Manhattan Toys is having a recall on their Winkel Colour Burst Toys (boxed and unboxed) sold from May 2015 to September 2016. The toy has multi-coloured plastic tubing inserted into a plastic cube with rattle beads inside. The plastic tubes can break into small pieces and pose a chocking hazard to young children.
Please see the table below for recalled Winkel Colour Burst Toys product information:
|Item Number||Lot Code||UPC|
The lot code can be found on the centre cube of the product or on the packaging (hang-tag or box) near the UPC.
As of July 6, 2017, the company has received one report of broken tubing in Canada, and no report of injuries. In the United States, the company has received four reports of plastic tubes breaking, and no reports of injuries.
If you have identified that you have a recalled product in your possession, please take it away from small children and contact The Manhattan Toy Company, LLC by telephone toll-free at 1-800-541-1345 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday, and between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 CT on Friday.
Thank you for your attention to this matter,
The baby “Behind the 2nd Bump” is here! This will be my last post in this series, I hope you’ve enjoyed following my pregnancy journey. Here’s a little insight into his birth…
In the last 4 weeks of my pregnancy, my breech baby turned head down on the second ECV attempt in the hospital. I went from a booked c-section back to plan A when baby turned at 38 weeks (June 7).
On June 20, I was woken up at about 3:30 in the morning with some pain in my hips. Labour started the exact same way with my first son so I has a suspicion that this was “it”! For about an hour I just laid in bed, dozing, and looking at the clock every time I felt the tightness in my hips, which turned out to be about every 10 minutes. I opened the pregnancy app on my phone and was starting to time an actual contraction when I felt a small tap and rush of fluid and knew, UNMISTAKABLY, that my water had just broken. I woke my husband up, apparently by “smacking him,” and called my midwife who said if active labour did not pick up, to meet her in the clinic at 9 AM. At this point it was probably 5:15 in the morning and, very shortly after I got off the phone with her, my contractions picked up – big time. I started to time them and they were coming about every three minutes which was very soon into labour for it to have progressed so far. I called my midwife back, asked my husband to get everything into the car (thank God it was all packed) and we left for the hospital. My mom was staying with so she just stayed with our two year old, Harrison.
We got to the hospital about 6:00 am and my midwife wasn’t there yet. If you are under midwifery care but your midwife isn’t at the hospital then they just put you in an assessment room to wait. I thought I was probably still leaking a little bit of fluid so I went to the washroom which is the next room over. While I was in there, my contractions were coming so close together that I couldn’t really get OUT of the bathroom. I was in there probably 10 minutes and my husband came and asked if everything was okay. He describes that as his way of saying “is there something I should be doing right now?” I mean, no everything is not okay, but, yes I guess it is okay because everything that is supposed to happen is happening. What I find funny, now knowing how close I was, is that I made sure three times that I locked the bathroom door, never once thinking I could potentially give birth in this bathroom and this door would be locked. After struggling to wash my hands (struggling because I now know I was basically in transition at this point), I finally managed to get out of the bathroom. At this point it was about 6:20 am (1.5 hours since my water broke) and my midwife had just arrived. I was asking her for some pain relief and she said she needed to check first and see how far along I was. I managed to get on the table and she checked and said I was FULLY DILATED and there would be no pain relief for me. I was scared, I will admit it, but I also didn’t know how close I was. Me: “Can I have an epidural?” Her, bewildered: “No, you’re going to HAVE A BABY.”
