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Thursday, September 30, 2010
Orlando Bloom Escorts Wife Miranda To Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2011 show
Actor Orlando Bloom was photographed escorting his wife Miranda Kerr to the Balenciaga Ready To Wear Spring/Summer 2011 show in Paris, France today, where the mom-to-be walked the runway with Gisele Bündchen.



The dad-to-be told WWD.com he was proud of his wife, who is five months pregnant with the couple's first child, stating he just tries to stay out of her way when she signs up for modelling assignments: "I’ll just try not to trip her.
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RECALL: 2.9 Million Fisher-Price Infant Toys with Inflatable Balls Due to Choking Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Fisher-Price, today announced a voluntary recall of about 2,925,00 Baby Playzone™ Crawl & Cruise Playground™, Baby Playzone™ Crawl & Slide Arcade™, Baby Gymtastics™ Play Wall, Ocean Wonders™ Kick & Crawl™ Aquarium (C3068 and H8094), 1-2-3 Tetherball™, Bat & Score Goal™. The valve of the inflatable ball on these toys can come off and pose a choking hazard to young children.

CPSC and Fisher-Price are aware of 46 reports of incidents where the valve came off in the US and eight reports in Canada. These include 14 reports of the valve found in a child's mouth and three reports of a child beginning to choke. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves the products listed below:
 
ProductApproximate
Retail Price
and Dates Sold
Product Description 
73408Baby Playzone™
Crawl & Cruise
Playground™
$50

July 2001 to
October 2003
6 months & up

Playzone has three play modes
for crawling, to pulling up and
cruising, to walking in and out
Baby Playzone Crawl & Cruise Playground
B2408Baby Playzone™
Crawl & Slide
Arcade™
$48

April 2003 to
January 2004
9 months & up

Baby arcade converts to baby's
first slide.
Baby Playzone Crawl & Slide Arcade
C3068Ocean Wonders™
Kick & Crawl™
Aquarium
$28

October 2003 to
September 2005
Birth & Up

A soft gym with two toy bars. The
gym converts to a crawl-through
play space.
Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Aquarium
H5704Baby Gymtastics™
Play Wall
$68

April 2005 to
January 2007
6 to 36 months

Play wall with activities
Baby Gymtastics Play Wall
H8094Ocean Wonders™
Kick & Crawl™
Aquarium
$36

June 2005 to
March 2008
Birth & Up

A soft gym that features two
toy bars. The gym converts to
a crawl-through play space.
Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Aquarium
J03271-2-3 Tetherball™ $20

September 2005 to
March 2008
6 months & Up

Big inflatable ball (Approximately
12 inches in diameter) with light
up base.
1-2-3 Tetherball
K0476Bat & Score Goal™ $20

May 2006 to
July 2008
6 months & Up

Baby soccer goal with detachable ball.
Bat & Score Goal


Consumers should immediately remove the inflatable ball from the product and keep away from children. Do not discard the inflatable ball. Contact Fisher-Price at (800) 432-5437 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.service.mattel.com for a free replacement kit. 

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RECALL: 1 Million Fisher-Price Healthy Care, Easy Clean and Close to Me High Chairs Due to Laceration Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Fisher-Price, today announced a voluntary recall of about 1,075,000 Healthy Care, Easy Clean and Close to Me High Chairs because children can fall on or against the pegs on the rear legs of the high chair resulting in injuries or lacerations. The pegs are used for high chair tray storage.



CPSC and Fisher-Price are aware of 14 reports of incidents, including seven reports of children requiring stitches and one tooth injury. One of these incidents was reported in Canada.This recall involves the Healthy Care, Easy Clean and Close to Me High Chairs with pegs on the back legs intended for tray storage. The high chairs have a folding frame for storage and a three-position reclining seat. The model number and date code of the high chair is on the back of the seat. All Easy Clean and Close To Me High Chairs are included in this recall. Only Healthy Care High Chairs manufactured before December 2006 are included in the recall. If the fourth digit in the date code is 6 or less, the Healthy Care High Chair is included in the recall.

Consumers should stop using the High Chair immediately and contact Fisher-Price at (800) 432-5437 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.service.mattel.com for instructions and a free repair kit.

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RECALL: 120,000 Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Stand 'n Play Rampway Due to Choking Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Fisher-Price, today announced a voluntary recall of about 120,000 Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Stand 'n Play Rampway because the wheels on the purple and the green cars can come off, posing a choking hazard to young children.


