Solutions for the top 4 reasons moms quit breastfeeding

 

By Kathleen Tomes, BBP President & Editor
From the moment a child is born, parents face dozens of choices every single day.  Should I use cloth diapers or disposable?  Which car seat will be the safest?  However, none is perhaps more important as the choice to breastfeed.  . A study published in the journal Pediatrics finds only a third of new moms meet their goal to exclusively breastfeed for three months and even fewer make it to the World Health Organization’s recommendation to exclusively breastfeeding for six months.Believe me, I know!  I went through it myself.  As the new mom with twins, I struggled to establish and maintain a breastfeeding routine with my babies. My struggle to nurse led to the creation of our company, Brilliant Baby Products, which now works with dozens of products specifically designed to make life easier for nursing moms.While there are lots of different reasons why women stop breastfeeding, the four most commonly cited problems can be solved with some amazing new products that you can find on store shelves across the nation.Problem #1: Tough beginnings: The simple truth is – breastfeeding is hard work, especially at the beginning. It takes time for both mom and baby to get the hang of it.  Throw in sore nipples and the exhaustion of having a newborn and it’s easy to understand why some moms give up breastfeeding.Solution: Support and comfort.  If you know a new mom who is struggling to breastfeed, offer to help her by putting mom and baby’s comfort first.
  Smart Choices Women:  From contoured nursing pads to prevent leaks to soothing lanolin creams, Smart Choices Women offers a wide variety of products to help nursing moms heal from cracked or bleeding nippes, mastitis and other breastfeeding woes.  The products range in price from $3.00 to $10.00 and can be purchased online at Amazon or Target.  More information on product selection is available on the Smart Choices Women website
  Boppy: A nursing mom’s must-have! These crescent-shaped pillows lift  baby to a more ergonomic position for feedings.  The pillow also transitions to the perfect spot for propping, tummy time and learning to sit.  There’s no wonder the Boppy is America’s #1 Baby Product!  Boppy pillows are sold for $39.99 at stores across the country or at the online Boppy store.
Problem #2: Concerns over just how much baby is getting:  It’s hard to quantify what you can’t see and because breast milk digests easier, breastfed babies want to eat more and more often.  Couple that with the pressures of making sure baby gains an appropriate amount of weight in between doctors’ visits, moms aren’t wrong to get the idea they aren’t giving baby enough.Solution #2:  Give mom the tools she needs to track baby’s progress at home.
  Milkscreen: Take the guesswork out of breast milk production.  The new innovative MilkScreen calculator not only helps mom figure out exactly how much breast milk she is producing, it also calculates whether her breastmilk production is normal, high or low for her baby.  The calculator kit costs $19.99 and can be purchased online at Target or at the UpSpring Baby website.
  Milkies:  For moms who struggle with low breast milk supply, the Milkies Milk Savers can be a lifesaver.  These specially designed bags capture leaked milk from the unused breast when mom is feeding baby or pumping with a single breast pump.  This extra milk can be stored for baby to receive via bottle at a later feeding.   Milkies can be purchased for $27.95 at select baby boutiques nationwide or online at the My Milkies website
  The Aqua Scale:  Track baby’s weight gain and progress in between doctors’ visits with The Aqua Scale.  This incredible scale doubles as a baby bath, complete with water thermometer, so that baby is comfortable and happy during weigh ins.  The Aqua Scale is sold for $69.99 at Babies ‘R Us and Target stores nationwide or on The Aqua Scale website.
Problem #3: Fear of nursing in public: Time and time again we hear horror stories of women kicked out of public malls, restaurants and stores for breastfeeding her child in public. Even though breastfeeding is a natural process, our culture unfortunately doesn’t support it.Solution #3: There’s a trick nursing in public without drawing attention and it starts with having the right foundation: a good nursing bra, an easily accessible top and an impressive cover-up.
  Dria Cover:  Stay modest with these stylish nursing covers that give both mom and baby the privacy to feed in public without sharing the intimate moment with those around them.  Dria covers come in a wide variety of colors and prints.  They are sold for $79.95 online at the Dria website.
Problem #4: Going back to work: Working and breastfeeding can be done, but finding the time and place to pump can be stressful and derail even the best of plans.Solution #4:  Before she heads back to work, mom needs to get the support of her boss, her family and her baby’s caregiver.  Then, enlist the timesaving abilities of a great breast pump and bottles designed to make frequent transitioning between breast and bottle as easy as possible for baby.
  Closer to Nature Double Breast Pump by Tommee Tippee: Not only can mom simultaneously pump both breasts at the same time, this pump also eliminates the need to transfer milk from pump containers to bottles.  The pump allows mom to express milk directly into Tommee Tippee bottles or storage pods.  It is sold for $249.99 at most Target and Babies ‘R Us stores nationwide or on the Tommee Tippee website.
Easy Expressions Hands Free Pumping Bra by Medela: This marvelous attachment allows moms to simultaneously pump both breasts at the same time, while keeping her hands free for work or just relaxing.  It’s easy to transport and is compatible with most electronic breast pumps.  It’s sold for $33.99 at department stores nationwide.  More information is available on the Medela website.
  Mimijumi Bottles: The next best thing to mom’s breast is a Mimijumi bottle.  Invented by a doctor, these bottles have nipples just like moms that require baby to latch to get the milk to come out.  They are also vented to reduce colic and have porous features for a more natural feel for baby.  They are sold for $13.99-$14.99 (depending on size) at baby boutiques nationwide and online at the Mimijumi website.
 When it comes to products to make breastfeeding easier, these products are just the beginning.   We love to feature the new products we find on our Brilliant Baby Products Facebookso go “like” us and we’ll also keep you up-to-date on some of the most “Brilliant” baby products available. 

