How wonderful would it be to, next to objects make adult and children’s fashion with a 3D printer? Dream or reality? In my opinion, it will soon be reality watching the images and videos of Electroloom. A group of young entrepreneurs use a new technology called Field Guided Fabrication, thereby liquid is sprayed on a mold with electrospinning and voilà: you created a seamless tanktop!
Or a girl’s dress! Very special is that it concerns printed textile which made from fibers on a micro and nano-level. This makes the material flexible and light of weight. This project requires further development and therefore the founders started a kickstarter project; they are looking for testers who can help to get this project off the ground by buying a special developer kit.
Another method for creating 3D fashion is to print small rings which are linked to each other as a knitted fabric. This is already in a experimental phase, see attached photo. But this material is not as smooth as that of the Electroloom. If these trends continue, we will be able to make design and make fashion at home ourselves in the future!
I still have to get used to celebrate King’s Day, because I used to celebrate Queens Day the day after my birthday. Now I celebrate King’s Day a few days earlier! But one thing has remained: it is a free day for everyone that we celebrate with the color orange that is so connected to our royal family. A little history lesson: William I (also known as William the Silent and William of Orange) inherited the principality of Orange in southern France by his nephew at a young age. William also received the title Prince of Orange and that’s why we celebrate King’s Day all in orange, though that is a little out of hand the last years. Tourists that visit our country, don’t get it all the time…. On this special day, the streets color orange, we eat orange pastry, drink orange drinks, wear orange clothes, wigs and glasses. Our children should not stay behind. Therefore, a cute orange collage with products for you and your baby for inspiration! I wish you a great King’s Day!
1. Loopie extra hand for the pram or buggy of Kleine Dreumes 2. Iplay swimming trunks 3. Sono carseat of Casual Play 4. Greentom recyclable stroller 5. teether Bo Jungle 6. sleeping bag Crazy by Babyboum 7. bib of Tis 8. Dikkiedik cuddle 9. Ubbi nappy bucket 10. Zoocchini bathcape.
An interesting study has been published in the European Journal of Development Psychology, on the development of American babies versus Dutch babies. This study shows that Dutch babies are happier and easier to calm down in the second half of the first year. On the other hand, American children are more active and vocal.
According to researchers these differences reflect American and Dutch parents’ unique cultural values. Already at the first courses American parents learn how important it is to stimulate their babies with toys and to read books with them. Purpose: to expose their children to many new experiences and make them as independent as possible. Parents in the Netherlands involve their young children especially in family life and placing strong value on the importance of rest and regularity. As a result, children in America show higher values of fear, frustration and sadness compared to Dutch children. In my opinion, this fits completely into the report of The Children’s Society where Dutch children score high in terms of happiness, while US and Canadian children are among the unhappiest in the world.
The researchers found out something else: Dutch parents attach importance to a strict sleep schedule and no overstimulation. For example, the researchers were surprised to learn that the Dutch birth announcement cards indicates hours for rest for mother and child. They also noticed that Dutch parents use very little toys while playing with their children, compared to American parents. So, we are doing a good parenting job here in Holland, also with the help of our child health clinics! We should look critically at the enormous amount of babytoys, courses and activities to stimulate baby’s brains. I think we can deal with this fine. I’m more worried about something else: I see mothers everywhere constantly busy with their cell phone and therefore have little regard for their child … What will be the long term effects of that? It seems worth a study! (image: Babylonia)
When you’re pregnant most women want to make an image of their belly for later. You can make a picture of course, or you can have your belly painted and then make a picture. Another option is to plaster your belly with a do-it-yourself kit and paint or decorate it afterwards. But now there is something new on the market: create a mini-me in 3D! I saw it on the consumer fair de Negenmaandenbeurs and I was curious how it works. It seems not too complicated, though the technology behind it is very special. You take place on a shelf and then a scanner scans your body from head to toe, left and right. It takes 2 to 3 minutes, so hold your breathe…. Then the images are processed in the computer and a 3D image appears on the screen. Is this ok then the image is send to a 3D printer. You can choose from 3 types of sizes and 3 types of materials; white, bronze or full color sandstone. Expensive? Well, it depends what you think is expensive. I think it’s not too bad for this piece of technology and you’ve obviously something unique: for 29.99 euro’s you have a figure of 10 cm in white. You can find more information on the site of 3dmama!