Fisher-Price has received two reports of a wheel detaching from a vehicle. No injuries have been reported. The recall involves Little People Wheelies Stand 'n Play Rampway with model numbers T4261 and V6378. They were sold with small cars that a child can push down winding ramps. Only the purple and the green cars that are marked "Mexico" and do not have a yellow dot on the bottom are included in the recall. The toy is intended for children 1 1/2 to 5 years of age.

Consumers should immediately take the affected purple and the green cars away from children and contact Fisher-Price at (800) 432-5437 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.service.mattel.com for free replacement cars. 

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RECALL: 7 Million Fisher-Price Children's Trikes Due to Risk of Serious Injury

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Fisher-Price, today announced a voluntary recall of about 7 million Fisher Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles. A child can strike, sit or fall on the protruding plastic ignition key resulting in serious injury, including genital bleeding.

CPSC and Fisher-Price are aware of 10 reports of incidents resulting in injury. Six of the incidents required medical attention after young girls, ages two to three years old, fell against or on the protruding disc-shaped and D-shaped pretend key.

This recall involves the Fisher-Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles that have either a disc-shaped or D-shaped pretend key. The model numbers are located under the seat in the storage compartment. The trikes are intended for children 2 to 5 years of age. The pretend keys are located about 3 inches in front of the seat and protrude at least 5/8 inches above the trike's body. The trikes manufactured after June 16, 2010 are not included in this recall. These trikes have a modified key in a flattened D shape and a manufacturer run number higher than 1670Q2. The run number indicates the trike was manufactured on the 167th day of 2010 or on June 16, 2010. The run number is found under the seat below the model number.




Consumers should immediately place the trikes out of children's reach and contact Fisher-Price at (800) 432-5437 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.service.mattel.com for a free replacement key. 

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Time to Play Magazine Announces Their 'Most Wanted' Holiday Toy LIst

Yesterday Time To Play Magazine revealed their famous Most Wanted Toy list for this upcoming holiday season.
 
Over the past year, the team at Time To Play looked at and reviewed literally thousands of toys, and the ones you see on their list are the best of the best — the ones they believe everyone will be talking about in the weeks leading up to the holidays.


  1. Air Hogs Moto Frenzy ($25) - Spin Master
  2. Disney Princess & Me Dolls($50) - Jakks Pacific
  3. Hot Wheels R/C Stealth Rides ($25) - Mattel
  4. LEGO Games($25) - LEGO
  5. Leapster Explorer ($70) - LeapFrog
  6. Loopz ($30) - Mattel
  7. Monster High ($17) - Mattel
  8. Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS Blaster($50) - Hasbro 

  1. Paper Jamz($25) - WowWee
  2. Real Construction($25) - Jakks Pacific
  3. Scrabble Flash ($30) - Hasbro
  4. Sing-a-ma-jigs ($13) - Mattel
  5. Squinkies($7) - Blip Toys 
  6. Tonka Chuck & Friends Chuck's Stunt Park($40) - Playskool 
  7. V.Reader($60) - VTech 
  8. Zoobles($8) - Spin Master

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Laila Ali Reveals She's Expecting Baby #2!

Exciting news for the Conway family! Laila Ali and her husband Curtis Conway are expecting baby #2!
"I am pregnant again! I'm three months, and I'm so excited, my family is excited," said a beaming Ali via a video on People.com. "I'm hoping it's a girl this time!"
Laila tells the magazine that her father, boxing legend Muhammad Ali, is excited about becoming a grandfather again.
"My dad is an excellent grandfather," she says. "He loves kids. He loves to kiss them to death."

A former world-class boxer herself, Ali admits it's a challenge to maintain an exercise regime during pregnancy.
"I've noticed I'm putting on weight faster this time, I started showing sooner," she says. "Staying fit is a challenge, even if you are a former world-class athlete such as myself, because you just don't have the energy that you used to have. Also, I have to hold myself back because I want to work harder than I'm able to."
When it comes to nutrition,
"Pregnancy isn't 'I can eat whatever I want,' because you have to remember you're going to be stuck with a lot of that weight afterwards that you need to try to get off. So I don't recommend 'grubbing,'" she says, admitting she succumbs to the occasional pregnancy craving.
"I have cravings all the time, even when I'm not pregnant," Ali says. "I made a strawberry shortcake last night." And? "It was great."
Due in early April 2011, the new baby will join the couple's son Curtis Jr., who is 2. 


