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New Arrivals Part 1: Do You Like Sophie the Giraffe? Try Chan Pie Gnon!

October 6th, 2009

Attention teethers!  If you like Vulli’s Sophie the Giraffe, you will love Chan Pie Gnon, also manufactured by Vulli!  Like Sophie, this little mushroom looking man is non-toxic, BPA-free, and phthalate-free with no PVC, and comes in three colors: Yellow, Blue, or Pink!
Chan Pie Gnon teether
Baby will love to hold him by his triangle topped head while squeezing his squeak-able soft body.

Is your baby teething?  Try the Chan Pie Gnon Cool It Soother, also non-toxic, BPA-free, and phthalate-free with no PVC.  This little green guy comes with a cool water-filled ring, but gives baby something to hold onto to prevent cold hands.
Chan Pie Gnon Cool It Teething Soother
Cool Chan Pie Gnon soother in the refrigerator and let baby go to town, soothing sore gums for immediate relief!

All of these great teethers are now available at SmartMomma Baby Gear & Gifts in Raleigh, NC or by going to our website at SmartMomma.com.  Happy Teething!
Always,

Heather
SmartMomma
“Motherhood Made Simple”

Dillon’s First Day of Kindergarten

July 13th, 2009

Well.  Today was the day.  The first day of Kindergarten at Leesville Elementary School for my first-born baby Dillon.  I drove him to his “big boy school” and took him to his brightly decorated classroom. He showed me the class pet hamster, the art area, kitchen and dolls, cars and legos and blocks (i’m sure his favorite area), his table, and to his great delight he was cubby #1.  He says, “Mom, I’m Number 1!  See?  I’m Number 1!”

Mom & Dillon Age 1

I felt a small sadness as I walked down the hall back to my car.  I wish I could be a fly on the wall, to see if he made friends, if he was happy all day, and if he was listening to the teacher of course.  All in all, it was a good experience and I hope that he enjoys his first year of school.  Looking back on the past 5 years, it has gone so quickly, and it seems like yesterday he was toddling around with his sippie cup.

Dillon, age 5

It’s funny.  When he was born I remember hanging with the neighbors, with their Kindergartners, and thinking, they are so different than me.  I couldn’t even imagine being the parent of school aged children, yet here I am already.  Planning on football practices, PTA meetings, homework, and class parties.  How fast our children grow; and how fast our lives change and we grow as parents.

NTSB CONTINUES TO PROMOTE BOOSTER SEAT LAWS AND USE; NHTSA WARNS OF HEAT DANGER IN LEAVING CHILDREN IN CARS

June 30th, 2009

Came across this press release from JPMA and thought my readers would find it useful. PLEASE don’t leave your kids in a hot car! Have a great day y’all!

Heather

NTSB Wants Booster Seat Laws

The National Transportation Safety Board commended Alaska and Texas last week, for enacting booster seat legislation that mandates children between the ages of four and eight and less than 4′9″ be required to be placed in and use a booster seat in motor vehicles. Earlier this year Ohio and Minnesota also enacted booster seat legislation, bringing the total to 47 states and the District of Columbia that require the use of booster seats.

“With booster seat laws now on the books in Alaska and Texas, only Arizona, Florida and South Dakota do not mandate proper restraints for children within our 50 states,” said Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker. “The Safety Board urges these three states to join the rest of the country in requiring the additional protection that booster seats provide to our smallest travelers.” In addition to Arizona, Florida and South Dakota, booster seat laws are still absent in American Samoa, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Of the 47 states that require booster seats, only 25 (including all four laws enacted in 2009) mandate their use through age 7, as the Board recommended.

Improve Child Occupant Protection has been on the Safety Board’s Most Wanted List of Safety Improvements for more than a decade. Specifically, the NTSB made the following recommendation to the states and territories regarding child occupant safety: ensure that children up to eight years old are required by each state’s mandatory child restraint use law to use child restraint systems and booster seats.

JPMA has long been at the forefront of promoting CRS legislation and use in all states. Motor vehicle accidents continue to a leading cause of death and injury to children. The NTSB can be found at: http://www.ntsb.gov/Pressrel/2009/090618.html

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NHTSA Warns of Summer Heat Dangers

The risk of a serious injury or death during hot weather is heightened for children left alone in vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warned today. New research shows that for children hyperthermia (heat-stroke) is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle deaths.

