as you have noticed I haven’t made blogs in English since a while. But I am still here blogging about the latest baby products and developments in the market! Instead of making two blogs (in Dutch and English) you can follow my baby trendwatcher blog now on an other platform: http://www.babytrendwatcher.nl
Next to my blog in Dutch I will make a translation in English for all my readers abroad so please follow my latest news on http://www.babytrendwatcher.nl and hope to meet you there!
With kind regards, Carola Siksma
Contemporary, Creative and Caring are the three C’s the Babycotpod team follows. Their first design is the Cascara cradle. This cradle is a beauty, handmade out of fiberglass and designed with much detail. The polished surface of the cradle does not have a single scratch or line. The bottom of the cradle is built with ventilation holes and the dented bottom ensures a healthy air-circulation and sleeping climate, even when this cradle is placed on the floor. The cradle is available in shiny white and other colours. A stand, matrass, sheet and bumper on the inside is included. An exclusive product, but very well designed, imagine your baby lying in this one-of-a-kind cradle… Now also available in The Netherlands!
The Nuna family grows, besides baby seat Leaf, buggy Pepp, carseat Pipa, highchair Zaaz and carrycot Sena, they introduce the Nuna stroller named Ivvi! Ivvi can be used with a carseat, carrycot and an adjustable seat. This is a complete and compact system that can be used from birth until the end of the toddler period. Folding the stroller does not require you to remove the seat. Ivvi offers a few more extra’s: the wheels can be removed to limit the compact size of the stroller even further. Once fully folded, the stroller stands up straight. The hood is implemented with a little see-through window of mesh and an extendable sunscreen. When driving on rough terrain, the handle bar allows you to pull the stroller behind you like one would with a trolley. What I personally like about the design is that they have paid attention to the baby on its own: the carrycot and the seat offer enough space for the baby stretch or to sleep on its back !
At the upcoming Kind und Jugend, a new pavilion recently opened: called kidsroomZOOM. Here are some special designs for baby rooms and children’s rooms, so I am definitely paying them a visit. One of the participants of which I am impressed, is Jäll und Tofta. Passionate designers from Berlin and specializing in ecological design that is made in Germany, therefore quality is assured! To give you a taste.
The Dutch family business Mutsy caused quite a stir with the introduction of a completely new frame in the 90’s. An engineering marvel. Up to this day, this so-called Z-shaped frame still is the starting point for all of Mutsy strollers. Parents can choose from five different modular stroller systems so that all parents can choose one that suits them the best. They recently introduced the Mutsy IGo and compact Exo. The IGo model offers an ultra-light carrycot for on the road and a royal comfort model. The stroller seat is made out of a soft three-dimensional shaped cushion and can be clicked on the frame in two different ways. The back of the seat and leg rest are both fully adjustable and the protective hood can be enlarged, very useful for the lying position. The stroller can even be folded compactly, weighing only 8.4 kg and can be easily stored and worn with a convenient carrying handle. You can choose between air or lightweight foam tires, a black or silver frame and combine it with 12 different kinds of coating. The leather-look handle and the bumper bar really complete the picture. The smaller and more compact Exo combi stroller has a lightweight travel cot which only weighs 3.4 kg, has various accessories and looks very stylish. The adjustable backrest ensures optimum comfort for the baby as it sleeps. Again you can choose between: large lightweight foam tires and small buggy wheels. Both choices guarantee a smooth ride. Besides the carrycot and the hooded seat, the Safe2go, the Traveller and the Maxi-Cosi carseat, fit on the neatly designed frame. Both are beautiful Dutch designs and are selected from the 655 submission for the Dutch Design Award with a reason. Fingers crossed that they will win in October!
I was at a seminar by trend watcher Li Edelkoort and she noted that she sees more and more fathers who carry their babies! This fits entirely in the image of solidarity. Because for those who did not know: the time of the individual has passed. Children nowadays are mothered and fathered, men will even become more attractive. This confirms what I see for some time in our market. We get more and more material supplied showing cheerful looking fathers with a child in baby carrier. Nowadays, fathers are not ashamed to go out with their baby and if they go out, they rather use their baby carrier than a stroller, it looks a bit more cool. A father with a baby carrier shows that he cares about his children and he can count on a lot of attention from women! You probably know the images or of male pop stars and movie stars casually walking on the street or in the garden with their baby in a baby carrier. Even our own king William Alexander was not afraid to get his pictures taken with one of his princesses in a baby carrier. I’ve never seen a member of another royal family do this!
