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April 30, 2010

Crib Recall

The government has recalled thousands of Simplicity and Graco cribs, warning that babies could suffocate or strangle in them.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said the Simplicity recall was linked to at least one death and involved possibly hundreds of thousands of cribs, though many had previously been recalled for other defects. The agency said about 217,000 Graco dropside cribs made by LaJobi were also being recalled.
The problem with both types of cribs stems from hardware failures.
In the case of the Graco-branded wood cribs, the dropside — can break or detach, creating a dangerous gap between the crib mattress and dropped side. A baby can become trapped and suffocate or strangle. CPSC and LaJobi have received 99 complaints of dropside problems with the cribs. None involved serious injuries.
The Simplicity recall is for all full-sized cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames. Those frames can bend or detach, causing the mattress to collapse and creating a space that a baby can roll into, become trapped in and suffocate.
A one-year-old boy in North Attleboro, Mass., became trapped in his Simplicity crib and suffocated in 2008, according to the commission.
“CPSC urges all parents and caregivers to not attempt to resell any Simplicity crib to a thrift store, at a yard sale or online,” said agency spokesman Scott Wolfson. “These recalled cribs have killed far too many babies and need to be kept out of homes and daycare centers.”
Simplicity has been the subject of almost a dozen recalls since 2005 and its cribs have been linked to 13 deaths.

April 30, 2010

Bugaboo Bee 2010 is Here!

The new 2010 Bugaboo Bee has finally arrived! Same great quality with great new features. The Bee can still accommodate a child from infant to 4 years (37.5 lbs max). Offered in 6 colors, the sun canopy is now a separate piece that can be changed year round.

Note: Compatible with the Maxi-Cosi Mico Infant car seat. Graco adapter will be available in June 2010.

April 29, 2010

Introducing Bottles to Babies

It is best to introduce the bottle to newborns at approximately 3 weeks of age; by this time, they have typically mastered breastfeeding and can manage going back and forth between mom’s breast and an artificial nipple. For babies who are resistant or refusing to take a bottle the following tips will be helpful:
• Someone OTHER than Mom introducing the bottle
• Type of bottle-may need to try several different brands (Avent works well for many)
• Older babies (after 3 months) use the next level up nipple-has 2 holes for more flow
• Mom pumps out some FRESH breast milk 1 hour before bottle intro (taste and texture is important-don’t use stored milk)
• Mom needs to REMOVE herself from the room-better yet, leaves the house!
• Intro session occurs about an hour before baby’s normal feeding time
• Dad/Partner or someone other than mom holds baby in cradle hold, with baby facing away (their back is against your tummy) OR put baby in car seat/infant seat
• Perhaps have one of mom’s shirts with her scent to hold against you while holding baby
• Run nipple under warm water just prior to intro
• Intro session goes no longer than 10 minutes- NOT a marathon session lasting an hour!
• Intro session once a day for a week
It may be helpful for the person introducing the bottle to sit on the edge of the bed and while holding the baby- gently bounce up and down on the bed- motion often assists the baby to be lulled into taking the nipple.

After a week or so, IF the baby still is not taking the bottle-there are OTHER ways to feed the baby-including: sippy cup, spoon, syringes etc…don’t get stuck on thinking the BOTTLE is the only way. Good lactation consultants can assist you!

April 29, 2010

An A-List Interview: Christiane Lemieux

New on the scene less than a decade ago, today DwellStudio is almost synonymous with “modern baby.” This week we’re talking to the woman behind the designs, Christiane Lemieux. I love the way she uses color, geometric shapes, and symmetry to create iconic designs that are simple and sophisticated, seamlessly blending vintage and modern design. And as someone who loves to travel and balances multiple roles of mom, designer, and company co-founder, Christiane is exactly the kind of modern mom her products are designed for!

 

Christiane in India.

