Saturday, September 26, 2009

Fisher-Price Customer Service

 I wanted to give a big kudos to Fisher-Price and their customer service. 

We have almost the entire Rainforest collection for our daughter (excluding the play yard that was recalled).  One of her favorite things is the Peek-A-Boo Waterfall Soother for her crib.  Lately it has been getting difficult to turn it on so I figured that maybe the batteries needed to be replaced.  Of course I did not have the batteries that I needed so I had to go to the store to get more.  Man, I need to buy stock in batteries!

I gave my husband the batteries and asked him to change them for her.  He came out and his hand was wet.  He thought it felt sticky and said that it was the liquid from inside the waterfall soother.   The crib was dry but there was practically no liquid left in the toy. 

Since the liquid felt sticky, we removed the toy from her crib.  I figured that the liquid was safe (after all it is a childs toy) but I was not going to take any chances.   On September 12th, I called Fisher-Price's customer service line and talked with a very nice lady.  I informed her that the liquid was leaking out of the toy and I was jsut curious as to what it was for saftey reasons. 

She assured me that it was just colored water and 100% non-toxic.   Then she did something that surprised me.  She told me that she was going to send me a mailing label to return the straps from the toy.  Once they received the straps they would send me a new waterfall soother free of charge. 

I did not even mention wanting a new toy.  I was just concerned that the liquid was safe for my daughter.

I had the mailing label in my inbox  within a few hours.  It took me a few days to get the straps in the mail.  I mailed it out around Friday the 18th, on the 21st I received an email that they received it and that they would email me again when it shipped.  Wednesday the 23rd, I received a notice that they shipped it and yesterday it arrived on my doorstep.

I was impressed with not only how fast they processed the "claim" but that they were the ones to offer me a replacement.

Even better, I still have the original that even though it does not have any water left, still works.  Now she has that one to play with in the living room, since it has no straps, and one for her crib.

It is hard to find great customer service these days, especially from some of the larger companies.  Fisher-Price has definitely surprised me with their outstanding customer service.  Thanks to them my daughter has a new working Waterfall soother, we like to call it her TV.  She loves watching her TV.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Children's and Infant's Tylenol recall

Children's and Infants TYLENOL News
September 24, 2009

You may have heard that McNeil Consumer Healthcare (the makers of TYLENOL®) is voluntarily recalling certain lots of Children's and Infants' TYLENOL® liquid products that were manufactured between April, 2008 and June, 2008. All products manufactured met internal specifications. However, the company is implementing this recall because during this period, an unused portion of one inactive ingredient did not meet all quality standards. Therefore, as a precautionary measure, it was decided to recall all Children's and Infants' TYLENOL® liquid products listed below, which were made during this time.

Parents and caregivers who have questions or concerns should contact their child's health care provider or our consumer call center at 1-800-962-5357 (available Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time). Consumers can find the lot numbers on the bottom of the box containing the liquid product and also on the sticker that surrounds the product bottle. The lot numbers of the affected products are listed below.

These actions do not apply to Children's TYLENOL® Meltaways and Junior Strength TYLENOL® Meltaways. The voluntary recall applies only to select lots of Children's and Infants' TYLENOL® liquid products.

Recalled Products - Full List
Lot # Product Description
SBM041, SBM067, SCM037, SDM027, SEM109 Children's Tylenol Plus Cold MS Suspension 4 oz. Grape
SBM042, SCM015, SCM036, SDM034 Children's Tylenol Suspension 4oz. Grape
SBM043, SBM044, SCM029 Children's Tylenol Suspension 4oz. Bubble Gum
SBM045, SCM011, SCM030, SDM035 Children's Tylenol Suspension 4oz. Strawberry
SBM064, SCM033, SDM020 Infant’s Tylenol Grape Suspension Drops 1/4oz.
SBM065, SCM005, SCM006, SDM032 Infant's Tylenol Suspension 1/2oz. Cherry
SBM066, SCM068 Children's Dye Free Suspension 4oz. Cherry
SBM068, SCM035, SCM070, SCM080, SDM005 Children's Tylenol Suspension 4oz. Cherry
SBM069, SBM070, SCM081, SDM006 Children's Tylenol Plus Cough & Runny Nose 4oz. Cherry
SCM012, SCM067, SDM007, SDM068 Infant's Tylenol Suspension Drops 1/2oz. Grape
SCM013, SCM014, SCM069 Children's Tylenol Plus Flu 4oz. Bubble Gum
SCM016, SFM024 Children's Tylenol Plus Cold Suspension 4oz. Grape
SCM017 Children's Tylenol Plus Cough/ST Suspension 4oz. Cherry
SCM082, SDM039, SDM040 Infant's Tylenol Suspension Drops 1oz. Grape
SCM083, SCM084, SDM008 Infant's Tylenol Dye Free Suspension 1oz. Cherry
SDM064 Children’s Tylenol Pediatric Suspension 1oz. Cherry
SDM038, SDM009 Infant's Tylenol Suspension Drops 1oz. Cherry
SDM033 Children's Tylenol Plus Cold/Allergy 4oz. Bubble Gum
SDM078 Infant's Tylenol Drops 1oz. Grape
SCM034 Infant’s Tylenol Grape Suspension Drops H/G 1/2oz.
SDM028 Children's Tylenol Suspension 4oz. Cherry, Hospital Govt.