So she goes to the desk and gets a delivery room for me and comes back and tells me there’s a room and that we can go to it. I looked at her like she had three heads, as all my manners have flown the coup by this point. You want me to WALK to a delivery room? NOPE. If I had done that the baby certainly would have been born at the front desk and we would have had to name it Concierge or something. She gets a wheelchair for me, which I basically throw myself into off the bed, (as my husband’s like “IT’S NOT READY YET!” about the chair and I’m still launching myself off the bed, assuming either a chair or a person will catch me before I hit the floor) and takes me the ten seconds to the room. As I was going from the chair to the next bed I could feel the baby’s head coming. About five minutes later, at 6:35 am (after apparently 4 pushes but I wasn’t counting), the baby was born – a healthy, not so little boy (8lbs 13oz) who we named Rhett William. I had gone from nothing (laying in my bed at home) to a large baby on my chest in under two hours, enduring only about 30 contractions total. I couldn’t believe it – after a 26 hour-plus-forceps journey with Harrison, in the blink of an eye our precious second baby was here. I was still in my regular clothes, as was my midwife as she had only been at the hospital about 10-15 minutes. I did change into a hospital gown after about an hour when they weighed the baby and such.
I was completely overwhelmed by the speediness of it all. I wish I was given a list at the beginning of labour with the number of contractions on it and then I could just cross them off as they happened 😉 One of the best parts for me was that we were home nine hours later to welcome Harrison home from daycare and order Boston Pizza takeout for dinner.
If we were planning three kids I might be inclined to shoot for a home birth. I’m not sure how much shorter the timeline could get before I’d find myself birthing in the passenger seat of our Pontiac Vibe.
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You’re uncomfortable, you’re feeling large and in charge and it doesn’t help that it’s hot and sticky out. How the heck do you deal? I’ve got some tips and tricks for dealing with your pregnancy in the thick of the summer months and if you read to the end… I’ve got an embarrassing story for you as well.
This may sound like a simple concept but when you’re uncomfortable to begin with it’s that much harder. I know you know what I’m talking about. Ok, of course there are the basics like staying in the shade, wearing lighter colours and just flat out staying indoors on hot days. You already know that stuff though. How can you make cooling down fun? Well, I’ve got a few simple techniques for you to try:
- Add frozen berries to your water bottle for a fruity refreshment or try adding berries to your ice cubes. I love the flavour this adds to my water and it makes me drink a lot more than I normally would.
- Head to the lake! There are some amazing spots around the GTA to go for a dip. This can be really refreshing and fun on hot summer day. Just don’t forget to bring a cooler with drinks. Oh and FUN TIP put your sunscreen in the cooler so it’s nice and cold when you apply it.
- Freeze your sheets!? Ok, I actually have to try this out for myself. I’ve been told that if you put your sheets in a freezer bag and place them in the fridge or freezer a few minutes before bed you can cool yourself down. Keep in mind, this isn’t going to stay cool all night but if you’re needing some extra relief it’s a cool idea to try.
- Eat cool foods. You can freeze grapes for a yummy late night snack, have some frozen berries in your yogurt, make pasta salads to take for lunch, we know we can always use another excuse to eat ice cream and I personally love having some lemonade in the fridge. I’m no Martha Stewart and I definitely don’t brew it from scratch but I do enjoy a fresh squeeze of lemon or lime in my store bought lemonade.
If you haven’t already been told… you’ve got a lot more blood pumping through your body now that you’ve got a little human to nurture. Guess what that means? Most women can actually burn much faster because there’s more blood pumping near the surface making your skin more sensitive than normal. When you’re pregnant you’re actually more likely to suffer from heat rash and chloasma (skin patches that develop during pregnancy that cause discolouration on your face and body) as well. So, of course you can stay in doors, cover up, stay in the shade but let’s be real… you’re going to be in the sun at some point. I tested out Substance Natural Sun Care Creme SPF 30 from Matter Company and I’m loving it! It makes me feel good to lather in a chemical-free, unscented sunscreen and boy is it creamy. It’s got a really smooth texture when you apply it and you can see it go on. Don’t you hate when you can’t see where you’re applying your sunscreen only to find out when you’ve got burn patches? Not the case with this sun care creme. It has natural oils such as organic shea butter, sesame seed and jojoba which help to protect and moisturize your skin. Oh and it’s not just for mamma bear, you can use it on the entire family! I can’t wait to test it out on my little one.
