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Friday, April 30, 2010
Roger Federer and Family Stroll in Rome

Reigning world number one tennis champion Roger Federer and his family, wife Mirka spent the day today strolling around Rome with their twin daughters Myla Rose and Charlene Riva.

Gotta love Roger's white socks and sneakers! Even off the court he stays in character.

Mirka pushes a Baby Jogger City Select stroller.

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Woman Gives Birth On Front Lawn

When Aaron Ryckman and his girlfriend, Angela Moore saw a woman laying on her front lawn on Thursday, they though the mom-to-be had tripped and hurt herself. Little did they know, but she was in labour and they were about to become her birth coaches!

Stopping to help, the pair was amazed to see a baby's head beginning to emerge from between the woman's legs.

Aaron told reporters it looked as though the new mom and a man were attempting to get themselves to hospital. The man had a couple of overnight bags and a cab was pulled up to the curb in front of their apartment. But it quickly became obvious the baby wasn't waiting to be delivered at the hospital.

Aaron and Angela called 911 and then tried to keep the mom-to-be calm until paramedics arrived to deliver the baby boy.

It took only a few minutes for paramedics to arrive and help the woman deliver, as a small crowd of passersby stopped to watch.

Minutes after his arrival, the ambulance whisked mom and baby to a nearby Hospital.

Niagara EMS Deputy Chief Kevin Smith said the mother and child were doing well after the street-side birth.

Smith said it's not unusual for women to give birth before they can make it to hospital.

n some cases, paramedics are able to assist in the delivery, but others are often guided through the delivery over the phone until paramedics get there.

"Pre-hospital births happen probably more than people would believe," he said.

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RECALL: Gap Infant Swimsuits Due to Strangulation Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with The Gap, today announced a voluntary recall of about 7,000 infant swimsuits because the swimsuits have halter straps that were manufactured too short causing the plastic ring located at the neck of the swimsuit to press against the child’s throat and obstruct the airway. This poses a strangulation hazard to the child.

The firm has received two consumer complaints. No injuries have been reported.

The baby swimsuits were sold in two styles: number 706260 is blue and white and number 700452 is red and white. The style number can be found on the label located on the swimsuit. Both swimsuits were sold in infant sizes up to 24 months and are made of a synthetic knit stretch fabric of polyester and spandex. The straps are made of the same material as the body.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled swimsuits away from children and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Contact Gap at (888) 747-3704 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and Saturday between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m., visit the firm’s website at www.gap.com or email Gap at custserv@gap.com to return by mail if purchased online.

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Lance Armstrong Expecting Baby #5!

Wow! Lance Armstrong surprised everyone today by announcing, via twitter, that he and girlfriend Anna Hansen will be expecting their second child, his 5th, together this October.

Creating a twitter account in the unborn baby's nickname, "Cincoarmstrong." The excited dad-to-be wrote:

"I got 2 arms, 2 legs, a nickname, and [I’m] 2 inches long. See y'all in October...I'm now the size of a lemon, 3.5 inches long, and weigh 1.5 ounces. And oh yeah, I'm on Twitter."

Lance then followed up the announcement with his own tweet saying,

"What to say? Yet another blessing in our lives. I cannot wait!"

The athlete then confirmed the news to his hometown paper, the Austin-American Statesmen. The future child's future name could be Jack or Olivia, the paper reports.

In 1996 the 7 time Tour de France winner was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Harsh chemotherapy treatments were believed to have left him unable to have children. At that time, Lance and then-wife Kristin Richards had three children using sperm the cyclist had donated before the treatment.

When Anna became pregnant 2 years ago, the cyclist revealed that Max was conceived without the use of any artificial fertilization. It is not sure if that is also the case with baby #5.

The new baby will join Lance's 4 other kids, 8-year old twin girls Isabelle and Grace, son Luke and 10-month-old son Max.

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Tom and Gisele Enjoy A Park Play With Their Boys

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen spent yesterday afternoon enjoying a beautiful day at the park with their boys, Benjamin, 5 months and John, 3.

The couple recently spent an estimated $20 million to build an eight-bedroom, 22m000 square-foot mansion in Brentwood, so that they can be closer to John, Tom's son with Bridget Moynahan.

Gisele carrier Benjamin in a Ergo Baby Carrier

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Discover Nature With Insect Lore's Butterfly Garden!

Now that Spring is here a cool project to do with your kids to teach them about nature is Insect Lore's Butterfly Garden($20).

