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Babies Go From Drab To Fab in Sassy Locks Clothing

Babies Go From Drab To Fab in Sassy Locks Clothing

RESIZE-SASSY-LOCKS-LIFETSYLE-dress-frost-190x300Searching for the perfect outfit for your baby can be a chore. Fortunately, Sassy Locks is here with outfits that will make your kids look fab during those special moments. The mom founded brand designs fashionable clothing for preemies to toddlers that you can personalize. With unique customization, your babies will definitely standout!

Sassy Locks will be at the 2017 Chicago Baby Show, on August 26 and 27, at Navy Pier, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families comes to Chicagoland. A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the Chicago Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Chicago, the surrounding suburbs, and beyond!

Tickets to the Chicago Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

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We spoke with the founder and owner of Sassy Locks, Cindy Butler, to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the Chicago Baby Show.

For someone unfamiliar with Sassy Locks, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

At Sassy Locks, we offer a large selection of custom made personalized outfits for both girls and boys, ranging in sizes preemie to 5T.

Our mission at Sassy Locks is to enhance the family’s memories and special moments via our custom designed and personalized outfits. As families share these moments, we will strive to offer unique custom outfits that are sure to evoke emotion and enhance those beautiful memories.

Tell us about Sassy Locks. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?

Sassy Locks was born with our premature bald baby girl. In the need to dress her, I found myself lost searching for clothes to fit her. Options were very limited and definitely not cute. The few items I did like were way out of financial reach for a family of six. My efforts turned into designing and making her outfits myself. As she was a bald baby, we needed to let the world know she was a girl. I made her beautiful large bows/headbands to match each outfit. The name Sassy Locks was born as I was making her “lack of locks” sassy.

These outfits were an instant hit. Since we spelled her name in a nontraditional way, I soon came to realize she would never have one of those cute personalize toothbrushes. Yes, I did say toothbrush! As this was not an option, I made the choice to go all out and personalize the outfits. So off I went and purchased an embroidery machine and gave her outfits a unique look. I had never seen an embroidery machine before or even knew anyone who embroidered. However, I was determined to master this art and personalize her outfits. My custom outfits became so popular that other moms asked to purchase them.

Our family has grown with another baby girl, and so has Sassy Locks. I now make them coordinating outfits. Again, the outfits were a big hit. Orders became harder to keep track of so I created a website to keep up.

Not forgetting our little men, I began making outfits that I would have wanted to see on my sons. Cute boys outfits are so hard to find as most shops cater to girls. Well, not Sassy Locks. I just love to design outfits for boys. Now, moms can dress these little men in style in our adorable outfits.

Today, Sassy Locks has grown into a full line of custom designed/personalized outfits with accessories for boys and girls with sizes ranging from preemie to 5T.

RESIZE SASSY LCOKS buffalo romper tyWhat are the most popular and newest products from Sassy Locks?

In addition to our popular newborn take home outfits and first birthday outfits, we have expanded our brand. In late 2016, we launched our introduction to our Mommy & Me Monogrammed Leggings and our maternity line. We have also introduced a unique garment printing process that will open new avenues to our designing.

What sets Sassy Locks apart in the baby marketplace?

At Sassy Locks, we like to keep it personal. As clothing manufacturers rush out to mass produce, we want to keep it personal, creating your little one’s outfits special for the child it’s intended for. Every outfit is a one of a kind masterpiece.

What can parents expect from Sassy Locks at the Chicago Baby Show?

We are excited to be part of the Chicago Baby Show. Please stop by to view our elaborate display. We will have a great selection of garments available for purchase with a large sample of our custom order outfits on display.

To learn more about Sassy Locks, check out sassylocks.com.

Biodegradable Diapers From poof Help Keep Baby Happy and The Environment, Too!

Biodegradable Diapers From poof Help Keep Baby Happy and The Environment, Too!

poof-300x231Diapers are a messy but necessary part of having a baby. Families go through them so fast that they can pile up in the garbage. Eventually, they pile up in the landfill! But poof diapers are made to be fully biodegradable and compostable, so there is no harm to the environment!

poof will be at the 2017 Chicago Baby Show, on August 26 and 27, at Navy Pier, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families comes to Chicagoland. A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the Chicago Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Chicago, the surrounding suburbs, and beyond!

Tickets to the Chicago Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

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We spoke with founder Debra Lee, to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the Chicago Baby Show.

