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Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Victoria and Romeo Pumpkin Hunt

All together now...Awww!!!

Look at how cute Victoria Beckham and son Romeo, 5, look at the pumpkin patch earlier this week.

Although the Beckhams are not used to Halloween festivities in their native England, they are adapting well to American culture. "I've got three Batmans at home right now," she says of her sons' costumes. "We will go trick or treating tonight."

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Russell Crowe and Family Out In LA

Russell Crowe and and his wife, Danielle Spencer, took their two children, Charles, 3, and Tennyson, 1, for a walk in West Hollywood October 30.

The boys each ride in a Mountain Buggy Urban Elite Stroller($429).

Mountain Buggy also makes this exact stroller in a double version. I can't figure out why they would have two singles instead of a double.

Maybe they do separate playdates and need each child to have their own ride...


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Bundle Your Baby With The 7am 'Blanket 212 evolution'

When looking to keep your baby warm, you will find no shortage of products for the infant car seat.

After your child grows out of the infant seat your choices for warmth in the stroller start to dwindle.

7am has a product called the 'Blanket 212 evolution'. It is a unique bunting bag that will grow with your child as they get bigger.

Equipped with zippered length and width extensions, the "B212 evolution" adapts to any stroller or car seat and converts into a large blanket.

It is constructed with an ergonomic hood, thermal filling and a waterproof shell. The 'Blanket' is the ideal baby outerwear that will keep your child warm and dry from head to toe.

As warm, light and fluffy as down, the ultra soft premium fiber insulation and waterproof shell give your babies the warmth and nurturing comfort they need during the cold winter months' activities, be it on the ski slopes, at the campsite or in town.

The blanket is machine washable and available through 7am's official website for $199.

Offered in 5 colour combinations including pink-grey(shown left) and turquoise-navy (top left)


Study Finds: Treadmill Training Helps Down Syndrome Children Walk Sooner

A new study involving 30 babies has found that treadmills can help infants with Down syndrome learn how to walk months earlier than traditional therapies.

Parents of babies with Down syndrome were asked to help their children walk on the treadmills for eight minutes a day, five days a week.

They sat on a bench which straddled the machine and held their babies as the treadmill belt encouraged them to take steps.

This exercise helped the babies learn to walk up to four or five months earlier than traditional physical therapy alone, the study found.

More intensive training helped the babies to walk even sooner, the study found.

The intensity of the training for half the babies was increased gradually after the infant could take 10, 20, and 30 steps per minute.

Children with Down syndrome generally don't learn to walk until 24-28 months, about a year after children without developmental disabilities.

Getting them walking sooner can help improve their social skills, motor skills, perception and spatial cognition, said study author Dale Ulrich of the University of Michigan's Division of Kinesiology.

"The key is if we can get them to walk earlier and better then they can explore their environment earlier and when you start to explore, you learn about the world around you," Ulrich said. "Walking is a critical factor in development in every other domain."


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Baby Delivered in Car By Doctor Parents

It was an exciting day at the side of the Interstate 78 yesterday when a baby decided to arrive just minutes from the hospital.

Eileen Quintana went into labour at 4am, but didn't decide to head to the hospital for 3 hours. Unfortunately it was rush hour and the hospital was 90 minutes away.

"I told Stephen(her husband), 'I think the baby is coming, I feel the head,' he said, 'No, no were going to make it,'" Quintana said.

As he started to drive faster his two year old son, who was in the backseat holding moms hand, saying "Race car, race car, having a blast".

Obviously his race car driving skills didn't work because:

Bryce Abigail Naylor, all 7 pounds, 8 ounces of her, made her debut along the shoulder of the highway, just a half mile from the hospital."I could see the exit sign when we were delivering her.

I was pretty sure we were going to make it. We were so darn close," Naylor said.

The proud parents not only delivered their baby but they clamped and cut the cord, then continued on their way to the emergency room. Everyone is fine, including young Daniel, whose big-brother instincts immediately kicked in."The first thing he said was, 'She needs a shirt,' and I said, 'OK, we'll put it on the list of things to do.'" Quintana said.

As doctors, they know Bryce's birth wasn't the ideal of circumstances, but they wouldn't change it for the world."

Certainly I wouldn't recommend having a baby in the back seat but it was a special moment where the whole family was together," Naylor said.

I guess if you want to have a baby at the side of the road, you want to have at least one doctor there. What are the chances that both parents, who are doctors, would have to deliver their own baby remotely? Slim...


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Tuesday, October 30, 2007
2 More Byler Babies Head Home

Two weeks ago the Brady Byler was the first of his siblings to leave the hospital and go home with his parents.

Today he is joined by his sister MacKenzie Margaret and brother Eli Benjamin Byler.

Three more sextuplets remain in the hospital: Ryan Patrick, Jackson Robert and Charlie Craig. Neonatologist Carine Stromquis says the four benchmarks for a baby to go home are taking every feeding by mouth, maintaining stable body temperature and respiratory functions and weighing at least 4 pounds.

The family has set up 3 cribs in one bedroom for the babies to sleep in and converted their garage into a playspace in preparation for the homecoming.

Related Articles:

West Virginia's First Set Of Quintuplets Arrive
Minnesota Quintupets Doing Well
Remaining Soldani Sextuplets Doing Well
1st Byler Sextuplet Goes Home


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Update: Shoplifting Suspect Who Left Baby in TJ Maxx Turns Herself in

We reported yesterday on a horrible story of a mom that abandoned her baby because she was suspected of shoplifting.

Today Newsday writes that the Bronx mother has turned herself into police.

