KidKusion | Teething Armour

Cover shopping cart handles, crib rails, and stroller bars with this multi-purpose teething pad. Simple solutions to soothe a teething baby.

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KidKusion Teething Armour

 
Cover shopping cart handles, crib rails, and stroller bars with this multi-purpose teething pad from KidKusion.

Learn more at Kidkusion.com
 

Innovation:

When baby’s gums are fired up as their teeth are coming in, parents will do whatever it takes, wherever they are, to help ease the pain. The teething pad is a one-of-a-kind pad attachment to any sort of rail that baby’s mouth might encounter. With low profile hook and loop fasteners, the pad attaches securely without potential for scratching baby or grabbing clothing. It’s sensorial pad has a ridge and bump pattern for baby to massage their gums and teeth all they want.
 
Also from Teething Armour is a clever wrist band teether that slides over baby’s hand giving them a soft, food grade silicone bump and ridge plate landing pad for their sore gums, and keeps fingers free to explore.
 

Usability:

Easy to use and quick on-and-off, the teething pad is a simple solution to soothe the wrath of a teething baby and protect them from the toxins and germs on shopping cart handles. It’s 4 velcro loops allow you to attach your keys, as well as baby’s toys. Machine washable. Ages 3 months and up.
 

Price:

Teething pad: $17.99
Teething wrist pad: $5.99
Gnaw on with this collection from KidKusion.

Swado | Baby Swaddles

Not all swaddles are created equal and Swado has just set the bar. It uses self-adhering technology to eliminate the noise of velcro, holding just as strong

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Swado Swaddle

 
Baby swaddling has been documented for hundreds of years, developed out of a very real need for babies (and parents) to get the sleep they need. First-generation swaddling blankets have evolved over time as researchers expanded their understanding of infant development and safe sleeping options. Now, we’re faced with a dense market of swaddles, swaddle sacks, and sleep sacks each featuring some combination of unique fabric, fancy wrapping technique and secure velcro closures.
That said, not all swaddles are created equal and new-to-market Swado has just set the bar.
 
Visit their website to learn more.

Innovation:

Touting GoodCatch™ Fabric, this swaddle uses a long-lasting microfiber with self-adhering technology to effectively eliminate the painful scratching noise of velcro while holding just as strong. The swaddle features a safety chest strap, strapping under the arms to keep the swaddle from riding up and over baby’s mouth and nose. It’s elastic banded leg pouch easily opens to allow for quick, quiet diaper changes while keeping baby’s arms wrapped.
 

Usability:

This swaddle is easy to put on baby in a matter of seconds. It allows for any arm positioning to suit baby’s sleeping preferences. Forget velcro, with Swado there’s literally no noise involved in micro-adjusting the wings for a precise custom fit. You can wash the swaddle hundreds of times without losing any holding strength, and it doesn’t adhere to baby’s other clothes in the dryer. Cold night? Because of the unique design, parents can secure an extra blanket within its wings.
 

Price:

$39.99 – $44.99
Whisper quiet, soft, incredibly well-designed, and recommended by the international hip dysplasia institute, this swaddle takes the cake. Get one, then get that much needed rest.
Be sure to check out Swado’s new, regular cotton model, “Sweet Almond”, in early 2018.
 

Babycup | Baby and Toddler First Cups

Put yourself in your baby’s position: how easy is it to drink out of something the size of a bucket? Little mouths need little cups.

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Babycup | Baby and Toddler First Cups

Put yourself in your baby’s position: how easy is it to drink out of something the size of a bucket? Little mouths need little cups. Babycup promotes learning, independence, co-ordination, jaw development and dental health.
Learn more at Babycup.com and check them out on Facebook.

Innovation:

Babycup is simple and that’s the beauty of it. No lid, no handle. No moving parts. No hard to reach areas to gather mold or bacteria. Best of all, no spout or no-spill valve, so your child learns to sip, not suck.
 
Babycup reinforces the concept that sippy cups were really invented to make life easier for parents without consideration for the development of children, chiefly in the elevation of the tongue, which affects the suckle-swallow pattern from infancy to toddler. A tongue that can’t elevate impedes speech and language development.
 

