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Blogger Favorites From The 2017 LA Baby Show

Blogger Favorites From The 2017 LA Baby Show

We are pleased to present our first-annual Blogger Favorites list from the 2017 LA Baby Show! This year, the Show was attended by over 80 bloggers from the pregnancy, baby, toddler, and family space. The bloggers in attendance were asked to share favorite products that they posted about on their websites and across their social media channels. The following five products are the items from the Show that stood out as notable favorites among bloggers who attended and posted about the Show!

The 2017 LA Baby Show took place on November 4-5, 2017, at the Magic Box at the REEF, introducing thousands of new and expectant parents to a variety of products and services in the baby and maternity realms. The largest consumer event in the country for expectant and new parents, the annual Chicago Baby Show is a joint effort of Family Media and the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), who are producing a series of Baby Shows in large metropolitan areas through out the country.

BLOGGER FAVORITES

Britax B Free Stroller

Just launched earlier this month, the B-Free Stroller makes family life easy and convenient. With seven storage pockets and an extra-large storage basket, this stroller offers tons of room for storage. The canopy extends to protect your baby from the sun, and 3-wheel configuration provides ultimate maneuverability. britax.com

Ju-Ju-Be Diaper Bags

Ju-Ju-Be’s diaper bags continue to be super-popular with bloggers and parents alike. They offer a wide range of sizes and styles, so it’s easy to find the perfect diaper bag for your lifestyle and budget. Not to mention the fact that they’re famous for the super-cool original prints and collaborations. Show here is the popular BFF Bag (which features a memory foam changing pad, optional shoulder straps, AgION Antimicrobial linings, crumb drains, and a pocket for every item you could imagine) in the tokipops print from the tokidoki x Ju-Ju-Be collection. shop.ju-ju-be.com

Lil’ Jammerz

Lil’ Jammerz is a trio of lovable plush toys that fit perfectly on most infant car seats, strollers or carriers, streaming music and soothing sounds via Bluetooth technology, from any Bluetooth enabled device. Mom or dad can play internet radio, a personal music library or through a pre-programmed play list available through the freeLil’ Jammerz app. Lil’ Jammerz encourages a baby’s natural fascination with music to stimulate development, boost language skills and strengthen the relationship between a parent and child. liljammerz.com

Pura Stainless Bottles

Pura offers the only 100 percent plastic-free and MADESAFE.org NonToxic-Certified bottle line for the entire family. In addition, they offer the only bottles that grow with, and adapt to, your child. Their infant bottle (the Kiki) can become a sippy cup with Pura’s sip spout, a straw cup with their industry leading 100 percent plastic-free straw, a water bottle with Pura’s silicone Big Mouth sport top, and even a snack container with their flat cap! In short, they offer families a bottle that’s environmentally sound, non-toxic, and that grows easily with your child from baby to toddler to older child! purastainless.com

Ring is a smart home security company designed to protect your home and your family. The Ring Video Doorbell and Security Cams allow you to see, hear, and speak to visitors at your home from your PC, phone, or tablet from anywhere. Additionally, Ring’s app and “neighborhoods” feature lets you share videos and comments with your neighborhood. They also pride themselves on the work they do with police to help solves crimes using Ring video doorbells as evidence. ring.com

Our bloggers included: Awestruck, The Ballinger Family, Beauty Momme, Bel Air Mommy, Orly Campbell, Christy Carlson Romano, Chic Bump Club, Dr Elise Cohen Ho, Dazzling Daily DealsNikki Diaz, Expressing Motherhood, Fave Mom, Gone with the Twins, Happy Baby LA, Happy Mess Moments, HauteMoms Life, House of Lafond, Jules Happens, Mrs Kathy King, L’Empereur MagazineKinda Silly Mommy, Land of Mom, Liam’s Life, Living Notes, Lovestalgia, Macaroni Kid – Pasadena, Mama Needs A Shower, The Memoirs of a Mommy, Mini Mama, MomAngeles, The Mom Buster, Mom.me, Mommy Train, MomTogether, Our Ordinary Life, Rockin’ Mama Life, SamSoMuch, Sarah Mommy Life Blogs, Seasonal Memories, Silicon Beach Parents Group, Single Moms Planet, South Bay Mommies and Daddies, Sweet P and Sky, Unicorn Moms, Valentina’s Playhouse, Video Baby Books, and more!

