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Nanny’s Notes

Issue 6, June 24, 2000
Toy Safety

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The Nursing Mom's News
News
Safety: Infant Walkers, Children's Rocking Chairs,
and Baby Phones Recalled
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woman2woman Newsletter
Tips and Tidbits
Safety: Toy Safety Tips For Children
Neat Idea: Toy Corners and Craft Boxes
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Birth Stories Needed
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Infant Walkers, Children's Rocking Chairs,
and Baby Phones Recalled

On June 14, Graco Children's Products recalled Tot Wheels Entertainer Activity Center infant walkers. There have been 27 reports of this walker collapsing while being used; injuries to babies have included a cut toe, a sprained foot, scrapes and bruises.

The recalled walkers have model numbers 4032LN or 4032BLA, which you'll find under the front of the walker's tray. If you have either of these models, stop using it immediately and call Graco anytime at (800) 345-4109 for a free repair kit, which includes a replacement tray. You can also visit their web site: http://www.gracobaby.com/serv/ga3rcal8.htm

On June 15, children's rocking chairs were recalled by Jetmax International because the rear legs can separate from the base, causing the rocker to collapse. There have been five reports of chairs collapsing and children falling, including a 13-month-old girl who needed 18 stitches.

These rockers were sold only in Target stores and come in two styles: yellow, red and blue for boys; white, purple and pink for girls. The packaging reads "restore & RESTYLE KIDS," "Wooden Folding Chair," "Ages 3 and Up," and "Made in China." .

If your child has one of these chairs, take it away from her and contact Jetmax for a free repair kit: (800) 880-0714 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

On June 22, Vtech Industries recalled the Little Smart Soft Songs Baby Phone. This phone has a ball-shaped antenna which can come off, becoming a choking hazard. There have been nine reports of the ball detaching and one report of a child who started to choke on the ball.

A label on these toys reads "Soft Songs Baby Phone 39100." Writing on the phone includes "VTECH" and "Little Smart Soft Songs Baby Phone." If your child has this toy, take it away and contact VTech at (800) 521-2010 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday for a replacement phone.

For more information and pictures of the recalled products, please visit the CPSC links above.

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TIPS AND TIDBITS
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Toy Safety Tips

*Buy toys suitable for the age, interests and skill level of the child. Look for quality design and construction. Avoid toys that are made of thin, brittle plastic that can break easily.

* Make sure you read the labels. Look for and pay attention to any age recommendations. For example, in the United States any ball with a diameter of 1.75 inches (44.4mm) or less is banned for use by children younger than 3 years. If toys with balls of this size are intended for children 3 years or older, they must be labeled: "WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD-This toy is a small ball. Not for children under 3 years."

*Also look for other safety labels, such as "Flame retardant/Flame resistant" on fabric products, "Washable/hygienic materials" on stuffed toys and dolls and "UL (Underwriters Laboratories) Listed" on electrically operated toys. When buying art materials, including crayons and paints, look for the designation "ASTM D-4236." which means the product has been reviewed by a toxicologist.

*While new toys are required to meet certain standards, they don't always do so, so you should make your own evaluation. Be even more cautious when buying second hand toys, for they may have been made before the standards were set. Second-hand toys may also be in poor condition.

*Check toys periodically for damage and repair or discard any that could hurt your child. Check for conditions such as splinters or sharp edges on wooden toys, exposed wires inside stuffed toys, small parts that have worked loose, or rust and weak parts on outdoor toys. If you repaint anything be sure to use new paint, which has lower load levels.

*Teach children to put their toys away so no-one will trip over or step on them. Teach older children to keep their toys out of the reach of their younger brothers and sisters. Something appropriate for a ten year old can be deadly for a toddler.

*If you use a toy box make sure the lid will stay open in any position so it won't fall on your child. For extra protection, there should be ventilation holes to provide fresh air.

*Toys for children younger than eight years should not have any sharp glass or metal ages.

*Toys for children under three should not have any removable small parts. This includes small parts that aren't intended to be removed, but can be pulled off by curious children, such as small eyes and noses on dolls and stuffed toys or small squeakers on squeeze toys. Test all potentially removable parts to make sure they're firmly attached.

