Alternative for the baby intercom: electric socks!

baby-monitor-owletAccording to a group of American students, the baby intercom can be replaced. They thought of an alternative: a pair of smart socks that monitors the baby’s heartbeat and sends the information to the parents’ smartphone. This Owlet Baby Monitor is a wireless baby sock that is attached on the foot of the baby. The monitor measures the breathing and the oxygen level in the blood. When there are irregularities, the parents get a message. With these smart socks, the students want to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). In the Netherlands, health and safety organizations have already expressed they do not approve a baby intercom with a little mat that is placed underneath the mattress to monitor the breathing. Therefore I am curious about the reactions that will be aired when this prototype will be produced as a commercial product…

Never scared again in the dark with Pabobo

pabobo-super-nomade-nachtlampNever be scared again in the dark with this Pabobo Super Nomade. Pabobo is a French label that makes great lights for children. The new Super Nomade is useful, lightweight, soothing, it doesn’t get hot and it is suitable for small hands thanks to its shape. Wireless and without batteries, this light always and everywhere provides the necessary amount of light. The light adjusts to every situation with two different light intensities and can be charged everywhere due to the universal micro-USB-charger. You can hardly forget to charge this light, as the remaining battery power is well shown on the mini LCD screen that automatically lights up when the light is picked up (through the use of a movement sensor). With only 5 hours of charging this light works for up to 200 hours! The Pabobo Super Nomade is light sensitive: it adjusts to the light of the surroundings. It will automatically go on when its dark and it will turn off when it gets light. It’s also nominated for the Baby Innovation Award 2013!

Super organizer PacaPod nursery bag

pacapod-firenze-fb1In Cologne I already noticed this bag: This PacaPod has a unique 3-in-1 system (developed by a mom) that helps you to keep organized. And now this PacaPod is nominated for the Baby Innovation Award! The PacaPod looks like a normal, modern bag from the outside, but when you open it up you’ll see what this bag has to offer. On the inside, it is a super organizer with two removable compartments for diapers and bottles. These minis you can use separately very well too. The many compartments and zippers make sure that all your (baby) stuff will be in a fixed place and doesn’t get lost in the back. Well done.

BabyBjorn’s rocking chair is upgraded

babybjorn-balance-soft1I always find press conferences interesting, as you get to see the latest products, combined with a bite and a drink and I always see some new faces. This afternoon I was in Amsterdam for a meeting of BabyBjorn. BabyBjorn is a wonderful family company that produced the well-known Babysitter in the 60’s and the famous Carrier in the 70’s. The owners Bjorn and his wife Lillemor Jakobson are still very intensively involved with the organization of developing products and design. And I had the pleasure to personally meet them in Sweden, a couple of years ago.persbijeenkomst-babybjorn Now I always find it extremely hard to meet in the city centre, but parking went smoothly and I easily found the location; it was so original! We were at the Bag Museum Hendrikje at the Herengracht, and a small committee with some other bloggers, in a beautiful room with high ceilings, golden ornaments and beautiful wall paintings. The communication manager Mirja Alvin showed us the newest BabyBjorn products, such as the new useful chair raiser with handle and attachment belts which are easily stored away by the use of a winding system with just one push of a button. The new Classic Original Carrier in the new colours Lightblue and Raspberry. And the famous BabySitter had an upgrade; it cannot only be used as a rocking chair for sleeping, resting and playing but also as a children chair. The seat is covered with a soft comfortable fabric in three colours and when the baby time is over, than you can turn the fabric and you can make your toddler a small children chair!

Oilily multicolour buggy

oilily_blue_2oilily_yellow_11oilily_red_3The Dutch fashion brand Oilily has made a new start and focuses on the baby market too, with the introduction of the Oilily multicolour combibuggy. At the trade fair Kind + Jugend, we saw the first prototypes; a buggy and stroller in one. As we are used to of Oilily, this buggy jumps out with its colours and designs. What I find special is that the frame has the same colour of the covering: red, blue and yellow. I am curious when it will be possible to print a design on the frame! Also in terms of technique this stroller stands out with a completely new folding mechanism. With matching accessories like the caring bag, sunscreen and feet bag, the Oilily picture gets complete.

Mima snowwhite collection

mima-snowwhitecollection-klein1Ooh, what a beautiful picture is this new Snowwhite collection by Mima. It is a completion to the successful Flair collection that consists of the models Xari, Kobi and the Buggy Bo. The black frames of the strollers are beautifully combined with the white seats and sunscreens in leather look. You certainly don’t mind being spotted on the streets with one of these. Parents can choose matching fabrics in black, stone grey, pink or light blue. The luxurious Flair feet bag and diaper bag too will be available in the new snow-white colour. Obviously, the first reactions on trade fairs were very enthusiastic about this collection!

