Transcript: Baby Safety Products That Really Work!

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Parent Savers
Baby Safety Products That Really Work!
Episode 85, December 23rd, 2013


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JOHNER RIEHL: As new parents we all want to keep our children safe. But, watching their every move 24 hours a day isn’t really possible. So, what are options? Well, today we’re here from companies committed to keeping kids safe. What baby safety products really work and why. This is a special holiday edition of Preggie Pals, Parent Savers and The Boob Group live from the 2013 ABC Kids Expo.

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JOHNER RIEHL: Welcome everybody to a special live recording from the 2013 ABC Kid’s Expo in Las Vegas. I’m Johner Riehl host of Parent Savers welcome to the show. In this episode we’ll be discussing baby safety products that really work. We’re joined by several companies who have created product designed to keep your family safe – all of which are providing free products to our listeners as part of our December giveaways at the end of the show.

This will reward all of you new moms and dads out there who survived yet another year of parenthood, myself included. Although I can’t get the giveaways but we have survived another year. So, I’m very excited about that and two of our kids. So, you can learn more about these great products at the end of the show. We’ll have details of the giveaways as well as what we’re giving away and how you can win them.

So, as you guys may know – I’m Johner Riehl. I’m the host of Parent Savers. I have three boys; Quinner is six years old, Whitaker is four years old and Zyler is two years old. That’s it we’re done having kids. I hope. I think. So, we have three boys. So, let’s go around the table and we’ll have our expert to introduce themselves and tell about you guys do and a little bit about yourselves.

PAULETTE ZAZZARA: My name’s Paulette Zazzara. I’m the President of Primo. I have one son and he’s twenty three now though so, we’ve gone through many of the different products and their available today.

JOHNER RIEHL: Nice and welcome.

LIZETTE ESPINOSA: Hi. I’m Lizette Espinosa. I have two kids; one of three year old and a four month old. I’m also the cofounder of Infant Tech and the creators of the “Always in View Baby Monitor for Cars.”


JULIE VALLESE: I’m Julie Vallese. I have two boys; eleven and thirteen. I am the managing director of Government and Public Affairs for Dorel Juvenile Group, the largest juvenile products manufacturers in the world and I am the Consumer Safety Expert for Safety First; one of Dorel’s brands.

MARK SOUSA: Okay, I’m Mark Sousa; Vice President of the Safety Team at Summer Infant. The Safety Teams categories are bath, gates, boosters, potties, safety items, infant health care and bed rails.

JOHNER RIEHL: That was all at the top of your head?

MARK SOUSA: Yeah, right. I have been saying it a lot these past few days. I have two girls; 10 and 9. One of my experiences with my girls were used to be bath time. That used to be our special time together.

JOHNER RIEHL: Well, thanks so much for joining us. We’re really excited that you could be with us and hope fair as you’re excited as well. So, there are a lot of baby safety products on the market. I’ll start with the general question: “What advice do you guys have for parents trying to figure out which products are best for the baby?” I mean there are lots of choices. So, how do you figure out and help make decisions?

PAULETTE ZAZZARA: Well, I think the first thing that you need to do is really look around the house and the environment that you’re in and see what do you think would be safe and not safe for your child.


PAULETTE ZAZZARA: What problems do you have and I think also, asking a lot of the parents, advice from parents and other mothers, your relatives and friends. I think that’s the best place to start because they’re the ones who have already had all the problems and you’re just coming into the new problems.

JOHNER RIEHL: Yeah. I remember pretty vividly. We had a friend who – they just have their first baby. She’s post this picture on Facebook of bringing the baby home. It was in there total like single parent – parents with no kids’ living room with all these sharp edges and like glass things. You could just tell from a parent’s perspective like: “I think they have a lot of work to do to make that house really safer for the baby as they grow up.”

LIZETTE ESPINOSA: I want to add on that to going through that right now because I’ve got the four month old and the three year old. It is asking parents it’s like they’re in it right now. I think it’s the best source for as far as asking somebody and then obviously, online searches. Online is such a great resource right now to just look something up. You get a quick find, quick answer.