This awe-inspiring kit allows kids to see real caterpillars' transition as they mature, change into chrysalides, and finally emerge as Painted Lady butterflies! The whole process takes approximately three weeks, leaving your kids with 3-5 butterflies that are absolutely safe to release into the environment.

Included in the kit is a colorful pop-up habitat suitable for hanging or free-standing on a countertop, one cup containing 3 to 5 butterfly larvae with special food, feeding kit and complete instructions.

Just order your caterpillars when you are ready to start and watch nature happen. Once the butterflies appear all you need to do is place fruit into the habitat for them to live on.

Best of all, if you want to do it again after you release your butterflies, a 'refill' kit is available for $15.

Watching a butterfly grow from a small caterpillar is an amazing thing. Having the whole process develop in your house is a great learning tool.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010
Jerry O'Connell Totes His Twins in LA!

Holy cuteness! Actor Jerry O' Connell was spotted out in LA today toting his twin girls Charlie and Dolly to an indoor playground.

The hands on daddy looked like a pro with one monkey in each arm!

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RECALL: 217,000 Graco®-Branded Drop Side Cribs Made by LaJobi Due to Entrapment and Suffocation Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Lajobi, today announced a voluntary recall of about 217,000 Graco®-branded drop side cribs. The drop side hardware can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches, a hazardous gap is created between the drop side and the crib mattress in which infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped, posing a risk of suffocation and strangulation. In addition, children can fall from the cribs when the drop side detaches or fails to lock.

CPSC and LaJobi have received a total of 99 reports of drop side incidents, including hardware breakage and drop side detachment. There were two incidents in which children became entrapped in the gap created by the detached drop side. Both children were freed by their caregivers. There were six reports of children falling due to drop side failure, including one report of a mild concussion.

This recall involves LaJobi-manufactured Graco® wood cribs. The full size cribs were sold in cherry, espresso, natural and white finishes. The production date, item number, purchase order number and finish name is printed on a label affixed to the footboard or headboard. "LaJobi" and the crib model name are printed on a product sticker located on the stabilizer bar or bottom rail of the crib. Affected models are listed below.

PictureNameModel Numbers
Picture of Recalled Crib: Ashleigh Drop SideAshleigh Drop Side3280142 3280154 3280181
Picture of Recalled Crib: Hampton Drop SideHampton Drop Side3080136
Picture of Recalled Crib: Jason Convertible Drop SideJason Convertible Drop Side3290235 3290254 3290281
Picture of Recalled Crib: Kendal Drop SideKendal Drop Side3570170 3570181
Picture of Recalled Crib: Lauren Drop SideLauren Drop Side3250235 3250242 3250247 3250254 3250281 3250282 3150281 3150282
Picture of Recalled Crib: Rachel Convertible Drop SideRachel Convertible Drop Side3300236 3300281
Picture of Recalled Crib: Sarah Drop SideSarah Drop Side3000135 3000136 3000142 3000147 3000154 3000181
Picture of Recalled Crib: Shannon Drop SideShannon Drop Side3010136 3010154 3010181
Picture of Recalled Crib: Tifton Drop SideTifton Drop Side3090136 3270136

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact LaJobi toll-free at (888) 842-2215 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.LaJobi.com to receive a free hardware retrofit kit that will immobilize the drop side. CPSC urges parents and caregivers to find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby.

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Simplicity Cribs Recalled by Retailers; Mattress-Support Collapse Can Cause Suffocation and Strangulation

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing the recall of all Simplicity full-size cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames. This recall includes fixed-side and drop-side cribs. These cribs pose a risk of serious injury or death due to entrapment, strangulation, suffocation and fall hazards to infants and toddlers.

The crib's tubular metal mattress-support frame can bend or detach and cause part of the mattress to collapse, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged, entrapped or fall out of the crib.

CPSC has received a report of a one-year-old child from North Attleboro, Mass. who suffocated when he became entrapped between the crib mattress and the crib frame in April 2008. CPSC is aware of 13 additional incidents involving the recalled cribs collapsing due to the metal mattress- support frame bending or detaching, including one child entrapment that did not result in injury, and one child who suffered minor cuts to his head when his mattress collapsed and he fell out of the crib.

Parents and caregivers are urged to stop using these cribs immediately and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. Do not attempt to fix these cribs.

