How To Fly With A Baby Without Making Everyone, Including You, Crazy — Series #2

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Does the thought of flying with your little one give you anxiety? It does for most parents! That’s why we’re bringing you this series —  so that you’ll be prepared and the trip will be a whole lot less scary. After all, who doesn’t want compliments at the end of a long flight from surrounding travelers instead of a horror story to share on Facebook?!

First, if you didn’t get a chance to read it yet, be sure to go check out our first post in the series: How To Fly With A Baby Without Making Everyone, Including You, Crazy — Series #1  It will help you plan out what items to bring so that you’ll be set up for success!

Now we’ll give tips for what to pack into your items for the flight to make sure everything goes smoothly, even if unexpected things come up along the way!

The first thing you’re going to want to do is sit down a few weeks before your flight and come up with a Flight Packing List. As you know, babies require a lot of things, and you do not want to get on board and realize that in the scramble you’re missing snacks or a change of clothes! Each baby is unique, as well, so use the following suggestions to formulate your own list, but don’t forget to bring the favorite items along that will keep your little one happy and content, like the pacifier, favorite animal, or blankies!

Diaper Bag — Since the Lillybit Diaper Bag has a large opening and several different pouches, it’s perfect for bringing on plane rides! Here are the items you want to be sure to bring inside of it!

  • Diapers — but not as many as you think. Obviously you’ll want to bring diapers along, however, make sure that you only put as many as you imagine you’ll be using during the flight plus 2 extras (don’t panic, we’ll cover this logic later on).
  • Wipes — Pick up one of the small refills or travel size packs with the lids built in so that you save space not trying to shove that large plastic box inside.
  • One Change of Clothes For You & Baby — Spit up, spilled treats, blowouts, and sickness can wreck more than just baby’s outfit, so have one complete change of clothes available for both of you inside the diaper bag. Pick something like a sundress for you and a sleeper or onesie for baby and roll them up to save space.
  • New Toys — This well known trick is common for good reason. Pick just a few age appropriate items to bring along for your little one to be distracted with. You know your baby best so pick out whatever toys they’re into at the time. New books are a wonderful distraction as well, and if you can get a Busy Book , a Touchy-Feely Book, or a personalized book with pictures of them in it that’s even better and will keep them distracted quietly for a long time. A word of caution though, avoid anything that makes sounds. Listening to a rattle bang around or “Wheels on the Bus” for 3 hours straight will definitely drive everyone, including you, crazy, and that’s what we’re trying to avoid!
  • Non-Toy Items — Sometimes the things that will most distract your little one will be non-toy items that they’re usually not allowed to play with. If they’re old enough for it, bring along disinfectant wipes or give them a baby wipe to “clean” everything around them. The tray, windows, them, you, anything within reach is fair game! This will keep them entertained for a surprisingly long time, and gives the added bonus of getting rid of some of those gross germs on the trays! Letting them play with your keys, or a pen and paper (carefully supervised) are also usual “no no’s” that will keep them happy for ages. Another trick is to let them take pictures with your phone or have them watch you taking pictures (in plane mode, of course) and then showing it to them. This also works with pictures you have already taken. Babies absolutely love looking at pictures of themselves and their families and this is an amazing and easy time waster!
  • Snacks & Food — Unless you’re still nursing exclusively (in which case this part is easy and you just need your pillow and cover) be sure to bring plenty of food and snacks! Plan on feeding your baby mostly during the flight(s), and not during layovers, even if it isn’t normal eating times. Eating is a great time wasting distraction, so deviate from your normal rules and give them as much pureed fruit and crackers and cheerios that they will eat and be happy with! Check the most recent policy on liquids, but most airlines make an exception for formula and baby food.
  • Wallet, keys, phones, boarding passes. — since this will be your main carry on item that you have access to we recommend just placing your items into the diaper bag as well. As we mentioned airlines don’t usually count diaper bags towards your carry on quota, but life will be much easier for you if it’s the only thing (other than your baby) that you have to haul onto the plane!

Carry On — You remember that we recommend bringing a small, rolling suitcase for your carry on item, and then checking it at the gate. Because of this you’ll be able to fit in lots of extras just in case you run into any problems on the flight or if your main luggage gets lost.

