What Should I Do With This Used Child Car Seat?

The good news is that advancements in child safety seat technology mean that the products we depend on to protect our tiniest citizens from injury in a car crash are getting safer all the time. The bad news is that these advancements, and close monitoring of child safety products, mean that car seats are getting outmoded or recalled for safety reasons all the time. Where do old seats that can’t be reused end up? The trash, of course. [More]


Mother Of Dead Newborn Found At Kohl’s Was 29-Year-Old Store Employee

Authorities have found and arrested the person who left a dead newborn in the ladies’ room trash in a Kentucky Kohl’s store two weeks ago. She’s a 29-year-old store employee, who has been charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence, and abuse of a corpse. The baby’s cause of death still hasn’t been determined, but it was full term and there was no obvious cause. [More]


Dead Baby Found In Bathroom, Kohl’s Keeps Store Open

What should it take to close a store during a normal shopping day? Would you expect a department store to close if a dead person were discovered in the public restroom? What if the death were mysterious and homicide detectives were on the scene? What if the dead person were a newborn infant? [More]

(Jonathan Harford)

Have You Ever Had To Choose Between Diapers And Food? We’d Like To Hear From You

Until babies are born learning to hold their bodily wastes — a development that seems unlikely to happen in the foreseeable future — there will be a need for diapers of some sort. But according to a new study, many American families are having troubles making ends meet and keep their kids in clean nappies. [More]

(J.G. Park)

Couple Asks Random Starbucks Customers To Name Their Unborn Child

The regulars at my local Starbucks are nice people who seem like they have good taste. I would probably trust their suggestions for which new Frappuccino to try, or even their restaurant or hairdresser recommendations. I would not, however, trust them to help me make my major life decisions. Like naming my child. [More]

(Bill Binns)

The TSA’s Solution For My Reluctance To Open Baby Food Jars? A Pat-Down

While we’re not fans of hands-on pat-downs from security, we understand that they exist as an alternative or a supplement to being screened at a scanner. But one Consumerist reader wants to know why a pat-down would be viewed as a way to ensure that he’s not carrying explosive materials in baby food jars. [More]

(Toys 'R' Us)

Graco Replaces Our Baby Swing That Had Electronic Freak-Out

Joshua and his wife moved their first child’s Graco Sweetpeace swing downstairs from storage in order to rock their adorable new son. They added fresh batteries to the two-year-old toy and fired it up. They were alarmed when the swing began to play music, the lights flashed, and the swing suddenly sped up, all without anyone touching the controls. Was the newest Joshua Jr. some kind of demon baby, or was the swing defective? Had other parents experienced the nightmare of having their newborns in a smoking rogue swing? Josh went online to find out. [More]


Should OnStar Have Helped A Non-Subscriber Who Locked Baby And Keys In The Car?

When is it a moral imperative for a company to make an exception for someone? What if you’re a company that provides subscription-based in-car emergency services, and someone who chose not to subscribe calls you with an emergency? [More]

25, 15, what's the difference?

When It Comes To Children, 10 Pounds Actually Makes A Big Difference

10 pounds doesn’t seem like much of a weight difference, unless you’re talking about the difference between a 15-pound infant and a 25-pound toddler. Reader O. had this problem when shopping for a playard (does no one say “play pen” anymore?) with a bassinet and changing table included. The shelf tag for the changing table claimed that it was good for up to 25 pounds: not bad. Except it is kind of bad, because it’s not true. [More]


Walmart Sold Us A High Chair Covered With Food And Mold As New

Part of the delight of Christmas morning is opening up fresh, shiny, untouched gifts. Our new stuff gets wrapped in colorful paper outside of the boxes and layers of protective plastic by the Asian teenagers who made them for us. Jan’s great-grandson is still a baby, so he probably didn’t care one way or the other about the condition of his gifts, but the grown-up family members did. The high chair they bought him had been used. Used a lot. And it was covered with food and mold. It should be their baby who has the privilege of throwing spaghetti on his high chair, not someone else’s. [More]

The second generation Nap Nanny.

Makers Of Recalled Nap Nanny Sued By CPSC Following Deaths Of 5 Infants

In 2010, the death of an infant in a Nap Nanny baby recliner led to the recall of 30,000 of the devices. But since then, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has learned of additional fatalities and more than 70 potentially harmful incidents involving the Nap Nanny. [More]

Look out!

October Recall Roundup: High Chairs, Herring, And Metal Shards

In this months’ recalls: wood cleaner sprays users in the face, wooden porch swings collapse, there’s Listeria everywhere, and an unusual number of herring products are recalled for unrelated reasons That number: two. [More]

Comment Of The Day: What Are Babies Made Of?

Comment Of The Day: What Are Babies Made Of?

AstroPig7: Babies are either made of magical, wonderful materials or they’re dead boogers that learned how to scream. It all depends on whom you ask. [More]

Potty Training Your Kids At The Restaurant Table Might Possibly Upset Nearby Diners

Potty Training Your Kids At The Restaurant Table Might Possibly Upset Nearby Diners

Whatever you might think of mom’s breastfeeding their young children in public, there are generally laws protecting those women. The same can’t be said for potty training your kids in the middle of a restaurant. [More]

Parents Of Twin Tots Appease Fellow Travelers By Handing Out Bags Of Candy, Ear Plugs

Parents Of Twin Tots Appease Fellow Travelers By Handing Out Bags Of Candy, Ear Plugs

There is nothing like the experience of being stuck thousands of feet in the air in a tiny metal tube with screaming newborns. Knowing this, it appears that the parents of one set of twin babies wanted to get in the good graces of their fellow travelers by handing out bags of candy — and offering free earplugs to — the people around them. [More]

This Toys 'R' Us Coupon Excludes Toys. No, Really

This Toys 'R' Us Coupon Excludes Toys. No, Really

Phillip and his wife set up a Babies ‘R’ Us/Toys ‘R’ Us registry for their soon-to-arrive new baby. After all of the fun of zapping items in the store with guns, they received a registry completion coupon in the mail. After the shower and baby gifts stop coming, they could buy anything left on the registry for 10% off. These coupons are pretty common, and come in handy. Well, unless you’re Phillip’s family. Their registry completion coupon isn’t very handy at all, because it excludes just about everything on their registry. [More]

Medela Concerned About Milk Emergencies, Overnights Free AC Adapter For Breast Pump

Medela Concerned About Milk Emergencies, Overnights Free AC Adapter For Breast Pump

Medela is a company that makes medical equipment and supplies for breastfeeding. Most notably, electric pumps that, at times, make mothers feel a little like dairy cattle. Scott just welcomed a new family member, and the family pulled their pump from their first child out of storage. The AC adapter wasn’t working, so they called up Medela to see whether they could buy a replacement. Instead, a new adapter was on its way, shipped overnight via UPS. [More]

Recall: Babies Fall Out Of Bumbo Seats At Ground Level, Too

Recall: Babies Fall Out Of Bumbo Seats At Ground Level, Too

Babies: they comprise the future of our species, and they’re awfully cute, but they’re top-heavy. And early in their lives, their muscle control is pretty poor. The Bumbo baby seat is an adorable piece of molded plastic designed to let your baby sit up and look around before it has developed sufficient muscle control to sit up on its own for extended periods. They’re immensely popular, but frequently misused, and not wriggle-proof. So the Consumer Products Safety Commission has announced yet another voluntary recall on the seats. [More]