We have a couple of features
from the ClubMomMe Spring Fest (still – there were so many amazing vendors and
we still have more to share!) that we have been saving for World Breastfeeding
Week. The two companies we are featuring this week were both founded from a desire to support the breastfeeding
Today’s Inside Look is with Poncho Baby™. I fell in love with the
colors first – muted natural tones are always a win for me. In addition, the line is organic, made in the
USA, and multi-functional: one piece in your diaper bag can serve as a nursing
cover, blanket, stroller cover and a car seat canopy. We all know how precious space is when you
are a MotherBaby on the go! This leaves
plenty of room for all the other things you want to bring with you.
Since it doesn’t have a
pattern, it doesn’t distract your baby and it goes with anything you are
wearing. A couple of other features that
are not mentioned in our interview with Poncho Baby™ founder Carolina
Toro-Gerstein (“CG”) is that the nursing cover has two pockets for breast pads,
and it also has an adjustable neckline that makes it fully customizable and
enables you to have a great fit.
The reason this cover appealed
to me is because you can tell I have had a baby after I deliver…my pregnancy
body doesn’t go away as easily as other people I know. I have a love/hate relationship with my
squishy middle…and this cover nicely allows full coverage without screaming
“I’m breastfeeding here!”
Another great benefit to this
cover is that it can be a great tool for a breastfeeding mama that is working
outside of the home. The full coverage
allows you to pump at work or in the car discreetly. It’s the ultimate accessory for multi-tasking
Please enjoy our virtual
interview with Carolina Toro-Gerstein, CEO and Founder of Poncho Baby, Inc (pictured above wearing the blue-green poncho). At the end of the interview you will find a
link to the website and contact information.
Babyfounder, Carolina Toro-Gerstein (CG), is dedicated to
designing products that are stylish, multifunctional, compact and eco-friendly.
Award winning Poncho Baby Products are manufactured in the USA with
premium imported muslin cotton fabric. Poncho Baby Nursing
Cover has a patent pending design that allows the mother to see the baby while
feeding and has back coverage. The Reversible Bandana Bib and other products
are super cute, super functional and super stylish beside being eco-friendly – and
all are must have’s for today’s modern mommies who are choosing to shop smart
when they buy for their baby and their family.
motivated you to start Poncho Baby?
girls were the motivation to launch Poncho Baby. After having them, I was
inspired to create high quality products that were stylish, multifunctional,
compact and eco-friendly.
did you draw your inspiration for the design of your nursing cover?
I was feeding my first daughter and we are always on the go, it was definitely
challenging to feed her outside. I could not find a product that blended
these wonderful benefits: the back coverage, ability to see the baby and being
made of a neutral, breathable material. Since I believe Moms and children
should feel comfortable when they are on the go, I decided to launch Poncho
available poncho style nursing covers did not allow the mom to see the baby and
the apron style ones did not provide back coverage. My girls used to get very
hot under the nursing covers since the fabrics were not breathable. I also
wanted to avoid distraction and be more discreet while feeding -- especially
when they were older than three months. My daughter used to get distracted by
the busy fabric patterns acting like a mobile over them. I wanted to create
innovative products that are stylish, multifunctional, compact and eco-friendly.
The Poncho Baby Nursing Cover is made with solid and neutral colors to go with
any outfit and to provide a soothing environment for the baby. The products are
made in the USA and the packaging is recyclable, since I also believe that we
need to take care of the environment and provide opportunities for women in the
SPB: How do you
select the fabrics you use in your product line?
always loved the 100% muslin cotton fabric since it was very soft and is
breathable fabric. As a mom of two, I understand that moms need a breathable
material while they breastfeed their babies.
sets your nursing cover apart from other offerings on the market?
CG: How Poncho Baby™ compares to other nursing covers in the market:
privacy while viewing the baby: Provides
front and back coverage. The mom does not get exposed in the back while feeding
the baby. More than double the fabric. Poncho Baby® Cover is an original
patent-pending design since it is the only nursing cover that allows the mom to
see the baby while breastfeeding.
- Multifunctional: mom buys four products in one – nursing cover, stroller
cover, blanket and car seat canopy
soft and breathable fabric: only nursing
cover made with 100% muslin fabric
- Responsible: Made in the USA with imported fabric and 100% recyclable
- Soothing: moms have mentioned that the soothing colors are less distracted
than traditional nursing covers. Some moms have made an analogy that the
nursing cover patterns are like a mobile on top of the baby.
Your bibs are also unique - how did you come up with that design?
CG: We wanted to provide a stylish and
multifunctional banana bib for babies
- Poncho Baby Bandana Bib provides a stylish and absorbent
solution for drooling babies.
- The Bib is reversible and very absorbent (four layers
super soft muslin fabric) and machine washable.
- It can be used as a burp cloth
- It grows with your baby with two adjustable snaps
- Made in the USA with premium imported muslin cotton.
Big thanks to Carolina for taking the time to answer our questions. Best wishes to her and Poncho Baby, Inc., as they continue to share amazing products for breastfeeding and baby!
What are your thoughts on wearing a poncho as a nursing cover? Do you look for products that are organic and/or multi-functional?
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted.
Where to find Poncho Baby™ online
More posts about Breastfeeding:
Breastfeeding Cafe Blog Carnival
Breastfeeding Awareness Month
Black Breastfeeding Week
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