The Baby Planner

The Baby Planner is to Expecting Parents, what a Wedding Planner is to an engaged couple. The Baby Planner is here to hold your hand every step of the way in the biggest decision of your life. First comes The Baby Planner...THEN comes the Baby in the Baby Carriage!!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Tis the Season...

...For Recalls!

We all want to bring joy to our children, not safety hazards. Here are a few items that made the list this month. For a complete list of recalls visit CPSC at:

Regal Lager Recall to Replace Phil & Teds Strollers

Regal Lager Inc., of Kennesaw, Ga., is voluntarily recalling 1,600 Phil & Teds Dash Buggy Strollers. The frame handle could fail to latch properly and break, posing a fall hazard to small children.

Xtreme Toy Zone Recalls Toy Dinosaurs

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Xtreme Toy Zone, of Los Angeles, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 480 “Dinosaur Epoch” Toy Dinosaurs. Surface paint on the toy dinosaurs can contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Evenflo Recalls Majestic™ High Chairs

Evenflo Company Inc., of Miamisburg, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 95,000 Evenflo Majestic™ High Chairs. Plastic caps and metal screws on both sides of the high chair can loosen and fall out, posing both fall and choking hazards to children. Plastic caps and screws that become loose and fall out can cause the seatback to suddenly fall back or detach from the high chair. Children can fall out or collide with objects and suffer broken bones, abrasions, cuts and bruises. Detached plastic caps and metal screws also pose a choking hazard to children.

OKK Trading Recalls Toy Army Figures

OKK Trading, of Los Angeles, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 5,400 Army Figures. Surface paint on the face of the Army figures contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Munire Recalls “Newport” Cribs and Matching Furniture

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Munire Furniture Inc, of Piscataway, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 3,000 Cribs and 6,000 Matching Furniture Pieces. The red paint which is underneath the black finish paint on some of the cribs and matching furniture exceeds federal lead limits. If ingested by young children lead can cause adverse health effects.

Doll Clothing Sets Recalled by Manhattan Group

Manhattan Group, of Minneapolis, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 9,200 Groovy Fashions™ Sassy Jammies™ Doll Clothing Sets. Surface paints on the pajama pants contain excessive levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint standard.

Woodstock Percussion Inc. Toy Drums

Woodstock Percussion Inc., of Shokan, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 2,800 Calypso Steel Drums. Surface paint on the recalled toy drums contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Baby Trey Arrives Fashionably Late!

A big San Diego welcome to little Baby Trey!
Although his mom might not agree, better late than never! Fortunately when Trey did decide to come, he showed up quickly.
Never is there a better time to have someone on call like a family member or Baby Planner, who at a moments notice can come over to watch the other children. Someone who can both keep nerves calm and prepare big brothers and sisters for what's about to change in their world.
It was fun to take the girls to the hospital to meet their new baby brother, and get a little snuggle time with mom and dad.
After the hospital the girls and I retreated home for some special non-baby time. It's important to remember that having a baby can be as exhausting to young siblings as it is to mom and dad. The fear of the unknown, fear for mom, excitement, often interrupted sleep and a new felt jealousy for mom and dad's affections. With some extra snuggles and reassurance that they were going to be the best big sisters ever, the nerves and crankiness were calmed and they drifted off quickly to sleep. Just in time for dad to come home and do the same!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Family Photo Christmas Cards

I had the pleasure of shooting the Repetti family photos in November. They loved them so much they decided to make one of them their Christmas card. I found this fun card that matched the picture perfectly. I am such a big fan of family photos for Christmas cards that are fun and playful. Amy said her friends and family all loved their card, and took the photo out of the sleeve to frame. So glad I was able to give them just what they wanted!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Monique's Boutique

I would like to introduce a childs boutique that specilizes in unique, high-quality embellished baby and children's clothing, and matching Mommy coordinates! She uses beautiful appliques and crystals not metal nailheads to create her designs.

Monique hand-creates original items for children in sizes 3-6 months to size 10 on pre-shrunk 100% combed cotton clothing from American Apparel. They are high quality and hold up well when washed regularly, but look their best if you skip the dryer.

This is a Mommy run business that is local to me in San Diego, and Monique is my go-to Momprenuer for cute onsies, or custom personalized baby clothing. The clothes are cute, Monique is a pleasure to buy from, and the options are plenty. Monique's Boutique easily became one of The Baby Planner's WHAM local business favorites!