For someone unfamiliar with poof, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Meet poof.  The only fully certified line of ECO baby and mom consumer products armed with a list of FIRSTs and differentiated features, higher performance and made with safer materials without the use of harsh chemicals for your baby and our environment. We have created superior and environmentally responsible products that minimize the impact on our environment. Some of those products include:

  • poof diapers 3.0 – fully biodegradable and compostable, with antibacterial/bacteriostatic benefits, with a 3D silhouette to minimizes leaks and blowouts.
  • poof wipes – the real flushable wipes made with only four ingredients.
  • poof nursing – 3D designed for a better fit and discreet shape, compostable, antibacterial nursing pads.
  • poof burp – the first high-performing disposable burp cloth, with antibacterial benefits

Tell us about the company’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?

poof was founded by an award winning designer and visionary mother of five. Frustrated by the inadequate features of the diapers and guilty from the impact on our environment, she imagined there must be a better solution with the rapid advancements in technology. With her textile science background, she partnered with a textile-engineering firm, developing a proprietary new textile. Combining design, innovation and technology, She created a diaper that didn’t need to last 500+ years. Better for your baby. Better for our planet. 

What are the most popular and/or newest services from poof?

We are launching our poof trainers 3.0, simply the best for toddlers to train. Incorporating all the features of our diapers 3.0, they promote faster learning with higher performance features and sense of wetness benefits. We are also partnering with various commercial composting facilities to see our product move full circle. In 14 short weeks, our poof diapers 3.0 are fully composted and supplies soil for nonagricultural commercial landscaping uses.

What sets poof apart from other diaper companies?

poof is setting a new standard with technology and innovation in the disposable diaper category. In addition to our certified claims, all our products are higher performing than the leading brands without the harsh chemicals and processing that our competitors are using.

What can parents expect to see from poof at the Chicago Baby Show?

We will be offering free samples and free shipping to the first 500 guests! We are thrilled to introduce poof to all expecting parents and families. This is an opportunity to see, touch and feel what the poof hype is all about! We are creating change and are committed to making a safer environment for everyone with minimally processed products… LOVEPOOF!​

To learn more about poof, check out poofdiapers.com.

Strolling Through The City Has Never Been Easier With A Bugaboo Stroller

Strolling Through The City Has Never Been Easier With A Bugaboo Stroller

extra-PI-bgb-bee5_chassis-alu_seat-GM_sun-canopy-RM_grips-ZW_wheel-caps-W-300x250Bugaboo, the company that created the first high-end luxury modular stroller, continues to offer new designs and many designer collaborations with exclusive fabric and colorful wheel cap options.

Bugaboo will be at the 2017 Chicago Baby Show, on August 26 and 27, at Navy Pier, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families comes to Chicagoland. A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the Chicago Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Chicago, the surrounding suburbs, and beyond!

Tickets to the Chicago Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

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To learn more about Bugaboo, we spoke with Melissa Gad, the company’s New York marketing manager.

For someone unfamiliar with Bugaboo, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Bugaboo is a global mobility company whose products invite people to explore and move freely through their world. Our products offer a smooth ride, smart design, and extraordinary value. We pride ourselves on seamlessly integrating form and function into our iconic strollers. We are also well known for doing design collaborations and special edition strollers and have previously worked with Missoni, the Andy Warhol Foundation, and Diesel, to name a few.

What’s the background of the company? When did it start? How has it evolved over time?

Bugaboo was founded by designer Max Barenbrug and physician Eduard Zanen in 1999. With a mission to bring freedom of movement to today’s parents, Bugaboo revolutionized the stroller industry through its distinctive design of the world’s first modular stroller.

As a result, the Bugaboo Frog was created and introduced to the world in 2001. The Bugaboo Frog was the first stroller to feature a parking brake on the handlebar, swivel wheels for easy 360o rotation, and an enhanced suspension system. In 2005, the brand launched its iconic product – the Bugaboo Cameleon – which was designed as the all-in-one stroller providing parents with a new effortless way to explore the world with their family.

Today, we offer a range of strollers to meet every lifestyle from city to all-terrain. We also listen to our consumers and answer the evolving needs of modern parents.

What are the most popular and newest products/features from Bugaboo?

