Hazards of Using Crib Bumper Pads

Washington Univerisity, as you probably know, is number 2 leading medical research center in the US. This article is on their site right now.



Hazards of using crib bumper pads outweigh their benefits.

Sept. 18, 2007 — Although bumper pads are theoretically designed to prevent injury to a baby while in the crib or bassinet, the risk of accidental death or injury to an infant from using them outweighs their possible benefits, according to a new study by pediatric researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

In the study, which appears in the September 2007 issue of The Journal of Pediatrics, the researchers reviewed three U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission databases for deaths related to crib bumpers and crib-related injuries from 1985-2005. They found 27 accidental deaths reported by authorities of children from 1 month old to 2 years old that were attributed to suffocation or strangulation by bumper pads or their ties. They also found 25 non-fatal injuries in infants attributed to bumper pads.

Read the full article here.

Using Sign Language with Your Baby

Using sign language with babies is very popular these days. There is LOTS of research to prove how beneficial it can be for both parents and children. As most of you know I am a huge believer having used it with my kids. Check out this picture of Shaela saying she wants MORE.



If you would like to see a deaf author’s take on the whole signing with your baby phenomenon check out this article. By the way, the Similac website has removed the poorly done signs from their page since the article was written.

Fine Motor Control

Last week I had a series of posts on fine motor skills. I found this elegant definition from the University of Maryland Medical Center and thought I’d share. Can you see from the definition a relationship to many of the activities we do in class?

Fine motor control is the coordination of muscular, skeletal, and neurological functions to produce small, precise movements. The opposite of fine motor control is gross (large, general) motor control. An example of fine motor control is picking up a small item with index finger and thumb. An example of gross motor control would be waving an arm in greeting.

The development of fine motor control is a process of refining gross motor control . It develops as the neurological system matures.

The level of development of fine motor control in children is used to determine the developmental age of the child. Fine motor skills are developed through time, experience, and knowledge. Fine motor control requires awareness and planning for the execution of a task. It also requires muscle strength, coordination and normal sensation.

Tasks such as stacking blocks, drawing lines or circles, cutting out shapes with scissors, zipping a zipper, folding clothes, and holding and writing with a pencil can occur only if the nervous system matures properly.

1 Million Cribs Recalled

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207

September 21, 2007
Release #07-307
Simplicity’s Recall Hotline: (888) 593-9274
CPSC Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Simplicity Media Contact: (713) 301-0733

About 1 Million Simplicity Cribs Recalled Due To Failures Resulting in Infant Deaths
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing today a voluntary recall with Simplicity Inc., of Reading, Pa., of about 1 million cribs. The drop-side can detach from the crib, which can create a dangerous gap and lead to the entrapment and suffocation of infants. CPSC is aware of two deaths in Simplicity manufactured cribs with older style hardware, including a 9-month-old child and a 6-month-old child, where the drop-side was installed upside down. CPSC is also aware of seven infant entrapments and 55 incidents in these cribs.
CPSC is also investigating the death of a 1-year-old child in a Simplicity crib with newer style hardware, in which the drop-side was installed upside down. CPSC is warning parents and caregivers to check all Simplicity cribs to make sure the drop-side is installed right side up.
The drop-side failures result from both the hardware and crib design, which allow consumers to unintentionally install the drop-side upside down. This, in turn, can weaken the hardware and cause the drop-side to detach from the crib. When the drop-side detaches, it creates a gap in which infants can become entrapped.
CPSC is also aware of two incidents that occurred when the drop-side was correctly installed with older style hardware, though the upside down installation greatly increases the risk of failure.
The recalled Simplicity crib models include: Aspen 3 in 1, Aspen 4 in 1, Nursery-in-a-Box, Crib N Changer Combo, Chelsea and Pooh 4 in 1. The recall also involves the following Simplicity cribs that used the Graco logo: Aspen 3 in 1, Ultra 3 in 1, Ultra 4 in1, Ultra 5 in 1, Whitney and the Trio.
The recalled cribs have one of the following model numbers, which can be found on the envelope attached to the mattress support and on the label attached to the headboard: 4600, 4605, 4705, 5000, 8000, 8324, 8800, 8740, 8910, 8994, 8050, 8750, 8760, and 8996.
The cribs, which were made in China, were sold in department stores, children’s stores and mass merchandisers nationwide from January 1998 through May 2007 for between $100 and $300.

La Leche League of Oxford

I’ve had several Mothers asking me questions about breastfeeding issues in the past several weeks.  I am always glad to help where I can with my limited (3 kids – 2 that would and 1 that wouldn’t!) experience.  I do want you all to know that there is a wonderful source of information for you.  Whether you are pregnant and planning to breastfeed, are learning to nurse your newborn or are experiencing breastfeeding challenges, La Leche League meetings are a wonderful place to learn from other nursing mothers.

Here in Oxford, Theresa is our wonderful facilitator.

Morning Meetings: The first Wednesday of each month (except January) at 11 a.m. in the Kid’s Fitness Room at the Baptist HealthPlex located at 703 North Lamar Boulevard.

Evening Meetings: The third Tuesday of each month (except November and December) at 6:00 p.m. in Room 110 of Oxford-University United Methodist Church located at 424 South 10th Street.

If you are interested in finding a group in another part of the world visit the La Leche League home page.