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Car Seats have Expiration Dates

Did you know that car seats have an expiration date on them?  You may want to check that date, and have your car seat inspected.

And, just like milk and eggs, car seats can expire. The date can be found on the back of the seat.

Inspector Ashley Marchese says there are a couple of reasons why manufacturers put expiration dates on their car seats.

One is the effect that heat can have on the plastic.

“There could be a breakdown to the plastic that you don’t know,” said Ashley Marchese. That can affect the stability and durability of the seat.

Second, car seats continue to evolve.

There is no research that connects the dots between expired car seats and injuries, but the trauma program director at All Children’s Hospital says anything that affects a car seat’s performance could be dangerous.

If you can’t find the expiration date on the car seat, call the manufacturer with the model number.

Breastfeeding while flying

The other day I received an email asking if I knew if it was okay to breastfeed on Emirates Airlines, and I did not know the answer. So after calling and asking what was the policy on breastfeed, during a flight, I was told that it was okay. The mother just needs to make sure that she is well covered, and then there should not be a problem. What I would do, while flying any airline, is to call a couple of days before the flight and let them know that you will be traveling with a infant that has to be breastfeed. Take down the name of the person you spoke to and then you should not have any problems, but if you do, please let us know here. Breastfeeding is one of the most important things you can do for your child.

Emirates Airline has changed their bag of goodies

Emirates has changed their bag of goodies for the children on long haul flights. It seems that Emirates is really trying to cater to the families that fly with them. You can find more about what they offer at

Emirates has a surprise for children traveling on board their long haul flights. From the beginning of January, they will find a brand new bumper bag of goodies to make flying fun, in addition to the airline’s extenstive inflight entertainment package.

The new toys come in one of two must-have bags: a colourful rucksack (presented on flights outbound from Dubai) and a cool bag (presented on inbound flights). Each one comes in five different colour combinations.

Among them is a new soft toy exclusive to Emirates and sure to become a favourite. It’s called a Querk. The Querk is an animal that loves to travel and can take on the guise of various animals from destinations around the world. This lovable character comes in a soft fabric bag with one of five costumes: Salaam the Lion, Yorkie the Eagle, Sydney the Koala, Paris the Rabbit or Delhi the Elephant.

Children will have fun dressing up the Querk and will be eager to collect the whole set. For babies and toddlers, the Querk comes in the form of a glove puppet dressed in one of the five animal costumes.

The Querk, from German manufacturer Simba Toys, will be exclusively available on Emirates flights for the next two years. It will then be retailed by the makers but the costumes given on Emirates will continue to be exclusive to the airline.

The classic stories from Dr. Seuss will also feature onboard in paperback, the result of an exclusive deal between Emirates and the publishers. Emirates will rotate 10 of the classic children’s stories.

Along with the book, there’s a fun and colourful magazine –e-kids – produced exclusively for Emirates’ young fliers. Half of the activity book will be dedicated for readers under five and half for six to 12-year-olds. The pack includes games, colouring pencils and a cool child-size eye shade.

Terry Daly, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President Service Delivery, said: “We are constantly enhancing our onboard product. For our young passengers, we have created a completely new range of toys, games, puzzles and reading material and will rotate the items so that children enjoy much more variety on every flight.”

Everything has been designed in brand new colours. The new product gives children their own livery of purple, green and yellow which is applied to cutlery, tray mats, snack boxes, headset bags as well as the toy bags.

In addition to new toys, mealtime will be a special treat with a children’s menu specifically designed as part of the new product.

For babies and toddlers on all routes there’s a toiletry kit with wet wipes, cream, bib, teething ring and tissue pack. A more child-friendly liner for the bassinet has been designed. Baby food, formula, feeding bottles and diapers are always available, as before. For entertainment via the personal seatback television screens, children on Emirates still have their own CTV & Skysurfers channel with comedy and cartoons, movies and music; and an interactive channel offering 50 games.

Emirates’ A340-500s, all Boeing 777-300ERs and almost all Boeing 777-200s offer inflight entertainment on ‘ice’. In addition to the Skysurfers channel, this state-of-the-art entertainment and communications system features new release family movies, Disney Classics, child-size entertainment on the World Cinema, Arabic and Comedy channels, and musicals such as The Lion King and Rudyard Kipling stories on the audio channels. Ice-equipped aircraft also feature 41 games.

To complete their enjoyment, children can listen and watch with specially-designed kiddie-sized headsets available in bright colours.

Consumer Report of Infant Rear Facing Car Seats.

CNN has a story about Consumer Reports’ newest study regarding Infant Rear Facing Car Seats (here they have recommendations on how to better to keep your child safe in a car seat.)Â You may want to take a look at their study, if your child is using one of these seats…

The magazine crash-tested 12 infant-seat brands and found that 10 didn’t provide adequate protection.