Another great way to cool down and cool off (if your hormones are as crazy as mine are) is to just take a bath. If you’re looking for some new bath salts you have GOT TO TRY the Matter Company’s Substance Mineral Soak with Bergamot, Elemi & Tangerine and it’s heaven. Not only does it smell fresh it actually helps to rejuvenate your summer skin. It helps to relieve tummy dryness, relaxes stiff muscles and helped me with my round ligament pains. Matter also has a leg and back creme that I like to put on before bed. It said ‘anti-fatigue’ on the front so I had to try it out (I’m sure you know what I’m talking about). It’s lemony fresh and great to start the day or to finish off a relaxing bath. We need a little extra soothing don’t we? My feet have actually been so swollen and sore because of the extra weight I’m carrying. Nothing better than a bath soak and some lotion to help with that. Would love to hear your remedies for relaxing. Please let me know in the comments below.
WHAT NOT TO WEAR
Ok ladies, you made it to the very end which means… you’re hoping to read my oh so embarrassing wardrobe malfunction story. I just hope I save you from going through this yourself. I’m just over 6 months pregnant now and I’ve been getting away with wearing my normal clothes. Not my jeans… those were out of the picture by about 14 weeks but I have some dresses and shirts that I can still fit into. I had a busy day of meetings this week and I thought “it’s too hot and there is no way I’m wearing my maternity jeans”. So I slipped into a dress that used to sag on me. It had buttons up the back and seemed to fit perfectly… I was wrong. After my very first meeting of the day I went to get into my car when a few of the buttons caught onto the seat. PIEW (that’s the sound of a button flying off)… I almost cried. I now had a gaping hole not at the top of my dress, not at the back of my dress but exactly where someone could clearly see my underwear. Yes, I panicked. I actually ran back up to my clients house to ask if she had a safety pin and luckily she helped tighten things back up for me. When I sat back down in my car the safety pin burst open. Definitely not one of my finest moments. There was a pin and I was sitting on it…. ouch! I drove to the closest store in hopes of finding something I could throw on. Did I mention that I had a busy day of meetings? So there I was… walking through the aisles with my blue underwear in full view. I think my face literally matched the colour of my red dress. I grabbed 3 dresses and ended up buying ALL of them. A girl’s got to have options. Not sure I’ve ever ripped off a tag to take to the cashier on the way out though. There wasn’t a chance I was walking around in my busted dress for another minute.
LESSON OF THE DAY: Invest in some loose clothing BEFORE you get into a situation like I did. Summer maxi’s, shorts, tanks… you know the summer essentials that could get you out of a pinch like the one I was in.
Best of luck staying cool mamma,
Jackie is a Southern-Ontario based TV Host, Interior Stylist and first-time mom due in October. Follow her journey through pregnancy and into parenthood weekly through this series “Baby Talk” with Jackie and check out her Nursery planning tips and tricks in her blog “Nursery Style” with Jaclyn Colville.
My favourite season of the year is here and, as I do every year, I vow to enjoy it. I don’t complain about the endless heat because, sadly, it isn’t endless in Southern Ontario. I do my best to leave the comforts of an air conditioned house and experience some of the amazing activities, events, and memories that can only be found this time of year. Though summer has my heart, it also has a few challenges and when adding two children into the mix, it can get tricky. But, now that we are into the full swing of the season, I have found my groove and am sharing with you my favourite things to do with two! Whether you choose to beat the heat or bask in it, there is something here for everyone!
I’m not sure how any of us every grew up in a time when splash pads didn’t exist, but I think they may just be one of the best inventions ever. Each child can get as wet as they are comfortable with, they aren’t weighed down by floaties or a life jacket (but are being supervised closely by an adult), and they can run in all different types of water sprays that are so much more exciting than your lawn sprinkler. Both my 9 month old and 4 year old can play at the same time (in different ways) and I don’t have to worry about them being at different ability levels. Perhaps the best part is that most are FREE! And the second best part is that they aren’t swimming in a pool that is filled with equal parts chlorine and urine. Score one for the germaphobes!