Lieutenant Chris McNerney says 39-year-old Suzette Gruber arrived at the police station Tuesday morning with her attorney. McNerney said she was to be charged with child abandonment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police say Gruber and another woman were suspected of shoplifting at the discount clothing store on Monday. When a security guard approached she ran leaving the baby in the carriage. However police said she also left behind indentifying information.

Police said a man claiming to be the baby's father went to police headquarters Monday night with a birth certificate, but officers wouldn't release the child to him.

The baby has been placed with Westchester Child Protective Services.

What I didn't know yesterday was that the baby is only 8 months old!! Hearing that really broke my heart.

Could you imagine leaving your 8 month old baby in the middle of a store because you needed to flee the scene?

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Baby Beau Causes a Mob!

Emma Bunton arrives at LAX yesterday for a Spice Girl reunion with baby Beau.

As you can see from the picture, the baby is very popular with the photogs.

Emma and Boyfriend Jade recently introduced the 2 month old new edition to the world on Emma's personal blog.

At that time she said:

"He is a bonny little soul, and he makes us so happy, he’s the best thing that’s ever happened to us."


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Toddler Survives Plane Crash

A three-year-old girl is being called a miracle baby after being found alive in the wreck of a plane crash near Golden, B.C., yesterday.

The girl, Kate Williams, was the lone survivor of a crash on Sunday that claimed the lives of her grandfather and his business associate.

Rescue crews found Kate strapped into a child's car seat inside an upside-down airplane buried in snow on the edge of an icy riverbank.

"I think the care that was taken in placing the child in there, that extra protection, is what basically, I think, saved her life," Golden RCMP Sgt. Marko Shehovac told CTV News.

The little girl's grandfather, Allen D. Williams, was flying the plane. He is remembered as "a visionary and a leader in the consulting engineering industry throughout Alberta and across the country".

Williams, 65, the CEO and founder of an Edmonton engineering firm, was in B.C. for a business retreat with Steven T. Sutton, the company's chief financial officer.

They were flying back to Edmonton when Williams' Cessna 172 crashed an hour after taking off from Golden around 1 p.m. local time, killing both men.

Hospital officials say that Kate suffered non-life threatening head injuries and was reunited with her parents in the southeastern B.C. community of Golden.

She was admitted to the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary, for overnight observation.

Rescuers said that bad weather and nightfall hampered the search efforts.

Members of Golden's search-and-rescue team said when Kate was recovered on Sunday she was scared and cried for her teddy bear.

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Maddox' Shopping Spree

Angelina takes Maddox on a shopping spree at KB Toys in Beverly Hills over the weekend.

The lucky guy is loading up the cart with some interesting toys...A warrior dart play set and rapid fire rifle dart blaster.

Pregnancy rumours have surfaced again after the star canceled a speaking engagement last minute due to “personal reasons”.

Letizia Manjani, a spokeswoman for the centre that was holding the fore mentioned engagement, found it difficult to keep the news a secret – despite her being under a gagging order.

She told me: “Angelina cancelled last week. Due to her privacy I can’t confirm her pregnancy, but I can say that the Italian newspapers are correct in their reports.”


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RECALL: Britax Marathon Child Safety Seats

Britax Child Safety, Inc. is recalling more than 34,000 Marathon child safety seats because the seats fail to meet federal standards.

The specific Marathon seats being recalled are model numbers E9L06, E9W06, and E906, manufactured between May 23 and June 28, 2006.

During compliance testing with child dummies weighing more than 50 pounds by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the upper tether hook in some of the Marathon models bent, failing to secure the seat back properly.

"This could result in an injury to the restrained child in a crash," according to NHTSA.

All registered owners of the Marathon seats will receive a safety notification, along with a replacement top tether hook, NHTSA officials said.

Federal safety regulators recommend that parents who have the affected seats contact Britax about what precautions may be necessary with regard to continued use of the seat while they are awaiting the replacement top tether hook.

Additional information can be found at www.MarathonRecall.com. Owners may contact Britax’s toll-free number at 1-800-683-2045.

NHTSA reported that the recall is being conducted after the agency denied a petition by Britax that the top tether hooks were not a safety concern. Consumers with questions about this or any other safety recall campaign should contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.


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Momspit- No-Rinse Cleanser for Hands and Face

I have seen this cleanser on a few websites, but didn't give it a second thought because of the name.

The phrase 'mom spit' brings me back to the gooey fluid that my mom used to use to clean my face, arm or any other part of my body that got dirty while we were out.

I am guessing by the spa-like combinations this company has come up, the name does not reflect my childhood memories.

This no rinse cleanser comes in Fig & Green Tea, Lemon & White Tea and Unscented. It is alcohol free, mousse's up for easier use and leaves skin moisturized, fresh and clean.

MomSpit is ideal for parents and children, when they're on the move and in their groove.

It is recyclable, refillable and not tested on animals.

MomSpit is available in convenient and portable 2oz ($9) and 7oz ($18) moussing bottles in three unisex scents.

Available at queenbabybean.com
SOURCE: momspit.com via babygadget.net


Monday, October 29, 2007
Cate Blanchett Pregnant?

Cate Blanchett keeps us guessing about whether or not she is expecting as she exited the Carlyle Hotel in NYC on Saturday night.

The Elizabeth star spoke recently about having her kids on set during the filming of her new movie.

Her young son dressed up as a knight and protected her on the set of her latest movie.

She said that her five-year-old son was so obsessed with knights the assistant director kindly let him play the part off screen.

Cate revealed to Bang Showbiz, "It was fantastic to have the kids on set.