JULIE VALLESE: I think that really your needing to asses risks around the home. Every child’s going to be different, every home’s going to be different but there are certain things in the home that everyone has and need to be addressed first. Things like your stairs, large furniture or big TVs like you said: “Sharp edges around the tables.”


JULIE VALLESE: Recognizing that, that little bundle is going to grow very quickly and what you addressed on the Day One is going to change. So, getting down and really seeing it for a baby’s view in terms of addressing the risk and then finding the product. You ask: “How do you choose those products, there so many to choose from that it can be overwhelming if you stand on that isle.”

I think that you need to take a look at what fits into your budget, what fits into your home whether or not style is part of it or whether or not you’re just going for the basics because the basics do the job as well as some of the ones that fit into that core.

JOHNER RIEHL: I felt like I get some point we kind of evolved from the stylished to the practical and then, that is our style now is the practical. But, I think it’s really interesting what you say too – to think about it from the baby’s perspective and to really get down on the level of where they’re going to be and look at your house like that.

It’s really easy to forget how different the world looks from on the ground or standing up for the first time against the table versus from way up high like where we are.

JULIE VALLESE: The other thing is just that the really the time to try and asses it is before the baby comes


JULIE VALLESE: Because you’re going to be just so overwhelmed with the joy and the frustrations and the craziness of having a baby and take that nesting time to address a lot of these things but not just from day one but maybe up until the toddler ages too from that baby’s point of view.

JOHNER RIEHL: There are so many certifications and approvals and sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the maze of acronyms of what you’re looking for. I mean is there anything that really that are good inspections or approvals that are for parents to look for?

JULIE VALLESE: Well, one of the things I think for parents to keep in mind on is in my formal life, I actually served in the capacity of Director of Public Affairs of the Consumer Products Safety Commission. So, I was inside a regulatory agency. What parents I think it’s important for them to know is: “Juvenile products are the most heavily regulated products.” They are more statue to regulations and rules that go along with juvenile products whether they are durable goods or not that we’re talking today about it but toys as well.

So, there are a lot of very specific standards and regulations the products are manufactured too. One of the misnomers I think are misconceptions is that: “People think that the government tests them before they go in the market” and that’s not the case. There is a system in place. So, that if things are on the market; they have met a regulation. But, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not going to fail or there won’t be problems in the future.

JOHNER RIEHL: How important are these certifications in the process of you guys creating and coming out with new safety products?

LIZETTE ESPINOSA: It’s actually really important. We definitely take safety as one of our number one concerns and should we choose to be the expert too as far as what needs to be out there but because there is such an array of products – I think it’s the manufacturers responsibility to make sure that their complain with every rule to make sure that the product get as safe as possible.

PAULETTE ZAZZARA: I agree with that you also have to remember: “I don’t think that there is a single manufacturer out there that is ever going to try to make something that is not safe for a child.”


PAULETTE ZAZZARA: Every manufacturer that provides products for children today does their utmost to make sure that all products are safe as possible and they’re easy to use, the instructions are appropriate. I think that it also though it has to be the parent’s though that take the responsibility and make sure that they use the products properly. So, if their age range is on the product, they need to conform that those age ranges because though, they’re designed for a specific growth development ages of the child – so the parent has to really watch out for that.

So, the products are one thing but the parents also have to make sure that they use the products properly and that they’re always watching the children. You can live a child alone unattended especially those early ages.

JOHNER RIEHL: So, we got that great tip earlier from Julie about getting down on the level of the baby for baby proof from the home. Did you guys have other tips for parents that are just starting too maybe proof their home?

JULIE VALLESE: You know one thing that I’d like to say as Safety First Consumer Safety Expert what, what I refer to it as safeguarding your home – everybody refers to it as “Baby Proofing.” But there’s nothing that’s really baby proof. I think a lot parents will put products in place and think that they can walk away from them. But, at some point in a child’s development; they will defeat those products.