 

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Encouraging healthy habits starts now!

By Alexa Vogue, BBP Blog Contributor

Great news – a recent study finds childhood obesity is declining among young children.  It seems parents are getting the message: developing healthier habits that include increased physical activity is more important than ever.  

At Brilliant Baby Products, we understand the importance of encouraging healthy habits early and that’s why we love these awesome products that get the little ones up and moving in ways that they probably wouldn’t even consider exercise!

 

                       Jungle Jumparoo

Jungle Jumparoo: The Jungle Jumparoo is exercise in disguise.  Unlike dangerous trampolines, this clever bouncer is low to the ground, allowing an easy way to get on and off for all ages.  Just 10 minutes burns more calories than a half hour of running!  Sold for $399 on the Jungle Jumparoo website.

 

 

             zike

Zike:It’s not a bike.  It’s not a scooter.  It’s a ZIKE and it’s the coolest new mode of transportation around.  Made for children as young as five but can be used by adults as well, it looks like a scooter but it’s powered by bike-like pedals.  Priced from $199- $499 each and sold on the Zike website.

ROXS

Roxs: Upside Down Games offer physical, social, and intellectual benefits for players of all ages.A-Champs gets kids between 6 and 10 moving. The company’s game system ROXs is the truly active alternative to game consoles and makes kids run, sweat and actively play. It is powered by latest tech and takes the action off-screen. Connected Play – the Active Way! For more information visit the A-Champs website  

 ring stix

Ring Stix: A cross between playing catch and throwing a Frisbee, RingStix is a fun and easy-to-learn game that can be played anywhere – backyard, parties or at the beach!  Sold for $14.99 on the Ring Stix website.

 

                         the spooner

The Spooner:  Skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding collide in the Spooner Freestyle Board!   This fun board makes it easy to learn new tricks for board sports without fear of falling.  The board improves core strength, stability and coordination.  Sold for $44.95 on the Spooner website.

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Best New Products for New and Expecting Parents

 

By Alexa Vogue, BBP Blogger
From car seats and strollers to swim diapers and sunblock, there’s no doubt about it – having a baby has changed a lot over the last few decades!  Fortunately, many new innovations have hit the market to make it easier than ever to keep baby (and mom and dad) safe, happy and healthy.
As President of Brilliant Baby Products and Editor of our Blog, I get to see a lot of new products come across my desk but only the truly “brilliant” ones get the nod of approval.  These are just a few of my favorite “latest and greatest” baby products to make parenting in this day and age easier.
The Brica Infant Car Seat Comfort Canopy
  Why it’s “Brilliant”:
The infant car seat carrier definitely makes life easier for new parents but it doesn’t protect them from the elements and those people at the grocery store who want to reach in and squeeze their cheeks. The Brica Infant Car Seat Comfort Canopy creates a barrier to protect baby. It’s made from breathable mesh to let the fresh air in while keeping out bugs, rain, wind, and germs from overly friendly strangers.  It’s innovative design works with your car seat/stroller travel systems or lets you carry your car seat with the canopy on. The large zippered opening allows for easy access to your baby. The cover also blocks over 98% of damaging UVA/UVB rays and can be tucked away in a zippered pocket when not in use.  The Comfort Canopy is sold for $24.99 at Target, Babies R Us & Amazon or on the Brica website.
 
