This year’s Christmas video is a comedic story that we’ll share one day when we’re done crying into this milkshake. In the meantime, here is our BRIEF Christmas greeting. We love all our friends, fans and followers! Have a very wonderful and safe Christmas season.
We were pretty excited when our friends at UPPAbaby dropped off the supplies necessary for their drawing contest. The contest is on now until January 15, 2013. If you find yourself with a bit of time over the holidays (that week between Christmas and New Year’s can sometimes be full of a whole lot of nothing!), take a few moments to enter the contest.You never know, you *could* be the winner of an UPPABaby Cruz, a Ganoosh, or a Vista/CRUZ cupholder!
HOW IT WORKS
Download the submission form here (or pick one up at our stores in Milton or Burlington, ON.) Draw a picture of how you go “CRUZing with your family” and submit your drawing submission form to any participating UPPAbaby retailer (we like for it to be Snuggle Bugz, but if you don’t live in Ontario, that makes things difficult!) THE PRIZES
• BRONZE: 1 of 10 UPPAbaby VISTA/CRUZ cupholders; Retail value $24.99 each
• SILVER: 1 of 5 UPPAbaby Ganooshes (Black); Retail value $109.99
• GOLD: 1 UPPAbaby CRUZ (colour dependent on availability); Retail value $499.99
• No Purchase necessary
• Contest open to Canadian residents only (excluding Quebec, employees and family
members of 5514 Km and participating retailers)
• 1 submission per family/address
• Entrants can be any age
• Contest open: 12:00 am PST, Dec 15, 2012 to 11:59 pm PST, Jan 15, 2013
• Winners will be randomly selected by 5514 Km Corporation (Distributor of UPPAbaby in
Canada) at 12:00 pm EST on Jan 31, 2012
• Winners will be notified by 5514 Km by phone or email as set out on the entry form
WHAT IS NEEDED TO ENTER
• Your completed drawing submission form
• Your contact information as required on the drawing submission form
• Signature and date stamp from retailer where entry is submitted
THE FINE PRINT
If you’re super interested in the fine print, you can find it here.
I took the liberty of digitally putting one together so you can see what you’re up against. Be rest assured – I didn’t create that family from scratch.
This recall involves all Baby Jogger City VersaTM model strollers manufactured between May 15 and August 20, 2012. The date of manufacture is printed on the stroller’s black plastic side hinge below “Baby Jogger” and “City Versa” is also printed on the stroller’s fabric in the child’s leg area. The strollers have charcoal-colored metal frames with black, silver, red or green fabric stroller seats and canopies.
The stroller frame can fail to lock in place and collapse while in use, posing a fall hazard to children in the stroller.
There have been no reports of incidents in Canada. All of the incidents in the US (6) involve reports of the stroller’s folding mechanism not functioning. There have been no reports of any injuries.
For more information, consumers may contact Brands in Motion, Inc. (Baby Jogger’s official Canadian distributor) toll free at 1-866-774-7177, between 8AM and 5:30PM EST Monday to Friday or email email@example.com.
Welcome to the 2012 Gift Guide! We’ll be posting all week about amazing gifts for moms, babies , toddlers and families in general. First up? Gift Sets for Baby. These are perfect for the brand new parents and their brand new baby. Click on the images for more information!
Gift set includes
– 1 hooded towel
– 2 double-ply washcloths
– 6 single ply washcloths
Set comes in blue or pink.
Gift set includes
– 1 100% premium quality cotton flannel receiving blanket
– 1 burp pad
– 2 flannel bibs
– 1 pair of no-scratch mitts
– 3 cotton terry washcloths.
The set comes in natural (shown), blue or pink.
Gift set includes
– 1 flannel kimono gown
– 1 pair of no-scratch mittens made from 100% cotton flannel
– 1 pair of booties made from 100% cotton flannel
– 1 baby cap made from 100% cotton
The set comes in natural, pink or blue.
Gift set includes:
– Naturally safe shampoo & body wash
– Rash busting bottom balm
– Soothing baby lotion
– pure, virtually scent-free baby oil.
All products contain zero toxins
Dry Goods Onesies
Bebe au Lait Gift Sets
A hot topic this time of year is how to keep your child warm in their car seat. The weather is changing, winter is on its way (or is already here, depending on where you live!), and it is getting a lot colder, especially in the mornings!
How to keep your child warm in their car seat is often a very controversial topic. The car seat safety technician side of me knows that we should never use any third party products with our car seats. This means no sleeping/bundle bags should be used, basically unless a product is manufactured and tested by your car seat company you should not use it with your seat. However, I also learned a long time ago that telling someone that they can’t do something usually means they just want to do it that much more!
All parents want the best for their child and no parent would intentionally put their child in harm’s way. For this reason, I’ve changed my tactics from telling to informing, so here are my thoughts on keeping your child warm in their car seat.
Your child is safest when there is nothing between them and their car seat. This means nothing other than light clothing between them and the back of the seat and the straps at the front. While this is definitely the safest position, it always raises one important question: how do I keep them warm in cold weather?
Well, luckily if your child is still in an infant carrier it is a lot easier. Bring your infant car seat into the house each night so that it stays warm. When you are heading out, dress your child in light weight clothing and use blankets and a car seat cover (such as the Easy Cover – pictured in the title graphic) to help protect them from the elements and keep them warm. Products such as the Easy Cover are great because they go over top of the car seat and do not interfere with the seat’s harness system and therefore do not impact the safety of your child.
When using this method, remember that infants are not able to regulate their own body temperature. The blankets and Easy Cover will work great at keeping the baby warm, but they can also keep the baby too warm! When the vehicle warms up remember to open the cover or remove a blanket so that the baby does not get too hot. Especially on those long trips!
If your child is a little older and riding in a convertible or infant/child car seat, keeping them warm in their seat can be a bit trickier! The safest solution for older children in a five point harness is still to have nothing between them and the seat or straps. However this can be a bit trickier because this requires your child taking their jacket off when they get into the cold car, buckling into the seat and putting their jacket back on backwards!
While this does work well, I’ve had a lot of parents express concerns with this approach and that is when I usually offer this next alternative. Invest in a light-weight good quality jacket. There are a lot of very warm children’s jackets on the market that are thin and don’t interfere too much with the straps. Yes, these jackets are a bit more expensive and you often have to go to a specialty store like a ski & snowboard retailer to find them, but they are a lot safer!
Here are a couple other things you can do to help:
- Keep your vehicle in the garage. Temperatures in the garage are often a bit warmer than outside and you don’t have to battle the wind and other elements getting into the car.
- Warm up the vehicle. On really cold days you can always leave your vehicle running for a bit before getting in to help it warm up that much quicker. Although – this approach is not too great for the environment or your pocket book, and definitely don’t do it if your vehicle is parked in the garage.
Remember wearing a bulky jacket or anything that impacts the harness straps of the seat can be very dangerous and does impact your child’s safety. For more information on how jackets impact harness systems in car seats, please check out one of our previous blogs – Car Seat Harness Tension – Too Tight?
We would love to hear your thoughts on how you keep your child warm in their car seat! Please share them in the comments below.
’til next time,
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