Graco Recalls 1.9 Million Harness Buckles on Car Seats

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Graco is recalling harness buckles used on approximately 1.9 million infant car seats manufactured between July 2010 and May 2013. Some consumers reported having difficulty opening the buckle or not being able to open it at all. Graco will provide a free replacement buckle. No injuries associated with this issue have been reported, but Graco […]


Graco is recalling harness buckles used on approximately 1.9 million infant car seats manufactured between July 2010 and May 2013. Some consumers reported having difficulty opening the buckle or not being able to open it at all. Graco will provide a free replacement buckle.

No injuries associated with this issue have been reported, but Graco encourages consumers to order a buckle replacement kit and install the new buckle as soon as it arrives. An affected car seat can be used until the replacement buckle arrives, but consumers who have other car seats available may want to swap them out for the time being.

Consumers can check whether their infant car seat is affected by this recall and order a replacement kit by entering the model name and date of manufacture at GracoBuckleRecall.com, by calling (877) 766-7470, or by emailing us. The necessary information can be found on the white label on the bottom of the infant car seat carrier. Graco will also provide a free replacement buckle to any consumer who has an infant car seat not included in this recall but would like to update their buckle to Graco’s current design.

Swap Out Baby Gear Without Leaving Your House

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Swapdom, an online exchange system, is opening its marketplace to the parenting community. Now, moms and dads can use Swapdom to trade all things baby- and kid-gear-related, including maternity and infant clothing, strollers, baby safety gadgets, newborn care equipment, shoes, books and toys. Founded in August 2013 and based in Greece and San Francisco, Swapdom […]

Swapdom, an online exchange system, is opening its marketplace to the parenting community. Now, moms and dads can use Swapdom to trade all things baby- and kid-gear-related, including maternity and infant clothing, strollers, baby safety gadgets, newborn care equipment, shoes, books and toys.

Founded in August 2013 and based in Greece and San Francisco, Swapdom has become the go-to site to find one-of-a-kind previously owned items. Originally concentrating on the fashion market, Swapdom is taking a big baby step in providing a solution for parents seeking an alternative to buying infant gear and children’s items brand new. Better yet, users can even swap baby and kids’ gear for fashion items.

Engineered to make trading items easy and efficient, Swapdom asks users to request items they love and identify what they would like to offer in exchange. The site then organizes a multiperson swap. Users pay for shipping and a fee of $1-$2.

“Parents are often frustrated by spending thousands of dollars on children’s clothes and gear only to have it last just a few months,” says Petros Georgopoulos, who co-founded Swapdom with his brother George. “We listened to our customers and created the ultimate consumer solution. Through our unique algorithm, it’s now easier than ever for parents to swap unwanted items and land great finds in return.”

Best Car Seats

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Chicco Infant Car Seat Nothing is more stressful than the first time you have to trust your choice of car seats to get your baby home. According to Consumer Reports, the Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat is the best overall pick for balancing crash protection, ease of use, and vehicle fit for infant seats […]


  • Chicco

    Infant Car Seat

    Nothing is more stressful than the first time you have to trust your choice of car seats to get your baby home. According to Consumer Reports, the Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat is the best overall pick for balancing crash protection, ease of use, and vehicle fit for infant seats with greater than 22-pound capacity. It’s perfect for driving baby around in style. ($199.99)

  • Amazon

    Heavy Weight Limit

    They’re only tiny for a small amount of time. If you want a seat that lasts through a few more pounds and a couple of extra inches, the Diono Radian RXT Convertible Car Seat is the one for you. It holds baby in rear-facing mode from 5 to 45 pounds, forward-facing 20 to 80 pounds, and forward-facing up to 57 inches. Bonus: It will also act as a booster up to 120 pounds. ($263.99)

  • Toys R Us

    Recline Options

    With nine recline positions, you’re bound to find baby’s comfort zone with the Chicco Nextfit Convertible Car Seat. It also features a SuperCinch LATCH for secure installation, rear- and forward-facing bubble levels, and a machine-washable seat pad. ($279.99)

