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Induction Certificate Number:   74020130816-650
Induction Date:   August 16, 2013
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   Balboa Baby Nursing Cover
MSRP:   $35.99.USD
Company URL:  http://www.balboababy.com
Rating: 

Balboa Baby Nursing Cover

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Editor / Branding Development & Evaluation Expert
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  08/16/2013

The innovative Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover allows you to feel comfortable and confident nursing your baby anywhere. The Nursing Cover is contoured to fit around you and your baby – keeping the fabric securely in place so you can nurse at ease.




Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Infant Feeding & Nursing 2009 Consumer 0-2 years Female/Male


Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) - Index



Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.


Comfort Cost Benefit Durability Ease Of Use Marketability Visual Appeal
5 5 4 5 5 4.5

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.



Critical Evaluation Information

These icons represent important attributes with which this product / service is associated, contributes to, or encourages development of. Select any of the unique icons below to learn more about the specific attribute it represents.
                  





image of factory with ecological leaves symbol. Trade Industry Sales Types
Industry Memberships

Wholesale Retail Reseller Online 

 

 


Safety Guidelines Symbol ImageSafety / Quality Classifications
 
CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
(Not Applicable)
ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious



CPSIATÜVEU
Independent Lab Tested  Independent Lab Name 

  Bureau Veritas Hong Kong
LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)  
BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)



UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
811499010599 10011Not Applicable



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
ChinaSee bottom of package

 


About Our New Inductee
A quick yet informative glance at what this New Inductee is all about.

There are plenty of nursing covers available on the market but as I learned myself from one of our independent evaluators, the "Post Natal Pediatrician & Lactation Specialist", from her own experience, it seems that very few nursing covers are "...designed properly to make a lactating mother's labors in breast feeding a simple yet invaluable time with her infant." This is where the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover can really strut its stuff.

In our evaluation process of the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover, it was fascinating for me to see a group of mothers with their infants, comparing each others nursing covers the same women do in comparing the garments being worn by other women at a ritzy event. The best part of all for myself, was seeing the envious looks of some of the mothers as they compared their various nursing covers to the one our volunteer in our evaluation was using.
Image of a mother using My Early Steps with her son at a park.


"I felt at ease with my child nestled under the nursing cover so comfortably! Other brands I have tried were such a disappointment with my feeling self-conscious.

This one was really easy to use and gave me a sense of security, while the added print on the material made it look more in style like apparel, not just a nursing cover.


* A quote from one of The Toy ManŽ News & Reviews moms in our consumer personal hands-on evaluation.
Recognizing REAL value in a nursing cover is not always easy. Your best friend may tell you one thing, a magazine ad may tell you something else, and then someone you meet at work may tell you something altogether different on top of that. How do you know who to listen to?

The Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover exemplifies the idea of leadership by example. When a mother is using it, other mothers can easily see what sets the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover apart from many of the rest. It allows you to feel comfortable and confident nursing your baby anywhere. The size of the body frame or height of the person using the The Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover does not impede the functionality.

The Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover is contoured to fit around you and your baby – keeping the fabric securely in place so you can nurse as you please. Your baby is close to mom, feeling secure while nursing in what to them is their own private room. This is fundamental in helping a baby enjoy the nourishment while nursing, by eliminating outside stimulation.

The structured, reinforced neckline holds the fabric away from mom and baby, which allows eye contact between mother and baby during the nursing which is essential between mothers and their nursing babies. That bond without distraction has an impact on an infant and mother on multiple levels, some of which will are setting the behavior patterns of tomorrow for the baby.

If all of this wasn't enough, the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover is available in fashion prints to coordinate with your diaper bag, baby carrier or just to help you and your baby make a fashion statement!
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Additional Details and Perspectives
More than just a cursory glance with aspects of relative importance.

The Balboa Baby Nursing Cover - Product Features

Upon recommendation of the women on our staff we are keeping this section short and to the point. This way you get the important features you want to kn ow about without all the flowery description.

  • Structured reinforced neckline holds fabric away from mom, permitting easy eye contact
  • Developed, tested, and recommended by “America’s Pediatrician” Dr. William Sears
  • Generously sized to give nursing mothers full coverage while providing baby room to move
  • Size and height of the person using the nursing cover does not impede functionality
  • Contoured design with fashionable details and convenient pocket
  • Made from 100% breathable cotton and doubles as a sunshade for the stroller or car seat
  • Easily folded up and can be conveniently stored in a diaper bag or stroller

  • Image of consumer mom's daughter using My Early Steps with her son.
    "The nursing cover reminded me of the lightweight of the hospital gown when I was about to birth my son. The difference is that this is far more stylish and I have a greater sense of privacy no matter where I am nursing him."

    * A priceless quote from one the moms who participated in our consumer hands-on evaluation.