In March, we released the Bugaboo Bee5, the latest and greatest edition of our popular Bee stroller. The Bee is our urban stroller, perfect for the NYC parent always on the go. For the Bee5, over 100 parts were improved from the Bee3. It features an even more comfortable seat and smoother ride. Besides the improved function, it received a style revamp, with the ability to now completely customize your stroller to show your individual style. There are all new fabrics including solids, mélanges, and prints, plus changeable faux leather grips and wheel caps in different colors.

We also released the Cameleon3 Kite in March. This special edition stroller features a special balsam green fabric, printed canopy lining, and peekaboo window.

In April, we launched a limited edition collaboration with French street artist Niark1 called Monsters on the Move. The collection includes tailored fabric sets and sun breezy canopies for each of our stroller models, as well as a foot muff. It features playful, colorful monster designs that appear on the outsides and insides of the canopies, so children can be stimulated and entertained as they ride along throughout the day.

As of last September, our inline Cameleon3, Donkey, and Buffalo come standard with a black faux leather handlebar and carry handle, previously only a feature of our special editions, which our clients have been very excited about.

What sets Bugaboo apart from other baby strollers companies on the market?

Designed for everyday use, Bugaboo strollers are built to last for a newborn through toddler years and can be customized to suit your needs, style or journey allowing baby to face the world or their parents. Bugaboo turns burdens into blessings through unexpected, yet useful features found in all of their strollers.

What can parents expect to see from Bugaboo at the Chicago Baby Show?

Bugaboo is delighted to participate in the Chicago Baby Show and will be happy to showcase all our latest product offerings.

 

To learn more about Bugaboo, check out bugaboo.com.

GOOD + Foundation Helps To Break The Cycle Of Family Poverty

GOOD + Foundation Helps To Break The Cycle Of Family Poverty

Photo Credit: Genevieve Huba

Photo Credit: Genevieve Huba

Often those cute little outfits from the baby shower only fit for a few days because babies grow so incredibly fast. It’s a shame to just throw away clothes that no longer fit so many moms donate their old baby clothes. The GOOD+ Foundation goes a step further, and collects donated items to help break the cycle of family poverty.

What’s more,the GOOD + Foundation will be at the 2017 Chicago Baby Show, on August 26 and 27, at Navy Pier, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families comes to Chicagoland. A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the Chicago Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Chicago, the surrounding suburbs, and beyond!

Tickets to the Chicago Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

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We spoke with a member of the GOOD + Foundation, to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the Chicago Baby Show.

For someone unfamiliar with GOOD + Foundation, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

GOOD + Foundation partners with a national network of leading programs to break the cycle of family poverty through the power of donated children’s product and transformational services.

Tell us about the company’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?

Jessica Seinfeld founded the organization in 2001 shortly after the birth of her first child.  She was struck by how expensive it is to buy equipment for a new baby and then how quickly they outgrow it.  She searched for a mechanism to redistribute clothing and gear her daughter, and friends’ children, had outgrown so the donations would directly benefit families in need.  Jessica quickly understood that you can help a baby, but if the parent(s) is struggling, there is only so much that will change in that baby’s life. That’s where the organization’s approach changed to being focused on the entire family.

Today GOOD+ Foundation partners with programs that have demonstrated a capacity to address family poverty in three focus areas: Supporting New Mothers, Investing in Early Childhood and Engaging Fathers.  Through the generous support of donors and over 50,000 volunteers, GOOD+ Foundation has donated over $35 million in essential children’s product through its partner network across the United States. The organization has been rated 4-Stars by Charity Navigator and received national accreditation from the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance for its efficient fundraising and operations.  For more information visit www.goodplusfoundation.org, or Like us on Facebook at GOOD+ Foundation and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @GoodPlusFdn.

What are the most popular and/or newest programs from GOOD + Foundation? 

In 2014 the organization launched an initiative to promote and expand fatherhood programs and father-inclusive practices across social service sites to help make families stronger.  The Fatherhood Leadership Council is led by Jerry Seinfeld and is comprised of nearly 60 fathers.  These men help raise awareness and funds for this initiative, which focuses on engaging fathers with their children. Many things can sidetrack men from their responsibilities as fathers – loss of a job or legal problems – because the most common, cyclical problem is dads who grew up without a father themselves — or with a father who might not have been a positive role model.

GOOD+ Foundation partners provide support in many ways including positive parenting strategies, improving the relationship with the child’s mother, and helping a father establish his role within the family. Fathers learn financial literacy, receive support in getting GED’s, and job and vocational training.

What sets GOOD + Foundation apart from other charities?

