Archive for August, 2007

Breastfeeding is a Natural and Beautiful Thing

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Not exactly SFW:

[Via Dadsmacker]

– Matt

Scarring our Children for Life

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

Lately I’ve been into paying attention to what other blogger dads and moms call their kids in their blogs. The nice thing is that when they’re all in therapy together, they can help each other cope with all their confused feelings.

Our little bundles of Joy:

The Peanut
The Monkey and The Bean
The Squeaker
Busy Girl, Busy Boy, and The Not Yet Kindergartener Formerly Known as The Preschooler Formerly Known as Busy Baby
Lil Miss
The Dragon
Li’l Scurvy

Any other angels in the blogfield that I’m missing?

- Zac

Recalled Mattel Toys with Images

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Here at BabyRoadies, we try to put some public service in between the boobs and the diapers, so here are a bunch of the Mattel “Lead Paint” toys with images so you can look at them and see if your version of the Sesame Street Giggle Drill is actually twice as dangerous now.

Some links may be broken, and the list is only half-complete, so if anyone out there is inspired to track down the ones we’re missing, the would would be a better place.

Images of Killer Toys:
H9186 Giggle Gabber Ernie: Image Here:
H9188 Giggle Gabber Oscar the Grouch: Image Here:
J0338 Diego Talking Field Journal: Image Here:
J0343 Go Diego Go Antarctic Rescue: Image Here:
J0344 Go Diego Go Deep Sea Rescue: Image Here:
J0345 Go Diego Go Mountain Rescue: Image Here:
J0346 Go Diego Go Talking Rescue 4 X 4: Image Here:
J5935 Giggle Gabber Soccer Elmo: Image Here:
J5936 Giggle Gabber Chef Cookie Monster: Image Here:
|J6537 Sesame Street Giggle Toolbelt: Image Here:
J6762 Queen Mami: Image Here:
J6763 Royal Boots and Tico: Image Here:
J6765 Prince Diego: Image Here:
J7983 Sesame Street Tub Pots & Pans: Image Here:
J9518 Sesame Street Giggle Drill: Image Here:
J9692 Dora’s Talking Pony Place: Image Here:
K0617 Twins Nursery: Image Here:
K3414 Diego – Talking Gadget Belt: Image Here:
K3571 Go Diego Go Mobile Rescue Unit: Image Here:
K3580 Fairytale Adventure Dora: Image Here:
K4139 Go Diego Go Dinosaur Rescue: Image Here:
K4140 Toucan Motorcycle Rescue: Image Here:
L0305 Dora Figure: Image Here:
L3194 Surprise Inside Diego Eggs: Image Here:
L3215 Sesame Street Elmo Jack-In-The-Box: Image Here:
L3507 Sesame Street – Super Boom Box: Image Here:
L5202 Birthday Dora: Image Here:
M0351 Dora Figures Dora & Kitty: Image Here:
M0527 Sesame Street Giggle Doodler: Image Here:
M0732 Dora’s Talking House: Image Here:
M2051 Let’s Go Rescue Center: Image Here:
M2052 Fairytale Castle: Image Here:

Stuff we can’t find:
M0352 Dora Figures Diego & Bear: ?????????
M0524 Go Diego Go Talking Gadget: ?????????
L5813 Diego Tub Trike: ???????????
L8905 Pablo & Pals: ?????????
L3488 Sesame Street Birthday Figure Pack: ???????

Stuff we haven’t looked up yet:
33662 Elmo Light Up Musical Pal
33663 Ernie Light Up Musical Pal
33664 Big Bird Light Up Musical Pal
34658 Elmo Stacking Rings
39038 Elmo Tub Sub
39054 Sesame Street Shape Sorter
87946 Elmo Keyboard
90267 Ernie Splashin’ Fun Trike
90609 Elmo Collectible
90611 Cookie Collectible
90612 Zoe Collectible
90613 Ernie Collectible
90614 Big Bird Collectible
90745 Construction Playset
93068 Elmo Boom Box
93107 Action Fire Engine
93307 Press N Go Elmo
93308 Rev & Go Cookie Monster
93492 Cookie Saxophone
93493 Elmo’s Guitar
93615 Splash Tub Puzzle
93780 Music And Lights Phone
B7554 Count To Beat Elmo
B7888 Shake, Giggle & Roll
B7987 Elmo in the Giggle Box
B7989 Silly Parts Talking Elmo
B9620 Dora’s Talking House
C6908 Dora, Backpack, Perrito Figure Pack
C6909 Diego Figure Pack
C6910 Swiper Figure Pack
C6911 Boots, Tico Figure Pack
G3825 Dora Talking Vamonos Van
G5112 Sing With Elmo’s Greatest Hits
G9717 Giggle Doodler
H2943 Grow with Me Elmo Sprinkler
H3343 Cousin Daisy
H3344 Birthday Dora
H5569 Elmo & Pals (Elmo, Cookie, Ernie)
H5570 Elmo & Pals (Elmo, Zoe, Big Bird)
H4187 Dora Figures in Tube
H4628 Water Fun Tote
H8236 Dora 3 Pack Figures in Tube
H8237 Blue 3 Pack Figures in Tube
H8238 Sponge Bob 3 Pack Figures in Tube
H9124 Chef Dora
H9125 Bedtime Dora

Tall Parents need Tall Strollers

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

After hunching over our tiny umbrella stroller for this summer, I’ve been looking for an easy alternative. The simple problem is that the thing is too short for me and my Amazonian bride to push comfortably…it’s like the handles need to be about a half-inch taller for us to accurately maneuver the thing, but as it is, I’m hunching forward with our shoulders and constantly kicking the thing with my feet.

Too Tall Jones
To our rescue come the kind souls at TallParents who have developed a stroller with telescoping handles that can come up to the correct level for us tall folks and lock in place. The obvious news is that there is a manufacturing defect with the stroller that causes the handles to (safely but probably annoyingly) telescope back down while you’re pushing. There’s a little message on their website that says that they’ll notify you when they become available again.

I am here to publicly offer my child and my arms as test subjects when the strollers become available again. Attention TallParents Folks: I will offer a completely glowing review of your product (provided my kid doesn’t end up being rocketed into traffic and my arms don’t end up like cartoon accordions) if you send me a free sample. Hook a tall brother up.

- Zac

Car Truck Bus

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

Hank and I often play a rousing game of “Car Truck Bus” out in front of our house. As different vehicles go by, I say whether it is a car, a truck or a bus, with the occasional motorcycle thrown in. Let me tell you, this game is a pain in the ass.

What the hell is a Chrysler Pacifica? A car? It’s big enough to be a truck…it’s bigger than a Ford Escape, and we call them “Trucks” when we’re playing. Minivans? Where do they fall? What about those goofy Chevy SSRs? I think they’re actually smaller than a car and lumpier than a VW Beetle…What happens in my kid’s brain when I call that a truck, and then one of those massive Lexus RX cars? How is he supposed to keep this shit straight?

I guess my question is, do we now have to play the game of Car Truck Bus Motorcycle SUV Minivan Van Jeep SmartCar Scooter Segway (and being in downtown Ann Arbor, we see those) Dune Buggy Windjammer SpaceShuttle Toboggan Zepplin???

Attention Detroit (and mostly Japan):
Keep things simple! I’m trying to educate over here!
Dumb Cars