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June 06, 2017

Story of Impact: Nathan, a boy from Beijing

Little Lotus products help babies sleep better by using NASA technology to keep them at the ideal temperature. The inspiration for Little Lotus came from our first product, the Embrace infant incubator, which has helped to save over 200,000 babies in 22 countries.

We learned that the technology in our incubators was not only helping to save premature babies, but also helping them sleep better. With each Little Lotus sale, we donate proceeds to ensure more babies have access to our Embrace infant incubator. 

Nathan was one of the babies helped with the Embrace infant incubator. Born prematurely and weighing only 2 pounds, he was found abandoned on a street in China. Nathan was rescued by Little Flower Orphanage, and kept in the Embrace infant incubator for a month. Not only did he survive, but he was then adopted by a family in Chicago, where he now lives. Nathan is now 5 years old, and is a happy, thriving and vibrant little boy who lives life with abandon.  He loves taekwondo and playing the violin, and is excited to visit Ireland with his family this summer. 

It’s stories like Nathan’s that continue to keep us motivated and working hard here at Embrace Innovations. Thank you for making it all possible! Watch his story below.

May 31, 2017

Sweet Summertime Sleep!  

Ahhhh…. Summertime is fast approaching! Tis’ the season to head outside and savor the warm air. But for those with kids - those long, sunshine-filled days can be both a blessing and a curse. There’s nothing better than spending the day with your little ones outside, but the increased daylight and hot temperatures can pose some challenges when it comes time for them to catch some zzz’s.

To help bring on the best sleep this summer for little ones everywhere, we asked for tips from our trusted partner, Sleep Sister’s Melissa Freidman Zdrodowski. Melissa understands that making sleep a priority is key to a great summer. Here are 6 pointers that will help bring some sweet summertime sleep for your kids so that you can savor the long gorgeous days ahead!

1. Keep it Cool.

Babies’ bodies do not regulate temperature as well as adults do. They can become overheated more easily than older kids and adults can. Plus, very young children cannot remove their own blankets or clothing if they feel too warm. So it’s up to us to help keep them comfortable. In the summer, if you have air conditioning, use it to keep the room where baby sleeps nice and cool – between 68-72°F. Fans also work well, as long as they aren’t blowing right on the baby. You may want to keep the shades in the room drawn during especially hot days to help keep it cool.

2. Strip Down.

Think minimalist when dressing baby for sleep during the summer. You don’t need to put the baby in long pajamas. Try a tee shirt or short sleeve onesie, or even just a diaper if it’s really hot. If night time temperatures in your home fluctuate or a blanket is still needed, try Little Lotus swaddles and sleeping bags.  They use NASA temperature control fabric to draw away excess heat when a baby gets too warm and release it when the baby starts to cool down.  This great technology helps babies stay comfortable and sleep better!  And, as always, no bumpers, blankets, stuffed animals, etc. in the crib. Not only are they unsafe, they can be stifling when it’s warm.

3. Make it Dark.

One of the greatest challenges in the summer is getting the kids to bed when it’s still light out. Use room darkening or blackout shades. Get creative and do what it takes to make the room cave-like no matter what time of day. Helps with nap time, too!

4. Stick to Your Schedule.

Summer, and especially vacations, can throw everyone off schedule. Try to establish some structure to your days and create a summertime routine that lines up as closely as possible with your regular schedule. Keep wake time, bedtime, and nap times the same. That will help keep your family’s circadian rhythms on track. If we let our kids’ bedtime slip more than an hour, we risk getting out of sync with our natural biorhythms and can create a sleep problem that feels like jet lag. Staying up late once in a while is OK, it IS summer after all. But don’t let it become a habit.

5. Don’t skip naps.

It can be especially hard to tear kids away from fun in the sun.  But it’s still important that kids of napping age continue to nap consistently even in the summer. Your kids may be getting even more physical activity during these months so their bodies need time to repair and naptime is when some of that critical restoration happens. Most children need a nap to get the optimal total hours of sleep each day. Even if they fight it, insist on quiet alone time in the middle of the day. It has the added benefit of getting them out of the sun during peak burning hours.