  • Several changes of clothes — pack 2 to 3 changes of clothes for you and baby, along with at least one set of jammies for both of you as well
  • Extra Diapers & Wipes inside of your LillyBit Diaper ClutchHere’s where you’ll stash your extra diaper & wipes, don’t go overboard, however, just include the amount that fits inside the clutch. Once you reach your destination go and purchase diapers and wipes and store them in your room and refill the clutch and/or diaper bag as needed. Having the clutch makes those quick trips much easier during your vacation, and that way you only have to bring the fully stocked diaper bag along for all day trips or the flight!
  • Critical Items — if you have a birthday party, wedding, or anything else you’ll be attending the first few days of your trip be sure to pack them in here!

With these items taken care of your flight should be smooth and successful! Do you have any tricks for flying or did we forget something? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Production to Distribution: An Invention Journey Continues

Lyssa Surface knew she had invented a unique product that was both fashionable and functional.  She and her partner Jessica now needed to find the best factory to manufacture their Uptown Diaper Clutch, a stylish tri-fold bag providing quick access to essential diapering supplies including diapers, wipes, and rash ointments. They realized their journey to bring this great new product to market was just beginning.

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Once Lyssa and Jessica received the final products from the factory they had chosen, they decided to test their Uptown Diaper Clutch on a national retail scale. First stop: Atlanta, Georgia. “The reception to our product [at the apparel show in Atlanta] was really positive as no one had seen anything like it on the market,” Lyssa said. “The retailers loved the thoughtful design, aesthetic look of a designer purse and the functionality.” One of the unique features of their diaper clutch was the interchangeable strap that could be worn a number of ways including over-the-shoulder or as a handbag, wristlet, or clutch. However, the year was 2008 and the economy was rather volatile, so some retailers hesitated at the price and an unknown brand. Still, they were able to sign on several new retailers and learn about all the fun elements of pulling off a tradeshow on their own. They also refined their storytelling and product demonstration skills.

Atlanta prepared Lyssa and Jessica for the next stop on their journey:  THE industry trade show — the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Initially, they were blown away by how huge the event was and “just a bit” intimidated by exhibiting alongside some of the largest baby brands in the world. In Las Vegas, Lyssa and Jessica signed additional retailers and made other promising industry connections. They also networked with other manufacturers, both veterans and others who were also just starting out. “Everyone was wonderful to share experiences and suggestions,” Lyssa said. “We left the show overwhelmed yet optimistic that we had created something truly unique.” They also knew they had a lot of work ahead of them to make an impression on the enormous baby product industry.

The next task for Lyssa and Jessica was growing brand awareness. Lyssa felt equipped to launch a product and brand because of her training and first-hand experience. Her background was in market research, brand strategy, and general marketing,  and she had earned an MBA while working in a corporate marketing position. She had a lot of experience working with various sizes of brands and had helped a variety of industries research consumer needs, product innovation, and go-to-market strategies. “I wanted to see if I could do it for myself,” Lyssa said. “And let me say, it’s a lot different when you are doing it yourself.”

Lyssa put her experience to work in order to grow brand awareness. She and Jessica continued reaching out relentlessly to retailers, both independent stores and mass retail companies, and increasing consumer reach. They worked with bloggers to conduct reviews, updated their website to best showcase their brand, began building a customer base on social media, and worked hard to establish relationships with retailers. “We had some big wins with large retailers up front but along with that we also learned some of our biggest business lessons and how to work smarter,” Lyssa explained.

Listening to customers and continuously making adjustments to the product was a priority to the two entrepreneurs during their venture, in terms of both fashion and functionality. Input from moms using the product led to several improvements, including an elastic strap in the middle for diaper rash cream, a full back pocket for moms’ personal items, a swivel hook on the side to hold keys or hand sanitizer, and a turn-key lock to make the bag more secure. When cloth diapers became popular, they added depth and elastic to both pockets to better accommodate them. Customers have also influenced decisions about patterns and prints.

In addition, partnerships helped Lyssa and Jessica make product adjustment decisions. For example, Pampers and their Rewards program carry LillyBit as a redeemable product, so the pockets were designed to be deeper  to accommodate Pampers’ travel wipes case. A recent partnership with DEMDACO did not change the look of LillyBit’s product, but it did take the brand to the next level by helping their products reach a wider market. “They have a great vision/mantra that is aligned with LillyBit — “Lift the Spirit” — and have a great team that not only believes in LillyBit but is extremely passionate in seeing it be as successful as possible,” Lyssa said. “I get to grow the brand awareness and continually innovate new product lines, and DEMDACO provides the necessary support to make it happen. I am thankful for the opportunity.”

