Over the past several years, both the company and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration have received complaints that the buckles on the Graco convertibles and combination seats have a tendency to get stuck, sometimes to the point children have had to be cut out of their seats. And while this isn't an a major issue when it comes to restraining a child in an accident, it does become an issue if the car is on fire, or if the car seat is used on an airplane and the passengers need to be evacuated quickly. The difficulty unbuckling is reported to be even worse when food or beverage remnants have gotten into the buckle.
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Feb 12, 2014 5:29 PM ESTCar Seat Recall As a car seat and car safety fanatic, I try to keep an eye out for things like car seat recalls and other similar announcements. Making major headlines today -- Graco, one of the leading car seat manufacturers in the United States, is recalling nearly 3.8 million seats made between 2009 and July 2013.
- Babble.com | At Home – Wed, Feb 12, 2014 4:40 PM EST
As part of my mission to decorate the house with all things Valentine's Day, I made a set of DIY Conversation Heart Napkin Rings. Then, of course, it led me to Pinterest, which led me to many other amazing tutorials around the internet, all inspired by the same thing - Valentine's Day conversation hearts. Have you ever realized that Pinterest is kind of like a grown up version of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie? Sorry, back to a thing called love. You will love the many amazing crafts people have come up with to decorate for this sweetheart holiday. Check out these 7 awesome conversation heart crafts here! -By Jacinda Boneau
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Feb 12, 2014 4:30 PM ESTPrevent StrokesIt wasn't until I'd been off hormonal birth control for several months that I realized that the risk of blood clots -- and hence, strokes and heart attacks -- were increased while those hormones flowed through my body. And it wasn't until a few years later, when my eldest brother had a stroke at age 30, that I really became concerned about stroke prevention.
At the time he had his stroke, I was hardly aware that strokes even happened to people under the age of 80. Since then, of course, I've come in contact with many people whose lives have been dramatically altered by strokes at relatively young ages, and seen how devastating it can be to have your life interrupted in that way.
While strokes often seem like fluke occurrences -- happening suddenly in the life of someone who by all accounts appears to be healthy -- the National Stroke Association says, "Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable." To lower my risk, I exercise frequently, eat lots of vegetables and fruits, andRead More »from Ladies, Here's How to Prevent a Stroke from Happening to You
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Feb 12, 2014 2:53 PM ESTSync Watching: The New Way to View Shows with FriendsYears ago, when I first moved to Los Angeles, I didn't have a TV or a car. A really good friend of mine had just moved to LA, and she was going to pick me up and bring me over to her house to watch the Emmys on TV. Perfect, right? Then my friend got food poisoning, and the idea of driving an inch away from her home was just NOT happening. She still wanted to watch the show with me so she called me and described what everyone was wearing. When the winners went up to collect their awards, she held her phone up to the TV so I could hear their acceptance speeches.
Over the years, I have watched TV shows and texted with friends, tweeted through live TV events online, and Skyped with friends during a premiere of a new movie on a premium cable channel. Why not plan a night of friend entertainment for Valentine's Day? I won't be going out on Friday night with a Valentine, but I am still a complete romantic and I love to watch movies with cupid-type themes and I'd like to have company.
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Feb 12, 2014 2:53 PM ESTTry Not Having Kids: Funny Viral Video Mocks Real Anxiety Feeling stressed because all of your friends have decided to have kids and you're on the fence? Then the video below is for you. It's all about the leisurely-strolling, picnic-having, ice cream-savoring, glass-clinking benefits of not having kids.
Why, oh why, didn't this ersatz ad surface four years ago? Had I followed its sage advice then, I might be spending my days skipping in the sunshine and sniffing wine corks instead of slipping on wayward wet wipes and sniffing, ahem, bottoms.
Kidding aside, I believe a major reason the video has racked up more than 1 million hits on YouTube is because it makes light of some very real anxieties facing folks in their 20s and 30s today. Are they ready to give up their fairly carefree lives or compromise their demanding careers to raise a human being? If they choose not to, will they regret it later in life?
