I always get excited when I find fun and exciting new stores. I came across Ella + Elliot, for the modern baby. Bad news is there are in Canada. If I ever head up there I will be stopping by there, thats a fact. Check out some of these fun modern inspiration boards from their store:
Do you ever wonder why the tradition of giving silver baby spoons, silver baby rattles and silver teething rings exists? Because mouthing silver helped babies survive. These are treasured heirlooms passed down through the generations.
There is a factual reason why the wealthy gifted babies with silver to promote their health. Silver disrupts bacteria cells permanently. Silver has been used to preserve food and water and silver spoons became popular in the middle ages to protect against the plague. The wealthy could afford silver and escaped the worst ravages. In England, not more than 25% of the rich died during the plague of the 14th century while for peasants the death rate was 40 – 50%, according to Norman F. Cantor, writing in his book, In the Wake of the Plague. He wrote that “the cataclysm” of the late 1340s in England had a severity unique in human history. He did not mention the role of silverware in the health of the wealthy, nor does the current exhibit, Feeding Desire, at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum in NYC (but it only covers the development of flatware as social commentary – not the health benefit — and only from the Renaissance to the present).
Settlers in the American West used silver dollars in jugs of milk to keep the milk from spoiling. Silver nitrate drops have been used in newborn babies’ eyes to prevent infection after birth. With the growth in popularity of antibiotics, silver has seemed to be less necessary for health. Pacifiers have replaced silver teething rings and plastic toys are used instead of silver rattles.
A debate several years ago surfaced about the use and benefits/health risks of colloidal silver. However, the Silver Institute cites information from studies over decades at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons on the health benefits of silver and they say that silver even heals wounds. Other silver-based products are on the market.
There might be a reason to think twice about using those old heirlooms and not letting old traditions die. Silver keepsakes still make good baby gifts!
I have to review one of my favorite new products I was introduced to at the ABC Expo. BuggyLove is the first ever organic stroller cleaning kit on the market. Over than their eye catching branding concept, I loved the fact that in this day of age with keeping up to date with the newest strollers on the market, what better than to create a cleaning kit to keep your buggy up to its potential by keeping it clean and safe for our kidlets. If you get out and travel as much as I do, you know how important it is to try and keep your stroller looking clean fresh and free from germs. This kit includes PolishLove, FabricLove, Freshlove and Wheellove. I got a chance to smell the fresh love and it was great to the senses. I am so excited for this team and new concept. This will take the market by storm by friends so take a minute to put in an order!
Thanks Kristy and Craig for the introduction, I love your product!
Here is just a little background on my favorite Dr. Sears
“In the Sears family, we’ve made healthy children our life’s mission. After raising eight children and practicing pediatric medicine for more than 30 years, we have answered questions from thousands of parents. Millions more have sought our advice through our 40+ pediatric books, articles in parenting magazines, and our appearances on more than 100 television programs such as 20/20, Donahue, Good Morning America, Oprah, CBS This Morning, CNN, NBC’s Today Show and Dateline.”
This baby line is 100% all natural, and all products are made without harmful chemicals or allergens, which are safe for your baby. Also, Dr. Sears has started a program called two healthy kids where with every purchase of any product, they will donate a complete meal to a needy child. By choosing Dr.SEARS you have not only made a healthy
choice for your little one, you have also given a priceless gift to a child in need. I am excited for this new line of products and cannot wait to use them.
Ok, so I have to share with you all about a company I came across at the Expo called Milkmakers. This is a cookie that serves two purposes: increases milk production and fills our yummy cravings. Better than this, these cookies are actually nutritious so less guilt. They are made using all natural ingredients and have no preservatives. They are fresh and delivered right to your door. What could be better?
Each milkmakers lactation cookie include oats, brewer’s yeast, and flax seed – traditional remedies used to help increase breastmilk production. Semi-sweet chocolate or raisins add the perfect touch of sweetness to every bite.
One to two nutritious cookies a day will help breastfeeding moms reap the full benefits of milkmakers cookies. Store your cookies in the freezer and take them out as needed.
Here are their key ingredients:
Oats are eaten by nursing moms worldwide to boost breastmilk supply, and are a nutritional powerhouse providing plenty of whole grains, fiber, iron, and an abundance of healthy vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Brewer’s yeast is a traditional herbal remedy used to stimulate and increase the production of breastmilk and is a rich source of the B-vitamins and amino acids essential for nursing moms and their babies.
Flax seed provides an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids, necessary for brain development, which can be passed from mother to baby through breastmilk. These ingredients work together to make milkmakers a wholesome, beneficial treat for breastfeeding moms.
There are some great products coming out in 2012 for one of my favorite companies in the industry: Aiden and Anais.
One of my essential must haves for a new mom is the Aiden and Anais swaddles. You really cant have too many of these. Whats new for the upcoming quarter? 3 new collections: for the birds (for girls), liam the brave (for boys) and up up and away (for either)! Also, a line of naturally derived and infused skin care called Mum + Bub including soothing ointment, hair/body wash and ultra gentle lotion. I personally have tried the lotion and I am quite impressed. My skin felt super soft and left me wanting to buy some! Also, there is a new sleep system launching called serenity star. It is a sound machine on steroids. It includes a feeding diary, sound machine, room temperature indicator, night light, clock and is portable. Sign me up!!
I couldn’t think of a better duo collaboration. Jonathon Adler and Skip Hop have come together to design a new duo essential bag, dash messenger bag and pronto changing station.
Obsessed much? I do think so!
With the successful launch of Adler’s Junior Collection for the home, he is now branching into his first partnership — diaper bags with perennial favorite Skip Hop!