Encouraging healthy habits starts now!

 

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!

 

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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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Great news – a recent studyfinds 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!

 

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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.

Like what you see?  Follow the Brilliant Baby Products Facebook page to get daily updates on awesome new products that make parenting easier and more fun!

 

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March’s Momtrepreneur: Moby Wrap’s Gillian Beerman

gillian_monteryThere was no “ah-ha” moment when Gillian Beerman decided she to start the Moby Wrap company.  It was more of a gradual evolution.

“I had just had my second child and at the time was teaching parenting classes where I would wear him to class in one of those more structured baby carriers,” Gillian recalls.  “At the end of one of those class I had a student bring me this wrap that she had bought in Europe to try out and I did and I just loved it.”

So she started wearing the new wrap to her classes and received frequent questions about it.

“Short of going to Europe, wraps like it just weren’t being sold in the United States,” she adds.  And then came the moment when it all came together.

“I went to go visit my dad who was living in Thailand at that time and found a great manufacturer and a good fabric and we just went with it,” Gillian said.

Using her own personal funding, Gillian brought the first batch of Moby Wrap’s to market in the United States.   That was 11 years ago.

Since then, her family has grown and her business has faced numerous challenges as she experimented with different colors, designs and growing the product line.

“It seems to me that the challenges get harder as we go on,” Gillian said. “There are days when I question whether it’s all worth it and other days when I know this is exactly what I’m meant to be doing.”

Now a mother of four, she’s thankful for the flexibility of owning her own company but adds that being able to take the time to go to a tournament or volunteer in the classroom often means staying up late or getting up early.

“Work happens 24 hours a day,” she adds. “We work with manufacturers and clients all around the world so I might find myself on a phone call at three in morning at times.  You just have to be flexible.”

If that seems crazy, hectic and stressful, Gillian admits that it is.  But she also says it’s the feedback she gets from parents who use her products that makes it all worth it.

“We hear from the parents of a premature baby that is now thriving because they are able to have that comfort of being held close or the adoptive parents who have been able to better bond with their child because of the Moby,” Gillian said.  “That makes it worth it.”

As for other mothers who are thinking about starting their own business, Gillian does have some words of advice.

“Make sure you’re ready.  Pick something your passionate about and have a good support system.”

What’s next for Gillian?

“We’re still working to grow the company,” she said.   That includes expanding the Moby Wrap product lines, adding new brands and focusing her new distribution company, Ivy Street Distributing.

 

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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

 

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What parents are doing wrong when it comes to infant sleep

By Nicole Moon, BBP Blog ContributorTalk about a scary statistic – a new poll has found that even though most mothers know the rules about putting baby to sleep safely, more than half say they don’t follow them!    In fact, 66 percent admit to putting baby to sleep on her tummy or putting extra items in baby’s cribs.  Both of which are known to increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

We recognizes that while those first few months with a newborn can certainly be exhausting, rather than putting baby at risk, there are some things you can do to make sure baby (and parents!) get their ZZZZs in safely.

 DayDreamer Sleeper - Brilliant Baby Products 1. Inclined Sleep:  Inclined sleeping is proven to help babies sleep better, longer and the DayDreamer Sleeper from Dex Products is just what the doctor ordered.  With it’s perfect 2Breathable Bedding - Brilliant Baby Products8 degree incline, the DayDreamer Sleeper helps to prevent reflux and promote better breathing.  It’s extremely portable – so it can go wherever mom goes – which makes it perfect for naptime, although it can be used at nighttime as well.  Sold for $129.00 exclusively at Babies ‘R’ Us. More information on the DayDreamer Sleeper website.  
 Mum2Mum Dream Swaddle - Brilliant Baby Products 2.  Swaddled:  Swaddling has actually been shows to reduce the risk of SIDS as well as decreases crying in infants and even helps to prevent and reduce postpartum depression in new mothers. The DreamSwaddle™ from Mum 2 Mum is unique in that it is a completely fitted and adjustable baby swaddle is so easy to use.  It’s double wrap system ensures that your baby is kept secure all night long.  It has a double-ended zip at the front for easy diaper change and even has a convenient safely belt slot for use in a child car seat.  It comes in four different patterns ranging from $29.95 to $36.95, depending on size.  The DreamSwaddle is sold on the Mum 2 Mum website