Not feeling ready was the main reason my husband and I didn't have our first child until about five years after we gotRead More »from Try Not Having Kids: Funny Viral Video Mocks Real Anxiety
- Why We Don't Celebrate Valentine's DayYesterday, for the first time ever, I made my wife a Valentine's Day card. Or at least I started to -- I cut a heart shape out of green construction paper, showing my son Felix how to do it. Later this afternoon, we'll decorate the shapes with glitter and stickers.
My wife and I have been married for almost six years and living together for about 13. We've known one another since college. And yet we've never gone on a Valentine's Day date, or exchanged sweet notes of love, bottles of wine, boxes of chocolate, or - heaven forbid - flowers. (My wife hates store bought flowers.) We don't wear wedding rings for the same reason: we hate being told what to do. We need to feel personally invested in symbols, rituals, and traditions, and in the case of Valentine's Day (and many holidays, really) the pressures to conform come mostly from advertisers and corporations who want you to buy their products. Commercials and advertisements (and the people who have internalized their messages) make itRead More »from Why We Don't Celebrate Valentine's Day
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Feb 12, 2014 2:48 PM ESTAre GMOs Safe?Hardly a day goes by that we don't hear something about GMOs either in social media or on the news. Despite all the information out there, many are still confused about what a GMO (a genetically modified organism) actually is and what it does. Trying to determine whether genetically modified food is safe for human consumption can be a tiring and dizzying feat, especially if you're not trained in reading scientific journals. It's exactly the place I found myself just a few months ago, when I took on the task of cleaning up my family's diet. People warned me against genetically modified food, and as a result, my simple grocery store trips became muddled with fear as I wandered the aisles feeling lost and overwhelmed.
Although I'm still learning, here's what I know so far: GMOs are essentially plants in which the DNA has been modified using genetic engineering techniques. In most cases the purpose is to introduce a new trait to the plant that does not occur naturally in the species.Read More »from On GMOs and Mislabeling: Why I’m Taking Responsibility for the Safety of My Family’s Food
- Babble.com | Pets – Wed, Feb 12, 2014 2:45 PM EST10 Reasons Why Your Cat is the Best Valentine's DateValentine's Day is right around the corner, and I bet you're already thinking about who you're going to ask you be your special someone! You may already have that perfect person in mind or you're single and dreading the need for a last minute date.
I'll be honest -- I don't like Valentine's Day. I think it puts too much importance on being in a relationship and all the gooey love stuff is just so not my thing. (I'm a non-romantic.) I love my husband, but I don't like feeling forced when it comes to showing him my affection with cheesy cards and heart-filled gifts.
If you find yourself without a date this year or you're just looking for the best Valentine ever… I have one for you - your cat! Sure, you probably forgot all about them, but they really do make the best valentine for many compelling reasons.
1. You don't have to dress up in your uncomfortable Spanx, shave your legs, or wrestle with false eyelashes for your cat.Read More »from 7 Reasons Why Your Cat is the Best Valentine's Date
- Babble.com | Fashion – Tue, Feb 11, 2014 6:20 PM EST
When it comes to Valentine's Day, it's pretty much the only time during the year when I will wear red and pink together. During the first two weeks of February, this fun and festive color combination is totally fair game. Sometimes wearing two bold colors, like pink and red, can be overwhelming and loud, and although there is certainly a time and place for that, there are also a lot of other ways to wear the colors more subtly while still being festive. Click through for seven creative ways I wear pink and red together for Valentine's Day, as well as a bunch of great picks for you to wear for the holiday! - By Merrick White
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Feb 11, 2014 5:45 PM ESTValuable Dad It was right there on my bedroom wall as a kid: carefully clipped from Sports Illustrated, a picture of Cal Ripken, Jr., hand on hip, standing against a backdrop of summer twilight awaiting his next turn at bat. If you grew up in the 1980s or 1990s and were into sports, it's likely Ripken was one of your heroes. If you're a little older (or younger) than that, you might recognize him as a transcendent talent and a role model. A pillar of consistency for 21 seasons as a shortstop and third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles, Ripken was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility after compiling 3,184 hits and 431 home runs, inspiring fans with a relentless work ethic and focus that allowed him to play in a record 2,632 consecutive games.
Some of the baseball cards I've collected provide a glimpse of Ripken's unique family life: early in his career, he played on an Orioles team managed by his father, Cal Sr., while brother Bill formed the other half