Looking to Buy a New Car Seat?

orb babies in bloom car seatLook no further. We’ve fallen in love with Clek and are thrilled to be the ONLY retailer in San Diego County selling their innovative and award winning seats.

We currently have three stylish Clek seats available in our Boutique, all with fun names: the Foonf, the Fllo and the Oobr.

It’s the Foonf however that’s really catching our eye. Suitable for 14 lb babies (or 5+ lbs when used with the Infant-Thingy), it’s honestly one of the most impressive car seats on the market.

What’s so great about it you ask? Well, you know us, we only stock things we really believe in, both as parents and for parents, so let us fill you in quickly on this self-proclaimed ‘mother of all car seats.’

The big selling point for the Foonf is that while it is a convertible seat, it will let you rear-face for longer (up to 50lb). And we all know thanks to simple physics that rear facing is the safest position you can put your child in. It simply offers the best protection for your precious cargo’s head, neck and spine.

While the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping a child rear-facing until at least two, the Foonf is built to keep little ones safe and content in the rear-facing position until approximately FOUR, should you wish to do so.

Four? Won’t a rear-facing position be really cramped for the child? And won’t they protest?

A common first thought, but think about Sweden. Four is the norm for rear-facing travel over there and their safety records speak volumes. Unlike other rear-facing seats currently available, the Foonf has been designed with more than adequate leg room, as well as a generous shell height for your growing child. Many parents have seen their child outgrow their rear-facing seat by height before weight, but with the Foonf, you have a better chance of nearing the maximum weight recommendation first. It’s high!  In most vehicles the Foonf will also give children just the right height to still look out of the windows for entertainment too. Something not all other rear-facing seats can offer.clek-foonf-2016-convertible-car-seat-babies in bloom

Another standout feature to note is the Foonf’s clever Anti-Rebound Bar, which helps improve stability and limit the rotation of the seat in the event of a collision.

When the time comes to turn forward-facing, (up to 65lb with Foonf), parents will still have peace of mind on the road thanks to Foonf’s smart safety technology. It features the REACT™ Safety System (Rapid Energy Absorbing Crumple Technology) which mimics crumble zone technology found in vehicles and actively reduces the force impact of a frontal collision on a child by up to 40%*

Then there’s the advanced side impact protection thanks to the seat’s metal substructure, three layers of energy absorbing foam and an adjustable head rest for optimal head protection.  This, along with the seat’s no stress rigid-latch installation, makes it easy to love. Especially when we tell you that its compact size makes three-across seating possible. Hooray!

The Fllo car seat that is also available in store has a lot of similarities to the Foonf. With identical height and weight limits, it offers the same extended rear-facing up to 50lb. It boasts a lot of Foonf’s safety features too, like the advanced side impact protection and Anti Rebound Bar. However there are some notable differences, like NO rigid latch system with Fllo and an EACT system (Energy Absorbing Crumple Technology) instead of the Foonf’s REACT™ Safety System. We know it can get confusing, so we have a handy parent friendly comparison chart in-store if you really want to dig deep and compare the two.

The Oobr full back booster (suitable for 4+) is also in stock and is engineered with front, back and side impact protection, complete with a solid metal frame, belt guides for accurate belt positioning, energy absorbing foam, a structural head rest and rigid latch installation. A great safety investment for the pre-school years and beyond.

We know buying a car seat isn’t a quick or easy decision. Safety and trust in a product is essential for family road confidence. But if Clek seats sound of initial interest, we’d recommend checking online for independent reviews. And why not pop in to the Boutique? We have the Foonf on display, so you can get up close to see the size and quality of the seat for yourself. You can also chat with Katie, our Child Safety Passenger Technician. She would be happy to answer your questions (and all car seats purchased at Babies in Bloom come with a complementary education and inspection). You can visit Clek’s website here too for further product information and product videos.

Hope to see you soon!

 

*based on independent crash testing of Foonf convertible child seat using federal testing standard FMVSS213 (more severe than 97% of real world).

 

What Type of Sunscreen is Best for Kids?

babies in bloom sunscreenBlessed with more than our fair share of glorious sunshine, we all know how important it is to be sun smart here in SoCal.

But that doesn’t stop us from getting a little confused every now and then when it comes to sun safety, especially when we’re talking sunscreen for our little ones. With so many options on the shelves nowadays, and ever changing recommendations, how do you know which one to go for?

As it is International Sun Screen Day this week (27th), we’re sharing with you what we’ve read and know about choosing and using sunscreen on kids – we hope it helps!

At what age can I start using sunscreen?

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says sunscreen should be avoided if possible in babies younger than six months and that every effort should be made to keep babies covered or in the shade. However, if protective clothing and shade are NOT available, Healthy Children.Org advise using sunscreen on small areas of the body such as the face and the back of hands. If this is your only option, you might want to test your baby’s sensitivity first with a small amount of sunscreen on their inner wrist.

What should I look for in a sunscreen for kids?