“Even with the windows rolled down two inches, it only takes 10 minutes for the inside of a vehicle to reach deadly temperatures on a hot summer day,” said Ronald Medford, Acting Deputy Administrator of NHTSA. “Children should never be left alone in or around a motor vehicle, not even for a quick errand. Any number of things can go critically wrong in the blink of an eye.”

Each year, 262 children under the age of 14 are killed and 115,000 are injured in not-in-traffic incidents on private roads, driveways and in parking lots according to a new NHTSA study. Out of that number, 44 fatalities and 105,000 injuries are the result of non-crashes. These incidents include hyperthermia, strangulation by power windows, carbon monoxide poisoning and more.

Many of the remaining deaths and injuries in not-in-traffic incidents are the result of a vehicle backing over a child that the driver did not see. View new research here.

Safety tips from NHTSA include:

§ Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.

§ Do not let your children play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them that a vehicle is not a play area.

§ Never leave infants or children in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open or with the engine running and the air conditioning on.

§ Make a habit of looking in the vehicle - front and back - before locking the door and walking away.

§ If you are bringing your child to daycare, and normally it’s your spouse or partner who brings them, have your spouse or partner call you to make sure everything went according to plan.

§ Ask your childcare provider to call you if your child does not show up for childcare. Do things to remind yourself that a child is in the vehicle, such as:
– Writing yourself a note and putting the note where you will see it when you leave the vehicle;
– Placing your purse, briefcase or something else you need in the back seat so that you will have to check the back seat when you leave the vehicle; or
– Keeping an object in the car seat, such as a stuffed toy. When the child is buckled in, place the object where the driver will notice it when he or she is leaving the vehicle.

§ Always lock vehicle doors and trunks and keep keys out of children’s reach. If a child is missing, check the vehicle first, including the trunk.

§ If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call the police. If they are in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible. Warning signs may include: red, hot, and moist or dry skin, no sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea or acting strangely. Cool the child rapidly. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

For additional safety tips and information on how to keep kids safe in and around vehicles visit www.nhtsa.gov/KeepingKidsSafe.

Prepared for the Association by the law firm of Locker Greenberg & Brainin, 420 Fifth Avenue, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10018; Tel. [212]391-5200; FAX [212]391-2035.

Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA)

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Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

856-638-0420

jpma@jpma.org

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Did You Know Different States Have Different Car Seat/Booster Laws?

June 23rd, 2009

Many consumers think that the law is the same throughout the United States, but child car seat laws are different depending on what state you live in.  Below we have listed the different laws per state, as stated by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association.

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Summary of Child Booster Seat Laws

(47 states total, including the District of Columbia)To date, 47 states (including Washington, D.C.) have some form of a booster seat law.  In many states, Safe Kids coalitions were actively involved in advocacy efforts to upgrade their child restraint law.  Please note that the laws generally require some older children to ride properly restrained in a booster seat, secured by the motor vehicle’s safety belt system.  Age coverage and other requirements vary by state.

The following is a brief summary of current booster seat laws (please note the range of effective dates):

1) California
-California’s law requires children ages 5 & under and weighing less than 60 pounds to use an appropriate child safety seat.
The law went into effect on January 1, 2002.

2) Washington (Note: Washington enacted a booster seat law in 2002 and revised this law in 2005 and 2007.)
-Washington’s newly upgraded law requires children ages 7 & under to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 8 or older, or 4′9″ in height or taller can be restrained by a safety belt or an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 12 & under should sit in the back seat when practical.
-The law went into effect on June 1, 2007.

3) Arkansas
Signed into law on February 28, 2001, Arkansas’ law requires children ages 5 & under and weighing less than 60 pounds to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 6 - 14 or weighing at least 60 pounds must use a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2001.

4) South Carolina
-Signed into law on July 3, 2001, South Carolina’s law requires children ages 5 & under and weighing between 40 - 80 pounds to use a booster seat in the back seat.
-Children ages 5 & under and weighing more than 80 pounds who can sit with their backs straight against the vehicle seat back cushions, with their knees bent over the vehicle’s seat edge without slouching, may use a safety belt in the back seat.
-Children ages 0 - 1 or weighing less than 20 pounds must use a rear-facing child safety seat in the back seat.
-Children ages 1 - 5 and weighing between 20 - 39 pounds must use a forward-facing child safety seat in the back seat.
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2001.