So, I think by calling it safeguarding and addressing risks, you’re really defining it in the way that it’s meant to. So, I think that you watch your child; you see what interest them. A lot of people will lock the pots and pans but then maybe your child doesn’t even want to get to the pots and pans. So, there are a lot of things in terms of observing your children and what they are going for and what’s interest to them.

JOHNER RIEHL: Think about a little bit differently.

LIZETTE ESPINOSA: I want to add that from a parents’ perspective, also to not get overwhelmed because there are really so much you can do to try to be with proof your home. Like Julie said, you need to observe your child and see what stage they’re at. As you start it, you’re going to see: “Now, I need to take care of the corners. Now, I need to take care of the doors.” Whatever there is accessible to them that you don’t want accessible for them to see – so just to not get overwhelmed so you do not need to do it all at once. You can take it by stages.

JOHNER RIEHL: Yeah, it’s easy to get over a while. Well, let’s take a quick break here. When we come back, we’ll talk about some more I think specific products and some of the stuff that you guys are working on. You can tell us about for a lot of different situations that might be helpful to new parent. So, we’ll be right back after this break.

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JOHNER RIEHL: Welcome back everyone to the special edition of all of our new Mommy Media Shows broadcasting live from the 2013 ABC Kids Expo. I’m Johner Riehl, host of Parent Savers and we got a great panel of experts from some of the best safety companies in the industry and we’re talking all about baby safety products that really work.

So, we talked about a little bit in general in the first part of the podcast. So now, let’s talk a little about some of the specific products that our experts and their companies are working on to help keep babies safe. Let’s start in the nursery where the baby hopefully spending a lot of time sleeping, maybe as they get a little bit older or playing. So, what are some things to help keep baby safe in the nursery?

JULIE VALLESE: Well and first and foremost, the crib. New regulations were passed by the consumer product safety commission, the most sweeping in many years making changes to crib. So, not really recommending second hand or hand-me-down cribs making sure that that crib that is, is up to date and up to standards.

It’s the first time or it’s the only time really you’re going to take your eyes off of your baby when you go to sleep. So, you do want to make sure that, that crib is a safe sleeping environment free of any pillows, stuff animals or any kind of quilts.

LIZETTE ESPINOSA: I wanted to add to Julie’s comment regarding the crib. If you’re using the baby monitor, not to be so close to the crib and I know that it can mails so it has 10 send messages out regarding the cords. So, that they’re not – they’re three feet away from the crib; so that that child can’t grab them and they can’t get strangled on those. So, that’s important.

MARK SOUSA: It seemed simple but yet people still put the camera. They like to have the camera in the crib with the baby. But, with the cord, it can really be very dangerous.

JOHNER RIEHL: Monitors are such a huge kind of development I think in the baby’s safety. We’re silly worried has guard – the transitions got from the audio to the video and now, with smart phones and apps; these monitors being able to access them anywhere. So yeah, it’s interesting that they have it to make sure to do address them with the wires.

JULIE VALLESE: I think that pointing that out is that manufacturers take that into consideration when they’re manufacturing. So, in designing it and putting it into market – it’s been done so it doesn’t have to be in the crib. That it will work outside the crib at least three feet away.

JOHNER RIEHL: What about giving babies a bath? That’s a really exciting time. It’s when Mark was saying that he really did while he was bonding with his girls. That’s another time that’s very nail biting, nerve-wrecking because you’re putting them in water, surrounding them with water and you definitely don’t want to take your eyes off. So, do you have some products that pretty help with that?

PAULETTE ZAZZARA: Yes, we have several bath tubs and I think that when you’re looking for a bath, you need to look at it from what the age of the child is or some that are for newborns maybe you have a cloth, some type of cloth sling or something to support the child because that baby can’t move at all by themselves. But, they will move if you don’t put them in a proper position. So, you want to have proper support for a young infant when they’re bathing.

