The Summer Games begin August 5th in Rio de Janeiro where more than 10,000 athletes from 206 countries will participate in the first Olympics ever held in South America. What do these athletes have in common with parents? Most wake up incredibly early, do the same thing over and over and over again in challenging conditions, for many years, just waiting to get recognized for their efforts!
So we have to ask: what if there were the Parenting Olympics? Katy Mann from Brilliant Baby Products President has her list of possible events and the award-winning products that can help parents (and kids) earn a Gold Medal.
The Anti-Bacterial Champion
Healthy starts at home and e-cloth’s brand new Baby Care line helps parents protect their kids from harsh chemical cleaners. The Chemical-free Cleaning Home Starter Kit from Baby Care by e-cloth® includes the three core cloths to clean all major hard surfaces in the home without chemicals using just water. Set comes with Bathroom Cloth, General Purpose Cloth, and Glass & Polishing Cloth. MSRP: $19.99. Available online at www.ecloth.com.
The Sleep Marathon
Parents of newborns would all love to medal in “longest period of uninterrupted sleep.” The award-winning Miracle Blanket helps babies (and parents) sleep longer… guaranteed! The Miracle Blanket is a safe and secure alternative to traditional swaddling that helps babies sleep better on their backs through 14 weeks, and allows freedom of movement from the hips down. The fabric is a super soft 100% cotton knit that’s breathable, so it can be used in warm climates while still being luxurious enough to keep your baby warm in cooler places. For Birth-14 weeks. MSRP: $29.99. Available online at www.miracleware.com.
The Diaper Change Sprint
Diaper changing on the go can get messy, especially when you’re in a hurry, but these two medal winners by BabyBum Products will make any parent a pro in no time.
The BabyBum Brush™ is the first-ever, patent-pending diaper cream applicator tool that reduces the risk of bacteria transfer and applies ointment smoother, thicker, and faster for better protection against painful diaper rashes. BPA free and made of 100% soft silicone, the BabyBum Brush™ is gentle on baby’s skin, wipes clean, and keeps parent’s hands and nails clean from diaper cream mess. Ages: Birth+. MSRP: $7.99. For more information, visit www.BabyBumProducts.com.
The all NEW patent pending Diaper Changing Glove-Saks™ from BabyBum Products easily converts from a glove to a dirty diaper sack so your hands never have come in contact with dirty diaper messes again! The diaper changing glove keeps poop off your hands then quickly converts to a dirty diaper sack for mess-free disposal. Make diaper changes more sanitary at home or on the go! MSRP: $7.99. Available online at www.BabyBumProducts.com.
“100 Fly” Duck Race
On your mark, get set, go! Yookidoo’s award-winning Musical Duck Race features four mischievous ducks that magically chase each other around an amazing water display. The battery operated, musical bathtub toy is sure to score high points with kiddos ages 6-36 months. MSRP: $34.99. Available online at www.Amazon.com.
A baby with a high fever is a scary event. Stay ahead of the game with the award-winning smarttemp by infanttech. This new bluetooth thermometer is designed for children and allows parents to track body temperature continuously in real time through their smartphone without disturbing their sick little ones! Simply download the smartphone app, place the thermometer under child’s underarm with adhesive pad (included), and monitor the temperature. Smarttemp comes with the thermometer, a carrying case, 10 adhesive pads, and has up to a 3-year battery life with no charging required. For ages 0-7 years. MSRP: $69.99. Available online at www.Amazon.com.
The Unstoppable Teething Mitt
Baby’s gums will get a workout with the undroppable, unstoppable Munch Mitt. Made with food grade silicone, BPA and phthalate free, the mitt is both convenient for parents and fun for babies. Perfect for the car seat, stroller, airplane or any time teething strikes! Recommended for ages 3-8 months, but can be used up to 12 months. MSRP: $14.99. Available online at www.MunchMitt.com.
Keep Your Little Athlete Healthy
Power up your little runner or swimmer with healthy nutrition carried in the convenient collapsible bowl by Marcus and Marcus. Easy to store after use, this colorful bowl makes snacking on-the-go easy and fun! Made of food grade silicone that’s BPA, PVC and phthalate-free. Choose from five different animal themes. MSRP: $15.99 Available on www.Amazon.com.
Diaper Bag “Dress” Age
Winner of 2016 NAPPA award, Lassig’s Green Label Allover Fleur Neckline Diaper Bag keeps you organized while looking like a super-chic handbag. It boasts fabric made from recycled plastic bottles, 2 large main compartments, lots of pockets, a changing pad, wet pocket, and more. This accessory gets high marks in eco-friendliness, function and style! MSRP: $179.99. Available online at www.BuyBuyBaby.com.
Tummy Time Floor Routine
Little gymnasts in training will love practicing their tummy time routines HABA’s Little Frog Water Play Mat. This 2015 best toy award winner is a water-filled mat coated with a soft removable fabric made of polyester which is machine washable. The fabric ensures babies are comfortable lying down. Easy to fill safety relief valve included. For ages Birth-12 months. MSRP: $24.99. Available online at www.HABAusa.com.
Baby Monitoring Triathlon
The award-winning zooby Car & Home Baby monitor is the only monitor that dominates in three events: at home, in the car and on the go! The monitor’s camera is embedded in a specially designed plush that allows it to be placed anywhere, making it the most portable monitor on the market! With the new large 4.3″ split screen version a parent can even view 2 rear facing infants in the back seat of the car. For Birth-4 years. MSRP: $199.99. Available online at http://www.Amazon.com.
Track & Road
Little car enthusiasts can race their toy trains and cars to the Olympic finish line with PlayTape from Inroad Toys. Award winning Playtape sticks to any flat surface, tears easily to any length, and is repositionable to create roads and tracks anywhere. Available in multiple colors, lengths and widths, the creation possibilities are endless. MSRP: $8.99 and up. Available online at www.InRoadToys.com.
The Official Olympic Timekeeper
Teach kids to read digital and analog time with Claessens’ Kids KWID Learning Watch. The KWID also teaches time management skills, thanks to a digital hourglass timer that is great for tracking privileges, chores, tooth brushing time and more. When the digital hourglass empties, a song plays and a cute animation pops up. In addition, kids can control the playing of different entertaining animations when they push the “kid” button that’s just for them! Available in Pink or Blue. For ages 4-10 years. MSRP: $29.99. Available online at www.Amazon.com.
And for the baby who’s already won a gold medal for stealing your heart, give them their own Olympic ring…
Babies around the world have fallen in love with the classic Kringelring Clutching Toy from HABA! The flexible wooden teether and the smaller wooden rings attached to it are expertly designed to help develop clutching and grasping skills and with bright, vibrant colors. Made from 100% beech wood from a sustainable forest in Germany, this eco-friendly toy is a real winner! For ages Birth-12 months. MSRP: $12.99. Available online at www.HABAusa.com.
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