Our model is what makes us unique.  GOOD+ Foundation donations help parents stay motivated to keep appointments with their social workers, attend workshops and meet long-term goals such as getting a GED or opening a savings account. Program partners report to us that our donations help reduce parental stress by helping to provide for the needs of their children (100%), help clients/families they serve meet program goals (97%), and help retain families in their programs (88%).

What can parents expect to see from GOOD + Foundation at the Chicago Baby Show and the future in general?

Parents can expect to meet members of the GOOD+ team to learn about what they can do to be involved… everything from donating new or gently used clothing, gear and essentials to celebrating the birth of their child or milestones by creating their own GIVE GOOD Campaign on our website.

To learn more about GOOD+ Foundation, check out goodplusfoundation.org.

 

Cookies For Kids’ Cancer Supports Grassroots Fundraising In The Fight Against Pediatric Cancer

Cookies For Kids’ Cancer Supports Grassroots Fundraising In The Fight Against Pediatric Cancer

Cookies-for-Kids-Cancer-Logo_With_Website-1-300x300Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is an inspiring organization dedicated to raising funds for developing new, improved pediatric cancer treatments. They empower businesses, individuals, and organizations to “Be a good cookie” and raise funds by hosting grassroots bake sales and other events.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer will be at the 2017 Chicago Baby Show, on August 26 and 27, at Navy Pier, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families comes to Chicagoland. A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the Chicago Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Chicago, the surrounding suburbs, and beyond!

Tickets to the Chicago Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

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We spoke with a member of the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer team to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the Chicago Baby Show.

 For someone unfamiliar with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, how would you describe the organization’s mission and core projects?

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national 501(c)3 non-profit, is committed to raising funds for research to develop new, improved treatments for pediatric cancer, the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S. We provide inspiration and support for individuals, businesses and organizations to raise funds by hosting grassroots bake sales and other fundraising events.

 Tell us about the organization’s background—how did it get started and how has it grown? 

When 2-year-old Liam Witt was diagnosed with childhood cancer in 2007, his parents Larry and Gretchen were shocked to learn of the lack of effective treatments for pediatric cancers due to lack of funding. They pledged to support the funding of research for safer, more effective treatments for children battling cancer. In 2007, with the help of 250 volunteers, his mom Gretchen baked and sold 96,000 cookies, raising more than $400,000 for research. Word spread, and people nationwide began asking, “How can I help?” That’s how Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was born. Now, 7.5 years later, Cookies has granted $10 million to fund 80 childhood cancer research grants resulting in 32 new treatments now in clinical trial, available to children today. Good Cookies across the globe have hosted more than 7,000 events in all 50 states and 16 countries.

What are the most popular ways for kids and families to get involved with/ support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer?

We encourage individuals to Be a Good Cookie and get involved in their community through fundraising. This can take the form of a bake sale, a 5K, a lacrosse tournament, a cookie swap, a dress down day at school or really anything that inspires a supporter! The possibilities are unlimited and we provide step-by-step to all of our supporters no matter how they choose to Be a Good Cookie.

What makes Cookies for Kids’ Cancer different from other organizations in this space?

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer provides annual research grants to five of the nation’s leading pediatric cancer centers to advance the development of less toxic, more effective treatments for children battling cancer.  Each year grants are reviewed and given under the guidance of the Medical Advisory Board. We are also proud to say as of 2013, a portion of funds raised are also used to DOUBLE, dollar for dollar, the federal allowance per child enrolled in the Children’s Oncology Group’s Phase I & Pilot Consortium.

What can parents except to see from Cookies for Kids’ Cancer at the Chicago Baby Show and in the future in general?

We will be hosting a bake sale! We hope all of the families can stop by and taste some delicious treats from our cookbook and learn more about our organization. Also, families should be on the lookout for bake sales year-round plus our two signature events in the city: Be a Good Cookie Family Fun Day (a cookie and activity palooza for kids of all ages) and Chefs for Kids’ Cancer (an annual dinner featuring the city’s most beloved chefs preparing meals for individual tables).

To learn more, visit cookiesforkidscancer.org!

