RECALL: 32,700 Toys “R” Us Infant Wiggle Balls Due to Choking Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Toys “R” Us Inc., of Wayne, N.J. has announced a voluntary recall of about 32,700 Bruin infant wiggle ball toys because the ball’s rubber knobs and plastic back can detach, posing a choking hazard to infants.

Bruin Infant Wiggle Ball toys

The firm has received six reports of rubber knobs breaking off, including four reports of pieces of the product found in children’s mouths.

This recall involves Bruin Infant Wiggle Ball toys also called a giggle ball. The blue ball has textured bumps for gripping and has orange, green and yellow rubber knobs around the ball. The ball wiggles, vibrates and plays three different musical tunes. It has an on/off switch and requires 3 AA batteries to operate. The recalled wiggle balls have model number 5F6342E and Toys “R” Us printed on the product.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled balls, take them away from babies and contact Toys “R” Us at 800-869-7787 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.toysrus.com and click on Product Recalls for more information on how to receive a full refund.


Planned Parenthood’s Comprehensive Health Services, and Why We Support Them

Among non-supporters, Planned Parenthood is most known for its birth control and abortion services – and that can skew how people think about them, especially if they’ve never been. Why discuss it? Because PP offers some of the most affordable and comprehensive health services in the United States, and they focus especially on the underprivileged, overlooked, and discriminated. They offer counseling, guidance, and comfort. They provide many with a better quality of life, and that is worth supporting.

Community-Based Services

Each one of Planned Parenthood’s 600 locations is locally governed and designed to fit its community’s needs. Staffed by educated and compassionate health care professionals, they provide services in a trusted and safe environment for 2.4 million men, women, and young people each year. They also provide aid to people in the LGBTQ community, provide online and outreach services in areas that have high rates of teen pregnancy and STD transmission, and they offer comprehensive reproductive cancer screening services.

Family Planning Services

Planned Parenthood receives a lot of attention for its abortion and birth control services (including emergency contraception), but did you know that they offer other family planning services as well? They offer pregnancy tests, and they provide guidance and assistance to women who want to have a healthy and successful pregnancy. They even have a period tracking app that women and couples can use while trying to conceive.

Sexual Health Services

Sexual health goes well beyond free condoms and sex education (which are offered by PP and desperately needed in many communities). It also includes things like:

  • Testing for sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV);
  • Pap smears and breast exams;
  • Colposcopies;
  • Mammogram referrals;
  • UTI testing and treatment;
  • Vaginal infection testing and treatment;
  • Cervical cancer screenings;
  • Incontinence;
  • Female infertility screenings, treatments, and referrals;
  • LEEP procedures;
  • Menopause testing and treatment;
  • Sexual response education;
  • Hormone therapy for Transgender patients;
  • Education, support, resources, and referrals for persons in the LGBTQ community;
  • Education, referrals, and assistance with HIV-related issues;
  • HIV prevention options (PEP and PrEP);
  • Education on the different types of birth control (and help in deciding which is right for you);
  • ED education, referrals, exams, and treatments;
  • Male infertility screenings and referrals;
  • Premature ejaculation education, exams, and referrals;
  • Testicular and prostate cancer screenings; and
  • Male sterilization (vasectomy).

If you noticed, there are also male services included in the sexual health portion – so yes, PP also offers services to men and adolescent males. No matter what stage of life you’re in, no matter what your age, gender, sexual identity, or sexual orientation, PP is there for you!

Online Services

A fairly new (but very exciting) service now being offered by PP is the option to complete your appointment from the comfort of your own home. You can request a refill on your birth control prescription, obtain STD tests in the mail and discuss them online with your PP provider, and receive testing and treatment for a UTI. Keep in mind that, because it is still a new and emerging service, it is not available everywhere. Instead, it is being offered in a few select locations, and it may grow with time, depending on its success.