Earth's Best Baby Food Winners

Winners for the Earth's Best Baby Food Giveaway have been selected. was used to pick the winners and they are


Timestamp: 2009-09-25 12:37:49 UTC

Congratulations to:  Summer, Stacy, FDP 4 Life, and Donna.

 All winners have been notified by email and have 72 hours to respond.

Thank you to everyone that entered and made the first giveaway on Over Thirty Mommy a success.  Keep checking back, there are some great giveaways coming soon!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Wiggle Bear

GRRRRRRR.  Watch out for the Wiggle Bear!
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Early Potty Training

Has any one tried early potty training?  What is a good age to start?

I ask because this weekend I purchased the Baby Bjorn Potty Chair in pink of course.  My intention was to get Wiggle Bean acquainted with having the potty around so that when we were ready to start potty training it would not be a new thing to her.   Saturday evening she started making her push face (and noises) so I thought it would be interesting to see what happened if I put her on the potty.  

She was a little confused at first but it only took a few moments for her to return to the task at hand.  I was shocked when she actually pooped in the potty.  I did not really count it as potty training since she was already pushing on her own before I got her on the potty but it was still exciting. 

I was confused what to do next.  I did not think that through.  After the poo was in there, I was lost with what to do.  It took a minuted but I figured it out.  I know, it should have been a no brainer but it was my first time, cut me some slack!

Today when we got home from work, I took her to the bathroom with me and put her on her potty.  I told her that mommy was going to go pee pee in the big potty and asked her if she was going to go in her potty.  To my shock and amazement she looked at me and then started going potty.

I spent the next ten minutes running around with her giddy about her going potty.  We cheered and laughed.  I texted my sisters and told them and ran to meet my husband at the door to tell him when he got home.

I know that it was probably a timing thing more than a start to potty training but it is a step in the right direction (I think!).

Can you start potty training at 8 months?  Should I keep putting her on her potty or wait until she is older to do actual potty training?  Any good potty training tips are greatly appreciated.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Hosting a Baby Shower

My sister is having a baby in January and  I am hosting a baby shower for her in November.  Don't tell her but I have no idea what I am doing.  She threw me a fantastic shower last year before I had my baby and I want to do something just as nice (if not nicer!!! we are not at all competitive!) for her.

I co-hosted a shower for her when she had her first son, 7 years ago.  It was a poor excuse for a shower.  My only excuse is that I did not have kids at the time and neither did any of her friends so I had no idea what I was doing.  For her second son, our mom told her she could not have a shower.  I know there is shower etiquet about showers for subsequent children but she got rid of all her baby stuff after her second child and needs to start over.  Also, I think she deserves a proper baby shower.

Kimberly at has graciously offered to design and provide me invitations to match my sister's nursery theme.  I will will do a full review about them after I get the final design but I am sure they are going to be adorable!

So what I need is your tips for how to host the best baby shower ever.  Games? Location? Prizes? Decorations? Food? Basically Everything!  HELP!!!!! I am lost (Don't tell my sister!)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

They Grow So Fast!

Wiggle Bean will be eight months next week.  How can it have been eight months since her birth?  It seems like just yesterday, we were in the hospital recovering from my nightmare delivery (but that is a stoyr for another time)

I am amazed how fast she grows and learns.  When she was born, she was 7 pounds 8ounces now she is almost 17 pounds.

