Encouraging healthy habits starts now!

By Julie Gerad, Brilliant Baby Products 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.  September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

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!

 

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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.

 

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Terra Kids Multi-functional Backpack: This kid-sized outdoor backpack from HABA Toys is perfect for budding hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.   Its padded back incorporates an ergonomically shaped ventilation system and the shoulder straps are padded as well.   Sold for $66.49 on the HABA Toys website.

 

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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.

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Wave Runner Beach Ball from Flash Sales: Wave Runner Beach Ball creates powerful speed when thrown in any open water play at the beach or lake. It has the ability to bounce high and fast for a great water sports experience. Sold for $9.99 on the Flash Sales website.

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Upside Down Yoga: Upside Down Games offer physical, social, and intellectual benefits for players of all ages.   The company offers several games like the Yoga Spinner or the Yogi Finder to promote family connectedness and health.  Sold for $7.95- $29.95 on the Upside Down Games website

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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.

 

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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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Top Five Diaper Bag Essentials

By Kathleen Tomes, BBP President and Blog Editor

Today’s modern mom spends more time on-the-go than ever before!  That means it’s more important than ever to make sure she has everything she and baby need while out and about.  Here are our Brilliant Baby Products’ Top Five Diaper Bag Essentials: 

 

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Sunscreen, Shampoo & Body Wash: Protect baby’s delicate skin from the harmful UV rays and harsh outdoor elements with the Dolphin Organics sunscreen and moisturizers.  Both are part of the Dolphin Organics “Naturals Line.”  The SPF 35 and SPF 50 mineral sunscreen offers protection from both UV-A and UV-B rays without harsh chemicals or nano particles.  Dolphin Organics Shampoo and Body Wash is 100% natural and certified organic ingredients and uses organic aloe leaf juice to gently cleanse your baby’s hair and skin without stripping their natural oils.  The Dolphin Organics Bubble Bath is hypoallergenic and tear free.  It’s the perfect way to end your little one’s day of traveling.  Each sold for $11.99 – $19.99 on the Dolphin Organics website.

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Changing Pad: Forget about those bulky diaper changing pads that you have to wash pretty much every time you use them.   The DaddyScrubs Disposable Diaper Changing Pads are every new parent’s best Disposable Diaper Changing Pads are ultra absorbent to quickly lock in moisture while ensuring a leak-proof barrier so no liquid will seep through onto your changing surface. Sold in packs of 10 for $7.95 on the Daddy Scrubs website.

Wipes:  Dr. Brown’s Tooth and Gum Wipes are perfect for teething babies.  They are fluoride-free and can be used on new teeth or just gums.  They are perfect for establishing healthy dental routines with little ones.  Dr. Brown’s also offers Nose & Face Wipes and Pacifier & Bottle Wipes to keep little faces and bottles clean and sanitized on-the-go!  .  Sold for  $8-10 each at Babies R Us, Walmart. Target & Buy Buy Baby and online at the Dr. Brown’s website.

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Boken Every Day Diaper Bag:  Style and function merge in the Boken Every Day Diaper Bag.  The bag comes with detachable messenger and backpack straps, wipes clean and includes a large inner mesh pocket and zip pocket.  It features easy access to an outer flap baby bottle pockets and water bottle packet and even folds into a small zip ouch for easy storage and traveling. It’s also unisex so both moms and dads can carry it!  Sold for $68 on the Boken website.

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Baby Carrier:  With the Moby Go, not only can you leave the bulky stroller at home, there are many benefits to carrying baby.  Babies who are carried cry less and, generally, get sick less often.  The Moby Go from Moby Wrap is made for infants weighing 15 -45lbs.  The carrier evenly distributes baby’s weight across mom’s shoulders and hips and also encourages baby to sit in an ergonomically correct position.  Sold for $79.95 on the Moby Wrap website. 

 

 By Nicole Moon, BBP Blog ContributorToday’s modern mom spends more time on-the-go than ever before!  That means it’s more important than ever to make sure she has everything she and baby need while out and about.  Here are our Brilliant Baby Products’ Top Five Diaper Bag Essentials:

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Sunscreen, Shampoo & Body Wash: Protect baby’s delicate skin from the harmful UV rays and harsh outdoor elements with the Dolphin Organics sunscreen and moisturizers.  Both are part of the Dolphin Organics “Naturals Line.”  The SPF 35 and SPF 50 mineral sunscreen offers protection from both UV-A and UV-B rays without harsh chemicals or nano particles.  Dolphin Organics Shampoo and Body Wash is 100% natural and certified organic ingredients and uses organic aloe leaf juice to gently cleanse your baby’s hair and skin without stripping their natural oils.  The Dolphin Organics Bubble Bath is hypoallergenic and tear free.  It’s the perfect way to end your little one’s day of traveling.  Each sold for $11.99 – $19.99 on the Dolphin Organics website.

