Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holiday Toy Safety

New toys and gifts are holiday highlights for many children. Health Canada would like to take this opportunity to remind all Canadians how to minimize potential hazards from new gifts by buying sturdy, well-made toys that are appropriate for your child's age. Toys for older children may contain small parts or other hazards that may make them unsafe for young children. 

Toys can be recalled for health or safety reasons. Check the Healthy Canadians Recalls and Safety Alerts Database for more information about the latest recalls. 

Toy Safety Tips

  • Read and follow the age labels, warnings, safety messages and other instructions that come with a toy. Check for contact information of the manufacturer or importer if you have any concerns.
  • Dispose immediately all toy packaging like plastic bags, plastic wrap, foam, staples, ties and protective film. A child can suffocate or choke on these items.
  • Ensure batteries are not accessible to children and are properly installed by an adult.
  • Supervise children at play and teach them to use their new toys safely.

Health Canada recently published Is Your Child Safe? Play Time. This guide provides information for parents and caregivers on how to create a safer play experience inside and outside the home. It also provides tips for making safer choices when selecting and using toys and other children's products.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Top Baby Names compiles its name ranking from the site members' favorite name lists.

Entertainment is influencing baby naming more than ever," says founder, Jennifer Moss. "We're seeing celebrity names and character names flooding the popularity charts. The name Liam, for example, started to become popular after the actor Liam Neeson, but then jumped to #1 when Liam Hemsworth came on the scene.

Parents are also using popular character names from fiction, especially television. Moss says the name Aria/Arya hit the top ten names for girls after the television shows Pretty Little Liars and Game of Thrones both featured popular characters with that name.

So what entertainment names are rising fast? According to the trends, we will be seeing more baby boys named Archer (Archer), Finnick (The Hunger Games) and Atticus (To Kill a Mockingbird). For girls, watch for Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Hazel (The Fault in our Stars), and Piper (Orange is the New Black).

The full list of the 100 most popular names of 2014 can be found on the website.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Celebrates 35 years

From cruising along sidewalks to zipping up and down the halls in the house, one instantly recognizable red and yellow automobile has been a part of childhoods for more than three decades.  This year, MGA Entertainment Canada, makers of Little Tikes, is celebrating the 35th anniversary of its most iconic toy, the Cozy Coupe.

The Little Tikes Cozy Coupe was ‘born’ in 1979 in Hudson, Ohio, weighing 19lbs, 12 oz and immediately began taking children on adventures.  After getting its bearings in the USA, it took a ride to Canada in 1985, with the establishment of Little Tikes™ Canada.  By 1991, the Cozy Coupe was selling 500,000 units per year, making it the top-selling model in the United States, outselling the 399,000 Accords and 299,000 Taurus vehicles sold that year*, and by 2003, 10 million Cozy Coupes had been sold worldwide**. In Canada, the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe sells an average of 422 cars per week.  Since its debut, there have been a number of variations of the Cozy Coupe to hit store shelves in Canada, including the Princess Cozy Coupe, the Cozy Coupe truck, the Ride and Rescue Cozy Coupe and now the brand new Cozy Coupe Sport, a stylish and trendy edition of the classic automobile.

Features of this classic car:
• Zero-emissions, self-pedaled
• Ignition switch and open-close gas cap
• Durable tires and body allowing for rugged imaginative adventures and a long road life
• Removable floorboard
• Handle on back for parent controlled push rides
• Rear storage for important travel companions such as stuffed animals
• Comes standard with built-in ‘Air Conditioning’
• Cup holders in the back – not even the Porsche 911 has those!

For more information on MGA Entertainment Canada or the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, visit or

Contest: Enter to win a Little Tykes Cozy Coupe at the Urbanbaby & Toddler Holiday Facebook Party on December 11th at 7:00pm. Register here to attend

Friday, November 28, 2014

FJÄLLRÄVEN Pop Up Shop In Vancouver

This December, Swedish outdoor heritage brand, Fjällräven, will bring their high quality, timeless designs to Vancouver’s Chinatown neighbourhood with the launch of their first Canadian pop-up shop - just in time for the holiday season. 

