Saturday, September 29, 2007

Event:AND BABY MAKES THREE…..(BUT IT FEELS LIKE 10!!) Led by: Jo-Ann McRogers, Psychotherapist, Doula

Details: How we define ourselves as men/women, fathers/mothers and partners is challenged through birthing and the process of becoming a family. Roles in the family, self, and other expectations, stress and communication styles take on lives of their own. Come be part of a presentation and discussion that can help add tools to your newly defined Family Toolbox. Participate in a discussion about the things that most books and prenatal classes don’t tell you about becoming a family!

Jo-Ann McRogers has been working compassionately in the field of wellbeing for 20 years. Her credentials and life experiences have brought her to a place of offering specialized therapy services to the birthing community.

Date(s): Tuesday October 23rd, 2007
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Where: Foster Family Chiropractic, Newmarket
Cost: Free, but Seating is limited for all seminars, please pre-register by calling 905-898-8098

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Kolcraft Recalls Play Yards After the Death of a 10-Month-Old Child

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kolcraft Enterprises Inc., of Chicago, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 425,000 infant play yards following the death of a child.

CPSC received a report of a 10-month old boy who strangled on the changing table’s restraint strap that was hanging down into Kolcraft’s “Sesame Beginnings” Travel Play Yard where the child was located.

Twelve different Kolcraft play yards are included in this recall. All of the play yards have raised changing tables with a restraint strap that forms a loop beneath the changing table, posing a strangulation hazard to a child in the play yard.

In addition to the strangulation hazard with the changing table restraint strap, one play yard also has a raised cradle that rocks back and forth. A child can roll and get trapped against the side of the cradle in the Contours 3-in-1 Play Yard. If that happens, a child can suffocate. Kolcraft has received 45 reports of children rolling to the side of the rocking cradle attachment.

The recalled play yards were sold in a variety of colors and patterns. Play yards and model numbers included in this recall are listed in the chart below. The model number is printed on a white sticker located on one of the feet of the play yard. They were manufactured in China.

The play yards were sold at retail stores nationwide (as well as in Canada) from January 2001 through September 2007 for between $50 and $130.

Consumers should immediately stop using the changing tables and rocking cradle and contact the firm for instructions on receiving a free non-looped replacement strap for the changing table and a free repair kit to secure the base of the cradle. Consumers should immediately cut off and remove the existing changing table restraint strap. Consumers should always remove the raised changing table and cradle or bassinet before placing a child in a play yard.

A free repair kit for the rocking cradle will be sent to consumers separate from the replacement strap.

For additional information, call Kolcraft at (888) 655-8484 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at

Here are the products recalled -- Please take a look at this website for pictures of the different models.

  • Kolcraft Travelin' Tot.
  • Kolcraft Travelin' Tot LTD.
  • Kolcraft Travelin' Tot 3-in-1.
  • Kolcraft Travelin' Tot 4-in-1.
  • Carter's Lennon Travelin' Tot.
  • Sesame Beginnings by Kolcraft Travel Play Yard.
  • Jeep Sahara SE Play Yard.
  • Jeep Sahara Limited Play Yard.
  • Jeep Sahara XT Play Yard.
  • Jeep Sahara Limited SE Play Yard.
  • Jeep Sahara Limited XT Play Yard.
  • Contours 3-in-1 Play Yard (with rocking cradle and changing table restraint strap).


Thursday, September 27, 2007

Parenting Bootcamp with Alyson Schafer

Parenting Bootcamp with Alyson Schafer (Toronto)

Event Details - Parenting Bootcamp

November 10th and 11th
9:00AM - 4:00PM both days (lunch included)

Westin Prince Hotel - Crown Room
900 York Mills Road
(Don Mills and York Mills)

Regular Price: $295 + GST
Early Bird Special: $195 + GST

Register Now

Is your family all it can be? Come to Parenting Bootcamp for a one-weekend intensive growth experience. Parenting Bootcamp gives busy parents like you the most learning in the shortest amount of time and is an essential parenting primer and toolkit for anyone with kids under 10 years old.

You will leave Parenting Bootcamp reinvigorated and knowing:

  • Your personal parenting style and what to do when it’s different from your partner’s.
  • The fundamentals of personality and character development in your child
  • How to distinguish praise from encouragement and punishment from consequences
  • Effective non-punitive discipline and child guidance concepts so you’ll avoid the pitfalls of raising a “pampered child”
  • Why your child is misbehaving and how to respond effectively to tantrums, dawdling, hitting, dinner table antics and more.
  • How do create sibling harmony and respond to sibling fighting
  • Specific techniques you can put into action immediately including: logical consequences, natural consequences, offering limited choice, the “two arm technique”, proper time outs, family meetings and more!