As they grow older into the toddler stage and they’re actually using the bath tub, by themselves without some type of support; you want to be able to have them to be safe. So, you might want to also check the toys that you’re letting them play within the bath; the type of soap that they’re using. You want something that is very safe for them. It’s not going to irritate their skins. You also want to look at the amount of water that you have.

But, I think also when bathing, the one thing that you definitely need to look at is that, “You’d never ever leave that child alone.” You do not answer your cell phone. You do not go answer the door. You do not let another child come in. You must stay with the baby. If they’re in the bath tub, you do not let – that’s the number one thing that you need to look at.

JOHNER RIEHL: I will say this for a quick as a side for you Paulette is – we have three kids and we figure out with the second, we try to number a number of bath tubs and absolutely the Primo was our favourite. We found a great one from Primo that worked great. It offered awesome support for the babies and that’s the one that we recommend to all of our friends. I’m sorry if you guys have [unclear].

MARK SOUSA: That’s okay.


JOHNER RIEHL: You know you find what works for you right?

MARK SOUSA: Yes, absolutely.

JOHNER RIEHL: Right? You find what works for you and you do it.


JOHNER RIEHL: I remember being really impressed with that. Another thing I’ve heard about the bath recently was, “How bad these squeezed toys are that they can absorb water” because you don’t know the bacteria that’s like growing inside the squeeze toys too. So, generally speaking that stuff that picks up water and squirts the water out; you need to be really careful with those too.

MARK SOUSA: Yeah, they create mold. Yes.

JOHNER RIEHL: If you think to cross section of one of them, you’d be horrified for what you saw.

MARK SOUSA: Absolutely.

JOHNER RIEHL: Inside of them.

MARK SOUSA: We recommend never put more than an inch of water in the bath tubs. It’s because the baby can slip or if you leave the baby – you never baby unattended. But, you never want to put more than one inch of water in.

JOHNER RIEHL: I’m thrifty and I love that too because one thing that would drive me crazy was my wife and I – when we do have to bath every night and be like: “My gosh. That’s so much water we’re putting in that tub and draining it away.”

MARK SOUSA: Yeah, absolutely. One of the things we found too with the moms is that – dads, look at my case is that: “When the baby is slippery when wet.” So, one of the things that you know – being careful when handling the baby and washing the baby’s back and behind that when you’re handling the baby, the baby can be slippery. So, to keep the face cloth, keep something that you can equip the baby with.

LIZETTE ESPINOSA: One thing to add too, to just be careful with the water faucets. If they’re some rubber stop to the faucet because of my toddler – my three year old sometimes likes to get close to that and my mother’s have them, make sure he’s head doesn’t hit the faucet.

MARK SOUSA: A sprout protector, yes.

LIZETTE ESPINOSA: So, that’s important and I wanted to add to Paulette’s: “Never leave them alone.” I don’t know why I’ve seen parents when the kids are little older, toddlers – they think they can walk away and it’s like: “No, don’t ever leave them alone in the bath tub.”

MARK SOUSA: It seems simple but yeah, it’s some people do.

JULIE VALLESE: While you’re in the bathroom, I think that while drowning does unfortunately happen in the bath tub, it also happens in the toilet – and that parent should recognize that that’s another water source in the bath tub. Babies are head-heavy. So, if they fall; they’re not able to pull themselves back up. So, another place in the bathroom that you may want to address is your toilet with a toilet lock which is easy for parents to open but very difficult for children.

JOHNER RIEHL: Very good point.

MARK SOUSA: And the drawers and underneath the cabinets as well; make sure that they are locked. Yeah, that the bathroom scares me because it can get – especially when you’re doing a bath, can get like you said – so slippery, not just the baby but the floor in there as well. So, you might have a one-year-old just standing up and then you sit them on the floor and you just try to take a step and it’s slippery.

There are a lot of hard surfaces in the bathroom. So, the bathroom is a scary place but it’s a place where we end up as a family spending a lot of time.

PAULETTE ZAZZARA: It’s a nice place to bond.

MARK SOUSA: Yes, it is.

