness to Booster Seat Available for Pre Order

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

We’ve been on pins and needles waiting for the newest release of Britax’s Frontier Harness-to-Booster model, the Britax Frontier 85.  Well, yesterday Britax has released the details of this exciting new seat.

Like the previous Frontier model, the new Frontier is a Harness-to-Booster seat with an adjustable head rest and the inclusion of Britax’s True Side Impact Protection, which distributes crash forces, shields from vehicle intrusion, contains the head and body, and keeps the head, neck and spine “in true” or aligned, to limit injury.

What does the new Frontier 85 model have that is different than the original Britax Frontier?

- Highest 85 pound harnessed capacity

-Top harness height has been increased to 20”

-Integrated cup holders that don’t increase the width of the Frontier 85 seat

-Redesigned belt path for easier installation

-Booster mode starts at 40lbs and goes to 120 lbs

-New more durable washable covers on the seat

-Compatible with SecureGuard when using the Frontier 85 as a booster, which works with the vehicle safety belt in booster mode to prevent the child from sliding under the lap-belt portion of the safety belt during impact, thus minimizing the risk of abdominal injury (accessory sold separately)


Pre-Order The New Britax Frontier 85

*Britax Frontier 85 Canyon: $279.99

Britax Frontier 85 Canyon

Britax Frontier 85 Canyon

*Britax Frontier 85 Pink Sky: $279.99

Britax Frontier 85 Pink Sky

Britax Frontier 85 Pink Sky

*Britax Frontier 85 Red Rock: $279.99

Britax Frontier 85 Red Rock

Britax Frontier 85 Red Rock

*Britax Frontier 85 Rushmore: $279.99

Britax Frontier 85 Rushmore

Britax Frontier 85 Rushmore

Bum Genius! 3.0 Sale Through Friday night, Jan 8th!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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These are our most popular all-in-one diapers, so get yours today!

JPMA Responds to Recent Safety Concerns of “Drop Side” Cribs - Related to Stork Craft Recall

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

JPMA Responds to Recent Safety Concerns of “Drop Side” Cribs

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. November 23, 2009 – To alleviate confusion that is in the media
regarding the recently announced recall of certain drop-side cribs, the Juvenile Products
Manufacturers Association (JPMA), the not for profit trade association that promotes infant
safety and the development of recognized ASTM International product safety standards,
reassures the public regarding the safety of properly used, drop side cribs.
All new cribs on the market today must meet minimum government requirements. In addition,
there are consensus performance standards, which are established by ASTM with involvement of
the government and recognized experts, to which JPMA certifies cribs and other durable infant
products. JPMA also reminds parents and care givers, that when you assemble a crib to the
manufacturer’s instructions and use it properly, a crib provides the safest sleeping environment
for baby.
Recent media reports notwithstanding, cribs are intended to last for years (or multiple births)
when properly cared for. Crib instructions which are attached to cribs include information on
assembly, maintenance, cleaning, storage and use.
“JPMA believes that instead of alarming parents, we should work together to educate them about
the importance of the proper use, assembly and reassembly of cribs and how to provide the safest
sleep environment for a child,” said Mike Dwyer, JPMA Executive Director. “The safest place
for a child is in a fully functional, properly assembled crib. Parents are urged to closely inspect
the hardware and stability of their cribs to ensure all parts are in place and secure when
assembling and re-assembling cribs.”
The Consumer Products Safety Committee has NEVER said that a properly assembled crib with
fully functional hardware should not be used. Each year hundreds of deaths occur when children
are placed in a sleep environment that is not specifically designed for children. Parents should
continue using properly assembled cribs in good condition as it provides the safest sleep
environment for children.

2 of 3, Safe Sleep Practices
JPMA suggests the following safety tips to sustain the proper lifespan of your crib:
*Parents should not use any crib with missing, broken or loose hardware parts. Crib slats
or spindles should be spaced no more than 2 3/8 inches apart, and none should be loose or
missing. Also NEVER use a crib with corner posts over 1/16 of an inch above the end
panels (unless they’re over 16 inches high for a canopy).
* NEVER place infants to sleep on pillows, sofa cushions, adult beds, waterbeds, beanbags,
or any other surface not specifically designed for infant sleep. NEVER place the crib near
windows, draperies, blinds, or wall mounted decorative accessories with long cords.
* When using a drop side crib parents and care givers should check to make sure the drop
side or any other moving parts operate properly. Parents should be sure that hardware is
installed properly. When assembling and disassembling drop side cribs, parents should
always confirm that the parts are reassembled following the manufacturers guidelines as
listed in the instructions.