 

Track Your Baby’s Kicks With Count The Kicks

Track Your Baby’s Kicks With Count The Kicks

RESIZE-count-the-kicks-english-poster-Copy-258x300As expectant mommies move along in their pregnancy, they’ll start to feel their babies kick. Once that happens, Count the Kicks has a free app that you can download to track the amount of time it takes your baby to kick ten times to ensure that everything is ok with your baby. So, if you notice that your baby deviates from his or her normal pattern, you can contact your doctor immediately. Count the Kicks is a public service campaign that was started to raise awareness about stillbirth prevention, and to date, the campaign has reduced the stillbirth rate in Iowa by a whopping 26%!What’s more, Count the Kicks will be at the 2017 Chicago Baby Show, on August 26 and 27, at Navy Pier, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families comes to Chicagoland. A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the Chicago Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Chicago, the surrounding suburbs, and beyond!

Tickets to the Chicago Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

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We spoke with Count the Kicks team, Karina Bennett, to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the Chicago Baby Show.

For someone unfamiliar with Count the Kicks, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Count the Kicks is a public awareness campaign focused on stillbirth prevention. We educate moms about the importance of tracking their baby’s movements starting in the third trimester of pregnancy. Count the Kicks is based on scientific research that shows that tracking a baby’s movements daily helps reduce the chance of stillbirth. Expectant moms should count at least once a day to see how long it takes them to get to 10 kicks, rolls or jabs, soon noticing a pattern for their baby. If the amount of time it takes to get to 10 changes significantly, they should contact their provider right away because a change in the amount of time counting takes could be an indication that something is wrong.

We offer a FREE Count the Kicks app in the Google Play and Apple online stores. The app sends a daily reminder to Count the Kicks and saves kick sessions. So, if moms notice a change in what is normal for their baby, moms can show proof to their provider. You can count for a single baby and twins, as well as in English and Spanish. The app is being used around the world.

We also work closely with doctor offices, hospitals, and child birth educators to provide them with tools and resources to have the kick counting conversation with their patients.

Tell us about the background of Count the Kicks. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?

Healthy Birth Day, Inc. currently has a growing network of supportive doctors, nurses, hospitals, and clinics that give Count the Kicks materials to their patients. We have Count the Kicks Ambassadors in 18 states (including Karina Bennett representing New York and New Jersey), a national PSA that’s generated more than 300 million viewer impressions, and a monthly Huffington Post blog that reaches moms across the globe. We were just featured in the February edition of O Magazine.

RESIZE Count the kicks 3What are the most popular and newest products from Count the Kicks? 

Our free Count the Kicks app is quite popular. We also offer Count the Kicks posters and brochures to maternal health providers that can be ordered on our website, www.countthekicks.org. Materials are very low cost and can be shipped right to your office. Thanks to generous donors, health providers in Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska can order them for free.

What sets Count the Kicks apart in the maternity marketplace?

What sets us apart is that there is no other organization focused solely on kick counting. There are many maternal health organizations that support kick counting and tout its benefits, but we are the only ones focused on fetal movement and have created this original campaign that is now saving babies across the U.S.

What can parents expect from Count the Kicks at the Chicago Baby Show?

We’re so excited to meet expectant parents at the Chicago Baby Show! We like to have a good time as we spread the word about Count the Kicks! Our team will be passing out some “Kick” Kats as we hand out Count the Kicks materials. You’ll be able to meet our NY/NJ Ambassador, Karina Bennett, who lost her son Milan to stillbirth. She can tell you about why kick counting is important and why it’s become her life’s mission to tell every pregnant mom she knows about tracking their baby’s movement. We will be in front of the bright yellow backdrop where you can also hear inspirational stories about moms all across the U.S. who saved their babies through kick counting. And, of course, we’ll be showing folks how to download and use our free Count the Kicks app!

To learn more about Count the Kicks, check out countthekicks.org.

Create Memories At The 2017 Chicago Baby Show With Canon

Create Memories At The 2017 Chicago Baby Show With Canon

CanonSeeImpossible_CMYK_XLCanon is a brand name synonymous with top quality, state of the art photography equipment that millions rely upon to capture and print memories that will last a lifetime. A leader in the imaging field as well as a longtime innovator in the photographic equipment field, Canon has branched out to incorporate business solution offerings as well as medical applications.

Canon will be at the 2017 Chicago Baby Show, on August 26 and 27, at Navy Pier, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families comes to Chicagoland. A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the Chicago Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Chicago, the surrounding suburbs, and beyond!

Tickets to the Chicago Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

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To learn more about Canon, we spoke with Noelyn Rodney, the company’s event management associate specialist.

For someone unfamiliar with Canon, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?  

