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….
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!
I just came back from the tradeshow Kind + Jugend in Cologne and have seen quite some nice things again. Such as this plate and placemat The Happy Mat from the American brand EZ PZ in one piece! Made of silicone without harmful substances. The mat sticks on the tabletop and if you look closely, you can also see a face in it. This requires some creative cooking or should I say: decorating? For my youngest son this would have been a godsend. Because how many times have I been sitting on my knees on the floor to remove spaggetti strings, blobs of custard and vegetable chunks? The Happy Mat can be cleaned easily with soapy water but also in the dishwasher. It certainly looks great, I only have one question: is it really so easy to clean as they say?
Looking for products that are sustainable and environmentally friendly? Take a look at this series of JJ Rabbit. These plates, cups, cutlery and bibs are not only super fun and beautifully designed, but also are made from plants and therefore biodegradable! Very special is the cup in this series which, as a mother, I would love to have for my children: on the bottom is a small animal, but only if the cup is drunk – surprise! – you get to see the little animal! A perfect and fun way to teach your children how to drink.