CPSC Says Company Refuses To Recall Bassinets That Strangled Two Infants

CPSC Says Company Refuses To Recall Bassinets That Strangled Two Infants

The CPSC has issued a consumer alert, urging you to stop using Simplicity Inc.’s “close-sleeper/bedside sleeper” bassinets after two infants died after being strangled by the product’s metal bars. The company is refusing to cooperate with the CPSC and will not recall the product.

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It’s been a few weeks without a BPA story, so here goes: Four parents in Ohio have sued Evenflo, Avent America, Handicraft, Playtex Products, and Novartis for using bisphenol A in their baby products. They’re seeking class action status. [Washington Post]

Who's Got Good Service? Does Summer Infant Have Good Service? Yes, They Do! Yes, They Do!

Who's Got Good Service? Does Summer Infant Have Good Service? Yes, They Do! Yes, They Do!

Eric’s Summer Infant baby gate finally broke after four years of pummeling from his two hyperactive little gate crashers. When Eric called to ask about a replacement part, Summer Infant’s response caught him off guard…

TSA Won't Let Parents Bring Extra Baby Food In Anticipation Of Delays

TSA Won't Let Parents Bring Extra Baby Food In Anticipation Of Delays

Two Boston doctors brought, by their admission, “probably two and a half times as much as we’d need” of baby food on a recent flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Manchester, N.H. The TSA agent told them it was above the official limit and confiscated it. The parents argued that in light of record delays, winter weather, and stranded-on-the-tarmac stories, they wanted to be fully prepared. The TSA officers told them they’d need a doctor’s note to bring that much food on board—but, um, from another doctor who wasn’t one of the parents.

Glass Baby Bottles Hit The Market To Answer Concerned Parents' Fears Of Plastic

Glass Baby Bottles Hit The Market To Answer Concerned Parents' Fears Of Plastic

Earlier this month, several consumer groups announced that heated plastic baby bottles leach bisphenol A “in amounts that were within the range shown to cause harm in animal studies.” Now a reader writes in to tell us that companies are already starting to respond to the issue with announcements that they’ll be releasing glass bottles in addition to plastic versions.

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If you have babies visiting you this holiday season, don’t let them sleep on air mattresses, says the CPSC. They’ve received several reports of suffocation deaths because the mattresses can be too soft for infants. The same goes for waterbeds, although if you have a waterbed then you’re probably living in 1982 and this blog hasn’t been invented yet. [CPSC]

Should You Give Your Kids Probiotic Pills?

Should You Give Your Kids Probiotic Pills?

Consumer Reports asked an expert’s opinion on probiotic supplements and live culture yogurt products geared especially toward kids. There’s preliminary evidence out there that says it can help relieve infants and toddlers suffering from diarrhea caused by antibiotics or gastrointestinal illnesses. But there’s also a chance the bacteria can cause illness in infants or those with weakened immune systems.

Do Consumers Actually Participate In Recalls? (No.)

Do Consumers Actually Participate In Recalls? (No.)

Despite all the hand-wringing on our part, we consumers don’t actually participate in recalls at a very high level. This leaves both manufacturers and the CPSC in the dark about whether their warnings are reaching the right people—which is why the House approved a bill this Tuesday that would require manufacturers of certain infant and toddler products to keep registration info on their customers.

"Parents, Don't Use Crib Bumpers" Says Study

"Parents, Don't Use Crib Bumpers" Says Study

From 1985 to 2005, crib bumpers—the soft padded things parents use to protect their little bundles of dna from injury—have caused 27 deaths and 25 injuries in babies 2-years-old or younger, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Two universities are now cautioning that crib bumpers may not be worth the risk.

Delta Dehydrates Babies To Fight Terrorism

And here’s the reason why banning liquids from flights makes people less safe, not more so: an infant from County Monaghan in Ireland dehydrated and almost died after being denied liquids on a Delta flight.

UPDATE: Boiled Walmart Baby

UPDATE: Boiled Walmart Baby

Yesterday we spoke at length with Ritta over the phone. According to her statement these are the

UPDATE: Boiled Walmart Baby, With Pix

UPDATE: Boiled Walmart Baby, With Pix

Dramatic photos of Ritta’s car in the Walmart parking lot after they broke the window to get her trapped baby. Note, these were taken a few hours after the incident occurred.

Boobie Magazine Not That Bad Considering…

Boobie Magazine Not That Bad Considering…

For those puritans shocked by the sight of a real live breast adorning Baby Talk magazine, or even those shocked by those who were shocked… remember, it could be much worse. Last month someone got stoned (as in, pelted with heavy rocks) in Ethiopia for simply breastfeeding in public. Further shocked was visiting world humanitarian and sometimes U2 band member, Bono. Reports CBS2 Chicago:

UPDATE: Boiled Walmart Baby

UPDATE: Boiled Walmart Baby

A friend of Ritta’s has written in to corroborate what Ritta reported and answer some of the questions that were raised by Consumerist’s readers. Kathryn says:

UPDATE: Gazonga Outrages BabyTalk Readers

UPDATE: Gazonga Outrages BabyTalk Readers

Zulkey agrees with the outrage over a giant breast gracing the cover of BabyTalk.

Correction: Boiled Walmart Baby

Correction: Boiled Walmart Baby

Rita, who had a baby trapped in the van in the Walmart parking lot in 104 degree weather, wrote in to make sure we got one detail straight:

Disembodied, Baby-Feeding Gazonga Outrages Magazine Subscribers

Disembodied, Baby-Feeding Gazonga Outrages Magazine Subscribers

To the right, the recent cover of Babytalk Magazine, a monthly periodical dedicated to new mothers… a cover that has sparked some moral outrage amongst America’s prudish set.

Baby Nearly Killed By Walmart’s Indifference

Baby Nearly Killed By Walmart’s Indifference

With the heat wave searing American soil lately, it becomes more and more important to not lock your baby in the van in a Walmart parking lot.