Archive for March, 2010

Over 1 Million Infant Slings Recalled


Over a million slings made by Infantino have been recalled after claims linking them to three infant deaths. Over a million Graco Harmony high chairs have been recalled due to unexpectedly tipping over. About 150,000 some-odd wooden Evenflo baby gates that block stairways from young children have been recalled because the wooden slats can break, allowing the child access to the stairs. I’m always hearing about this or that being recalled for something serious like finger amputations, broken bones, and death. Whenever I’m buying a product, I can’t help but wonder if I am buying something that really is safe.

Which is exactly why I keep my eye on him whenever he’s in anything… the high chair, jumper, etc.

I actually have an Infantino sling, the ones that were recalled because of links to infant deaths, and used it when Nathan was a couple months old. But I only used it twice because it just didn’t feel right to me. I didn’t like how it curved his body into the C-position and I especially didn’t like that I couldn’t feel him breathing.  So I switched to a baby carrier that held the Nathan upright and against my chest.

I’m glad we live in an age where word spreads like wildfire. As soon as something is deemed unsafe and recalled, people can find out almost instantly, preventing many accidents and/or deaths. Plus, we have instincts for a reason. If something doesn’t feel right or safe, I avoid using it and always trust what my instinct is telling me. It’s always better to be safe than to be sorry.


On the Loose


We’ve been having some seriously awesome weather lately, so Nathan and I went outside and did some exploring. For the first time, I was able to sit him down on the ground and let him play around. He loves being outside and has enjoyed it since he was an infant. I remember when he had colic, one of the few things that worked was taking him outside and rocking gently on the porch swing. 

Nathan really liked watching the cars whizz by. Every time he heard one approaching, he craned his neck and stared intently at the road, grinning from ear to ear. He was really intrigued by the louder cars, and whenever one  roared past, his head would practically shoot off his neck during his attempt to swivel his head around fast enough to see what was causing such a commotion.

He loved sitting in the grass (or should I say the  leaves leftover from autumn) and running his hands through the leaves, listening to them crinkle between his fingers. His fingers eventually stumbled upon a twig and, of course, he had to investigate.

He found the twig was rather intriguing.

He tried to eat it.

I wouldn’t let him, so he was settled for waving it around in the air.

I love when the seasons are changing and am really looking forward to all the fun things Paul and I will be doing with Nathan this spring and summer! We’re dying to take him to parks, the zoo, swimming… this is only the beginning. Look out, world! Nathan is on the loose!


One Step Closer


Well, I had my initial visit today with the Chiropractor! And, it has been confirmed: My back is trying to kill me. Remember how I said they would do this really cool, sophisticated scan on my spine? Well, it showed that I’m having severe muscle spasms in my neck and upper back (Hmmm, I think carrying around a certain little boy is partially to blame!).  Surprisingly my lower back, the part that has gone CANNIBALISTIC on me, didn’t show any spasms. They took some x-rays because it might be a pinched nerve or something, and we’ll be going over the results next week.

So we’re one step closer to figuring out what the problem is!

In other news, remember how I told you that instead of bending over to retrieve a fallen toy, Nathan would slowly do the splits until he was low enough to reach it? Well, he’s decided squatting is better than doing the splits. And I agree… only watching him do the splits was much more entertaining.


Living the High Life


Because you can’t beat a plastic donut and a ride-on dump truck.

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