5) Oregon (Note: Oregon enacted a booster seat law in 2001 and revised this law in 2007.)
-Oregon’s newly upgraded law requires children through age 7, weighing more than 40 pounds and measuring 4′9″ or shorter to use a booster seat.
-Children weighing 40 pounds or less are required to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children under age one, regardless of weight, or children weighing 20 pounds or less, must be properly secured in a rear-facing child safety seat.
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2007.

6) Rhode Island
-Signed into law on July 9, 2001, Rhode Island’s law requires children ages 6 & under, less than 54 inches in height, and weighing less than 80 pounds to use an appropriate child safety seat in the back seat.
-Children ages 6 & under, 54 inches in height or more, and weighing 80 pounds or more are required to use a safety belt in the back seat.
-The law went into effect on July 9, 2001.

7) New Jersey
-Signed into law on September 6, 2001, New Jersey’s law requires children ages 7 & under and weighing less than 80 pounds to use an appropriate child safety seat or booster seat in the back seat.
-Children ages 7 & under and weighing more than 80 pounds are required to use a safety belt.
-Children ages 8 - 17 are required to use safety belts.
-The law went into effect on December 1, 2001.

8) Maine
-Signed into law on April 1, 2002, Maine’s law requires children weighing less than 40 pounds to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 7 & under and weighing at least 40 pounds but under 80 pounds are required to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 8 - 17 or ages 17 & under and more than 4′7″ in height are required to use a safety belt.
-Children ages 11 & under and weighing less than 100 pounds are required to ride properly secured in the rear seat, if possible.
-The law went into effect on January 1, 2003.

9) Virginia(Note: Virginia enacted a booster seat law in 2002 and revised this law in 2007.)
-Signed into law on February 23, 2007, Virginia’s law requires children ages 7 & under to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 8 - 15 are required to use a safety belt.
-The law will go into effect on July 1, 2007.

10) Nebraska
-Signed into law on April 17, 2002, Nebraska’s law requires children ages 5 & under to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 6 - 15 are required to use a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2002.

11) Maryland (Note: Maryland enacted a booster seat in 2002 and revised this law in 2008.)
-Signed into law on May 13, 2008, Maryland’s new law will required children to be in a child safety seat up to their 8th birthday, unless they weigh more than 65 pounds or are 4′9″ or taller.
-Children ages 8 - 15 will be required to use a child safety seat or safety belt.
-The law will go into effect on June 30, 2008.

12) Delaware
-Signed into law on May 9, 2002, Delaware’s law requires children ages 7 & under and weighing less than 66 pounds to ride in an appropriate child safety seat or booster seat.
-Children ages 8 - 15 and weighing more than 65 pounds are required to use a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on January 1, 2003.

13) Colorado
-Signed into law on June 4, 2002, Colorado’s law requires children ages 4 - 5 and less than 55 inches in height to use a booster seat.
-Children less than one year of age and weighing less than 20 pounds are required to ride in an appropriate rear-facing child safety seat.
-Children ages 1 - 3 and weighing more than 20 pounds (but less than 40 pounds) are required to ride in an appropriate forward-facing child safety seat.
-Children ages 6 - 15 are required to use a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on August 1, 2003, with a year of public education before enforcement begins. When enforcement begins on August 1, 2004, police officers will give warnings, not tickets, to drivers for one year.

14) District of Columbia
-Approved by the Mayor on August 26, 2002, D.C.’s law requires children ages 7 & under to ride in an appropriate child safety seat or booster seat.
-Children ages 8 - 15 are required to use a safety belt or a child safety seat.
-The law went into effect on October 16, 2002.

15) Pennsylvania
-Signed into law on December 23, 2002, Pennsylvania’s law requires children ages 4 - 7 to use a booster seat.
-Children ages 8 - 17 are required to use a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on February 21, 2003.

16) Wyoming
-Signed into law on March 7, 2003, Wyoming’s law requires children ages 8 and under to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2003.

17) Montana
-Signed into law on April 17, 2003, Montana’s law requires children ages 5 & under and weighing less than 60 pounds to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-The law will go into effect on October 1, 2003.