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LeapFrog To Offer Rebates To Parents Who 'E-Cycle' Their Older Systems

Today, LeapFrog Enterprises announced its "Trade Up to Leapster Explorer" program, offering discounts on the Leapster Explorer system. To participate, families simply turn in eligible older LeapFrog platforms through RecycleBank's online service or in person at Best Buy stores, then receive $10 off a new Leapster Explorer system and $10 off two Leapster Explorer games. And by "trading up," LeapFrog consumers will be happy to know that their device has been "e-cycled" properly, which helps keeps landfills free from electronics.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generated more than two million tons of electronic waste in 2007, but only 18% of this was recycled—the rest wound up in landfills. And while 23 states have passed legislation mandating statewide electronics recycling, many people are still unaware that electronics can be recycled, or do not have access to a program facilitating collection. 

LeapFrog will offer two easy ways for consumers to help the environment while enjoying a great deal on a top-notch learning system for their kids: from home, or in store. 

Consumers can recycle their older LeapFrog platform by mail, by visiting the RecycleBank LeapFrog partner page (www.recyclebank.com/leapfrog). Consumers who want instant rewards can visit their local Best Buy store's Customer Service desk and turn in their LeapFrog system to receive savings on the spot. 


Systems are eligible for trade-in are:
  • LeapPad™
  • Leapster®
  • Leapster2
  • Didj™
  • Fly™
  • Fly Fusion™ 
  • Crammer™
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Infant Deaths Prompt CPSC, FDA Warning on Infant Sleep Positioners

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today warned consumers to stop using infant sleep positioners. Over the past 13 years, CPSC and the FDA have received 12 reports of infants between the ages of 1 month and 4 months who died when they suffocated in sleep positioners or became trapped and suffocated between a sleep positioner and the side of a crib or bassinet.


Most of the infants suffocated after rolling from a side to stomach position. In addition to the reported deaths, CPSC has received dozens of reports of infants who were placed on their backs or sides in sleep positioners, only to be found later in potentially hazardous positions within or next to the sleep positioners. 



"The deaths and dangerous situations resulting from the use of infant sleep positioners are a serious concern to CPSC," said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "We urge parents and caregivers to take our warning seriously and stop using these sleep positioners, so that children can have a safer sleep."


The two main types of infant sleep positioners are flat mats with side bolsters or inclined (wedge) mats with side bolsters.


Both types of sleep positioners typically claim to help keep infants on their backs and reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The FDA has never cleared an infant sleep positioner to prevent or reduce the risk of SIDS. In addition, CPSC and the FDA are unaware of any scientific studies demonstrating that infant positioners prevent SIDS or are proven to prevent suffocation or other life-threatening harm.

"To date, there is no scientifically sound evidence that infant sleep positioners prevent SIDS," said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, FDA Principal Deputy Commissioner and a pediatrician. "We want to make sure parents, health care professionals, and childcare providers understand the potential risk of suffocation and stop using infant sleep positioners." 
 Sleep positioners also typically claim to do one or all of the following: aid in food digestion to ease colic or the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD); and prevent flat head syndrome (plagiocephaly). In light of the new safety data, FDA believes any benefit from using these devices to ease GERD or prevent plagiocephaly is outweighed by the risk of suffocation.


CPSC and the FDA are warning parents and child care providers to:

  • STOP using sleep positioners. Using a positioner to hold an infant on his or her back or side for sleep is dangerous and unnecessary. 
  • NEVER put pillows, infant sleep positioners, comforters, or quilts under a baby or in a crib. 
  • ALWAYS place an infant on his or her back at night and during nap time. To reduce the risk of SIDS, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends placing infants to sleep on their backs and not their sides.

The American Academy of Pediatrics does not support the use of any sleep positioner to prevent SIDS.


Manufacturers of infant sleep positioners with medical claims that have not been reviewed by the FDA should stop marketing those products until they submit, and the FDA clears, appropriate premarket review submissions, including necessary safety and effectiveness data.


FDA has informed manufacturers of cleared devices of the agency's serious concern and has requested that they submit clinical data showing the benefits of their products outweigh the risk of suffocation or other serious harm.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sarah Jessica Parker Totes Her Twins To The Doctor

Sarah Jessica Parker and her twin daughters, Tabitha and Marion, were spotted heading out for an early morning appointment in New York City today.


It's been a while since we've seen the girls - who are now 15-months-old.  The Sex and The City star looked low key in jeans, baggy black sweatshirt, black boots and dark sunglasses as she took turns with her nanny carrying each girl.

