I saw this new product at ABC’s Shark Tank in America, where entrepreneurs present their innovation to a group of investors. After the pitch two investors chose to do business with the founders of Beebo, a handsfree bottle holder. An opportunity for a very profitable product. What is Beebo exactly? Beebo is a small mat made of soft foam that you put on one of your shoulders. It has a rotable element in which you can put a wide or narrow bottle. This is well done because now you can determine both the height and the direction of the feeding. In this way you can give the baby the bottle without having to hold it. So you have time to read your child a story, stroking or massaging your baby or even have a meal. So say the founders.
Advantages and disadvantages of Beebo
I immediately see the benefits. Such as bottle feeding twins (I still see my sister and mother of twins struggling with towel rolls), or if you can’t hold the bottle because of medical reasons. But that’s all. As a mother and as an expert I dislike it very much if you cannot spend several minutes quality time with your baby. Time to make eye contact, to have physical contact and really just have one on one contact with your baby. No, we’d rather put a device between it so you can work behind a PC or laptop, we don’t want to wait with our own meals and want to have our hands free to be accessible online 24/7 for Facebook and Whatsapps from our friends. Also the images I see don’t make me happy: baby gets air when drinking, baby chews on teat instead of sucking … If that’s the way to feed our babies nowadays then parenting is something to worry about. Or am I wrong?
Another new type of bottle? Yes, and what kind of one! This Munchkin Latch has a unique teat that our jury had never seen. It stretches and moves flexibly in all directions. Milk only flows when the baby puts pressure and sucks just as at mum’s breast. The anti-colic valve in the base reduces risk of colic. Never before we came so close to breastfeeding.
From the moment a baby switches to solid foods these Squiz reusable squeeze pouches are very practical. Whether you fill hem with fruit or fruit snacks, yogurt or smoothies, you can easily fill them with the double zipper on the bottom and clean them in soapy water, time after time. They can even be cooled in a refrigerator or freezer and reheated. So handy for on the go or at the babysitter!
Get rid of all those drinkpacks with to much sugar that are so bad for the teeth and health of our children. A good alternative is Drink in the Box from Wereldmama. How it works? You fill Drink in the Box with fresh fruit and water or other healthy juice, click it to close and your child has a healthy drinkpack with a flashy looks. It’s transparent so you can exactly see what in it. The packet can always be reused so helpful for a better environment.
These are the nominations in the category Feeding in the Baby Innovation Award elections!
A few years ago we talked here in the newsroom have about how useful it would be if you could make baby formula by pushing the button just as you make a cup of coffee. That was really something we would like to invent! But how do you start with something like that? We also know what is involved by the development of a new technical product… Béaba came up with the Bib’expresso: a device that produces water at the right temperature that flows into the bottle and dissolves the baby formula in that bottle. So you still have to put the formula in to the bottle first.
The new Genius Born Free Bottle goes one step further; you fill the container at the top with baby formula, put water in another container, set in the size of the bottle and press the start button. The water flows in the bottle at the right temperature and the right amount of milk powder is then added into the bottle. Just shake the bottle and voila! Making a bottle is easy with a baby on your arm, but is also convenient if you have to prepare a bottle at odd times, for example at nights! I actually thought that this device made it possible to mix water and formula in one stream to run into the bottle, but this idea is apparently a step to far, and for understandable and hygienic reasons dropped. No wonder if you see the work I have if I have to clean my own coffee machine….
Seeing how the Bottle Genius works?
If your child goes to daycare or preschool a sealable drinking cup is very handy. There are some interesting developments in this category! Such as the new cup of Orange Rebel which you can personalize. This cup has a inner and outercup and you can put something personal between it: a picture, a drawing or a free downloadable template at the site of its creators. You put the image in the cup, screw everything together tightly and voila! You can choose between red, pink or a blue cap. There is also a lunchbox available with the same principle.
Another interesting initiative is the Citrus Mini Zinger (a large variation already existed). Get rid of the drink packs with too much sugar which will only causes cavities in your children’s teeth by sucking on straws (here speaks a mother who unfortunately made that mistake). This system is much healthier: you fill the bottom of the bottle with a half mandarin, orange or lemon, and the top with water. By compressing the fruit your child can make a tasty and healthy drink itself!
Have a look how Orange Rebel cup works
Have a look how the MiniZinger works