Archive for December, 2007

Choking Hazard Recall

Infantino® Recalls Infant Teethers Due to Choking Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. Name of Product: Infantino® Lion Teethers

Units: About 28,000

Manufacturer: Infantino® LLC, of San Diego, Calif.

Hazard: The plastic nose can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: Infantino® has received eight reports of the nose detaching, including one report of a child gagging on the bitten off nose.

Description: This recall involves Infantino® lion teethers. The yellow and orange plastic teethers have date codes 6116, 6129, 6158, 6137, 0606, 0806, 0906, and 1006. The date codes are located on the back of the lion’s head, above the Infantino® logo. Lion teethers with other date codes are not included in this recall.

Sold at: Babies “R” Us, Pottery Barn Kids and other specialty stores nationwide from June 2006 through December 2007 for about $5.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should take the recalled toys away from young children immediately and contact Infantino® for a replacement teether or a product of equal value.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Infantino® toll-free at (888) 808-3111 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at

Picture of Recalled Teethers


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Lead Recall

Children’s Toys Recalled by Dollar Tree Stores Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. Name of Product: Baby Toys Baby Bead & Wire Toys and Speed Racer Pull Back & Go Action! Cars

Units: About 300,000

Importer: Greenbrier International Inc., of Chesapeake, Va.

Hazard: The recalled toys contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The Baby Bead & Wire Toys are colored wires and colored beads that can slide on a natural wood platform. These bead toys have item number 903419 and date code 71 printed on the back of the packaging. The Speed Racer Pull Back & Go Action! Cars are yellow with black stripes and white with red stripes. Item number 873820 and date code 77 is printed on the back of the packaging.

Sold at: Dollar Tree, Dollar Bill$, Dollar Express, Greenbacks, Only One $1 and Deal$ stores nationwide from March 2007 through October 2007 (Baby Bead & Wire Toys) and from September 2007 through November 2007 (Speed Racer Cars) for $1.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take these toys away from children and return to the store where purchased for a refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Dollar Tree Stores at (800) 876-8077 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at

Note: CPSC was alerted to this hazard by the State of Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection.

Picture of Recalled Baby Bead & Wire Toy

Picture of Recalled Speed Racer Pull Back & Go Action! Cars

Picture of Recalled Speed Racer Pull Back & Go Action! Cars

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Good Reads for Winter and Holidays

Here are a few books with a winter or holiday theme to check out during your family time.

“The Biggest Snowball Ever” by Stephen Kroll (we read this in Imagine That! this week)

“The Snowy Day” by Jack Ezra Keats

“Frosty the Snowman” by Jack Rollins (sing/read along)

“Five Little Penguins Slipping on the Ice” by Steve Metzger

“Mrs. Wishy Washy’s Christmas” by Joy Cowley (we read this in Our Time this week)

“Snowmen at Night” by Caralyn Buehner

“The Three Bears’ Christmas” by Kathy Duval

“Bear Stays up for Christmas” by Karma Wilson

Happy Reading!

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Happy Holidays!

Saw this on a friend’s blog and thought it was cute and so fun to listen to!  Happy listening!

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Dear Santa,

I’ve been a good mom all year.

I’ve fed, cleaned and cuddled my children on demand, visited their doctor’s office more than my own doctor’s, and sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground.

I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son’s red crayon, on the back of a receipt, in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I’ll find anymore free time in the next 18 years.

Here are my Christmas wishes:

  • I’d like a pair of legs that don’t ache (in any color, except purple, which I already have) and arms that don’t hurt or flap in the breeze; but are strong enough to pull my screaming child out of the candy aisle in the grocery store.
  • I’d also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy.
  • If you’re hauling big ticket items this year, I’d like fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music; a television that doesn’t broadcast any programs containing talking animals; and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.
  • On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that says, “Yes, Mommy” to boost my parental confidence, along with two kids who don’t fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools.
  • I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting “Don’t eat in the living room” and “Take your hands off your brother”, because my voice seems to be just out of my children’s hearing range and can only be heard by the dog.
  • If it’s too late to find any of these products, I’d settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a styrofoam container.

If you don’t mind, I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season.

Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely.

It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family.

Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back.

Have a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the door and come in to dry off so you don’t catch cold.

Help yourself to cookies on the table but don’t eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.

Yours Always,


P.S. One more thing …you can cancel all my requests if you can keep my children young enough to believe in Santa.

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Personalities galore!

As I watched my Village kiddos today, I realized how much I love seeing all the personalities shine through.

I have some that rarely leave mom’s lap, but still flash smiles to everyone around them.  I have others that barely notice mom’s even in class because they’re so busy visiting all their friends.  They crawl and/or walk all over the room checking out all the other kiddos and moms.

Then there are some that simply sit and take it all in.  They sometimes have a very mystified look on their faces like they’re not sure what is going on!

And I have some that are coming out of their shells more and more each week, and show just how excited they are when we get out an instrument or prop that they love.  I’m actually happy when a child just isn’t ready to put away the instrument or prop because that means he/she is really invested in our activity and wants to continue.

My morning Village class is now completely mobile either by crawling/army crawling or walking which is, of course, the most obvious way to measure how much they’ve changed this semester.  But I also see the smaller, less obvious ways they’re grown and matured.  Most have become so comfortable in class they’ll crawl to any mom that will pay them some attention, or help them with an instrument.  I see the way their faces light up when we begin our “Hello” song, and the way the mobile ones usually head over to mom because they know class is beginning.  I see the faces as we do social dances and just how excited they get to see their friends up dancing with them.

Please know that whether your child is in Village, Our Time, Imagine That!, or Family Time, you are making the very best choice possible for him/her.  Take a moment during your class next week and observe how your child has grown/changed since September.

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Classes Cancelled

There will be no Kindermusik classes this evening, December 11.  Stay home and stay warm.  See you next week!

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