In “The Fifth Trimester,” Lauren Smith Brody Helps Working Moms Stay Sane After Baby

In “The Fifth Trimester,” Lauren Smith Brody Helps Working Moms Stay Sane After Baby

When Lauren Smith Brody was on maternity leave from her job as Executive Editor at Glamour magazine, she had no idea what the experience of going back to work would be like after twelve weeks at home with her new baby boy. She was the primary breadwinner and her husband was in medical residency. Going back to work was a no-brainer for her in so many ways, but it wasn’t easy.

Brody always loved her job and the people she worked with, but she found herself dreading going back after her first son was born. “I felt like I didn’t recognize myself,” she said during a phone interview with New York Family.

The sleep deprivation was intense and she was utterly exhausted. Each day felt like she was “just getting by,” which had never, ever been her norm. But with U.S. maternity leave policies being what they are (not good) and in need of a steady income stream, Brody went back and struggled through until she finally got her sea legs a few months into it.

Many parents who’ve dealt with fussy newborns are familiar with Dr. Harvey Karp’s concept of the fourth trimester – the idea that babies are born a trimester too early and therefore need to be made to feel like they’re in the womb again to feel secure. It’s these three months that the baby cries the most and is the incredibly needy of the parents. This is the period of time when women are typically at home on their maternity leave, and they usually return to work right as the fourth trimester is ending, if not beforehand. The fifth trimester, then, is all about the working mom’s return to the office, when she is likely not quite physically, psychologically, or emotionally ready. After all, many women are still breastfeeding when they go back to work and their babies may still be sleeping irregularly and waking up throughout the night. The idea behind Brody’s new book, The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby, is that women in this deeply challenging phase of life are looking for ideas, solutions, and the knowledge that other women have been in their shoes and made it to the other side, with family and career intact.

For Brody, realizing that this was just a transitional period, something that would pass along with the sleepless nights and spit-up, was transformative. It helped her adjust to her new role as working mom in a way that made sense for her, and inspired her to start talking to other moms (more than 700!) and experts for their ideas regarding not just the mental and physical logistics but the emotional evolution of making “mom” part of your work identity. The result is her book – an easy-to-read guide that’s essential for navigating the uncertain waters of balancing a new baby and a career. Pregnant women and new moms who are short on time will easily find themselves swept up by the friendly yet matter-of-fact manner in which Brody presents a litany of information and advice. From getting out the door in the morning looking like you actually got some sleep to what to ask your nanny during the interview. There’s even a quick reference page at the front of the book so readers can go directly to the topic and page they’re seeking.

Coming from a women’s magazine, Brody has a plethora of advice when it comes to making moms look and feel their best. One key piece is to make a miniature wardrobe within your closet. “Don’t let your closet torture you in the morning,” she says. Put everything that fits and is work-appropriate front and center so you can pick from there and make your morning a little easier.

When it comes to negotiating just about anything with your boss or a family member, have a plan and not just a complaint, and show how what you’re asking for isn’t selfish but actually good for everyone. If it’s flex time, then point out how working from home will save on commute time when you can get extra work done instead of waiting for the 6 train. If your company has never offered this benefit to anyone then you could be paving the path and making the company a more desirable place to work. Then just be sure to have a back-pocket plan when you feel out of control (think: exhausted or seriously sad or something that you would normally deal with hits you hard). This should be something that will soothe you. If nature gives you a sense of peace and calm find a park close to your office where you can walk when you’re feeling down. For Brody, she would call home because her dad would always say “I love you” when they hung up the phone and that was what she really needed to hear.

Brody’s book is packed with actionable tips, but one thing she wishes she’d mentioned as a resource for moms looking to network and connect with newborns is Mindr. “It’s a series of really awesome affordable events (conversations and talks) to which parents can bring their babies and come and learn about everything from flower arranging to public policy,” she says. There’s also lots to be said for moms who left the workforce after having babies but are now looking to jump back in. Brody points to the returnship program at Goldman Sachs and career placement company Werk that posts many part-time or work-from-home positions. “The future of work is flexible, and that’s great news for working parents,” Brody adds.

Speaking of good news for working parents, Brody is now doing more speaking engagements and some consulting to spread the word about the Fifth Trimester and how important it is to set up women for success when they get back to their desks. She’s helping companies improve their policies and, as a result, employee retention, along with boosting recruitment and reputation, not to mention their bottom line.

“There is just this burning desire to nurture and mentor that seems to light up for many women after having a baby,” Brody says. “It’s surprising because you’d think there’s no energy left to take care of anyone else, but it’s just the opposite.” Herself being a prime example, Brody hopes to make a real difference in workplace culture and build a movement that will pay it forward for generations to come.

