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The Better Baby Bottle


Transforming the baby bottle and sippy cup industry.

The Better Baby Bottle has designed a better way to protect kids from the harmful effects of chemical compounds that seep out of plastics into their foods. Founding company Innovative Plasma Technologies (IPT) has baby bottles and sippy cups use a patented Pur Ion Technology that protects your baby from the harmful effects of plastic. The company says no other plastic bottle or sippy cup on the market comes close to having this type of technology.

Manufactured in the USA

The Pur Ion surface coating used in the Better Baby Bottle provides a barrier layer between the plastic bottle and the foods that are put inside. Permanently bonded to the inside of the bottle, the patented coating is so thin, it will not change any of the macro properties of the plastic such as flexibility. The coating is odorless, tasteless and does not break.

“As a father, my foremost goal was to develop a safer sippy cup,” says Steve Aldrich, CEO of Auburn, Alabama-based IPT. “The commonly used plastic of baby bottles is harmful to babies and I desperately wanted to create something that would rectify the situation.”

Backed by Research

Hundreds of studies document the harmful effects of chemicals migrating from plastics, even Bisphenol A (BPA-free) plastics and its replacement, Bisphenol S (BPS), into our foods and liquids. BPA-free does not mean chemical free. According to Scientific America, “both can disrupt a cell’s normal functioning, which could potentially lead to metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity, asthma, birth defects or even cancer.” The innovative Better Baby Bottle is developed to prevent the leaching of potentially harmful by-products of plastic from moving into the food or liquid inside of the container.

Marketplace Tested

Marketplace tested, The Better Bottle products continue to excel. All products are safe for sterilization in boiling water, in the microwave and on the top rack of the dishwasher. The progressive baby bottle line allows for smooth transition from infant to toddler without having to purchase separate bottle and sippy cup.

Currently, the baby bottles and accessories are available online at TheBetterBabyBottle.com. Bulk purchase pricing is also available for retailers. A percentage of The Better Bottle sales is donated to IPT’s Operation Tiny Canteen, a program that will provide products free to military families.

Next up for the two-year-old IPT is a line of Pur Ion Technology products geared toward adults, with the introduction of food storage and snack containers, as well as coffee cups.

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Little Climber


“Read your book once per day and use a climber while you play. Give it time and you will see, your little baby in a tree.”

-Little Climber

After David Stuebe has Lily, his first child, he learns quickly that it isn’t easy to find products that will grow with her. “I come from a background in manufacturing and decided to create a product line that allows our children to play, read and grow throughout their experience with the Little Climber,” he tells me.

Kickstarter Campaign Run Thru May 14

David is now creating one of the only product lines on the market designed to promote 100% natural growth progression of a child’s mind, body and strength. Little Climber is a Smart Home Playground designed to enhance your children’s motor skill development, balance control, creativity and so much more. Little Climber is made for children ages six months to 3+ years.

Why is a Modular Playground so Important?

Every child’s mind, body and strength develops at their own speed. While most products are built based on the progress of the “average child,” Little Climber “actually grows” with your little one, supporting your child’s abilities at the exact moment needed in their stage of development.

The Little Climber Experience

David is a father, designer and creator of what he calls the “Little Climber Experience.” He’s also a student of the Montessori approach, the Dr. Emmi Pikler method and his favorite, Magda Gerber. One year ago, his children inspire him to start his children’s furniture company that produces intuitive environments for little ones that will benefit them today, tomorrow and forever.

  • Step 1 – Play Transform your room, yard or nursery into a fully interactive climbing experience with endless course options. Play on a light, simple course or setup an advanced and rigorous climb.
  • Step 2 – Read Watching your little one climb is such a fun and magical time. David captures that joyful moment in a book to help you and your little one get excited and celebrate the climbing experience.
  • Step 3 – Grow Little Climber is a modular product. As your little one’s abilities grow, slowly advance them to the next level of difficulty by raising or moving the accessories (RockWall, Ladder, Slide).

Built with Care in the USA

“It’s about time that a company builds a product not solely for immense capital gains but to help and benefit others,” a thought that goes through David’s mind while he starts committing his life to helping children with smart toys and playgrounds. David names his furniture factory after his daughters, Lily and River, where every detail of Little Climber and its accessories are refined and perfected for long-term durability, functionality and aesthetics – right here in America.

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4Everly Adorned


Adding an artsy flair to a child’s room, while informing, inspiring and contributing toward the conservation of animals.

Jennifer Hiser created her brand-new company, 4Everly Adorned, to inspire children with art. Jennifer makes hand painted, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and accessories that not only add exciting flair to a child’s room, they personify originality and self-expression.

“I wanted my daughter’s first room to be alive with vibrancy and unconventional style,” Jennifer says. After she is less than impressed with the one-note, flat and mass produced furniture and décor of department stores, she puts her own background in the arts and her love of color and design to work. “I created one-of-a-kind, hand painted pieces of furniture for my one-of-a-kind baby girl.”

Jennifer explores numerous creative outlets ranging from working at well-known fashion magazines in New York City, to designing soft accessories for a global fashion brand in Chicago, until she finally finds her own artistic niche. “Designing my daughter’s nursery led me to discover the area of design I was looking for.”

Jennifer values the importance of inspiring children, and educating them as well. Her passion for animal rights grew while on safari in South Africa, and she immediately wanted to do all she could to help. “We have teamed up with a nonprofit that helps to create awareness about wildlife conservation,” she says. “We hope to connect and collaborate with other local artists, and to globally educate as many young minds as we can.”

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Indy “Talk” Shop


Kickstarter Campaign Launches Today!

