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Why You Wash Newborn Clothes You Get From Your Baby Shower

One of the last nesting chores that moms-to-be have to do before the arrival of baby is the washing and folding of all the baby’s new clothes.

The reason you wash all of the clothes your newborn will wear for the earliest months of her life is that they have very sensitive skin. New clothes sometimes have chemical residue on them from processing, packaging and shipping. Also, different grubby hands man-handle the clothes in stores before you pluck them off the shelves or racks. Babies’ skin could break out easily if any residue or agents aren’t washed out of them before you put the clothes on them.

With all of my kids, I relied on Dreft which is one of several specially formulated gentler detergents.

It has a light scent and was great for preparing all their towels, blankets, bedding and clothing for when they would arrive. Dreft has been a parent staple for years and so has Ivory Snow. I know that since I last gave birth, that there has been several other companies to spring up providing soap just for babies.

After washing, you have to organize and arrange the clothing in the baby’s nursery, wardrobe, drawers and closet. Check out the BabyTalk with Bellyitch video I did years ago, back in 2012, with tips on how to prep our baby’s clothing in the nursery before the baby arrives:

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Here are 72 Parenting Blogs To Bookmark and Follow

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If you are on the hunt for more awesome mom blogs to check out, then head over to ParentsNeed.com which has curated a list of 72. Bellyitch is among the other informative, entertaining and worthwhile blogs listed.

About Bellyitch, ParentsNeed wrote:

Are you a mom to be, and you and your partner still haven’t decided on a name for the baby? Do you want to be part of the stylish parent community? Well, this is definitely the site for you! From red carpet, to parenting, to stylish clothes for you as well as your little one, it is all right here! The best thing is that there is plenty of advice about pregnant women and new parents which will help you in every aspect on raising up your precious little one. It is one blog with is definitely worth taking a peek at!

We’re flattered and honored to be included!

Check out the entire list here!

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Have a Healthy Pregnancy and Eat Well Package (Bellyitch Fave Things $39.98)

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This is the fourth and final day of my Bellyitch Favorite Things week and today, I’m giving away a copy of a book we just reviewed and loved: “Yeah Baby! The Modern Mama’s Guide to Mastering Pregnancy, Having a Healthy Baby, and Bouncing Back Better than Ever.”

An excerpt from the review:

In this meaty 350+ page book, Michaels aims to help enrich the unborn baby by making sure mom is educated on ways to eat properly, exercise adequately and avoid the toxins and other hidden dangers and misconceptions floating out there in the interwebs while she is pregnant.

The book is part information handbook, part autobiographical experience and part friendly resource and written from the New York Time’s Best Seller‘s perspective  as she did some researching and digging to uncover some truths about the pregnancy experience. There are sections dedicated to various experts and doctors she and Heidi consulted while on their journey to baby.

The team of experts that contributed to the book include:

  • Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, MD is an Ob-Gyn, a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, and board certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine.
  • Andrea Orbeck is a PregnancyFitness Specialist who holds an advanced degree in Kinesiology and Intracellular Physiology.
  • Katja VanHerle, MD is one of America’s Top Physicians in Endocrinology as named by Consumer Research Council of America.
  • Cheryl Forberg, RD is an award-winning registered dietitian, chef, and New York Times bestselling author.
  • Jay Gordon, MD, FAAP is a pediatrician who specializes in infant nutrition and breastfeeding.

Together, the author team, help new moms navigate the hidden dangers in their immediate environment; understand the check-ups, tests, and treatments a doctor recommends; and provides powerful solutions for all  issues, from heartburn and swollen feet to more serious medical concerns. Also, readers learn how to optimize every facet of their child’s development, from IQ and long-term earning potential to future level of physical fitness and even taste preferences! Yeah Baby! also features a complete meal plan with delicious, nutrition-packed recipes, and a one-of-a-kind, trimester-specific fitness program, to ensure you bounce back stronger and better than ever.

Also, to pair  up with a book about having a healthy pregnancy, I’m throwing in this fabulous veggie slicer, the Art and Cook 13-Piece Super Slicer!

