Archive for the ‘Toys’ Category

‘Toys’ and ‘Date Rape Drug’ Should Not Be In The Same Sentence (Aqua Dots Recall)

November 8, 2007

I’m getting ready for my sons second birthday. We’re having some of his tiny friends over for a small party. It’s an exciting yet hectic time. I’ve put together little goodie bags for the kids to take home as a favor, but now I have to take an item out. Remove a gift from the bag. Our birthday theme is cars, trucks, and things with wheels, so I put a little toy car in each gift bag. With the recent bombardment of recalls, I took a second look at the tiny car I put in each of the gift bags. They are made in China. I threw them out. What is going on here that parents would rather throw a toy away than let their child, or any other child play with it.

While shopping in the toy section of Babies R Us the other day, a woman was looking for a toy for a grandchild or niece/nephew. She was inspecting every toy she picked up. She was so afraid to choose the wrong toy. To be the giver of a toy that her grandson or granddaughter would fall madly in love with, only to have his mom or dad take it away a few months later, ripping it from his arms, because it’s been recalled.

Finally, she asked me, “what toys can I buy? They are all made in China.” At the time, I wasn’t too concerned. I get the CPSC Recall email (sign up here) which alerts me of every recall, but after the recent announcement of the Aqua Dots recall I got steamed. How can we trust any toy now? I don’t want to wait until I get a notice in my in-box that my sons favorite toy has to be taken away from him.

As a mom, I think, well, maybe I’ll stick with name brands like Disney (nope, several toys with Disney names are on recall lists), Matell (nope, they have an entire section on their Web site dedicated to their toy recalls), Baby Einstein (nope, they have several toys on the recall lists), Graco (nope, they’ve got recalls too).

Everything our children use is being recalled, it’s not just toys: high chairs, bouncy seats, the Bumbo seat, cribs, pack and plays — nothing is immune to being recalled. The Aqua Dot recall is one of the scariest because it contains the same chemical that is found in the just as scary date rape drug. ::GASP::

Moms, Parents, Grandparents, this message today is for you. It’s for me. It’s for all of us who need to protect our little pumpkins, out bambinos, our peanuts … sign up for the CPSC email recall list today. Pay attention to the reports and monitor the toys that come into your home.

I’ve already tossed out the toy cars from the goodie bags and will be looking for a replacement item, something the kids can’t put in their mouth, sleep with or on, play with in anyway — maybe I’ll just give everyone a bag full of nothing. Oh, wait, bags are suffocation hazards. I don’t need a recall list to tell me that.

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Give a Christmas Gift to a Child In Need

October 16, 2007

Editors note: I recently moved my blog to a new server. You can find this same post (and all my others) at the new location: BalancingMotherhood.com, where I post daily. Operation Christmas Child

I believe all children deserve a present at Christmastime so this year I’m going to participate in Operation Christmas Child. Children from around the world are given a shoe box with gifts you’ve purchased for either a boy or a girl.

Former President Bill Clinton mentions Operation Christmas Child in his new book, Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World. He says that he likes the program because people of all ages and income levels can participate.

A few years after the first shoe boxes were delivered, Clinton went to Bosnia and saw first hand “the happiness and gratitude sparked by these small boxes.”

Clinton also says:

“Countless gift-givers of modest means have made a real difference in the lives of children who otherwise might have been forgotten. Though Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian group, it offers a proven model of caring for children that members of any synagogue, mosque, or temple might want to emulate.”

This is how Samaritan’s Purse summarizes the project (from the Web site):

“Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love. This program of Samaritan’s Purse provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands—on missions project while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas—Jesus Christ.”

It’s a great way to involve your entire family. Each member can do his/her own shoebox. Each kid can do one for a child like himself and fill it with toys he’d love to receive.

Find a drop off location near you.

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Photo courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse.

Cribs and Kid’s Jewelry Recalls

September 27, 2007

I wasn’t going to keep writing about all the recalls, thinking that Moms get that information in our everyday news sources, but then I decided to offer some links in case there is a Mom reading this who hasn’t heard this news yet. In the past week, there have been two crib recalls — one for a regular crib, one for a play yard (aka pack ‘n’ play). And, there is a recall on children’s jewelry that contains lead.

Here’s a list of the recalls from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Don’t forget, as I posted earlier, you can sign up to get email notices of all recalls, here.

More Toy Recalls

September 5, 2007

Mattel announced yet another toy recall. This one includes:

Read the Associated Press story here.

Visit Mattel’s Voluntary Safety Recall Web site.

SpongeBob SquarePants Product Recall

August 23, 2007

SpongeBob recallIt seems every few days now there is a product recall. Last night while watching the evening news I learned about a new recall for spiral-bound SpongeBob SquarePants address books and journals. Apparently, the binding material contains a high amount of lead. Read the recall information here, from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

While you are at the CPSC Web site, sign up for its recall newsletter to receive recall information via email so you’ll be among the first to know.