Customers and partnerships are not the only ones who’ve helped guide Lyssa through her merchandising  journey. Business mentors have been very generous with their time and insights through the years. “We’ve had strong women who have mentored us through growing a business, as well as past presidents of large consumer brand companies that helped guide us,” Lyssa said, “especially when working with large retailers.” Lyssa also credited family and friends that have been “my biggest cheerleaders and have been with me through the entire ride.”

In looking back on her invention adventure, Lyssa admitted the path hasn’t always been easy. “It’s been quite the ride — both challenging and fun with lots of great ups but just as many downs!” she said. “I also agree with the statement that if entrepreneurs knew what they were getting into, they may never try or else run far, far away…..but I’m really glad that I stuck with it!” The future also looks really bright for LillyBit. “We’ve navigated many challenges and many absolutely exhilarating experiences. We have built wonderful relationships with our retailers and absolutely love connecting with our customers. Now, with our new partnership with DEMDACO, we are able to bring even more products to market to a wider audience with a bigger brand reach.”

 

 

 

How To Fly With A Baby Without Making Everyone, Including You, Crazy — Series #1

 

LillyBit 7It’s summer time! Days of fun, luxurious vacations where you go on adventures and check off bucket list destinations. Or maybe you’ll sit by the beach, sip your favorite concoction, and lay back blissfully.

Oh, wait. You have a baby now and those days are long gone! In fact even just the thought of getting to your destination can produce stress for weeks ahead of time. After all, no one wants to be THAT parent on the flight.

Don’t worry! We’ve been there, lived to tell the tale, and are passing on our most valuable tips for flying with a baby. This is our first post in the series. There are so many ways to set yourself up for success and avoid those glares, so be sure to come back for the next post so you don’t miss out on any of them!

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Three Vehicle Kits Every Mom On-The-Go Needs But Doesn’t Have

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Whether you’re a working mom, a military spouse, or a stay-at-home mom who is constantly on the go, your already complicated task of being a mother gets that much harder when you’re constantly on the run! You spend a huge amount of time commuting in your vehicle, but you’re probably not using it to its full advantage, and nothing is worse than being stuck in traffic or miles from home when something unexpected comes up (which, as a mom, let’s be honest is quite often).

Just like the boy scouts, a little “just in case” preparation is never a bad thing. In your vehicle you should have three different kinds of “just in case” kits! These can be as small and essential or as big and elaborate as you want them, but we wanted to give you some great ideas for each to get the ball rolling!

Be Prepared Mommy Kit — a great idea is to keep a Lillybit Diaper Bag in the back of your vehicle filled with those “oopsie/emergency” items. Here’s a list of essentials to get you started!

  • Spare outfit for baby
  • Spare outfit for you (blowouts and spit-up create casualties along the way)
  • Extra Diapers & wipes
  • Diaper Ointment
  • Your favorite form of baby pain relief
  • Board Book
  • Muslin Blanket
  • Duplicate of a favorite small toy
  • Snack
  • Paci/Bottle/Sippy Cup

The best part of having this in your car all the time? You can just leave it there and use your LillyBit clutch for those every day trips!

Vehicle First Aid Kit — You know that you should already have one of these in your car, but with the bustle and hustle of on-the-go motherhood it might have been awhile since you checked, but it’s a good idea to take a peek! Here are the basic necessities a vehicle first aid kit needs.

  • Assorted sizes and types of Bandaids
  • Large gauze pads & self-sticking roll to hold them in place
  • Pain relief (realize that since these will be sitting in a hot/cold vehicle you’ll want to change them out more often than usual, and if you use essential oils you will need to carry them around with you, rather than leaving them in the kit as the temperatures could cause them to become ineffective)
  • Tweezers
  • Rubber gloves
  • Small towel/washcloth
  • Bug bite cream
  • Burn ointment

Stranded Kit — if your vehicle gets stuck or breaks down it’s important to be able to stay safe and comfortable until help arrives. Here’s what this kit should include!

  • Emergency contact number list (yes, you should have these saved on your phone, but if your phone goes dead and someone stops to help they’re not going to have your numbers in their phone!)
  • Blanket/jackets/hats
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks — think things like protein bars, jerky, and dried fruit!
  • Baby food
  • Matches
  • Flashlight
  • White cloth
  • Marker
  • Small tool set

If you have a smaller vehicle feel free to pair all three kits down and even combine them, or swap them out as need be, but even just putting them together and having them handy is a great first step!