18) Vermont
-Signed into law on May 20, 2003, Vermont’s law requires children ages 1 - 7 and weighing more than 20 pounds to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children under the age of one (regardless of weight) and children weighing less than 20 pounds (regardless of age) are required to use a rear-facing child safety seat.
-Children ages 8 - 15 are required to use a child safety seat or a safety belt.

-The law went into effect on January 1, 2004.

19) New Hampshire
-Signed into law on May 20, 2003, New Hampshire’s law requires children ages 5 & under and less than 55 inches in height to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-The law went into effect on January 1, 2004.

20) Nevada
-Signed into law on June 9, 2003, Nevada’s new law requires children ages 5 & under and weighing 60 pounds or less to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 6 - 17 or children ages 5 & under and weighing more than 60 pounds are required to use a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on June 1, 2004.

21) Tennessee
-Signed into law on June 11, 2003, Tennessee’s new law requires children ages 4 - 8 and measuring less than 4′9″ in height* to use a booster seat (in the rear seat, if available).
-Children under age 1 or children weighing 20 pounds or less are required to use a rear-facing child safety seat (in the rear seat, if available).
-Children ages 1 - 3 and weighing more than 20 pounds are required to use a forward-facing child safety seat (in the rear seat, if available).
-Children ages 9 - 12 (or any child through age 12) measuring 4′9″ or more in height* are required to use a safety belts (in the rear seat, if available).
-Children ages 13 - 15 are required to use a safety belt (in the rear seat, if available).
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2004.
-Height language signed into law on April 14, 2005.  The effective date of the height requirement was July 1, 2005.

22) Illinois
-Signed into law on July 3, 2003, Illinois’ law requires children ages 7 & under to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 8 - 15 are required to use a safety belt.
-Children weighing more than 40 pounds may use a lap belt in the back seat, if the vehicle does not have a combination lap and shoulder belt.
-The law went into effect on January 1, 2004.

23) Louisiana
-Signed into law on July 7, 2003, Louisiana’s law requires children ages 5 & under or weighing 60 pounds or less to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 4 - 5 or weighing 40 - 60 pounds are required to use a booster seat.
-Children ages 1 - 3 or weighing 20 - 39 pounds are required to use a forward-facing child safety seat.
-Children younger than age one or weighing less than 20 pounds are required to use a rear-facing child safety seat.
-The law went into effect on January 1, 2004.

24) Indiana
-Signed into law on March 17, 2004, Indiana’s law requires children ages 7 & under to ride in an appropriate child safety seat (provided that the driver holds an Indiana driver’s license).
-Children ages 8 - 15 are required to use a child safety seat or safety belt.
-Drivers who do not possess an Indiana license are required to restrain children ages 15 & under in a safety belt or child safety seat.
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2005.

25) Oklahoma
-Signed into law on March 31, 2004, Oklahoma’s new law requires children ages 5 & under to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 6 - 12 are required to use a child safety seat or safety belt.
-Children weighing more than 40 pounds may use a lap safety belt if rear seating positions do not have a lap and shoulder belt system.
-The law went into effect immediately upon the governor’s signature.

26) Iowa
-Signed into law on April 28, 2004, Iowa’s law requires children ages 5 & under to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 6 - 10 are required to use a child safety seat or safety belt.
-Children ages 11 and older are required to use a safety belt when sitting in the front seat.
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2004.

27) Georgia

-Signed into law on May 14, 2004, Georgia’s law requires children ages 5 & under to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children weighing at least 40 pounds can be secured in a lap safety belt only, provided that the vehicle is not equipped with both lap and shoulder belts.
-Children over 4 feet and 9 inches can be restrained in a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2004.

28) North Carolina
-Signed into law on August 17, 2004, North Carolina’s law requires children ages 7 & under and less than 80 pounds to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 7 & under and weighing between 40 - 80 pounds can be secured in a lap safety belt only, provided that the vehicle is not equipped with both lap and shoulder belts.
-The law went into effect on January 1, 2005.

29) New York
-Signed into law on September 28, 2004, New York’s law requires children ages 6 & under to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-The law went into effect in March, 2005.

30) Idaho
-Signed into law on March 30, 2005, Idaho’s law requires children ages 6 & under to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2005.

31) New Mexico
-Signed into law on April 7, 2005, New Mexico’s law requires children ages 5 - 6 (regardless of weight) or children weighing less than 60 pounds (regardless of age) to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 7 - 17 are required to use a child safety seat or safety belt.
-The law went into effect on June 17, 2005.