Support Your Local Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood has always been a sensitive topic of debate in America, but recent developments put a lot of pressure on them. Whether you know someone who visits PP for sexual health or family planning services, have gone to one at some point in your own life, or are simply looking for a worthy cause to donate your time or money to, stand with Planned Parenthood and support your local community. We do!

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Bugaboo Announces New 2018 Donkey² Mono Duo Stroller

Bugaboo’s Donkey stroller has been one of the most popular strollers for parents looking to expand their family.

2018 bugaboo Donkey² double Stroller out for a walk

Featuring the brands patented expansion system, the stroller in the only one on the market that can be expanded sideways to accommodate one seat or two.

New for 2017 bugaboo has updated the stroller to include foam tires and new fabrics.

When configuring their stroller, parents can choose one of bugaboo’s most popular options, or create your own configuration from an aluminum or black chassis, one of three base fabrics: black, grey mélange or blue mélange, and one of eleven colors for the sun canopy and side luggage basket cover: sunrise yellow, ruby red, sky blue, soft pink, olive green, black, red mélange, blue mélange, grey mélange, wWaves print or Botanic print.

2018 bugaboo Donkey² Double Stroller

Having one baby but looking to grow your family quickly? The Donkey² starts off as a single with their signature basket on the side. As your family expands, the chassis can be extended out to accommodate a second seat or bassinet.

2018 bugaboo Donkey² Stroller

Two bassinets, two stroller seats, facing in or facing out; the Donkey² can be configured infinitely for parents of children of all ages and development stages.

The Bugaboo Donkey² is easy to push and maneuver with one hand thanks to the front swivel wheels and tight turn radius. No terrain is too rough for these big foam-filled tires, even when the stroller’s fully loaded.

2018 bugaboo Donkey² Stroller

The Bugaboo Donkey² has a side luggage basket cover matching the sun canopy.  Stock up on your necessities because it holds 22lbs!

2018 bugaboo Donkey² Double Stroller specs


RECALL: 5.5 Million Playtex Children’s Plates and Bowls Due to Choking Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Playtex Products, LLC, of Shelton, Conn. today announced a voluntary recall of about 5.5 million Children’s Playtex plates and bowls because the clear plastic layer over the graphics can peel or bubble from the surface of the plates and bowls, posing a choking hazard to young children.

recalled Playtex Mealtime Set Construction

Playtex has received 372 reports of the clear plastic layer over the graphics bubbling or peeling. The firm has received 11 reports of pieces of the detached clear plastic found in children’s mouths, including four reports of choking on a piece of the clear plastic layer.

Recalled Playtex Princess Plate

This recall involves Playtex plates and bowls for children. The plates have various printed designs including cars, construction scenes, giraffes, princesses, superheroes and more. The white polypropylene plates and bowls also have a colored rim on top and a non-slip bottom.

Recalled Playtex Construction bowl

Playtex is written on the bottom of the plates and bowls. The plates and bowls were sold separately and together as sets. A Mealtime set is comprised of a plate, a bowl, two utensils and a cup.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled plates and bowls and take them away from young children. Consumers should contact Playtex toll-free at 888-220-2075 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.playtexproducts.com and click on “Recall” for more information on how to receive a full refund.


What Causes Low Amniotic Fluid Levels (Oligohydramnios)?

Amniotic fluid performs a crucial function during pregnancy. It provides your baby with room to move around, and it aids in the development of limbs, muscles, lungs, and digestive system. Unfortunately, approximately eight percent of expectant mothers have low amniotic fluid during their pregnancy. About four percent have low enough fluid to receive a diagnosis of oligohydramnios. Learn more about this condition, including what to expect if you are diagnosed with it, with help from the following information.

What Causes Low Amniotic Fluid During Pregnancy?

  • Several situations and conditions can lead to low amniotic fluid during pregnancy, including:
  • Birth defects (particularly those that may cause low urine production);
  • Certain maternal complications (dehydration, chronic hypoxia, diabetes, preeclampsia, etc.);
  • Carrying baby past term (particularly after 42 weeks’ gestation); and
  • Placental issues (which can limit the nutrients baby receives and can hinder their ability to recycle fluid).