Due to the fact that Simplicity and its successor, SFCA Inc., are no longer in business, CPSC has limited information about the number of cribs sold. All Simplicity drop-side cribs have previously been recalled for a hazard involving the drop side. Simplicity drop-side cribs could still be in use by parents or caregivers who are unaware of the recalls or by those who received a repair kit to immobilize the drop side from Simplicity when the firm was still in business. This recall involves all Simplicity cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames, which include but are not limited to the following models:

Crib NameModel Number
Aspen 4-in-18755
Chelsea Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System8324
Graco 4-in-1 Ultra Sleep System4600
Graco Aspen 3-in-18740
Simplicity Crib and Changer Combo8994
Simplicity Ellis Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System8676
Simplicity Nursery-in-a-Box Convertible Crib8910

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Study: Baby Swimming Have Better Balance

For new parents baby swim class is a great way to teach their little ones some co-ordination and safety, while getting out for some socialization and exercise. Now, a new study has found that these little swimmers have better balance and better grasping power than non-swimmers and these differences continue in older kids who are also outperforming their peers developmentally.

A team led by Hermundur Sigmundsson, a professor of psychology at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Brian Hopkins, a professor of psychology from Lancaster University studied 19 baby swimmers and compared them with a control group of 19 other children in Iceland.

Both the groups had similar factors like housing, economic status and parents’ education. The only difference between them was that while one group had participated in baby swimming classes for two hours a week between the ages of 2-3 months to 7 months old, the other did not. These classes included activities like baby somersault on a float mat, diving under water, jumping and trying to grab floating objects while balancing on a parent’s hand.

What the researchers found was that when both the groups at age 5 were asked to do similar exercises, like walking on tiptoes, balancing on one foot, skipping rope, rolling a ball into a goal and catching a beanbag, the baby swimmers excelled where an exercise needed balancing and the ability to reach for things.

Sigmundsson believes the results show that giving babies specific training helps in the long run. "It's incredibly exciting that specific training for young babies has an effect later in life. Development is a dynamic interplay between maturation, growth, experience and learning. Our study shows that we must never underestimate the learning aspect," he concluded. - Atula, Staff Writer

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Better than Wallpaper: Domestic Offers Unique and Quirky Wall Art

Since 2003, the French company, Domestic, has been offering a selection of beautifully intricate and wonderfully quirky wall drawings. Domestic works with a wide variety of designers and graphic artists, all of whom bring their own ideas and interpretations. The wall drawings are vinyl decals that offer a unique alternative to traditional wall paper or paint.

Although none of the designs are strictly marketed towards kids, there are a number of patterns that would work brilliantly. Among those that would perfectly set off a child’s room are a collection of dachshunds (weiner dogs) in a variety of poses, a package of 90 individual ladybug decals, a set of cats in pink or black, and several world monuments (the Empire State Building, Eiffel Tower and Big Ben) serving as growth charts!

The great thing about wall art in the form of decals is that there are endless possibilities in placement! The same set of stickers will be different in each child’s room!

- Belinda, Staff Writer

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Amanda Peet Walks The Red Carpet 8 Days Post Baby!

Amanda Peet surprised many last night when she walking the red carpet last night at the Tribeca Film Festival for her Indie Film 'Please Give' just 8 days after welcoming her second child - Molly June Benioff.

When asked how everything was going Amanda told US Magazine "So far, so good! She's great. I'm in love with her!"

Has she mastered any techniques when it comes to managing two kids at once? "I’ll tell you in about a year!" she said. So far, "Everything’s really great," she continued.

Was she nervous about returning to the red carpet so soon? Nah, "I wanted to be here for this!"

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Time to Play Magazine Announces Their Hot Summer Toy List

Yesterday we had the opportunity to attend Time To Play Magazine's Summer Toy Showcase to preview what is going to be hot for kids this Summer.

At the event more than 20 leading toy companies showcased their top new toys including blockbuster movie 'must haves' and toys that make the most of the outdoor.

Here are some highlights:

Toys Story 3 Toys: The number one theme I saw yesterday was Toy Story 3 licenced toys from all manufacturers. In total, there is going to be over 250 products introduced to tie into Toy Story 3 movie. Everything from new products that are going to be featured in the movie to costumes, patio sets and even Buzz Lightyear Deluxe Action Wing Pack. Here are some highlights.

Outdoor Toys: As the weather gets nicer parents should expect to see lots of cool stuff in the stores for outdoor play. Everything from outdoor play gyms, preschool furniture, cool chalk sets and sports gear will be soon filling toy shelves. Here are our picks!

Some of the toys shown are: (in order)

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