Category archive: safety

September 18, 2015

The Internet Of Things That Are Probably Spying On You, Like Baby Monitors

Internet- and WiFi-connected baby monitors are still ridiculously insecure and can be hacked and turned into surveillance devices for your home and your home networks, experts find. Experts recommend a couple of easy fixes, such as not connecting your baby...
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July 13, 2015

Except For Not Knowing How To Use A Car Seat, You're Totally Ready For This

Mazda's commercial about nervous new parents being well prepared to bring the kid home from the hospital in their safe CX-5 warms the hearts of everyone who doesn't notice that the kid's car seat straps are ridiculously loose. [thx...
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July 5, 2015

I'd Like To Be Set Out To Sea On An Octopus-Shaped Float Toy

Not that you should plan for it, of course, but it's nice to know that if you did forget about her, an Octopus Mini Lilo can keep your 10-month-old afloat a kilometer out to sea until the coast guard...
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May 3, 2015

Grinning Soldier Manages Not To Shoot Adorable Baltimore Child

One of Amanda Moore's photos of National Guard troops in the Penn North neighborhood of Baltimore went viral Friday. It shows a soldier leaning against a wall of fresh riot shields, smiling as a toddler kneels down to play...
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April 23, 2015

Pram, Woman, Fall Through London Sidewalk

A woman and a pram were swallowed up by what's being called a 'sinkhole' on a London street today, but if you look at the Instagram pictures by eyewitness kskittenkat, you'll see it's actually a cellar door that had...
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April 10, 2015

DT Friday Freakout: Breast Milk Dot Com Edition

It's the Daddy Types Friday Freakout, a roundup of headlines from the worlds of health, science, and parenting, bottled up and delivered all at once to ruin your weekend instead of your entire week: A survey found 10% of the...
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March 22, 2015

Uh Oh, NHTSA Fines Graco

NHTSA has fined Graco $10 million for failing to report customer complaints to the government in the run-up to the Jan. 2014 recall of several million car seats. The car seats had defective buckles that were extremely difficult-to-impossible to release....
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December 19, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Pollution Causes Autism, Vacctivism Causes Whooping Cough Edition

As far as Friday Freakouts go, this is it. It's like having a drought and a flood at the same time. Not coincidentally. There is a whooping cough wave crashing on California right now. We're closing in on 10,000 cases...
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December 16, 2014

OG Craig Ellwood Bunk Beds

In 1955-7, Jerrold Lomax, working at Craig Ellwood's architecture firm, designed basically the greatest Southern California modernist beach house ever: the 2BR, 1,350-sq ft Hunt House in Malibu. Ellwood's firm also designed the amazing bunk beds seen above, in...
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From A Dad Who Wears T-Shirts In The United States

From Cleveland Browns' Andrew Hawkins' statement to the media yesterday about his wearing a Tamir Rice & John Crawford t-shirt on Sunday, as reported by ESPN:As you well know, and it's well documented, I have a 2-year-old little boy....
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December 13, 2014

Don't Shoot

Christopher Robinson, 2, Says "Hands Up" Marching With His Dad #MillionsMarchNYC @kari_paul— Lnonblonde (@Lnonblonde) December 13, 2014 This just tears me up inside, no kid should have to fear this, and no parent should have to worry so...
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October 28, 2014

We Are Terrorizing Our Children

Launa Hall, a Pre-K teacher in Northern Virginia, writes in the Washington Post about lockdown drills. There will be a longterm psychological, emotional, and political price for these lockdowns, what Hall calls, with righteous outrage, "rehearsing our deaths," and it...
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October 24, 2014

200,000 Evenflo Infant Car Seats Recalled For Sticky Buckles

Evenflo has recalled over 202,000 Embrace 35 rear-facing infant carriers, which were manufactured between Dec. 2011 and May 2013. See the affected model numbers at Evenflo's site. The carriers are still safe, crash-wise, but the buckles and harnesses become...
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July 31, 2014

Journalist Dressup In Gaza

@ekmathia: Young boy in #Gaza pretending to be a journalist with his home made flak jacket, had to lend him my helmet. don't know if it's the cuteness or the futility of this kid's flak jacket, but it's...
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July 28, 2014

My First Rifle Series by An-Sofie Kesteleyn

After hearing about a 5-yo who shot his 2yo sister, Amsterdam-based photographer An-Sofie Kesteleyn set off to understand American families where little kids get guns. After scouring shooting ranges around the country, she found and photographed fifteen kids for...
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July 2, 2014

Man Insane, Kid In Footwell

We interrupt this not freaking out about news stories phase to bring you this important announcement: Some insane 27yo dad got arrested doing 150mph in a Mercedes 320--a 320!--in England last September, trying to make a 5-hour drive from Hull...
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June 20, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: CHECK YOUR CAR Edition