Open from December 9th - 31, 2014
434 Columbia Street, Vancouver

Enter to win a Kånken backpack valued at $79.99. Enter to win at Good Luck 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Universal Children's Day 2014

The United Nations Universal Children's Day 2014 falls on 20 November and it is a specially designated event to foster understanding between children and to promote international togetherness and awareness among children.
UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, promotes and coordinates this special day for international children, which also works towards improving children's welfare and lives all over the globe. 
In Canada: National Child Day has been proclaimed across Canada since 1993 to commemorate the United Nations' adoption of two documents centred on children's rights: the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989. The "Child Day Act" outlines human rights to which children, under the age of 18, are entitled by law. This Act promotes awareness and teaches children that they have rights, like adults do, under the law. The date of celebration is November 20th. 

Fun Children Facts

1. The average age children begin to use a microwave is seven.
2.A 3-year old Boy's voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant. (No disagreements here!)
3.On an average, a 4-year-old child asks 437 questions a day (An understatement?)
4.For children, watching television alone can act as a natural painkiller (Don't try!)
5.The kneecaps of children are made of cartilage until the age of 3 years when it ultimately starts to turn into bones. (Scientifically verified!)

6.Those who are of the age of six and under are at the greatest risk of crushing or burning injuries of the hand.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Entrepreneuring 9-Year Old Inspires Family Financial Literacy Activities

Last spring when Coleton Benham was searching the web for financial literacy resources for kids, he came across Money Matters, a financial literacy program created by ABC Life Literacy Canada and sponsored by TD Bank Group. A few phone calls later and Coleton was chatting directly with Carissa Di Gangi, the program coordinator at ABC. After Coleton discovered that Money Matters was just for adults, he wondered if ABC could create a unit for kids. It was a great idea, but ABC’s mandate includes adult learners and families, so the idea of a unit just for kids just wasn’t possible.

Flash forward a few months to August when the ABC team began brainstorming for creative ways to celebrate Financial Literacy Month in November. Carissa mentioned her conversation with Coleton and thus was born Financial Literacy for the Family, a new Money Matters activity booklet developed for families to learn about financial literacy together, launching November 2014. Coleton was brought on board to evaluate the activities to make sure they appealed to kids like him.

Coleton thinks it is a great idea to have activities that allow parents and kids to work through financial problems and learn together at home. He really likes the activity that prompts you talk about where you would spend your money. Financial Literacy for the Family is a free activity booklet and is available for download from the website. Coleton is going to make sure he shares it with teachers at his school and his friends. 

Like all kids, Coleton has his favourite things to spend his money on, like slushies and hockey equipment. But he also uses his savings for a campaign he has created: BRUSH, BOOK, BED. Coleton donates his own money to buy toothbrushes and pajamas to help less fortunate kids have some of the basic necessities for a good night (clean teeth, a good book to read, and cozy pajamas). He fundraises at school and gets corporate donations to help as well.

Where else does this 9-year old’s money go? To university and college savings – and his parents help with that too – he wants to have lots of opportunities to choose from in his future. With his love of math, entrepreneuring spirit and caring for others, there is no doubt that Coleton’s future will be bright and full of choices.

If Coleton has one piece of advise on money management for kids it would be, “don’t spend it all at once!”

Visit to download Financial Literacy for the Family, along with additional financial literacy resources, including two other new activity booklets: A Place to Start: Spending Plans and RESPs and Other Ways to Save

Monday, November 3, 2014

Something Small for your Little One

Vancouver based company Sharing Small is a children’s sock subscription service that aims to turn an everyday item…simple socks into a source of fun and a lesson about the importance of sharing and empathy for others. 

Children ages 2-12 can sign up for their very own subscription every month and receive a new pair of socks in the mail. The colorful sock designs change every month, and feature two explorers on a new adventure. Some of their escapades captured on the socks include being chased by a tyrannosaurus rex, visiting outer space, and sledding with an emperor penguin!

The delivery package is designed to give children an engaging monthly experience that they can look forward to, with contents including the new socks, a letter with fun facts about the explorers' adventures, and some other surprises. 

For every sock shipped to children, Sharing Small donates a pair to a child in need through their charitable partners. These local Vancouver charities, including BabyGoRound and the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre ensuring donated socks go to families that need them most. It is through this one-for-one giving that Sharing Small teaches their subscribers that even small items, like socks, can make a huge difference in someone else's life.

Want to surprise your little one with their own Sharing Small subscription. Special for UBT readers sign-up for a free 2-month trial at Use promo code: urbanbaby

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