Child Passenger Safety Week with @Britax – #CPSWeek

Child Passenger Safety Week (CPS Week) is September 14-20, 2014. The goal of CPS Week is to make sure that all parents and caregivers are correctly securing all children in the right car restraints (rear-facing car seat, forward-facing car seat, booster seat or seat belt) for their ages and sizes. The week concludes on September 20th, when certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be available at car seat events across the country to offer advice and instruction. You can find a car seat inspection event or technician who can help here.

The best way to protect your children in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way. Here are my top 10 best practice tips for child passenger safety:

  1. Before you install your car seat, take some time to read both the car seat instruction manual and your vehicle’s owner manual.
  2. Install your car seat using either LATCH or the vehicle belt system. You should not use both systems at the same time on a Britax car seat.
  3. The AAP recommends all infants and toddlers should ride in a Rear-Facing Car Seat until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat’s manufacturer.
  4. If you have difficulty installing your child seat securely, contact the manufacturer.
  5. To best protect your child in a crash, car seats must be installed correctly.
  6. Register your car seat with the manufacturer.
  7. If a child seat has been involved in a severe crash, or is past its expiration date, the seat should be replaced.
  8. Place the chest clip at your child’s armpit level.
  9. Bulky clothing or blankets can prevent a snug harness fit.
  10. The car seat should not move more than one inch front to back or side to side at the belt path.

You can get additional safety tips here.

To kick off Child Passenger Safety Week, I am hosting a MomTV Meetup sponsored by Britax on September 15th at 2pm ET. I will be interviewing Sarah Tilton, Child Passenger Safety Advocate for Britax. We will be talking about Child Passenger Safety Week, answering questions, and giving away 3 Britax car seats!

If you’’ve never been part of a MomTV Meetup, it’s a fun and easy way to chat with other moms. Simply tune in and login as a guest or with a Twitter or Facebook account to chat. Watch the live video feed and participate in the chat to ask questions and enter to win prizes.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter @MomTalkRadio for more information about #CPSWeek!

Apply Now for a #Huggies #MomInspired Grant

I found so many amazing new baby and child products at ABC Kids Expo last weekend. Of course, many were from the Huggies MomInspired booth. If you haven’t heard me talking about this program, take a look at this video with Nick from Kimberly-Clark. The deadline for the grant application is September 30, 2014. If you have a unique baby product that makes moms’ busy lives easier, take the time to apply now for a grant. A valuable resource for mompreneurs is the blog at, where past winners cover how-to and strategy for topics like patents, social media, marketing and much more.

Games as Gift Ideas from #SweetSuite14

Bananagrams WildTiles for ages 7 – 107 (funny) can be played with two to eight players, or it can be played as a single player game. To start, put all the tiles face down in the center of the table. Depending on the amount of players, each player takes 21, 15, or 11 tiles. The object of the game is make your own word grid using all your tiles. The first player to do so wins the game.



Telestrations is USAopoly’s award-winning party game where players simultaneously draw what they see, then guess what they saw to reveal hilarious and unpredictable outcomes. It’s the classic Telephone game sketched out. No drawing skills required—stick figures and a sense of humor welcome!

IQ Twist

A multi-level logic game, IQ Twist is a kids and adult game that gives your brain a spin to put all the twisted puzle pieces on the game board. Challenges from easy to difficult make this a IQ-building game for one player or more. It’s stored in a compact carry case so it’s a great travel game.

 Birds, Bugs and Beans

The animals are having a party and you’re invited! For ages 6 and up and 2-6 players, this card game lets kids have fun tweeting, clapping and making noise when birds, bugs or beans show up.

disorder game®

For ages 10 and up, disorder is a word game that takes wits, strategy and a bit of bluffing. An award-winning game where players add to a word or make it wild and players have to guess the word.


Another great game by USAopoly, Tapple is for 2-8 players ages 8 and older. Tapple is the award-winning, fast-paced word game that gives families & friends a rush of excitement as they compete to beat the timer! No need to spell  just say your word, tap the timer, and pass the Tapple Wheel. The last person standing wins the round!


Elf Magic

Remember that it’s not too early for holiday gifts. Elf Magic features a 10″ plush doll that creates special memories for children. A separate book and other accessories complete the set. Santa wants the Elves to help children create memories, have “good old-fashioned” fun, and reinforce the true meaning of Christmas and family values.

Watch for more great ideas in my gift guide, appearing on this blog soon!


Special thanks to The Big Toy Book team – Charlene, Joey and Laurie – for the chance to review these games and gifts! Follow @TheBigToyBook, @CharleneDeLoach, @JoeyFortman and @ToyInsiderMom.


