Archive for June 25th, 2008

I often share with my Kindermusik parents how they can use a song from class to make things easier at home.  The first one most parents adapt for their own use is the “Instruments Away” jingle I use in class to encourage the children to put their instruments or scarves back in the basket so we can move on to another activity.  I’ve heard it used many times for “toys away” or “books away” as well as “bath-time”.  🙂


Today I read with interest an article on Yahoo! that reports how a mom from Guthrie, Oklahoma who lives with a serious condition created a jingle for her 3yo daughter to use in an emergency to dial for help. 


When the 24-year-old and 3-months-pregnant Jessica Eaves fainted, Madelyn used the song “911 Green” to dial for help on her mother’s BlackBerry phone, punching in 911, then the green send button to place the call as she had been taught just a week before.

The girl was connected to a dispatcher. In recently released transcripts of her May 27 911 call, Madelyn was able to answer questions about her house and cars outside, leading emergency workers to the home.

This isn’t the first time Madelyn has used a cell phone to call for help for her mother.

A year ago, Eaves first learned she had a condition that can cause frequent fainting and made up a simple song around the lyrics “green, green, green.” When Eaves lost consciousness back then, Madelyn picked up a cell phone and pressed the green button, which called the last person Eaves had called and that person called for help.

So Eaves revised the words to “911 green, 911 green,” referring to the color of the send button on most cell phones.


~ Read the entire article on Yahoo! 

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320,000 Jardine cribs sold in Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores nationwide were recalled Tuesday after four children became trapped due to broken spindles and slats in the cribs.  Two of the children were bruised and suffered cuts as a result of their entrapment.  There were a total of 42 reported incidents with broken or falling spindles from the sides as well as broken slats. 

White Jardine Crib

From the Associated Press by Natasha T. Metzsler: Earlier this year, Janine Nieman of East Stroudsburg, Pa. heard her son, Aiden, screaming first thing in the morning. She found him trapped with his body outside of the crib and his stuck head inside. One of the spindles had fallen out of the frame and he had slid through the gap up to his head. Nieman and her husband, Thomas, slid Aiden back into the crib. He came out of the ordeal shaken but uninjured.

Recalled Jardine Cherry-finish crib

The baby cribs in question were manufactured in China and Vietnam by Jardine Enterprises.  There were sold by Toys R Us, Inc. retailers which include KidsWorld stores, Geoffrey stores, Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us.  Geoffrey stores and KIdsWorld stores are no longer in existence but did sell the recalled cribs when they were open.   These cribs were sold around the country from January 2002 through May 2008.

For specific models that have been recalled, please check out the Consumers Product Safety Commission for detailed model numbers as well as descriptions and  photos.  Locate your crib model number which is found printed on the inside of the bottom rail of the headboard or footboard.  Compare to the listing at the CPSC website.  These cribs ranged in price from $150 – $300 with one model (Mahogany Positano Lifetime Crib) which sold for $450. 

Light Birch-finish Jardine Crib

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact Jardine to receive a full credit toward the purchase of a new crib.   For additional information, contact Jardine at (800) 646-4106 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET Saturday, or visit the firm’s Web site here.

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