Holiday Gift Ideas for the New Dad

By Brady Uselman, BBP Blog Reporter
Forget the tie and return the cuff links!  (He’ll be getting those for next 18 years).  Today’s new dad deserves something special to mark his first Christmas as a dad! We’ve searched through thousands of products from all around the world to find those truly “brilliant” products to make life easier for new parents.  Our New Dad Gift Idea picks for this year are:

Garmin GPS - Father's Day Gift Idea

Garmin   GPS:  He probably won’t ask for directions – but with a crying baby in the back seat, dad will be glad to have his Garmin GPS with him. From phone apps to installed auto systems, get to doctor’s appointments and other outings easily with a GPS guide and avoid having to keep baby in the car seat for any longer than necessary. They are sold at www.garmin.com

  Piggy Back Rider - Father's Day Gift Idea

Piggyback   Rider:  Let’s face it – dads get the heavy lifting duties, especially as the kids get older! Ditch the strollers and bulky backpack carriers and go for the lightweight, safe and easy Piggyback Rider.  This specialized carrier has a mounted footbar for kids to stand on and give them a bird’s eye view of wherever you are. It can be used for hiking, outings, airports, shopping and more. They are sold for $79.99 at www.PiggybackRider.com

Daddy Scrubs - Father's Day Gift Idea

Daddy   Scrubs:   The dad-to-be can show his pride on delivery day with Daddy Scrubs. These special scrubs stand apart with the words “I’m the Daddy” printed on the back and they double for extra comfort as dad supports his partner through the labor process. These awesome scrubs are sold for $44.95 at www.daddyscrubs.com

Beco Baby Carrier - Father's Day Gift idea

Beco   Baby Carrier:  Carriers are not just a mom thing!  The Beco Baby Carrier comes in super cool dad-approved colors and prints.  These carriers are designed to relieve stress to the back and distribute weight evenly. They are also hand-made with top quality, organic fabrics. They are sold for $135.00- $145.00 at www.BecoBabyCarrier.com
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Best New Products for New and Expecting Parents

 

By Kathleen Tomes, 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.
Valentine’s Boxers for Daddy
  Why it’s “Brilliant”:
New and expecting parents often have to find creative ways to keep the romance alive, especially after baby arrives.   The newest product from Daddy Scrubs helps to do just that.  Their Daddy Scrubs Valentine’s Boxers are sure to be a hit in the bedroom! The non-restrictive, knit cotton boxers let him celebrate fatherhood in style.  They come embellished with a simple heart that reads “I’m The Daddy” and their button fly and elastic waistband makes them ideal for everyday wear – AND special occasions too! They’re sold for $21.95 each on the Daddy Scrubs website.
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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December’s “Dadtrepreneur”: InRoad Toys’ Andy Musliner

By Brady Uselman, BBP Blog Contributor

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Brian opening his Christmas wish present, a big box of cars with older brothers Eric and Alex watching

It started with a Christmas wish.

That wish was made nearly 12 years ago, by then-3 year old Brian Musliner.  All he wanted for Christmas was a big box of cars.   And much to his astonishment and delight, he got exactly what he wished for.  Dozens of them.

“But then came the obvious question,” Brian’s father Andy said. “Where do you drive them all?”

That question sent Andy on a quest to design the perfect way to building roads anywhere.   Andy’s solution rolled out in 2014 with the introduction of PlayTape.

PlayTape is removable tape designed to look like roads.  You can stick and restick it anywhere and it cut or tear it to exactly the size you need.  It’s every little boys dream!

Andy markets and sells PlayTape through his new company InRoad Toys.  Like many entrepreneurs, Andy says becoming a small business owner has presented many challenges.

Andy Muslinger - InRoad Toys - Brilliant Baby Products

Andy Muslinger presenting PlayTape at the New York Toy Fair in 2014

“I wasn’t born and bred in the toy industry, so my biggest challenge is the constant need to learn and navigate a new part of the industry,” he said. “I’m overcoming this by surrounding myself with smart people who know this industry well and by learning to humbly ask a lot of stupid questions and seek sage advice. I am very fortunate to have found some marvelous guides through the toy jungle.”