So there are 3 Vehicle Kits Every Mom on the Go Needs But Doesn’t Have–which one are you missing?! Leave a comment and let us know!

 

 

How to Be Knock-Out Gorgeous as a Tired, New Mom

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Let’s face it, you haven’t slept through the night for about three months *prior* to your precious, gorgeous little one’s arrival, and right now you can barely keep clothes clean let alone worry about what the “it” trends are. Then, you finally do make it to work or a play date and see the other new moms who do “have it all together” and look amazing. You feel like doing exactly what your baby does … crying until someone comes and fixes everything!

We totally understand, and we’ve been there too! Trust us, those other moms don’t really have it all together, they’ve just got a few great tricks up their sleeves. Never fear though, beautiful mom, we’re about to help you out!

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LillyBit Clutch the Result of an Inspirational Invention Journey

Inspiration can sometimes strike in the most unlikely place. Lyssa Surface came up with the idea for a new invention to help new moms after feeling frustrated changing her daughter in public restrooms. She was concerned about setting her bag down on the unsanitary looking countertop or floor and had trouble diapering her baby while trying to find diapers and wipes in an oversized “black hole” of a bag.

“After having my first daughter, Lilly, and trying to manage this new life out and about with a baby, I quickly realized that there were many areas I struggled with to keep it all together,” according to Lyssa. “I am also into style and fashion (I love accessories) and didn’t understand why I couldn’t find something that was both very cute but practical.”

Lyssa started brainstorming how to solve some of those issues. “I searched and searched but never found the product I envisioned, so that’s when I decided to make one,” Lyssa said. This started the journey that led to the invention of the LillyBit Diaper Clutch.

All great products start with a vision. “I wanted a product that was as fashionable as a purse yet functional and had a place for all of my diapering necessities,” according to Lyssa. “There were also many parts of the larger diaper bags that went unused, so I wanted this product to be small and compact with no way to load it down with unnecessary things.”

An entrepreneurial drive came naturally to Lyssa and she had dabbled in a variety of creative arenas such as handmade jewelry and soldered photo pieces. Still, she didn’t sew and knew a seamstress would be needed to help her develop a working prototype. After trying in vain for some time to find someone who she felt could translate her vision into reality, she met Jessica Schifman. “Jessica has sewn since she was a child and was my age/demographic, so I knew she would ‘get’ my audience,” Lyssa said.

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Lyssa and Jessica

The two women collaborated and created several different versions of the product they had envisioned and then tested each to discover what worked and what didn’t. Two features they included in the diaper clutch prototypes were a tri-fold design with a place for everything, similar to many cosmetic cases, as well as a multi-functioning strap. They solved the problem of unsanitary public restrooms by designing the strap so a mom could wear it over her shoulder and then pop it open one-handed to be able to change her baby without ever having to take the bag off her shoulder. Lyssa and Jessica utilized a unique snapping functionality with the strap so that it could also either be worn as a wristlet or converted to a hand-held clutch.

Before deciding on the final design of the clutch, Lyssa and Jessica talked to many different moms and had them test the product. Moms were asked their opinion on what might be missing, what they would love to see in a baby/diaper bag, and what would make their lives easier. Several features were added by talking to multiple moms and by Lyssa using the prototype herself. These features include an elastic strap in the middle for diaper rash cream, a full back pocket for moms’ personal things, a swivel hook on the side of the bag to hold keys or hand sanitizer, and a turn-key lock to make the bag dressier and more secure.

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The initial concept to design took about six months. Once they arrived at that stage of the journey, Lyssa and Jessica both knew they had invented a diaper clutch that was fashionable as well as functional. Lyssa realized she had finally found something she was extremely passionate about and that was also truly unique in the marketplace. Next, the two women had to find a factory that could recreate their prototypes with the same quality and integrity, as well as one that was cost effective. Six months later they found what they had been looking for and the LillyBit Uptown Diaper Clutch was officially “born”. Lyssa and Jessica were awarded a utility patent for the unique functionality of their invention.

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Lyssa’s journey from inspiration to invention was complete. However, her journey was actually just beginning. You can find out more about the fascinating path Lyssa has traveled with LillyBit in future blog posts. For now, visit LillyBit’s Facebook page for more information and to learn the latest news about the mom accessories that are hard-working enough to satisfy the on-the-go mom and chic enough to delight her personal fashion tastes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 Colorado Entrepreneurs Creating Better Products for Families

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11 local women paving their own path

They say that need is the necessity of invention and these 11 Colorado women would agree. They’ve founded businesses and worked hard to create unique products that help parents everywhere. Read on for a list of women you have got to meet and some of their favorite things about living in this colorful state.

