Big Crowd? No Problem with Panda May 23, 2011

Posted by Paige Dunn | Paige's Parenting Collective

Have you ever lost your child in a crowd or turned around in a public place to find that your child was nowhere in sight? Even the best parents experience terrifying moments like this. Stephanie Schriger, an entrepreneur who started the online store, RealToughCookie.com, offers a clever solution—the Child Guard Panda Electronic Leash. Here’s how it works: Your child puts it on. It looks like a panda on a wristband. Pretty cute actually, and H thinks he’s cool because he has a “watch” like mama. The panda is equipped with a transmitter that sends a constant signal to a small device that I carry. I can adjust the range of the signal (from six to thirty feet). If H gets outside of that range, the receiver I have will start to beep. Here’s the trick: You can’t keep your device buried in your purse where you won’t hear it. You need to clip it onto your purse or keychain. I’m pretty excited about this product and think the ideal buyer is the mom of multiple kids or the mom of a wanderer. It really can be tough taking kids into busy areas. I think the panda will help mom relax a little. Now if something is potentially going wrong, she has her own little alarm. Read Full Post

Have a Drop-Side Crib? Ditch It! January 10, 2011

Posted by Paige Dunn | Paige's Parenting Collective

Hand-me-downs are a great way to go with baby stuff because you need so much gear. There are a couple things I wouldn’t go used on, though: car seats, for one, because you never know if they have been in an accident, and cribs. There always seem to be recalls on cribs.

Last month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned manufacturing or selling cribs with movable drop-down sides. These cribs are supposed to help caretakers get kids in and out more easily, but their design makes it possible for babies to become trapped between the movable side and the mattress, which is a suffocation risk. More than 9 million of these cribs have been recalled since 2007, and tragically, they are responsible for the deaths of at least 32 babies. If you own a drop-side crib, check the CPSC website to see if it has been recalled. To be safe, stop using the crib altogether.

When shopping for a crib, you are faced with so many brands, styles, and colors—not to mention figuring out which cribs are good quality and safe. Luckily, I learned about the book Baby Bargains, which gives a letter grade for all baby equipment. You have to check out this book; it saved me from some really bad purchase decisions. I was about to buy a beautiful crib when I got the book and discovered it received an “F” grade. Fantastic, I was about to buy my baby a beautiful death trap. Read Full Post