A great idea for parents: Online Group Buying for New Parents

New parents quickly realize that with a new baby brings with it a whole slew of accessories from diapers to baby rails to car seats.   With safety concerns being raised on a fairly regular basis on various items,  we are deterred from sifting through garage sales to get bargains.  Fighting my way through the horde during sale day isn’t my cup of tea either.  I would rather sit in the comfort of my own home and click a buy button.  =)

Thanks to Springwise.com,  I discovered a wonderful site which focuses on new & expecting parents – helping them enjoy the benefits consumers can enjoy when they team up and buy baby & children’s goods as a crowd. 

CrowdSprout lets groups of consumers interested in purchasing the same item band together to get a better price.

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Product categories on the site include car seats, carriers, diaper bags, furniture, high chairs and strollers; for each product included, the merchant lists a reduced price, the minimum number of buyers needed and a deadline. Consumers then spread the word about their planned purchase, with the goal of increasing that group’s size. Once enough buyers have joined the group, they then make their (reduced) payment through CrowdSprout and receive the item they wanted. If, on the other hand, the minimum number of buyers is not achieved in time, no one pays and the group disbands.  Not bad,  not bad at all!

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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From Blog to Printed Baby Book

Springwise regularly trawls through the world wide web searching for new business ideas spotted around the world.  My favorite this week is the great new offering by Kidmondo & Baby Chapters.

Here’s the Springwise entry:

Online and offline are no longer mutually exclusive realms, as we’ve already pointed out in numerous examples. The latest illustration comes from the world of online baby journals, where purveyors are increasingly beginning to offer print versions as well.

To wit: Kidmondo, which we covered this summer, has since added a print option to its offerings. Through a partnership with custom publishing platform Sharedbook, Kidmondo now gives parents a fast and easy way to turn all the content they create online into a “KidBook” in the brick-and-mortar world. Users can pick which parts of the online journal they want to include in the book as well as customizing the content, cover, titles and more. Pricing for the KidBook begins at USD 28 for a perfect-bound softcover book with 20 full-colour pages and free US shipping. Hardcover is also available, and additional pages can be added for USD 0.50 each. KidBooks are currently available only in English, but Kidmondo hopes to accommodate other languages in the future, it says.

BabyChapters, meanwhile, is another site that lets parents share their baby’s precious moments with family and friends in a safe and secure way, and also offers an online-offline combination. After creating their free online baby book, parents can select the chapters they’d like to include in a hardcover print version. Prices begin at USD 27.95 for a 24-page book, with a 20 percent discount for additional copies. Los Angeles-based BabyChapters launched in April.

These would make great gifts for doting grandparents and other family members.  =)

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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Muddles should teach Middles

Today’s youtube surfing session yield a treasure of a clip which was written and produced for Word Alive International Outreach.  Parents would do well to share this with their toddlers.

Got a college-bound teen?  Share this:

Start them young on the path of financial literacy so that they don’t make the bad decisions which lead to debt snowballs.

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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Stumped for a baby shower gift? Give a diaper cake!

Showers, whether they be wedding shower or baby showers, can be stressful situation for attendees. What can you possible give which will be both functional yet funky?

For the past few years, my stable baby shower gift has alway been diaper bags. Those of Baby Couture and Nappy Sac come to mind. =)

Nowadays, I tend to turn my eyes on what’s INSIDE the diaper bag ever since I attended a party in which one of the gifts was the cutest diaper cake I’ve ever seen.

A quick online search yielded a treasure of a site which features adorable baby shower gifts which are extremely useful, presented in a whimsical fashion, enough to delight any mom-to-be.

For those who are searching for personalized baby gifts, lilbabycakes has diaper cakes to suit all tastes. Feel like taking a walk on the wild side? Get a safari cake! Having twins? Take your pick of twin boys/twin girls or combi boy/girl cakes! You name it, they have it. If they don’t, just give your wishlist and they can design it for you.

If diaper cakes aren’t your thing, the site also has other baby gifts ranging from teddy bears to baby golf sets.  Ahh… choices choices…

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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Kid’s Furniture: Choices Choices Choices

I’ve always taken the view that the bond between parent and child is strengthened during the infancy years through co-sleeping. At the same time, a child must learn to be independent and be able to enjoy his or her own space. What age that should be is up to the parents and child.

At this point in time, my 5-year old son co-sleeps with us but we are preparing him for the next step: his own room. It was only when we starting exploring the various department stores and furniture shops that we realized that there are so many different choices: bunk beds, twin beds, loft beds.. ACK!!!!

A quick search of the net yielded a gem of a site: www.simplykidsfurniture.com. There are Kids Bedroom Furniture, Kids Desk, Armoires, complete Bedroom Sets. The site has so many options to choose from and caters to all tastes: from fancy to classic, but at all times remaining functional. I fell in love with the classic Wooden Childrens Furniture in particular.

Now if it isn’t furniture that you’re looking for, the site also presents creative ideas for playtime: knights & castles, bed tents, rocking horses, wooden toys, puppets and theaters, doll furniture and accessories. Ahh, truly a one-stop shop for our kids rooms.

We now have another problem: how to whittle down our choices. =)

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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Lilly, where’s the Philippines?

Introducing Lilly, the World Map Master.  Not yet 2 at the time the video was taken and already she knew more countries than most adults.  And here I was thinking Andre was a genius for knowing where China was on an inflatable globe.  =)

Nappy Sac: Not Your Ordinary Diaper Bag

As a new mom, one of the first things I did after giving birth was look for a diaper bag which wouldn’t crimp my style. No cutesy plastic-y bags covered with bears and bunnies for me. =) I found a nice cream and white bag at Whimsy which was spacious and stylish but didn’t have enough inner pockets. Thus started my quest to find the perfect locally produced diaper bag (in terms of specs and price). My favourites so far are Baby Couture and Nappy Sac which have become my staple baby shower/christening gifts to close friends and relatives.

Baby Couture produces bags which were great for moms. I’m now using one (Madeline) as a gym bag during the weekday. Visit their kiosk at the Shangri-la Mall to see the different designs.

Nappy Sac is another new local brand which is a hit for those who love a splash of color (read: no limited to pink and blue). My favourite is the brown “Gabby” bag with its orange lining – perfect for the funky dad out for a stroll in the mall. I also like the “Jell” bag made of brazilian leather.

Newly launched a few months ago, the makers of Nappy Sac are negotiating with various retail outlets and the bags should be publicly available soon. For those who want to get one now, contact Jell at 0917-522-6349.

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