 Cloud B Sleep Sheep - Brilliant Baby Products

3. White Noise:  White noise, especially sounds that mimic what baby heard when in utero, are great soothers for babies.  The Cloud B Sleep Sheep offers this in a cute and cuddly package!  The Sleep Sheep offers four soothing sound options: Mother’s heartbeat, Spring showers, Ocean surf, Whale songs.   The plush animal comes with a Velcro tab to be easily attached to baby’s crib and it even comes with two timer options so it will automatically shut off after baby has fallen asleep.   Sold for $29.95 on the Cloud B website.  
 Snuza Hero Monitor - Brilliant Baby Products 4. Monitored Sleeping:  Believe it or not, one of the biggest distractions for a sleeping baby is actually its parents.   Sometimes its hard to let your newborn just sleep while fighting the urge to check in every few minutes.  Parents can rest a little easier when using the Snuza Hero Baby Monitor.  Snuza Hero is a mobile and easy-to-use movement monitor which clips onto baby’s diaper to ensure that normal movement is maintained. Hero detects even the slightest movement and will alert mom if baby’s movements movements are very weak or fall to less than 8 movements per minute. If no movement at all is detected for a period of 15 seconds, Hero will vibrate gently. Often this vibration is enough to rouse the baby, and Hero will revert to monitoring mode.   Sold for  $129.99 online and in the Phoenix Valley at BabyTown.
 Breathable Bedding - Brilliant Baby Products 5. Breathable Bedding:  The crib bumper gets a safety makeover with the new Breathable Mesh Crib Liner from Breathable Baby.  Soft and padded, these liners not only help to keep little limbs safely inside the crib, they also reduce the risks of suffocation and entanglement. BreathableBaby’s exclusive fabric promotes airflow and helps maintain air access.  Sold for $28.99 on the Breathable Baby website and at Target.
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February’s Momtrepreneur: PRK Products’ Paula Roeske

By Nicole Moon, BBP Blog Contributor

Most businesses start off with an idea. 

For Paula Roeske, hers started off by accident… literally.

Brilliant Baby Products - PRK Product's Paula Roeske“My triplets were just getting into the baby food phase and I brought one of the boys into the pantry with me to pick out his meal and a jar of baby food literally toppled from the shelf and fell on his toe and broke it,” recalls Roeske. 

You can imagine how many jars of baby food it takes to keep three strapping infants well-fed and Paula, like most parents, had the food jars stacked on the shelf.  A delicate balancing act of proper nutrition.

That night after returning from the hospital, Roeske decided she needed to rearrange her pantry. She looked all over the place for a product that would help her but could not find any products designed to hold baby food jars. In the back of her mind, and later on paper, she designed a baby food jar organizer that would alleviate those toppling stacks and make it easier for parents to grab-and-go when they were in a rush. 

Yet, as a busy working mom of four, it took her nearly ten years before she took the idea from paper to prototype.  Using seed money from her husband, who is also a successful entrepreneur, she started up PRK Products, Inc. from their family home in Texas.

“I took my prototypes to a trade show and gained the confidence that I had very brand-able products so it was time to pull up the sleeves and dig in,” she said.

But she soon found out, going into business for yourself isn’t always easy.

“My first manufacturer committed fraud. It cost me one year and the $250,000 listed above. I ended up suing,” Roeske said. The case eventually settled out of court and Paula collected less than half of her initial investment.

But the Paula didn’t give up. 

“Just because you have a great idea does not mean that is enough,” she said, “Just because everyone tells you this is going to be the ‘next must have item’ does not mean ‘presto’ it will happen.”

Paula says the biggest lesson she has learned the key to entrepreneurship is that having good employees people and good relationships with suppliers and sellers.

She has now hired her sister, Elizabeth, as her vice-president and together they’ve expanded the company product line to not only include the Food Jar Organizer but a new Bottle Organizer as well.  Both are now sold online at on the PRK Products website and Babies ‘R’ Us online.  They’re alvailable at select Buy Buy Baby stories and boutique stores across the country.

Paula says she’s thankful for the growing market of parents for her success. Roeske said with about 4 million babies born each year and more than 32 million moms in America, there are plenty of parents shopping for products to make their lives easier.

“I think it’s a really hard time to raise kids,” she said. “A lot of moms find themselves cities and states away from family, and they’re looking for advice.”

If she can help those parents find a little extra time in the day by making it less stressful to find a jar of baby food or a bottle of milk, Paula said she feels like it has been a worthwhile pursuit.

“The whole premise of my company is to make life a little easier, a little more convenient,” she said.

And Paula knows exactly how that feels.  In addition to running PRK Products, she also works full-time for her husband’s company.   Her triplets are now in middle school and life is well, just busy.

“We all have the same 24 hours a day in life. I can tell you this, yes my life is busy but, my life is not boring and it has made me appreciate all the little things that I was not paying enough attention to before.”

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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

 

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