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Bryan and Jenny Masche Separate

Just a week after it was revealed that Bryan Masche was arrested for fighting with his wife and father-in-law, Jenny has filed for separation.

Bryan and Jenny Masche

According to E! News, the 'Raising Sextuplets' mom, filed for legal separation from her husband on Sept.17 - a day before the details of Bryan's arrest hit the news.

The couple’s six-year marriage imploded after a fight on Sept. 11th at the Arizona home of Jenny's parents, Sue and Robert Simbric, which resulted in his arrest. According to reports the disagreement escalated when Bryan discovered Jenny planned to go to the Phoenix area to meet friends, while he wanted to drive the couple's six kids – Savannah, Bailey, Grant, Cole, Molli and Blake – more than 200 miles to Lake Havasu.

Reports say that Jenny didn't know if Bryan planned to return with the children. The Police tried several times to get Bryan handcuffed, but the reality star, "was hesitant and refused" and almost needed to be tasered. He was then taken to the Yavapai County Detention Center where he was booked and released on bond.

Jenny's mom Sue told Radaronline.com
“We’re very, very sad, about the split. Other than that I cannot comment on my daughter’s marriage.”
A spokesperson for We TV said:
“Out of respect for the Masche family and their privacy during this time we are not going to comment.”
Radaronline reports that Jenny is requesting to live separate and apart, as part of her court bid to grant an order of legal separation. She is seeking both sole legal custody and primary physical custody of the kids with reasonable visitation for Bryan.

In addition, Jenny is asking for child support but is requesting an order from the court determining that neither party pay spousal support to the other.

She is also asking for equitable division of certain joint, community and other property and debt and that each party pay for their own attorney fees.

By way of Arizona law, both Jennifer and Bryan must attend and complete a Parent Education Program. Failure to do so may result in Contempt of Court.

 

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Monday, September 27, 2010
Halle and Nahla Shop it Up in LA

Miss Nahla Aubry was photographed accompanying her mom for a bit of shopping at CB2 Home Decor store in West Hollywood yesterday.

As usual, Halle looked fabulous with an equally fashionable Nahla by her side. Only she could pull off this grey T-shirt dress with flip flops!

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Jennifer Garner And Her Girls Hit The Soccer Field

Jennifer Garner and Chris Affleck (Ben's mom) were photographed taking Violet and Seraphina to Violet's soccer game yesterday morning.



While Violet enjoyed her time with the other kids, little Seraphina, 20 months, turned out to be a handful for mom. She kept Jen on her toes by running all over the park and even chewed on a twig while her mom was on the phone.



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Sunday, September 26, 2010
Kourtney and Scott Stroll With Mason!

Kourtney Kardashian and boyfriend Scott Disick were seen out in Calabasas today enjoying the day with baby Mason.


A happy Mason smiled for the camera as his dad carried him to the car.


Kourtney pushes the new G2 Orbit stroller with Tiny Love's Island Stroller set attached to the bumper bar.




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Saturday, September 25, 2010
Elegant & Functional ~ Foppapedretti Vaniglia & Cioccolato Nursery Collection

Looking for a simple, sweet nursery collection suitable for both boys and girls? Look no further than the Vaniglia and Cioccolato collection from the Italian label, Foppapedretti. 

The collection includes dressers, wardrobes, a unique bath and changing table system, crib bedding and two beautiful cribs. All in tones of beige and cream, with simple puppy and teddy bear accents. 

The change table is of a design that I have never seen before. Under the change pad is a mini bathtub to make bathing newborns a breeze! Both the tub and change mat top are removable so that the table converts into a functional dresser as the child grows! How incredibly convenient! Also wonderfully useful is the Pinocchio crib. It features two drawers built in underneath the crib, as well as extra storage at the end, including drawers and cubby holes. Both the change table and the cribs are fitted with 4 rubber surrounded castors, 2 of which have breaks to insure that they don’t move unless you want them to! 

Simple, beautiful, functional nursery furniture for both boys and girls ~ perfect! 

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Doctors Keep 14oz Baby In Sandwich Bag To Keep Her Alive

Everyday, all around the world, doctors are doing everything they can to keep extremely premature babies alive. The treatment of these babies has often been called experimental because they are so fetal, it sometimes takes unconventional methods to help them thrive.

To increase tiny Lexi Lacey's chances of survival, UK doctors placed the baby girl in a sandwich bag.  Because she was so small, it was the best way to help her maintain her temperature. 

