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April 14, 1992|By Mary Maushard

155,000 toddler beds are recalled

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and a manufacturer have announced the recall of 155,000 toddler beds after reviewing 50 cases in which youngsters became trapped in the bed's metal arches. Four months ago, the manufacturer, Cosco Inc., of Columbus, Ind., reported that a 15-month-old child was killed when his head became stuck in a headboard. No other children were reported injured. The beds, constructed of tubular steel with arched headboards and footboards, were designed for children 2 to 3 years old who have outgrown their cribs but are not ready for full-sized beds. One problem lies in the 5-inch spaces between the arches, which provide just enough space for children to put their heads through, risking strangulation. Some children also have become stuck between a bottom arch and their mattresses. The numbers of the models being recalled -- 10T22 or 10T23 -- can be found on a label on the bed frame, Cosco officials said. Consumers who already own the beds should call (800) 468-0174. Replacement parts with narrower openings will be mailed to them. Until the parts are replaced, the beds should not be used, both the company and the safety commission said.

Bringing up baby

Feeding their baby is something many new parents wonder and worry about. Is he getting too much? Too little? How will I know? The Food and Drug Administration is offering some help in a new booklet, "Feeding Baby." The booklet discusses the pros and cons of breast milk and formula, warns against using whole cow's milk and "soy" milk and suggests when a baby is ready for solid food. To get a free copy, send your name and address to: Consumer Information Center, Dept. 507Y, Pueblo, Colo. 81009. Ask for "Feeding Baby," item 507Y.

Who needs men?

Men? You can keep them, said 46 percent of single women who, in a 1989 survey, reported that they never dated. Sixty percent of the women surveyed said being single is a lot easier than being married, and 57 percent said they were happier than most of their married friends, American Demographics magazine reports in its current edition.

Worth noting:

* "Parenting Your Adolescent or Teen-ager": Dr. Jeffrey Moss and Ellen Talles-Feinberg, both family therapists, will present a program and discussion at 7 p.m. April 22 at the Savage Branch of the Howard County Library. For more information and to register, phone 880-5980.

* Support group for children of divorce: Eight-week session begins Monday for children age 6 through 18, sponsored by the Jewish Family Life Institute of Jewish Family Services. Also beginning Monday is a coed therapy group for adults who have been separated within the last year and are trying to cope with loneliness, anger, single parenting and new relationships. For more information on both programs, phone Joan Kristall at 466-9200, Ext. 307.

* "What About Me? I'm Only Three": A CBS-TV special oenvironmental questions asked by young children. Ann-Margret is the hostess. Tomorrow at 9 p.m. on Channel 11.

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