So what does such a busy working mom do in her free time? As far as “me time” goes, Brody always liked walking the three miles to her office when she was an editor, especially the part where she strolled through Central Park. “I would walk by the sea lions at the zoo and just enjoy the fact that I was looking at the sea lions,” she says. These days, she likes to do bar classes at Exhale whenever she can.

Raising kids in Manhattan for her means frequent visits to the little boat pond in Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Biscuits & Bath pet daycare not far from their place on the Upper East Side with Will (in third grade) and Teddy (in kindergarten). These days, they love the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum with its cool graphic design exhibits, the Upper East Side location of the Brooklyn Robot Foundry, the annual Maker Faire in Queens, Tinkersphere in the East Village (where her son Will made his own Raspberry Pi computer!), Dave & Buster’s, and birthday parties at Chelsea Piers. They can frequently be found eating dim sum in Chinatown or Momofoku Ssam Bar on Second Avenue.

“They are both fairly picky eaters (we are working on that right now) and would rather eat a buttered carbohydrate than anything, but they both love tobiko sushi,” Brody says. “Yes, the weird little crunchy red fish eggs. I heart NY.”

To learn more about Lauren Smith Brody, visit thefifthtrimester.com!

Best In Show From The 2017 LA Baby Show

Best In Show From The 2017 LA Baby Show

The 2017 LA Baby Show took place on November 4-5, 2017, at the Magic Box at the REEF, introducing thousands of new and expectant parents to a variety of products and services in the baby and maternity realms. This year’s Best In Show Awards named five winners and four honorable mentions, with the winners including outstanding products from a range of baby and maternity gear categories. Collectively, the winners and honorees are notable for their innovation, design, functionality, variety, and overall excellence.

The largest consumer event in the country for expectant and new parents, the LA Baby Show is the joint effort of Family Media and the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), who are producing a series of Baby Shows in large metropolitan areas throughout the country.

The Best In Show Awards for the 2017 LA Baby Show were selected by a prestigious panel of judges with representatives from media, retail, and local parenting enrichment programs. The judges were: Jennifer Beall Saxton of Tot Squad, Rhiannon Dourado of Club Mom.me, Laura Gerson of MomAngeles, Rachel Gorton of Motherly, Paula Kim of Kidsland, Trevor Mulligan of LA Dads Group, Renae Plant of Camelot Little Knights, Renee Powers of Earth Baby Boutique, Saarah Samadani of New Bloom Media, Karen Stoteraux of The Family Room Center, and Mia Weber of LA Baby and Family Media.

BEST IN SHOW:

Austlen Baby Co. Entourage Stroller


The Entourage’s patented design has a one-handed expandable frame with three positions that enable multi-child configurations and the ability to carry large items, such as ice chests, shade canopies, and even luggage—this stroller has the strongest weight limit of any on the market, accommodating up to 150 lbs combined weight of children and cargo. “This stroller is genius for moms who live in cities or walkable neighborhoods,” one judge says. “It takes storage to a whole other level.” austlen.com

Baby Trend Respiro Crib Mattress

The Respiro Crib Mattress is a new-to-the-market mattress that is engineered with high-tech breathable mesh fabric stretched tightly on its frame to provide a firm surface for newborns and a softer side for toddlers. There is no foam or stuffing used, eliminating the need for toxic or carcinogenic flame-retardants. The mesh sleep surface is easily removable for machine-washing and comes with a laundry bag, splash mat, and storage tote. “I absolutely love this concept. The mattress is designed to help minimize the occurrence of SIDS,” one judge says. “In their attempt, they designed a mattress to help [encourage safe sleep], but also one that is allergy-friendly. It won’t hold any dust mites due to it’s design, and it folds away into a bag!” babytrend.com

Luv Bug Sun Protection Blankets


Luv Bug’s Sun Protection Blankets are a summer must-have! They are made from UPF 50+ UV Protection fabric (which is also breathable, moisture-wicking, fast drying, and ultra-lightweight) and feature a hood, so a baby or child can have it over their head and wrap the rest around their body. If you’re wearing baby in a carrier, you can put the hood on them and then the remainder it easy to wrap around the parent’s torso. “Here in SoCal, we have lots of sun! Outdoors events are frequent, if it’s not the beach we are at the pool or parks! The towels are incredible soft and work amazingly well,” one judge notes. “The blankets are great with the bag attached to the blanket for easy carry and storage!” Plus, these handy blankets come in a variety of cute patterns (seahorses and sharks) and colors. luvbugcompany.com