*Toys with cords and strings can be dangerous for babies and very young children as the cords may become wrapped around their necks. Never hang toys with long cords in cribs or playpens.

*Toys for babies such as rattles, teething rings and squeeze toys should be too large, even when compressed, to become stuck in your child's throat.

*Broken or uninflated balloons are dangerous to children of all ages. For more information on balloons, please read my first child safety column: http://www.themestream.com/articles/45496.html

*Never allow children to play with adult lawn darts or other equipment with sharp points.

If you notice a toy or other children's product with a possibly dangerous condition resulting from faulty construction, design, or packaging; or if your child is injured, contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission: http://www.cpsc.gov/ There's a link on their site for reporting unsafe products. You can also call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-827.

This information was compiled from these sources:

Consumer Product Safety Commission
For Kids' Sake: Think Toy Safety
Toy safety shopping tips

Consumer Information Center
Toys: The Tools Of Play
Ten Steps To Fun and Safe Play

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Toy Corners and Craft Boxes

If you have grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or other children who come to visit you on a regular basis, be sure to set aside a special place or two for toys, games, and books. My granddaughter Olivia has a couple shelves in my storage closet for her toys and a section of one of my bookcases for her books. We also have a shoe box of books in the bathroom for her to read while she's using the toilet. and an area in the corner of the living room where we keep our Lego creations.

Another special thing to keep around is a craft box, ready to pull out and use on a cold or rainy day. It should include basic tools such as blunt scissors, colors, paints, and glue as well as a wide variety of raw materials. Buttons, lace, fabric scraps, beads, old catalogs or books with colorful photos are just some of the possibilities. Be sure to keep the child's age in mind while filling up the craft box, and always supervise the craft activities of young children.

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RESOURCES
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Toy Safety Publications
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/toy%5Fsfy.html

This page lists several Toy Safety Publications from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Information includes Toy Safety Tips, Toy Safety Shopping Tips, a toy safety coloring book in PDF format and two guides for buying toys for the age of a child, also in PDF.

Consumer Information Center: Fun Play, Safe Play
http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/children/toysplay/fpsp.html

This information from the American Toy Institute includes an Age-by-Age Guide to Buying Toys, Choosing Toys for Children with Disabilities, and Ten Steps to Fun and Safe Play.

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Safety Info for Kids

http://www.cpsc.gov/kids/boxes.html

This is part of the CPSC's kids area. This section is actually a holiday page, but gives links to safety articles, including toy safety, skateboards and bicycles.

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Little Ballerina (Picturebacks)
by Heidi Petach (Illustrator), Katharine K. Ross

Do you know what tendus and frappes are? Or how to do a pirouette without getting dizzy?

Little Ballerina does!

This book is the story of her first big recital. She brings her pink ballet case with her to school and practices her foot positions during recess. After school, she goes to ballet class, where she practices her bar and center work and dreams of someday being big enough to hang her clothes on the "big girl's" hooks. A few ballet positions and movements are explained (and pronunciations given).

That night, she dreams of dancing on her toes while she plays all the important parts of the recital. And the next morning she jumps out of bed, ready for her role as a Sunbeam in the Sleeping Beauty Ballet.

If you know a little girl who likes ballet and ballerinas, she'll love this book! I don't know how many times Olivia has had me read this one to her.

For more information or to order this book, please click here

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If a mom you know doesn't have web access, feel free to pass along my phone number and address, which is listed on the site.

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No. 1, May 20 ,2000: Lead Poisoning
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No.3, June 3, 2000
No. 4, June 10, 2000: Fire Safety
No. 5, June 17, 2000: Playground Safety
No. 6, June 24, 2000: Toy Safety
No. 7, July 1, 2000: Car Seat Safety
No. 8, July 8, 2000: Dangerous Substances in the Environment
No. 9, July 15, 2000: Summer Health and Safety
No. 10, July 22, 2000: Breastfeeding and Attachment Parenting
No. 11, July 29, 2000: Fun and Games
No. 12, Aug 5, 2000: Arts, Crafts, and Paper Fun
No. 13, Aug, 12 2000: Everyday Safety
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