Ali Wing: What inspires you?
Christiane Lemieux: I am really inspired when I travel – with the internet it’s possible to see what is going on all over the world but it’s  not the same as actually being there.  I just came back from a trip to London and Paris with my family – it was so inspiring.  From the design of the hotels to the amazing architecture I was sketching like a mad person.  I was also moved by how much my children absorbed.  It’s amazing to see the Eiffel Tower again for the first time through your child’s eye.

AW: What color are you loving right now?
CL: I am loving gray – gray is the new chocolate.

AW: What’s your favorite city/location/destination?
CL: I am a gypsy at heart – give me a plane ticket and I will go.  It turns out that my kids and husband are the same – so far as a family we are loving Paris for all the amazing family activities.  The French are stupendous with kids. What could be better then trampolines in the middle of the Tuilleries gardens? Personally – I am in love with India – the colors, the people, the culture.  It’s my favorite and hands down the most inspiring place I have been.  I hope to take my kids soon but I am terrified by the 15 hour fight.  We just conquered Europe!

Christiane and her son.

AW: What is the most favorite baby gift you received?
CL: I think I was a pretty difficult person to buy a baby gift for! Jennifer Chused, my partner, got me the Seimi Bassinet from Netto and I love it.  I have since lent it to several friends and colleagues and they have all loved it too.  I will keep it as an heirloom for my kids.  It’s literally perfect.

AW: What is the baby product you can’t/couldn’t live without?
CL: Since I am still totally in this – three things – Born Free bottles, Aquaphor for diaper rash and Nuk pacifiers – In addition to my DwellStudio hooded towels and Owls nursery!

AW: What’s your proudest moment in parenting?
CL: I think it’s safe to say that there are amazing moments everyday – amazing can go both ways with parenting – you can be amazed how well something goes or inversely you can be amazed at how something can backfire…I think I am most proud at my ability to get a sleep schedule going and keeping it – thanks again Dr. Weissbluth.  I think this has given my kids a framework and consistency and allowed them to thrive. When your kids are well-slept – the world is a better place.

Christiane and her daughter under the Eiffel Tower.

April 29, 2010

On The Road Again…

No matter if you’re a working parent or stay at home parent or somewhere in between, there will come a time where you need to hit the road.  Be it for business, pleasure or some combination, it is great to get away, but also sometime excruciating to leave little ones behind.  With Who’s Your Mommy on the road this week, it got me to thinking about how we try to keep it together when one of us is on the road.  Here are a few things we do in our house to make travel easier on everyone:

  1. Web Video – with webcams in every laptop it is even easier to stay in touch while you’re on the road.  Web video is an easy way to say hi face to face from anywhere in the world.  For little ones, you can play peek-a-boo and old kids can share their days, projects, stories, etc.  Skype (www.skype.com) has been a major tool in our house for all travel (and staying in touch everyday with extended family).  See some video chatting basics from the Wall Street Journal at With Video Chatting, It’s a Small World After All
  2. Local Photos – Your iPhone or Blackberry has a camera in it, so use it.  Take a photo of yourself in the city you are visiting and email it back to your kids.  It is a great way for them to feel connected to you while you’re gone. 
  3. Local Weather – Ask older kids to check your local weather each day.  When you talk on the phone, let them tell you your weather.  It is a great geography lesson and also keeps them connected to you. 
  4. Gift Ritual – Frequent travelers can make it a regular part of coming home to bring a small gift that relates to the city or country you visited.  Try to keep it small and if you’re always rushing, perhaps even something you can get at the airport.  Landmark souvenirs, keychains, dolls or local snacks all work great. 
  5. Direct Flights – It seems obvious, but sometimes a direct flight that is a few dollars more will save you a ton of headaches and time from missed connections, weather delays and disappointed kids. 

Happy travels, but get home soon.  Your kids miss you.

April 28, 2010

Free Stokke Sleepi Mattress

Purchase a Stokke Sleepi Crib and get the mattress FREE! Or purchase the Crib & Bassinet Set and get both mattresses FREE.