* Always check all sides and corners of the crib to assure proper assembly with no
openings that may entrap a child. The crib mattress should fit snugly with no more than
two fingers width, one-inch, between the edge of the mattress and the crib side.
Otherwise, the baby can get trapped between the mattress and the side of the crib.
* Do not try to repair any side of the crib without manufacturer approved hardware.
* Putting a broken side up against the wall does not solve the problem and can often make
it worse.
JPMA is pleased to note that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recognizes the
importance of urging parents and caregivers to closely inspect the hardware and stability of their
cribs to ensure all parts are in place and secure when assembling and re-assembling cribs.
Recent recalls of juvenile products highlights the importance of proper assembly and use of
cribs. Many older cribs do not meet all current safety standards. Even if you are on a tight
budget, you should not purchase an old crib at a garage sale or accept a hand-me-down crib that
may not meet current Federal and ASTM standards.
For additional tips on how to keep baby safe, including a list of JPMA Certified cribs, please
visit www.jpma.org .

3 of 3, Safe Sleep Practices
“We are all committed to making sure that baby’s sleep environment is as safe as possible,” said
Amy Chezem, JPMA Communications Director and mother of two. “We have consistently
promoted safe sleeping practices and the importance of ensuring proper assembly and use of
products that have long provided the safest place to sleep for babies.”
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association is a national trade organization of more than
250 companies in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. JPMA exists to advance the interests,
growth, and well-being of North American prenatal to preschool product manufacturers,
importers, and distributors marketing under their own brands to consumers. It does so through
advocacy, public relations, information sharing, product performance certification, and business
development assistance conducted with appreciation for the needs of parents, children, and
For more information, please visit www.jpma.org.

November 23, 2009
Release # 10-046
Firm’s Recall Hotline: (877) 274-0277
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
HC Media Contact: (613) 957-2983

Infant Entrapment and Suffocation Prompts Stork
Craft to Recall More Than 2.1 Million Drop-Side Cribs

(For the information of SmartMomma customers, SmartMomma does not and has never sold Stork Craft cribs)
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Stork
Craft Manufacturing Inc., of British Columbia, Canada, today announced the voluntary recall of more than
2.1 million Stork Craft drop-side cribs, including about 147,000 Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-
Price logo. The recall involves approximately 1,213,000 units distributed in the United States and 968,000
units distributed in Canada.
CPSC urges parents and caregivers to immediately stop using the recalled cribs, wait for the free repair
kit, and do not attempt to fix the cribs without the kit. They should find an alternative, safe sleeping
environment for their baby. Consumers should contact Stork Craft to receive a free repair kit that converts
the drop-side on these cribs to a fixed side.
The cribs’ drop-side plastic hardware can break, deform, or parts can become missing. In addition, the
drop-side can be installed upside-down, which can result in broken or disengaged plastic parts. All of
these problems can cause the drop-side to detach in one or more corners. When the drop-side detaches,
it creates space between the drop-side and the crib mattress. The bodies of infants and toddlers can
become entrapped in the space which can lead to suffocation. Complete detachment of drop-sides can
lead to falls from the crib.
CPSC, Health Canada, and Stork Craft are aware of 110 incidents of drop-side detachment; 67 incidents
occurred in the United States and 43 in Canada. The incidents include 15 entrapments; 12 in the U.S.
and three in Canada. Four of the entrapments resulted in suffocation: a 7-month-old in Gouverneur, N.Y.;
a 7-month-old in New Iberia, La.; a 6-month-old in Summersville, W.Va.; and a 9-month-old in Bronx, N.Y.
Included in these incidents are 20 falls from cribs; 12 in the U.S. and eight in Canada. Fall injuries ranged
from concussion to bumps and bruises. The cribs involved in these incidents had plastic drop-side
hardware that had broken, missing, or deformed claws, connectors, tracks, or flexible tab stops; loose or
missing metal spring clips; stripped screws; and/or drop-sides installed upside-down.
This recall involves Stork Craft drop-side cribs and Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo.
This recall does not involve any cribs that do not have a drop-side. This recall does not involve any cribs
with metal rod drop-side hardware. It involves only those cribs with plastic trigger and one-hand-system
drop-side hardware.
This recall includes Stork Craft cribs with manufacturing and distribution dates between January 1993 and
October 2009. This recall also includes Stork Craft cribs with the Fisher-Price logo that have
manufacturing dates between October 1997 and December 2004. The Stork Craft cribs with the Fisher-
Price logo were first sold in the U.S. in July 1998 and in Canada in September 1998. The cribs were sold
in various styles and finishes. The manufacture date, model number, crib name, country of origin, and the
firm’s name, address, and contact information are located on the assembly instruction sheet attached to
the mattress support board. The firm’s insignia “storkcraft baby” or “storkling” is inscribed on the drop-side
teething rail of some cribs. In Stork Craft cribs that contain the “Fisher-Price” logo, this logo can be found
on the crib’s teething rail, in the manufacturer’s instructions, on the assembly instruction sheet attached to
the mattress support board, and on the end panels of the Twinkle-Twinkle and Crystal crib models.
Major retailers in the United States and Canada sold the recalled cribs including BJ’s Wholesale Club,
J.C. Penney, Kmart, Meijer, Sears, USA Baby, and Wal-Mart stores and online at Amazon.com,
Babiesrus.com, Costco.com, Target.com, and Walmart.com from January 1993 through October 2009 for
between $100 and $400.
The cribs were manufactured in Canada, China and Indonesia.
For additional information, contact Stork Craft toll-free at (877) 274-0277 anytime to order the free repair
kit, or log on to www.storkcraft.com
Important Message from CPSC:
CPSC would like to remind 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 disengagement. Any disengagement can create a gap and entrap a child. In
addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib, especially with tape, wire or rope.
Note: Health Canada’s press release can be seen at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retraiteng.