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This kitchen tool is able to slice, julienne, grate, separate egg yolks, etc. in one simple device that provides an easy to use non-skid bowl and all-in-one lid to grate, slice, clean and separate yolks in to prep for a variety of meals. Also includes a hand guard to protect your hand while using all blade attachments. (retails: $9.99)

The Super Slicer Includes:

  • All-in-one lid
  • Attachment lid
  • Hand guard
  • Non-skid bowl
  • Salad spinner
  • Yolk separator
  • Stainless steel triple blade
  • Egg beater blade
  • Zesting blade
  • Grating blade
  • Slicing blade
  • Ultra-fine julienne blade
  • Julienne blade

Win These! Contest Open thru the end of the day!

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Jillian Michaels and 13 Piece Super Slicer ($39.98)

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The Bellyitch’s Favorite Things Gift Guide and Giveaway Starts Today (CONTEST)

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For the past 6 years, (2015, 2014,  2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010) we’ve hosted an annual end-of-the-year Giveaway.

This year, we’re returning to the Favorite Things Format once again!

Welcome to the 2016 to Bellyitch’s Favorite Things Gift Guide and Giveaway!

It’s that time of the year again! Holiday shoppers will be searching high and low for unique and creative gifts to give their loved ones and may snag some discounted finds of their own while they’re out shopping.  As you consider what items to purchase for that new mom or dad, dad or mom-to-be, toddler, kid or busy and active  person in your family, please consider one of these awesome gift ideas that are part of Bellyitch Favorite Things of 2016!

We’ve curated a fine listing of one-of-a-kind, innovative,  and off-the-beaten path items that are likely to put a smile on the recipients face.

Each day over the next week or so, we will feature one of the below items on the blog with an entry form to win it! You can return each day to enter to increase your chances of winning. And there are various ways to win extra entries.

The preliminary listing of products and services up for grabs is below and captured in the image above. However, do return here often as this page will be updated with new promotional partners we are adding on an ongoing basis thru the Give-aways end on December 17 — just in time to announce the winners and get their products shipped off to them in time for Christmas and Passover!

Check Back here daily to Enter to Win the Items up for grab as we make the entry forms go live:

LÍLLÉbaby®. Essential Baby Carrier ($99) ENTER HERE

Easy-Doks Dok CR33 ($79) ENTER HERE

Abiie Beyond Junior Y High Chair ($179) ENTER HERE

The Shower Sidekick ($29.99) ENTER HERE

The G3s Gamepad multi-platform portable game controller ($99.99) ENTER HERE

Yeah Baby!: The Modern Mama’s Guide to Mastering Pregnancy, Having a Healthy Baby, and Bounce Back Better than Ever ($18.99) and

Art and Cook 13-Piece Super Slicer ($9.99) (Total $28.99) ENTER HERE

Kidz Gear Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones Specially made for children ($59.99) ENTER HERE

Newer Tech NuGuard KX Case for iPhone 7, 6 & 6 Plus or iPad and Screen protector ($59.99) ENTER HERE

Put me in the Book personalized story book “Can you help an Elf?” ($34.99) ENTER HERE

KoalaSafe Family Friendly Router with Parental Controls ($99) ENTER HERE

 

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And the first product is this gorgeous baby carrier by LÍLLÉbaby®.

This carrier can be worn in 6 different says from infancy until baby is a toddler. It is  based on Scandinavian design principals— with comfort and style in mind, and it features durable, high quality fabric and materials and is in the under $100 category.

This award-winning brand focuses on attachment parenting families that love to babywear and comes in 8 modern prints (Black with Circle of Love, Charcoal with Seahorses, Navy with Seven Seas, Stone with Boardwalk, Turquoise with Lily Pond, Stone, Stone with Anchors, and Stone with Park Place) and 7 seasonal prints (Black with Circle of Love, Navy with Seven Seas, Stone with Boardwalk, Stone, Stone with Donut, Stone with Park Place, and Stone with Fall in Fern).

We reviewed one of the carriers and discovered it was relatively easy to use the 3-way straps. They offer limit-less adjustability: carrying straps adjust in two directions in addition to the Perfect Fit Adjusters (PFAs) on the front of the carrier. The adjusters allow the wearer to find a truly customized fit and provide easy access for breastfeeding on the go.

The best thing about having a carrier is that one can shop, go to the grocers or a walk for exercise with baby in tow.