Those challenges are party of the reason he’s glad he waited until his children were older to launch his businesses.   His number one recommendation to any parent looking to go into business for themselves is to wait until your children are grown.

“You’ll have more mental power and time to dedicate to the effort,” he said. “Don’t lose those precious years when everyone is at home.”

He also recommends making sure you have the money and the time to build your business.

“A new business takes time, unprecedented fortitude, and far more money than you expect. So have your financial house in good order,” he adds. “Think things through carefully, and test your product or business model as inexpensively as you can to see if your business will indeed be a success. No sense wasting years of time and money on something that won’t work. There’s always another great idea around the corner.

While he credits his son for the inspiration to design and create PlayTape, he credits his wife, with whom he just celebrated their 25th anniversary, for giving him the time and encouragement to make this PlayTape dream a reality.

“To be honest, I’ve never been very good at work-life balance,” he adds. “However, I’m blessed with a tremendously supportive wife and family who make my uneven balance feasible. I do take the time to go on family vacations and those are the times I love the most.”

Vacations aside, Andy has big plans for the future of InRoad Toys and PlayTape.   He’s already working on three to four years worth of product line extensions.

PlayTape - Brian Muslinger - InRoad Toys

Today, Brian helps his dad with strategic planning for the company

“We have a long road of opportunity ahead of us just with PlayTape (pun intended),” he said. “If in 10 years no child can imagine a world without PlayTape, I will have done my job.”

Oh, and if you’re wondering what happened to Brian, Andy’s now 16 year old son, the one who put this whole thing into motion?  Brian now works along side his dad helping with strategy and merchandising.

More information about InRoad Toys is available at: www.inroadtoys.com

 

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Brilliant Baby Products has declared 2014 the year of the Momtrepreneur.  Each month we will feature a different mom taking her “brilliant” idea and using it to make the lives of parents around the world easier and more fun!

January’s Momtrepreneur: Oogaa’s Sam Skolnik

February’s Momtrepreneur: PRK Products, Inc.’s Paula Roeske

March’s Momtrepreneur:  Moby Wrap’s Gillian Beerman

April’s Momtrepreneur:  Baby Elephant Ears’ Alicia Overby

May’s Momtrepreneur:  Baby Banana Brush’s Sandra Phillips

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Roundup: Gift Ideas for the New Mom

By Kathleen Tomes, BBP Blogger
Do you have a new mom to buy for?  If you’ve ever walked through the baby section of a big-box department store, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the choices.  Let us help you cut through all the clutter and find the perfect gift the new mom in your life will never forget.This month’s roundup is the Top 5 Gift Ideas for New Moms:
  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
  The Woombie: Give mom the gift of sleep. The Woombie the safest and most comfortable swaddle for your baby. Gently hugging the shoulders, tummy and hips, the Woombie allows for natural movement, softly cocooning your baby without restricting mobility or development. Check it out at: www.Thewoombie.com
  Bebe Au Lait Nursing Covers: Bebe au Lait Nursing Covers are the original stylish and patented nursing covers for breastfeeding mothers. These covers allow new moms to breastfeed anytime, anywhere, and in style!  MSRP $35.00 You can check them out at www.BebeAuLait.com
  Belly Buds: Bellybuds are specialized, wearable speakers for expectant mothers that have been uniquely designed to conveniently and safely allow the playing of music and voices to a developing child in the womb. MSRP $49.99 You can check them out at www.BellyBuds.com
  Belly Bandit:  Help mom get her pre-baby body back with the Belly Bandit.  This uniquely designed wrap helps to tighten and shrink mom’s belly back to its pre-pregnancy shape.  MSRP $49.95 www.BellyBandit.com
As always, 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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