The Soft Landing has partnered with Cool Mom Picks to announce the Big Bottle Swap that allows consumers to send in their old SIGG bottles that are not BPA-free and receive a discount when they purchase clean, non-leaching stainless steel water bottles. The promotion runs through September 14, 2009 (See list below). This is a great example of moms and businesses finding ways to deal with whatever curve ball comes their way. Thank you.

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Last month, SIGG's CEO, Steve Wasik, divulged in a press release that SIGG bottles manufactured prior to August 2008 contained BPA. Parents spent big bucks buying SIGG water bottles thinking they could get away from BPA contaminated bottles. The press release ignited a firestorm, not only for the belated admission but also over the fact the company continued to hide the information after changing their lining formula. Since SIGG'S admission, retailers, bloggers and consumers have been venting their outrage at the company's handling of the situation.

The Soft Landing's CEO, Alicia Voorhies, has partnered with Cool Mom Picks to announce a program that will allow consumers to redeem their unwanted SIGG bottles. "We thought it would be a great idea for consumers to be given the opportunity to trade-in their SIGG bottles for something safer, and The Soft Landing offers some of the best options out there, many of which we've featured on our site, all in one place." said Kristen Chase, COO and Co-Founder of CoolMomPicks.com. "

As part of this initiative, The Soft Landing will provide them with a code good for 30% off one of the BPA-free stainless steel water bottles the retailer carries. Consumers can go to www.bigbottleswap.com and fill out a form to receive redemption instructions.

"We are very excited to be able to offer this program. We carried SIGG some time ago," said Alicia Voorhies. "But we had our suspicions about the lining of their bottles. They were always very evasive when we asked what was in that lining, so we dropped them. The manufacturers we carry now all have the highest ethical standards and we've felt for some time that stainless steel was the only way to go when it comes to sustainable, reusable bottles. So we're really excited that we have the opportunity to help people dispose of their SIGG bottles and continue to get the word out about the companies that are really leading the fight against BPA."

The bottles and brands that will be available as replacement choices include The Safe SporterTM and The Safe Sippy 2TM by Kid Basix, Klean KanteenTM (all products), ThermosTM Hydration Bottle, NathanTM Flip Straw Drink Bottle, ThinksportTM Insulated Sport Bottle, CamelBakTM (all products), Green Sprouts Kids BottleTM by iPlay and Crocodile CreekTM Kids Drink Bottle.

More information is available at www.thesoftlandingblog.com.

SchoolbusNational data has recently shown that approximately 17,000 children are injured each year in school bus accidents. Nearly 1/4th of those injuries occurred when the child was boarding or leaving the bus, slip and falls, or being bumped around when the bus suddenly stops or turns.

If your child is one of the 23.5 million children who ride a school bus, you need to talk with him/her about riding safety. School bus safety is an important issue that you should talk with your kids about before the first day of school.

The following are safety tips to go over with your child:

- Wait at the curb until the bus comes to a complete stop and wait for the driver to open the doors before stepping off the curb.

- Never push or play rough at the bus stop.

- Stay seated at all times while riding the bus, never walk around the bus or play/rough house with other kids.

- Wait for the driver to come to a complete stop before leaving your seat to exit the bus.

- Keep head, hands, arms - everything - inside the bus at all times. Never put any part of your body outside of the bus windows.

- Check for loose drawstrings or other objects that could get caught in the bus doors.

- Only cross the street 10 giant steps in front of the bus and only when the driver signals it is clear to do so.

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Tracy Andryc is a mother of three and the executive assistant at Prevent Child Abuse Rhode Island. She writes a monthly parenting newsletter called Parenting Rules! that covers a variety of parenting and child safety topics. Prevent Child Abuse RI is a private nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure the safety and well-being of children in Rhode Island through awareness, education, and advocacy.

Photo courtesy of Prevent Child Abuse Rhode Island.

Pediatrician Dr. Laura Jana is a media spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Section on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention.  Dr. Jana is a certified child passenger safety (CPS) technician, as well as a CPS instructor. Maura Keating recently interviewed Dr. Jana to help parents learn to use child safety seats consistently and properly.

dr-laura-janaKidoinfo: What should parents look for when they go car seat shopping?

Dr. Laura Jana: First and foremost, a car seat must properly fit both the child and the car. Beyond that, parents should look for additional features that afford their child maximum safety. This means choosing a car seat with higher weight and height limits - both for rear-facing and also for forward-facing 5-point-harness use, both of which we know offer children greater protection. Luckily, there are now seats available that allow rear-facing use well past 20 pounds, and 5-point harness systems in some forward-facing seats that allow harness use all the way up to 80 pounds.

I also recommend investing in a car seat that offers side impact protection. Twenty-five percent of all crashes are from the side, and these crashes result in a significantly higher fatality rate than front or rear crashes. Since side impact testing is not yet part of the federal car seat standard, parents should take it upon themselves to look for car seat features that can help their children ride more safely, such as deep side and head wings that are made out of energy-absorbent material and an adjustable head support to minimize lateral head movement in a crash.

Finally, features that make it easy for parents to use the car seat correctly each and every time are invaluable. This could mean something as simple as choosing a car seat that your child particularly likes - perhaps it has a vibrant fabric, a cup holder, or easily adjusted straps that don't twist. After all, features that allow a child to sit comfortably and contently in his car seat ultimately help keep him safer on the road.

Kidoinfo: What is the best way to tell if a car seat will be compatible with your car?

Dr. Laura Jana: Since not all seats can be installed correctly in all cars, and not all kids fit the same in every car seat, I recommend that parents and caregivers test the seat in their car before purchasing it. They can also check with their vehicle manufacturer to see if a list of suggested car seat models is available for their specific car(s).

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By Maura Keating
bk33709-picChoosing the right car seat can be a bewildering experience. When my husband and I began our baby registry, we started with car seats. We entered the store armed with articles from Consumer Reports. We had reviews, statistics, and recommendations, but we stood helplessly before the displays since model numbers never seemed to match up, and we weren't sure what would fit in my compact car. We did finally make a decision, but kids grow all too quickly and before we knew it, our son was ready for the next car seat and then the NEXT one, and we had to start all over again.

The Britax Frontier Combination Harness-2-Booster Seat may be the last car seat that you will need. It is designed to accommodate children two years and older and at least 25 pounds and 30 inches tall. As a harness seat, the Frontier can be used until your child reaches 80 pounds and measures 53 inches. The Frontier then converts to a booster seat and is usable up to 100 pounds. The Frontier comes with a $280 price tag, but with features that you will grow to love and a seat that will last, the Frontier is worth every penny.

We used the Britax Boulevard convertible car seat as my son's second car seat and loved it. Britax seats feel sturdy. With a simple design and innovative details, Britax car seats make daily use effortless - the way car seats should be and rarely are.

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