We loved that the carrier was sturdy and featured a signature LÍLLÉbaby cargo and hood pockets for storage. An attachable all-weather hood made from soft, breathable luxury mesh can be added. It provides added comfort and safety for baby during windy or cold days. The mesh is great for warmer temperatures.

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The carrier is  sold throughout North America, Europe and Asia. More than one ways to Enter and Daily Entries are allowed!
NEW DEADLINE: December 18 at midnight!

ALL OTHER CONTEST ITEMS ENTRY FORMS. INCREASE  YOUR CHANCES TO WIN!

abiie High Chair ($189)

 

Easy-DoksTechDevice Dock ($79.99)

 

GameSir G3s Bluetooth Wireless Controller ($99)

The Shower Saver ($29.99)



Jillian Michaels and 13 Piece Super Slicer ($39.98)

Kidz Gear Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones ($59.99)

werTech NuGuard KXs Military Grade iPhone/iPad Case ($59.99)

 

Put Me In The Story Personalized Storybook ($34.98)

 

KoalaSafe Family Friendly Router with Parental Controls ($99)

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These 6 Tips will Help Your Newborn Sleep Through the Night

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Every baby is different, so it’s only natural for some to have a more difficult time with nighttime sleep than others. Some babies take to it very well and at a very young age are able to sleep through the night with only the occasional wakeup. Others, however, require a lot of patience and guidance in order to get to point where they can sleep all night. But in every case, there are things parents can do to make things easier for the baby as well as for themselves.

If your baby has trouble sleeping through the night and you are ready to move to the next stage, here are a few tips that may help.

  1. Have a routine: To ease your little one into sleep, establish a nighttime routine that you follow without exception. This might include a bath, reading time, and the last feeding of the day. Do whatever works best for your family. Just make it consistent, and make sure it differs from other routines you have through the day.
  2. Discourage nighttime feeding: Very early on, it is perfectly natural for an infant to require several feedings during the night, and this can continue for many months if it is not too much trouble for the parents. But if are ready for better nighttime sleep and your child is old enough, you can begin phasing out these feedings. Keep track of how much your baby eats and how much she requires, and make sure she gets enough during the daytime hours while gradually lessening the nighttime feedings.
  3. Position the baby well: To minimize the risk of SIDS, most medical authorities recommend placing the baby on her back at bedtime for the first nine months of life (some recommend longer), and this advice is worth heeding. But when the baby gets old enough to move around at will, there is little you can do to control her position. The good news is that she will naturally find the position in which she is most comfortable and in which she will sleep best. So when your baby is old enough, give her the freedom to find her preferred positions.
  4. Try different outfits: If your baby seems to wake up a lot, this could be a sign of discomfort resulting from his sleep outfit. Try different things, and make sure you experiment with each item enough nights to draw a conclusion about whether your baby likes it or not.
  5. Control room conditions: Also try different conditions in the room where your baby sleeps. Perhaps he does well with a little bit of noise, in which case you can use a fan or a radio to make some gentle white noise. Also make sure you try different temperatures. Childcare experts generally recommend dressing babies a little more warmly than you would dress yourself, but this is not a blanket rule, and some babies tend to get hot in normal room-temperature conditions.
  6. Learn baby’s back-to-sleep habits: Watch your baby for several nights to see how she typically reacts when waking up in the middle of the night. If she wakes, fusses for a moment, and then goes back to sleep, make sure you allow her to do this instead of interrupting her natural process. On the other hand, if you can learn to recognize when she is unlikely to get herself back to sleep, you can get to her early and minimize the amount of time she is awake.

Good luck, new parents! We hope you get some rest…and baby too!

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For the Anniversary of The Bellyitch 100, We’re Giving it Away FREE!

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This blog launched in 2007 as an online journal to chronicle my third and last pregnancy with my daughter, Gabrielle (who we call GiGi).

Eventually, it grew in favor and popularity among moms-to-be and started to stand out on its own as a source for celebrity pregnancy news, information and images.

It also gained widespread acclaim for its annual listing and summary of the most expensive baby strollers, diaper bags and luxury cribs.

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The features brought readers from far and wide who were curious about the items wealthy and affluent families purchase for their babies and it became a go-t0 resource of the top and most posh baby items loved by the rich, powerful, famous and in between.

