July US & Canada Child Consumer Product Safety Recall Round Up

Every month, things are recalled by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.  Frequently, if the item is sold north of the border, Health Canada either issues a similar or joint recall, or at least puts out an alert.  I’m actually sometimes amazed at the frequency or quantity of children’s items that end up with consumer product safety recall announcements.  It seems like the only time we hear about them are when they are huge, like the Storkcraft recall a couple of years ago.  Here are the children’s consumer product safety recall items for the month of July, complete with links to the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada when applicable.

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Get GroVia Diapers for a Steal!

Norton modeling GroVia in kiwi

I’ve been a fan of GroVia hybrids for quite some time.  The all-in-two ability to reuse the shell makes using cloth diapers less expensive, and the design is super easy to use.  (Here’s a demo video!)

Today, you can get GroVia diapers at an amazing price at BabySteals.  Stop by and build up your cloth diaper stash today!

The Death of an Inspiration – Sally Ride

As a stay at home mom, I’ve often worried about what kind of message I would send my children.  Yes, I’m home with them, and I love being at home with them.  I love having the time with them and never missing milestones.  I get to be there for them, encourage them, and support them.

But it seems almost anti-feminist.  Yes, women can do anything.  I just wonder if I’m denying my children the strong female role model that some of my online friends are for their children.  Doctors, lawyers, dentists, accountants, CFO’s of start up companies…   They can look to their mothers and see what a strong, successful role model is.

And then there’s me.

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Katie Holmes, Parenting Decisions, and Judgment

Every single day, we have parenting decisions to make.  Some are the small parenting decisions, like whether or not to allow another episode of Sesame Street.  Then there are the bigger parenting decisions, like choosing a preschool, switching from a crib to a toddler bed, or getting a family pet.

It also seems like for whatever decision we make, there’s someone waiting to judge us and tell us that we’re doing it wrong.  These decisions and the resulting judgments seem like the basis of the mommy wars.  It also seems like the more visible a mother is, the more these judgments fall upon her.

Take Katie Holmes and her daughter Suri Cruise.  I don’t generally follow the celebrity tabloid stuff.  I generally don’t find it even remotely interesting.  However, I was reading The Daily Mail online the other day, and I accidentally clicked the wrong link and ended up reading a story featuring photos of a pouting Suri Cruise.

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Breastfeeding Problems – Excuses, Pressure, and the Real Deal

I read an article this morning that got me thinking.  It seems like whenever breastfeeding comes in conversation (and it does far more than I’d like), the mom who isn’t breastfeeding gives a reason.  Breastfeeding problems are frequently cited as she pulls out a bottle.  Over at The Alpha Parent, the piece Newsflash: Breastfeeding Requires Effort talked about how breastfeeding problems are more often excuses for not breastfeeding.

She’s right.

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Bullying, Parenting, Decision Making, and Court Complaints

While perusing my Facebook today, I found that an article was trending.  In this article, a teenaged girl who took bullying too far and into the realm of assault went to court.  The judge offered a deal for a reduced sentence.  The mother took it.  And now mommy is crying foul, claiming that she felt intimidated.

What happened?  Well, this brat and her friend decided that it was great fun to bully a three year old by cutting off the kid’s hair.  The mom of the three year old handled it amazingly well: rather than beating those little monsters to a pulp for daring to touch her child, she took it through the legal system.  A brat was found guilty, and the judge offered a deal: reduction of community service if Mom cut off the culprit’s hair.  Right there in the court room.  Mom did it, but now she’s whining and filing a complaint against the judge.

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A Breastfeeding Mom, Time Magazine, and the Mommy Wars

In the words of the immortal George Takei, “Oh, my.”  A breastfeeding mom on the cover of Time Magazine.  Of course a breastfeeding mom will generate controversy.  We live in a society where a breastfeeding mom will be asked to cover up or leave an establishment for nursing, regardless of the age of the child or the legality of her nursing wherever and whenever in the first place.  But a breastfeeding mom defiantly nursing her preschooler as he stands on a chair?  That’s just designed to cause sparks to fly.  And the caption of “Are you mom enough?” is enough to get anyone’s hackles up.  If anything, it just adds fuel to the mommy wars.

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Christmas Shopping Just Got a Little Easier

For years, my biggest complaint about moving to the central interior of British Columbia from Florida has been one thing: the shopping.  There are a lot of things that I used to take for granted when I lived in Tampa… like twenty-four hour grocery stores, Target, and Wal-Mart supercenters the size of Disney.  (Okay, not quite that big, but still, huge.)  Even online shopping in Canada sucks.  (Take a look at the shipping on your favorite store.  Most don’t ship outside the States.)

Another target of my rants has been Amazon.  I love Amazon.com.  You can get everything there.  It’s just amazing to me that you don’t have to leave your house to do the majority of your shopping.  Amazon.ca?  Not so awesome.  At all.  But things just got a little better.

*cue the Hallelujah Chorus*

Amazon.com now ships some stuff to Canada now.  Including toys.

Okay, I can’t get every toy that I want online from Amazon.  There are some products that don’t ship.  But you know what?  There are so many more things that do ship than what I could get before, I’m on cloud nine.  Thank you, Amazon!  You’ve just made Christmas shopping a lot easier!

Hot Topic Tuesday – When is a Large Family Too Large?

Last week, the Duggars announced that they are expecting baby number 20.  Wow.  Right off the bat, I started hearing things about “Yay, Duggars!  Yay, Godly family expanding!”  Of course, not everyone was cheering.  There were more than a few jeers about irresponsibility.

This got me thinking… when has a family grown too large?

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Hot Topic Tuesday – Child Free Restaurants

I’ve heard all kinds of things on the ‘net about restaurants that have made a conscious decision to ban children below a certain age.  Some parents are enraged.  Some parents are thrilled that there are now options to have a quiet meal without listening to someone else’s children.

As for me, I love the idea.

Wait.  Before you burn my mom card or tell me that I must be a horrible parent to not want children around or something, allow me to elaborate.  We take Norton out to dinner on a regular basis.  We’ve gone to chain restaurants like Denny’s and White Spot that have a lot of kid friendly cuisine.  We’ve gone to sushi restaurants, family friendly sports bar restaurants, and a fondue house.  Among other places. [Read more…]