Low Amniotic Fluid versus Oligohydramnios

Not all mothers who have low amniotic fluid end up developing oligohydramnios. In fact, some have slightly or moderately low levels that cause no complications for either mother or baby. However, those that do have oligohydramnios have amniotic fluid levels that are lower than the fifth percentile of all pregnant mothers. They and their babies may be at risk for serious complications, especially if the mother has exceeded her due date.

Potential Complications of Low Amniotic Fluid

The complications that a mother and her baby may experience because of low amniotic fluid or oligohydramnios typically depend on the time that the condition is discovered. For example, mothers who are diagnosed with oligohydramnios during the first half of their pregnancy may be at risk for serious complications, including an increased risk of experiencing a miscarriage or stillbirth and compression of the baby’s organs, which may cause birth defects.

Complications in cases of oligohydramnios that are discovered during the second half of pregnancy may have less severe complications, but they are still concerning. In particular, babies may be at risk for Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR), which limits baby’s growth, premature labor, and complications during labor that may lead to a cesarean delivery (i.e. meconium in the fluid, cord compression, etc.).

Treatment of Oligohydramnios

When mothers are not full term and have oligohydramnios, doctors typically delay delivery for as long as possible. However, during the pregnancy, baby and mother will be monitored closely, often with non-stress tests, contraction monitoring, and ultrasounds. Doctors may also inject fluid through an amniocentesis, which may only temporarily add fluid but may aid in determining if there are issues with the baby.

If the mother is near the end of her pregnancy and suffering from oligohydramnios, doctors may opt to go ahead and deliver the baby, but they may incorporate other treatment methods, such as amnio-infusion during labor or rehydration of the mother prior to and during labor. Such treatments can help increase the amniotic fluid temporarily and reduce the risk of cord compression.

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Pregnant Jessica Alba Steps Out With Her Daughters

Growing and glowing! Jessica Alba showed off her baby bump while out and about in West Hollywood with her daughters Haven and Honor on Saturday September 30, 2017.

Pregnant Jessica Alba out in West Hollywood with her daughters Haven and Honor Warren

Pregnant with her third child, the actress kept in comfy in a black tee and slouch pants as she grabbed a treat with her girls.

Pregnant Jessica Alba out in West Hollywood with her daughters

The co-founder of The Honest Company, she recently spoke to Today.com about the pressures of being the perfect parent.

“You always feel compromised and like you’re pulled in too many directions,” the 36-year-old told Today. “It’s a balance that I have yet to see perfectly achieved.”

“What really stresses me out the most is thinking about bedtime. My kids like me to sing four songs each to them at night and after a long day of work, all I want to do is eat and decompress. I love the cuddle time, but at the same time, I feel so drained. It’s like there is no me time. So, I am like OK, which kid do I choose first? Is there going to be a fight? But it is the only quiet time we get with them to talk about their day and they open up in a different way when they are laying down. It’s hard.”

She knows she’s not perfect and doesn’t want to be.

“It’s being OK with that and letting go of perfection and investing more in the quality of time that you spend, either at home with your family or at work or with your friends,” Alba noted. ”It’s making sure that is quality versus quantity because you don’t have quantity.”

Her biggest piece of advice? Practice self-care.

“Any mom who all of the sudden has little people that rely heavily on them for survival needs to maintain her own sense of self,” said Alba. “You need to cut yourself some slack and bite off what you can chew. Things will be compromised and you just have to be okay with that.”

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RECALL: 151,500 Skip Hop Nightlight Soothers Due to Shock Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Skip Hop, of New York, N.Y. has announced a voluntary recall of about 151,500 Moonlight & Melodies nightlight soothers because the soother’s USB wall power adapter can break, posing an electrical shock hazard.