Usability:

A perfect size and weight for baby, you’ll be amazed and proud to see what your child can do with a little time and support. Babycup is non-toxic, BPA/Phthalate-free, and dishwasher and steam-sterilizer safe.
 

Price:

$12.99 for 4 Cups
You won’t need more than 4 cups and you’ll reuse them often. It’s a fair price for a food safe product which also develops your baby’s fine motor skills.
 

Yarlap | Bladder Control Products

Yarlap is designed specifically for women to reestablish pelvic floor muscle control and reclaim their bodies by treating the cause, not the symptoms.

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Yarlap | Eliminate Bladder Leaks

 
Giving birth, aging, and athletic performance can impose trauma on the female pelvic floor muscles. Treatment for the resulting incontinence and sexual performance can be expensive, including pads, medications, or even surgery. The Yarlap is designed specifically for women to reestablish pelvic floor muscle control and reclaim their bodies.
Learn more at Yarlap.com, and for $25 off and free shipping, use promo code “PARENTCO”

 

Innovation

Treating the cause, not the symptoms, Yarlap devices are used by the National Health Care Systems of France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Scandinavia. Safe and comfortable, the technology utilizes years of knowledge using TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) and NMES (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation) effectively, with patents in the field for medical device efficacy and safety. The Yarlap is FDA cleared and proven effective and safe.
 

Usability

Women are told to do Kegels, but targeting the Kegel muscles can be difficult, with over 50% of women unable to perform the exercise even with professional training. When the muscles are weak, the signal to move the muscle is often lost, rendering the exercise useless. Yarlap sends the signal directly to the muscle, giving women back their control.
 
The Yarlap unit comes with a comfortable, insertable PC Stimulator and personal lubricant. You simply lie back for 20 minutes a day, 3-5 days each week to yield noticeable results in short time.
 
Bonus: It’s delivered in nondescript packaging.
 

Price

$299.00
Can you really put a price on a surgery-free, drug-free solution for a lifetime of continued laughing, coughing, sneezing, exercising, and loving?

eMeals | Meal Planning Made Easy

The process of feeding the family, or yourself for that matter, is expensive and consumes valuable time and energy. eMeals has a solution.

Meal Planning, Recipes, Shopping List, and Peace of Mind

 
Learn more at eMeals.com
The process of feeding the family, or yourself for that matter, is expensive and consumes valuable time and energy. Planning ahead is hard. Following through on the plan is harder.
 
Simplify the process. Save money. Stop wasting food. Earn time. Get eMeals!

Innovation:

The concept is simple, but extremely powerful. Get the app, and choose a meal plan that meets your needs. Select the meals from the plan. Let the app auto-generate your grocery list. Visit the grocery store one time each week. They offer a variety of plans suiting individual needs, tastes, and health goals as well. From heart healthy and Paleo plans, to kid and budget friendly plans, they cover it all.
 
If only it could clean up after you, as well.
 
Bonus: Grocery delivery is available through Instacart, Amazon Fresh, Walmart Grocery, or Kroger ClickList.
 

Usability:

The user interface in the app is completely intuitive. The grocery list generator is by far the best feature bringing together all the ingredients (and, anything else you want to add) for each of the recipes you intend to use into a single checklist right on your phone. Easily share the list with your partner, spouse, or roommate, if it’s easier for them to get to the store that day. Or, better yet, just have that food delivered.
 

Price:

eMeals is $5 per month, and offers a 14-day free trial.
As far as value goes, eMeals takes the cake. Sign me up!
 

Travel Tray | Cup and Snack Holder

Almost every parent can recall a time when they were less than safe in the car when reaching into the back seat to aid a kiddo who has dropped something.

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Travel Tray | Cup and Snack Holder

Learn more at traveltray.us
Travel Tray is an innovation that is simple in design, yet makes all the difference in avoiding messes in the car, and the distraction that comes with trying to clean them up. Fit it in your child’s car seat for a snack on the road, or keep it up front for yourself!