Baby keep me warm!

winterblogAlso a bit troubled with the moody autumn days? I know I am. I can enjoy the blue sky and paint like autumn appearances, but the rain, wind and grey skies… In my baby time I lived in a new housing estate where they decided to build the roads only after everything else, so I regularly ploughed through the muddy roads and sandstorms with the stroller and my kids. I’ve always felt sorry for all those moms who have to walk or bike through all kinds of weather with their baby or child. But we will have to go through anyways, and with this nice stuff that will keep your baby or toddler nice and warm, you should manage! Bring it on with these beautiful baby ski suits of Tartine et Chocolate (pink and blue) or a white one from C&A, an aviator hat and winter accessories of Lodger, feet bag for your car seat of Wallaboo, feet bag with separated leg parts for the Stokke Xplory, a nice flannel baby pyjamas of Claesens, funny panda heads and gloves of Knitwits for your toddler and fur-lined winter boots of Bobux. And don’t forget this useful hands ‘warmer’ of Lodger, which you can attach to the push part of the stroller! This way we’ll make it through the winter…

Get to know the 18 nominations for the BabyStuf Baby Innovation Award!

18-nominaties-babystuf-baby-innovation-award2To follow up my last blog, I’d like to introduce the nominations that will compete for the most wanted award! In the category Mobility the nominees are: The Greentom Upp stroller; made of recycled syntethic materials, the YoYo buggy of BabyZen; super quick foldable and can be taken with you as hand luggage on a flight, The Sirona car seat of Cybex; back- or forward facing and capable of 360 degrees rotation, and the NJOY UP Bubble; the first buggy with a reversible seat.
In the category Travel & Safety the nominees are: Stokke Carrier; can be used in two positions, on your chest or on your back, IVM 150 Smart Babymonitor of Hesdo; the first plug and play image baby intercom that works with an app (compatible with smartphones or tablets) and the carrying bag Travel Stowaway of Ergobaby; made of recycled materials and foldable to a little bag.
In the category Care: Digitub baby bath of BabyLabels; with a digital balance and thermometer built-in, the PacaPod caring bag; with external compartments and the Besafe Pregnancy iZi FIX safety belt; extra security and comfort in the car for a pregnant belly.
In the category Feeding: Pacific Babybottle of Pacific Baby; a stainless steel baby- and children bottle which can keep liquids warm or cold up to 10 hours, The Original Ba bottle holder of BabyBanz; with which the baby can hold its own bottle, and the Bento Box Ellipse of BÉABA; a new kind of plate warmer with ergonomic little cutlery.
In the category Furniture and Decoration; Bednest Cosleeper; with which parents can sleep safely together with their baby, Mima Moon child seat, to use as a baby lounger, adjustable child seat and trendy teen chair, TheSuper Nomade night light of Pabobo; small, soft, lightweight and provides light for as long as 200 hours.
And to conclude, the category Toys & Gifts: Milestone babycards; captures all milestones of your baby’s life in one image for ever and the Knuffel bite ring of Difrax; a unique combination of a bite ring and stuffed animal. Find out more about these innovations in my following blogs!

Nomination known for the Baby Innovation Award 2013

baby-innovation-award-genomineerdPfff. Not only the elections in the US are behind us, our own elections are too! Yesterday morning, after a bad night’s sleep I got up early, picked up our intern Hanae from the train station and went to the NH hotel in Naarden with a car full of baby products for D-day; the day of the jury. Every year again it is a huge organization, but oh so much fun to do! Once arrived, we presented all entries as good as possible with as many available hands as possible (thank you to Trix, Hanae and our drivers) on a couple of big tables. An hour later, the jury came in excited, apart from one or two, a whole bunch of new women like Yaelle, Marianne and Mira with their PR and Fashion agencies, Catelijne and Thea of the consumers magazines Ouders van nu (Today’s Parents) and Kinderen (Children) and sidekick Patricia van Liemt of Qmusic, as a mom and author. We were accompanied by Mieke from Veiligheid.nl (Safety) who pointed us at possible risks of products and by Janneke who critically looked at the designs and user-friendliness. And well, I am here to keep all and everyone on the right path and to emphasize that it is all about innovation, however beautiful the products may look, it’s all about innovation, innovation, innovation! The morning was reserved to look through every product, touch it and try it, the afternoon was reserved for requested demos of products that were in the category: ‘extra complicated’. After this ‘product speed dating’, it was time to compare products but also to fiercely discuss them. We closed the day late in the afternoon with 19 wonderful nominations divided into 6 categories. This afternoon the nominated are informed and from tomorrow on the nominations can be found on http://www.babyinnovationaward.nl. So I cannot spoil it for you. And after this it’s up to the moms and the Ouders van Nu jury day, as well as the online voters!

Mop suit for babies

babymopsuit1This Baby Mop Suit makes your baby help in the household! American Mike Parker saw a Chinese video and decided to make a product of this idea. For 40 dollars the ‘Baby Mop Suit’ is for sale on Betterhanpants.com. He states five reasons why you should buy this suit: 1. You teach your baby a strong labour ethos in an early stage. 2. You teach your baby not to spill any food. 3. Your baby gets a good workout, burns energy and makes its muscles stronger and he/she will sleep better. 4. You don’t have to clean the floor yourself. 5. You save money on cleaning agents. The reactions that Mike gets are very different; ‘Your product is offensive, what a ridiculous product’, ‘What ever happened to letting your baby just be a baby?’ ‘Do you do them in adult sizes for when my hubbie crawls back from the pub?’ ‘This just seems like a terrible idea, why not just sweep up a pile of trash on your floor and let your kid crawl through that!’ But also: ‘Come on people, it’s a cute idea. Nothing wrong with a little humour here. It is not harming your baby in any way.’ Lets keep it with a joke indeed, it’s perfectly suitable for funny but weird Halloween suits…