Every two years, I would pore through hundreds of paper and online brochures of top companies and hand-selected those that skimmed the cream of the top. I selected those items that I personally noticed were coveted and used by celebrities and Madison Ave or Beverly Hills wives and their nannies. Those that topped the price bracket in each genre usually also made the cut as did those that were manufactured using the best quality materials, well-constructed, durable, double stitched and clearly took quite some time to assemble.

Readers, fans and voyeurs of the fab life enjoyed the chance to gawk at the favorite items that their favorite celebrity loved the most, what they outfitted themselves in while pregnant, which strollers they pushed their posh tots in, how they outfitted their celebrity babies, which exquisite piece of crib furniture their newborns napped in and what “it” bag they flung over their shoulders while out and about with baby dodging the paparazzi.

In 2012, I noticed that a few websites also started to list the most expensive items in blog posts so I decided to finally stake a claim in the market by penning an eBook. It was published in 2013 as a giveaway to readers and then I sold it. But on the 3 year anniversary of the launch of the book, I am sharing it again for FREE!

You can get it HERE for FREE!

I have not since returned to the ‘most expensive’ baby items genre and have conceded it to others out there who do similar round ups. Therefore, this book will not include the more recent companies that have launched since 2013 like 4 Moms and others.

In the Bellyitch 100; we’ve arranged 20 of the top brands in each category: strollers, diaper bags, cribs, infant clothing and maternity clothes.

I hope you enjoy this labor of love and fabulousity that we’ve assembled just for your viewing pleasure and shopping too if you are so inclined and blessed to be in the position to purchase one of these top-of-the-line items.

Stay fab!

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Evangeline Lilly Trending for Her Post-Birthing Baby Bikini Bod Annoyed a Few People

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Lost alum Evangeline Lilly was trending all day today because of an E!Online report announcing the now mom-to-2 was spotted on a beach wearing a bikini two months after giving birth to her second child in Hawaii.

Backtrack, Lilly is great about not announcing her pregnancies. It wasn’t until she was 8 months along before a wayward member of the paparazzi spotted her in Hawaii where she lives often with her longtime partner Hawaii born Norman Kali, a production assistant she met on the Lost set.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies star announced the second pregnancy by showing up this summer to the red carpet for her movie Ant-Man‘s première.  She was already 7 months pregnant.

And even now, the Canadian-born managed to avoid the press for two months after giving birth, having not released a statement about the birth of her second child at all. If it wasn’t for the papps again, we’d still not know she had the kid.  Lily and Kali are parents to 4-year old son Kahekili Kali.

The fact the news of the bikini was the reason she trended upset some in social media and the blogsphere. We’ve discussed often on Bellyitch before how pop culture and gossip media’s obsession with the post-body celebrity can be dangerous for the message it sends to current and future new moms, and to society in general.

Blogger Jenny Rapson of  Mommin It Up vented on For Every Mom today:

“I understand celebrities are newsworthy, and I am not saying a celebrity having a child isn’t news,” Rapson penned. “I am perturbed at the PRESS for making this NEWS.”

She then went on to highlight three things why this actress’ body being newsworthy upset her:

“And herein lies my issue: why is this news? Why the excitement about a beautiful mom showing some skin after having a baby? Is it because…

  • GASP! Women’s bodies are certainly ruined by children and they should never show them!
  • OH THANK GOD SHE NOW LOOKS PERFECT—AS IF SHE NEVER HAD A BABY! PRAISE JESUS SHE ESCAPED HER TERRIBLE MOM BOD FATE AND CAN
  • WALK AROUND IN PUBLIC WITHOUT PEOPLE RUNNING AWAY SCREAMING!

See, Moms? You can look hot after having a baby! You can achieve the ultimate goal of beauty in life AND be a mom, too. Now hit the gym!”

Well, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

And Rapson wasn’t the only one. Here are some of the reactions we captured of folks in social media .

 

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DWTS Alum, Model Elisabetta Canalis is having a Fabulously Fit Pregnancy (EXCLUSIVE INTVW)

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When you last saw the leggy Italian beauty Elisabetta Canalis she was probably doing a pirouette with her dance partner on Season 13 of Dancing with the Stars. Too bad she didn’t make it too far in the competition, which included currently preggers Kristin Cavallari. Some have joked women were jealous that she had once dated George Clooney for a couple of years.

