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Using Local Produce to Warm Up Your Summer Recipes

Summer means fresh vegetables and refreshing fruits to cool down your palette. Head to your local Farmer’s Market with your family and make a trip of it! Find your favorite yummies, pack them in your tote bag, and head on home to cool down with some local freshness.

 What Farmer’s Market favorites are you cooking up with your kids? Share with us on Facebook or Tweet us!

Interested in what’s hot for your tots? Curious about what’s in style? Want to know what accessories made the cut? Here’s what hot in the world of tots:

Dressing up our children is like playing with our Barbie dolls and G.I. Joe’s when we were kids, except they’re little replicas of us! It’s fun to help your child grow into their sense of style, so here are some style suggestions to inspire you!

Sailor Fashion

All aboard! This nautical style is making its comeback this summer! Make a splash with cool anchor themed accessories and clothes with clean blue and white finishes.  

Janie and Jack Sailor Pant / Rare Editions Infant Sleeveless Nautical Dress / Splendid Nautical Stripe Tune & Legging Set / Striped Anchor (Coral) Needlepoint Key Fob / Mini Blues 3-Piece Cardigan & Short Set  / Classic – Tiny Slip-On (Baby, Walker & Toddler)

Beach Fashion

The water trend continues from nautical wear to the beach! Want some fun sunbathing outfits for your kid or just something to look cute in while playing in the water? Here are some ideas!

Flap Happy Classic Swim Bubble-Paradise Island / Claire & Charlie Boys Sailboat Turquoise Gingham Shortall / Scalloped Seashell Sun Hat

What are you and your kids sporting this summer? Share with us on Facebook or Tweet Us!

June is the month of summer solstice! While June is the end of spring and the beginning of summer, we also welcome babies into the world- which means a lot of baby name brainstorming!

Boston.com reports that great-grandparent, royal, or “old-fashioned” names are trending right now.  

Consider:

  • Violet
  • Henry
  • Mabel
  • Max
  • George
  • Albert
  • Margaret
  • Arthur
  • Maud
  • Helena
  • Louis
  • Mary

What does the name you choose for your baby say about you, though?  According to iVillage.com, parents who pick specific locations want their kids to project a certain image — often a romantic or exotic one. Parents who choose an old-fashioned name that’s been out of favor for decades are actually fashion-forward. “As with most trends, names cycle in popularity,” says Amanda Elizabeth Barden, author of “Baby Names Made Easy.”

Naming your child after one of Mother Nature’s many miracles probably means you’re a free spirit who appreciates the world around you. Many parents who use a family name are trying to honor someone who was important in their lives. It’s also a great way of giving the new generation a connection to an ancestor they will never meet.

Regardless of what you name the new addition to your family, they are sure to be a bundle of joy!

How did you choose your child’s name? Share with us on Facebook or Tweet Us!

Bring the outdoors in- into your food this summer! Cooking with flowers is a unique way to mix more of nature’s bounty into your meal. Edible flowers add a splash of color, an interesting texture, and a chance to educate your kids on fun cooking techniques.

Tip: If you can’t find edible flowers at your grocery store, or organic foods store, check your local farmer’s market.

The fun thing about a recipe like a frittata is that your kids can add the ingredients they love to make a one-pot wonder…or one-pan frittata!

Flowers are also fun to add to something sweet. Not only will your kids create a work of art, but also they’ll be learning how to get creative with unconventional ingredients! Let’s stir up that imagination!

What are your favorite family friendly recipes? Share with us on Facebook or Tweet Us!

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First time expecting parents rarely know what to expect. Here’s a list of gifts to help prepare them for the bouncing bundle of joy.

Baby Trend Inertia Infant Car Seat - Jester

Reclined more than a traditional car seat, the Inertia infant car seat promotes comfort and health so your child can breathe easy in a more relaxed position. It’s safe and secure and responds to crash forces by rotating more upright resulting in better force distribution.

Baby Trend Snap N Go Universal Infant Car Seat Carrier

The crowd favorite got even better! Now accepting more car seats, the Snap N Go is lightweight and easy to transport. Convenient with a one-hand fold and a large drop down storage basket, the Snap N Go is perfect to take with you…anywhere!

Baby Trend EZ Bouncer in Moonlight

Perfect to help soothe baby and reintroduce quiet into the home.

The Trend Bouncer provides the ultimate in infant comfort. Features include interactive toys, electronic music center and calming vibration.

Baby Trend Expedition EX Double Jogging Stroller

For those parents expecting twins or have children close in age, this double jogging stroller is the perfect family multi-tasker.

The Expedition Double Jogging Stroller features multi-position reclining seats, 5-point harnesses and large bicycle tires with a front swivel wheel that can be locked when you want to pick up the pace!

What are your go-to gifts for expecting parents? What do you wish you had received as an expecting parent? Share with us on Facebook or Tweet Us!

Read below from some fun and group friendly recipes to try!

Spring break, summer break, or just extra time spent at home can be time spent doing something fun. Whether you’re preparing food for breakfast, lunch or dessert have your family, kids, and their friends help you. And don’t forget, while waiting for water to boil or enchiladas to bake you can enjoy keep the fun going with a dancing break!

What are your favorite family friendly recipes? Share with us on Facebook or Tweet Us!

Top Products of April

Baby Trend - Jogger Travel System in Millennium

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Switch from a walking stroller to a jogger in minutes with just the lock of a wheel. Whether you’re strolling through a park or going on a light jog, this travel system is the all-in-one system perfect for you and your family.