From tough back carriers to soft carrying slings
I think BabyBjörn was one of the first brands that put fathers with a baby in a baby carrier in a sensitive spot. You know how it goes, an attractive, tough father in a beautiful Swedish landscape with lots of green and a lake in the background. The pictures seemed to say, go out with your baby, into the open air! Soon, other brands followed with pictures of carrying dads like ERGObaby, Elite Cruiser and Stokke. Perhaps these brands take these photos with dads from a commercial point of view. To tempt mothers to buy one for themselves or for their partners? Over the years, the pictures of fathers with tough baby carriers changed to soft images, there are now even pictures of fathers with babies in slings, such as those of Babylonia. Nobody would have dared to think that 15 years ago!
The fathers point of view
What reasons do the fathers themselves provide? We previously posted a request on our Facebook BabyStuf.nl. Now, our website is mostly being visited by expectant and new mothers, but all our fans bothered to question their partner to submit, thanks for that! Below is a sampling of the responses: “We have a baby carrier for bicycle trips because our youngest daughter, three months old, can otherwise not come with us.” Another male user said: “It’s purely practical, in a busy city it is easier to walk around with a baby carrier than with a stroller! “Another man said that he prefers it to a stroller because the baby is on eye level, so he doesn’t have to look down all the time with his baby. Another man says, “I loved to wear my son in the baby carrier. It feels very safe, snug and warm, and especially in the busy cities or during a short walk with our dog it is very practical. And besides this, it also looks cool! ” And some very social responses: some fathers noted that they also use a baby carrier to help their partner out. However, they also feel that some of the straps are not made for the manly torso’s!
I just read this on scientias.nl: Conception in the future: There’s room for virgin moms! In her book, author and biologist Aarathi Prasad discusses conception in the past years. From the first period of humanity, when women were no more than a breeding machine, till the first IVF baby and attempts to produce a baby from stem-, sperm- and egg cells. But Prasad goes even further. Infertility becomes a bigger and bigger problem. Couples take more time before deciding to have children and there are symptoms of a disintegration of the Y-chromosome with men. This only counts 45 genes instead of the 1400 that it used to be, which are no good findings for mankind to discover. But there is news: Prasad states that if there are already animals who can reproduce without male cells, then why can’t we? She names certain shark, insect and plant species for examples of virgin conception. I was aware of these. However, completely new for me is the science that human egg cells too can reproduce without male sperm. There are examples of found cell masses with women who haven’t had sex. This has never produced a healthy baby, but apparently a woman’s body can encourage an egg cell to develop. And in 2004, the first mouse was born without a biological father. Prasad is convinced that in the future it will be possible to produce a baby by means of genetic manipulation. The possibilities are unprecedented. A backside of this is that it can only lead to the birth of girls unless it will be possible to produce a Y-chromosome in the future too.
It all sounds promising and I definitely see the advantages for women, but it does give me shivers. I immediately think of the scientist Michel Audan, who states that physical contact is so important in every phase of our reproduction, from conception to breast-feeding. Where the substance, oxytocin is produced and makes sure that you can open up to others at a whole different, deeper level. According to him, a lack of oxytocin leads to stress with the baby and disorders like ADHD and autism. In short, where is the love?
Past Sunday my father in law passed away after being seriously ill. He was 77 years old, an extraordinary man, full of life, always interested in what I did and a key figure in our family, a memorable man. When I told my friends the sad news, they also reminded me it isn’t just a sad period, but a special one too. It seems as if there is a connection with all sorts of memories you have forgotten, a friend told me. That seems to be right; in the conversations between my husband and his brothers during the days we extensively got together, these memories and stories came up again. ‘Oh yes’, that’s true, was frequently called out. The concept father and mother gets a whole new meaning in comparison with the meanings we point out in our field. In my experience, saying goodbye to someone and the death of a beloved one changes something in the atmosphere. Something very special was, that on that moment, I remembered the birth of my children. Death and birth, two completely opposite events, and yet they are so close.