In any event, the actress and working model has moved up and on and these days can be seen looking fabulously preggers. She and her orthopedic surgeon husband Brian Perri are expecting their first child together.

Bellyitch nabbed an exclusive chat with the brand new Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF Italy to check in on her before she gives birth in a few weeks.

So far, she and hubby have not yet picked a baby a name and will do the unconventional thing and wait until they see her to decide.

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Canalis and husband Dr. Ben Perri – Instagram

“We have changed the name so many times” Canalis states. “My husband and I have different taste so we will decide  after looking  at her little face!”

Sounds like a plan and fortunately, from scanning her Instagram pics where she shares pregnancy with fans and followers, she looks like she is managing weight gain despite the fact she is craving “carbs and sugar.”

No one ever is lucky enough to crave something healthy like carrots and wheat grass, but Canalis is managing the cravings pretty well.

“I accept my cravings but I make compromises. If I eat cookies, tarts, cakes or pizza I cannot eat other carbs. For me, personally, I am happy this way. If you crave more pasta than other stuff, don’t eat sugar. Drink water!” she advises.

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Staying healthy and fit on the Reformer in a Pilates Studio – Instagram

It may not matter anyway because Canalis stayed quite active during her first pregnancy and that’s usually a guaranteed way to drop baby weight. In IG pics she’s seen rowing and being pretty consistent and religious with Reformer Pilates, a machine we here love at Bellyitch.

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Canalis stays fit on a reformer, a pilates exercise equipment, keeping fit – Instagram

She also tells us she goes to the gym twice a week, hikes, drinks plenty of fruit and veggie juicesto stay healthy, adding “I found that reducing the salt gives great benefits too!”

On handling unsolicited advice, Canalis says she takes it all in but will adhere to only certain ones, depending on the source.

” I get so much advice and I am happy to have friends who can tell me what is the best thing to do in any case,” she says. “For sure I will take the advice from friends whose children are raised to the way I want to raise mine. I had the chance to see  accomplishments and mistakes that many of my friends made  with their kids and I will use their examples.”

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Showing off her baby bump with her mom. – Instagram

Friends’ stories can also pile onto existing fears and to avoid stressing over the horror stories Canalis recommends you stay away from YouTube.

She did watch “The Happiest Baby on the Block” and recommends at least one baby book though you’d have to understand Italian (or get a translated copy).

“There is a book I am reading that has been a blessing for some friends of mine, it is about understanding the difficulties that newborns generally have falling asleep and what the parents shouldn’t do! The names of the writers are Eduard Estivill and Sylvia de Bejar (Italian title Fate la nanna).”

It’s very common for children of celebrities to follow in their footsteps.  Canalis says won’t discourage her soon-to-be born daughter (who we know will be gorgeous) from going into the entertainment field.

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“She will have to study first then she can try to do whatever she likes,” Canalis says then jokes, “she will have 2 kinds of examples at home, mine, working in the entertainment business, and her dad’s example of doing a serious job “.

She must not be serious because, although fabulous, the life of an actress and model can be taxing.

She has no time to chill and has to get back into shape soon after giving birth.

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Posing an an awesome shirt earlier in her pregnancy – Instagram

“I will start to work out and eat properly as soon as I’m be able to. I have to shoot a fashion campaign 2 months after I  deliver so…I won’t have that much time!”

Canalis has a very healthy attitude about sharing her pregnancy with her fans and followers on social media, she tell us:

Sometimes I just don’t want to bother people or my fans by saying how I don’t feel great during these 9 months for this and that…. Talking about back pain, carpal tunnel or about all the bad sides of pregnancy makes this moment only harder and…. there is always someone who feels worse than you.  I don’t even like the idea of taking sexy provocative pictures right now…But this is only about me. Demi More was stunning when she posed naked for a magazine cover during her pregnancy…. I would only look goofy trying to be like that!

Bravo! Bellissimo!

 

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Parents Pitch Products at White House’s First Demo Day

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So…we all know parents rock and some rock so much that they step in to fill a void and need among fellow parents by inventing some amazing and wonderful life-saving services, gadgets, contraption and tools.

A few of said innovative parents got a chance to show off their services and products yesterday at the First Ever White House Demo Day  on August 4, which was also on the birthday of US President Barack Obama.