The car seats have already passed the federal government crash tests, which are conducted from the front at 30 miles per hour.

Consumer Reports, however, tested the seats with the same standards the government uses in testing vehicles – for front crashes at 35 miles per hour and for side crashes at 38 miles per hour.

At those higher speeds, Consumer Reports found, rear-facing infant seats flew off their bases or twisted violently upon impact, in one case hurling the dummy 30 feet from the car.

One seat, the Evenflo Discovery, didn’t even meet federal standards, according to the magazine, which said it is seeking a federal recall of the seat.

Don Mays, senior director of product safety and consumer science for Consumer Reports, doesn’t think the federal standards go far enough. “Some of the same manufactuers sell the same seats in Europe that perform better [in tests] than in the U.S.” he said.

The 12 models represented the most popular seats on the market, said Mays.

Only the Baby Trend Flex-Loc and the Graco SnugRide with EPS performed well in the magazine’s tests.

The seat bases were attached to the car by safety belts or a series of belts, known as LATCH attachements, that hook to metal anchors in the car. LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children.

The Chicco KeyFit, Compass I410, Evenflo Embrace, and Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP functioned well as long as the seat had a tight fit from the vehicle’s safety belts rather than the LATCH system, according to Mays. The seats evaluated were all rear-facing carriers that snap into a base.

The magazine notes that any car seat is better than no car seat at all.

Consumer Reports suggests securing the infant car-seat in the center-rear position of the vehicle’s back seat.

The report also urges consumers to send registration cards to manufacturers when they buy a new seat so they can be notified in the event of a recall.

Finally consumers can go to the Web site to find a free car-seat inspection station.

Consumer Reports, which is published by the non-profit advocacy organization Consumers Union, will run the story in its February issue.

Car Seat “Cot Death” Warning?

A new warning for parents, do not leave your child in there car seat, unattended while you are not driving. It seems that when babies sleep, in the car seat when not in the car, it can cause “Cot Death’. The car seat is for the car, and your babies neck is not strong enough to hold it’s head up, while sitting up. If the babies head or chin drops, your baby can stop breathing.

Many parents use the car seat to let the child sleep, but the study says the best way for the baby to sleep is to lay flat, or “modifying car safety seats so a baby’s head does not flop forward could help avoid the risk”. This way the head does not drop, and stops the baby from breathing. One thing to remember this was a small study, but it is something to think about.
Read more about this study at BBC Health.

Problems arise because reflexes that keep the baby’s head upright and their breathing normal are still developing.

The British Medical Journal study authors say modifying car safety seats so a baby’s head does not flop forward could help avoid the risk.

As well as being used for car transport the seats are often used to carry babies around outside and in the home.

But allowing a baby to fall asleep restrained in a relatively upright position could be lethal, the New Zealand researchers warn.

They looked at nine babies who were referred to the Auckland Cot Monitoring Service between July 1999 and December 2000 after an apparently life-threatening event.

EmiratesBaby Store, Car Seat Shade

Today I was working on EmiratesBaby Store at, and came across this neat little thing. How many times have you gone to put your child in their car seat, and it was too hot for you to touch? Well this little car seat cover looks like it is really easy to use, would work wonderful here in the heat. Some items you can not get shipped here, but if you have an Aramex’s Shop and Ship, you can order from Amazon.
This is what Amazon says about the Car Seat Shade

Product Description
Did you know that temperatures in a closed car on a hot day can exceed over 140 degrees? Now, protect your child’s sensitive skin from hot car seats with this easy-to-use car seat shade. When you and baby leave the car, just place this reflective cover over baby’s car seat and when you return the car seat will remain comfortable even on the hottest days (at least 40 degrees cooler than the car’s interior!). Fits all infant and toddler seats and can fold easily for compact storage. Traveling with baby can now be safer and more comfortable.

Strollers at Dubai Airport

Emirates Airlines has launched a new program at the Dubai International Airport, in that they offer strollers for your use free of charge while at the airport. This will be a big help to parents that have checked-in their stroller, but still need to get around the airport.

Emirates Airline passengers travelling with infants through Dubai International Airport will now enjoy added convenience and comfort, with the introduction of a new complimentary baby stroller service.

Mohammed Mattar, Emirates’ Senior Vice President for Airport Services Dubai said: “Emirates’ Airport Services is continuously looking for new ways to improve our offering and provide passengers with a stress-free airport experience. Travelling with children can be strenuous and we are pleased to introduce this new complimentary service, which adds to the family-friendly facilities onboard Emirates’ aircraft and ensures that families travelling with infants enjoy their travel experience with Emirates from the start of their journey to the very end.


Tips for Flying with your Children

This website gives you tips from different airlines to what to wear on the plane. The website is for the whole family.

Breastfeeding and Flying with your Baby

This website has some good tips on breastfeeding while you are flying.Â