Entries in Infants (6)


Recliner Linked to Infant Deaths Recalled

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(NEW YORK) -- Baby Matters, the former maker of the Nap Nanny is recalling all of the company's baby recliners after the products were linked to at least five infant deaths and dozens of babies hanging or falling out of the chairs.

Due to the fact that Baby Matters is out of business, there is no plan to repair the product or refund customers' money, reports USA Today. The recall is part of a settlement after the Consumer Product Safety Commission filed a case against Baby Matters last year.

Approximately 165,000 of the Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill products were sold between 2009 and 2011, says USA Today. The products costs about $130.

Some retailers, including Amazon, Buy Buy Baby and Toys R Us/Babies R Us have agreed to refund the purchase price of recalled Nap Nannies purchased in their stores.

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Day Care Now Costs More than College, Study Finds

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(ARLINGTON, Va.) -- Parents of newborn children are likely dreading the prospect of sending their kids to college, figuring the cost in 2029 will be astronomical.

But they better start saving their pennies now, because day care costs are exceeding the tuition of some four-year colleges.

According to a study by the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, one year of infant day care exceeds the cost of public colleges in 36 states and the District of Columbia, where it's a whopping $18,200.

Putting kids in Mississippi day care centers is a relative bargain at around $4,650 annually.

Parents better start shopping around for bargains where they can find them because the cost of day care goes up every year, not down.  It increased 1.9 percent on average nationally over the past year because of the rising price of food and labor.

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Moms Sell, Trade, Swap Baby Clothes for Extra Cash

Tom Grill/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A new addition to the family is a joy, but there is no joy in the bills that come with outfitting an infant that can outgrow clothes before you take the tags off.

The average American home spends $700 to $1,000 on baby clothes in a baby's first year, and hundreds more on all of the baby gear, like toys and carriers, according to the Consumer Expenditure Survey. Most agree that's a big investment for items that are only used for a few months before they are outgrown.

We all know parents would love to get back a little of that cash they're shelling out, so ABC’s Lara Spencer showed parents ways they can save a little cash and help others in the process.

The most valuable items are usually clothes that are still new with tags, and name-brand baby clothes, said Gayle Raskin, co-owner of Jane's Exchange, a New York City consignment shop that specializes in children's items. Some brands that will re-sell easily are Ralph Lauren, Gap, Gymboree, and Tea. Even non-brand essentials can make money, especially if grouped together. A group of hats will sell better on eBay compared to packing them individually. Lastly, baby gear that still has its original packaging or directions can get top dollar.

How to Swap, Donate Your Gently Used Baby Clothes:  Parents who have old baby clothes can trade gently used clothes with fellow parents for other clothes. There are several websites available, including Thred Up, where moms can trade clothes that are too small for the next size up of gently used clothes. Also, there are a number of places moms can donate old baby gear, including Goodwill, Baby Buggy, Baby2Baby and Room to Grown.

How to Sell Your Gently Used Baby Clothes:  For those looking to sell, a reminder that there are some items that should never be sold, and that you should never buy stained and soiled items and recalled items.

If you are unsure about an item's safety or selling condition, it is always a good idea to do an online search before you sell any gear, especially cribs, car seats or carriers, to make sure the item you're selling is not recalled. In addition, most lactation experts advise against re-selling breast pumps. Additional great places where mom can sell their baby items are on eBay, Craigslist, or a consignment store.

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Malaysia Airlines to Ban Babies from First Class

John Foxx/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Malaysia Airlines has banned babies in first class sections of its Boeing 747-400 jets. The airline also plans to implement the "no-babies" policy on its newer Airbus A380s, its chief executive told Australian Busines Traveller via Twitter.

CEO Tengku Azmil says the decision stems from complaints from passangers that they spend money on first class, yet are unable to sleep due to crying infants.

The carrier's new A380s are expected to take flight next June.

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New Generation of Safer Cribs Hit Stores Nationwide

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(WASHINGTON) -- A new generation of safer baby cribs will go on sale at retail stores across the U.S. Tuesday, thanks to a government rule that bans old drop-side cribs.

The new cribs will have fixed sides, preventing infants from getting their necks stuck as they could have with the drop-side models.  These older cribs have caused at least 32 infant deaths in the last decade, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The CPSC's Nychelle Flemming says "the new requirements include stopping the manufacture and sale of dangerous traditional drop-side cribs as well as making mattress supports and crib slats stronger, crib hardware more durable and also more rigorous safety testing."

Although companies can no longer produce or sell the drop-side cribs, that doesn't mean they've disappeared entirely.  Since 2007, the government has recalled over 11 million drop-side cribs.  If you want to check if your crib is on the recalled list, visit the CPSC's wesbite.

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Target Recalls 51,700 Children's Sandals

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(WASHINGTON) -- Target is recalling approximately 51,700 pairs of children’s sandals that the company says can pose a choking hazard to young kids.

Circo Aloma Infant Girls Sandals have a decorative plastic flower that can detach from the shoe, the company said. Target warns that a child could choke if the piece is inserted into his or her mouth.

Consumers have reported at least eight cases of detached flowers.

No injuries have been reported in relation to the recall, the company said.

The shoes, sold exclusively at Target stores and on the company’s website, are white and were sold in infant girls’ sizes 2 through 5.

Consumers can return the shoes to Target for a full refund.

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