6. Be Sun and Heat Safe.

Just a reminder to keep your kids covered with sunblock and well hydrated during the summer. If your kids become dehydrated, they may not sleep as well. And we all know how uncomfortable a sunburn can be. Any time our kids are uncomfortable, they may not sleep as well as we’d like. These problems are easy to avoid by watching their sun exposure and making sure they stay hydrated (with milk for babies and water for older kids).

 

 

May 17, 2017

Keep that Summer Get-Away Feeling like a “Vacation”

Travel with Little Lotus swaddle

Memorial Day is next week, and with warmth in the air and sunshine filling our days, we can feel the excitement for the summer ahead!

It’s a time for new adventures… and perhaps these include an upcoming weekend trip with your little one. It may seem daunting to head someplace new with your baby, especially when a good night’s sleep in a new place could be in jeopardy.

So, to help make summertime travel a little easier, we asked for some pointers from Brooke Nalle of Sleepy on Hudson, one of New York’s finest sleep trainers (and trusted partner of ours). As a mom of three, Brooke knows first-hand the challenges that new environments can pose for baby’s sleep. She suggests the following 5 things that will help keep that upcoming summer get-away feeling like a “vacation.”

  1. Plan ahead!

Plan your trips around nap times.  You can also drive at night.  If sleeping in the car is a disaster no matter what you do, then drive in the morning so you can have the afternoon to get back on track and settled before bedtime.

  1. Pack like a crazy lady 

Bring whatever gear your baby or toddler might use at home (within reason), bring his white noise machine, any lovies, special pajamas, etc. Put all of the sleep stuff in your bag so the crib sheet and pajamas smell like you.

  1. Let’s talk temperature

This is one of the toughest travel environment hurdles out there.  Some hotel rooms are freezing and impossible to regulate, and on the flip side, some sea side resorts can get quite muggy for you and your baby. How do you keep your baby at just the right temperature so he can sleep well, even better?  Our friends at Little Lotus Baby solved this problem.  Using NASA inspired technology designed for astronauts, they created the perfect swaddle and sleep sack to keep your baby warm when he needs it and cools him should the room heat up.

  1. You can always “reset the buttons”

If your child is refusing, really refusing to nap with you, i.e. screeching in the pack and play while you deal with the awkward silence from your relatives or freaked out fellow guests, take him out, change his diaper, feed him, calm him down, reset his buttons, and try again about 45 minutes later.  This time sit quietly in the room where he can see you and shush/sing quietly, reassuringly.

  1. Don’t stress!
If you end up breaking all of the rules, you can get it back when you get home.  Just be super consistent and focused as soon as you get back.
May 10, 2017

Pamper Mom- With the Gift of ZZZs!

mom with baby

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and it begs the question: “What does mom really want?” Pampering is a given, sleep is a must! The truth is in the facts: a recent article pointed out that mothers of young children lose, on average, about 9 hours of sleep per week… that totals out to be a whole additional night’s rest that they lose out on every week (oomph!)

So, in the spirit of giving mom the “gift of sleep” this year we asked our partner and sleep expert, Children’s Sleep Consultant Rebecca Michi, to provide us some key sleep tips to help those long nights go a little smoother with your little one.

Here are Rebecca’s 5 simple tips that will get your baby on the right track to sleep- so that mom can get that R&R she deserves!

1. Location, Location, Location!

Whenever possible, when your baby naps during the day, let them do so in their crib/moses basket/wherever you’d like them to be sleeping at night.  It will help baby to associate their bed with sleep and give them a better idea of what they’re supposed to do when you put them there at night!

2. Keep the crib clear

It is really nice to make sure baby has a lovely sleeping space but overcrowding a crib with bumpers and toys can be a distraction as well as a hazard. Make sure you make the crib as serene as possible by removing toys beforehand and think about just having a soothing mobile instead that they can gently drift off to. The less colour there is the better.