Dash, my eldest, who was then not quite five, was into knights at the time and his godmother had given him a plastic knight outfit.

"Tommy Gormley kindly said he could stand and protect me. So in the scene where Clive Owen is talking about the immensities and I'm sitting on the throne, I'm actually looking through an archway at my son standing in a knight's costume protecting me.

"He stood for like five minutes and each take was different for him. He was a natural, unfortunately."


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Fetal Surgery Saves Baby After Water Breaks Early

Doctors in Germany performed a first-of-a-kind surgery in the womb and saved the life of an unborn baby after her mothers water broke at 20 weeks.

When the mother's fetal membranes burst, the unborn child's chances of surviving birth were slim, said doctors at the Bonn University Clinic in Germany. Not only was there a high risk of infection, the baby's lungs stopped growing, and she most likely would have suffocated after birth.

In an effort to save the unborn child, the doctors performed surgery in the womb to stimulate lung growth. They inserted a ballpoint pen-sized fetoscope through a small opening in the mother' stomach and, guided by a camera and ultrasound, moved the device into the mouth and trachea of the unborn baby.

The doctors then inflated a miniature balloon that blocked the respiratory channel in order to prevent drainage of fluid produced by the prenatal lung. The resulting build up of fluid pressure stimulated lung growth.

The baby girl, who was born in the 33rd week of pregnancy, is now a year old and in good health.

"The prenatal operation only takes one or two hours. Competent follow-up care of the children after birth is at least as important for their healthy survival," Thomas Kohl, head of the German Center of Fetal Surgery & Minimally Invasive Therapy at Bonn University Clinic, said in a prepared statement.

The doctors described the procedure in an article published Oct. 29 in the journal Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy.



Early Preview: Portamee Couture Shearling Carrier

Portamee, the chic baby carrier, that was created to carry your baby up to 18 months will be introducing a shearling version later this year.

The luxury carrier will still have all of the convenient features that the original version has, but will have the added comfort and warmth of the sheepskin.

Shearling, which has been used for centuries, is a soft, natural material and one of nature's greatest insulators. It is naturally thermostatic, the soft fibers wick away moisture, providing year-round comfort and breathability.

This item will be priced between $700 - 800 and is only available at Neiman Marcus and Barney's.

Company's official site portamee.com


Baby Abandoned in TJ-Maxx After Woman Suspected of Shoplifting

At the end of August I reported on a toddler that was abandoned in Walmart after his father was suspected of shoplifting.

While reading the story, I thought it was the craziest thing I had ever heard.

Well I guess this is common practice for thieves because a women left an infant in TJ-Maxx over the weekend after being suspected of shoplifting.

The infant was left in his stroller as the women bolted from the TJ-Maxx on North Central Avenue just before 6 p.m.

Store personnel suspected the woman was shoplifting, Greenburgh police Lt. Desmond Martin said at the scene.

"The mother panicked, or the guardian panicked, and just took off," he said. "It's sad."

A man Martin said was the baby's father came to the scene around 7 p.m., and was taken in a cruiser to police headquarters. He was not under arrest.

Police searched the immediate area for the woman, but did not find the women.

The baby was taken by ambulance to police headquarters about 7 p.m. Martin said the county's Child Protective Services was being called.

Related Articles:

Father Abandons Son At Walmart After Being Stopped For Shoplifting
Baby Abandoned TWICE in One Day


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Product Review: Diaper Cake Walk's Jungle Safari Pink 4 Tier Diaper Cake

Last week I received Diaper Cake Walk's 4tier Jungle Safari Diaper Cake.

It arrived in a box that was almost taller than my son and was packaged so perfectly that it appeared to have been shipped from my neighbours house.

This was an impressive feat considering it traveled almost 1,000 miles to get to me.

The cake, which is made from pampers swaddlers, is close to 20'' height. It has 4 tiers of diapers(70-75), a pacifier, Johnson's baby power, Johnson's baby lotion, 2 super soft cloths and a Pink hippo named Darly, which is made by Russ.

It is tastefully decorated with pink safari ribbon, green polka dot ribbons and silk gerber daisies.

Aside from it being a great idea as a centre piece for a baby shower, diaper cakes are an ideal gift for second, third or fourth time moms.

Even the mom that has everything, still needs to diaper her baby. An elegant cake like the one pictured is a nice way to be practical and creative.

Shower Game Idea: Since many of the diaper cakes have baby care items affixed to the outside of the cake, it's great fun to walk the diaper cake around the room (as you would with the tray of baby items) and then put the cake out of sight and ask participants to write down as many items as they can remember, and also to guess the number of diapers the cake is constructed with.

The other style diaper cake (where each diaper is rolled up like a jelly roll) has the items hidden on the inside. Included is a free guessing game template with those cakes, ready to make copies of and distribute at the baby shower. Guests can guess what all is hidden inside the diaper cake and again, how many diapers it's made with.

One of the things I like the best about Diaper Cake Walk is that they don't leave out Environmentally friendly parents. They are the only company that offers a green choice for moms-to-be.

The Pink Plaid EcoFriendly diaper cake is constructed with approx. 55 size 1 Seventh Generation disposable diapers, and includes Seventh Generation baby wipes, Baby Avalon organic cornstarch baby powder, Baby Avalon soothing Zinc diaper balm, & Baby Avalon protective A, D, & E ointment hidden inside the cake.

With almost 90 styles to choose from, I would be surprised if you weren't able to find a cake that match your theme.

They even have diaper cakes that are shaped like a castle, which are currently out of stock, due to their popularity.

For a better look at their full selection, please visit the company's official site diapercakewalk.com.