Last week she could not sit up on her own (she could sit but could not push herself up from a lying position).  Saturday, I laid her on the bed in her room and ran back to my room to get her wipes.  When I got back she was sitting.  I was shocked and confused as to how she did it.  I thought that maybe she rolled up on the pillow and used that to sit up but then I had her on the play mat in the living room and watched her roll onto her side and push herself up.  I was so excited!

She has not begun crawling on hands and knees yet, but put that girl on her belly and she can army crawl at lightening speeds.  Why do they always crawl towards the one thing in the room that is dangerous.  Her new favorite "toy" in the living room is the ottoman to my glider chair.

She seems like she wants to just skip the crawling thing altogether and move right on to walking.  She prefers standing over sitting and being on her belly.  She can pull her self up to a standing position with the help of her toys, the coffee table, and the railing of her crib.

The first time I caught her pulling herself up in the crib, I panicked.  She was trying to stand on the bumper pads to get higher.  I know there is controversy about bumper pads but I like them and they help her.  After the pulling up episode, I immediately removed them and she would get her leg caught between the bars while sleeping (that girl is all over the place when sleeping).  Due to this, I compromised and put them back in but tucked them way down close to the top of the mattress so that she can not slide her foot out and can not stand on them.

She has been saying DaDa for a week or so now.  Don't even get me started on how upset I was that she said DaDa first.   I have been trying to get her to say Mama since I brought her home.  Monday, I was home with her since daycare was closed and all the sudden I hear MOM. Clear as day, MOM!  Then all day it was Mom, Mom, MOM MOM MOM MOM!!!!  I am so happy, I love hearing it.  She gets all excited and claps.

I mentioned the latest accomplishments to her daycare lady to "warn" her about the army crawl and the sitting up.  What does she say, Oh yeah she was doing that last week.  WHAT?  Man, I miss everything!

If we did not need for me to have a paycheck, I would stay home with her (at least part time) in an instant.  I like interacting with my co-workers but I love spending time with my daughter more.  Maybe they will let me telecommute!  Probably not (I already asked and they said no).

Sometimes I wonder if working is worth it, I feel like she is growing up right before my eyes and I hate missing these moments.  It is times like these that I wish I lived in Canada and got to spend a year with her. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Wordless Wednesday Queen Kong

That Monkey didn't have a chance against Queen Kong!
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Kelly Ripa and Electrolux team up to support Ovarian Cancer Research

During September, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Electrolux and Kelly are holding a "Text-a-Thon for a Cause" to help raise support for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund whose mission is to fund research to find a method of early detection and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer.  Together, they are launching another exciting campaign that utilizes a form of communication that many of us use every day - texting!


Throughout September, you can donate $5 to the cause by texting "KELLY" to 85944 from your mobile phones (standard text messaging rates apply) - or logging on to  Also, every time you log on to the Web site, you'll be entered for a chance to win an amazing contribution to your home - a luxury front load washer and dryer from Electrolux in Turquoise Sky, the color inspired by the teal ribbon of ovarian cancer awareness.

Also during September, visitors to Kelly Confidential can help spread awareness for this important cause by sending a virtual T-shirt to a friend.  For every virtual t-shirt sent, Electrolux will donate $1 to the OCRF.  Fashion-forward Moms can also purchase a limited edition T-shirt designed by Ripa; 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the T-shirts will go to OCRF. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Date Night!

Woo Hoo!  Hubby and I got our first night out since Wiggle Bean joined the family.  Ok, so we did go out for dinner for our 10 year anniversary but we were only gone an hour.   My sister volunteered to come up to our place to watch Wiggle Bean Friday night while hubby and I had date night for his birthday.  THANK YOU!!! It was much needed relaxing adult time.  Date Night ended up turning in to hang out with some of Hubby's friends from back home but it was still nice.

We thought and thought about what we wanted to do with our evening as a couple.  I knew I wanted to go to dinner. I tried to get him to agree to take me to a movie but he is anti movie theater movies.  He thinks they are to expensive and a rip off (OK, they are but it is still nice to go once in a while)  We finally settled on putting some major smack down on the all-you-can eat shrimp at Red  Lobster  and then playing it by ear for the remainder of the evening.  Things changed Thursday night when he got a text message (a little last minute!) from a buddy, from Wyoming, who was flying in Friday for a weekend wedding.  Him and his wife wanted to get together to "catch up".   So we changed our plans and met them at the Chapel Pub in Portland.