Each attendee will be provided with:

  • A copy of Alyson’s best-selling book “Breaking The Good Mom Myth”
  • Continental breakfast and buffet lunch included each day.
  • A Bootcamp workbook

Be sure to sign up early and take advantage of the early bird discount.

(Pssst, my Facebook friends have a special link to get an extra $20 off!)

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Friday, September 21, 2007

About 1 Million Simplicity Cribs Recalled Due To Failures Resulting in Infant Deaths

We are waiting to see if these cribs were sold in Canada. Please see below... and you can see pictures of cribs here.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing today a voluntary recall with Simplicity Inc., of Reading, Pa., of about 1 million cribs. The drop-side can detach from the crib, which can create a dangerous gap and lead to the entrapment and suffocation of infants. CPSC is aware of two deaths in Simplicity manufactured cribs with older style hardware, including a 9-month-old child and a 6-month-old child, where the drop-side was installed upside down. CPSC is also aware of seven infant entrapments and 55 incidents in these cribs.

CPSC is also investigating the death of a 1-year-old child in a Simplicity crib with newer style hardware, in which the drop-side was installed upside down. CPSC is warning parents and caregivers to check all Simplicity cribs to make sure the drop-side is installed right side up.

The drop-side failures result from both the hardware and crib design, which allow consumers to unintentionally install the drop-side upside down. This, in turn, can weaken the hardware and cause the drop-side to detach from the crib. When the drop-side detaches, it creates a gap in which infants can become entrapped.

CPSC is also aware of two incidents that occurred when the drop-side was correctly installed with older style hardware, though the upside down installation greatly increases the risk of failure.

The recalled Simplicity crib models include: Aspen 3 in 1, Aspen 4 in 1, Nursery-in-a-Box, Crib N Changer Combo, Chelsea and Pooh 4 in 1. The recall also involves the following Simplicity cribs that used the Graco logo: Aspen 3 in 1, Ultra 3 in 1, Ultra 4 in1, Ultra 5 in 1, Whitney and the Trio.

The recalled cribs have one of the following model numbers, which can be found on the envelope attached to the mattress support and on the label attached to the headboard: 4600, 4605, 4705, 5000, 8000, 8324, 8800, 8740, 8910, 8994, 8050, 8750, 8760, and 8996.

The cribs, which were made in China, were sold in department stores, children’s stores and mass merchandisers nationwide from January 1998 through May 2007 for between $100 and $300.

As an immediate precaution, consumers should check to see if the drop-side is installed right side up. To do this, check to see that the slightly rounded rail with the decorative groove is installed at the top and the plain rail is on the bottom. Next, consumers should make sure the drop-side is securely attached to the tracks in all four corners.

If the drop-side is installed upside down or not securely attached, consumers should stop using the crib immediately. Incorrect installation can cause permanent damage to the hardware and re-installing the drop-side using the same hardware is unsafe.

Consumers should check to see if their crib contains the recalled hardware. Recalled hardware has a flexible tab at the bottom of the lower tracks and the top of the lower tracks are open. Newer hardware, which is not subject to the recall, has the flexible tab located at the top of the lower track, and a permanent stop at the bottom.

Consumers who have a crib with older style hardware can receive a free repair by immediately contacting Simplicity toll-free at (888) 593-9274 between 8:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET on Friday, and between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, or by visiting the firm’s Web site at

Consumers who have a crib with newer style hardware and have installed the drop-side upside down or have broken hardware, should also contact Simplicity immediately.


Give A Little Bit: Fall Harvest Food & Gear Drive for Babies and Children

Newmarket Mommies and York Region Baby have joined together along with area businesses for a Fall Food and Gear Drive for Babies of York Region. The York Region Food Network and The Rose of Sharon will benefit from this food and gear drive.*

The Wish List

* Jared Baby Food
* Baby Cereal
* Baby Crackers * Diapers (larger sizes)
* Wipes, Diaper Creams & Bath Wash
* Gently Used baby & kids clothing
* Infant and toddler toys, books & smaller baby gear items

Proud Sponsors & Drop Off Locations

York Wireless Solutions 220 Industrial Parkway South, Unit 39
(receive 15% off your accessories purchase when you donate!)

Herbal One Weight Management Centre 213 The Queensway South YMCA 183 Simcoe Street

Herbal One Weight Management Centre 17915 Leslie Street
Ontario Early Years Centre 17310 Yonge Street, Unit 6
SupperWorks 16600 Bayview Avenue
YMCA Employment and Community Services 16655 Yonge Street, Unit 3

For more information please visit or or cal (905) 806-9675

*We support Health Canada and the WHO which both state that breastfeeding is the best method of feeding infants as it provides optimal nutritional, immunological and emotional benefits for the growth and development of infants. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of life for healthy term infants, as breast milk is the best food for optimal growth. Infants should be introduced to nutrient-rich, solid foods with particular attention to iron at six months with continued breastfeeding for up to two years and beyond. For more information please see your doctor or visit where you can find breastfeeding support in our area.