Healthy Children.Org say that a sunscreen should have the following:

  • “Broad-Spectrum” on the label – that means it will screen out both UVB rays (the ones that will give you sunburn) AND UVA rays (aging rays).
  • An SPF (sun protection factor) of at LEAST 15 (the AAD however recommends at least 30). The higher the SPF, the more UVB protection it has.
  • Water Resistance – either ‘Water Resistant’ (effective for up to 40 minutes in water) or ‘Very Water Resistant’(effective for up to 80 minutes in water). Note, manufacturers are now banned from using misleading words such as ‘waterproof’ and ‘sweat proof’ on labels as re-applications is always required.

What about chemicals?

Many parents are worried by this. The most common sunscreens on the market will contain chemical filters – from two to six of these ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and/ or titanium dioxide.

Many kids’ brands are now formulated with safer, more effective ingredients than those in other products – about 63 % of kids sunscreens contain effective mineral ingredients that provide good protection from ultraviolet-A rays, compared to 40 percent of other sunscreens says the Environmental Working Group (EWG). They have an annual safe sunscreen guide on their website which is a wonderful resource – look out for their 2016 edition here.

How often should I apply sunscreen?

Every day if you will be outside. Even on cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin says the AAD.

  • Apply sunscreen to dry skin 15-30 minutes BEFORE going outdoors – it needs time to absorb in to the skin.
  • Use enough to cover all exposed areas – especially the face, nose, ears, feet, hands and even the back of the knees. Most people only apply 25-50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen.
  • Be careful around the eyes – if you rub sunscreen in to a little ones eyes, wipe the eyes and hands clean with a damp cloth.
  • If it irritates the skin, try another brand. If a rash develops, talk with your child’s doctor.
  • Reapply sunscreen every TWO hours.

Does sunscreen expire?

The FDA requires that all sunscreens retain their original strength for at least three years. Some sunscreens include an expiration date but if yours doesn’t, write the date you purchased it on the bottle. If the expiration date has passed, throw it out.

What is the best sunscreen?

There is no right answer to this.  The best type of sunscreen is the one you will use again and again says the AAD. Lotion, cream, stick or spray, it’s a matter of personal choice. Pick one that is practical and appealing to you as well as ticking all the safety boxes in our ‘what should I look for’ section.

Don’t forget to look after YOU in the sun too parents! Set a great, sun safe example to your littles!

Oh and if anyone has THE secret to putting on sunscreen without tears, tantrums and toddler tackles, please let us know.   🙂

For more tips on sun and water safety, click  here.

Boutique Best Sellers: Re-Play

IMG_4357These colorful plates, bowls, cups and utensils from Re-Play are flying off of our shelves at the moment.

They tick so many boxes that it’s no surprise to us that they’re getting rave reviews from parents. Not only are they fun and funky to mix ‘n’ match, they are also incredibly affordable. Best of all, they are so eco-friendly. Made in the USA, Re-Play uses recycled HDPE plastic for their products – that means recycled milk jugs. To date, they’ve saved over 11,000,000 milk jugs from going in to the landfill. Wonderful!

The products are all toddler friendly sized for snacks and meals, and more importantly, are toddler tough to survive all those inevitable bangs, drops and tosses. Our customers have been really impressed with how durable they are for something so lightweight and so low cost. Re-Play claims you can even run over their divided plates with a car without causing damage! Now that’s impressive.

They make a great gift bundle too. All products meet FDA strict purity standards, are BPA free, PVC free, phthalate-free and melamine-free. And, when their time is eventually up in family homes, these products can simply be recycled again. It’s the eco-gift that keeps on giving.

Here’s a couple of facts to add some further perspective on these clever tools:

  • Recycling a 1-gallon milk jug saves enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for 11 hours
  • One pound of recycled plastic saves enough energy to charge a smartphone for 31 weeks

As well as using smart materials, each product has a smart design with tiny, over excited hands in mind. The deep walls on their divided plates help little ones get to grips with their chunky cutlery, while their deep fill spoon reduces spills. They also have the essential spill proof sippy cup and blunt tips on their forks to avoid nasty pokes. They are all about encouraging independent eating and keeping it simple for mom and dad- as well as keeping it safe.

Available in white, pink, orange, green, red, purple and yellow, these products will stack well at home and are completely dishwasher safe – another bonus.

We currently have in stock:

  • Divided Plates: $3 each
  • Bowls: $2.50 each
  • No Spill Cups $4 each
  • Tumbler Cup: $2.50
  • Utensil Set: $1.50

Kids love them. Parents love them. We love them. Why don’t you come and visit us at the Babies in Bloom Boutique to take a look for yourself.

Hope to see you soon!

We are Hiring!

1532153_10152949975452465_6360651513538681897_n We are growing and looking for a new member of our boutique team! The position is primarily for Tuesdays and Saturdays from 11 am – 5 pm. If you are interested, please send a resume and cover letter to rochelle@babies-in-bloom.com