Nested Bean Zen Swaddle

Babies are proven to sleep better with mom or dad’s touch or embrace. The Zen Swaddle simulates the pressure from a parent’s touch with lightly weighted pads on baby’s chest and sides while they are in the swaddle. Additionally, it lets you swaddle with arms in or arms out, and it’s toxin-free, hip-healthy, and in excess of US and international safety standards. “I love that this product improves sleep, is breathable, and is stylish,” one judges comments. nestedbean.com

Silver Cross Wave Stroller

The all-in-one Wave system includes the stroller frame, bassinet, and seat—which means its easy to re-configure as your child grows or if you add another baby to your family. With the patented One Plus One connection system, it’s a breeze to transition the stroller from single to tandem configuration, and the system can be used as a single, in tandem with the reversible seat and bassinet, or with twins in two bassinets or seats. “This stroller is beautifully crafted, elegant, and aspirational,” one judge says. “Who doesn’t want one?!” silvercrossus.com

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Doona Infant Car Seat

Doona is the only infant car seat with fully integrated wheels—that means that it converts from car seat into stroller with the easy push of a button! Doona was designed to provide parents with a safe and practical mobility solution for their baby, both in and out of the car. Doona meets the highest quality and safety standards in both the car seat and stroller categories. “This is a genius innovation,” one judge says. “Who needs a travel system when your car seat can turn into a stroller with the push of a button?” doonausa.com

Happy Our Bamboo Cotton Clothes & Blankets

Fabrics made of a single layer are either too thin to keep the baby warm or too thick to keep the baby cool. Happy Our’s original DoubleKnit construction is made of two very thin fabric, carefully knitted to be one. The open-gauge inner layer creates space and allows airflow so it doesn’t trap heat nor sweat, while the outer layer is soft (it’s made from organic bamboo cotton that gets softer with every wash). Not only are their products oh-so-soft and innovative, they are all proudly designed and made in Los Angeles. “These pieces are so soft,” one judge says. “Plus, I love the simple black and white unisex designs and that everything is made in LA!” ourhappyour.com

Lulla Doll by Roro

The Lulla Doll is a sleep companion for preemies, babies ,and toddlers. It imitates closeness to a caregiver at rest with its soft feel of natural cotton and soothing sounds of real-life breathing and heartbeat. Lulla’s unique design is based on scientific research that shows how closeness improves sleep, well-being and safety. “This doll is adorable, practical, and based on research,” notes one judge. “Plus, it’s organic and unisex. It’s the perfect lovey.” lulladoll.com

RideSafer Child’s Travel Vest

RideSafer is a wearable child safety restraint system designed to fit the convenience of both parents and child. It’s also considerably advantageous when you are car-pooling or switching to another car. Rigorously tested and modified through 15 years of experience, their vest reduces the load transferred to the child in a crash, providing better safety. Plus, it takes less than 10 seconds for you to install. “When your kids get bigger (and they will, way too fast), car safety can be hard to secure,” one judges notes. “These vests fold up small enough to be able to take them with you and so you will know that your kids will be safe in any vehicle you may end up in.” safetrafficsystem.com

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Breastfeeding Travel Tips: On the Road

Breastfeeding Travel Tips: On the Road

Traveling while breastfeeding this holiday season? Here are some expert tips from a Certified Lactation Counselor!

Plan Your Route:

  • Use a program like google maps to chart the best course and find rest areas along the way
  • Build extra time into your plans: Trips will take longer than usual with millions on the road. You will need to stop and nurse your baby on average every 2-3 hours while traveling
  • Be patient: Mentally prepare yourself for it to be a long trip. Warn eager grandparents or relatives that you will be arriving later than usual
  • Don’t forget your road trips snacks: Nursing moms need extra calories, so pack water bottles and healthy snacks to keep your energy – and patience- up
  • Pack the right equipment: In addition to diapers, wipes and a change for clothes for baby (and you!), you will want to make sure you have everything you need to breastfeed your baby while en route.

