Regrettably, what you say during a media interview is not always what is aired. Once the camera stops rolling, you have no control over what ends up on the cutting room floor, and what airs; often what happens is that a sound bite is aired without the full context and therefore you end up being misrepresented. I was deeply disappointed to see that is what happened to me tonight.
Unfortunately over 90% of what I said in a media interview was edited out. My most important message that I stressed again and again was that the safest place for a baby to sleep is still in a crib. Over 515 deaths have occurred with infants sleeping in adult beds rather than cribs. I also said that most manufacturers are deeply committed to creating safe, high quality products for babies and I do believe this. The media loves to create hype and instill fear – it’s what sells. Scaring parents into deciding not to place their baby in a crib is putting them at a far greater risk for death or injury.
Why I choose to work with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association is precisely because there were no laws in place. The only voluntary testing has been done by the JPMA. Companies who decide to have their products go through this rigorous testing, want to bring the safest products to market. Any company I have chosen to work with is one that I believe shares my passion for saving babies lives.
To close, please understand that I am foremost a bereaved mother, and my loss of a child drives my commitment every waking moment. I stand by what I said in my interview – that most manufacturers deeply care about the safety of children and that the safest place for a baby is in a crib.
There have been several news reports today about a massive crib recall that will be announced tomorrow. Unfortunately this little bit of information is only serving to terrify new parents because they have no idea if their crib will be one that is recalled.
This is a classic case of keeping things in perspective. I’ve had dozens of calls and e-mails today from moms asking me if I feel it’s safe for their baby to sleep in the crib tonight. What I’ve continue to stress is that, until we know more information, providing a safe sleep environment for a baby is crucial. This means a crib with a firm mattress, a tight fitting sheet and nothing else. Or a co-sleeper that attaches to a parent’s bed.
As always, I will be posting a blog and information on my website as soon as I learn more about this recall.
I frequently write and blog about how vital it is for teens – and girls in particular – to have confidence and healthy self-esteem. They’re surrounded by images of gorgeous celebrities and often wonder if they measure up. What they don’t realize is that most of these photos have been digitally enhanced! There are, however, some wonderful role models out there for girls – young female athletes and performers who have gained success and are brimming with self confidence. I’m constantly congratulating my daughters on their successes and work hard to support them in the activities they enjoy most. And I remind them that everyone is unique and has different strengths. My oldest daughter is a bookworm and is now showing and interest in soccer. My youngest thinks she’s Hannah Montana (maybe because her name is Hannah!) and loves singing and dancing. I see how confident they are when they are doing what they love.
Whatever your daughter is into, you can see the pride and confidence on her face when she’s achieving success. And when companies and brands recognize the importance of teen girls’ self-esteem I want to support them! That’s why I was so excited to learn about the new Confidence Rocks Sweepstakes by Playtex Sport. Playtex® Sport® tampons believes that confidence is the secret ingredient to teens feeling and doing their best.
Celebrating this confidence, teens can enter a new sweepstakes to tell Playtex® Sport® tampons why confidence rocks! The winner will receive a professional photo shoot with a fashion photographer and stylist with up to ten of their friends! The photos could appear in a Playtex® Sport® print ad in the Alloy Spring 2010 catalogue, as well as online on the Alloy Network and on playtexsport.com. The winner will also receive a $500 gift card redeemable on alloy.com! Entrants can come back each day for a chance to win a daily $10 iTunes gift card. And, just for entering, girls can request a Playtex® Sport® tampon sample and coupon.
Simply follow the hyperlink to www.playtexsport.com/confidencerocks and enter by completing one of the confidence statements in 50 characters or less. The sweepstakes begins at noon November 12 and runs through December 17. Winners will be announced around December 28, 2009. To enter and for official rules, please visit http://www.playtexsport.com/confidencerocks
Please be advised that stroller maker Maclaren and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling approximately 1 million strollers after the company received reports of children’s fingertips getting amputated by a hinge on the strollers.
The recall includes all Maclaren single and double umbrella strollers including the following models: Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller.
Parents are urged to stop using their Maclaren strollers until they can get a repair kit. Maclaren is providing a hinge cover that can be ordered through its Web site. You can also call (877) 688-2326 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
We have noticed that their website is currently down. However, you can visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website for addition information.
“Who started it? Nobody knew. One moment there was the usual Forest babble: the wind in the trees, the crow of a cock, the cheerful water in the streams. Then came the Rumour: Christopher Robin is back!
Owl said he heard it from Rabbit, and Rabbit said he heard it from Piglet, and Piglet said he just sort of heard it, and Kanga said why not ask Winnie-the-Pooh? And since that seemed like a Very Encouraging Idea on such a sunny morning, off Piglet trotted, arriving in time to find Pooh anxiously counting his pots of honey” (David Benedictus).
What an exciting piece of news! The excerpt above begins the new chapter of the adventures of Winnie the Pooh and his friends after 80 years in this new book released on October 5, 2009. “Return to the Hundred Acre Wood” picks up where Pooh Bear, Christopher Robin, and the rest of the group left off. Many of us grew up following Pooh around the Hundred Acre Wood in search of his missing honey pots, getting stuck in Rabbit’s front door, or trying to fend of the Heffalumps and Woozles.
Now, new generations have discovered Pooh and his friends and together, you and your child can share the joy of reading in a brand new tale of the most beloved, silly old bear. The bonding experience of reading such a timeless classic with your child, marveling over these ageless characters, gets you to relive memories of your childhood while your child creates memories of their own at the same time. More importantly, what this bond creates is the thrill of seeing your child excited about reading, which is sweeter than any honey pot because you were once in your child’s shoes, eager to discover for yourself the power of learning and the magic of imagination.
Click HERE to read more from the opening excerpt courtesy of the National Post or visit the product page at Amazon.com HERE to hear Jim Dale read the exposition to “Return to the Hundred Acre Wood” for the audio book.
I was just reading this morning on my Facebook page about three of my friends whose children are in the hospital with dehydration due to a stomach bug. Whether it’s swine flu or “traditional” flu, it’s starting to hit with a vengeance. My good friend Barb Dehn just did a segment on how to keep your kids healthy and some great info on flu shots. I’ve been getting e-mails from people as to whether or not to vaccinate their kids. Check out her segment for some advice.
Once again, I teamed up with George Oliphant, the host of LXTV’s Open House to help a family baby proof their home. This one was no small feat – 15 month old quadruplets! I have to say that I’ve never met such well behaved children – it really was a testament to their mom’s amazing abilities.
I brought along Chris from my company Safety Mom Solutions (www.safetymomsolutions.com) to help me secure the home. And…I introduced the first product under the Safety Mom brand – The Safety Mom Family Monitoring System created by DavCo. It really is like having a second set of eyes and ears – something a mom of quads definitely needs!
You can check out the show on my site next week and, if you are in the New York area, on WNBC at 8A this coming Sunday morning.
And, a special thank you to SafeBeginnings and Evenflo for their generous donations.