For BB’s first real Halloween at The Mommy’s office he took to it like a pro. Wearing the same lion costume that LTD donned at that age he ran everywhere without fear of the dark corners. He kept holding his plastic pumpkin candy holder and kept putting treats in it with precision (even if he won’t eat any of it, #IWon’tChew). However, all the cool things at the office party including the balloon room and Halloween movies might as well been invisible. Why? Because the only thing that he cared about was pressing the button on a skeleton in a casket that lit up and played spooky music. The good news is that we now have the answer to the question, does a toddler ever get tired of pressing a button to make a skeleton light up? Happy Halloween!
Evenflo to expand harness buckle recall
Evenflo has recently expanded its recall to address a safety defect regarding harness buckles to now include the “Embrace 35” rear facing infant car seat. The defect can cause the harness buckles on these seats to become difficult or impossible to unlatch. A sticking or stuck harness buckle in a rear facing infant car seat poses a significant safety risk to the child in the event of a motor vehicle crash or any other emergency situation where the infant must be quickly removed from the car seat.
Evenflo’s recall expansion addresses more than 202,346 infant seat buckles in the Embrace 35 model manufactured between December 2011 and May 2013. Evenflo previously recalled more than 1.3 million convertible and booster car seats for the same safety defect.
What does this mean for me?
Letting parents, guardians, and caregivers know about this recall is crucial, and you’re a large part of that. Your spreading the word about the harness buckle safety defect to your followers can make the difference in a child’s life. If their car seat is affected by this recall, parents are encouraged to contact Evenflo to get the free replacement buckle as soon as possible. Follow these steps:
• Contact Evenflo for instructions on how to obtain a free remedy for your child safety seat;
• Always properly restrain infants and children in a car seat or booster until the child is big enough to wear a seat belt properly;
• Assess the operation of your child safety seat harness buckle;
• Consider acquiring or using an alternative car seat for transporting children until your Evenflo seat is fixed;
• Install the replacement buckle on your Evenflo seat as soon as you receive it.
• Register your child safety seat and file safety complaints with NHTSA at safercar.gov.
Over 7.4 million car seats have been recalled due to this harness buckle safety defect, including Graco and Baby Trend models. Share this with your followers and friends and encourage those affected by the recall to reach out to Evenflo.
You can read the full recall report on our website SaferCar.gov.
Since The Mommy is once again making an awesome costume for LTD, I thought this was interesting.
Jenna Fernandes, CEO of CareBooker.com, the “Open Table” of family and pet care services, offers ideas for parents to help kids make their own popular Halloween costumes.
From the scariest villain to a classic super hero, here are the top 5 DIY trends in Halloween costumes for 2014:
- Frozen: There should be no surprise here. The Disney movie captured the hearts of millions of kids (and adults!). With Elsa costumes flying off the shelf, you may need to act fast on securing your little one’s costume before they sell out. You can make your own making a cape out of magenta fabric, using a blue princess dress and finish by styling your child’s hair in braids.
- Maleficent: Disney’s evil queens never go out of style, and Maleficent is the next character to add to the iconic list of costumes. This one is easy to put together if you can’t find it in the stores – look for a long black dress, black crown, and wings.
- The Lego Movie: Think colorful handmade cardboard boxes – this is something kids can help to make their Lego costume their own. Plus, it’s a great group costume idea!
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Not only is this nostalgic for parents, the new movie brought on a whole new generation of fans. Paint a disposable baking pan green for a makeshift shell and add a colored bandana around their head to complete the look.
- Spiderman/Captain America: Superheroes are a staple for any Halloween and this year is no exception. Your little one wants to save the world – and this isn’t a bad thing! Here’s a tip – a lot of stores have Spiderman and Captain America Pajamas, so if you have young child that will be dressing up for Halloween, you may want to opt for the PJs rather than a full costume. This keeps them warm and comfortable, and they will be ready for bed when you get home.
LTD has developed a very specific set of questions that he asks frequently, I mean very frequently the questions are all different but they all begin the same. “What if…” It doesn’t stop ever. The topics range from the ridiculous to the theoretical possibilities. He focuses a lot of brain power on the morbid, what if that person was dead, what if their head fell off, what if they came back as a zombie? Truthfully, I have no problem with the creepy stuff, it is the mundane that I am losing patience with. What if the car won’t start? What if we didn’t pick up Mommy? I find myself answering and then going down a rabbit hole of scenarios and end with an exasperated, “then that would be our new life and we would deal with it.”Sadly, it has reached the point where my blood pressure rises when I hear any sentence that starts with the chilling phrase, what if?
Since BB and LTD share a room and said room is basically the only place in the house that has a gate to keep BB from destroying the house, the boys spend a fair amount of time there. However, unless LTD is on the top bunk, BB follows him around with a case of, “I want that.” Anything that LTD picks up instantly becomes an object of desire for BB to possess immediately. As you can imagine this behavior has never resulted in anything other than both children screaming. My default statement is always to tell LTD to just give it to him and he will get bored and forget about it. Thankfully, LTD is pretty good about appeasement and is beginning to learn to just take the book or toy downstairs when BB isn’t looking. It makes me proud that LTD has figured out BB’s pattern of theft, but frustrated that he sometimes falls into the yank it back trap. And truthfully, he is right to be concerned because BB has a near perfect record of destroying anything that can be destroyed.
BB has developed a little habit that manifests itself only in very certain circumstances. He has learned to flirt, self taught of course. He only does it in very specific instances. He treats young women very differently then he does everyone else. He particularly likes to try new moves out on waitresses or nannies at the playground. He is not really shy but when in most situations he hides behind my leg, looks down or shakes his head when introduced to new people. However, if you are a young lady, look out he engages in a full on charm offensive. I’m talking about huge smile, walking away with a turn and a look. Today, he tried the casual pat on the knee to a young mom at the Aquarium. Let’s hope he can keep the cool factor up as he grows and not copy LTD’s style of announcing that he is wearing underwear and not a diaper followed by showing proof.
Tomorrow we fly with the boys for the first time. Wish us luck.
I missed yesterday’s Child Passenger Safety Twitter chat, but check out Parents Central. Especially in light of recent events concerning kids in cars.
As long time Beyond the Car Seat readers know all too well, BB is freakishly strong. His bull like strength is displayed mainly on his new favorite task, shutting doors. Whenever we pass through an open door, BB stops and tries to shut it. This new hobby has two central challenges. The first is that I need to constantly make sure his wee fingers are not going to get crushed (as I did to LTD’s digits in the car door the other day) and the second problem occurs when I am trying to hold the door open for someone. When we leave school he turns and pushes the door closed telling gravity to go to hell, but if I’m holding it open for a fellow parent then a battle of wills erupts.Normally, he would win since he is so strong, but I cheat by picking him up, but in the end he can claim victory because when I pick him he screams in my face giving me a headache. At the end of the day, the good news is that I never have to worry about the heating bill since I’ll never have to tell him to shut the door he’s letting the heat out.
As long time Beyond the Car Seat readers know BB only speaks a few words. Sure, he babbles in complete sentences but no one but him knows what he is talking about. So in addition, to car and ball and the occasion daddy or mommy sprinkled with some animal noises (moo and woof) we now have a new random word to add to his lexicon. The Batman. It all started a few weeks ago when we went to a 75 anniversary event at the Barnes & Noble and then the comic store and now whenever he sees an image of the dark knight we are treated to “ba-ma” Trust me it is clearer than I wrote and it is obvious he is saying Batman. In conclusion, how do I feel that BB says Batman but doesn’t really ever say, daddy? I feel pretty great.