*Please note: Because my cake was too beautiful to take apart, I will be giving it away to one lucky reader later this week. Please check back for details.*

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Sunday, October 28, 2007
West Virgina's First Set Of Quintuplets Arrive

Lori Baker is doing well after delivering West Virgina's first set of quintuplets early Saturday morning.

The three girls and two boys, each weigh over 2 lbs. Baker says they all appear to be healthy.

Baker, along with her husband, Tim and daughter Whitney, have been preparing for this day for almost 30-weeks.

The family is expected to officially release the babies' names and show them off to the media, after Lori and the babies have had time to rest and recover.

Related Articles:

Minnesota Mom Gives Birth To Quintuplets
Remaining Soldani Sextuplets Doing Well
1st Byler Sextuplet Goes Home
Wilkinson Quintuplets Land The Cover Of Austin Magazine


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Twins Separated 35 Years Ago For Research: Reunited

A set of identical twins that were adopted out to different families 35 years ago for research have been reunited.

Paula Bernstein and Elyse Schein, who were born in New York, were astonished to discover they had been part of a bizarre social experiment.

Researchers had kept them apart with different adoptive families to investigate theories over 'nature and nurture'.

Telling their amazing story for the first time, the twins, said they might have remained oblivious if Elyse, who had been living in Paris, had not decided to look for her birth mother.

She was told that her biological mother didn't want to meet her, but that she had an identical twin named Paula.

The pair then discovered they had been part of research conducted by psychologists - thought to be the only study of its kind on twins separated from infancy.

The twins told yesterday how the experiment was so secret that not even their adoptive parents were told the full truth.

They were told only that the children were part of an ongoing study.

Paula said: 'They neglected to tell them [the adoptive parents] the key element of the study, which is that it was about child development among twins raised in different homes. Nature intended for us to be raised together, so I think it was a crime we were separated.'

Even though they had been separated for 35 years, the girls realized that they had many things in common.

Both edited their school newspapers, studied film at university and have been brought up by loving families.

They tracked down the psychiatrists from the study, who allegedly showed no remorse and offered no apology.


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Halle Berry at 'Things We Lost In The Fire' Premiere

Halle Berry gets a belly rub from the director Suzanne Bier at the 2nd Rome Film Festival on Friday in Rome, Italy.

The expectant mom, who is four months' pregnant, said she felt "fantastic" but had not thought of any baby names yet.

The actress plays a widow with children who invites her late husband's best friend, played by Benicio Del Toro, to live with them.

"I knew from playing a mother in this movie... that I was meant to be a mother," Berry, 41, said.


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Saturday, October 27, 2007
Gwyneth and Moses in Spain

Gweynth Paltrow spends time with her son Moses, while taking a break from shooting a TV show with Mario Batali.


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Emma Bunton Introduces Us To Beau

On her official site today, Emma Bunton introduces us to her son Beau.

The baby was born on August 10th weighing a healthy 7 lbs., 15oz.

Emma writes on her personal blog:

"Hi everyone, So sorry for the wait, but here is our beautiful little boy Beau. As you can see from the picture he is a bonny little soul, and he makes us so happy, he’s the best thing that’s ever happened to us. He’s 10 weeks old now and we can’t believe how quickly time flies. We’re all getting ready to go to L.A., we’ve packed his little bag with all his goodies. He’s started to sleep through the night now so mummy is getting some well deserved sleep before the tour."

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Friday, October 26, 2007
Isabella Damon Racks Up More Frequent Flyer Miles

Just Jared has a bunch of photos of The Damon's arriving at LAX yesterday.

Isabella is a well traveled baby.

Matt told PEOPLE magazine back in June that Isabella is quite a world traveller. She had already racked up 11 stamps on her passport, at that point, which was more than Matt had at 30.

It looks like she is continuing to take flight to be with her Movie Star daddy

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Trebimbi Smiley Dinnerware

The first time I saw this dinnerware for kids all I could do was smile. It was almost contagious.

I couldn't help but wonder how you could have a bad meal when the accessories were so fun?

Smiles aside, the design of this line of chic utensils is genius. There are notches in most of the pieces to allow all them to link together like a game or a puzzle. This also prevents them from falling on the floor during mealtime or getting lost from one another during storage.

The shape of the plates is unconventional making it easier to separate food for your picky eater.

Each set comes in an array of colours to accommodate your child's preference.

Dishwasher safe, suitable for children 2-6.

TreBimbi Party Set features a colorful kidney shaped bowl, smiley cup and cheery cutlery. $45

TreBimbi Puppet Club Table Set features a brightly colored bowl, mug and egg cup/condiment holder in addition to the cutlery set. Available in Blue, Orange, Green and Fuschia. $45.

TreBimbi Puppets - Made of stainless steel with heat resistant plastic handles, each TreBimbi cutlery set features a fork, knife and spoon with smiling faces ready for conversation and are designed to easily snap together and take apart. $25

For more information on all of Trebimbi's products please visit their official site rivadossi.it

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UK Mom Gives Birth To Mega Twins

A mom in the UK knew that her twins were going to be a good size at birth because it runs in the family, but she never guessed that they would be the heaviest mixed sex twins ever born in Britain.

Baby Theo arrived weighing a whopping 10lb9oz while his twin sister Millie tipped the scales at 8lb3oz.

The previous holders of the title, Thomas and Grace Houghton-Burnett, weighed a mere 10lb1oz and 8lb2oz when they were born in 2002.

Beth Ryder had more than an inkling her twins were going to be big personalities - her other four children all weighed more than 9lb at birth.