Furthermore, we agree with INFACT Canada and
Health Canada’s recommendation that infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life, with continued breastfeeding to two years of age and beyond. Breastmilk is always free, provides optimal nutrition and is especially important for low-income mothers and babies, who have the most to gain from breastfeeding.

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Help and Supoprt for Mommies-to-be on Bedrest

I am lucky that I have seven weeks to go before baby comes, but have been put on reduced activity due to some health concerns. Baby & me are ok, just needing to be extra cautious, so I've been on the internet ALOT and wrapping up work stuff and trying to take it easy.

For the last 2 months I've been told to "take it easy" a lot by doctors, but have a clearer understanding of what that means now --ie. I am not allowed to drive, must rest lots, mustn't bend over and a few more things...

I have found a great checklist to ask your careprovider when the idea of bedrest or stopping some activities is mentioned during pregnancy. is a non-profit organization providing international support for women and their families experiencing complicated pregnancies and premature births. Check out there checklist for bedrest under their resources page.

They also offer chats for moms to be on bedrest, resources, books and even colouring books for older children about what is happening.

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Monday, September 17, 2007


KIDS YOGA Trial Class -Tuesday September 18th@ 10:00 - 11:00

Holland Landing United Church

Cost - Maximum $5.00 if there are 9 children

Yoga For Kids (Ages 3 - 6) - Yoga is a great form of exercise to help children focus and feel great! Blending traditional Yoga postures with games, storytelling, drama music & crafts children learn to cultivate mindfullness and compassion while toning and stretching their bodies. - 1 Hour.

* Parent Participation is Welcomed

KAMP will have a trial Kids Yoga class on Tuesday September 18th. After the trial class if you and your child enjoys the program we will schedule a 6 or 8 week session and fee at that time will be determined as per class size.

Instructor: Amanda McFadyen, CYKF, YKT is the owner/facilitator of BlissKids - A Children’s Yoga and Music Company. Her love of children and energy is reflective of the classes she facilitates.

Please contact Denise (905) 836-4342 or if you have any questions or to confirm you spot.

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Disney Day for Kids at the Town Centre Dental Clinic, Newmarket

Join us for a day filled with Disney magic and sparkling smiles on Friday, September 21. You can either book a fun filled appointment for your little one in the morning or drop in for a visit in the afternoon. We will feature a “Brushing with Belle” learning session, games, face painting, give-aways and a draw to win a Toys R Us
gift certificate.

Our team will be dressed in Disney costumes ready to cater to our first time visitors, or for kids who want to come back for some fun! Call us at 905.715.7990 to book an appointment, or visit us any time between 2:00 and 4:00 for fun and games.

Morning Activities (8:00-2:00):
Disney dental appointments for kids
Free loot bags
Free tickets for our draw to win a $100 Toys R Us gift certificate

Afternoon Activities (2:00-4:00):
Brushing with Belle learning session
Face painting
Free chair rides
Free loot bags
Free tickets for our draw to win a $100 Toys R Us gift certificate

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Dorel Car Seat Recall Widens

Sears Canada says certain childrens car seats are potentially dangerous because the centre-front adjuster strap could loosen, which might reduce the effectiveness of the seat in a crash.

Dorel Distribution Canada, which provided the seats, will give consumers a repair kit to replace the strap.

Sears sold some of the Eddie Bauer and Safety 1st seats through its department stores, catalogues and online between June 2004 and September 2007.

The affected items include:

Eddie Bauer Car Seat
Eddie Bauer LaurelHurst Car Seat
Eddie Bauer Mercer Elite Car Seat
Eddie Bauer Lakemont Elite Car Seat
Safety 1st Enspira car Seat
Safety 1st Intera Car
Safety 1st Intera Car Seat

Dorel told Sears about the problem, but there have been no reported injuries, Sears said.

Consumers can cal Dorel at 1-800-219-0540.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

3rd Annual Children's Health Day International--Saturday September 8

A non-profit event to promote children's health, wellness and safety.

Date: Saturday September 8
Time: 12-3 Rain or Shine
Place: Mulock and Yonge Centre Parking Lot in Newmarket

Complimentary at the event:
Child health and safety demos for parents
ID cards for children courtesy of Child Find Ontario
Food and Snacks
Loot bags for the first 750 kids


Another Day, Another Recall

Check out the latest Barbie, GEO trax and other Mattel, Inc Recalls. As well,NettoCollection has recalled cribs.


Have Baby Will Travel

We wanted to let everyone know about a great site called Have Baby Will Travel. They offer real vacation reviews for parents by parents. Featuring destinations from around the world, Have Baby Will Travel is the internet's only database of hotel reviews and trip reports geared specifically towards those traveling with babies and small children. Check out our review we posted about travelling to New York City with a toddler!!

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