Baby Products Category
Moms deserve peaceful sleep this holiday season. Seem impossible? Not with our new Sealy Sweet Pea® 2in1 Maternity and Nursing Pillow! Our Sealy Sweet Pea® 2 in 1 Maternity & Nursing Pillow was designed to create comfortable sleeping and nursing positions that moms can use for years!
Some features we love:
- A 2-tiered peapod design contours to a pregnant woman’s body offering supportive sleep positions
- Fuller end helps align the tummy, hips, knees and lower back to alleviate discomfort and pain during sleep in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters
- Tapered end gives the perfect nursing or bottle feeding positions to keep newborns close and comfy
- Both the pillow and removable cover are machine washable
- Pillow is filled with 100% hypoallergenic polyester for resiliency & encased in a 230 thread count 100% cotton casing for durability
You can win a Sealy Sweet Pea® 2 in 1 Maternity & Nursing Pillow!
Just tell us in 50 words or less how Sealy will help your family get better sleep this holiday season and you can win the new Sealy Sweet Pea® pillow!
Twelve winners will be chosen! Comments should be left in the Baby Matters blog comment section. Contest ends December 13th at midnight CST. Winners will be announced December 15th.
You may remember our post about the new exciting “someone” buzzing around Kolcraft. You will notice that for the next few months, Wally Wonderbug will be trying out new outfits & will be changing scenery. (Wally loves to dress up & have fun. Just wait until your kids meet him!) Because Wally is such a generous Wonderbug, you win prizes every time he changes!
It’s Easy To Win!
- Every time you notice that Wally changes, send us an email at BabyMatters@kolcraft.com and you will be entered to win monthly prizes ranging from baby products to gift certificates.
- The place to see Wally change will be at www.kolcraft.com – be sure to check back often because you never know when Wally will make a change!
- Winners will be selected at the end of each month.
Keep your eye on Wally because he is your guide to winning prizes!
Who says trick or treating is only for candy? At Kolcraft we are hosting a trick or treat for baby products on our website! By following the clues and “hunting” through our website for the Halloween icon embedded into a product image (be sure to look at all the images) you will find your way to winning one of the following baby products in fashionable Fierce orange!
How it works:
- Read the clues in this blog post
- Search for the icons on our website
- When you find the icons, send us an email at BabyMatters@kolcraft.com with the links where you found the icons
- You will automatically be entered to win one of our hauntingly fashionable baby products!
- Contest ends on Friday, October 29th at midnight CST
- You receive one entry for each icon you find. Winner will be chosen by random.org
Kolcraft is very excited for you to meet Wally Wonderbug and friends – the characters behind the new Wonderbug Activity Center! Wally will bring lots of fun and discovery to you and your children.
We can’t quite let the bug out of the bag yet, but stay tuned to meet Wally and his friends. They will be hosting fun contests, activities and more! We love Wally & we know you will too!
I just returned from a trip to our plant in North Carolina where we make our crib mattresses. After being there, I have a deeper appreciation for the love and dedication that goes into making a crib mattresses and why Kolcraft is the #1 crib mattress manufacturer.
I was fascinated by the precision of how the coils were made and how all the pieces were lovingly put together to make a quality crib mattress. After talking with some of the workers it was clear that they truly care about what they do because they know a precious baby will be sleeping on that mattresses.
My visit to the plant could not be at a more perfect time as I was able to see the crib mattresses stacked in storage before the orders were filled. It was pretty impressive and the crib mattresses don’t sit on the shelves long before they are shipped!
I also had the opportunity to meet with our consumer service team. These dedicated ladies are the ones who answer consumer questions and comments. Whether you have a question about how to fold a stroller or what crib mattress is best for you, they are always ready to help with a smile! We talked about Kolcraft’s presence in social media and they had great ideas on how to better serve our consumers through social media. I left North Carolina happy that our consumers are in the best of hands.
If you aren’t familiar with our crib mattresses, check them out. I saw first-hand how much love goes into making them the best crib mattresses in the USA so your baby (and you!) can have a night of peaceful sleep.
Join us on Twitter for our Hike & Seek party this Thursday from 11-12 CST to hear about the importance of outdoor play for your child, get outdoor-fun-time tips and win Jeep Baby products, Jeep pet products, etc.