The 35-year-old student nurse was born weighing 11lb13oz herself and her sister Claire tipped the scales at 12lb2oz.

Related Articles:

Russian Mom Gives Birth To 17lb Baby


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Thursday, October 25, 2007
Simplicity Cribs Repair Kits Ready To Be Sent To Parents

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Simplicity Inc., of Reading, Pa., is announcing today that a remedy is now available for parents and caregivers who were impacted by the September 21, 2007, voluntary recall of about 1 million Simplicity and Graco logo cribs with older hardware. Simplicity will provide consumers with a repair kit that immobilizes the drop-side. After an intensive effort to develop a repair that would allow safe use of the drop-side, CPSC staff and Simplicity have determined that the safest repair option is to immobilize the drop-side. This repair program will be monitored by CPSC staff and is intended to reduce the risk of death or serious injury to infants.

The free repair kit will be sent to crib owners who have pre-registered or who register now on Simplicity’s Web site (www.simplicityforchildren.com) or through Simplicity’s hotline at (888) 593-9274. In addition, consumers will be offered a rebate coupon for a future purchase as an incentive to return a reply card indicating that they have successfully installed the repair hardware.

Simplicity will also have live operators available at (800) 858-8323 to provide technical assistance to consumers and will make a video version of the assembly instructions available at www.simplicityforchildren.com.

Consumers who, due to the condition of their crib, believe they are unable to take advantage of the repair kit should immediately call Simplicity at (800) 858-8323 to address their concern.

The hazard with the recalled crib is that the drop-side can detach, which creates a dangerous gap and can lead to the entrapment and suffocation of infants. CPSC and Simplicity are aware of three deaths in Simplicity manufactured cribs with older style hardware, as well as seven infant entrapments and 56 incidents with these cribs.

The Simplicity crib models with recalled hardware include: Aspen 3 in 1, Aspen 4 in 1, Nursery-in-a-Box, Crib N Changer Combo, Chelsea and Pooh 4 in 1. The recall also involves the following Simplicity cribs that used the Graco logo: Aspen 3 in 1, Ultra 3 in 1, Ultra 4 in 1, Ultra 5 in 1, Whitney and the Trio.

To determine what type of hardware is on their crib, all Simplicity consumers should call the Simplicity hotline, visit www.simplicityforchildren.com.

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WARNING: DO NOT use the repair kit on a crib that has not been recalled.

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Aquarium Bath Jellies

These cute bath gel filled fish have enough in them to last more than one wash. They are a fun way to get your little one clean. Once emptied, they can be re-filled with water and used as tub toys.

$2.50/tub at

moderntots.com Available in 3 varieties.


Liam the Monkey

Tori, Dean and baby Liam dressed up for the second time in a week last night for a Halloween Party in Beverly Hills.

Liam looks adorable as 'Curious George'.

The couple's B&B in Fallbrook was recently evacuated due to the California fires.

Dean told a news source that, "We don't know the extent of it. There were guests on their way (to the B&B), but they were notified and sent back. The whole town of Fallbrook was evacuated."


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Bumbo Babysitter WARNING ISSUED

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a WARNING about Bumbo Babysitter seats. This is NOT a Recall.

Hazard: If the seat is placed on a table, countertop, chair, or other elevated surface, young children can arch their backs, flip out of the Bumbo seat, and fall onto the floor, posing a risk of serious head injuries.

CPSC has received 28 reports of young children falling out of the Bumbo Baby Sitter seat, including three skull fractures, which occurred when children fell out of chairs that had been placed on tables.

The bottom of the children’s seat is round and flat with a diameter of about 15 inches. It is constructed of a single piece of molded foam and comes in yellow, blue, purple, pink, aqua, and lime green. The seat has leg holes and seat back that wraps completely around the child. On the front of the seat in raised lettering is the word “Bumbo” with the image of an elephant on top. The bottom of the seat has the following words: “Manufactured by Bumbo South Africa Material: Polyurethane World Patent No. PCT: ZA/1999/00030.” The back of the seat contains the following “WARNING” – “Never use on a raised surface. Never use as a car seat or bath seat. Designed for floor level use only. Never leave your baby unattended as the seat is not designed to be totally restrictive and may not prevent release of your baby in the event of vigorous movement.”

Consumers should never use the infant seat on a table, countertop, chair, or other elevated surface. Consumers can contact Bumbo to obtain new warning label stickers and instructions, free of charge. The new warning label will state: “WARNING – Prevent Falls; Never use on any elevated surface.” Consumers should use the Bumbo seat at ground level, but should never leave a child unattended.

Consumer Contact: Contact Bumbo International at (877) 932-8626 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.bumbosafety.com


Amillia Taylor Turns 1!!

The Florida baby that had been called the "youngest surviving baby" has turned 1.

Amillia Taylor was born at 21 weeks 6 days weighing 10ozs in Miami Florida last year.

It was amazing that the baby was even resuscitated because:

The American Association of Pediatrics says that babies born at less than 23 weeks of age and 400g in weight are not considered viable. The survival rate for a child born at 23 weeks and weighing a pound is just 30 per cent.

She spent 4 months in the NICU and then was released to go home requiring oxygen.

In July, People Magazine ran an update article on her and at that time she was growing and thriving at home with her parents.

Last week, about a hundred family members, friends, doctors, nurses and physical caretakers gathered for a birthday party at Signature Gardens, where the miracle of her birth and the prayer-fueled, financially draining medical feat that has been the first year of her life were celebrated.

This last year has been challenging for the Taylor family. Amillia's arrival put tremendous stress on them.