Next on the list of things that I was deprived of growing up are these awesome indoor play spaces. When the heat and humidity is just too much to bear, head to the cool comforts of an indoor energy zapper. Kids can climb, slide, jump and dance for hours in these places and there is usually nice seating and coffee for parents to enjoy. Most play spaces have dedicated areas for smaller children and babies so we can take a cruise through an area of sensory play or smaller slides and when babe gets tired of that, I can feed him or snuggle him while big sister plays her heart out.
Who would have thought that writing on your driveway and your sidewalk could be such a thrill? I think because I forbid crayons and markers to exist anywhere play tables, drawing on the ground seems really rebellious and that means my daughter is all in. There are so many great chalk sets now that contain the chalk to a holder and make it possible for babies to play too. We trace everything, including each other, play tic tac toe and write our names with colourful flourishes. This kind of art is such a fun way for kids to express themselves and it keeps the mess outside! One rainfall or a sprinkle from the hose and you have a blank canvas.
The level of excitement over this one must stem from the same reasons as the chalk drawing. Since it is a universal fact that children are rock hoarders, the idea that they get to both hunt for a special rock AND keep it to paint on it is like Christmas in July. For my older child we use traditional paint and she can spend at least an hour combining different colours, patterns and words to make the prettiest garden stones. For my baby Picasso I use food colouring tinted water and help him transform his rocks into works of art. We keep some of our favourites and then also place others in parks and gardens where others may find them and get some enjoyment out of them too. Also, it addresses these hoarding tendencies at an early age.
When I was a child, I would visit my grandparents and wherever we would go we would pack a picnic lunch and eat it on the way. Fast food was never an option and I have such fond memories of my grandma’s triangular sandwiches and baked goods packed away in large margarine tubs. I love sharing this with my own kids now. We pick a fun place to spread out- sometimes near a playground, other times near the beach, and often somewhere where we can just people watch. We unload our spread and are free to get as messy as we want. Eating on a blanket is liberating, especially when you shake the crumbs onto nature’s floor instead of your own.
Whether you brave the beach or fill up a bin with sand, this is one activity that can keep little hands busy for hours. Grab some plastic sand toys and watch as your kids work together to fill them up, bury one another and just dig. The freedom to play in a more sophisticated form of dirt makes kids feel like they have pulled one over on you, meanwhile you sit back and read a magazine for two glorious uninterrupted minutes (to stop the next sand meal from being eaten).
Another cool spot for a hot day, your local library is a great place to spend a blistering afternoon. With all kinds of free programming geared to different age groups and abilities, there is usually something for everyone. We join the Summer Reading Club to instil a love of books (and winning prizes) early and my young readers love the independence of picking out absolutely any book they want to within the children’s area. Most libraries are equipped with so much more than books now and we spend a good part of the day playing games on the computers, putting together puzzles and even making crafts.
This is one kind of grocery shopping that can actually be enjoyable with kids. There is usually room for a stroller, you can often taste test the goods and there is always an animal or some interesting thing making an appearance. Letting kids pick out your produce increases the likelihood they will eat it and also gives them an education about where and how food is grown. With a renewed pleasure for local and home made goods, we love to discover great baked sweets, beauty products and toys that have been made by human hands and are often the best kinds of treats.
You can find them in zoos, pet stores, friend’s houses and on trips through the country, so you don’t have to travel far to find some animals for kids to love up on and delight in. Kids and animals seem to have a unique chemistry, likely due to the fact that they have the same opinions on cleanliness, indoor voices, toilet training and smiling for a camera. And they are both pretty cute to look at, so grab a candid photo while you are at it.
Though this list is by no means filled with new and innovative ideas, perhaps it will give you some inspiration on those days when bedtime can’t come soon enough and kids are melting down like an ice cream cone. Remember that summer is short so take advantage of the sticky kisses and sweaty brows while you can because, before you know it, you will be back in the season of extra layers and hours to leave the house on time.
Katie is a new mom of two and will be sharing her experiences in parenting a toddler and a newborn though this series “New with Two”.
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