ConsumerWatch: Innovative Products Making Life Easier For New Parents
(KPIX 5) – From snot suckers to teething necklaces, consumers are singing the praises of cool new baby products that make the early years easier. Products their mothers wish they’d had!
Teething jewelry is one of the latest trends.
“I don’t wear jewelry because I didn’t want [my child] to eat it, so it’s kind of nice they make this stuff that she can chew on,” said one mother of two shopping at Day One Children’s boutique in San Francisco. “I’ve seen people at restaurants use these to entertain their kids”
There are various lines of stylish silicone jewelry made to go from mom’s neck to baby’s mouth. But there are also products intended to utilize mom’s mouth. Nurse Nancy Held explains the Nose Fida is the latest creation to suck snot out of bays nose. She said moms insert one end into the baby’s nose and the other end into her mouth, and then she literally sucks the snot. While it may seem counterintuitive, Held said the Nose Fida is more sanitary and more effective than alternative options. And no, moms don’t end up with mucus in their mouth.
“It stays in the container and it goes in the dishwasher…it works much better than the bulb thingy” raves a mother of two.
Now when it comes to feeding, every new mom hears that breast is best, and now there are a series of products aimed at helping mom breast feed longer.
“Milk screen does just that” says nurse Nancy Held, also the President of the Day One center for new and expecting parents. “I think a lot of women stop breast feeding a lot sooner than they might have wanted because they wanted to drink a glass of wine, so these are great because you can be reassured that there isn’t any alcohol in your milk.”
Held explains moms can test their breast milk for traces of alcohol and simply “pump and dump” until it comes out clean.
For multitasking moms, Held also recommends the breast pump bustier that allows for hands free pumping.
While it may go without saying that parents have survived for centuries without these and other new products – like eco-friendly diapers and formula mixers that double as a cappuccino maker – many parents today will tell you they’re happy they don’t have to, though.
“Some stuff is excessive,” said a mother of two as she hands her screaming child a teething necklace, “But at each age there are some things that have become kind of crucial.”
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