PAULETTE ZAZZARA: If you do it safely.

MARK SOUSA: Yeah, with our house – we’re like: “I didn’t realize we’d be spending so much time as a family in the bathroom but here we are giving bath.”

LIZETTE ESPINOSA: An interesting that you said that – that’s the one room that I do have a door lock on. A child safety because of the bathroom – I want to make sure he’s not in it by himself. My children were there.

PAULETTE ZAZZARA: You also go into the bathroom, you come up with potties also because that’s also another stage in the bathroom that well, hopefully – your child will be out of diapers soon and that’s the one hope of all parents is that: “To stop the cost of buying diapers forever and ever.” But, I think you know; that’s something you need to look at also because they’re different stages and developmental capabilities of children also in the safety of potties that are involved – whether it be a, a very simple potty that is just something that they could you know start with to get the idea of just sitting down in.

It may have toys. It may have some sounds that to excite the child. Whatever and eventually you want to get them also so that they’re on the toilet and actually potty trained and you may need to step stool at that point in time too because the children are too short to actually fit on the toilet. So, you go through a whole range of different potty type products also.


PAULETTE ZAZZARA: And no one potty is going to be the correct one. In your child you may go through three or four different potties before they finally are potty trained and out of diapers completely. You may also need something for travelling too. In the bathroom you’ve got to remember that there are really bath tubs, there are the potties. There’s lot of different things that happen in that bathroom.

JOHNER RIEHL: Kids love stools too like you mentioned to be able to access the sink.

MARK SOUSA: Exactly.

JOHNER RIEHL: My dad just as quick as I’d build this awesome stool for our oldest, I custom it like this great paint job. But, he made like the legs is not too narrow and so, a little tip. It just breaks my heart that like: “I want to be able to use that stool but we need a complex way to fix it because that stool’s going to be sturdy or else, it’s going to cause problems.”

You mention Lizette a little bit earlier about the door knob protector. Let’s talk a little bit about protecting doors and you know like stairways or windows. What can you do because these fears of kid banging on a window or falling through or if you have a second story window and a crib right next to it that you might thought – so what are some things that we can do to keep our kids safe around these – I mean these are our essential parts of the house?

JULIE VALLESE: Well, with windows, you can lock them but you know, children like to pull, push and just explore and sometimes that can open. There are window locks that can go on. For those people that have multi-story level homes or live in apartments, there are horrible reports of children falling out of windows. So, I think if you’re in apartments or condominiums or even the multi-story homes make sure that you address it on the second level for sure.

JOHNER RIEHL: I was thinking about – we had so much faith in these rails on our balcony. We don’t really know who build that rail or if they’re being super thorough but here you are on the third floor and we go to a hotel: “Let’s shake the balcony.” You’re like: “I don’t know how safe that thing is.” It’s easy for our kids to fall down and it’s horrible to think about it.

MARK SOUSA: One thing too with the window also, you have to be cautious of this is the blinds, the cords for the blinds. They can get tangled with that. It’s always good to keep those up one step away from the baby also.

JOHNER RIEHL: Yeah, definitely. That’s something easy to forget. You can’t have it by the crib.

JULIE VALLESE: Then, there are locks and latches for just about everything. I think that there are a lot of no cost solutions and there are low cost solutions. So, in the kitchen, in the laundry room; taking those chemicals and the cleaning supplies and putting them up high out of reach no cost. It cost you nothing and you’ve addressed the risk in a real way.

But then, different locks and latches on your knives or any chemicals or cleaning products that you can’t move or I love letting my kids hit pots and pans and just made all kinds of noise. They’re not going to get really hurt from a pot and pan unless they bop themselves in the head.

MARK SOUSA: Go on, do it once.

JULIE VALLESE: Exactly. But, using those to make sure that drawers that have scissors or knives or forks in them aren’t easily accessible and then other things that might be down low

JOHNER RIEHL: Are there a lot of fork injuries? You say that.

