Monday, August 1, 2016

Blogger Bash Babypalooza - What's New for Babies

Some of my favorite items at Blogger Bash - Babypalooza Event

Majesty Yacht in New York City - Pier 81
Recently I was privileged to attend a premier  event – Blogger Bash in New York.  All types of bloggers descended on the Majesty yacht for two packed days of themed company displays, workshops, meal events with featured speakers, fun events, networking, etc., etc.  It was extraordinary.  I plan to write three blog posts covering the event.  The topics will be:

  • Babypalooza – My favorite Baby Products

  • New Products Event

  • Sweet Suite – My Favorite New Toys This Fall 

This post is about Babypalooza -  all about products for babies and toddlers.  Although I sometimes cover this topic I haven’t attended events to cultivate the knowledge and contacts to do it justice.  Today so many of these products seem expensive or unnecessary to me that I just haven’t warmed up to the topic.  At this conference there was everything from diaper rash creams to high end baby carrier/car seats on display – all in the same room.  As grandparents we are sometimes amazed by –  and sometimes critical of - the array of new products that we don’t know about.  Here are a few new ones that don’t break the bank but  that caught my attention.

Food Products
When our kids were babies we rarely heard about food allergies but today they seem to be very common and there are lots of products to help cope with them.  Two brand items at Blogger Bash-Babypalooza caught my eye.

Once a baby graduates from breast milk or formula and enters the "real food world" it can be fraught with a whole new set of problems.  Some babies are allergic to dairy products and cow's milk, eggs and cheese aren't tolerated.  I know about this as my grandson has this problem and his parents are trying things like soy milk, almond milk and vegan cheese.

I was so happy to learn about Kabrita brand at Babypalooza.  I brought home a Kabrita sample of goat milk toddler formula for babies 12 - 24 months plus a goat milk yogurt and fruit (berry) pouch.  Reading the reviews at Amazon - which are 5 star - this is a product that you may definitely want to try if your baby has a sensitivity to cow milk productsIt seems to be highly recommended by parents as a transition from breast milk.

Another plus is that it is readily available at many grocery stores, Target, Wal-Mart, Costco and Amazon. 

Hello, Peanut!
Hello, Peanut!
Grandparents all agree that peanut allergies seem to be much more common today than they used to be but we don't seem to know why.  There is a new product developed by an allergist  designed for babies called Hello, Peanut!

Based on major studies it is recommended to introduce peanuts as early as five months old in small quantities in order to prevent peanut allergies. Hello, Peanut provides a safe way to do just that.  There is a seven day introduction package  and a maintenance package.  A single size packet is added to a baby's meal - it is as simple as that.

This is all it takes to have your grandchild not be banned from ever having the joy of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Skin Care and Oils

Parents today are very concerned about what is in the products they use on babies and toddlers.  Even when it has all natural ingredients you need to be careful about concentration and dosage. Oilogic is a line of essential oils products - all natural, of course, that have been formulated to be safe concentrations for babies 6 months and older.  There  are formulations for sleep, itches, boo-boos, coughs, bug bites and more.  They come in a convenient roll-on and retail for only about $10 each.  They are available at Target, BuyBuyBaby and and Amazon.  Worth a try.

Lets face it - diaper rash is an awful thing - it is best avoided and if it appears deal with it promptly.  I first heard of Buttpaste at Babypalooza and checking out the reviews at Amazon I learn that it gets rave reviews and compares as superior to some of the popular brands I am familiar with. Buttpaste is paraben, preservative and phthalate free and comes in various strengths.

Here I am hamming it up at the Buttpaste table.  What a lively group who really believe in their product!

Baby Wearing

Baby K’Tan
Baby K'Tan

If you are a new grandparent or grandparent-to-be the term “Baby wearing” is probably new to you.  If you are of my generation you may remember the “Snuggli” which was all the rage.  Baby wearing is a modern day version of that.  I remember somehow getting myself into this contraption and then walking around carrying my baby in it.  There are some “baby wearing” carriers that are very similar today and require a bit of a project to put them on before you put the baby in them.  And, of course, they are expensive.  

Baby K'Tan caught my attention because it is essentially a baby carrier that you easily slip on like a tee shirt and safely secure the baby. The woman at the K'Tan table demonstrated taking it on and off and I watched her several times.  I think even I could do it.  It looked much more comfortable than many of the baby wearing products I have seen. It is reasonably priced at about $60.  It doesn’t weight a ton and can easily come with you stored in the diaper bag.  If you are a grandparent who has your own baby equipment you may even want your own.

That's it for the baby item reviews for now.  Follow The Grandma Chronicles on facebook to stay posted on my reviews and giveaways coming in the future.  And thanks Evenflo for the very nice mug even though you did not have a product display.  Parents and grandparents need cooffee too.   I sure hope i get to go to Blogger Bash next year.

Check out these products at Amazon.


Pamela S said...

How interesting! I am always amazed when I go to a baby shower because I have never heard of so many things the mother receives. How did we manage to raise kids back in the day..haha.. I have never heard of so many allergies when my kids were growing up, how is it that everyone has an allergy now! You did an excellent review. I am looking forward to you upcoming posts, esp the Toys!

Marion Conway said...

Pamela - Thanks for your comments. I am sure that all grandmothers agree with you. Going to a baby shower can be an education in modern baby care.