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Changing Pad: Forget about those bulky diaper changing pads that you have to wash pretty much every time you use them.   The DaddyScrubs Disposable Diaper Changing Pads are every new parent’s best Disposable Diaper Changing Pads are ultra absorbent to quickly lock in moisture while ensuring a leak-proof barrier so no liquid will seep through onto your changing surface. Sold in packs of 10 for $7.95 on the Daddy Scrubs website.

Wipes:  Dr. Brown’s Tooth and Gum Wipes are perfect for teething babies.  They are fluoride-free and can be used on new teeth or just gums.  They are perfect for establishing healthy dental routines with little ones.  Dr. Brown’s also offers Nose & Face Wipes and Pacifier & Bottle Wipes to keep little faces and bottles clean and sanitized on-the-go!  .  Sold for  $8-10 each at Babies R Us, Walmart. Target & Buy Buy Baby and online at the Dr. Brown’s website.

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Boken Every Day Diaper Bag:  Style and function merge in the Boken Every Day Diaper Bag.  The bag comes with detachable messenger and backpack straps, wipes clean and includes a large inner mesh pocket and zip pocket.  It features easy access to an outer flap baby bottle pockets and water bottle packet and even folds into a small zip ouch for easy storage and traveling. It’s also unisex so both moms and dads can carry it!  Sold for $68 on the Boken website.

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Baby Carrier:  With the Moby Go, not only can you leave the bulky stroller at home, there are many benefits to carrying baby.  Babies who are carried cry less and, generally, get sick less often.  The Moby Go from Moby Wrap is made for infants weighing 15 -45lbs.  The carrier evenly distributes baby’s weight across mom’s shoulders and hips and also encourages baby to sit in an ergonomically correct position.  Sold for $79.95 on the Moby Wrap website. 

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Breastfeeding 101: Making the experience easier for new mothers

 By Jenny Ho, Brilliant Baby Products Blog Contributor
Research undoubtedly shows breast is best when it comes to feeding baby.  Breastfeeding is shown to reduce the risk of illness, allergies and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome(SIDS) in infants as well as decrease cancer risk and postpartum depression in mothers.  But none of the research has found that breastfeeding is easy.However, new moms and their little ones can get the most out of the breastfeeding experience with some of these great picks from Brilliant Baby Products.

 

 Peek Away 4-in-1 Nursing Essentials Kit - Brilliant Baby Products Breastfeeding 101 Peek Away 4-in-1 Nursing Kit: Nursing on-the-go made easy!  The Peek Away 4-in-1 Nursing Kit has everything mom needs to feed baby comfortably and discreetly.   The kit comes with a portable nursing pillow, diaper-changing pad, nursing cover and a fashionable bag to keep them all organized. The Peek Away 4-in-1 Nursing Kit is sold for $46.98 on Amazon or the Peek Away website. 
 Juno Blu Breast Pump Bag - Brilliant Baby Products Breastfeeding 101 Juno Blu Bag: A must-have for every working nursing mother!  The Juno Blu handbags are designed with the collapsible pump pocket.  The pump pocket allows for easy, functional and discrete access to the breast pump.  Because the pocket is collapsible, it enables the bag to have alternative functions other than just carrying breastfeeding accessories.  The bags are sold online on the Juno Blu website.
 balboa2 Balboa Baby Nursing Pillow:  Comfort is the key when it comes to successful breastfeeding.  The Balboa Baby nursing pillow is designed with comfort in mind.  It’s contoured design helps relieve back, neck and shoulder stress.  It also comes with a machine Balboa Baby Nursing Pillow - Brilliant Baby Products Breastfeeding 101washable and dryable removable cover.  The Balboa Nursing Pillow is sold for $50.00 on the Balboa Baby website.
 Milk Makers Cookies - Brilliant Baby Products New Mom Gifts Milkmakers Lactation Cookies:  Research shows nearly half of moms stop breastfeeding because of insufficient milk supply.  Milkmakers lactation cookies provide mom’s body with the natural nutrition it needs to make milk. They taste delicious, they are baked fresh and delivered straight to the front door.  Starter packages begin at just $19.99.  They are sold online at the Milkmakers website.
 Milkies Milk Savers - Brilliant Baby Products Breastfeeding 101 Milkies Milk Savers:  Any nursing mom will tell you: Every. Drop. Counts.  The creators of the Milkies Milk Savers recognize this. These specially designed bags capture leaked milk from the unattended 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
 Aqua Scale 3-in-1 Baby Tub - Brilliant Baby Products Breastfeeding 101 The Aqua Scale: A new study links baby’s weight gain in the first month with potential IQ later in life. Weight gain is also an indicator of breastfeeding success.  The Aqua Scale helps parents to track baby’s weight gain in between doctors’ visits.  This  3-in-1 scale also works as a baby bath with water thermometer. The Aqua Scale is sold for $69.99 at Babies ‘R Us and Target stores nationwide or on The Aqua Scale website.
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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.   September is recognized as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.  The prevalence of childhood obesity in our country has more than tripled in the past 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).    The organization has also found through research that babies who are breastfed are less likely to be overweight as children and adults.Yet despite the many health benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby, new research finds most moms just aren’t sticking with it. A study published this summer 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.
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