Indy “Talk” Shop, a new creative educational toy startup for kids ages 0-3, produces toys that easily guide playtime with your kids for better bonding and learning. The company is launching a Kickstarter campaign today (February 28).

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As You Read, You Play, and You Learn, Naturally

Based on new research in child development and play methods, Indy “Talk” Shop is creating a line of playboxes that is qualitatively different. Each playbox comes with an original story about a cute yet clumsy dragon named “Indy” and a matching classic toy, such as a puzzle, blocks, train sets, etc. Each story guides a reading-while-playing experience that prompts playtime with your kids and enables an interactive dynamic between parent and child to enhance developmental areas that are critical for their growth. While essential for a child’s early learning, the playboxes also offer parents the tools they need to help their kids learn.

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Indy “Talk” Shop’s Kickstarter campaign offers backers an opportunity to donate the first playbox in a series, Indy and the Farm (an original story with a matching farm puzzle), to one of three New York-based national charity partners that support the education and advancement of children: K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone and Room to Grow. When you support Indy “Talk” Shop through the campaign, you will also buy Indy and The Farm for children in need.

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About Indy “Talk” Shop

Indy “Talk” Shop is co-founded by Frida Matute, M.A. CCC-SLP, a New York-based medical pediatric speech-language therapist, and Alex Adarichev, an architect and designer. Frida’s inspiration comes from tying her clinical experience, research and love of watching kids and parents learn together. Their five-person team has been working diligently to make this launch a success.

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Indy “Talk” Shop’s method is to embed tips and hints into the story’s pages, treating text with graphics, punctuation, capitalization and bold-faced type, so parents can read to their kids in a sing-song voice. This technique is “dynamite for language development,” says Patricia Kuhl of the Institute for Learning and Brain Science at the University of Washington. The combination of embedding tips for parents and encouraging an animated reading of the story while playing with the matching classic toy helps kids naturally repeat core vocabulary words and sounds. It also lets children practice early cognitive skills like problem-solving, matching and categorization.

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Play research has been going on for years, although not all toy companies are embedding this research directly into the design of toys Like Indy “Talk” Shop is. “Preschool children learn better when an adult is involved,” says Dr. Jenny Radesky, a pediatrician specializing in child development at Boston Medical Center. In other words, guided play is best for kids’ development, to help parents and kids bond, learn and play more effectively. “When parents keep the conversation going, rather than simply trying to get their children to hear as many words as possible, they are preparing their children for later language and school success,” say Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnik Golinkoff, child psychologists and researchers at Temple University. Further research explains that healthy brain development relies on guided play between kids and parents. Indy “Talk” Shop playboxes guide parents through a playtime interaction that will make a difference in their kids’ development, whether they have five minutes or an hour to play.

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Comotomo


Solving an entire laundry list of unresolved “bottle issues” for parents.

Comotomo makes baby bottles that feature innovative and sensible design to most closely mimic natural breastfeeding. Their naturally shaped, soft, silicone nipples are ideal for babies who have trouble transitioning from nursing to bottle-feeding.

Comotomo “designer junkies” have set out to rid the world of too many plain and uninspired products by

  • listening to frustrated moms desperately searching for a bottle their little ones will take
  • not ignoring the issue of “nipple confusion” mostly ignored in product designs
  • banishing bottles that look and feel so foreign to natural nursing
  • solving the conundrum of trying to clean out narrow-necked baby bottles

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Award Winning Design

The result is a baby bottle that won an IF Product Design Award in 2010, which both parents and children love. Little ones can hold onto the skin-like, soft and squeezable body that is like no other bottle in the world. Parents appreciate the wide-neck design for brushless, stress-free, cleaning bliss.

“What we realized was that there is a giant void in the market,” the Comotomo design junkies say. “This inspired us to make something really fantastic. Something that truly makes moms lives a bit easier, and babies a wee bit happier.”

These green, BPA-free bottles are equipped with truly innovative vents that are smartly designed to prevent colic, while eliminating annoying leaks.

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Teether, Too

The Comotomo design junkies go back to basics with the baby teether, made from silicone that is not only safe and completely non-toxic, it has the perfect blend of soft and flexible texture -the most “bite-friendly” material out there, they say.

Easy and intuitive to grab and hold, the four prongs are sized to mimic baby hands. The teether is just long enough to reach the back molars, and sensibly sized to prevent choking.

At Comotomo, a beautiful product doesn’t just look good, it elegantly enhances your experience.

Mommas Baby


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Ivy Norton is a mother of three who knows how difficult and expensive it is to raise babies. While she doesn’t help you watch and care for your children, she can advise you on the best baby products you should consider purchasing.

“I started Mommas Baby to help other parents find deals, provide parenting tips and review some the new products coming out,” Ivy says. “Having wasted so much money myself with inferior products, I’m here to help you save money and buy only the best.”

The Los Angeles, California-based Mom conducts product reviews, writes how-to articles and finds deals on merchandise. First time moms can especially find Mommas Baby useful, although plenty of fresh, up-to-date guides for experienced parents are available as well.

A few recent entries include:

Ivy’s been reviewing the best baby products since 2012, so check out Mommas Baby.

10 Must-Know Trade Show Facts [Infographic]


Prepare for the upcoming trade show season!

Stacey Woods, Business Development Manager at mobile commerce solutions company Pepperi, shares this handy dandy infographic to help you prepare for Playtime New York February 12-14 and any trade show you’re planning to attend in 2017.

“The top 10 must-know facts include how many attendees have buying authority, how many of them are first-timers, how many have buying intent, and much more,” Stacey says. While you’re at it, take the opportunity to stop by and meet with Pepperi at the shows – if you have the chance!

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