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Nizo Wear nursing bras were inspired by the real-life experience of the company’s founder, Nicole Zoellner. When Nicole’s baby arrived, she discovered something distressing: sometimes, breastfeeding hurts. For her, it was downright agonizing. After a lot of searching and testing her nursing bra with pocket design was patented, and Nizo Wear was born. They have since expanded their line to include: removable molded pads and a, locally made, infinity breastfeeding scarf that includes Nizo Wear’s signature pocket. Nicole is doing for other nursing moms what no-one had been able to do for her: provide a practical, comfortable way to get relief from the soreness breastfeeding mothers often experience; all while incorporating a little style.

small croppedFavorite local thing to do with family? It is so hard to choose just one favorite! My husband, son and I love most things outdoors, which is one reason we live in beautiful Colorado. One of our favorite activities is mountain biking at Valmont Bike Park in Boulder.

Favorite Local Restaurant? Our most frequented eatery is definitely Menchies, in Longmont, for frozen yogurt. They change their flavors monthly and allow you to put your own toppings on; Heaven! Our new favorite ‘real food’ restaurant is The Pump House in Lafayette for their generous menu selection, portions and TV’s playing sports to appease my sports loving son and husband!

Online: nizowear.com

Megan Gage – Hot Tot Children’s HaircareHot Tot Complete Line

What started with a mom seeking safe and effective hair products for her infant son quickly became a children’s style sensation.  Scouted for Shark Tank within the first year of business, Hot Tot creator Megan Gage gained the support of billionaire investor Mark Cuban.  Hot Tot offers a complete selection of professional products designed to cleanse, condition and style.  Their formulas were created for the structural uniqueness of kid’s hair; their signature scent was inspired by the Cabbage Patch Doll.  The brand has since played a critical role in kid’s trendsetting, styling campaigns, editorials and even a few celeb-u-tots.

Favorite loM - C Hot Totcal thing to do with family? My family loves a day at the Denver Zoo.  We have yearly passes and visit during every season.

Favorite Local Restaurant? Sushi Den is one of my favorite places to go sans kiddos.  As a family, we enjoy The Melting Pot (in Littleton) and White Fence Farm.

Online: hottot.com

 

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Poppy Drops was created due to a dilemma lots of us face – when to pierce a little girl’s ears? Our very first product, our temporary tattoo earrings made with veggie-dyes, were my solution to this problem for my daughter and I decided that other Moms would want them too! From our signature “earrings” came other products designed to make life easier for parents, yet still allow kids to be independent and have fun with their own accessories and “beauty” products! We now offer Tattoo Nail Art, Mix & Match Tattoo Jewelry, Perfume Sticks & Lip Luster – all of which are made here in the USA with natural, kid-friendly ingredients.

IMG_1724Favorite thing to do with my husband & three kids? Wow… such a hard question when you live in Colorado. I’d say my very favorite thing to do is camp at Turquoise Lake in Leadville.  It is one of the most peaceful, beautiful places I’ve ever been and we all have fun hiking, fishing, biking… you name it! Makes for the perfect weekend getaway.

Favorite Restaurant?  Ok, I’m a pizza girl.  I LOVE pizza and could eat it for every meal.  That said, one of my favorites things to do is grab a beer at the Denver Beer Company (on Platte Street) and then head down a block to Protos for a perfect, Napolean style pizza.  Makes me hungry just thinking about it!

 Online: www.poppydrops.com

Lyssa Surface- LillyBit lyssa and clutch

LillyBit designs and manufactures stylish and functional baby products and accessories for modern on-the-go moms. Whether its the compact patented multi-functional clutch to hold all diapering necessities when out for an active day, the extremely easy to maneuver diaper bag for longer trips or fun little fashionable accessories like the dual paci pod/strap set – LillyBit has mom and baby covered. Lyssa Surface came up with the idea for the LillyBit Uptown Diaper Clutch after feeling frustrated changing her daughter in public restrooms. When Lyssa couldn’t find a small and stylish bag to accommodate her needs, she decided to create one. Enlisting the help of fashion designer, Jessica Schifman, to help shape her vision into a real-life product, the women collaborated, and talked to mothers to develop the uniquely functional LillyBit Uptown Diaper Clutch.