Our mission is to provide world-class imaging solutions, whether for our consumer, professional or industrial customers.  For new and growing families our line of cameras and photo printers helps to preserve memories that you’ll want to cherish for a lifetime.

Tell us about the company’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?

Canon began as a small camera company 80 years ago, since then we have evolved into a leading imaging company branching out beyond photography into business solutions, medical applications and more.
 
What are the most popular and/or newest products from Canon?

Attendees at the Baby Show will appreciate the ease and quality of the EOS Rebel T7i, our top of the line entry-level DSLR camera.  The camera has intuitive and easy to use controls, creative shooting modes and the ability to take manual control as you get more comfortable. With over 60 EF lenses to choose from you’ll also be able to grow your camera system along with your family. Once you’ve taken your photos what better way to display and share your memories than by printing them out. The Pixma TS9020 is easy to use and the vibrant, long lasting colors will preserve your memories for generations.
 
What sets Canon apart in the camera marketplace?

Canon is the only company with complete input to output solutions from cameras to printers, ensuring your photos look exactly as you envision them. We also offer still and video solutions for everyone from beginner to pro so as your skills and confidence grow you’ll be able to add more creative options.
 
What can parents expect from Canon at the Chicago Baby Show?

We’ll be taking photos and providing a print as a keepsake of the Baby Show experience and offering hands-on demos of our cameras with some of our photo experts to help you make the right choice. There’ll also be seminars featuring fun and informative tips so you can start taking great photos right away.

 

To learn more about Canon, check out usa.canon.com.

LILLEbaby Baby Carriers Allow Parents To Comfortably Travel With Baby

LILLEbaby Baby Carriers Allow Parents To Comfortably Travel With Baby

Lillebaby Embossed carriers-15Carry your baby with style and ease with LILLEbaby. From soft structured wearable carriers to their newer offerings of ring slings and stretchy wraps, LILLEbaby has your comfort and that of your baby as its foremost concern. Multiple fabric and design options make LILLEbaby an even more outstanding choice when seeking out the perfect choice for your babywearing gear needs.

LILLEbaby will be at the 2017 Chicago Baby Show, on August 26 and 27, at Navy Pier, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families comes to Chicagoland. A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the Chicago Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Chicago, the surrounding suburbs, and beyond!

Tickets to the Chicago Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

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To learn more about LILLEbaby, we spoke with Kyndra Gardner, a member of the company’s team.

For someone unfamiliar with LILLEbaby, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

LILLEbaby is a U.S.-based company where every employee is sincerely passionate about babywearing. We set out to make the best carrier on the market – one that was complete in every way. We studied and interviewed parents and brought in specialists and made improvements until we felt it was truly COMPLETE (and then we improved it some more, just because we didn’t want anything missing). We feel we have the best and most functional soft structured carrier on the market. Recently, our product line has expanded beyond soft structured carriers to include ring slings and stretchy wraps!

Tell us about the company’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?

LILLEbaby was founded by Lisbeth Lehan, a designer, in the early 2000’s. When she created the brand her intent was to improve the quality of life for parents with young children. By consulting with a team of parents, designers, fashion consultants, and safety experts she created a product that successfully mastered merging safety and comfort with convenience and style. As the Babywearing industry continues to grow and change, Lisbeth has stayed true to her mission of purposeful products and has expanded the collection to include toddler carriers, ring slings, stretchy wraps and a hip seat style carrier.  

What are the most popular and/or newest products from LILLEbaby?

Our most popular carrier is definitely our COMPLETE, we have so many different fabric options and design choices there’s really something for everyone! Within the last year, we’ve also redesigned our toddler carrier and added a ring sling, stretchy wrap and hip seat style carrier to our product line as well!

What sets LILLEbaby apart in the baby carrier marketplace?

The design of our carriers is quite thoughtful, we really work to understand the need of the community and find a solution that combines function and comfort with style and affordability. We have a diverse product line to appeal to every type of caregiver and take pride in creating a product that allows parents to bond and connect with their children in a natural and beautiful way.

What can parents expect from LILLEbaby at the Chicago Baby Show?

Expect to get personal with our products! Feel your back melt once you’ve used our lumbar support from our COMPLETE and CarryOn carriers, let your hands glide over the smooth Tencel blend of our Tie the Knot wraps, marvel at the intricate detail of our custom rings on the Eternal Love ring slings, and experience the innovation and practicality of our SeatMe hip seat carrier. We can’t wait to meet you!

