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More ABC Expo Finds

by Nurture on 11/16/12

The ABC Kids Expo is full of new products as well as products that are already on the market. One product that has been on the market for a while but is new to me is The Windi.














I’m not sure why I hadn’t crossed paths with this product as it’s from the same people who make the NoseFrida.  I just love, love the NoseFrida and think it’s an essential product.  I know every parent has a “bulb” aspirator in their new parent kit but if your baby has a cold with lots of mucus the NoseFrida is a product that really works.  It helps “suck” out the mucus to allow babies to breathe.    












The “new” (to me) product from the NoseFrida people is The Windi.  The description from the Windi info is “a single use catheter that helps babies with colic, constipation or other gas-related issues”.  I have to confess while I have never seen this product my colleague Jennifer Dodd has seen it used and says it works. Babies can get so uncomfortable with gas and I know parents are always looking for a solutions. Is this something you would consider using?  

Oh My Aching Back! Or 4 Days Standing at the ABC Kids Expo

by Nurture on 10/30/12

That's what I was saying after day one of the Expo!  Fortunately the booth next to us was a product called Back Buddy









This was the most comfortable support pillow that I have used, and I seriously thought about buying one for myself. I am sure that this would be a great support pillow for pregnant or nursing moms.  There were a couple of simple features that I really liked; the handle for carrying, the removable cover, the side pockets and the “right amount” of arm support.

It was soooo comfortable.  Everybody who tested this pillow raved about it.  There was even a nursing mom who came back to the booth just to use the pillow!

The Cuddlecloth is product that I thought was interesting and useful. This is another simple idea, but one that could really take the stress out of bathing a new baby.  I really liked the size of this towel.  I often think the standard baby bath towel is too small.   

                            









You can see steps 2-5 on their website, but the towel wraps around your neck and has a “quick release” that allows you to wrap baby quickly.

This is my second year at the ABC Kids Expo and the one thing that always strikes me when looking around at the range of products is that some of the best ideas are by moms and are developed out of need.  It’s sad that many of these products don’t get the wide distribution that would really benefit so many moms that have similar needs.

ABC Kids Expo 2012

by Nurture on 10/25/12



Again this year I was lucky enough to be able to attend the ABC Kids Expo.  It really is amazing the range of products available.  Some of the products are variations on tried and true ideas and others are truly innovative and different. 

One product that seemed truly innovative was the “Baby Fire Rescue Bag.” This is a “fire rescue bag,” it allows you to put small infants and toddlers in the bag and safely lower them from a window.  

What do you think of this?  I heard discussion around this product and some people didn’t like it and others thought it was a good idea.  I am undecided.  It has been invented by firefighters so I suspect they have seen a need for this type of product.

Have a look at their website as it gives a great description of how to use the product.   http://baby-rescue.com/ 

Is this something that you would use?  Would it be useful in an earthquake situation?  I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on this product!

 

Recall Alert! Summer Infant Baby Bathers

by Nurture on 08/30/12

Recall Alert! Summer Infant Baby Bathers

Summer Infant Baby Bather

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada recalled over 2 million Summer Infant Baby Bathers. The recall comes after a series of reports of  babies falling from the tub after the folding wire frame disengaged from the side hinge, leading to serious head injuries.

The recalled bather was sold at mass merchandise stores nationwide and on the Web from September 2004 through November 2011 for between $15 and $30.

You can find the model number on either on the side of the baby bather near the warning label or on the front near the wash instructions. The following numbers are included in the recall:

08020
08050
08054
08070
08401
08409
08404
08405
08650
08655
08659
08754
08940
08944
18004
18040
18049
18050
18120
18125
18129
18254
18360
18375
18379
18390
18394
18440
18445
18449
18470
18475
18479
38510
38515
38750
38755

Model numbers with an additional letter at the end of the model number are also included in this recall.

Do you own this bather? Stop using the product immediately and contact Summer Infant for a free repair kit that includes a locking strap and instructions. The manufacturers note that even with the new locking strap installed, the baby bather product should never be used to lift and carry an infant. For additional information, contact Summer Infant at (800) 426-8627 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.summerinfant.com/batherrepairkit.

I love you baby massage.

by Nurture on 08/08/12

Babies simply love to be touched. In fact, they thrive on it. It's a critical part of growth and development. All that skin-to-skin contact not only helps you and your baby bond, it can comfort your baby when he's upset and sometimes ease the symptoms of colic. This simple six-step "I Love You" massage can help you get started.

 

P R E P A R A T I O N

Find a warm, flat surface to lay your baby on -- a blanket on a carpeted floor is fine. Pour a little baby oil or pure vegetable oil onto your palms and rub your hands together to warm them and the oil. Try to look into your baby's eyes, and sing or talk to him as you do the massage. Pay attention to your baby's response: If he doesn't seem to be enjoying himself, try a lighter touch, or simply stop

1. While facing your baby, use two or three fingers to trace the letter "I" on the right side of his abdomen with firm but gentle movements. Start under his ribs and go straight down to his hip joint, using the oil to smooth your way.

2. Next, stroke from left to right across your baby's abdomen, forming the long side of a sideways "L."

3. Use a short downward stroke on the right side of his stomach to complete the "L."

4. To begin the last letter, the upside-down "U," stroke up from your baby's hipbone, on the left side of his tummy.

5. For the middle segment of the "U," move your fingers along the top of your baby's tummy.

6. And for the final part of the "U," stroke down your baby's right side.