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Vivi Boycotts Carter's Clothes

Posted Nov 03 2008 9:03pm
Vivi would like to get the word out to warn everyone about Carter's baby clothes, and let them know she is boycotting them.

In September, I read but largely dismissed a report that Carter's "tagless" clothes were causing severe, painful skin reactions on some babies. A few weeks later, one morning, after a night in a tagless Carter's onesie, Vivi got an incredibly bad rash and open wound on the back of her neck. The doctors where aghast, and almost seemed to think Justin and I weren't bathing or properly caring for her. They prescribed an antibiotic ointment, which was painful for Vivi but cleared it up with time. It was particularly heartbreaking because Vivienne was still recovering from her craniotomy, and had about a 3" vertical suture line running from the nape of her neck, just above the rash, to nearly the crown of her head. Carter's has offered refunds for the offending clothes, but getting our $10 back hardly helps and isn't worth the effort.

Vivi is fine now, but we are very hesitant about putting Carter's tagless clothes on her. Carter's claims that the problem is limited to Fall 2007 clothes, but I am worried to take the risk. We have a few Carter's pieces we have used that have not yet seemed to cause a reaction (especially those nice wraparound T-shirts), but we are holding off on buying more Carter's stuff.

As you know, Vivienne is VERY political. Of course she will instigate a boycott, and she has taken her concerns to "The Baby Council" in an attempt to committee the issue and have a resolution passed condemning all clothes that bother babies (such as itchy things, socks, blankies covering toes that would rather be free, clothes that cause a rash, and so forth). As soon as she learns to write, she will start a letter writing campaign, but for now, she is dictating her opinions through Mommy.

More on the Carter's fiasco:

Consumer Product Safety Commission Press Release

Associated Press: 400 Reports of Baby Rashes Prompt Clothing Warning
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