When parents Chelsea Rowberry and Lee Lacey, were told that Lexi was most premature baby born at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, they were warned that it was unlikely that she would survive. 

Arriving at 26 weeks, Lexi weighed just 14 ounces. But to everyone's surprise this little fighter has shown everyone that she has bigger plans. During her 11 weeks in the NICU the tiny baby has battled against all the odds and pulled through. 

Chelsea was at her brother’s home when she started having contractions on Sunday, June 27. 
“It was frightening. I rang the maternity suite and they just told me to go to sleep,” she said. 
 Fearing she could be having a miscarriage, she called her mother, who called an ambulance. 

When they got to the hospital, Miss Rowberry was told that she was already three centimetres dilated and she gave birth to Lexi who weighed just 14 ounces. 

Lexi has now been given the all clear, but the couple says they still get scared because she is still so small, weighing just 5lbs 6oz. 

Seventeen-year-old Chelsea, said some people were still wary about enquiring about the baby, fearing that she had not survived. 
“People look quite shocked when I tell them she’s OK, a lot of people didn’t like to speak to me at first,” she said. “But when they see her now people don’t believe me when I tell them how premature she was.”
Natalie Weston, founder of the support group Calling All Little Miracles (CALM) based at the Lavendar Children's Centre in Warndon, Worcester, said: 
"It is very rare for a baby that young to survive, but every year the survival rate for premature babies is getting better because of the research being carried out.
"The knowledge and technology is becoming more advanced and the basic thing is that babies are getting more help to survive."
We wish this family well. Even though Lexi is out of the woods medically, she will more than likely need a lot of therapy to help her meet her developmental milestones. Babies born this premature often need help well into their pre-school years.

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Sesame Street Pulls Controversial Katy Perry duet with Elmo
After a week of controversy Sesame Street has pulled the scheduled duet between popstar Kay Perry and the show's furry star - Elmo.
 
In anticipation of their 41st season Sesame Street released teaser clips featuring stars like Jude Law, Will.i.am, Colin Farrell, and Run-DMC's Reverend Run. One of the shorts, however, got a lot more attention than the rest: a two-and-a-half minute video of pop star Katy Perry singing a reworked version of her 2008 hit "Hot N Cold" with Elmo. Parents who saw the clip though Katy's outfit wasn't appropriate for a show geared toward children ages one to six. 

Sesame Workshop, the company that produces the show, responded to the controversy this morning by announcing that producers have decided to pull the song from the broadcast version of the program. The clip will remain online at KatyPerry.com, however, so the singer's more mature fans can watch it.

In a statement the company said,
"'Sesame Street' has always been written on two levels, for the child and adult. We use parodies and celebrity segments to interest adults in the show because we know that a child learns best when co-viewing with a parent or caregiver. We also value our viewers' opinions and particularly those of parents. In light of the feedback we've received on the Katy Perry music video, which was released on YouTube only, we have decided we will not air the segment on the television broadcast of 'Sesame Street,' which is aimed at preschoolers."
The song, which was used is a children friendly version of Hot n Cold. In the video Katy appears in a busty yellow dress that does, in my opinion, show more than it should for a kids show.  

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Friday, September 24, 2010
bloom Introduces The Alma Papa Nursery Collection

Contemporary baby gear company bloom has introduced their latest addition to their Nursery collection. The alma papa line is perfect for parents who have limited space, but still want style. 

 

Suitable from newborn to 4 years, the modern solid wood crib has 2 mattress heights to allow it to be used as a co-sleep/Bassinet or full-size crib and just like it's predecessor, the alma papa has an ultra compact fold for easy storage and transport. The bonus - when your toddler is old enough for a bit more freedom, the crib converts to be used as a stylish toddler bed.



Also available is the sleek and modern alma dresser.  Convertible from a sophisticated cabinet to a change station, this solid wood dresser features 4 large slow-closing drawers to hold all of your little one's nessesities.

To be available in Jan 2011


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The Cruises Head To Dinner in Prague

Tom and Katie were photographed heading to dinner at an Italian Restaurant with 4-year-old daughter Suri in Prague last night.


It was all about her Corolle doll stroller. A fashionable Suri proudly lead her parents through the capital city as she pushed her stuffies in style.


Tom is reportedly in Prague to scout out the best locations for the fourth Mission Impossible film for which he is not only the lead actor but also apart of the writer and production team on the film.


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