Breastfeeding & Pumping Checklist:

  • If your electric pump is also battery operated, pack extra batteries
  • Pack an extra set of pump parts in case you can’t clean yours while on the road
  • Bring a nursing cover or blanket in case you feel uncomfortable with strangers being able to see in your car
  • Pack a cooler with ice packs, as well as storage bottles or storage bags
  • If you’re using bottles and nipples to feed your expressed breastmilk, it’s always helpful to pack 1-2 more than you think you need

Breastfeeding While Flying Travel Tips:

  • Dress for Success: Wear a nursing bra and shirt that makes breastfeeding as easy as possible
  • Carry-on “Must Have” Items: You’ll want to pack a change of clothes for baby but don’t forget about you! Pack an extra shirt for yourself in your carry-on bag. Also take nursing “must have” items, like your HPA lanolin, or an extra set of disposable nursing pads, and slip them into a carry-on as well
  • Want a Nursing Cover? Pack a cover or blanket in your carry-on if you are uncomfortable nursing in public
  • Breastfeed at Take-Off and Landing: Swallowing helps babies adjust to the change in air pressure. If you can’t nurse then, consider using a soother or pacifier
  • Bringing Breastmilk Through Security: TSA doesn’t restrict size of containers for breastmilk but you need to let security know you’re traveling with it. Here’s some TSA tips!

Molly Petersen is Certified Lactation Counselor at expert with Lansinoh. Learn more at lansinoh.com.

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The Baby Ota Swaddles Your Baby In Comfort

The Baby Ota Swaddles Your Baby In Comfort

The Baby Ota swaddle surrounds your infant with comfort and support. With a unique weighted cushion built in, Baby Ota helps babies sleep longer and more soundly.

Baby Ota will be at the 2017 LA Baby Show, on November 4 and 5, at the Magic Box at the REEF, in DTLA, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families returns to Los Angeles. A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the LA Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Los Angeles County, the surrounding counties, and beyond!

Tickets to the LA Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

We spoke with Ivana Otahalova, the company’s president and founder, to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the LA Baby Show.

For someone unfamiliar with Baby Ota, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Baby Ota swaddle is a European product. It’s the original swaddle. It’s made out of bamboo-based fabric, is hypoallergenic, breathable, and very soft. The Baby Ota swaddle has a cushion inside as a weight, and this feature helps babies to feel more secure and sleep longer.

Tell us about the company’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?

Baby Ota is a redesigned European swaddle. Babies in Europe are born into Baby Ota. It all started when my daughter was born. The idea of babies being wrapped in a receiving blanket in an air-conditioned, cold hospital room was mortifying to me. Baby Ota has been around for a few years now. We have had no product returns, and we have repeat, very satisfied customers.

What are the most popular and/or newest products from Baby Ota?

The Baby Ota swaddle is like a duvet cover; you can pull the inside out and wash it very easily. The cushion adds more weight so babies sleep longer and more deeply.

What sets Baby Ota apart from similar products in the baby wrap marketplace?

All of the above! It’s made out of bamboo, plus it has a cushion to add more weight for extra comfort and support.

What can parents expect from Baby Ota at the LA Baby Show?

Hands down the best swaddle on the US market. Your babies will sleep longer and more soundly. All new parents deserve more rest for themselves and their little ones.

Go Natural At Earth Baby Boutique

Go Natural At Earth Baby Boutique

From eco-friendly toys to chemical free products, new parents who want to go the organic route can find their every need met at LA’s natural parenting boutique, Earth Baby Boutique.

Earth Baby Boutique will be at the 2017 LA Baby Show, on November 4 and 5, at the Magic Box at the REEF, in DTLA, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families returns to Los Angeles.  A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the LA Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Los Angeles County, and the surrounding counties, and beyond!

Tickets to the LA Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

FOR TICKET INFO & OTHER BABY NEWS:  To be alerted for when tickets first go on sale, and to plug into other news, trends, and resources of interest to expectant and new families in LA, sign up for our free LA Baby Newsletter.

We spoke with a member of team to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the LA Baby Show.

For someone unfamiliar with Earth Baby Boutique, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Earthbaby Boutique is LA’s premiere natural parenting boutique. We offer organic baby goods: eco-friendly toys and teething products, chemical-free products for families, baby carriers, cloth diapers, and so much more. We also have a wide array of local and USA small mom and pop made boutique gifts. This year we also added a creative learning space, which is a walk-in craft space for all ages.

Tell us about the company’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?

Owner Renee Kennedy Powers started using cloth diapers in 2013 when her son Tannen was born highly allergic to disposable diapers. After learning about the toxic substances found in disposable diapers and the environmental impact they leave on our planet cloth diapering became more then just a necessity, it became a passion.

Earth Baby Boutique carries the largest selection of cloth diaper brands as well as babywearing, organic baby and maternity care, baby feeding products and unique eco-friendly toys. Earth baby was born from the idea that the internet shouldn’t be the only place to find the cloth diapers your searching for, they know that every family has a preference and unique situation.

What are the most popular and/or newest products or services from Earth Baby Boutique?

Our most popular items would be cloth diapers and natural teething products. Our top selling cloth diaper brand is Luludew Diapers and our top selling teething product is the Baby Sweetooth Ice cream teether.

