Tend-A-Tot, 6 in 1 Tote

One of my favorite connections i have made through Twitter, is Elizabeth VouVakis, mother to five, grandmother to ten, and inventor extraordinaire. She has never been a stay in one place kind of mom, and wanted to invent a product to help moms on the go provide nurture, comfort and security and she has succeeded with the Tend-A-Tot!

The Tend-A-Tot, serves as astylish diaper bag, baby sling, Insta-Seat, Umbrella Stroller upgrade, shopping cart cover, and high chair cover. With 100’s of patterns to chooses from ( I have the Stained Glass Window Print) there is definitely a pattern to suit every fashionista. What I really like best is how unique the Tend-A-Tot is. Everywhere I go , I get asked about it, it is a real conversation piece.

Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on all different gear, I think it is great to just have one product that serves many purposes, and doesn’t take up too much room in my New York City living space. Ranging in price from $199 to $299, it is a bargain, and can be used from infancy to 3 years old..

The Infant Tub of All Infant Tubs

With baby # 2 expected this April, I have been on a quest to find the latest and greatest of baby gear, that wasn’t around a few years ago when our son was born. My nesting instinct has kicked in, and last weekend, while cleaning out our basement, I came across our old mediocre infant tub, that was all dirty and worn. I added infant tub to my list of must haves for our new bundle of joy.

Boy was I surprised how the infant tub has changed! There are Spa Tubs, Euro Tubs, Foam Tubs, etc etc. The tub that caught my eye as the Tub of all Tubs is The Cleanwater Infant Tub by 4Moms. Their slogan is “if you spent a day in diapers, you’d want one too.” Brilliant!

The Cleanwater Infant Tub comes equip with a built in thermometer, rinse cup and clean water reservoir. There is hole in the side of the tub, so that cold, dirty water can drain out, while clean and perfectly warm water can flow in.

The tub is suitable for up to 25 lbs or babies up to 6 months old. Once a baby can sit up, this tub has run its course. It fits in single and double basin sinks.

We had Susan from Baby Bodyguards, try it out with her 3 month old, and she said it was “so cool and easy to use” , she really liked the built in thermometer feature.

The Cleanwater Infant Tub is available at stores like  Babies R Us, Target, as well as smaller specialty stores. You can enter your zip code on the site and it will tell you the store nearest you. The tub retails for about $40.

We're On Facebook and Giving away a Car Seat Installation!

Baby Bodyguards has finally launched our Facebook page and in celebration, we would like to give away a free Car Seat Installation Lesson, to one lucky fan in the NY Metro Area.

To win, join us on Facebook and become a fan. One winner will be picked by random on February 8th and announced on our Facebook Page.

9 out of 10 car seats are installed incorrectly! Let us give you the peace of mind you deserve knowing your child is as safe as possible in your vehicle.

Good Luck!!!!

Common Flame Retardant Linked to Infertility

If you are like me, you know so… many women who are struggling with infertility. It is definitely a problem that is on the rise. A new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives raises the possibility that a lot of women who can’t have babies could have flame retardant chemicals to blame — specifically, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), which are commonly found in an alarming number of household consumer products.

PBDEs are a class of organobromine compounds found in foam furniture, electronics, fabrics, carpets, plastics and other common household items. They were commonly added to these and other products as flame retardants after the 1970s when new fire safety standards were implemented in the US.

In a study involving over 200 women, researchers at the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley) found that women with higher levels of PBDEs in their blood took far longer to become pregnant than those with low amounts of the chemicals in their blood. In fact, for every ten-fold increase in blood levels of four PBDE chemicals tested, there was a 30 percent decrease in the odds a woman would conceive a child during a month.

 PBDEs are unfortunately an enormous problem. They are everywhere in the home. The chemicals are known to leach out into the environment and accumulate in human fat cells. Previous studies have suggested that 97 percent of U.S. residents have detectable levels of PBDEs in their blood and that the levels in Americans are 20 times higher than in their counterparts in Europe.

“Although several types of PBDEs are being phased out in the United States, our exposure to the flame retardants is likely to continue for many years,” said the study’s principal investigator, Brenda Eskenazi, UC Berkeley professor of epidemiology and of maternal and child health at the School of Public Health. “PBDEs are present in many consumer products, and we know they leach out into our homes. In our research, we have found that low-income children in California are exposed to very high levels of PBDEs, and this has us concerned about the next generation of Californians.”

More studies are on the way. I’ll keep you posted