In the market for a nursery humidifier? If not, you might want to reconsider. Humidifiers offer a bevy of baby-friendly benefits, including healthier skin, happier noses - even better sleep, and when they look as good as this, who can resist?
Perfect for a woodland-themed nursery, this little beauty uses ultrasonic technology to produce an immediate, cold mist, increasing humidity to a comfortable level in just minutes. Adjustable mist settings allow you to control the flow, preventing condensation and other problems caused by over-saturation. The unit also doubles as a nightlight, emitting a soft, white glow from its base as a fine mist floats silently from under the mushroom's head.
(Photo via Duux.)
At the request of the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), baby-product giant, Graco, has voluntarily recalled 3.7 million toddler car seats and boosters due to a faulty buckle. An additional 1.8 million infant carrier seats featuring the same buckle have yet to be recalled.
According to the NHTSA, the buckle in question can be difficult to release and may even become stuck, preventing parents and first responders from quickly removing children in an emergency situation. In it's own investigation, Graco found that the buckle - used on all car seats and harnessed booster seats manufactured from 2009 to July 2013 - is subject to damage from food and dried liquids, making it progressively difficult to open. As a result, the company is offering free replacement buckles for all affected toddler seats and boosters.
(Affected models include: the Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, My Ride 70, Size4Me 70, My Size 70, Head Wise 70, the Smart Seat, Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Elite and the Argos.)
Graco has thus far refused to issue an official recall of affected infant seats, citing the fact that the entire seat can be easily removed from the base. The issue remains in negotiation. Meanwhile, the company has offered to issue a free infant-carrier replacement buckle to any parent who asks for one. Simply call 1-800-345-4109 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your baby's car seat has been recalled, don't panic. While a buckle that won't open does present a safety risk, it does not affect the seat's ability to restrain your child during an accident. Remember, car seats can be tricky to buckle at the best of times, so if you haven't already, it's a good idea to invest in an emergency tool with a belt cutter. Keep this on hand while you wait for your new buckle.
Wondering what to do about your infant carrier? Make the call. In an emergency situation, removing the entire car seat may not be practical or even possible, and an injured child would still need to be removed from the seat in order to be treated.
(Infant carriers featuring the faulty buckle include the Snugride, Snugride 30, Snugride 32, Infant Safe Seat-Step 1, Snugride 35, Tuetonia 35, and Snugride Click Connect 40.)
For more information, see Graco's official recall notification. To learn more about infant safety, visit our safety basics page.
(Photo via Graco.)
What's not to love about this sweet and yet decidedly chic kid's room design created by Jennifer Brouwer of Jennifer Brouwer Design?
A bold, red, white and pink palette, coupled with an appropriately understated heart motif, makes a Hallmark-inspired statement that's classy - not kitschy. Clever contrast of size and scale (think oversized headboards paired with dainty pillows and accessories) gives the room a dramatic, Alice-in-Wonderland effect, which is further emphasized by the design's perfect, mirror-image symmetry. Brouwer also does a terrific job incorporating pattern, using prints to create visual interest by breaking up areas of solid color.
Ms. Brouwer? Consider my heart stolen!
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Whether it's exploring the Great White North, protecting the streets of Metropolis, or taking down the baddies in a galaxy far, far away, your little crusader is ready for action - not to mention a room more in keeping with his newly-acquired, super big-boy status. Considering an upgrade? Set the scene for adventure with one of these fabulous themes for boys, and let your little one's imagination do the rest.
(Photo Courtesy of Abby Olsen.)