It’s easy to participate – just follow #hikeandseek on Twitter and follow the fun.
We can’t wait to celebrate your family & hear your ideas about getting outdoors as well as hear from the NWF experts.
Will you join the party?
Kolcraft has been catching parent’s attention for years, but lately Kolcraft baby products have had some interesting media appearances.
If you live in Chicago, you most likely are familiar with the popular radio station Q101. We had to snap a photo of their billboard which is a spin-off of a scene from The Hangover. The baby carrier is none other than our popular Jeep 2 in 1 baby carrier.
We know our baby products are worth 5 stars and while we love the media attention, we know that the best endorsement comes is when parents like you love our products.
As we continue to celebrate Grandparents in a special way this week, we wanted to give you a behind the scenes look at one of our very young at heart Kolcraft Grandparents–Russ Butson who is our Senior Product Safety Manager.
Russ, you have been at Kolcraft for 4 years but you have been working in the world of “safety” for quite some time. What made you choose this rather intense line of work?
My temperament is one that makes me look for a “mission” in life. I’ve worked in areas from jet engines to implantable medical devices to high-end bikes. But I’m proud that my wife calls me a baby whisperer. I found that sense of mission working in product safety for babies. They have no idea what to do and not to do with a product. Everything they can reach is fair game to be grabbed, mouthed, batted, sat on, crawled through, you name it. So everything has to be thought through ahead of time FOR them in order to protect them. It’s very much a sense of service to others that I’ve never found in other professional areas
Can you explain a little the world of safety regulations?
- Many of the voluntary product performance standards in the US are created through the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM). The committees that create and update these standards consist of people in similar positions as mine throughout our industry, safety advocates, representatives from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and often other countries’ equivalents, laboratories that test products, other interested organizations and even individual consumers. I appreciate that my position allows me to work with people from differing perspectives to focus on creating performance standards which help keep babies safe.
- There are also safety requirements set by the federal government and now even some states. We often consider product safety standards from other countries as they sometimes have a different approach to a similar issue we’re working on.
- On top of all of these, we also have internal Kolcraft product requirements for critical safety areas that exceed both voluntary and mandatory safety standards. This is to ensure there is no question that our products can pass existing standards with significant margin, to address areas that other standards don’t and to keep babies safe even if the product is possibly being misused or abused.
- Finally we have our own internal safety and usability reviews throughout the development process which include the use of safety principles and measurement tools developed for infants and children. These involve a lot of “what if’s” as we consider how a child, a sibling or an adult user might use a product.
What is a typical day like for you?
Like many people I have my share of administrative tasks. But even these tasks help build safe products by capturing test data showing the materials we use are safe, meet state and federal requirements and assure our instruction manuals are accurate and as helpful as they can be. I also prepare products or materials to be sent to labs for testing, including preparing the test request and discussing any questions with the lab ahead of time.
Often there is work to be done on proposed product safety standards which may require testing in our lab and discussing design options with the development engineers. I work with the engineers and design teams to determine if a particular design feature would pass a particular safety standard. This is what interests me most, considering the shapes, gaps, softness or hardness, or other characteristics of a design and determine how a child may grab it, bite it, climb on it, bump into it, fall asleep in it, climb on it or any of a number of ways a child may interact with it. And sometimes it can be easier to figure out what a child would do with a product than what a caregiver may do with it.
You are a parent & recently a grandparent. How has being a dad/grandpa affected how you approach working in safety for a baby gear manufacturer?
I will confess, when our first child was born the first few nights I would put all his stuffed toys around the inside of the crib as if they were standing guard. My wife, then a newborn intensive care nurse, quickly set me straight that NOTHING goes in a crib with an infant other than what he must wear. And everyone’s first newborn is a HUGE learning experience. As an engineer, I began observing that this little person lived in a COMPLETELY different world than I did. When he started crawling, I would get down at his level on the floor to see what he saw and to find out what he could reach. It’s a whole other world down there and I’d recommend this exercise to every parent of a newborn. I found it fascinating to imagine living as he did, not knowing “why” about anything, and unable to communicate in a meaningful way. I loved those early years with both my kids and that’s where I really found an affection for babies in general.