32) North Dakota
-Signed into law on April 11, 2005, North Dakota’s law requires children ages 6 & under to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 6 & under who are at least 57 inches in height and who weigh at least 80 pounds are not required to use a child safety seat.
-Children weighing more than 40 pounds can be restrained by a lap safety belt if the vehicle is not equipped with lap and shoulder belts, or if all lap and shoulder belts are in use by other passengers.
-Children ages 7 - 17 are required to use a child safety seat or safety belt.
-The law went into effect on August 1, 2005.

33) West Virginia
-Signed into law on April 21, 2005, West Virginia’s law requires children ages 7 & under to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 7 & under and at least 4′9″ tall can be restrained by a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on July 20, 2005.

34) Connecticut
-Signed into law on June 2, 2005, Connecticut’s law requires children ages 6 & under or weighing less than 60 pounds to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children under age one or weighing less than 20 pounds are required to use a rear-facing child safety seat.
-Children ages 7 & older and weighing 60 or more pounds are required to use a child safety seat or a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on October 1, 2005.

35) Wisconsin
-Signed into law on February 6, 2006, Wisconsin’s law requires children ages 4 - 7, weighing between 40 - 80 pounds and no more than 57 inches in height to ride in a booster seat.
-Children ages 1 - 3 and weighing between 20 - 39 pounds are required to use a forward-facing child safety seat in the back seat if possible.
-Children less than one year of age or weighing less than 20 pounds are required to use a rear-facing child safety seat in the back seat if possible.
-The law went into effect on June 1, 2006.

36) Kansas
-Signed into law on March 27, 2006, Kansas’ law requires children ages 4 - 7, weighing less than 80 pounds or less than 4′9″ in height, to use an appropriate child restraint.
-Children under the age of 4 are required to be restrained in the most appropriate child safety seat for his or her age.
-Children ages 8 - 13 years of age or weighing more than 80 pounds or is more than 4′9″, are required to use a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2006.

37) Alabama
-Signed into law on April 26, 2006, Alabama’s law requires children through age 5 to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children are required to use a booster seat until he/she is six years of age.
-Children are required to use a forward-facing child safety seat until he/she is at least five years of age or weighs 40 pounds.
-Children are required to use a rear-facing child safety seat until he/she is at least one year of age or weighs 20 pounds.
-Children ages 6 - 14 are required to use a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on July 1, 2006.

38) Hawaii
-Signed into law on June 6, 2006, Hawaii’s law requires children ages 7 & under to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 4 - 7 can use a safety belt if they are over 4′9″ in height.
-Children ages 4 - 7 and weighing at least 40 pounds can use a lap-only safety belt in the back seat if there are no lap/shoulder belts available.
-Children ages 8 - 14 are required to use a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on January 1, 2007.

39) Missouri
-Signed into law on June 29, 2006, Missouri’s law requires childrenages 4 - 7 weighing at least 40 pounds but under 80 pounds, and less than 4′9″ to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children less than four years of age (regardless of weight) and children weighing less than 40 pounds (regardless of age) are required to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children weighing at least 80 pounds or children more than 4′9″ in height are required to use a safety belt or booster seat.
-The law went into effect on August 28, 2006.

40) Utah
-Signed into law on March 17, 2008, Utah’s law requires children through age 7 to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 7 and under who are 57 inches or taller are allowed to use a safety belt.
-Children ages 8 and up are required to use a safety belt.
-The law went into effect on May 4, 2008.

41) Michigan
-Signed into law on March 27, 2008, Michigan’s law will require that children ages 4 - 7 and less than 4′9″ tall be properly secured in a child safety seat.
-The new law went into effect on July 1, 2008.

42) Massachusetts
-Signed into law on April 11, 2008, Massachusetts’ law will require children through age 7 to ride in an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children taller than 57 inches in height and children ages 8 - 12 will be required to ride in a safety belt.
-The new law went into effect on May 1, 2008.

43) Kentucky
-Signed into law on April 14, 2008, Kentucky’s lawwill require children through age 6 who are between 40 - 50 inches tall to use a booster seat.
-Violators of the law will receive courtesy warnings until July 1, 2009.  Violations on or after this date will result in a $30 fine.  First time violators will be allowed to present proof of a booster seat purchase to escape the fine.