There were the daily doctor visits. Amillia had to be kept in extremely sanitary conditions and fed every four hours. The parents had to administer a dozen medications to the little girl daily. Because Amillia couldn't be exposed to crowds, the family couldn't attend church or social events. They were medically segregated.

And to top it all off, anti-abortion activists, convinced Amillia underscored the righteousness of their cause, showed up at their door at odd hours, sometimes from overseas, asking for pictures and testimonials.

Police officers had to patrol the area.

The family does not want their baby to be a poster child for anti-abortion websites like lifesitenews.com and prolifeblogs.com.

They just want her to be their daughter.

Although she is still a few pounds underweight, Amillia is healthy, down to one medication a day, Prevacid for her heartburn, and one doctors visit a month. She suffers from reflux.

In the last two weeks, she had a growth spurt, growing 2 ½ inches, her mom said.

On Saturday, she sprouted her first tooth.

In order to cope with the stress of being a preemie mom, Sonja Taylor has joined an online support group so that she can connect with other moms in her situation.

''We talk about everything from lactation to diaper changes to our own emotions,'' said Taylor.

Like many preemie moms the Taylors worry about their daughter getting sick.

The medical appointments are early in the morning when other people are not around so Amillia is not exposed to germs.

''I always keep her covered,'' she said. ``We can't ride in elevators with other people.

Last week, Amillia got clearance to be in crowds. On Sunday, the family will attend services at their church.

After reading how well Amilia Taylor has done, along with the many other babies I have covered that have arrived well before their due date, it is disheartening to read that:

UKs Health Minister Dawn Primarolo told MPs today that medical technology had not advanced enough to justify a reduction in the 24 week time limit for abortion because a baby born at that gestation still had little chance of surviving.
Our hospital has a survial rate of about 65% for babies that are born at 24 weeks gestation. How much better do they need?

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"Super Hero In Training"

How cute are these onesies? Found at uncommongoods.com, these hooded snap shirts will definitely draw attention to your new edition.

"I'm Super" and "Super Cute" in puffy graphic letters (to distract enemies), tapered sleeves (to highlight super muscle mass) and a cape sewn securely to the back (for aerodynamic safety).

The crummy part is that they only come in 0-6 months so make sure you get your little one in one quickly.

$30 each - great for twins!


Trista Talks About Loosing Baby Weight

Trista Sutter and son Maxwell land the cover of this weeks edition if US Magazine. This is Maxwell's second cover shot in just 6 weeks.

Trista talks to Us about her struggle to loose weight and her disappointment about not being able to fit into her pre-pregnancy clothes yet.

How are you feeling about your body? “My friend said that when I came home from the hospital, I’d be back in my old jeans. Fifteen pounds did fall off immediately, but the fact that it’s been three months and I’m still not in them is a bummer.”

What bothers you the most? “My belly. It has a layer of fat, which, of course, your body has to put on, but it’s blubbery and I hate it. I want to be able to go bathing suit shopping for a vacation and not feel totally disgusted…I just don’t feel good in a lot of my clothes.”

Does Ryan help? If I eat something that I shouldn’t, Ryan shakes his finger at me and says, ‘Uh, uh, uh!’ He’s been awesome, 100 percent supportive. He watches Max when I go to the gym and is constantly saying that I look great. But when you don’t feel good about yourself, you don’t feel like you want to be intimate. I want to feel, and look, sexy again for him. Even though he is being nice and saying he’s still attracted to me, I want to feel like he’s telling me the truth and not just saying it because he’s a good husband.”

My Advice: Stop stressing about the weight. Be happy that you have a beautiful, healthy baby. The weight will some off soon enough. We think your new curves look great!

Ryan probably really does still think she is attractive. After all, she just carried his baby for 9 months and successfully delivered him after being diagnosed with HELLP syndrome (a complication of pre-eclampsia).

Related Articles:

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Trista’s Baby Shower
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Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Rachel Roy and Damon Dash Expecting Second Baby

Fashion designer Rachel Roy and husband Damon Dash have announced that they are expecting their second baby, who is due in the spring.

"It's number two," Roy, 33, told Style.com this week. "And I am thrilled because number one, Ava, is the best thing in my life, and I have always wanted to have another little Ava – or Ava as a boy! So, high fives all around!"

Within two years of meeting Dash, Roy became a creative director for his Rocawear company. She now has her own eponymous fashion label.

Dash, 36, also has a son from a previous relationship.


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UPDATE: Minnesota Quintuplets Doing Well

The five babies born to Jessie and Rory Mrozek in Minnesota last week are said to be okay.

Four of the babies were taken off the ventilators over the weekend, with little Lainey waiting until Monday night. She was put back on Tuesday, which is not uncommon for babies born this early.

So now three are breathing by CPAP(an non-invasive method of keeping the lungs open while pushing air into them).

Jessie, the babies mom, has been released from the hospital but plans to stay in the area to be close to the hospital.

Doctors don't expect them to be released for a few months.

The Sartell, Minn. community, where the family lives, has rallied around the Mrozeks. Dozens of parishioners at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church are praying as a group for the babies.

"They are going to be praying for these five little quints, so they develop well and healthy," St. Francis pastoral minister Sister Cordy Korkowski.

On Tuesday, Rory Mrozek set up the Mrozek Quintuplet Trust on Tuesday at Wells Fargo banks to handle money donated for the quints. The family knows it will need a bigger vehicle, cribs and lots of supplies, he said.

The family will need more than money.

Rory's sister, Netta Hodgkins, has started three diaper drives in the Twin Cities. She's already received eight packages of diapers this week at her home in Shakopee. Her husband's workplace and a friend's running group have also started diaper drives for the family.