The important consumer fair The Negenmaandenbeurs started just a few days ago, a good time to share some important babytrends with you:
No stroller but a baby carrier
A stroller was invented so you don’t have to carry your baby anymore and to have your hands free. But nowadays there is a growing group of parents who like to carry their baby in a baby carrier and don’t have a stroller anymore! This group of parents are mostly strong believers of natural parenting and choose an ergonomic baby carrier, specially developed for the ‘happy hips’ position. Further, I see more and more carriers made of special materials such as recyclable fiber and breathable fabrics so you and your baby don’t get too warm. Nice to know: I see more and more fathers in the street carrying their babies, just look at the promotional material from manufacturers!
Strollers: more comfort
Whether you prefer a practical stroller because you live on the third floor, or you prefer a fashionable stroller, there’s a stroller for everyone. Strollers used to be small and compact for parents ‘on the go’, but fortunately now more attention is paid to the comfort of the child with larger carrycots and seats. High strollers are becoming very popular, ideal for having better contact with your baby but it also saves your back by taking your child in and out!
The latest technologies are the strollers which can be folded in and out by one push of a button and safety gadgets such as a security light on the front wheel. Also, the first recyclable pram is for sale in The Netherlands. A stroller doesn’t have to be expensive: by increasing competition and economic recession brands offer complete strollers with good value for money.
Safe i-Size car seats
De new i-Size standard which is introduced requires a lot of adaptations by car seat manufacturers. They are working hard to make all car seats i-Size proof. In addition, your child will be transported facing back using ISOFIX. Focus is on the length of the child instead of weight. These seats offer better protection in case of frontal and side collisions. With car seats, safety is number one of course, but there is increasing attention for the comfort of the child; there are carseats where your child can be transported in a lying position and some seats have head side supports which grow with your child. However, the combination with i-Size still seems to be a difficult task.
Babyfood: eating from reusable pouches
Based on the adult breakfasts ‘on the go’ we see a lot of squeeze bags with fruit and vegatable snacks. Convenient for traveling or if you are in a hurry! On international trade shows I also saw reusable squeeze pouches for home made smoothies of fruit and vegetables. However, some experts are critical about this way of feeding: they say you don’t learn your child to eat properly and it can influence the development of your child’s mouth!
Baby Skin Care: no harmful ingredients please
Irritations, allergies, endocrine disruptors …Harmful substances in baby skin care can cause much harm, so if there are care products for children without these harmful ingredients, then of course yes please! There appear more and more brands on the market without or with less harmful ingredients. Large manufacturers follow this trend and adjust their formulas.
Baby furniture: let it grow
It is trend to choose for a baby nursery that can be changed into a teen room. Smart, less expensive and durable! The crib can be transferred into a teen bed, the dresser into a desk. Decoration trends: next to common nursery rooms with a theme (think of nature, princesses and princes, marine), it is hip to mix and match vintage with new. Perfection in the nursery makes place for ‘underlayment’ which stands for unfinished, basic and a tough look.
Knowledge is power
Technique is becoming increasingly important in the baby industry. What about a baby romper that indicates how warm or cold your baby is? Or a device that measures how much breastfeeding you have given with one breast? Or a thermometer that measures the temperature of your baby without skin contact? The newest generation baby monitors show your baby on smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi or mobile internet!
Sustainable and green
Moms of today ask for responsible made baby products which are produced with respect for people and environment. As a mother, you simply want the best for your child and therefore you want to know where products are made. Mothers also look critically whether something is really necessary or not. ‘Getting rid of things’ and ‘sustainability’ are the keywords. Therefore children stuff is not thrown away after use, but can have a second life. Websites for second hand baby and children stuff and clothes swap parties flourish as never before.
Also have a look at the Negenmaandenbeurs movie where I talk about baby trends, just after tradeshow manager Nicole Tuitert!