Monthly Archives: January 2011

Voluntary recall of Medela Pump in Style breastpumps

Medela Pump in Style breastpump

Medela Pump in Style breastpump

Some of you may have heard through the rumor mill that Medela issued a voluntary recall on a selected amount of its Pump in Style breastpumps. There is no official recall through the US Consumer Safety Product Commission as the recalled pumps don’t cause any harm to individuals. All it looks like is a bunch of possibly defective breastpumps, and a great company accepting the defects and offering replacements.

Here’s what can happen with the defective Medela Pump in Style breastpumps:

  • the pump will not turn on,
  • the pump turns off on its own
  • the pump reduces or loses suction during the pumping process, or
  • the pump is making a clicking noise

Medela is offering to replace defective pumps at no cost. Breastpumps were manufactured between February 10, 2010 and March 3, 2010, so I’m guessing very few moms are affected by this problem.

For complete details about the Medela breastpump recall, including the serial numbers of the breastpumps being recalled, just visit the Medela website recall page.

I personally used a Medela Pump in Style breastpump to pump milk for both of my boys several times a day as I was working full time, and I never experienced any problems with the pump. It’s very durable and I would recommend it to any mom who needs a serious breastpump.

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phil&teds recalls strollers due to laceration and amputation hazard

Name of Product: phil&teds jogging strollers

Hazard: When folding and unfolding the stroller, a consumer’s finger can become caught in the hinge mechanism, posing amputation and laceration hazards.

Incidents/Injuries: phil&teds has received three reports of incidents resulting in injuries to the adult users including a finger tip amputation and two reports of lacerations.

Description: This recall involves sport v2 and classic v1 model single-seat jogging strollers. The three-wheel strollers have a metal frame, cloth seat and a canopy. The sport v2 model stroller was sold in red, orange, green, black, charcoal, navy and in graffiti print. Sport v2 serial numbers included in the recall are 0308/0001 to 0510/0840. The classic v1 model strollers were only sold in red. Serial numbers for the classic v1 are 0308/0001 to 0510/0906. The first four digits of the serial number is a month/year date code and the last four digits are for the individual stroller. Serial numbers are printed on the inside of the folding hinge.

Sold by: Specialty juvenile stores nationwide from May 2008 through July 2010 for between $350 and $450.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact phil&ted USA to arrange for the shipping of a free hinge-cover kit and repair instructions. Contact phil&teds USA at (877) 432-1642 or visit the company’s website at www.philandteds.com/support.

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My new year’s resolutions for 2011

2011 new year's resolutionsEvery January many of us decide to make new resolutions to improve ourselves. Some resolutions are health based (lose weight, exercise more, stop smoking), some are financially based (save more, pay off debt), others are family based (spend more time with the kids, start a family night), etc.

Many resolutions fail for a number of reasons. We set the goal too high, we can’t measure it well enough, or we’re just not motivated enough to make it happen. I also believe that by keeping our resolutions private, we don’t feel very accountable and can find an easy way out, without anyone knowing about it.

That’s why I’ve decided to make my resolutions public, and to provide a status update on a regular basis. This year, I’ve decided to stick to only 3 resolutions that I believe will help me improve my imperfect self:

1) Health: Go to bed earlier to get more sleep

Lack of sleep has been a huge problem since I became a mother almost 5 years ago. Too many things to do, not enough time to do them (see resolution #2)… By going to sleep past midnight and getting less than 7 snooze hours a night, sometimes barely 6, I often wake up tired and suffer from low energy throughout the day. By the time my kids get their second wind after dinnertime, my tiredness affects my patience, which quickly dries up (see resolution #3). And when my kids postpone their bedtime as long as they can, I end up exhausted, physically and mentally.

The only way for me to get more sleep is to go to bed earlier, so my resolution is to move my bedtime 5 to 10 minutes earlier every day until I get to close my eyes by 11pm. This is going to be very hard for me, so I’m not setting the bar too high, at least for now!

2) Work: Focus, focus, focus

Ah, so many things to do, so little time… I’ve made so many changes in my life in the past few months, from starting my own marketing consulting business, to creating a new French shopping website, to starting a daily cow sighting blog, to spending two full weekdays with my kids every week, it’s hard not to feel all over the place. A couple of years ago, I read Eat that frog!: 21 great ways to stop procrastinating and get more done in less time by Brian Tracy, which in my opinion is the BEST no-nonsense book on time management. My goal is to read this book again in January and start implement daily and weekly strategies to get the important things done and maintain better control of my life.

3) Family: Emphasize the positive and swiftly deal with the negative with my kids

Whenever my kids are hungry or tired, or I’m hungry or tired myself, I know it’s a fast way down the wrong hill… Keeping up with full stomachs and rested bodies is a daily challenge (see resolution #1) but sometimes other things get in the way. For example my four-year-old has been more “difficult” and defiant over the past couple of months. As his parents I think we’ve done a poor job at handling his opposition and outbursts. We’ve pressed down on him, using mostly discipline like time-out, but we’ve been terrible at recognizing the positive and encouraging the desired behaviors. I’ve started reading Your defiant child, 8 steps to better behavior by Barkley and Benton and I’m really pumped up about the possibilities. Every step seems feasible and very reasonable but I know that it will take commitment, practice and consistency from both parents to make the changes required. I love my kids dearly and this is my official pledge to commit to this program, for them and for me.

I’m looking forward to working on my resolutions for 2011 and beyond. Have you made resolutions you’ve publicly shared?

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