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Grumpy Cat Stuffed Animal Recalled

March 19, 2014

Grumpy Cat Stuffed Animal Recalled

Name

Plush Grumpy Cat Stuffed Animals

Hazard

The stuffed animals’ eyes can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Description

This recall involves three styles of plush Grumpy Cat stuffed animal toys by Ganz. They include an 8-inch Grumpy Cat in laying position, a 5-inch long sitting Grumpy Cat and a 4-inch Grumpy Cat key clip. The toys are multi-colored in white with dark brown, light brown and gray fur material. Grumpy Cat toys have blue crystal eyes with the eye lids half closed, a down-turned mouth and white whiskers. This toy is labeled for ages 3 and older. The Grumpy Cat key chain has a black plastic key clip at the top of the cat’s head. The recalled toys have batch numbers 86754 or 224861, and model numbers printed on the sewn-in label located near the tail of the cat. The firm has received six reports of the eyes detaching from the Grumpy Cat toys. No injuries have been reported.

Remedy

Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Ganz for a free replacement Grumpy Cat product of equivalent value or a full refund.

Replace Consumer Contact:
Ganz at (800) 724-5902 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday or online at www.Ganz.com and click on Recall Info for more information.

Sold at

Gift, drug and toy stores including hospitals, museums and gift shops nationwide from December 2013 through January 2014.

Manufacturer

Ganz USA LLC, Marietta, Ga.

Review: How To Make the Best of Sibling Rivalry DVD

February 13, 2014

How-to-make-the-best-of-sibling-rivalryI’ll admit that I snorted a bit when I first received a review copy of the Love & Logic DVD How To Make the Best of Sibling Rivalry, partly because the idea of “making the best” of my kids’ squabbling seemed so absurd, and partly because there doesn’t seem to be any logic when it comes to the arguments my kids get into so frequently.

If your kids are still babies, and the worst you have to deal with is one kid smacking the other with a toy truck and then both of them wailing, I should probably warn you that their disputes are probably going to evolve into something much harder to deal with. I’m not saying it’s horrible, but I am saying it can come as a shock when two kids start arguing in a way that is fundamentally designed to work on each other’s nerves. It’s no longer about wanting to play with a certain toy, but instead becomes a matter of “How can I drive my sibling totally bananas?”

Enter Love & Logic

You’ve probably already guessed that a lot of parenting is a by-the-seat-of-your-pants thing, but when someone comes along and offers you some real, workable solutions to some common parenting dilemmas, things start to make a little more sense. That’s the case with this DVD. It’s easy to watch and presented in a simple way that just makes sense.

Handing the problem back

A lot of different ideas are presented within this DVD, but one of the main ideas that really stuck out to me is the idea of handing the problem back to your squabbling kids. This basically means that when my two kids come tearing down the hallway screaming that they’ve been wronged by one another, I don’t try to solve the problem. I don’t try to figure out who started it. I just acknowledge that there is an issue and have them work it out themselves.

It sounds too easy, right? There is a lot more to it, and the DVD explains it all very well. My husband watched the DVD with me and the next day was frantically approached by our kids who were mid-argument. Instead of punishing them or trying to get to the bottom of the mess, he simply said, “Huh. Looks like you two have a problem to work out together.” He said the kids were so confused by his reaction that they stopped arguing and backed away slowly.

Do I recommend this? Yep.

Everything within the DVD makes sense and is doable. And really, any parenting expert who is going to tell me that it’s not my job to solve my kids’ fights gets a thumbs up from me.

Playtex Recalls Pacifier Holder Clips

January 24, 2014

Pacifier Holder Clip RecallHazard

Recalled due to choking hazard. The pacifier holder clips can crack and a small part can break off which poses a choking hazard to small children.

Remedy

Consumers should immediately take the recalled pacifier holders away from infants and contact Playtex for instructions on how to return the product for a full refund.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.

Description

This recall involves the Playtex pacifier holder clips that attach a pacifier to items like clothing, diaper bags and strollers. It is a plastic clip with a figure and a “Playtex” copyright logo that slides up and down to adjust the clip, a ribbon and a clear plastic ring that stretches to fit the pacifier. The pacifier holder was sold in green with a monkey figure, pink with a flower and blue with a tow truck.

Incidents/Injuries

Playtex has received 99 reports of the holder cracking or breaking. No injuries have been reported.

Sold at

Walmart, Target, Burlington Coat Factory, other major retailers, juvenile product, baby and discount stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, among others, from July 2010 through October 2013 for about $3.

Playtex Recalls Hip Hammock Infant Carriers Due to Fall Hazard

December 19, 2013

Hip Hammock Infant Carrier RecallConsumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Hazard

The buckles on the waist and shoulder straps can crack or break, posing a fall hazard to the child.

Remedy

Refund – Consumer Contact: Playtex at (800) 522-8230 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at PlaytexProducts.com and click on Recall for more information.

Description

The Playtex Hip Hammock is an infant carrier designed to strap the baby against the caregiver’s body at the hip. It is made of a soft, quilted fabric and intended for babies that are from 15 to 35 pounds. The child seat is attached with straps that wrap around the carrier’s hips and shoulder. “Playtex Hip Hammock” is printed on a label sewn into the front of the carrier. All model numbers are being recalled. Model numbers 05300, 05301, 05302, 05306, 05307 and 05308 are sewn into the inside panel below the instructions for use. They come in basic and deluxe styles. The hip hammock’s fabric is suede or ultra-suede in black or navy colors on the outside, and the inside lining is black, black and white check or burgundy.
Incidents/Injuries

Playtex has received 87 reports of the buckles cracking or breaking, including two reports of injuries, where one infant required emergency room treatment.

Sold at

Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Walmart, juvenile product, baby and discount stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from June 2004 through December 2008 and January 2010 in Canada for about $40 for the basic model and $60 for the deluxe model.

Manufactured in China

More information on this recall

Building Toy Playsets Recalled

October 23, 2013

Infinitoy Recalls Softimals Toy Sets Due to Choking and Aspiration Hazard
Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Building Toy Playsets RecalledInfinitoy Inc. is recalling the Super Safari Set model #30025 and the Deluxe Circus Train Set model #30040. The model number can be found on the back of the box in the lower right corner. The sets come in a white box with “Softimals. Build, Play, Repeat” and “Ages 1 ½ to 5″ printed in a colorful font on the front and back of the package. The sets have numerous plastic pieces that can be connected and fit together to build a vehicle pulling cars with a hippo, giraffe, zebra and other animals. The drivers of the lead vehicles, Safari Sam and Mighty Mike, have removable blue or yellow plastic hats.

Name of Product

Softimals Toy Sets

Hazard

The plastic hats found on playset figures pose a choking/aspiration hazard for children.

Remedy: Replace

Consumers should immediately remove the plastic hat from Safari Sam and Mighty Mike and contact Infinitoy Inc., to exchange the hat for a free replacement figure.

Contact Infinitoy, Inc. toll-free at (888) 558-0933 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at www.infinitoy.com , then click on Safety/Recall at the bottom of the page for more information.

Incidents/Injuries

CPSC is aware of one incident in which an 18-month-old child placed a hat in their mouth and started to gag/choke but the toy was removed. No injuries have been reported

Sold at

Specialty toy stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com and Mindware.com from September 2012 to September 2013 for about $25 and $40.

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