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    Independent Evaluator Reports Icon Independent Evaluator Reports
    Extensive independent study and analysis by credentialed scholars.
    The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from inclusive detailed Evaluator Reports pertaining to this New Inductee. These reports have been prepared by top credentialed scholars from their own extensive independent study and analysis.
    * These excerpts have been posted verbatim, paraphrased, or a combination of both, in order to encapsulate the primary details conveyed in each of the evaluation reports in a brief summary form.


    Post Natal Pediatrician | Lactation Specialist

    "Mums will undoubtedly find the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover to be the rage. The ample sized area of the cover is a Mum's dream of a nursing cover with far less risk of any unexpected moments while also enabling her to exercise discretion with her breast feeding in a public place. To give it that 'added touch', the cover also has a delightful pocket which is generous in size and will hold some of a Mum's essentials for her nursing, including a burp cloth."

    "The Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover has a fine level of quality in design which allows her to move more freely during breast feeding sessions while maintaining eye contact on her baby the entire time. Simply delightful!."

    "The straps are well secured and allow a Mum to apply use of the cover at a moment's notice. Best of all, it can easily be folded and placed into a carry bag, stroller, or diaper bag in but a moment."



    Professor of Behavioral Biology

    "Just as with the Balboa BabyŽ Adjustable Sling I evaluated in my last evaluation, the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover meets all meets all CPSIA requirements without losing the functionality. If you are a mother who takes her infant's life serious, it is imperative that you use a nursing cover of the same quality and design as the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover."

    "In my own personal use of the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover, I was more comfortable than I have been with a few others I have evaluated. Plenty of room for my baby to rest comfortably and be able to stretch with out any chance of the privacy of myself and my baby being put in jeopardy."

    "I was most impressed with how that unlike many other breastfeeding covers I have used performed an evaluation, the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover rests securely on a mom's shoulder. Nursing is a very personal time for a mother and it is foolishness to have a nursing cover which requires sitting or 'other' tasks to keep the cover in place.

    "There are a various schools of thought in regard to breast feeding and the appropriate age to stop feeding a child in this manner. What you may not be aware of is that there have been clinical studies which recommend weaning a child off of breast feeding at two years of age. Even after 12 months, babies continue to benefit from human milk.

    At one year of age, a baby's immune system is functioning at only 60 percent of adult level and because formula has no live antibodies, it is strongly associated with high rates of infection (Huggins 2007). A child's immune system isn't functioning at adult level until age six. (Dettwyler 1994)"

    "Considering the idea of breast feeding longer than society inflects it should be, this is where the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover proves its functionality to the fullest. Having a generous sized cover allows a mother to be more discreet in feeding her baby in public, even more so if the child is of a higher age than is generally considered 'acceptable'."

    "Another valuable point to consider is the importance of 'eye space' with the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover. While breastfeeding a child a mother can see the child's activity at all times thanks to the structured, reinforced neckline of the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover. This serves to hold the fabric away from the mother and baby during nursing, permitting eye contact which is literally invaluable as well as essential between a mother and her baby. This results in a substantial contribution to productive psychological development and sense of security for a baby."



    * PLEASE NOTE: At the request of our independent evaluators their names are not disclosed to protect their personal and professional privacy. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and accurate evaluation report summary, (ERS). All opinions and or statements from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion of The Toy ManŽ News & Reviews, any member or division of Epiphany Communications and the International Parenting Institute.



    Consumer Hands-on Evaluation
    Details about the experience at our consumer hands-on evaluation event.

    Just as with the Balboa Baby "Dr. Sears" Adjustable Sling which was also part of this consumer hands-on evaluation, the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover was an entirely different kind if creature to work with.

    The Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover created an enormous level of response with the mothers participating in our hands-on product evaluation who are currently lactating, and many who are not! Even for myself it was a learning experience. The women had plenty to say, especially the mothers.

    It appears that just as the independent evaluators shared in their reports, there is a strong lack of knowledge for many new mothers as to how to make informed buying decisions with nursing covers and many other necessities for baby.

    Image of our voluteer evaluator wearing the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover for an example image.

    "Mums will undoubtedly find the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover to be the rage. The ample sized area of the cover is a Mum's dream of a nursing cover with far less risk of any unexpected moments while also enabling her to exercise discretion with her breast feeding in a public place."


    * A quote from the Post Natal Pediatrician | Lactation Specialist who was one of our independent evaluators.
    It appears that as far as the women were concerned, the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover was "the bomb!." It was nothing short of the ultimate to them in style and function with a number of the women emphasizing the convenient pocket on the cover where they could keep pads and the burp cloth.


    Amusing is the best description to see so many women so excited over what to me, was such a simple product at first glance. However, when you begin to look at the quality of threading with the seams of the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover and the fanciful style of the heavily padded border of it, a man can begin to appreciate the full aesthetic value.