  • Amazon

    3-in-1 Seat

    The Graco Nautilus continues to make our list of best car seats. It’s a 3-in-1 seat at a great price that can be your last car seat purchase after your baby outgrows her infant car seat. The harness straps can be used from 20 to 65 pounds. It transitions to a high-back booster and then a backless booster. ($139.99)

  • Clek Foonf

    Splurge Pick

    If you’re looking to spend a little extra on your car seat, the Clek Foonf is a convertible seat that is worth it. Completely recyclable, it also features safety features like a rigid substructure, energy-absorbing foam, and an anti-rebound bar for rear-facing mode. ($449.99)

  • Walmart

    Low Price Pick

    Trade in the price tag without trading out your child’s safety. Consumer Reports gives seats similar to this Evenflo Tribute Sport Convertible Car Seat high marks for safety. Along with the lower price comes ease of use. ($55)

  • Amazon

    Safety Pick

    With technologies like GCell patented foam for body protection, Air Protect advanced cushions for protecting baby’s head, and more, the Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air+ Convertible Car Seat is a safety dream pick. The seat’s color-coded belt paths also help with installation. ($150.99)

  • Amazon

    Lightest and Easiest Airplane Travel

    Whether you live the jetsetter lifestyle or just want to take a family trip, the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 infant seat will help baby travel safely and in style. As our pick for lightest car seat (7.5 pounds), with a width of only 17.5 inches, baby can fit in the seat without adding a lot of carrying weight. ($117)

  • Amazon

    The Best of the Best

    If you want the best of the best Britax Advocate ClickTight Convertible Car Seat is the car seat for you. It’s ClickTight installation system ensures that everyone can install the car seat securely and confidently by just buckling the seat belt. The SafeCell impact protection system works together to protect your child well beyond the federal safety standards. ($336)

Ridiculous Parenting Products

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Kickbee Kickbee An expectant mom wears the Kickbee band around her belly. When the vibration sensors detect the baby kicking, the device can send a tweet. It’s meant to be a way to keep the mom’s partner, family and friends involved and up to date when they can’t be physically near. Cute in theory, Twitter […]

  • Kickbee

    Kickbee

    An expectant mom wears the Kickbee band around her belly. When the vibration sensors detect the baby kicking, the device can send a tweet. It’s meant to be a way to keep the mom’s partner, family and friends involved and up to date when they can’t be physically near. Cute in theory, Twitter trolling in practice.

  • Mommy Essentials

    The Babykeeper

    It’s a purse. It’s a flier. No, it’s your baby hanging from the side of a public bathroom stall! Yes, setting your precious cargo on the floor of a bathroom is germy and undesirable. But we’re thinking you’ll probaly enjoy more peace of mind if baby is safely in a stroller or car seat, or even awkwardly astride one knee.

  • Amazon.com

    Piggyback Rider

    Sometimes your toddler can’t see over the heads in a crowd. We’re thinking a classic piggyback ride is solution enough. Paying for a modified piggyback ride is beyond our list of reasonable expenses.

  • Heelarious

    Heelarious

    Short answer: No. Long answer: No, because babies wearing shoes before they can walk is already silly, and heels are just unnecessary. Heels are a bit torturous when you’re old enough to wear them; let’s not start the habit just yet.

  • First Cleats

    First Cleats

    Just like they can’t appreciate high heels, they can’t use soccer cleats, either. The world may have gone World Cup crazy this year, but that doesn’t need to be reflected in baby’s footwear.

  • Etsy.com

    Barefoot Baby Sandals

    Barefoot sandals are ridiculous for wearers of any age. But what good is it to give babies decorated pieces of string to wrap around their tiny toes?

  • Distractify.com

    WhyCry

    As babies do, your child is crying again. What could it be? This fun little gadget says it can tell you why baby is crying. Seems like it’s a tool that will be best used in the teen years, since it breaks categories down as bored, sleepy, hungry, annoyed or stressed.

  • Crumb Cap

    Crumb Cap

    Cleaning up after a meal can be a hassle—but, really? Why don’t they just take the jump and make it in the shape of a ski mask to save us all the time and pain of washing their faces off, too.