To learn more about LILLEbaby, check out lillebaby.com.

Nurture Your Baby With The nurtureOne Pillow

Nurture Your Baby With The nurtureOne Pillow

Baby-and-MomnutureOne provides superior sleep position products that help babies sleep better and more safely. With two tried and true methods of properly aligning baby for maximum sleep benefits, nurtureOne is the perfect choice for the safety and comfort of your precious newborn.

nurtureOne will be at the 2017 Chicago Baby Show, on August 26 and 27, at Navy Pier, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families comes to Chicagoland. A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the Chicago Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Chicago, the surrounding suburbs, and beyond!

Tickets to the Chicago Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

To learn more about nurtureOne, we spoke with Gail Behn, a member of the company’s team.

For someone unfamiliar with nurtureOne, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Our Moto: START OUT RIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT.

In the 14 years since its inception, based on feedback from parents and caregivers of the thousands of babies that have used the nest, NurtureOne has proved to be an outstanding tool for settling fussy babies and encouraging sleep association.

Other sleep position products on the market that have been designed by baby product manufacturers, or moms trying to create something to help their babies sleep well,  while perhaps resembling our products cannot even begin to compare with NutureOne in terms of many important features. The NurtureOne nest has been used in the NICUs for 14 years. It has been tried and tested over many years and has a 150-page thesis to substantiate its benefits and its importance for the sensory environment of newborn babies. This alone sets it apart from purely commercial products. Over the past 14 years, NurtureOne has never had an adverse comment from any parents and never has a baby been at risk: quite the contrary, the nest provides a very secure environment. It’s the parents who extoll the true value of the nest, its benefits and how it makes life in the first months of a new baby’s life so much easier and less stressful.

Tell us about the company’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?

The NurtureOne nest was developed by occupational therapists at one of the top teaching hospitals, namely the University of Stellenbosch Medical Wing Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. The focus was on premature babies in the NICU and how to make their transition from womb to world less traumatic by providing a sensory developmental approach in an extremely nurturing environment. The NurtureOne nest was found to be so beneficial to premature babies that it was offered to parents with full term babies.

What are the most popular and/or newest products from nurtureOne?

NurtureOne has two products only that never change, the nest, and the wedge that goes under the head of the nest.

The NurtureOne nest is covered in two layers of organic cotton, with very loosely filled synthetic fillers to facilitate washing and lightness. The wedge has a removable organic cotton cover.

What sets nurtureOne apart in the baby marketplace?

So why the NurtureOne nest:

1. It simulates the womb environment by providing boundaries but allows for movement and hands to midline for self-soothing practices.

2. Promotes a natural solution to settling and sleep issues as opposed to medication.

3. Makes transitioning from arms to crib seamless, so that the neonate is not disturbed, giving parents their much-needed sleep.

4. Has specific benefits for premature babies that need to be handled as sensitively as possible.

5. Extremely light and portable, making it ideal for taking along wherever the baby goes thus encouraging sleep association.

6. Keeps baby contained while breast or bottle feeding, then hushing to sleep in mom’s arms before transferring to crib.

 7. Ideal for co-sleeping.

8. Helps prevent flat head syndrome.

What can parents expect from nurtureOne at the Chicago Baby Show?

Our stand will have our product, a full demonstration on how to use it, the reasons for its development, backed by our 150-page thesis substantiating the benefits of NurtureOne, along with a full safety testing report. The NurtureOne nest can be purchased from our stand using either credit card or cash or can be ordered online and shipped.

To learn more about nurtureOne, check out nurtureoneusa.com.
Tranquilo Mat Soothes Babies And Makes The Transition From Womb To World Easier

Tranquilo Mat Soothes Babies And Makes The Transition From Womb To World Easier

Tranquilo Mat-Jan 14Looking for a portable and effective way to soothe your baby? Tranquilo Mat is a travel-friendly vibrating mat designed to easily transition your baby from womb to world. The lightweight pad’s motion and womb-like sounds relax cholic-y infants thereby giving new parents’ arms a rest!

Tranquilo Mat will be at the 2017 Chicago Baby Show, on August 26 and 27, at Navy Pier, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families comes to Chicagoland. A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the Chicago Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Chicago, the surrounding suburbs, and beyond!

Tickets to the Chicago Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

To learn more about Tranquilo Mat, we spoke with Ashley Robinson, the company’s co-founder and COO.