44) Mississippi
-Signed into law on May 8, 2008, Mississippi’s law will require children ages 4 - 6 and less than 4′9″ in height or less than 65 pounds in weight to use a booster seat.
-Children ages 3 & under will be required to use a child safety seat.
-Children ages 6 & under who are not required to use a child safety seat or booster seat must use a safety belt.
-The new law went into effect on July 1, 2008.

45) Ohio
-Signed into law on January 6, 2009, Ohio’s new law will require children ages 7 & under and less than 4′9″ to use a booster seat.
-Children ages 0 - 3 or less than 40 pounds will be required to use a child safety seat.
-Children ages 8 - 15 will be required to use a child safety seat or safety belt.
-The new law will go into effect on April 6, 2009.  Violations of the law for the first six months will be subject to warnings only.  Full enforcement, including citations, will begin on or about November 6, 2009.  Fines will range from $25 to $75 per occurrence.

46) Minnesota
-Signed into law on May 15, 2009, Minnesota’s new law will require children ages 7 & under and less than 4′9″ to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children ages 8 - 10 will be required to use a safety belt.
-Violation of the child safety seat law will result in a maximum fine of $50.
-The new law will go into effect on July 1, 2009.

47) Texas
-Enacted into law on May 29, 2009, Texas’ new law will require children ages 7 & under to use an appropriate child safety seat.
-Children who are taller than 4′9″ will not be required to use a child safety seat.
-Violation of the child safety seat law will result in a maximum $25 fine for the first offense.  Subsequent violations will result in a maximum $250 fine.
-The new law will go into effect on September 1, 2009.

For more information on the booster seat laws, please click:
http://jpma.org/pdfs/09CPSLegislationMayUpdate.pdf
http://jpma.org/pdfs/BoosterLawMap2009.pdf

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Peyton is my baby…

June 18th, 2009

My sons are now 5 and 2, and my 2 year-old, Peyton is my baby.  But what happens when he’s not anymore?  He will be 3 next month and he’s already showing the symptoms.

My Baby Peyton

My Baby Peyton

Symptom #1:  He wants to walk down the stairs by himself

Symptom #2:  He has asked me to cut all his “curlies” off, his beautiful big blond curls.  Just makes me cringe thinking about it.

Symptom #3:  He has started driving his brother’s Power Wheels all by himself around the culdesac.

Symptom #4:  He wants to drink out of a non-sippy cup (even though he spills it everywhere)

Symptom #5:  Now calls me mom, instead of momma.

Thank God he still wants to snuggle and get kisses, but I know that will eventually stop too, or he will soon get too big to sit in my lap.  Right now his little form fits perfectly in my lap and the crook of my arm as I shower him with kisses after I get home from work.

My favorite time of the day is walking through that door and hearing his sweet high-pitched voice, “Mom’s home!  Hi mom!” and he runs over with his blankie and duck-duck and motions for me to pick him up and carry him to the couch where we commence with the snuggling and kissing.  When that ends, I will be devastated.

So this is an open letter to my Peyton, my baby.  STOP GROWING!  STAY THIS AGE!  Listen to your mother!  Oh darn, who am I kidding?  I will love to see you grow and thrive and become a wonderful man someday, but do you really have to?  Love you baby!

Mom

SmartMomma Coupons & Coupon Promo Codes

June 11th, 2009

Hello everyone.  I just wanted to let you know SmartMomma now has a coupon and promo page, where we will announce any current coupons or promotions.  Please visit this page for any SmartMomma coupon codes or Smart Momma coupons or promo codes.

Sophie the Giraffe Makes Her Debut

May 19th, 2009

About Sophie the Giraffe

Sophie the Giraffe

Sophie the Giraffe was conceived by Monsieur Rampeau, who was an expert in transforming sap from the Hevea tree using the rotational moulding of rubber as a toy-making concept. He came up with the idea of designing a toy giraffe, sensing that such an exotic wildlife figure would be the first in the market, and its size and shape would be ideal for the baby’s hands to grasp and fit the baby’s small mouths. Sophie the Giraffe, who looks exactly the same as the day she was ‘born’, went into production on May 25th, Saint Sophie’s day, hence her name.