Now, being a new grandfather, I want not only to be sure the products my grandson uses are safe, but are used safely too
Now that you are enjoying being a grandparent, what has been the biggest joy of your new role?
I can’t keep it to one thing! It’s the joy of seeing my child now with a child of his own and happily taking on that responsibility. It’s holding my grandson Lucas and getting cuddled up with him with his fuzzy little head next to my cheek and smelling that baby smell. ALL the tension in my body melts away. As we live 6 hours away, it’s getting new photos of him and showing them to everyone I can. It’s planning the things I want to do with him and places I want to take him to as he grows. I can’t wait to find out what it is that he’s going to be good at and where his interests will lie.
Russ at a glance
If you had a free day without commitments or obligations, how would you spend it? Studying the aircraft at the Oshkosh airshow, the Air Force museum in Dayton, Ohio, and in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry (one of the reason I became an engineer) because of the art inherent in all those aircraft. I love them because of the functional artistry in each one.
What’s one thing that is always in your fridge? Ice cream. A friend once looked in our freezer and announced to everyone that we had the ice cream equivalent of a wet bar.
What is your favorite Kolcraft product? Jeep Strollers in general. I love the look the Jeep brand brings to the line, as well as the play between tender babies and tough Jeep! It’s saying, “I’m a baby, and I’m ready to travel. Anywhere!”
And since he now has “grandson on the brain” 24/7, a little fun mind game with Russ. We asked Russ what is the first word that comes to mind when we say:
Baby – Cuddling
Sleep – Finally!
Morning – Hungry. Hungry! HUNGRY!!! (It’s still only one word.)
Broccoli – Creamed?!?!?
Beverage – MOM!!!
Diapers – Realmenchangediaperseventhenastyones
Thank you Russ for giving us a little glimpse into the world of Kolcraft safety!
We all want to be healthy and fit. What better way to do it then by having fun with your kids? To help get the ball rolling on fitness for your family, Kolcraft, Jeep and the National Wildlife Federation are inviting you to a very special Hike & Seek!
This family-friendly activity is a cross between a nature hike and a scavenger hunt, bringing children and adults together in the great outdoors for some fresh fall air and fun. This date with Mother Nature combines a one mile hike with “Stop and Study” interactive nature stations along the way, providing an entertaining learning experience. The stations, manned by NWF naturalists and wildlife experts, provide activities to stimulate all the senses using Mother Nature’s world as inspiration. Every participant is given a map and Mission Guidebook to direct their path and will receive a junior naturalist badge at the end of the hike. Once Hike and Seekers return to base camp they will be greeted by exhibits, prizes, more activities and maybe even some friendly wildlife! Rumor has it that NWF’s Ranger Rick will make a live appearance. (Editor’s note – I will definitely be getting my picture taken with my idol Ranger Rick!)
Participants will be given staggered start times beginning at 9am. On-site registration starts at 8am. Once you are on the trail you can go as fast or slow as you like. Don’t hurry, take time to enjoy and connect with the nature around you. Generally, the adventure takes approximately two hours to complete. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Hike & Seek is part of NWF’s Be Out There campaign to get kids outdoors where they can connect with nature, run and play, and just be kids. While contemporary parents spent their free time as kids exploring and playing in nature, their children spend far more time indoors plugged into electronic media. The result is that American kids are prone to higher incidences of obesity, asthma, diabetes, and ADHD because they’re missing something essential to their health and development–unstructured time playing outdoors.
Hike & Seek will take place in the following cities:
- Chicago on October 2, 2010
- Seattle on October 16, 2010
- Washington DC on October 2, 2010
To kick off Hike & Seek, we will be hosting a Twitter Party on September 30, 2010 from 11-12 CST. During this time, everyone will have the opportunity to tweet with experts from NWF and win all sorts of Jeep products that will help you and your family get outdoors. Products will include baby strollers (even Jeep Joggers!), baby carriers, pet carriers, pet toys, subscriptions to Ranger Rick magazine and more! You can follow the event on Twitter using #HikeandSeek tag. More info coming next week!
Can’t wait to Hike & Seek with you!