Favorite locSurface Family Pic SMALLal thing to do with family? Hiking in the mountains taking in the scenery, much needed quiet family time and a recharge for the soul. Or a bike ride down to Sweet Cow on warm summer days.

Favorite Local Restaurant? Huckleberry’s. Love the warm cozy environment with a large enough menu to satisfy the entire family. It always makes me happy to walk through the front door and my girls love the treasure box… and pancakes!

Online: uptowndiaperclutch.lillybit.com

Suellen and Rachel Riedel- Oh, That Baby! Ltd.toofeze product shot

This mother-daughter team behind Toofeze set out to create a teether that isn’t just another toy in the toy box. After raising two babies, Suellen made an interesting observation – teething babies love metal! Asking other parents, she found babies like to chew on everything from pop cans to the ‘metal strip that holds the carpet down!’ She enlisted her daughter to help as she started on this incredible journey. This Colorado-based duo brought to market a teething ring that really works! “We are dedicated to raising the standard for acceptable baby teethers and improve the lives of babies and their families during one of the most challenging phases of infant development.” In 2010, Toofeze was born and began selling across the US and Canada and has gained popularity in households around the world. Receiving eight industry awards and multiple pediatric and dental endorsements, Toofeze is well on its way to being recognized as “the COOLEST teether ever!”

Suellen and Rachel Riedel-toofeezeWhat is your favorite local family activity? Our annual drives through the Rockies to Fish Creek Falls, Steamboat, during the change of seasons. . . Breathtaking!

What is your favorite local restaurant? The Perfect Landing Restaurant, right on Centennial Airport. Great place to take kids to watch the planes, with a view of the mountains, and a piano playing in the background. Their mimosas are good too!

Online: www.toofeze.com

Nicole Bartet – Loopy GearLoopy product shot

Loopy Gear was created by mother of three (including a set of twins), Nicole Bartet, when her first child at the age of three months insisted on continually dropping his toys.  Baby Luc would be given a rattle, play with it for five seconds, stare his mother directly in the eyes and throw it to the dirty ground and giggle. Sure, he loved to watch his toy fall, but he had something bigger in mind.  Since that fateful day Luc’s invention has been loved by moms and babies all over the world and has blossomed into a growing company.  Loopys are now keeping babies clean and safe with our original Loopy and the brand new Wigglebib!  Loopys are the stylish and functional baby rattle/teether holder designed to attach baby’s favorite toy to their wrist.  They are available in both Premium and Organic lines.  The new Wigglebib, a shopping cart and restaurant high chair harness designed to keep little ones safe in their seats and give parents peace of mind.  Stylishly designed and practical!  Loopy Gear products are made in the USA right here in Colorado.

Loppy familypic2014What is your favorite local family activity? Since we are a family that likes adventure, we love checking out the weekend ‘to do’s’ online and pick something new to do.  We’ve done everything from hiking, biking, camping, The Children’s Museum, Denver Zoo (Zoo Lights was pretty amazing), Seasonal events, and especially local races.  Our favorite is the Cherry Creek Sneak where our whole family dresses up in costume to run.  We’ve won the costume contest two years in a row!

What is your favorite local restaurant? We love, love, love Lucille’s!  It’s New Orleans Creole style food and it’s delicious!  There are three locations in the area, but I have to say my favorite is the one in Boulder that is based out of an old house.  The coolest part are the community tables where you can make new friends you might not have otherwise met.  For the kiddos, we found that the Littleton location has more room and caters better to kids.  AND…Lucille’s  loves the preggos out there, you get priority seating if you’re expecting!

 Online: www.loopygear.com

Katie and Matt Halverstadt – Hudlo Skin to Skin Clothinghudlo product shots

Hudlo’s products were created out of personal necessity by the company’s founders. Katie, a registered nurse and IBCLC at Lutheran Medical Center, knows the benefits of Skin to Skin; yet during her first birth she and son Hudson, who was delivered via an emergency cesarean section, were separated for over three hours due to hospital practice. For Katie’s second pregnancy with daughter Harlow, she was determined to keep her daughter on her chest immediately after she was born. Matt, her innovative and loving husband, designed a Skin to Skin shirt for Katie to wear to keep Harlow warm and safe on her chest. Katie and Matt knew parents everywhere should know all about Skin to Skin and its benefits. Today the dual purpose Hudlo Kangaroo Care shirt is used for immediate Skin to Skin Care in the Operating Room and for use with preemies in the NICU. The Hudlo Skin to Skin Carrier is ASTM Certified and will carry babies from 5-20 pounds. It is designed to be worn as a shirt when baby is not being carried Skin to Skin.

halverstadt family colorWhat is your favorite local family activity? Our family loves the Colorado outdoors, and enjoys swimming at Eldorado Springs Pool then hiking to the falls in the afternoon to fish.