Skip Hop’s Recalled Moonlight & Melodies owl nightlight soother

Skip Hop is aware of incidents of the power adapter breaking, including one that resulted in an electrical shock.

This recall involves Skip Hop’s Moonlight & Melodies owl and elephant nightlight soothers that play melodies or nature sounds and project images. They have a USB wall power adapter and cord. The white and gray owl soothers measure about 5.5 by 4.5 by 6 inches.

The recalled Skip Hop soothers have a USB wall power adapter and cord.

The white elephant soother measures about 7 x 4.2 x 5.7 inches. The soothers have a sound speaker on each side and operation buttons at the top or the back. The Skip Hop logo is on the underside of the soother.

Skip Hop’s recalled Moonlight & Melodies elephant nightlight soother

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled nightlight soothers and contact Skip Hop toll-free at 888-282-4674 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET M-F, email at recall@skiphop.com or online at www.skiphop.com and click on Product Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information on how to return the USB wall power adapter with a prepaid shipping label and receive a free repair kit which includes a free USB wall adapter.


Natalie Portman Leaves Church With Daughter Amalia

Natalie Portman was spotted out in Hollywood leaving church with her daughter Amalia Millipied on Saturday September 30, 2017.

Natalie Portman leaves church with daughter Amalia Millipied

Pretty in a white ruffled dress, the actress juggled her daughter, her carrier and her purse as they made their way to  the car.

Natalie Portman leaves church w: daughter Amalia Milipied

Look for Natalie to appear next on the big screen in Annihilation, the new thriller from Ex Machina director Alex Garland.  Also starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Oscar Isaac, ‘Annihilation is adapted from the award-winning novel by Jeff VanderMeer about a biologist who embarks on a research expedition after her husband returns from a similar one in a bizarrely altered state.’

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Pregnant Nicky Hilton Rothschild Attends The 2017 Ballet Fall Gala

Nicky Hilton Rothschild was radiant in red as she walked the red carpet at the 2017 Ballet Fall Gala on Thursday September 28, 2017.

Pregnant Nicky Hilton Rothschild at the Ballet Fall Gala 2017 NYC

Pregnant with her second child, the socialite showed off her baby bump in a strapless Oscar de la Renta gown.

Pregnant Nicky Hilton Rothschild at the Ballet Fall Gala 2017

Nicky shared a photo of herself posing outside the David H. Koch Theater cradling her belly and one of her inside with Whitney Davis.

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Since welcoming her daughter Lily-Grace Nicky has been busy creating a mommy + me collection for designer Tolani. Look for that to be in stores in Spring 2018.

Nicky Hilton Toilani 2018

Nicky Hilton Toilani 2018

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Vancouver Woman Openly Shared Her Battle with Cancer on Facebook and is Saving Lives

Erin Barrett might have wanted to reach a lot of women with her eye-opening Facebook post, but it’s doubtful that she ever thought it would go viral – at least not to the extent it has. Her goal was to share the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer with 580 women. By doing so, statistically, she could help save as many as 10 women’s lives.Erin Barrett

Maybe she did it because she felt obligated after her doctor caught the cancer during her pregnancy, in its early stages, where she still has a good chance of survival. Or maybe she did it because she knows, all too well, just how easy it is to miss those signs. And she realizes that she could have become a statistic, just one of the many lives lost to advanced female reproductive cancers.

“They call ovarian cancer the silent killer. This is because the symptoms are so subtle that it is often caught too late. Currently, the odds of getting ovarian cancer are 1 in 58 (compared to 1 in 7 for breast cancer),” Erin said in her Facebook post, which has now been shared over 300,000 times.

I want the next ten women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer to be diagnosed early. This means I need your help in telling 580 women about the symptoms.”

