The Heartbreaking Reason Babies Shouldn't Sleep In Car Seats

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When used properly, car seats are life-saving pieces of baby gear no parent would dream of not having. But for one Oklahoma family, a car seat tragically proved deadly. At 11 weeks old, Shepard Dodd was put to sleep in an unbuckled car seat, placed on the floor in a home day... Read more

Halloween Makeup Kits May Contain Chemicals Toxic To Kids

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What's more frightening than a scary ghost or skeleton costume? The chemicals found in most Halloween makeup kits. That's the key takeaway from a press conference held by US Senator Charles Schumer yesterday. Makeup palettes from major companies such as Wet N' Wild, Fun World and Rubie's Costume Company often contain harmful chemicals including lead, nickel, chromium and... Read more

Dos And Don'ts For A Fun (And Safe) Summer

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Armed with floaties and some SPF, you think you have kids' summer safety down, right? You probably do. But these are the things you might not consider. Sun and Suncreen Yep, a newborn's skin is super sensitive to the sun. But you may be surprised to learn it's also sensitive to sunscreen. For babies... Read more

5 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Avoid During Pregnancy

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New research suggests that many women -- pregnant or not -- aren't really aware of the toxins that they need to avoid if they wish to have children (healthy ones, at least). Sure, we know to avoid drinking and cigarettes, but those things are pretty much common sense. Obstetricians across the country, however, are realizing... Read more

Is Baby’s Crib Mattress Safe? Here’s What You Need to Know

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A brand new analysis of 20 new and old crib mattresses sold in the US, containing polyurethane foam and polyester foam padding, release significant amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are harmful to baby's health. The study, led by a team of environmental engineers from the University of Texas as Austin, Read more

Some Moms Want Separate Offices for Non-Vaccinated Babies at the Doctor — Do You?

In the midst of a New York City-wide measles outbreak (so far there have been 19 confirmed patients with the highly contagious virus), parents and doctors are coming forward, suggesting dozens of different ways to handle the situation. In an article that appeared on Slate, Sydney Spiesel, a practicing pediatric doctor, wondered aloud... Read more

Latest Study Reveals Parents Are Spanking Earlier Than Ever

Apparently, parents are skipping time out and going straight for spanking. A new study, conducted by the University of Michigan, revealed that 30 percent of one-year-old babies had been spanked at least once in the past month by either their mom, dad or by both parents. To put it in perspective, that's just... Read more

The Government Is Ordering Graco to Explain Why Infant Car Seats Weren’t Included In Their Recall

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After Graco issued a recall on 3.8 million of their car safety seats last month due to faulty seat buckles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now ordering the company to explain why the recall didn't include 1.8 million infant seats too, according to the NY Times. Graco is reportedly... Read more

New Stroller Guidelines Will Make Your Gear Safer Than Ever: Here’s What You Need to Know

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Because the CPSC received so many safety-related reports of children under four years old being injured by their strollers, they've released a new safety standard that will take effect in September of 2015. After reports totaled more than 1,300 incidents (including four deaths, 14 hospitalizations and about 391 injuries) from January of 2008... Read more

Recall Alert! Plum Organics World Baby Pouch Products

Make way for another recall! The FDA announced that Plum Organics voluntarily recalled two varieties of its World Baby line of pouch products. The products were recalled because of periodic damage made to the plastic spouts on the pouches during manufacturing. Here’s what you need to know:

There is a possibility that spouts could loosen, detach...

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