We have been fans of many of the McMenamins Hotels and Pubs for quite some time and wanted to check out the latest addition.  The Chapel Pub is located in the renovated Little Chapel of Chimes.  It was originally Wilson Chambers funeral home.  The McMenamin brothers open many of their pubs and hotels in old renovated buildings with interesting pasts.  The Edgefield Hotel used to be an insane asylum and The Kennedy School was actually an Elementary school that opened in 1915.  The list goes on and on, I could do an entire post just about their neat places but that is not what this post is about , so back on track!

While on the way to meet the friends, we talked to hubby's brother who was also an acquaintance of the guests so him and his girlfriend.  So just like that we went from date night to double date night to group gathering.  We still had a great time.  The out of town friends were both well on their way to tipsy when we met up.  The wife was a little on the loud side but her and I had a great time.  We talked about our kids, swapped photos and made fun of the boys and their stories of old.  We shared a bottle of wine (my first since before getting pregnant) and had a great time.  I was feeling a little tipsy after my first glass but since it was my night off, I went ahead and had a glass or two more.  We could not waste the bottle!  Man, I am a light weight now.

*** For anyone thinking I am a bad mom for drinking alcohol, I did not nurse my daughter after getting home.  I waited the recommended amount of time for the alcohol to leave my system before nursing.  I had set aside bottles for her in anticipation of having a drink or two***

We got home around 11:00 (I know not that late but it was our first outing!) and Wiggle Bean was already in bed.  I missed tucking her in but made up for it when she got up in the night to feed.

Just wanted to give a huge THANKS to my sister for watching Wiggle Bean for the evening.  It might not have been the date night I planned but it was still nice to get out and interact with adults.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Wordless Wednesday #4 Biker Baby

Got the handle bar, now if I could just reach the foot pedals!
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Earth's Best Baby Food Review and Giveaway - 4 winners!!! CLOSED

Did you know that the average non organic fruit contains more than 20 pesticides? 

If you are eating dairy or farm produce then you are also eating the chemicals, drugs and growth hormones given to the animals.

Pound for pound babies consume two to four times more fruits and vegetables than adults and are exposed to a higher proportion of potential
What sets Earth's Best apart from the rest?  
  • Organic ingredients grown without harmful pesticides
  • No Genetically Engineered Ingredients (GEI)
  • Most items made only from whole grains
  • No added salt, modified starches or refined sugars
  • No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives
  • Kosher (excluding meat varieties)
  • Rigorous Product Testing

We followed the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics and waited until Wiggle Bean was about six months before beginning any solid foods. We started with Earth's Best Whole Grain Rice Cereal. It was a challenge (and messy!) trying to get her used to eating her food, but she quickly figured it out and we began adding a new fruit or vegetable every 4 days.  With each new food, she would make the funniest faces as she tasted them for the first time.  Things changed when we tried  Earth's Best Sweet Potatoes and Chicken Dinner, she couldn't get enough of it from the first bite.  She ate the entire 4oz jar, she never eats that much in a single sitting.

The Most Memorable Feeding Contest is in full swing over at Earth's Best.  Enter a video of your baby's most memorable moment eating Earth's Best products for a chance to be one of 25 Grand Prize Winners.  In January 2010, the new faces of Generation Pure will debut at In addition to being featured on the website, each winner will receive a FREE month of Earth's Best food, diapers and wipes (over $200 value). Contest runs from August 15, 2009 and ends on November 30, 2009.

As a bonus, Earth's Best will donate one product to support the Feed The Children charity for each uploaded entry.


Thanks to Earth's Best, 4 of Over Thirty Mommy's readers will each win 3 coupons for a Free Jar of Earth's Best Baby Food!

How To Enter

Mandatory entry: Please visit Earth's Best, come back and leave a comment about which jar of Earth's Best Baby Food (can be a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd) you think sounds the yummiest!

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Winner will be chosen via Random Drawing.  Winners who I am unable to contact and who doesn’t claim their prize within 72 hours of being sent their winning email notification and me posting the winner of the prize in the winner’s section will forfeit their prize

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