Wild Kratts Toys Roar Into Toys “R” Us

If your kids love animals and outdoor adventures, you’ll love the latest toy line inspired by the popular PBS series Wild Kratts. The new Wild Kratts toy line from Wicked Cool Toys will leap, bounce and soar to Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and this month. The imagination-inspiring new assortment of collectable action figures, plush, power suits and more, encourages young animal adventurers to role play and “activate” their own “creature powers” – just like the stars of the show, Chris and Martin Kratt!
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The must-have new Wild Kratts toy range includes:

·      Wild Kratts Creature Power Suit Set Assortment (SRP $19.99) – Fans can “activate” the amazing powers of all sorts of interesting creatures with these Creature Power Suits, one for Chris and one for Martin, each featuring a very special vest and gloves. Collectible creature power discs, which come with a variety of the new Wild Kratts products, can be inserted into the center of the vest for endless role-play fun!

·      Wild Kratts Talking Plush Assortment (SRP $17.99 each) – Kids can take Chris and Martin on virtually any animal adventure that they can dream up with these talking Kratt brothers plush, featuring Chris’ and Martin’s signature phrases from the show!

·      Wild Kratts 2PK Figure Set Assortment (SRP $5.99 each) – Kids can act out some of their favorite Wild Kratts adventures with these 3” Creature Power Suit figures, each accompanied by its own power animal and creature power disc!

·      Wild Kratts 4PK Figure Set Assortment (SRP $9.99 each) –Chris, Martin and their animal friends are ready for action in these jam-packed   sets, each containing a 3” Kratt brother figure in full creature power suit, 3 animal figures, and 4 collectible creature power discs.

·      Wild Kratts Wildlife Plush Assortment (SRP $7.99 each) – These soft and cuddly 6” plush animals let kids bring the wildlife adventures home like never before. They can choose from Wild Kratts animal friends Grabsy, Hipster, Koala-Balloon, Little Howler, Spot-Swat, and Shadow – or collect them all!

·      Wild Kratts Createrra Set Assortment (SRP $12.99) – Modeled after the Kratts’ own Createrra jeep from the show, each freewheeling vehicle features real working doors and comes complete with a 3” articulated Kratt brother figure ready to hop aboard for animal-centered exploration!

·      Wild Kratts Creaturepod Projector Set Assortment (SRP $7.99) – Featuring 20 different images, kids can create endless wildlife adventures with this new “Creaturepod” projector set. The set – available in two varieties, green for Chris and blue for Martin – comes equipped with an adjustable black Velcro wrist strap, so young explorers can bring the adventures along with them – anywhere they roam!

In more roar-some news, the first ever Wild Kratts book, “Wild Sea Creatures: Sharks, Whales and Dolphins!” (SRP: $3.99) is now available for even more imaginative adventures! The brand-new title from Random House Kids follows Chris and Martin as they travel to animal habitats all around the globe! Young readers ages 4-6 will “dive in” to this Step 2 Reader book – featuring basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories –and join the Kratt brothers as they activate their Creature Power Suits to swim with sharks, whales, and other fascinating creatures of the sea!

The Wild Kratts TV series, airing daily on PBS KIDS (check local listings) – transforms the Kratt brothers into animated versions of themselves, so they can bring viewers along as they meet and protect some of the Earth’s rarest creatures, experiencing never-before-seen wildlife moments all along the way.


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#LeapTV Ready to Roll

Love it or hate it, our kids are growing up with technology. Do a quick count of the phones, tablets and any electronic device in your home and you will find out that you own more devices than you think. If you’re like me, you want to make sure that if your kids spend time on devices, especially video games, that this time is spent wisely. That’s why I love the LeapFrog brand. The designers at LeapFrog have stepped up with the introduction of LeapTV, a new line of games that lets kids move, play and learn!  Made for young kids, there are many reasons to consider LeapTV (and it makes a terrific holiday gift!).

#LeapTV Getting Ready to Launch

The great minds at Leap Frog are getting ready to launch LeapTV, a new educational, active gaming system designed for kids. The hardware and software components are created with kids in mind, from an ergonomically designed controller for little hands to educator-approved games and activities that kids will love, and parents will, too! See what the CEO (Child Executive Officer) is overseeing before the big launch:

#LeapTV Gets Minds and Bodies Moving

It’s back-to-school week for much of the US, which is perfect timing to announce the launch of LeapTV™! This new educational, active video gaming system lets kids dance, hop, jump and wiggle (single- or multi-player) while learning with favorite characters. Age-appropriate and educator-approved games also grow with your child. Check it out:


I wish my children were the right age for LeapTV; this is a must-have for parents! For information, go to




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