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1st Byler Sextuplet Goes Home
Wilkinson Quintuplets Land The Cover Of Austin Magazine
Update: Remaining Morrison Sextuplet Doing Well


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Constance Zimmer At LA's Fashion Week

Constance Zimmer and Lisa Edelstein pose for photographers before the Petro Zillia Spring 2008 fashion show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Los Angeles.

The Entourage star looks to me like she is going to have a boy.

The baby is sitting low, which normally means a boy, but I guess we'll see next month.

I have been 5/6 this summer on gender predictions...


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Baby Abandoned TWICE in One Day

A mom that was reportedly on drugs, gave her baby to a man who gave her a ride.

Once he arrived home, he and his wife wrapped the baby in a blanket, attached a note, drove to a Portage hospital and left the baby on an emergency room counter.

The 5-month-old girl, who was dirty and hungry but otherwise in good heath, was placed in foster care after Sunday's events, police said.

"The main thing is the baby is safe," said LaPorte Police Chief of Detectives Dennis Behenna.

Police said Michael Williams was driving home from work in LaPorte early Sunday when he was stopped by a woman he knows holding her baby. She asked the man to give her a ride to Gary, and when they arrived the woman exited the car and asked Williams to take her baby.

A hospital worker found the baby and called child protective services, who in turn placed the baby in temporary foster care.

The child's grandmother later reported her daughter and the child missing. The mother checked into a Gary hospital for treatment, police said, and later called police wanting her child back.

These horrible stories really stress me out. I could never bear to be without my son, let alone hand him off to some random person.


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Violet Runs The Streets Of NYC

Ben and Jen take a walk in NYC today with adorable daughter Violet.

Jen is in New York City to perform onstage in Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway.

Ben has taken on the role as Mr. Mom as Jen goes to back to work for a while.

Even though the couple does have a nanny, they are very hands on and rarely work at the same time.


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Tuesday, October 23, 2007
'The View' Audience Cashes In

Today was Elizabeth Hasselbeck's last day on The View before she heads to Arizona, where her husband will play for the Cardinals.

As a tribute to Elizabeth, the producers filled the audience with moms expecting their second baby.

After having Grace, Elisabeth discovered the stuff that makes a mom's life so much easier, so before she leaves to have her baby, she showed the audience all the must-have items on her list for moms-to-be.

This is where it pay to be a View audience member... Every mom to be in the audience got every product that Elizabeth was showing, a years supply of Huggies AND a 'celebrity bump' bag, worth $1500, put together by jewels and pinstripes!!

What a great day for all of those moms!!

Elizabeth will also be writing a blog for dreft.com, the baby laundry company, while she on her maternity leave.


Toddler Beds

Our 2 year old is close to needing a big boy's bed, so we have recently started to look around at what is out there.

It is amazing the choices that are out there parents to choose from.

UK site time4sleep may have the most extensive collection of kids beds I have ever seen. They have bunks, singles and theme type beds.

For parents who need to conserve space 'the space bunk' may be right for you. It features a bunk style bed with a desk and cabinets underneath.

The whole set-up is configurable to your child's liking and it features a front rail which can be unlocked and dropped to help change the bed without having to reach over.

Mattress included.

The next bed should be called the 'sleepover bed' because an additional mattress can we pulled out from under the bed to accommodate a second child if your son/daughter is having a sleepover.

We have all had to blowup a mattress for our extra guests, this bed eliminates the need for plastic guest beds.

The mattress is upholstered with generous layers of super soft polyester fillings and finished in a damask cover.

For parents who are looking for a bed The French Beds at Time 4 sleep are absolutely elegant.

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'Sleeping Safely' Public Awareness Campaign Launched After 76 Infant Deaths Occur 18 Months

City health officials in Philadelphia launch 'Sleeping Safely' Public Awareness Campaign after staggering statistics were released Tuesday about infant deaths.

Officials said that 76 infants died in unsafe sleeping environments during the past year and a half. That's more babies dying in unsafe sleeping conditions than from neglect or physical abuse over the past 18 months.

Unsafe environments include "co-sleeping" -- sleeping with an adult or older sibling -- as well as placing the baby on a couch, chair, or in a cluttered crib.

Two women who lost their babies in co-sleeping accidents joined Acting Department of Human Services Commissioner Dr. Arthur Evans and Health Department Commissioner John Domzalski at the campaign's launch Tuesday.

Experts say the safest way to put babies to sleep is on their backs in an uncluttered crib. Representatives from DHS' partner Cribs for Kids program were also on hand Thursday to demonstrate the proper way to do it.

"There are so many dangers for baby in an adult bed. You can be rolled on top of, they fall off beds -- they get trapped," said Lisa Stalberg of Cribs for Kids.

Tips for lowering the risk of sudden infant death syndrome:


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CPSC Warns That Home Lead Test Kits Are Unreliable

With all of the recalls that are happening with children's products, parents may think that a home test could identify if their child's toys are safe.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today announced the results of a special evaluation of consumer lead test kits. CPSC staff used commonly available test kits on a variety of paints and other products containing different levels of lead. Many of the tests performed using the kits did not detect lead when it was there (false negatives); some indicated lead was present when it was not (false positives). Of 104 total test results, more than half (56) were false negatives, and two were false positives. None of the kits consistently detected lead in products if the lead was covered with a non-leaded coating. Based on the study consumers should not use lead test kits to evaluate consumer products for potential lead hazards. These findings are consistent with previous CPSC staff test results.