    As we ran through the videotapes from the hands on experience for each participant with all of the products we had brought in addition to the videos from all other segments of the evaluation process, the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover was seen as being one of the products which was most popular. I could safely say that it easily rivaled the Balboa Baby "Dr. Sears" Adjustable Sling as far as attention. In actuality a mother shouldn't have one without the other.


    In our reviewing of the consumer hands-on feedback forms which the participants filled out, the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover was undoubtedly one of the favorites, just as the Balboa Baby "Dr. Sears" Adjustable Sling. When it comes to popularity and functionality, the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover had the right elements to rise above most of the other products in our event. The Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover passed this segment of our evaluation without any hiccups or discomforts from the consumer hands-on feedback forms.
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    Evaluation Category Rating Scores and Summary
    A sampling of the evaluation category rating scores from the product review itself.
    There are a total of 357 evaluation categories in our entire evaluation process.
    (Not all categories apply to any one product or service under evaluation.)


    COMFORT:: Rating Level - [4.5] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

    The Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover proved to be an interesting product to establish an accurate and fair evaluation of the comfort level. In discussion with many of the mothers participating in our evaluation process, the focus in reference to comfort was of minimal mention. The primary comment which was consistent with most of the mothers was "...not feeling restricted".

    After reviewing all feedback forms, independent lab test sheets, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover succeeded in acquiring a perfect rating score of [4.5] stars for COMFORT.




    COST BENEFIT: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

    Cost Benefit was a quite easily determined. The textile materials used for the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover, the overall functionality/use, durability level and visual appeal, were all holding high scoring. When the mothers were queried in our feedback forms how they felt as for cost benefit, it was all to clear that the mothers found the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover to be a good investment in their opinion and were intending to buy one.

    After reviewing all feedback forms, independent lab test sheets, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover succeeded in acquiring a perfect rating score of [5] stars for COST BENEFIT.




    DURABILITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

    The Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover did quite well in this category for Durability. Just as with the Balboa Baby "Dr. Sears" Adjustable Sling, the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover pulled its weight in the Durability category. The same run in a commercial washing machine for roughly 45-50 times of being washed with sand stones the dried repeatedly was performed. Despite the level of wear and tear the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover was subjected to being well above the norm, it still retained the same level of look and quality as when we first began washing it.

    If a product passes OUR testing, it is almost an absolute guarantee it will be able to handle the worst demands it may be put through with consumers. After all, if we can, why not?

    After reviewing all feedback forms, independent lab test sheets, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover succeeded in acquiring a perfect rating score of [5] stars for DURABILITY.




    EASE OF USE: Rating Level - [4.5] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

    Ease of use and the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover are both on the same page. The Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover was so popular with many of the mothers, mostly because of ease of use. Easy to adjust and with instructions that were easy to read it proved its rating in this category was well beyond deserved. The Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover captured the attention of every mother and in the hands-on evaluation, the ease of use allowed more women to have an opportunity to try it out.

    After reviewing all feedback forms, independent lab test sheets, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover succeeded in acquiring a perfect rating score of [4.5] stars for EASE OF USE.






    MARKETABILITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

    The marketability of a product is a very strong factor in its potential success and the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover really pushed the limits of the imagination in the marketability spectrum. It is not very often that we see a product which was not only so popular but has an excellent price point combination as well.

    The Balboa BabyŽ name in itself adds a strong foundation to start with but combine that with the outstanding features and category results scores, for the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover and it easy to see it unquestionably

    After reviewing all feedback forms, independent lab test sheets, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover succeeded in acquiring a perfect rating score of [5] stars for MARKETABILITY.






    VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - [4.5] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

    The visual appeal category with an apparel product such as the the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover is a challenging item to establish properly and without question. Our evaluation standards were designed to take the personal opinion out of the picture, yet there are some occasions where that comes into question.

    From the standpoint of every woman who saw the the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover, actually experienced using it, or saw another mother experiencing the use of it, visual appeal was quite high. After careful evaluation of all reports, consumer feedback, and study of our video tapes, we determined the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover was outstanding as far as women were concerned in the Visual Appeal arena. At the same time the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover didn't have enough umph!! to raise a WOW! out of a person.

    After reviewing all feedback forms, independent lab test sheets, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, the Balboa BabyŽ Nursing Cover succeeded in acquiring a perfect rating score of [4.5] stars for VISUAL APPEAL.

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    EVALUATION RESULTS - From evaluation for induction into "The Toy Man® News & Reviews"
           
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        Seal of Approval:  
         
        Recommends Award:  
           
           
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        Award of Excellence:  
         
        eChoice™ Award:  
           
           
        S. T. E. M. Award:   
         
        Mom Approved Award:  
         
        Award of Recognition:™  
           



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