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June 4, 2014


Seriously, this is the perfect before and after at Target picture about open carry yahoos— Abe Sauer (@abesauer) June 4, 2014 Wasn't giving ribbons to everyone in peewee league supposed to cure this generation of its insecurities? Can we...
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April 2, 2014

Baseball/Soccer Moms, Gonna Die & Chevrolet

DT's favorite CSPAN guru Seth noted this odd mention from yesterday's House hearings into GM's total botching of the deadly ignition problems in the Chevy Cobalt. Basically the internal spring in the ignition would fail, and the car would...
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March 28, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Graco Recall Edition

Here is a round-up of headlines to ruin your weekend all at once, instead of ruining your week one day at a time, the DT Friday Freakout: Because of volatile chlorination byproducts, do not pee in the pool. [amer. chem...
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November 22, 2013

People Are Just Runnin' Over Kids In New York, And It's Got To Stop

Five kids killed by cars in five weeks, the most recent of which was a 9yo in Brooklyn:Less than a month earlier, on Oct. 11, a drunk driver killed 3-year-old Olvin Jahir Figueroa in Queens. Samuel Cohen Eckstein, 12, died...
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October 3, 2013

Laundry Detergent Pod Not A Toy

You'd think the laundry detergent companies would learn after putting a teddy bear on the bottle, but no. kids are still eating--and getting sick from and even maybe dying from--Tide detergent pods, which look like shiny candy, and [used...
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September 25, 2013

3rd Gen Mambo Family Baby Swim Collar

After tumbling into the labyrinthian world of Chinese knockoff baby bath gear yesterday, I floated past this remarkable product: the 3rd Generation Mambo Family Transparent Baby Swim Ring Collar. Let's all take a moment to remember the brave families...
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July 31, 2013

Chinese Parents Prefer Foreign, Non-Poisonous Formula

If only Big Formula could sell two cans of formula to everyone in China... China's Search for Infant Formula Goes Global [nyt]...
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July 8, 2013

Baby Norinori

Saw this car window sticker at Tokyu Hands at Shinjuku. It's hilarious because it says Baby Norinori desu, which sounds like "baby riding," but actually means, "Baby dancin' like crazy." Maybe it's slightly hilarious. Amusing. It'd be funnier if...
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June 18, 2013

From The Department Of Bad Ideas: Spring-Mounted Cradle

90-year-old David Resnick ran an outfit called United Inventors and Scientists which loved to help inventors. In fact, he helped the inventor of this spring-mounted cradle right out of the photo, and right out of the 1974 LA Times...
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May 24, 2013

OG Vinyl: 1971 Ford LTD Country Squire

Keeping with the luscious woodgrain theme here on Daddy Types, check out this total stunner of a station wagon, a 1971 Ford LTD Country Squire with a mere 60,000 miles. It's being sold by GR Auto Gallery in Grand...
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March 1, 2013

One Country, Two Formula Markets

No, these people in Shenzhen haven't violated the one-child policy; they're taking as much powdered formula as they can carry back to Hong Kong, ahead of HK's ban on Mainland powdered milk products, which goes into effect March 1st....
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February 27, 2013

2 Reasons We Don't Live In A Paul Rudolph House

I just realized I don't hate Buzzfeed-style web listicles after all; I just haven't seen enough ones I really like. 15 Mid-Century Modern Dream Homes That Will Kill Your Children [projectophile via @langealexandra]...
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December 16, 2012

'With A Gun In My Face'

Tech designer, entrepreneur, and dad Ryan Freitas' firsthand experience with gun violence feels really powerful. It's direct, reasonable, and, hopefully, persuasive for those who might feel that there is nothing to do or nothing to be done about gun regulation...
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December 14, 2012

Sounds Like These Nap Nanny Infant Recliners Are Killin' Babies

Even after one death that led to a 2010 recall and a redesign to strengthen the 3-point harness, the Nap Nanny and related Chill infant recliners are apparently killin' babies. Now the CPSC is suing Baby Matters, the manufacturer,...
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Bugaboo Takes Impending Recall Announcements About Its Popping-Out Handles Situation Very Seriously

Have you picked up your Cameleon or Donkey in bassinet mode by the padded handle and had one side pop out, giving you a momentary shock but not injuring your child, and then you stuck it back in, and made...
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December 12, 2012

4yo Car Tester Stuck In Lexus Trunk Triggers 700,000 Car Recall

So when you're a car tester, you can put your kid in the trunk and call it research? What a boondoggle! Consumer Reports tester Jake Fisher's 4yo son was eager to test the inside trunk release lever in the...
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December 10, 2012

Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red PR

Now that they've retired [Where's Jeff? Not at the barber, that's for sure!], and taken their last victory tour/lap of Australia, The Wiggles have put "The Big Red Car" on eBay, with all proceeds going to support SIDS and...
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November 26, 2012

If Measured On A Per-Bounce Basis, I'm Sure The Bouncy Castle Industry Would Look Much Safer

The first nationwide survey of bounce house injuries has found that the unregulated, inflatable death castles are the site of an epidemic of pain, suffering, and injury on a massive scale not seen since the Great Trampoline Plague of...
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November 21, 2012

It's Playground Morning In America

Maybe if Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love had run on how she successfully thwarted the parasites in the personal injury lawyer industry to build Utah's awesomest new playground, she'd be Utah's awesomest new congresswoman right about now. But then...
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October 30, 2012

Sandy Adventure Playground

I hope everyone affected by the storm is managing alright. And that getting back to normal does not automatically include removing this tree from this frankly kind of already ad hoc-looking playground near the lower tip of Manhattan. Playground...
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September 24, 2012

Toddlers Toddle, Sometimes Fall, While Sippy Cups, Bottles, Pacifiers

How long does med school take? 14 years? And because you accumulated a million dollars in student loans, and Obamacare's already cutting into your fat margins, you find yourself panic trolling for Yahoo, slapping ridiculous SEO headlines on content farm-level...
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September 12, 2012

Silver Cross Surf's Up! Unidentified Local Mum Wipes Out On Sidewalk

My favorite part of this paparazzi photo of Astala Dylan Willow Geldof-Cohen's Silver Cross Surf pram and car seat getting stuck in a gap on the sidewalk and pitching him to the ground is his little feet. So cute....
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August 17, 2012

DT Friday Freakout: Nuts Edition

An abbreviated assortment of news from the worlds of science, health, and parenting to freak you out for the weekend: The better educated the parents, the worse kids do when trapped in a fridge. [aap, c. 1958 via felix] Eating...
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August 15, 2012

Bumbocalypse! All 4 Million Bumbo Seats Recalled Because Skull Fractures

image via: the internet, identities of the innocent have been obscured The CPSC has announced a recall of all 4 million Bumbo foam infant seats sold in the US, because kids keep on popping out of those things and...
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July 31, 2012


What with global warming and drought and derechos and whatnot, we're all pretty much doomed anyway, but SERIOUSLY, ESPECIALLY DURING THE SUMMER, PLEASE GET IN THE HABIT OF CHECKING THE BACK SEAT EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU GET OUT OF THE...
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May 15, 2012

Parenting Without A Neto

In New York over the weekend, I went to my friend Tanya Bonakdar's gallery to see my buddy Ernesto Neto's awesome-looking, new, climbable sculptures, and my buddy Ethan, almost literally the first thing out of his mouth when I...
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April 27, 2012

DT Friday Freakout: Class Edition

The Friday Freakout, a compendium of parenting headlines delivered all at once instead of dribbled out daily, to ruin just your weekend, a Daddy Types exclusive: During the Obama administration, the food and beverage industry has doubled the amount of...
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April 18, 2012

Maybe You Won't Forget To Check The Car Seat Now, Though

Especially as the weather gets warmer, someone on Reddit user Brickmaj's block in Brooklyn wants you and everyone around to remember to check the back seat when you get out of the car. Because forgetting the kid's back there...
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April 5, 2012

Baby Helmets And The Slippery Slope

I used to roll my eyes at the Baby Helmet but now I think _it depends on the baby_.— Tom Scocca (@tomscocca) April 5, 2012 Previously: Thudguard makes me more worried about the kid's inherited brainpower...
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April 2, 2012

Shady Baby: Maclaren's Secret Outlet Stores

Alright, here's the short version of this post: Farzad Rastegar's basically got two front operations in random condos in Norwalk, Connecticut to unload recalled Maclaren USA strollers online. Some of those strollers come from Maclaren USA, the subsidiary Rastegar put...
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March 30, 2012

DT Friday Freakout: ASD BPA CPSC Edition

A collection of--let's face it, a couple of--headlines from the worlds of health, science, and parenting designed to ruin your weekend, it's the DT Friday Freakout: "New Study Finds Skyrocketing Increase in Autism" could really be from any week now,...
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March 29, 2012

Oh, Those Kids! Helen Levitt Givin' Me A Heart Attack From The Grave

Our trip this weekend gave me and my mom a great chance to talk about how screwed up society is that we can't even let kids play outside anymore or whatever. And I think we can trace the beginning...
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March 16, 2012

DT Friday Freakout

Whether it's criticism of your choice of preschool art party clown or something weightier, like, say, your soon-to-be-born baby being poisoned by everything in your house, the DT Friday Freakout is your one-stop headline roundup for ruining your entire weekend:...
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