CPSC staff studied two common types of home lead test kits that are based on chemical reactions involving rhodizonate ion or sulfide ion. Most test kits were developed to detect levels of lead in household paint that are usually much higher than CPSC’s regulatory maximum level of 0.06%. As a result, staff found that these kits may not be useful for detecting relatively low lead paint concentrations or for detecting lead in other materials, such as metal jewelry or vinyl products. Also, both types of kits may be affected by substances such as iron, tin, or dirt, or by paint colors that can cause the color in the test kit to change or hide the color change, thereby interfering with interpretation of the test results.

As part of the study of lead test kits, CPSC staff also evaluated the use of x-ray fluorescence (XRF) for screening for lead in paint and other products. Twelve of 13 samples were correctly identified as containing lead. The staff notes that this technology may be of use by a professional inspector for screening for the presence or absence of lead in products, particularly for surface level lead. However, XRF detectors are generally not available for consumer use. Further, use of an XRF device requires knowledge, training and consideration of its limitations. For example, XRF detectors have limited depth of penetration so, for certain applications such as children's metal jewelry, it is possible for the surface coating to mask the presence of potentially hazardous leaded base metal underneath.

Consumers should exercise caution when using these test kits to evaluate consumer products for potential lead exposures. False results can make it difficult or impossible for consumers to determine the proper course of action to take. In fact, CPSC staff has tested a number of other samples that had been identified by consumers and others based on their use of inexpensive test kits as having high lead levels. To date, none of these items has actually had high lead levels based on CPSC lab analysis. This is another indication of the poor reliability of the kits for this purpose. Testing by a qualified laboratory and trained personnel is the only way to accurately assess the potential risk posed by a consumer product that may contain lead.

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John and Kate Plus 8

I write a lot about mega multiples on this site because they are rare, but interesting.

I have recently started watching John and Kate Gosselin's show on TLC called 'John and Kate Plus 8'. The popular network follows the family through their everyday life of chaos as they try keep peace and control in their home.

The couple has a set of twins and a set of sextuplets, all born by fertility treatments.

Kate delivered the sextuplets on May 10th, 2004. The babies arrived at 30 weeks gestation weighing between 2.5lbs and 3lbs. At birth all babies need to be on ventilators.

With each episode that I watch, I am utterly amazed at Kate's ability to keep her household under control.

She prepares all of the families meals from scratch and tries to use as much organic food as possible.

The couple estimates that monthly grocery bills only run them approximately $150/week with their monthly bill sitting between $600-$800.

Each baby has their own crib, but they all share a room. Instead of having big bulky highchairs the couple has opted to use wooden restaurant type model that can be stacked on top of each other when not in use.

When the subject of mega multiples comes up, most people argue that it is virtually impossible for each child to feel special in a home with so many kids.

John and Kate do many things to give each child an identity and let them all know they are special.

Last year for their 2nd birthday, friends and family sang happy birthday 6 times so that each child could have their own birthday song.

This show is reality TV without the backstabbing, scandal and shocking surprises. Kate Gosselin is Betty Crocker, Martha Stewart and the mom next door all wrapped up in one.

They don't believe in keeping up with the Jones', they just want what's best for their kids.

For parents who think that their life is chaotic, watch this show. It will put everything in perspective. This mom NEVER stops.

The show airs at 10:00 tonight on Discovery (US) and Monday nights at 10:00 on TLC in Canada.

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'Baby Rhys' Organizes Your Diaper Bag

Baby Rhys is a company that was started by a mom/dad team inspired by their son, Rhys.

While travelling with their little one, the couple realized the need for Adventure gear that caters to the on-the-go parent. That is when their line of Babyrhys products was developed.

The two pieces that I like are the 'diaper wrap' and the 'lunch wrap'.

The diaper wrap was created to help parents by-pass a bulky diaper bag when going out for a quick visit with friends. It holds a diaper, wipe case and a disposable change pad. You can keep one of these 'wraps' in the car, your purse or in the stroller.

They make it easy to stay organized and ensure that you are always prepared for the unexpected.

The lunch wrap holds a spoon, bib, tissue and a jar of food. Like the diaper wrap, the while thing ties up for convenience.

I like that you can pre-package everything you might need when you are in the proper frame of mind, as opposed to trying to remember everything as you are running out the door.

For some reason, I never remember a bib. This organizer may help with that...

The diaper wraps retail for $19.99 and the lunch wraps retail for $17.99.

Everything is machine washable and all Baby Rhys products are handmade with a tight weave cotton.

Please check the official website for more information.


Kelly Ripa and Son Joaquin in NYC

Kelly Ripa picks up her son Joaquin, 4 from a birthday party at the Reebok Sports Club in New York City.

He looks so cute with all of his birthday stuff hanging off of him.

I am completely in love with Kelly's Yves Saint Laurent 'Muse Bag', but not in love with it's $1400 price tag.

I wonder if it has pockets for diapers and a bottle?


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WORST Costume Ever!!

Judging from the look on this poor baby's face, she feels the same way I do about this costume.

Her parents have turned an adorable Old Navy costume and turned it into 'Alien' recreation.

There is 'blood' running down her chest!!



Monday, October 22, 2007
Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon and Husband Welcome Twin Boys

Congratulations to Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon and husband Michael Nilon on the safe arrival of their twin boys.

Jax Joseph Nilon was born at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and weighed 4 lbs. 7 oz., and Jaid Thomas Nilon was born at 8:31 p.m. and weighed 4 lbs. 9 oz.

"We're so in love with them," Beauvais-Nilon tells PEOPLE. "They boys are just gorgeous."

The twins, who were born in Los Angeles, join Oliver, the actress's 15-year-old son from a previous marriage.


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