She goes on to ask everyone to take the time to speak to women they know and love about the symptoms, which include:

  • Persistent lower abdominal pain,
  • Irregular periods or bleeding after menopause;
  • Persistent bloating,
  • Increased urination,
  • Pain during intercourse,
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly,
  • Back pain,
  • Changes in bowel habits, and
  • Excessive or persistent fatigue.

The response to Erin’s post has been overwhelming, and its risen awareness, not just locally, but around the world. She is also being credited for saving the lives of several women with similar types of cancer.

Debbie Pitblado, from Milton, Ontario had gone to see her doctor about some troubling symptoms after seeing Erin’s Facebook post on her niece’s page. Doctors later diagnosed her with uterine cancer.

“The tumor was about 13 cm, and, you know, I’m so glad I saw Erin’s post when I saw it because it was already starting to cause some complications,” Pitblado told CTV News.

Rachel Austin, from England, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after a similar experience.

“I saw Erin’s post on Facebook and it just hit a real nerve with me,” Austin told CTV News. “I just feel so, so lucky because had I not seen that post until things had got more severe and I don’t know where I could have been by then.”

And at least three other women have shared similar stories with Erin herself. Shocked, but hopefully feeling like she’s far exceeded her goal, Erin says she can hardly believe the impact that her simple post has had on the world.

“It’s really hard to wrap your head around that an action so small, writing a post, could end up impacting five people’s lives that way,” said Barrett. “It’s so much more than I ever had hoped for.”


RECALL: 28,000 Delta ‘J is for Jeep’ Strollers Due to Fall Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Delta Enterprise Corp., of New York, N.Y. has announced a voluntary recall of about 28,000 J is for Jeep brand cross-country all-terrain jogging strollers because the stroller leg bracket can break, posing a fall hazard to infants in the stroller.

Delta label located in the left bottom frame support bars

Delta has received four reports of the stroller leg bracket breaking, including one report of a child falling from a stroller and receiving cuts and bruises.

This recall involves J is for Jeep brand cross-country all-terrain jogging strollers, models and lot numbers listed below, manufactured by Delta. The strollers have two wheels in the back and one smaller wheel in the front. “J is for Jeep” is printed on the side of the stroller sun canopy and a star with a circle around it logo is printed on the front bottom of the seat and on the side of the stroller. The model number and lot number are printed on a Delta Children label with a blue heart at the left bottom frame support.

Delta label located in the left bottom frame support bars

 

Model NumberColorLot Number(s)
11988-835Orange inside/Green outside and BlackCH15083, CH15084, CH15085, CH15086, CH15087, CH15088, CH15089, CH15095, CH15123, CH15124, CH15125, CH15126, CH15127, CH15128, CH15157, CH15158, CH15173, CH15174, CH15185, CH15186, CH16045, CH16046, CH16047, CH16048, CH16052, CH16053, CH16054, CH16055, CH16056, CH16074, CH16084, CH16085, CH16086, CH16087, CH16088, CH16089, CH16090, CH16091, CH16092, CH16093, CH16094, CH16095, CH16096, CH16097, CH16098, CH16099

 

11988-340Green and BlackCH15203, CH15217
11988-436Blue and BlackCH15143
11988-656Pink and BlackCH15144
11988-838Orange and BlackCH15145
11988-0261Grey and BlackCH16025
11998-0251Grey and BlackCH16026
11998-314Green and BlackCH15165, CH16006
11998-439Blue and BlackCH15055, CH15057, CH15058, CH15059, CH15060, CH15061, CH15063, CH15064, CH15065, CH15139, CH15140, CH15150, CH15159
11998-678Pink and BlackCH15166, CH16007
11998-850Orange outside/Grey inside and BlackCH15211, CH15212, CH15213, CH15214, CH15215, , CH16024, CH16044

Close up of Delta label located in the left bottom frame support bars

Parents are being asked to immediately stop using the recalled strollers and can contact Delta at 800-377-3777 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at recall@deltachildren.com or online at www.deltachildren.com and click on Help Center and then Recall Center for more information on how to receive a free repair kit.