JULIE VALLESE: I don’t know but you know; it is pointy. Always give your child a spoon.

MARK SOUSA: Not even a spork; I want the spoon.

LIZETTE ESPINOSA: I think I might want to add with the latches. Also, pay attention to where you’re putting them. You know obviously higher up and use one also that you think your child isn’t going to figure out and be cautious that when they do figure it out, you’re going to need to change that. If you still don’t want them to get into that area, we have a sliding glass door that leads up to a pull.

So, we have to really make sure that are latch was you know secure there that he couldn’t get it even with a stool.

JULIE VALLESE: I think that that’s a really point that at some point the child’s going to be able to figure it out.


JULIE VALLESE: So, and it will be a different times in terms they find motor skills or the way that they’re able to figure out puzzles and recognizing that it will happen. So, adult supervision is still a necessity regardless of what you have in place.

JOHNER RIEHL: I’m not sure. I don’t know if it was a safety first potty product. But, we remember we bought some plug protectors and the directions were: “use until your child learns how to defeat them.” It’s going to happen, they’re going to figure it out like how it works and at that point, don’t use them.

PAULETTE ZAZZARA: There’s always another product that you can put in its place.

MARK SOUSA: The ones that’s harder to defeat.

JOHNER RIEHL: The ones that will defeat you. How do these things work? All right, what about travelling? When we go out, we’ve – you know if we keep them safe at home but then travelling right opens up a whole other; I’m talking a lot about kind of like going to a hotel. But, do you guys have – have some products for travelling?

LIZETTE ESPINOSA: Yeah, actually it’s interesting that’s why we came up with Baby Monitor for Cars. Obviously, you’re going to have the proper car seat. You face them backward as long as possible to properly install. We came up with a monitor that a plush camera that [unclear] the baby and you have a monitor in the front because whether or not, moms and when they’re driving; they’re going to be turning around. You can’t see them. You can’t see them at night. So, now we made it convenient for them to be able to see them from the front.


LIZETTE ESPINOSA: We’re really excited about that to be able to offer that.

JOHNER RIEHL: I think about the contortions we’ve done. What’s going on back? What’s going on right there, leaning back?

LIZETTE ESPINOSA: Not only, everybody going to be safe for the driver’s are safer. You’re in the car and everybody around. So, we’re very excited.

MARK SOUSA: It’s important that the product should put in the car, a crash test because you never want to put in after market product in that hasn’t been crashed tested.

JOHNER RIEHL: Yeah, I mean definitely. I just want to – you just imagine it flying around like is

MARK SOUSA: If you ever seen it; I’ve been to the crash test facilities. If you ever seen it, it’s really, it’s something to see




JULIE VALLESE: I think with travel safety really making sure that your car seat is properly installed


JULIE VALLESE: Three out of four are installed incorrectly. So, taking that extra time – I mean, it really feels like you need a PhD in like seatberology to get it right. But, there are experts around the country and every community that have been trained on how to properly install that. Take that time. Take that half an hour of making sure that it’s installed correctly.

JOHNER RIEHL: One of the things that we talked about it on the previous episode is that: “Manufacturers are kind of realizing that and there’s a lot of self, maybe automating isn’t the right word – it bases that are helping make it as easy as possible to get these things installed correctly. I guess that’s it too.

There’s one thing about being safe and getting the right products but you have to use them correctly as well. Did you guys see, what are some big mistakes you guys see with people using products incorrectly? Have you guys seen that?

LIZETTE ESPINOSA: Maybe parents are not really good with instruction manuals. They think: “I’m going to figure it out.” So, they just put them in and they don’t even take out the instruction manual. So, it’s important to read that. It’s there for a reason and again, it’s all safety concerns.

PAULETTE ZAZZARA: I think it’s also parents maybe looking for product to solve a problem now and later on and then may use a product in different ways for instance like bed guard rails, one of the biggest problems was that: “You should keep your child in the crib for at least until they’re two and a half.” But, many people use a bed guard rail as a portable crib for their children.