What is your favorite local restaurant? Our favorite local restaurant is Southern Sun in Boulder where the beer is well crafted and the service is excellent. The FYIPA and Colorado Kind Ale are excellent and the nachos are a family favorite!

Online: hudlobaby.com

 

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Julie has made a revolutionary impact on the market of cloth diapers for the baby industry.  While filling a personal need to find a better diapering solution for her own family, Julie created, developed and now produces diapering solutions with patented leak protection technology.  Kanga Care, was formed in 2007 after an overwhelming response from the public to purchase the diapers Julie designed and had sewn for her daughter.  This original diaper was the Rumparooz One Size Pocket Diaper.  Julie, now a mother to 5, has since gone on to conceptualize and bring to market many more brands and accessory products for Kanga Care.  In 2009 she debuted the Lil Joey which is a newborn and preemie diaper, filling the need in the market for the gap between small babies and when the one size diapers start to fit.  In 2010 she launched the EcoPosh Recycled Organics, a brand which encompasses diapers and potty training solutions made out of organic cotton, bamboo and recycled water bottles. Since 2007 Kanga Care has kept more than 300 MILLION disposable diapers from ending up in our landfills.

Julie Ekstrom - Kanga care family photoWhat is your favorite local family activity? I’m not sure that you can actually ask this question of someone who lives in Colorado!  Something outdoors for sure.  Depending on the weather that can be anything form sledding to riding our bikes through Waterton Canyon.  We love to camp as well and this gives us a chance to travel with the children.  Having 5 kids we don’t have the opportunity to get out and travel the countryside.  Camping gives us lots of travel opportunities within Colorado that are fairly quick to get to!

What is your favorite local restaurant? Hands down Osteria Marco. Now my mouth is watering. Thanks.

Online: kangacare.com

Courtney is a Boulder mom to 3 girls and created the Milk It Kit to help working, breastfeeding moms pump in peace without having to worry about other employees walking in on their pumping sessions, making comments about their unmarked breast milk in the community fridge (i.e. “what is THAT?”) or even worse, using it in their coffee (it has happened)! With various signs and waterproof milk labels, the Kit also helps stay at home and traveling moms organize and transport their milk.

The Milk It Kit was created based on Courtney’s own experiences as a working, breastfeeding mom that pumped–and pumped–milk for her first born, and with the feedback from many hardworking moms nationwide! Courtney hopes these tools will not only protect moms and their milk, but also help them feel good about pumping at work.  This milk is “not for lattes” and this mama WILL CRY over spilled milk!

courtney family photoFavorite thing to do with family? We love going on family bike rides, which is becoming more fun now that we don’t have to pull ALL three girls in the Burley.  We ride down to Pearl Street and along the creek, stopping in for a bite to eat here and there. A sunny day in Boulder is hard to beat!
Favorite Local Restaurant? Our whole family loves Pica’s Mexican Taqueria in Boulder – our daughters enjoy the burritos and sidewalk chalk while we “grown-ups” can’t resist their amazing chips and guac, shrimp tacos and of course the margaritas. 
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Jennifer Roth – Birds & Bees Teas

Our mission at Birds & Bees Teas is to encourage the health and well-being of mamas and their families by offering 100% natural, organic and delicious herbal infusions. We strive to only use the best possible ingredients and share current information on safe, gentle and effective herbal tea use during pregnancy. Birds & Bees wants to share our love of loose leaf blends by encouraging mamas to create a daily self-care habit of sipping slowly. We believe that it’s important to support birth professionals, advocate for evidence based care and give back to the community through organizations that champion quality maternal health care for all. 

Jennifer RothFavorite local thing to do? My husband and our two labs love to be outside, here in Colorado! Our most favorites are hiking, snowboarding, & water-skiing.

Favorite Local Restaurant? Our favorite local restaurant is the Phoenician Kabob in Denver, fantastic Middle Eastern food!

