Brestfeeding mothers often ask themselves whether their baby drank enough and how much. MilkSense by SML Success might be the solution! This Israeli company has spent the last few years working on this revolutionary device. It might look complicated, but actually is very simple. MilkSense measures the amount of milk that your baby drinks in milliliters and notes on which breast the measurement took place. As a mother, you immediately know how much milk you have passed on to your child. The ergonomically shaped device is placed on the upper side of the breast, and after breastfeeding your baby, this is done once again. That’s all!
A portable scale to measure your baby is included. Another unique thing I want to point out is the MilkSense PC Suite, software that translates the measurements into a detailed analyses of the nutrition and growth of your baby. In the scene of the upcoming World Brestfeeding Week, this should be a great product for mothers that want more certainty. At the professional fair this product won the Baby Innovation Award at Kind und Jugend, I am looking forward to seeing this product being introduced on Dutch market!
After various countries decided to ban the hormone-disrupting substance BPA (Bisphenol A) from the baby bottle industry, I see an increasing amount of alternatives. First of all, the glass bottle has reappeared. Glass is a natural product, it can sustain high temperatures and apparently, fluids stay hot for a longer time in a glass bottle. Moreover, a glass bottle is more hygienic and no scratches will appear on it. However…it can be broken, obviously. New alternatives are made of stainless steel, just like this Pacific Babybottle. It is a thermal baby bottle made of high-quality isolated stainless steel, that causes a ‘clean taste’. After all, stainless steel has already been used in many restaurant kitchens! These extraordinary bottles can keep fluids hot or cold for up to ten hours. The bottles have a wide neck and a convenient calibration on the inside. These bottles are perfectly suited for expressing, storing and feeding breast milk. And another good thing to know: it is strong and lightweight and will last at least five years, so it is durable! When your children get older, you can simply put a drinking cap or sports cap on it! The jury for the Baby Innovation Award thought it was worth a nomination.
The winners of the BabyStuf Baby Innovation Award have been announced! The votes from the jury, as well as from the mothers at the ‘Ouders van Nu’ jury day and all the online voters have each made up one third of the votes for the final decision. This year, the awards go to: Sirona by Cybex; the car seat that can be used from birth up to 18 kilograms, in which your child is seated with its back towards the front. The IVM 150 Smart Babymonitor by Alecto; the first plug and play video intercom that is operated using an app. The BeSafe Pregnancy IZI FIX; a car safety belt for pregnant women. The Original Ba; a bottle-holder that is easy to use for babies themselves from a young age. The Bednest; a cosleeper that enables you to let your baby sleep close to your bed in a safe way. Milestone Baby Cards; cards that enable you to visually capture the very first milestones your child achieves. And to conclude: the special ‘Ouders van Nu’ Consumer Award was for the YoYo buggy by BabyZen; a very easily foldable buggy that you can take with you as hand luggage in an airplane.
We are now getting ready for the presentation of the awards at the Negenmaandenbeurs (‘Nine Months Fair’), where the BabyStuf team will praise the winners. All nominees get the opportunity to demonstrate their product in the mornings. And perhaps even they will have to go to the makeup room during lunchtime, as AT5, the regional broadcasting company from Amsterdam, will attend the presentation to ask the winners what makes the winning products so special!
To 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!
On a holiday, practical baby products are very helpful, for instance utensils for feeding your baby on the go. I used to be a big fan of my bottle-heater; some sort of strap to put around the bottle and connect with the cigarette lighter socket in a car. The only disadvantage is that it would take some time, so to prevent my child from bursting into tears because of hunger, I had to connect it in advance…Therefore I’m delighted that a number of entirely new systems for ‘feeding on the go’ have recently been introduced on the market. One of these is the iiamo go; this bottle can be warmed up in four minutes. It works with a separately available heating element that should be inserted at the bottom of the bottle. The new label Yoomi, that has just recently been introduced in the Netherlands, uses a fixed heating element. To charge this component it has to be cooked, and the good thing is that this can be done days or even weeks in advance. When your child is crying for food, you fill up the bottle and by pressing the button, the heating element is ready for use in less than 60 seconds. The milk is heated while it flows through the tubes of the heating element.
Introduce a group of ambitious students to a team of entrepreneurs and see what happens. ‘Innovation in a week’ transforms advanced technology to a tangible product design in a very short period of time. Their latest innovation: the Bebo, a ‘self-thinking’ baby bottle. As a starting point, the team focused on mothers with a busy career and an extensive social life, who are especially in need of time-saving products that do offer comfort and quality for both mother and child.
The Bebo is a bottle that can heat up and clean itself automatically! Besides that, it also indicates how much milk the baby has drunk, which will come in handy when the amounts a baby drinks have to be monitored. This information is directed to the mother’s smartphone. The bottle works on a battery, so that it can be heated and used everywhere and at any time. The new firm Bebo Company has patented both the nutrition measuring system with sensors and the heating element, and will be actually manufacturing the bottle in the future. Bebo Company aims to introduce the bottle on the market in just several months, so it would be nice if we could already see the Bebo on the international Kind + Jugend-trade fair in September!
Nice, these nourishment and care products from Bellemont. It is not a new brand, as this French brand, based in Brittany, was founded over 30 years ago, but it has just recently been introduced in the Netherlands. All baby products from Bellemont excel in functionality as well as creativity. Whether it is a dryer rack, a bottle holder, a plate, cutlery, a bath support, an adjustable potty or table corner guards; everything has been designed with great care and manufactured with great craftsmanship. A fine glass of wine tastes much better from a crystal glass than from a plastic cup, therefore I’m a supporter of feeding babies in a fashionable manner, for instance by using such a nice plate.
There is a taboo on breastfeeding your toddler, infant or somewhat older child. In May this year, the cover of Time Magazine was occupied by a mother breastfeeding her child at the age of three, accompanied by the headline: ‘Are you mom enough?’ It led to discussions and comments like ‘perverted’, ‘dangerous’, ‘not being able to let go of the baby time’ and ‘too much attachment to the mother with serious consequences’. Katherine Dettwyler, professor in anthropology, conducted research on this and discovered that breastfeeding children at an older age is actually more common around the globe than not doing so, except for Europe and America. The mothers who do support this, mostly high-educated women working outside their homes, hardly dare to admit this, fearing negative responses. Dettwyler studied children who were breastfed for more than three years, and concluded: ‘these children were in perfect health, did not need any form of therapy and did not see it as having sex with their mothers’.
Isn’t it just that all of us are totally estranged from what is normal, that we are so used to all advertisements and promotional campaigns of breastfeeding and surrogates aimed at mothers with babies? That we have forgotten that breast are intended to raise children, instead of create sexual arousal? It might explain the strong reactions, including my own, after seeing mothers breastfeeding three-year-olds…Source: Time Magazine, HLN