Sunday, 29 April 2012

IKEA Recalls Highchairs Due To Safety Issues

It seams the IKEA 'Antilop' highchairs are one of the most popular on the market because not only are they cheap, but also bright and functional. Sadly a number of them have been recalled due to safety issues with the seatbelt. If you own one of these highchairs, or have one at your parents place for when you visit, please take the time to see the recal information below, which was taken from the IKEA website on 29/04/2012:

IKEA kindly asks customers who have an ANTILOP high chair from supplier #17389 and production date 0607-0911 (YYMM), to immediately contact Customer Services.

IKEA has received reports that the high chair belt can open unexpectedly, creating a fall hazard.

Customers with an ANTILOP high chair are asked to check the supplier number and production number moulded into the underside of the seat.

If the supplier number is #17389 and the production date is in the range 0607-0911 (YYMM) please visit the Exchange & Returns department in store or contact IKEA Customer Services on the numbers listed below to receive a replacement belt, free of charge.

No other high chairs are affected.

IKEA apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information, Please contact IKEA on:
Homebush Bay, NSW (02) 8002 0400,
Tempe, NSW (02) 8020 6641,
Richmond, VIC (03) 8416 5000,
Springvale, VIC (03) 8523 2154,
Logan,QLD (07) 3380 6800

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Imaginary Play: Ze Frank Makes Make Believe, Imagination, and Cardboard Boxes Hilarious

I have recently posted about cardboard box play and a small boy who imagined an arcade and realised it out of cardboard boxes, but forget all that. Ze Frank has even more to say on the topic than I do.

Too busy to pretend to eat an imaginary piece of cake right now,
Sandi D

Friday, 27 April 2012

Breastfeeding With Pierced Nipples

General Advice For Breastfeeding Mums With Nipple Piercings

Doctors and Body Piercers recommend that a nipple piercing be healed before breastfeeding. Seeing as how it takes between two to four months to heal, most body piercing professionals will refuse to pierce a pregnant woman.

Also, removing your jewellery before putting your nipple in your babies mouth is also a no brainer. You might think the barbell is on tight, or the ring is secure, but one good strong suck could undo your assumptions and choke your little one. If you are not able to undo your jewellery (and sometimes it really can be impossible without correct tools), pay your body piercer a visit. A good piercer, such as The Piercing Shop in Brisbane will give you good aftercare service free of charge.

If you simply must feed before you can remove your jewellery, be aware that you may experience a poor latch as a result of the jewelery filling up your babies mouth and interfering with his or her ability to suck. If you breastfeed while wearing jewellery your baby may end up slurping or gagging, and you both might end up a big ol' milky mess. Also, your jewellery could harm your babies mouth and gums, which would be terrible! Its also good to keep in mind that breastfeeding can really hurt, so perhaps removing the jewellery prior to your first feed or as soon as possible upon developing sensitivity in the area will help you avoid unnecessary touching of the sensitive nipple area.

My Experience Breastfeeding With Pierced Nipples

Both my nipples were pierced when I fell pregnant. My left nipple was pierced when I was 20, and taken out when I was 24. When I was 28 I had both my nipples pierced/repierced, so as you can see I have had experience with both a 'fresh' hole and scar tissue. I took the jewellery out when I was about 6 months pregnant as with the ever expanding bust they began to feel kind of odd, although the holes never healed and to this day I can still push a taper pin through the old site- although I have never tried to put my jewellery back in. Even though I had removed my jewellery, I was still curious to find out how the holes would affect my experience.My piercer had mentioned that scarring as a result of the piercing could affect my ability to breastfeed, however I did not experience any difficulties lactating as a result of my piercing scars.

Turns out it didnt seem to affect my ability to breastfeed at all in terms of producing adequate milk (although my experience of breastfeeding was basically a futile exercise in pain).  The holes that were left in my nipple- even the one that had been pierced twice- did not cause a problem, and while I have read on forums of women having three streams of milk, mine just came out normal. If anything my piercings made breastfeeding easier, in that I had previously had small, flatish nipples, and after the piercing they were about 1-2mm taller.

There is a small part of my brain that wonders if my flow was increased as a result of the piercing, and if this increased flow led to my initial difficulties with getting a good latch, as chronicled here. But, I guess I'll never know the answer. I have memories of Hunter almost gagging on my milk the very first suck, but that was while we were still in hospital and could have just been because sucking was as new to him as it was to me.

In terms of healing over, the holes are still there today, and I have a taper pin and a hot shower that says I could get my jewellery back in if I want to...
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