3. Routine is everything

Babies thrive on routine, so it’s never too early to start one at bedtime. A lineup as simple as feed, change, snuggle, story will be worth it’s weight in gold as your little one gets older!

4. Set the mood

Make sure you’re giving your baby all the tools for a good night’s sleep.  Consider the temperature, the lighting, perhaps a white noise machine.  What ‘works’ of course varies from one baby to the next – some like silence, some don’t, experiment, see what works for your little one and stick with it.

5. Keep night time feeds as business only 

When you feed your little one at night, make sure they know that’s all that is happening!  No playing, no extra cuddling up, no toys.  Be strict (with yourself as well as baby!) and you’ll help baby realize that getting up in the night is not all that exciting, so they may as well save their energy for the fun stuff in the morning.

 

 

April 28, 2017

Baby Sleep Tips to Start Tonight (From the Experts!)

Sleeping Baby in Lotus Flower

With Spring in full swing, the days are getting longer, and the nights are getting shorter. And, maybe at your house- the nights are already short with a little one that keeps you awake! It may seem daunting to overcome the challenges of getting your baby to sleep through the night.

Sleep Sisters, one of San Francisco’s finest sleep trainers (and trusted partner of ours), sums up 10 Things You Can Do Tonight -- simple actions you can take immediately to help you breathe a little easier and your little one get on the path to catching some z’s. 

Check out this super helpful blog post here!

April 26, 2017

Story of Sharvil, a baby saved by our Embrace infant incubator

Little Lotus products help babies sleep better by using NASA-inspired technology to keep them at the ideal temperature. The inspiration for Little Lotus came from our first product, the Embrace infant incubator, which has helped to save over 200,000 babies in 22 countries. In the process, we learned our technology was not only helping to save premature babies, but also helping them sleep better. With each Little Lotus sale, we donate proceeds to ensure more babies have access to our Embrace infant incubator. 

Recently, we met the mom of one of these babies. Here is the story of Dr. Sheetal Amte-Karajgi, whose baby was born prematurely in a remote village in India, and saved by the Embrace infant incubator.

 

 

Tell us about yourself!

I work as the Chief Executive Officer for one of India’s leading non-profits, Maharogi Sewa Sarniti, operating in of the most remote districts of Central India.

How did you hear about the Embrace infant incubator?

I had severe gestational diabetes, which was further complicated due to severe blood sugar fluctuations. So the doctors decided to do an elective C-section 3 weeks before the expected date of delivery. My son was born prematurely so he needed immediate warmth to keep his body temperature constant.

Dr. Anand Bhutada, a leading neonatologist in Nagpur was able to provide the Embrace incubator. I had not heard of Embrace until I saw my baby wrapped in it. Dr. Anand was very kind to send me the first photo of my son Sharvil wrapped in it, which saved his life. 

How old is your son now?

My son Sharvil is now 3 1/2 years old and he is a very playful young boy. He loves jigsaw puzzles, excavators, planting trees and our dog.

 

 

Thank you for sharing your story Dr. Sheetal Amte-Karajgi!

Learn more about our mission to help babies around the world here.

 

January 30, 2017

How your contributions have helped!

Dear Little Lotus Community,

As January comes to an end, we want to take some time to highlight some of the moms and babies we've helped with the Embrace incubator.  Here are their stories:

Belmati and her baby in an Embrace infant warmer

This is Belmati Bodra from Gulika, a small village in Jharkhand. Her husband works as a laborer to support his family. When their baby was born, they traveled to the nearest district to deliver the baby in a hospital. Because the baby was born underweight, their he was placed in the Embrace infant warmer. The baby and mother are both doing well now.

 

Shamko and her baby in an Embrace infant warmer

Shamko Bai belongs to the Banjara community from a small village in Anta, Baran district, Rajasthan. She gave birth to twins at the community health center. One of the babies weighed just 1.75 kg, and was hypothermic at 35.6°C. The Embrace infant warmer was used to raise her baby's temperature and played a major role in stabilizing her baby's condition. 