Overall: 4.5

RATING SCALE 1 – 5

Innovation Rating: 5

When you see it you realize how simple an idea Travel Tray is, but that doesn’t make it any less innovative. Almost every parent can recall a time when they were less than safe in the car when reaching into the back seat to aid a kiddo who has dropped something. As simple as it is, Travel Tray is certainly innovative. It also makes a great travel companion for adults on road trips and as an accessory for camping. There are a million uses for Travel Tray.

Usability Rating: 3

When we saw the product for the first time at a recent trade show, it seemed to be working really well in a myriad of seats. We wanted to give the Travel Tray a higher rating for usability, but we did have a tough time getting it to sit snugly in the booster seat we had available. With that said, we contacted the Travel Tray team and they already have a more universal fit system in the works.  Don’t let this rating dissuade you from buying this product. It will most likely fit your make and model.

Price Rating: 5

$14.99
Travel Tray is priced perfectly. These days, there’s not much you can get for less than twenty bucks that will give you the peace of mind and adaptability that Travel Tray offers.

LugBug | Car Seat Handle

LugBug is designed by engineers and ergonomics experts to alleviate that strain that comes with the unnatural carrying position of the modern car seat.


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LugBug | Car Seat Carrier Handle

Learn more at shoplugbug.com
If you’ve ever carried a carseat with a baby for any length of time, you can relate to the forearm, shoulder, back, or wrist pain that comes along with the chore. Sure, there are “techniques” for easing the wrenching, but it just seems to get worse the bigger your baby gets. Stop the struggle and avoid injury with LugBug, the sturdy, multi-angle adjustable, clip-on car seat carrier.

Overall: 4.0

RATING SCALE 1 – 5

 

Innovation Rating: 5

LugBug is designed by engineers and ergonomics experts to alleviate that strain that comes with the unnatural carrying position that’s par for the course with all baby seats. It allows you to reposition your arm and shoulder into the most convenient carrying position for you.

Usability Rating: 4

We noticed on some occasions the LugBug could bump into the door jamb when we were putting the seat in and the seat handle was at full, upright extension. So, you either need to unclip it, or put the handle down. Lightweight in and of itself, it did seem to make the carrier a tad heavier than normal. While these small things are worth considering, it seems like a fair tradeoff considering you’re saving your joints and ligaments from considerable strain.

Price Rating: 4

$39.99
There is a ton of thoughtful engineering that went into the design of LugBug, but we did find the price tag a tad high when considering all of the other necessary items you need to purchase as a new parent. With that said, this is the perfect gift for someone who is expecting. It’s something that they might not initially buy for themselves, but they’ll be very thankful that you did!

WutsupBaby | Organic Quinoa Cereal

Say hello to WutsupBaby, a healthy, high-quality meal option leveraging the nutritional power of quinoa.  

 


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WutsupBaby | Organic Quinoa Cereal

Learn more at wutsupbaby.com
Ensuring our kids are getting regular nutritious meals and snacks sets them on track for a life of good health, and that’s one of the best gifts we can offer them. That said, it’s hard for busy parents to find the time and energy to prepare nutrient-rich meals every morning. Say hello to WutsupBaby, a healthy, high-quality meal option leveraging the nutritional power of quinoa.  

Overall Rating: 4.67

Rating Scale: 1-5

Innovation Rating: 5

The quinoa powder is pre-cooked so you just add your liquid of choice (water, juice, or breast milk). The individual packets are a totally portable and convenient snack option made from simple, nutritious ingredients: quinoa, fruits, and vegetables.
 

Usability Rating: 5

Packaged in appropriately sized 0.5-oz. easy-to-open packets, you can have breakfast made for your 6+-month-old (4+ months with the “original” option) in under three minutes while holding her in one arm. (I did this.)
 

Price Rating: 4

$10 – $11
With eight packets in a box, you’re essentially getting a week’s worth of breakfast options for approximately $1.25 per serving. The 0.5 oz. size is just the right amount for a single serving if you slice up some banana or mix with applesauce or yogurt. If you buy in bulk, you can find quinoa for $5 to $8/lb (~$0.25/serving). Ask yourself if the time and energy to grind, heat, cool, and mix before feeding your kiddo in the morning is worth that $1 difference. For me, it totally is.