Peek Away 4-in-1 Nursing Essentials Kit
  Why it’s “Brilliant”:
Today’s mom is always on the run. The Peek Away 4-in-1 Nursing Essentials Kit comes with everything a nursing mom needs to feed baby while on-the-go.  It includes a nursing pillow, built in changing pad, removable wipes case and a coordinated nursing cover that ensures privacy even in public.  Best of all,  it’s all stored in a fashionable, easy-to-carry bag.   The Peek Away 4-in-1 Nursing Kit is sold for $46.98 at various retail stores in California or on the Peek Away website.
Dolphin Organics Shampoo/Body Wash, Hypoallergenic Lotion and Bubble Bath
  Why they’re “Brilliant”:
Babies are known for their soft, tender skin.  Dolphin Organics products help keep it that way.  The products are dermatologist tested and made from all natural, certified organic materials to give baby the gentle clean she needs.  The fragrance free, tear free Baby Shampoo & Body Wash uses organic aloe leaf juice to gently cleanse your baby’s hair and skin without stripping their natural oils.  The Norfolk Lavender Bubble Bath uses a natural blend of lavender oils and extracts to scent our gentle bubble bath with the relaxing aroma of lavender.  Organic calendula and oat kernel help soothe and protect your baby’s delicate skin, but the whole family can indulge their senses with our Norfolk Lavender bubble bath. The Simply Citrus Lotion is made from a complex blend of organic aloe leaf juice, organic calendula flower and certified natural and organic citrus ingredients designed to rehydrate, protect and nurture sensitive skin. The products are sold for $11.50 – $13.50 each on the Dolphin Organics website.
Preggers Maternity Leggings 
  Why it’s “Brilliant”:
Swelling, tired legs and feet are just one of the not-so-fun complications of being pregnant.   The solution is compression stockings and if you’ve ever had to buy them you’ll know that they come in two different styles:  ugly and uglier. Not anymore!  Fashion meets function with the Preggers Gradient Compression Maternity Leggings.  Mom looks AND feels great by layering Preggers leggings with their favorite maternity tunic or dress. The gradient compression delivers a controlled amount of squeeze that’s greatest at your ankle and gradually gets lighter up the leg helping to improve circulation, prevent swelling and energize tired legs and feet.  Support top expands to comfortably fit a growing belly and does not have a “Panel” making it a product you can wear before, during and after pregnancy. They’re sold for sold for $36.95 each.  Go to rupreggers.com to find a retailer near you or to buy online.
The Ultimate Thermometer
 Temp Traq Why it’s “Brilliant”:TempTraq is the first and only 24-hour intelligent thermometer that continuously senses, records, and sends alerts of a child’s temperature to your mobile device. This wearable Bluetooth thermometer that continuously monitors body temperature and provides convenient alerts to give parent’s peace of mind and their sick children the rest they need to get better. A soft comfortable patch is placed under the arm and continuously senses, records and transmits temperature information using Bluetooth technology to a compatible smart device. This allows parents to monitor their sick child from the next room via the TempTraq app on a device up to 40-feet away, every 10 seconds for 24-hours. Alerts will let a parent know when a child’s temperature is higher than desired. Parents may conveniently monitor multiple thermometers simultaneously, and also email temperature data to healthcare professionals or family members with one touch. Each is sold for $24.99. Visit temptraq.com for more information and to purchase.
And because I love all of these products so much – I’ve put together a giveaway for you.  To enter, just go to our Brilliant Baby Products website.   These products are just the tip of the iceberg!   We love to feature the new products we find on our Brilliant Baby Products Facebook so go “like” us and we’ll also keep you up-to-date on some of the most “Brilliant” baby products available.

 

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Healthy baby = happy parents!

By Kathleen Tomes, BBP Blog Editor
There’s nothing a parent worries about more than keeping their child healthy and happy, but with so many products on the market being recalled these days, its hard to know who to trust when it comes to your child’s health.I have sorted through thousands of baby products to choose those with a proven track record of keeping babies healthy.   These are some of my favorites:
                   Milkies: Doctors and nurses will tell you breastfeeding is best for baby, but many mothers still struggle to produce enough breast milk for their babies. Milkies help nursing moms boost their breast milk production by collecting the milk from the “other side” while the baby feeds. MSRP $27.95  You can check them out at www.MyMilkies.com
                  me4kidz First Aid Kits To Go:  Ouchies are inevitable, but these kid-friendly first aid kits get them on the mend in no time.  The kits include bandages, ointments, creams and, of course, stickers to help parents replace tears with smiles. MSRP $5.95  You can check them out at www.me4kidz.com
 kolibree Kolibree’s Toothbrush: This connected electric toothbrush allows you to transform what was once a tedious activity into a fun and creative experience for the whole family using 3D motion sensor technology. The Android & iOS apps provide individual brushing programs, real-time feedback and games to keep kids and adults motivated to improve their brushing habits. Prices starts at $99 Find out more www.kolibree.com
                  Baby Banz: Protect your little one’s eyes from the sun’s dangerous UV rays.  These sunglasses are specially designed for comfort with stretchable bands to keep them on your child’s head.  The company also offers swim googles and ski masks for the active family. MSRP $17.00  You can check them out at www.BabyBanz.com
                Aqua Scale:  Keep track of baby’s weight as he grows, without having to make a doctors appointment.  The Aqua Scale’s unique design gives baby a soothing bath.  The innovative technology records baby’s precise weight compensating for water and movement.  MSRP $69.99 You can check them out at  www.UpSpringBaby.com
No matter what products you use, baby’s health is of the most utmost importance. At Brilliant Baby Products, we are committed to finding the most “brilliant” baby products on the market and bring them to the parents who need them. We also love to feature our finds on our Brilliant Baby Products Facebookso go “like” us and we’ll also keep you up-to-date on some of the latest and greatest baby products available. 

 

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