  • Moo Mixer

    Moo Mixer

    The Moo Mixer mixes your milk for you. Back in the day, moms and kids had to mix chocolate milk by hand. You had to look at the bottom of a glass to make sure no chocolate was stuck. It was a strenuous activity akin to churning butter, but by golly they did it.

  • Target.com

    iPotty

    For the tech-loving tot, here’s an iPotty, a convenient way to play on the iPad and potty train at the same time! We’re thinking toddlers can wait to multitask for a few years more at least.

  • Potty Training Concepts

    Travel Urinal

    Public bathrooms can be germ-filled, but we find it even less appealing to have our children pee on our hands while they try to aim into a bottle.

  • Buy Buy Baby

    My Carry Potty

    Continuing on the traveling potty trend: My Carry Potty. Yes, you can take your potty training toilet with you wherever you go! The best part: For those who prefer a posh and pretty potty, they can request a My Carry Potty covered in Swarovski crystals.

  • Amazon.com

    Perfume for Babies

    Brands like Dolce & Gabana and Burberry have even jumped on this bandwagon. A perfume for baby, because even infants need scents for every mood and occasion.

  • Babi-kini

    Babi-kini

    Bikinis for babies. Be sure to untie the shoulder straps if you’re worried about tan lines getting in the way of her summer glow. Oh, wait, that’s ridiculous, just like a baby wearing a string bikini. That will definitely be able to accommodate her swim diaper.

  • Baby Mop

    Baby Mop

    Who has time to clean the floors when you’re chasing a crawling baby around the house? Well, baby does if he is wearing a baby mop. Is it taking fair advantage of an opportunity? Yes. Is it creating a germ magnet for baby to wear? Also, yes.

  • Crawlings

    Crawlings Knee Pads

    Crawling is tough work, but their tiny knees will toughen up quickly. If you’re really worried about it, cut the ends off an old pair of tube socks and slide those over their knees instead.

  • Best Baby Shoes for Early Walkers

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    Watching your baby take her first steps is an exciting milestone for you and her. And now that she’s cruising, you may want to consider purchasing her first pair of baby shoes. Numerous types of shoes are on the market, but which ones are best for supporting a new walker? The American Academy of Pediatrics […]

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    Watching your baby take her first steps is an exciting milestone for you and her. And now that she’s cruising, you may want to consider purchasing her first pair of baby shoes. Numerous types of shoes are on the market, but which ones are best for supporting a new walker? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has developed recommendations to help you find shoes that are helpful and not harmful as your baby continues learning to walk.

    The AAP says children learn to walk by gripping their toes on the ground, and they don’t need arch support. So at home, it’s okay to leave your child barefoot to promote natural foot development. However, when surfaces are uneven, hot, cold or rocky, shoes should be worn to protect their feet.

    The AAP gives three specific tips to follow when shopping for your baby’s first pair of shoes:

    1. Shoes should be lightweight and flexible to support natural foot movement.
    2. Shoes should be made of leather or mesh to allow your baby’s feet to breathe comfortably.
    3. Shoes should have rubber soles for traction to prevent slipping or sliding.

    Based on these guidelines, here are five baby shoes you might consider for your baby’s first steps:

    Robeez: The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has given Robeez a seal of acceptance because the company’s shoes promote natural foot function. They’re made of high-quality leather, are flexible and support healthy foot development.
    Momobaby: Momobaby offers a wide variety of rubber-soled shoes made of genuine leather. The shoes have also been awarded the APMA seal of acceptance.
    Jemos Footwear: Jemos Footwear provides eco-friendly kids’ shoes made from genuine leather that are free from toxins, lead and formaldehyde. Jemos’ soft-soled moccasin shoes are made from eco-friendly leather remnants.
    Pediped: The APMA officially recognized Pediped shoes as beneficial for a child’s growing feet. The shoes are made of premium grade leather, and their footwear system allows you to choose shoes designed for first steps, next steps and big steps.
    Stride Rite: Stride Rite offers shoes for baby’s first steps that are adjustable, durable and flexible. Its website features a large selection of baby shoes and a downloadable sizing chart.

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