LulaKids | LulaClips & LulaBlocs

Getting your kids in and out of the car can be a (literal) pain. Enter LulaKids’ genius parenting hacks, LulaClips and LulaBlocs.


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LulaKids | LulaClips & LulaBlocs

See more at lulakidsbrand.com
Getting your kids in and out of the car can be a (literal) pain, and you’re going to do it thousands of times before they’re riding along without a car- or booster-seat. You’re struggling to wrangle a squirming child between the car seat’s tangled buckles and straps, and, giving up, you have to fish out the straps from underneath them – not fun for anyone. The kids grab for the buckles, but it’s a hot day, and the buckles are like branding irons. If your kids are older and riding in booster seats, you want to empower them to clip themselves in, but when the buckle is flopping around or buried between the seat back and cushion, your opportunity is lost.
 
Enter LulaKids’ genius parenting hacks, LulaClips and LulaBlocs.

Overall Rating: 5

 

rating scale: 1-5

Innovation Rating: 5

I wish I’d invented these simple, effective devices. The clip attaches to the carseat with a well-guarded safety pin so kids won’t poke themselves. The magnet on the clip has just the right amount of resistance to keep the straps out of the way. That’s all there is to the LulaClip, and it does it’s job really well. High Five!
 
The LulaBloc slides over the receiving end of the buckle and holds it in place so you, and your child, can always find it. It’s a simple solution to an annoying problem. Interestingly, emergency workers have found that LulaBlocs increase the ease and efficiency of removing a child from their booster seat – a very good thing, especially in emergencies.
 

Usability Rating: 5

Pinning a LulaClip to your car seat is simple, and it stays there firmly, once attached. Pro Tip: Get a second set of clips to use on your jogging stroller. Sliding a LulaBloc over the buckle is also a breeze and never requires re-installation or adjustment.
 

Price Rating: 5

$12.95 LulaClips, includes 2 clips (good for 1 car seat)
$12.95 LulaBlocs, includes 2 blocks (good for 2 buckles)
At $13, this seems like a no-brainer price to pay for making your daily schlep just a little easier.

Three Lollies | Preggie Pops

If you’re experiencing nausea, pregnant or not, it’s time to give these pops/drops a try.

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Three Lollies | Preggie Pops

Visit threelollies.com to learn more
Nearly 75 percent of pregnant women will experience nausea during the first trimester, with a smaller but still substantial number of women coping with lasting nausea beyond that. While the exact cause isn’t clearly identified, most health professionals would agree that hormonal shifts (hCG, estrogen), sensitivity to odor, sensitive stomach, and stress are all probable suspects.

Many different nausea remedies are recommended among mothers, including acupuncture, carbonated sodas, and aromatherapy. Two of the most common remedies are ginger and vitamin B6, also the magic ingredients in Three Lollies’ Preggie Pops.
 
If you’re experiencing nausea, pregnant or not, it’s time to give these pops and drops a try.

 

Overall Rating: 3.33

Rating Scale: 1-5

Innovation Rating: 2

The pops and drops are essentially a hard candy, like a Jolly Rancher. Pregnant women might be most interested in the ginger flavor made with essential oils or the Preggie Naturals, loaded with vitamin B6 (10 mg). There’s nothing particularly innovative about the product, but what you need when you’re nauseous and pregnant is not innovation – it’s relief.

Usability Rating: 3

You can carry dozens of these with you wherever you go, so you’re prepared when the rolling stomach and dizziness strikes. Just pop one into your mouth to quell the churn.

For those concerned about ingesting refined sugars and corn syrups, this product may not be for you. The relationship between sugar and nausea is a complex and individual one. While sugar might stimulate relief for one person, it can trigger nausea in another. Make the best decision for you.
 

Price Rating: 5

$4.50
There are many women out there who swear by Preggie Pops as their go-to stomach soother. At this price, why not give it a try?