What sets Earth Baby Boutique apart from other boutiques?

Being that we are LA’s first and only natural parenting boutique that sets us apart right there. We offer classes such as cloth diaper 101 workshops…baby wearing classes and even crafting classes for all ages. All the employees here at earth baby live the lifestyle we promote and have personally used everything we sell. We know our customers and our customers know us. We aren’t just a retail store…we offer a community. The customer service you get at earth baby is non comparable to any other…especially online shops and big box. Come in and see for yourself!

What can parents expect from Earth Baby Boutique at the LA Baby Show?

A fabulous cloth diaper 101 demo by a ridiculously sexy gal!

Build Your Brand With New Bloom Media

Build Your Brand With New Bloom Media

Looking for the best in health, beauty, wellness, and lifestyle? New Bloom Media offer a full range of creative, brand building services.

New Bloom Media will be at the 2017 LA Baby Show, on November 4 and 5, at the Magic Box at the REEF, in DTLA, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families returns to Los Angeles.  A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the LA Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Los Angeles County, and the surrounding counties, and beyond!

Tickets to the LA Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

FOR TICKET INFO & OTHER BABY NEWS:  To be alerted for when tickets first go on sale, and to plug into other news, trends, and resources of interest to expectant and new families in LA, sign up for our free LA Baby Newsletter.

We spoke with a member of team to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the LA Baby Show.

For someone unfamiliar with New Bloom Media, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?​

New Bloom is a Los Angeles based creative brand management agency specializing in nurturing health, beauty, wellness, lifestyle, and mom/parent brands.

We offer a full range of creative, brand building services. Our expertise includes: Brand Strategy, Brand Development, Platform Management, Marketing, Social Media, Partnerships & Sponsorships, Public & Media Relations, Giftbag Placement, Celebrity Gifting and Experiential Events.

Tell us about the company’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?

Saarah is an enthusiastic & innovative influencer that owns her own media company in Los Angeles, called New Bloom Media. She has built a community of loyal and engaged followers who love health, wellness beauty, lifestyle and mommy. ​It initially started with a desk-top ‘yelp for moms’ called Favored.by, where parents and the parenting community would come and learn about different products that would suit their lifestyles. As we evolved, we brought about a Celebrity Red CARpet Event that presents parents with a fun-filled educational day for safe mom/baby/child products on the market.

As these events continued to evolve, as well as our wonderful relationships, Saarah decided it was time to start her own Media company that could provide these services privately, as well as a range of other events for the wellness, lifestyle, beauty and mommy communities simultaneously. ​

What are the most popular and/or newest services from New Bloom Media?

​The most popular services are the experiential events, Platform Management, product discovery and celebrity gifting. ​

What sets New Bloom Media products apart from other media companies?

​Like most successful companies, they are built on the foundation of honesty, hard work and fostering great relationships. Our relationships with brands fall in the mom and wellness space and we’ve found a wonderful way to create synergy between the two.

What can parents expect from New Bloom Media at the LA Baby Show?

​New Bloom Media’s founder, Saarah (AKA @beautymomme) will be covering the latest and greatest products that the LA Baby Show has to offer to the community of Beauty Momme, Celebrity Red CARpet Event and New Bloom Media. ​

Comfort Your Baby With Kanga Care Cloth Diapers

Comfort Your Baby With Kanga Care Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers are not only ideal for babies who are allergic to disposable diapers, and those with sensitive skin, they are also helpful to the environment. Kanga Care provides the highest quality cloth diapers for today’s modern parents.

Kanga Care will be at the 2017 LA Baby Show, on November 4 and 5, at the Magic Box at the REEF, in DTLA, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families returns to Los Angeles.  A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the LA Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Los Angeles County, and the surrounding counties, and beyond!

Tickets to the LA Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

FOR TICKET INFO & OTHER BABY NEWS:  To be alerted for when tickets first go on sale, and to plug into other news, trends, and resources of interest to expectant and new families in LA, sign up for our free LA Baby Newsletter.

We spoke with a member of team to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the LA Baby Show.

For someone unfamiliar with Kanga Care, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Innovative cloth diapering for modern parents. Our mission is to provide the highest quality cloth diapers available. We strive to treat each customer like family and are proud to be reducing landfill waste ever day as we work to make our parent a healthier, happier place.

Tell us about the company’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?