Bed guard rail is not designed for a seven month old child or a one year old child. So, the parents aren’t using them again and in an age appropriate type situation. So, you have to be careful of that.

MARK SOUSA: Even with the bed with the bed rails, you never want to put the bed up against the wall. That’s one thing you want to just stay away from; just keeping the bed up against the wall.

JOHNER RIEHL: Why is that?

MARK SOUSA: Because the baby can fall in between the wall and the mattress especially if you put the baby into the bed early.


MARK SOUSA: Then, what happens is the back mattress can move and the baby can fall in between the bed and the latch; the wall in the mattress.

JOHNER RIEHL: I would imagine if I went to a lot of bedrooms around, I’ll see a lot of beds against walls.

MARK SOUSA: Exactly.


MARK SOUSA: So, it’s something to be cautious about.

JOHNER RIEHL: So scary, there are so many things to think about and so, what about outside too? Do you guys do you have any products for keeping them safe outside. I knew you said you work on gates and

MARK SOUSA: Yes, we have a play yard, we have a play yard gate and we also have gates for that can be used for the outside on decks and such things because that’s a scary place for a baby also – is a deck because you think you’re safe. You’re outside and everything’s okay and then they can get to stuck in between the rails on the gate, on the deck.


MARK SOUSA: So those, the rails on the deck are not made to spec like the all baby gates that they have certain openings and certain sizes that the baby can fit its head in.

PAULETTE ZAZZARA: We also make a play yard cabana that’s nice because you can travel with it and that it’s for up to three years old. But, the children are basically corralled in a very close area. But, there’s plenty of room to play with.

It’s water-proof. It’s sun-proof. You’ve got a covers so that you can take it to the beach. You can take it to a park. You can take it to grandma’s house. You can take it anywhere and that child would have a safe well-environment to play in.

MARK SOUSA: It’s nice and portable that you can carry it.

PAULETTE ZAZZARA: It comes in its own carrying patch. It weighs 12 pounds so you can easily – it’s no different than a backpack really at that point in time. So, that’s something that you could use and take anywhere with you for the child to play and be safe in.

JOHNER RIEHL: Once they start begin able to climb over it or knocking it over then it’s time to find a different solution.

PAULETTE ZAZZARA: Although ours also has an opening so that many times their day care centres use it and they use it as tents

MARK SOUSA: Like a playhouse.

PAULETTE ZAZZARA: As a playhouse later on. So, not only does it – can it be used for the young child but later on, it’s a playhouse for the children.

JOHNER RIEHL: All right. Well, thanks so much for joining us everybody. All of the companies just been in here today; they also offer some great giveaways to our listeners. So, I want to make sure to tell you guys about that. It’s part of our December giveaways and we’re rewarding all of you new moms and dads who listen for surviving another year for parenthood. So, congratulations.

So, let’s talk about some of the great products that we’re going to be giving away as part of our giveaway month. Paulette, would you start?

PAULETTE ZAZZARA: Well, actually – we can give two products today.


PAULETTE ZAZZARA: One of them would be our Euro Bath – since you had mentioned that you liked it so well.


PAULETTE ZAZZARA: So, the Euro Bath is actually designed for an infant from zero to two years of age. I know there are even three year olds using it. So, the infant portion of the bath underarms and the legs are supported so that there’s a lot of support for the child. Yet, it’s safe environment and as the child can actually sit up, they’re position in the opposite into the bathtub and they can’t slip under the water; but it still big enough and safe enough for them to have plenty of room to play in. So, we’ll be happy to give that one.

JOHNER RIEHL: That’s awesome! We love that !

PAULETTE ZAZZARA: We’re also going to give our folding potty – so that when you’re travelling with children; they always, when they’re potty training want to use the toilet. If you go to the grocery store, they’re going to find the toilet there at least three or four times during each visit. So, this is a potty that actually folds up. It can easily fit into your diaper bag or your purse.