Satellite Coordinates (C-Band) All Times Eastern
Video feed with b-roll of Stork Craft drop side cribs, a detached drop side and the free repair kit being
Date: Tuesday, November 24
Time: 10:30am – 11:00 am
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Date: Tuesday, November 24
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:00 p.m. ET
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CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly
related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please
tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable
risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s
jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire,
electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products -
such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to
the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or
CPSC’s teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054. To join a CPSC e-mail subscription list, please go to
https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumers can obtain recall and general safety information by
logging on to CPSC’s Web site at www.cpsc.gov.


Monday, November 23rd, 2009
On 9/26/09, Clare Katherine Whitenack, a beautiful, vibrant 19 month-old girl, passed away in her sleep. Her death came without warning, leaving her family devastated. They are grieving, but at the same time, still searching for answers. There is testing available to them, but it is very expensive, and they have already suffered so many unexpected expenses over the past few months. You can help the Whitenack family have some peace this holiday season simply by buying some fun, professional photos of your children.

Raleigh-based professional photographer, Kelly Thompson, will be offering FREE 15 minute portrait sessions for a limited time at the Smart Momma store, located in Stonehenge Shopping Center in Raleigh. Soon after your child’s session, your proofs will be available online, at which time you may purchase prints, or even make your own photo Christmas cards, using one of the many available designs. Your order will then be shipped to you within a few days. It’s a wonderful way to get your Christmas cards done, and the photos will make great gifts!

100% of the proceeds from this online gallery will go to the Whitenack family, so please take a few minutes to stop by Smart Momma for some great pictures! Kelly will hold the sessions by appointment only on the following dates and times:

11/24 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
11/25 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
12/2 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
12/3 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For more information or to make an appointment, call or email Kelly at 414-8472 or kelly@kellythompsonphoto.com. You can also sign up at the Smart Momma store.
Hope to see you there!

AAP Releases Car Seat Safety Guide

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Not sure which kind of car seat your child needs?  Check out the recently published Car Safety Seat Guide for parents, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  It gives some helpful hints about what to look for in an infant carrier, convertible car seat, or booster seat.  It also helps you make the decision as to when to transition your child, and give you some direction on installation and function of the car seat.

You can find this helpful guide at: http://www.aap.org/family/carseatguide.htm.

As a reminder, SmartMomma carries the following brands in car seats

-Sunshine Kids

We hope this guide published by the AAP helps to make your car seat decision easier.

Cold & Flu Season: Vaccinate My Kids? Hmmm…

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Well here we are in October, the start of cold and flu season.  Now that I have a child in public school, (Many of you that follow my blog know my oldest son Dillon is in Kindergarten) we are bound to harvest many viruses in our house this fall and winter.  I’m just dreading it.  Spring and summer is always so gloriously virus-free,  but once the weather turns cooler and the schools are packed full of snotty, coughing kids, we can say goodbye to healthy days.


I have a friend with 5 kids and I swear that woman always has one sick kid at her house through the whole cold and flu season.  With 2 kids, I am about one week out of the month with a snotty, coughing, or fever-ridden child on my couch.  As I type this blog, I am working from home today with Dillon who spiked a fever of about 102 last night.

So last night as I laid in bed tossing and turning, I began to rethink my vaccination strategy.  I made the unfortunate (or perhaps fortunate) mistake of reading an MSNBC article on vaccinating for H1N1.  Don’t get me wrong.  I have thought about it.  But then I thought about the fact that if I was going to vaccinate them from the general flu, I might as well vaccinate for H1N1 too.  That’s about $120 just for the 2 kids.  If I was to vaccinate the whole family, that is almost $250.  I was beginning to feel for my friend with 5 kids.  Also, what about side effects?  This H1N1 vaccination has been rushed to production.  What’s to say that it even works, or that my children won’t have side effects?

So anyway, I digress.  I was reading this article about a little girl, Isabella, age 4, perfectly healthy that almost died from H1N1 and I started to look for H1N1 vaccination in Raleigh, where I live.  None yet!  So with my fever-plagued 6 year old in the next room, and little Isabella on my mind, I found myself praying to God; please don’t let it be this flu.  Then I re-thought vaccinations again.

So today, Dillon’s fever broke for now, but I’m back to the big question.  Vaccinate or not vaccinate?  I gotta say, I’m still at a loss.

I wish all my readers the best of luck this flu season!  Wash your and your kids’ hands and keep your antibacterial gel around, especially when going to such germ factories as McDonald’s play areas, Chuck E Cheese, Monkey Joe’s, and of course, good ol’ daycare/school.

What about you?  What are your intentions this flu season on vaccinations?  What kind of pre-cautions are you going to be taking?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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