The Rumparooz were born in 2006, shortly after the birth of Autumn, Chad and Julie’s second daughter. They quickly learned that she was highly sensitive to disposable diapers and could not wear them even for a few hours. They became discouraged after lengthy research and sampling of many different brands of cloth diapers. Julie and Chad could not find a cloth diaper that had both the fit and function that they liked. Each diaper change additionally became a full outfit change as the cloth diapers they used could not contain the frequent messes, similar to disposables. Julie started brainstorming, problem solving and inventing leak prevention technology in her own ideas for diaper patterns.

Taught to sew at a young age by her mother, this was Julie’s simple solution to their problem. The first thing she did was design and invent the dual (double) inner gusset which is now patented and issued to Julie and Kanga Care by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Julie sat and traced out her patterns onto fabric that she would later sew at the kitchen table. She would hand off the traced fabric to Chad who would cut it out. Chad would also add all the snaps to each diaper once they reached that step in the process. This love and attention to each diaper set a standard for quality from the beginning. Kanga Care has come a long way since those days expanding into the Lil Joey and Ecoposh lines as well as offering many other diapering accessories. You can still catch a scene very similar to this every once in a while as Julie still creates and prototypes all product styles for each brand that makes up Kanga Care.

The now patented Rumparooz One Size Cloth Diaper was the original cloth diaper to contain inner gusset leak proof technology. News spread quickly about Julie’s new diaper design and function. Word got out and soon they had orders to fill for interested moms and dads. Wasting no time, retailers started requesting the Rumparooz to be sold in their stores. The Rumparooz, and the entire family of Kanga Care brand diapers and diapering accessories, are now sold worldwide.

Kanga Care is excited to be heading into its 11th year of providing the globe with an environmentally conscious and healthy way for families to diaper their children. The Kanga Care product lines now include Rumparooz One Size Cloth Diaper, Lil Joey Preemie and Newborn All In One Cloth Diaper, Ecoposh Recycled Organic Fitted Cloth Diaper and the entire line of Kanga Care brand cloth diapering accessories such as Wet Bags, Pail Liners, Changing Pads, Washable Liners and more.

What are the most popular and/or newest products from Kanga Care?

Kanga Care’s newest ventures have been with a collaboration with the Care Bears. In October of this year, we released our first print, Care-a-lot opening the door for parents to share their beloved childhood memories and the importance of kindness and sharing.

What sets Kanga Care products apart from other diaper and baby companies?

Besides the beautifully saturated colors and vibrant prints, Kanga Care’s products each are one of a kind. However, the best known and core to Kanga Care’s business are the Rumparooz featuring, the now patented inner gusset leak proof technology, keeping the messiest of messes contained. This feature can now be seen in other Kanga Care products such as our preemie to newborn diaper, Lil joeys and extending to the Rumparooz OBV and Ecoposh OBV cloth diapers that are part of the organic and natural product line.

What can parents expect from Kanga Care at the LA Baby Show?

Kanga Care will be helping educate new parents about cloth diapering in the, “Meet the Experts” panel as KangaDad Chad, explains product and the importance of cloth diapering Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 am everyday. When show attendees stop by Kanga Care’s booth, 1-26, they will be offered exclusive expo bundles and up to 50% off select Kanga Care products.

Oré Originals: Functional And Fresh Products For The Entire Family

Oré Originals: Functional And Fresh Products For The Entire Family

Oré Originals offers an eclectic collection of uniquely designed products for you, your child and your pet. The company has an adorable line of toys, lunch bags, backpacks and more that your kids will love!

Oré Originals will be at the 2017 LA Baby Show, on November 4 and 5, at the Magic Box at the REEF, in DTLA, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families returns to Los Angeles. A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the LA Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Los Angeles County, the surrounding counties, and beyond!

Tickets to the LA Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

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We spoke with Skylar McNeil, the company’s marketing & business development manager, to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the LA Baby Show.

For someone unfamiliar with Oré Originals, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Oré Originals has been creating a legacy of Happy Products for Good People and Pets™ since 1989.

Tell us about the company’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?

It all began in a small garage in Southern California. Lisa Lowe founded Oré Originals with a love for design and a passion for color, print, pattern and a desire to create useful things.

Growing up in a creative family,  Lisa’s life has always been about visual ideas and making them real. Lisa’s California roots play a big role in the Oré esthetic – casual, colorful, sweet, but uncluttered; modern but classic. The result is three unique collections of functional items designed to brighten your day and help make life easy and fun.

Living Goods est. 1989

Where it all started.

Oré’s first product was a recycled rubber organizer board to help Lisa keep her design ideas moving forward. Living Goods® products provide functional answers to everyday questions in the home, office and dorm environment.