Online: BirdsAndBeesTeas.com

Lisbeth Lehan – LÍLLÉbabyKelly Warren Lillebaby

Lisbeth Lehan is the woman behind the brand that brought you the very stylish and exceptionally functional LÍLLÉbaby COMPLETE baby carriers.  As native Norwegian, her designs are based on Scandinavian design principles: high functionality and simplicity paired with elegant sophistication.  Each product is designed to “grow with your child” and be multifunctional.  When Lisbeth started LÍLLÉbaby, she did not only start as a mom with a product; she started with a team of moms and dads, designers, a chiropractor, a rock climber, pediatricians, fashion consultants, safety experts and hours and hours of “day-in-a-life” studies of parents with a goal to make baby products that would reduce hassle, simplify life with a baby, and thereby truly improve parents quality of life.  Since it’s founding in 2001 the LÍLLÉbaby brand has grown tremendously and is now distributed in 30 countries and has become a go-to product for parents across the world. 

IMG_7364-Edit[1]Favorite local thing to do with family? Like most other mothers my favorite thing is to do things with my family. Anything. Colorado is a great place for families. With the many local ski trails we often go cross country skiing, make a fire in the snow, cook hot dogs and roast marshmallows. 

Favorite Local Restaurant? If I were to pick (just) one, I would say Colterra: the food is amazing and, when weather allows, you can sit outside under lighted mature trees. It is also my choice because of the values they represent. I admire the many ways Chef Bradford Heap contributes to the community and causes, including to March of Dimes. I just wish I could go there more often.

Online: lillebaby.com

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Time to Shine – Freshly Picked Giveaway

Silver GiveawayBoth you and your baby will shine with this amazing giveaway!  We are so excited to collaborate with our friends at Freshly Picked to outfit one lucky winner and their baby with a silver metallic LillyBit Uptown Diaper Clutch and Freshly Picked Baby Moccasins.  Like, share and tag a friend you think should know about this giveaway on Facebook for your chance to win!

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Terms: One winner will be chosen June 18th, must like both Facebook pages LillyBit on Facebook & Freshly Picked on Facebook and share the post.  Winner will be able to request appropriate moccasin size.

Good Luck!

All for your Little Loves

You have their best interest and they have your heart.

This Valentine’s Day celebrate your little loves with products created out of love. Thank you for supporting Mom & Dad Invented businesses.

Accessory Connectz® http://accessoryconnectz.com
Babee Covee http://babeecovee.com
Baby Jack Blankets Sensory Blankets http://babyJackblankets.com
Bobee Inc http://bobeeinc.com
Cover My Heart http://CoverMyHeart.com
Daddy & Company http://daddyncompany.com
Homeworks Etc. Designs http://homeworksetcdesigns.com
LillyBit Uptown Diaper Clutch http://lillybit.com
Liv N Lily Boutique http://livandlily.com
Lovey’s Body Products Inc. http://Loveys.ca
Magnificent Baby http://magnificentbaby.com
Maria Dismondy (children’s author) http://mariadismondy.com
Milk N Cookies http://milkncookies.tv
Rock a Thigh Baby Socks http://RTBsocks.com
Poopoose http://poopoose.com/
SeatPak http://babybindle.com
Sticky Bellies http://stickybellies.com
SwimZip UPF Protective Swimwear http://swimzip.com
Teething Bling http://smartmomjewelry.com
The Push Pack Prepacked Hospital Bag http://push-pack.com
Tivoli Couture http://TivoliCouture.com
Vulli Sophie the Giraffe USA http://sophiegiraffeusa.com

A Very Merry Holiday Gift Guide!

LillyBit is proud to spread the word…

A holiday gift guide by moms, for moms.  See below for  the products and discount codes!

Inside, you’ll find lots of great products from the following companies: Bobbee, Hello Beach, NOBLO, Twooth Timer, Swimzip, Sand Gone, Babee Covee, Diaper Clutch, Parking Pal Magnet, Kiddo Tags, Refresh-a-Baby, Baby Jack Blankets Sensory Tag Blankets, Simply Charmed, Lovey’s Tushi Stick, Buddha Bunz, Lalabye Baby, I Like Book, Le Bibble, Accessory Connectz, Psi Bands, Tivoli Couture, Couture Clip, Scratch & Grain Baking Co, The Quick Split, CuddleCloth, the SmartSeat Chair Protector, and yours truly LillyBit Uptown Diaper Clutch!

Happy Holidays!

 

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