For someone unfamiliar with Tranquilo Mat, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Tranquilo, Inc.’s mission is to help parents enjoy every minute with their babies through innovative soothing solutions designed to help calm babies and support their sleep. Aimed to create a less chaotic life for modern parents, Tranquilos products are portable, versatile, and easy to use for on-the-go soothing.

Our keystone product, Tranquilo Mat, is a portable, vibrating mat that soothes baby in the crib, stroller, or on-the-go in a carrier. The mat helps baby transition from a mother’s womb to the world during the “fourth trimester” after birth. No longer snug inside the womb with its soothing, constant motion and sounds, babies miss the strong “whoosh” of mom’s heartbeat and the gentle jostle of every move she makes. The Tranquilo Mat provides the reassurance of the womb by mimicking a mom’s heartbeat and motions through gentle vibrations and soft sounds.

The mat is easy to use during naps, bedtime, and mid-day meltdowns, and it is especially good for colicky babies. Existing soothing products such as mechanical swings or vibrating chairs lack portability and versatility.

There are two Tranquilo Mat sizes available. The large Tranquilo Mat (dimensions L23 ¼ in x 12 in x ¾ in) is best used for bassinets, cribs, pack and plays, activity mats, and playpens while the small mat (dimensions L11 ¼ in x 9 in x ¾ in) is perfect for baby carriers, strollers, car seats (used over baby after he or she has been properly buckled in), and other smaller portable devices.

Tell us about the company’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?

Tranquilo Mat was invented by a “Crying Baby” Specialist! Early in her career as a maternity nurse, Melissa Gersin (inventor of Tranquilo Mat) became a certified Happiest Baby Educator, using the famous soothing 5 S’s outlined in The Happiest Baby on the Block book. After learning these methods, Melissa brought these techniques back to the hospital nursery and earned the nickname “The Baby Whisperer” among her fellow nurses. Teaching the techniques to thousands of first-time parents, Melissa saw how difficult it was for parents to execute them consistently while also adjusting to life with a new baby. One night while caring for a group of infants, Melissa was unable to pick up all the babies to soothe them. Instead, she used each hand and foot to manually rock multiple bassinets and incubators all while “Shhh-ing” at full volume. That’s when the idea struck and Tranquilo Mat was born.

After years of prototyping and safety and validity testing, Tranquilo Mat formally launched in 2016 with our first version of the product. Listening to customer feedback, we made significant improvements to our product in 2017. In February 2017, we were aired on ABC’s Shark Tank which launched our business into the national spotlight! We’ve seen a tremendous growth in sales since, which in tandem supported a growth in our team! We now have a total eight team members, all women, who help build our company!

What are the most popular and/or newest products from Tranquilo Mat?

In August 2017, we’re launching our first line of decorative mat covers that include fun and fashionable prints (just in time for the Chicago Baby Show). The covers are made with premium and soft fabric. We’re excited to have the Tranquilo Mat match baby’s nursery or style and offer parents the option of a spare cover when baby has an accident!

What sets Tranquilo Mat apart in the baby marketplace?

As an industry-disruptive and innovative product, Tranquilo Mat is unlike any other product on the market. Many parents attempt to soothe their fussy babies by driving around the block or endlessly bouncing them up and down, but these techniques are exhausting for already overwhelmed and sleep-deprived parents. Unlike vibrating swings or chairs, Tranquilo Mat can easily go anywhere that baby goes. It’s lightweight, flexible, and can roll up to fit in any diaper bag. Bulky swings are a hassle to take across town to grandma’s house, let alone on a plane or to a restaurant. Tranquilo’s patented, lightweight mat is the perfect solution for today’s  busy, on-the-go parents. Tranquilo Mat calms a crying baby in anytime, anywhere – in a crib, car seat, baby carrier, and even in a parent’s arms. Whether used as a sleep aid or for colic, Tranquilo has countless uses.

What can parents expect from Tranquilo Mat at the Chicago Baby Show?

We’re excited to show Chicago parents the soothing powers of Tranquilo Mat! Parents should stop by to see first-hand how it calms babies because more than a few fussy babies will need some soothing after a long day at the event. In the past, we’ve had a few accidental live demos and parents are always in awe of how quickly and effectively it gets baby to settle. The decorative covers will be released for parents to purchase along with show specials and some fun bibs for families to take home! You always need more bibs!

To learn more about Tranquilo Mat, check out tranquilomat.com.