You’ll have a safe place for your child to sit on in the public toilets. It also as handles built into it so that the child doesn’t grab on to the dirty toilet or to the parents. So, they’ve got somewhere to hang onto.


LIZETTE ESPINOSA: Well, we’ll be giving away the Always in View Baby Monitor for Cars so what it is – it’s a wireless video camera display because images of your baby from the back seat on the dash board monitor. It’s going to make mom less distracted. Your baby’s going to be safer. It reduces a necessary head turning. Then, also for the new parents, it’s going to remind you to remove your baby when you’re exiting the car. It’s such a big thing that we’re – because your baby’s going to be riding in front of your monitor.

The way it works is you have a plush animal. We’ve got two different styles – a monkey and a puppy. They have a camera on the nose of the plush that it faces the baby in the back seat and then the monitors in the front. You can use it at night so you have a day and night vision and it’s easy to charge, easy to use. I’m very excited to be released today.

JOHNER RIEHL: That’s so great! That’s so cool!


JULIE VALLESE: Safety first has two products for your giveaway.


JULIE VALLESE: First is a new gate. It’s the Lift and Lock Swing Gate. It can be used in two different modes. So, it’s very unique in a two and one – you can decide which way best fits your needs so that it can be mounted at the top of the stairs or it can be used in place of your doorways as a pressure mount.

Our second product is I don’t know if anyone’s experienced it whether a kid has been able to open the door and lock parents out or lock themselves out in that exploring stage. So, we have the secure mount dead bolt lock which goes over the inside of the door so your child isn’t able to access in the open and close the lock. There’s no drilling, no adhesives. So, when you don’t need it anymore it doesn’t leave anything on your front door.

JOHNER RIEHL: Nice. That’s great, very cool.

MARK SOUSA: Summer Infant we have a very passionate about our bath items. We have a little luxury spa bath tub that is really great experience for the baby.


MARK SOUSA: It has bubbling. It has a whirled pool. It has a shower unit for the baby.

MARK SOUSA: Holy cow.

MARK SOUSA: It goes from zero basically when the baby’s new born and has a new born sling. It has nice soft showers so that you’re able to give the baby a little shower and then as the baby gets older you can take the sling out and it has a whirled pool and has a bubbling spa.

JOHNER RIEHL: Awesome! Cool!

MARK SOUSA: Yeah so it’s a great product and we also have gates. We’re also passionate about our gates. A lot of times, parents they don’t realize that they need a gate until when the baby starts walking. It’s one of the things that – it’s not a registry item that it’s not a popular item when they’re pregnant or they’re prenatal but when soon as the baby starts walking it’s something that everybody needs right away.

So, we’re offering; we have a new gate it’s called The Step to Secure Gate and it’s easy as one, two, three. It’s very simple for the mom or the dad, anybody. I know that’s hard thing for people putting gates together. They always feel as though, they can’t do it and you need a PhD to do it. So, this gate is very simple. You can take it out of the box, put it in. You step on the pedal and it’s secures the gate instantly.

JOHNER RIEHL: This is great. Thanks so much for providing these. So, for you guys listening hopefully you’re as excited as we are to be able to provide them. So, to win one of these products – visit the episode page on our websites and click on giveaways. So, that will be live on all of our shows here on

What we’ll do is: “Winners will be randomly selected within the next week and we’ll contact you via e-mail. So, definitely you might win some of these great prizes. So, thanks so much everyone for joining us for this episode. After the show, if you’ll stick around – we’ll have some bonus content for members of our clubs. We’ll be discussing: “Common Mistakes New Parents Typically Make When It Comes to the Safety of Their Children.

For more information about our clubs and how to join them, visit the member section on our websites: “ and” Coming up next week, we’re going to go back to our regular format for all of our shows but we have so much fun doing all these from the 2013 ABC Kid’s Expo.

Hopefully you guys had as much fun listening to them as we’ve had making them and meeting all of these great companies and hearing about all of these great products. So, thanks so much for listening. A Happy New Year coming up. Happy holidays and these giveaways and we’ll see you next time.

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