We recently began a partnership with One Heart Worldwide, an amazing nonprofit organization working on saving mothers and babies in Nepal. They just began deploying the Embrace infant warmers in the field this month, and we're eager to see the impact they make.

Thanks to Little Lotus sales, we are also starting a project with Nuru International in Kenya this quarter, and are in process of figuring out logistics for shipping our warmers to their sites. 

We are thankful for all your support and together, we hope to continue our journey in helping those in need as we expand into more countries this year.

January 02, 2017

2016: A Year in Review

 

 

On behalf of the Little Lotus team, I would like to wish you and your family a happy New Year. As our first year in the market, 2016 was an awesome year for us, thanks to your support!

In particular, we would like to thank you for your patience as we worked through our design changes. At Little Lotus, we have the highest commitment to quality and safety, and sincerely hope you love your products. We also would like to thank you for contributing to our mission to help save babies around the world with the Embrace incubator, which each purchase you make goes towards.

Babies in Little Lotus Sleeping Bags

This year, a number of new partners joined our #CompaniesGiveLove program, including Salesforce, Dermalogica, EY, and DLA Piper. We salute their generosity in providing their expecting employees with our products. 

#CompanyGivesLove Corporate Partners

We also would like to celebrate our partnerships and collaborations with March of Dimes, Dr. Harvey Karp, DockATot, Loved by Hannah and Eli, Cake Maternity, Zoe Organics, Tiny Prints and lululemon. We're proud to stand by these brands.

Little Lotus began with the goal of saving one million babies in the developing world, but we also want to support preemies right here in the U.S. In conjunction with our partnership with March of Dimes, in which we contributed proceeds from our Signature Prints during Prematurity Awareness month, we also launched our Preemie Swaddle. 


Jane Chen and President Obama at the White House
Earlier this year, I had the chance to meet President Obama again and updated him on our efforts since our initial visit to the White House in 2014. As we strive to help babies around the world, we’re so excited about our new partnership with One Heart World-Wide in Nepal, who began using the Embrace warmers earlier this year. We are continuing to work with Millennium Promise to help babies across Africa, and will be kicking off a new project with Nuru International next year.  

Mother and child with Little Lotus Sleeping Bag and Embrace Infant Warmer


We have a number of new prints and design collaborations coming up in 2017, which we will begin launching in late January. We’re also planning to launch some new product lines this year, so stay tuned.

To further our social mission, we are working towards getting the Embrace warmers to the places of greatest need, including Syria. We are currently in discussions with nonprofit partners working on the ground there; if you are able to help in any way, please contact me directly.

It's been an incredibly busy year, and we can't wait to show you what 2017 has in store for us. Again, thank you for your continued support and for joining us in our mission to help parents & babies everywhere. Here's to a great 2017 for you and your family! 

 

 

 

September 28, 2016

Last Chance for Free Shipping on Pre-Orders!

Dear Little Lotus Community,

We are excited to announce that our new inventory of swaddles and sleeping bags will arrive soon and we will be turning off pre-orders shortly.  

So head over to our website and order now to take advantage of free shipping through October 11th!

Free shipping - baby in Little Lotus Swaddle

As always, with every purchase of a Little Lotus product, a baby in need will be helped by the Embrace Infant Warmer.


Jane Chen
CEO and Co-founder
Little Lotus Baby

      

 

September 21, 2016

Thank you from Little Lotus!

Dear Little Lotus Community,

The last few months have been a wild ride for us at Little Lotus. In honor of World Gratitude Day, we want to thank you for being the best community ever! We are grateful for all the patience and support you have given us. 

We are thankful for the over 200,000 babies saved to date. Your contributions to our 1:1 model of giving helped made this possible. Together, we hope to reach our goal of 1 million babies!

Thank you - Baby in Little Lotus Sleeping Bag

We'd love to hear what you're #grateful for! Share with us on our Facebook page with hashtag #grateful.  


Jane Chen
CEO and Co-founder
Little Lotus Baby

   
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