Baby Trend Nursery Center Playard

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A safe place for your baby to sleep, the Baby Trend Nursery Center Playard has stimulating music to help your baby doze off in peace. With three different toys, this playard complete with a full bassinet and canopy will keep your baby entertained. With a flip-away changing table included, it will come in handy when it’s time to change diapers. 

Baby Trend Expedition ELX Travel System Stroller - Spearmint

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The Baby Trend Expedition ELX Travel System Stroller in Spearmint is as fresh as the name suggests. Another travel system to meet your everyday needs, Baby Trend gives your family options from walkers to joggers, and all-in-one’s like this travel system stroller.

Baby Trend Flex-Loc Infant Car Seat - Carbon

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The Baby Trend Flex-Loc Infant Car Seat in Carbon features a five-point safety harness system that makes sure your baby is safe throughout the journey. Simple and stylish yet packed with safety, Baby Trend car seats will give you peace of mind throughout the day.

What did you love in April? Share with us on Facebook or Tweet Us!

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An active imagination can be helpful in developing your child’s creativity and problem solving skills. Here are some fun “pretend games” to prepare your children for unforeseen events or situations while helping develop their creative skills.

Lights Out!

When a natural disaster or power shortage occurs, rolling black outs can come often and unexpectedly. Prepare your children for such events by having a “Lights Out!” game. Pick a night when there is no real storm or possibility of a power outage. Let your child or children know that the power will go out that day- really just having a no-light day.

Use “Lights! Out” as a power outage drill and let your kids use their imagination to build a plan. Here are a few questions they’ll need to creatively answer.

  1. How can you cook dinner with no power? (The fridge and freezer are off limits).
  2. How can you use what’s at hand to get around? (This helps them learn where you keep your flashlight and other necessities).
  3. Where should you sleep? (Prepare sleeping bags in the living room and play imaginative games to keep each other entertained.)

Backyard Olympics

Let’s get a little active and let’s go outdoors! Have your kids gather toys and create a skills game series in your backyard or local park. Your children can work as teams or individuals to build an area where they could “set up camp” and “build a fire” without really building a fire. What if they need to run fast, or dig a hole? Use the toys kids already have to help them with a miniature obstacle course, and make the theme whatever you want! Just keep it light and always keep the healthy competition fun.

Doctor

Almost everyone has played Doctor at some point in their lives. This game is a great opportunity for children to stretch their imagination and use what they have around the house for doctor tools. It’s also a great time for parents to teach their children about first aid and basic care in case they get hurt.

What other activities do you encourage in your family to build critical thinking skills?  Facebook us or Tweet us!

Our Safety Pledge & Product Recalls

Nothing is more important to us at Baby Trend than the safety of your child. Many of us working here are parents ourselves, and we understand that you are putting your trust in our hands when you purchase our products to carry your little one. For 26 years, we have designed each of our products first and foremost with safety in mind, and we have applied strenuous testing procedures and thorough quality inspection processes to make sure only the safest products reach the store shelves.

While we strive for perfection, there have been occasions when we have had to recall a product in order to make improvements, or to modify a product to abide by the latest safety standards. We work closely with Consumer Safety Product Commission (CPSC) on any and all reported incidences where our product was involved. When you register your product on our website or through the prepaid registration card, it allows us to quickly contact you should there be any concerns with what you have purchased.

If at any point you have any questions regarding the safety of our products, or if you’d simply like some additional information, do contact us directly or visit the following websites:
Consumer Product Safety Commission http://www.cpsc.gov
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration http://www.nhtsa.gov

Here at Baby Trend, we are committed to the quality of our products will continue to work towards the highest level of safety standards!

TrendZ FastBack 3-in-1 Car Seat
At Baby Trend safety is our number one priority and we design, engineer, and test all Baby Trend products with that in mind. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determined, through its own investigation, that certain AmSafe Signature, QT harness buckles on some Graco car seats, when engaged, may not easily unlatch. Based on the NHTSA investigation and because we stand by our number one priority of safety, Baby Trend is voluntarily recalling similar buckles used on the TrendZ Fastback 3-in-1 car seat. 

Only the following two Models are involved:

TrendZ Fastback 3-in-1 Car Seat by Baby Trend
Models: FB60070 & FB60408
These seats were produced between 10/2011-7/2013

As noted, these two select models use a harness crotch buckle which may become resistant to unlatching over time, due to exposure to various contaminants (like food and drinks) that are present in everyday use of the car seat. This condition may make it difficult to remove a child from the vehicle. There is no such risk if the buckle is functioning normally. These car seats meet all requirements for crash safety under the federal FMVSS 213 safety standard. If you are not experiencing difficulty unlatching the buckle, you can continue to use the seat to safely transport your child.

Most importantly, Baby Trend has received zero reports of injuries to children in connection with the use of this buckle on the seats that are subject to this recall.

Baby Trend is providing customers who own the TrendZ Fastback 3-in-1 Car Seat (Models: FB60070 & FB60408) a remedy kit, free of charge. The remedy kit includes a replacement buckle and instructions on how to install the new buckle. The remedy kit can be ordered by calling Baby Trend customer service at 1-800-328-7363 and will start to ship the week of May 12th.  Please do not return the car seats to retailers. If you are experiencing difficulty unlatching your buckle before your remedy kit arrives, cleaning the buckle should alleviate any difficulty. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or concern this matter has caused you and your family.

Baby Trend is conducting this voluntary recall in coordination with the U.S National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”).