Grand Rapids Family October 2011 : Page 9

lines Baby Knows: Crib bumpers help prevent SIDS In the fIght agaInst sIDs, a new crib bumper is re-ceiving a lot of attention. Winner of the National Parenting Cen-ter Seal of Approval, the Oliver B Ventilated Crib Slat Bumper provides airflow between every other slat of baby’s crib. The bumper system is the brainchild of Sarah Bloom, a suc-cessful corporate attorney. Prior to launching her newest venture, Bloom represented Fortune 500 companies, specializing in large-scale mergers and acquisitions. But it was her role as expectant mother that led Bloom to some-thing even more important. During her pregnancy, Bloom began to research the factors leading to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. She learned that none of the traditional crib bedding on the market provide proper airflow into the crib. Lack of ventilation due to traditional crib bumpers is one of the sus-pected causes of SIDS. Bloom recognized the need for alternative crib bedding to help parents prevent the unthinkable. Thus, Oliver B Ventilated Crib Slat Bumpers were born. The website, www.oliver bco.com, touts: “Slat Bumpers provide babies with the safest sleep environment The plethora of food products in Michigan gives the state top ranking in the U.S., possible, so both parents and baby can sleep more comfortably.” behind only California. West Michigan is especially bountiful in the harvest of fruits (hence The company notes that the line of bedding, pillows and blankets is gain-the moniker “Fruit Ridge”), but fewer farms now mark a centennial with the same family. ing popularity quickly, as SIDS awareness and criticism of traditional bumpers All the more reason to celebrate the Robinette family’s 100-year anniversary this year increase. — that and the array of activities and foods the family provides to West Michigan families. The Oliver B line is sold at specialty boutiques and online at amazon.com. Courtesy oliver B It was her role as expectant mother that led Bloom to something even more important. 100 years of LocaLLy grown food read it now Avid and reluctant readers alike will love Charlie Joe Jackson, whose hilarious story is captured in Tommy Greenwald’s “Charlie Joe Jackson’s guide to nOt Reading” (Roaring Brook, $14.99). Middle-school student Charlie Joe takes pride in the fact that he has never finished a book from cover to cover, and for the first time, he is sharing his tips and tricks with others who want to avoid this dreaded task, as well. He would like his readers to believe that he has written this treatise out of the kindness of his heart, but readers will discover that it is really the result of an assignment doled out as punishment after his secret is discovered. Indeed, it’s difficult to know whether Robinette’s is more famous for peaches and apples and its cider mill, or its annual hayrides, corn mazes, live reindeer parties at Christmas, or the mountain bike trails the family added to its orchards. No, it has to be the home-baked pies and breads served in the Apple Haus, the original barn that includes a breakfast/ lunch counter and a variety of homemade offerings. Barzilla and Minnie Robinette bought the fruit orchard in 1911, rooted in peach Fans of “Diary of a Wimpy growing. The harvest at Robinette’s may now be more famous for the wide variety of Kid” and “Big Nate” will find a apples gathered but also includes nectarines and apricots. new hero in Charlie Joe, whose Barzilla’s Brew, a hard cider, is a product line the current generation began unrepentant and sarcastic style producing along with wines made from Michigan fruits. The Robinette Winery is sure to please the middle-school offers wine tastings (and a souvenir glass) and extends the experience in its crowd. One could argue that Charlie art gallery featuring local artists. could have exerted much less energy The Robinette family has celebrated each fruit “season” this by actually doing the reading rather year with varied offerings and activities. These fall months are than avoiding it, but that wouldn’t have likely to offer area families a variety of treats, though spe-been nearly as much fun to read about! cific dates were not set at press time. Tammy Schneider is a collection de-The orchard is at 3142 4 Mile Road NE. The velopment librarian at Kent District Li-website is www.robinettes.com. brary. Co u te r www.grfamily.com O c t O b e r 2 0 11 G r a n d r a p i d s F a m i l y 9 sy is to Ck ph ot o. Co m/ Bo rt on ia

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