Sophie was an immediate success in France. Young mothers saw straightaway that Sophie was a must-have for their babies when the first signs of teething appeared. By simple word of mouth, the little Giraffe’s fame spread. From then on, generation upon generation of children in Europe, have come to love Sophie & her happy sound.

Sophie is still traditionally produced today, by Vulli, which is based in Rumilly in the Haute-Savoie Region of France. She is made from 100% natural rubber derived from the sap of the Hevea Tree. The process of creating her involves more than 14 manual operations and is still a secret, jealously guarded by the company.

So what makes Sophie the Giraffe such a success? This is baby’s first toy, and stimulates each of his senses from the age of 3 months.

Sight:

At the age of 3 months, a baby’s eyesight is still limited and can only make out high contrasts. The dark and contrasting, attention-catching spots all over Sophie the Giraffe’s body provides visual stimulation and she soon becomes a familiar and reassuring object for baby.

Hearing:

Sophie the Giraffe squeaks when pressed and keeps baby amused and stimulates his hearing. In later months, this helps baby understand the link between cause and effect.

Taste:

Sophie the Giraffe is made of 100% natural rubber and food paint and is completely safe to chew, just like a feeding bottle teat.

Touch:

Her soft texture and numerous chewable parts (ears, horns, legs etc) make her perfect for soothing baby’s sore gums during teething.

Smell:

The scent of natural rubber from the Hevea tree makes Sophie the Giraffe very special and easy for your baby to identify amid the other toys.

Easy to grip:

Sophie the Giraffe’s shape and size are perfect for baby’s small hands. She is very light, and her long neck and legs are easy for baby to grasp, even in his early days.

Britax Has Some Cool New Features on Their Website!

April 9th, 2009

Take some time to check it out: www.BritaxUSA.com, the USA site has been recently refreshed.

The Britax site not only incorporates the globally harmonized look and feel, but also some great new features/tools including:

· A new Fit My Child application that walks you through selecting a seat for your child based on chosen criteria.

· An enhanced Safety Center that details the Britax History & Heritage, Safety Standards, and Superior Energy Management, Fit & Comfort, and Ease-of-Use features.

· Enhanced product pages that allow you to provide reviews, upload images or testimonials.

SmartMomma continues to carry high quality products for your child, such as Britax car seats.  Please visit SmartMomma.com to see our selection of Britax car seats.

SmartMomma Baby Gear & Gifts Raleigh NC - New Commercial

March 19th, 2009

So we just finished producing our first commercial and it’s just so cute.  A special thank you to Susanna (mom) and Holden (baby) in the spot.  You can see our commercial on TLC, Lifetime, and Oxygen through June.  You can see the spot directly on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xijUrkzs42Q, also embedded in this post.

Great Britax Sale Through Feb. 15th - Up to $60 Off!

February 4th, 2009

We are in the middle of a huge Britax sale at SmartMomma this week.  This sale goes through Feb. 15th and is the best Britax sale we’ve seen so far, up to $60 off.  All patterns are discounted!

Britax car seats are made in the USA, specifically Charlotte, NC, just down the road from us.  They do everything in Charlotte, from R&D to manufacturing to crash testing.  Britax Car Seats offer easy, tight installation, True Side Impact Protection, fashionable patterns, with a patented latch system that makes it easy to install and safe for your child.  Last year, Britax has come out with a couple of new models.

The Britax Frontier Booster Seat starts at 2 years and 25 lbs and goes up to 80 lbs with a 5 point harness or 100 lbs with a seat belt.  It also has latch system.  You don’t have to re-strap, and the head piece adjusts in height as your child grows.  This seat will last from 2 years old all the way through the remainder of the child’s car seat/booster years.
Britax Frontier Booster Seat

The Boulevard Click & Safe seat is basically the Boulevard seat, with an added feature of an audible click sound when the seat belt is adjusted tight enough on your child.  This seat goes up to 65 lbs and does not have to be re-strapped as the child grows.  You just turn the knob on the side to adjust the seat height, so you don’t have to uninstall when adjusting the height.  The head piece has the True Side Impact protection.  All Britax seats have side impact protection.  The True Side Impact Protection is basically an additional headpiece on the seat lined with energy absorbing foam.Boulevard Click & Safe Lauren

Through Feb. 15th only:  Up to $60 off all Britax Car Seats!  Take advantage of the savings with SmartMomma.

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