Bellyitch’s founder JJ was on hand to witness and record the President go around the exhibits set up in in the State Room of the White House and hear presentations from a selection of about 30 startups and entrepreneurs.

Earlier these brilliant minds were among  small business owners who  had taken part of a two-day session that included round tables and meetings with Senior White House officials, venture capitalists, government leaders and business mentors.

Products for and by parents presented that day included:

Husband and wife duo develop technology to help libraries boost kids’ summer reading

(Felix Lloyd and Jordan Lloyd-Bookey, Arlington, Virginia) Entrepreneurs and husband-and wife-team Felix Lloyd and Jordan Lloyd Bookey founded Zoobean to help libraries use technology to better serve their communities. Their latest product, Beanstack, provides families with learning tips, tools to log reading sessions, book and app recommendations and special badges tied to local library programs and goals.  Jordan is the former Head of Google’s K-12 Education Outreach team. Felix is a serial entrepreneur whose first venture, MoneyIsland was acquired by BancVue.

Smart baby monitor can track a baby’s vital signs using only a video camera (Rubi Sanchez, San Francisco, California) Rubi Sanchez, the founder and CEO of Wearless Tech Inc., is a graduate of the University of California—Berkeley with experience in the health care industry. Her company has developed Cocoon Cam, a patent-pending solution that uses computer vision and cloud-based data analytics to transform the capabilities of a traditional baby monitor. Using their unique software, a digital video camera, and non-invasive infrared technology, Cocoon Cam can track a baby’s heart rate, respiration, and skin temperature from a distance. Parents can stream video and wellness information to their smartphone to know exactly what is going on with their baby’s health at any time.  The Cocoon Cam team was trained through the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program.

Working mom of two turns family handmade popcorn tradition into snack food startup

(Jean Arnold, San Francisco, California) Jean Arnold grew up loving the fresh popcorn her mother would cook using a hand-cranked stove-top popper. As an adult, she spent years experimenting with making her own organic popcorn and flavoring it with exotic seasonings inspired by her training at Le Cordon Bleu in London. Now, as the founder of 479°, Arnold has turned her love of popcorn into a gourmet snack business that is sold around the country.

I also caught a cute moment during a pitch by Co-Founders Aaron Horowitz and Hannah Chung, both who have had experiences with juvenile diabetes. They explained how their inventive teddy bear called Jerry works.  Jerry is stuffed with educational apps to help children develop healthy behaviors related to a condition they may be dealing with or generally nutrition, exercise, sleep, and mindfulness.

JJ captured the moment for a LIVE Periscope stream and uploaded on her YouTube channel where you’ll find other videos from the event:

 

 

 

Good stuff and it was pretty cool to be in the audience at the East Room to watch it all go down and to interview some of the exhibitors after the president’s remarks.

 

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Writer suggests society bans ‘Bump Watch’

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In 2007, I wrote a blog post about the “Bump Watch” phenomenon, generally, discussing it in context of when the tabloids, public and media are wrong. In 2010, I wrote about how Jennifer Aniston is the most bump watched female celebrity even though she’s never been pregnant. At the same time, I was one of the early blogs that speculated in a post as to whether Jennifer Lopez was pregnant given her choice of dress during a concert. (I was right).

I am in that space so I get the fascination. And we here at Bellyitch have a long-standing ongoing “bump watch” tradition of following and covering celebrity preganancies.

I do, also, recognize that people hate the term “bump watch” as well as “bump” and “baby bump.”  It’s cool. No scene.

However, I think writer Rachel Kramer Bussel was going a weeee bit too far in her recent Salon commentary where she called bump watch anti-feminist and suggested we, as a society, should ban bump watch.

*Clutch the pearls!*

Bussel’s piece was a bit rambling and read like a stream of consciousness rant but I understand her thesis:  the incessant watching of and obsession over a woman’s pooch is offensive and reductive of her value to society outside of procreating.

In her post, Bussel bemoans how insulting it is when women are asked if they are pregnant when they may have just had one too many chicken wings the night before.

I can dig it, right.  I support women’s liberation and rights. I am a woman after all and I do and have benefited from all the work that my feminist and womanist sisters have done over the years.

Notwithstanding all of that…. I still think Bussel goes overboard in her rant.

I dunno. Head over to Salon and have a read and let me know your thoughts.

 

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