Offer ends May 15.

April 28, 2010

news alert: 2 food additives banned from organic baby food & formula

In a move that has been cheered by supporters of strict organic food standards, The Obama administration announced late yesterday that two synthetic additives will no longer be permitted in infant formula or baby foods certified as organic.

To read the complete article from The Washington Post you can click here.

April 28, 2010

Take Help – Stay Sane

"Wanna Party?"

 Having a baby enter your family is one of the greatest joys I have known. We talk all the time about how we can’t even remember life before the Little Man. Then five years goes by and you think to yourself, “When was the last time we went out?” Before kids, the concept of “Date Night” was completely foreign because every night was date night.  Before kids, you and Lionel Richie partied “All Night Long” right? 

Well those times may be over, but as parents, you can’t lose your identity as the couple who started the whole thing. Hold on too tight and you will squeeze the fun out of parenthood. If you are lucky enough to have family and friends willing to help out occasionally to give you some “me” time or “us” time, I strongly suggest you take it.

Your family or friends may not do it exactly as you do. They may give an occasional treat or let bedtime slip by a few minutes, but your child will survive. We all did. Look at it as broadening your kids’ horizons while keeping yours from shrinking to the size of a nursery.

April 27, 2010

Hip Hip Hooray…giggle Has Made it to the Upper West Side!

Come join the funit’s finally here! The grand opening event at giggle’s beautiful Upper West Side store is on for this weekend.

We are super excited to have our event partners come and be a part of this amazing celebration. Here is the event schedule:

Saturday, May 1st: Expectant Day

Goodie bags while supplies last!

10:30-11:00 am: Prenatal workshop with Prenatal Yoga Center

11:30-12:30pm: Tips for newborn sleeping with Swellbeing

12:00-4:00pm: Prenatal pampering by Anne Heckheimer

1:00-2:00pm: Simple Steps to Schedule a Happy Baby with SeedlingsGroup

Sunday, May 2nd: Family Day

Goodie bags while supplies last!

11:15-12pm: Sing along with Eastside Westside Music Together

12:30-4:00pm: Photo shoot by Classic Kids Photography with any $25 giggle purchase

2:00-4:00pm: Captain Ari and Princess Adriane of Moey’s Music Party with big city moms

4:30-5:30pm: Mom & Baby yoga with PURE YOGA

11:00-6:00pm: Drawing for a Bugaboo Bee, treats and more

Raffles,treats, balloons…Oh My!

No RSVP required…ALL EVENTS ARE FREE.

So come in, join the fun, and giggle!

April 27, 2010

Spending a Day At the Park?!?….

Well if so, giggle should be your one-stop shop for needs of such an activity.  The following items should be great options for such outdoor events.  First, giggle introduces the Essentials Blanket by JJ Cole.  This durable blanket is simple as far as cleaning and it folds up for easy traveling.  Its great for play dates or even napping outdoors during the upcoming summer nights.  Lastly, we can’t forget to say its beyond stylish!

Next, giggle recommends the Deluxe Lunchbox Set for snacks and treats.  This lunchbox has several containers to bring along not only 2-3 items but much more.  It also has a strap to hold on to bottle of juice or water.   Lastly, once again its super stylish!

Next, for newly parents we introduce the Maclaren Rocker which has been a giggle pick for several reasons.  Its a great option for the outdoors since it has a canopy.  It also comes with a toy bar and we can’t forget to mention that it vibrates for soothing notions.  Plus, its so simple and easy for traveling because it folds down.  Plus, we now have 2 different color options.

Lastly, we can’t forget to mention sun protection when we’re talking about the outdoors.  giggle presents our Supergoop Sun Protection Collection.  From the SPF 30 wipes to our spray, this collection defintely offers diverse options for all kinds of likes.  So next time you’re in one of our 11 locations, please ask about this great options for a splendid day outdoors.  See you soon…