Category Archives: Toddlers

WWW Wednesdays – June 8, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

Just a week ago I embraced the WWW Wednesdays weekly theme to give you an idea of what books my kids and I get to read. I’ve gone through quite a few since last week, so here’s an update.

My bookshelf

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time– What I’m currently reading
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while so I’m glad to finally get to it.

– What I recently finished reading
Babe the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith
A lovely, inspiring story for both children and grown-ups. No matter the prejudices we can  suffer from, hard work and persistence can help us become whoever we want to be, even a sheep-pig. As for politeness, it happens to be a very useful skill to gain cooperation from others. I can’t wait till my kids are old enough to read this book.

Encore by Marc Freedman
Although this book focuses on people in their 50s and 60s looking for a second or third career, this is a good read for anyone longing to find a more fulfilling, meaningful job.

The Alchemist by Pablo Coelho
Sorry if you’ve read this book and loved it but I couldn’t be more disappointed. This book has gotten so much hype and really doesn’t deliver. If you’re searching for your true passion and purpose in life, many other books will guide you through your search and inspire you. This one may just bore you to death. I can’t believe some people have compared it to Saint Exupery’s The Little Prince. Now, that’s a great story everyone should read!

There are cats in this book by Vivian Schwarz– What I think I’ll read next
Probably Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, to follow up on The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

My kids’ bookshelf

– What they’re currently reading
Two hilarious books they can’t get enough of:
There are cats in this book by Vivian Schwarz, featuring Tiny, Moonpie and Andre, and There are no cats in this book (even funnier than the first one). I love the interactivity between the book characters and the reader. My kids flip through the pages on their own and can retell the dialogues in each word balloon.

I broke my trunk by Mo Willems– What they recently finished reading
I broke my trunk by Mo Willems
Some Mo Willems books are better than others and this is the most recent of the Gerald & Piggy series. Very, very funny. It’s a long, crazy story… you’ll have to find out why for yourself.

– What I think they’ll read next
I’m getting some new Mercy Watson and Mr Putter & Tabby books soon.

Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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B.O.B. single and double strollers recalled due to strangulation hazard

Overall the quality of B.O.B. strollers is excellent and you’ll see the recall below is easily fixable. But if you or someone you know owns a B.O.B. stroller, you’ll want to take care of this before you take your kids out on their next ride.

Name of Product: B.O.B.® single and double strollers
Units: About 337,000 in the US and 20,000 in Canada
Hazard: A drawstring on the stroller can get wrapped around a child’s neck, posing a strangulation hazard.
Injuries/Incidents: There has been one report of an 11-month-old girl who got entangled at the neck by the stroller’s drawstring. The child was freed by her mother.
Description: This recall involves 11 models of B.O.B. single and double strollers. All of the recalled strollers have a yellow/orange drawstring at the rear of the canopy which is used to gather loose fabric when the canopy is pulled back.

Read the full recall notice for B.O.B. strollers on the U.S.C.P.S.C. website, including the serial numbers being recalled.

B.O.B. single and double strollers recalled due to strangulation hazard

B.O.B. single and double strollers recalled due to strangulation hazard

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Save 25% on Britax car seats and 10% on Graco strollers at Amazon

If you or someone you know is in the market for a car seat or a stroller, Amazon is having some greats deals on Britax car seats and Graco strollers for a limited-time. And with free shipping on those products, it’s a win-win situation! Feel free to pass this post along to parents who may benefit from the savings.

Britax Marathon convertible car seat

Britax Marathon convertible car seat

1) 25% off on select models of Britax convertible car seats and car boosters including:

I can’t recommend the Britax convertible car seats enough. We’ve owned two of them for 3 and 4 years respectively, and they still look like new. Our models were made in the USA and have done well with our kids growing into them. My oldest is 4 & 1/2 and he still uses his Britax Roundabout, even though he’s getting on the tall side. He’s not 40 pounds yet and I feel he’ll be safer if I can keep him in that seat for a little longer. However, I’m definitely taking advantage of this sale to buy both kids their booster seats ahead of time.

Graco Quattro stroller

Graco Quattro stroller

2) 10% off or more select models of Graco stollers and car seats, including:

Graco Literider stroller
Graco Quattro Tour stroller
Graco Spree travel system
Graco Alano Flip It travel system
Graco Mosaic stroller
Graco Metrolite stroller
Graco Snugride infant car seat

We bought a Graco travel system for our first child and got to use also it for our second. When I sold it to a resale store, they were impressed with the great condition the stroller was in. I’m impressed too, because we used and abused that stroller almost every day for about 4 years, without any breakage or rip.

Unlike some of the baby gear I’ve recommended parents do research on before spending precious dollars, in my case I can say that both my Britax and Graco purchases have been worth every penny. Do you agree? What are some of your favorite brands of car seats and strollers, and why?

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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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