Oré Pet est. 1993

Along came Stanley.

Oré Pet™ was inspired by Lisa’s very own dog, Stanley. The graphics are fresh and incorporate recycled materials to create a unique brand of feeding items and accessories for dogs and cats.

Sugarbooger est. 2003.

And finally baby Blue!

Inspired by the birth of Lisa’s son, Sugarbooger® is sweet, with a dash of mischief. Inspiring patterns, unique items, and functional designs provide meaningful solutions to the challenges of parenthood.

What are the most popular and/or newest products from Oré Originals’ Sugarbooger line?

The newest teether is also one of our most popular products at the moment. Sized just right for tiny hands, our safe and durable Happy Cactus Silicone Teethers help soothe baby and provide tactile stimulation. Each teether has a variety of textures that make it fun for baby to explore and can be refrigerated or frozen to further soothe sore and aching gums. The uniquely designed set of two makes for a great new parent gift.

We also have our two new patterns, Ryder the Rabbit & Clementine the Bear, in our classic best-selling constructions – silverware sets, suctions bowls, suction plates, and sippy cups!

What sets Oré Originals apart from similar products in the marketplace?

The styling that drives Oré’s collections today thrives on the same energy that started it all. A passion for creative use of materials, colorful print and pattern, and a big dream to make products that solve everyday problems, AND put a smile on your face. That’s what Oré is all about.

What can parents expect from Oré Originals at the LA Baby Show?

We will display our newest items and our classic best sellers. We are really thrilled to participate in our first consumer show where we can actually spend time with our customers and engage with parents and children who use our products on a daily basis.

To learn more about Ore Originals, check out oreoriginals.com.

How To Prepare Your Baby For The End Of Daylight Saving Time

How To Prepare Your Baby For The End Of Daylight Saving Time

I won’t lie, the end of Daylight Saving (DLS) for parents kind of sucks. Babies can’t read clocks, after all, and there is no snooze button built into their internal clocks!

The good news is that it’s super easy to adjust, and only takes a few days. Just think of it like a one-hour time zone change–like a trip to the Midwest (but with a baby who doesn’t get the joys of sleeping in).

Here’s the deal: If your baby usually wakes up at 6am, after DLS (November 5, 2017), she will probably wake up at 5am for a few days. I know, I know, that’s really early, but fear not–it will change!

Here are a few things you can do to make the transition easier:

First, understand that your baby’s body clock will take a few days to adjust. She will wake up on her body clock time for a few days, no matter what time you put her to bed.

From there, you have some options:

The Standard Logic: Most people will suggest that you adjust your baby’s bedtime later for a few days before DLS, by pushing bedtime 15-30 minutes later each day. Following that logic, if her bedtime is usually 7pm, your goal would be to stretch her until 8pm (which will be 7pm on November 5). This strategy can work really well for older and more adaptable babies who can easily tolerate a later bedtime. However, babies under 5 months are usually done for the day by 7pm, so stretching to an 8pm bedtime might be really stressful for all of you. And, she will probably still wake up at 5am for a few days anyway.

What I recommend: Wait until November 5. Know that morning will come earlier than usual (if your baby usually wakes at 7am, the clock will read 6am, because that’s the correct wake up time for your baby’s internal clock!). Keep that in mind when timing naps–they’re going to come a little bit earlier today.

Throughout the day, try to stretch the length of time between naps by 15-20 minutes longer than you usually would, so that you can push bedtime a little later for the next few days*:

Example: Normal wake up for your 4-month-old is 7am. On Sunday, the clock will read 6am. If her morning nap is usually two hours after she wakes up (around 9am), she will be tired at 8am on the new time. Try to stretch it to 8:15-8:30am if you can, and keep doing that for all naps throughout the day. From there, stretch the day incrementally for a few days until her body clock and the new time zone meet!

*Caveat: If you’re sleep training during DLS, especially if you have a baby under 5 months, don’t try to stretch the time between sleeps too much. In fact, it’s probably better to work with her body clock for the first day or two, then once she’s sleeping through the night and feeling more rested, then you can start adjusting her schedule and stretching the days out a little longer.

Another strategy for newborns who are more flexible and not yet in a predictable schedule is to add a short extra nap around 5pm, and just them down at 8pm on Sunday. They will still wake up early for a few days, but they’ll make up the sleep during the days and it will be totally uneventful. Pinky swear!

Natalie Nevares is the founder of Mommywise, a company whose mission is to help parents with babies sleep, feel happy, rested, balanced and connected as couples, and have an identity beyond baby. To learn more, visit mommywise.com!

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