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Product Reviews / Evaluation Report Summaries (ERS)

Induction Certificate Number:   74020081103-290
Induction Date:   November 03, 2008
Product:   Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips
MSRP:   $10.00 USD
Company URL:  http://www.palm-palms.com
Rating: 

Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Product Evaluation Specialist
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  11/03/2008

Palm-Palms are a uniquely designed soft terry cloth infant bathing accessory which is hand wear worn by caregivers throughout baby bath time or shower time. The primary function of the product is designed to provide an amazingly secure grip on the slippery skin of a wet baby or toddler.




Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Infant Bed & Bathtime 2008 Consumer Newborn to 4 years Female/Male


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.


Cost Benefit Durability Ease Of Use Functionality Innovation Visual Appeal
5 5 5 5 4 3/4

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.


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

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



UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
 



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
ChinaNone

 

Introducing The Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips

Every mother has concerns about bath time for their infant. Holding a soapy, slippery little one can make even the most experienced parents wish they had a couple of extra hands to handle this task in a safe and secure manner. Palm-Palms baby bath grips provide a simple solution to making bath time the enjoyable and safe bonding experience it really should be.

The beauty of the design of the Palm-Palms baby bath grips is that they are unlike other products which are designed more like a mitten, with no actual way for your fingers to have full functionality while bathing your infant. Instead, you have a soft terry cloth grip which slides onto each of your hands, covering the palm and wrist, not the fingers. This is enables you to be able open a bottle of baby shampoo, grab a bar of soap, or grasp your infant more effectively during their bath time, far more effectively and safely. Best of all, the stretch fabric creates a snug fit on any size hand and does not stretch out of shape after just a few times of use.



Tender Loving Care (TLC) For Your Infant

Tender, loving, care, ( TLC for short ), is a most important element of your child's bath time experience. With just a washcloth or mitt touching your child, the sensation and stimulation of tactile touch is lost. Infants are exploring an entirely new experience outside of the womb and every sensation they encounter is a new learning experience. These sensations help to sculpt the behavior pattern of an infant or toddler as they are developing. With Palm-Palms baby bath grips the tender loving care from the tactile touch of your fingers on their skin is not lost.

Palm-Palms baby bath grips go even further by allowing you to test the actual temperature of the water to ensure there is no risk of it being too hot or too cold. Just imagine for a moment the idea of being able to use Palm-Palms baby bath grips instead of a washcloth, enabling you to bath your child as you would with a washcloth!

At the same time you are able to maintain far greater control of your grasp on your child while bathing them, reducing the level of risk of injury quite dramatically. Whether you are a Mom or a Dad, with Palm-Palms baby bath grips you are blessed with a solution which makes bathing your child a precious experience instead of what becomes a "task", devoid of that special feeling it once had with your child's first bath time.


How Qualified Industry Professionals See It...

Although our own staff are more than qualified to deliver superior evaluation reports on a product such as Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips, there is nothing like the comfort of seeing the viewpoint of qualified industry professionals. Not jut anybody, we are talking about the best of the best who understand the most important possible angles of a product. Now we will see how the Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips measured up in their point of view.

Textiles Design Specialist - "The Palm-Palms baby bath grips were most impressive to be with their innovative design. being a mother myself of a newborn child, I can appreciate the value of the grips perhaps more than your staff. Looking at each of the samples, I noticed how unlike many other products I have seen in the past, the grips are designed to provide the strength where it is needed most.

The textile materials used were of well above average quality terry cloth. The stitching in where the thumb of the wearer slides through is re-enforced and consistent in quality. This is very important in the design of a product such as this. An immense amount of pressure over repeated use will push this area to the limits in durability. There is no question after my testing that there is little to no risk of wear and tear from extended use of the grips becoming an issue in regard to safety or visual appeal of the grips.

The area where the primary fingers of the wearer slip through is not as strong as the area described earlier, but then again this is important. This is an area of the grip which will be in more direct contact with the child during bathing and priority lies more with the softness of textile materials being used. The terry cloth material with these grips will allow the caregiver to maintain a gentle touch while bathing the child, yet at the same time be using the same material to serve as a washcloth would, except now the caregiver has far greater control in their handling of the child during the bathing time. Considering I have used the grips on my own child, I had first-hand experience with their use. They are more than acceptable and gained my personal approval and recommendation to mothers. The price point on this product is well beyond fair because you really get what you are paying for.
"

Physical Therapist / Special Needs Professional - "The Palm-Palms baby bath grips were simply wonderful! Not only are they an outstanding accessory for standard use with infants and toddlers, I found that they held even greater value in functionality with Special Needs children. Many people may no be fully aware, but Special Needs kids can require far greater attention to their care in bathing and general activities overall. The Palm-Palms baby bath grips were such an invaluable solution which allowed me to meet the needs of my Special Needs kids in a much more effective manner.

Whether a child is an average, healthy child or one who has special additional traits which require a greater level of attention to meeting their needs in their bath time, these grips are undoubtedly a product which will provide a distinct advantage which will make a caregiver's labors more simple and effective. Some of the Special Needs kids I work with can be quit a challenge at times during their bath time and the Palm-Palms bath grips enable me to meet that challenge and provide better care for these children. I can highly recommend these grips to not just mothers, but caregivers and physical therapists as well.
"



Consumers Provide Their Feedback

Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product when it is being evaluated. Based upon that fact we put every single product we evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. Shall we see how the Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips fared with the consumers?

Once again, with the help of two separate medical groups, one here in Las Vegas and the other in Los Angeles, CA, we were able to put Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips through consumer testing. This time around though, the testing lasted for a period of four weeks this time, with two groups of mothers who had babies which were between newborn to 28 months of age. The mothers were all patients of the doctors in these medical groups and as usual, were exceedingly eager to be participants in our hands-on evaluation. Each mother was able to experience using the Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips with their children at the medical center. Upon completion of the evaluation period, each mother filled out a consumer hands-on evaluation form to provide feedback which we would use as part of our evaluation process.

As we had expected, we had plenty of comments from the mothers which were nothing short of outstanding in our feedback forms. Each of the mothers included the feedback form and another sheet of paper on top of it to share their thoughts and experience with the Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips. What caught us all by surprise was how many of the mothers made reference to the last product we brought in for consumer hands-on evaluation.

What was most intriguing with all of this is the fact of how all of the mothers loved using the Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips, yet at the same time, there comparisons of the Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips with the last product we brought in. We decided to average out the responses of how many preferred Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips to the previous product. The end result was 53% preferred the Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips over the previous product, 18% preferred the previous product over the Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips, and 29% stated that they liked both of them! This made our hands-on evaluation of Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips quite unique.

In reviewing all of the feedback forms more closely and in-depth, we discovered that some of the mothers used the Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips for the primary bathing time, yet used the previous product more for play time interaction with their child. This made our evaluation of Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips different than any other product we have evaluated to date. It was only obvious that the Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips made it through this segment of our evaluation with strong popularity and passed the evaluation for consumer hands-on evaluation.

A Sampling Of The Category Ratings


While other organizations will define their ratings in a "blanket" method which simply defines each rating in an overall usage, we choose to take a different approach. Each individual rating that was assigned to this product, based upon our evaluation process, is briefly explained as to how that specific rating score was reached. The ratings for this product are listed below. Please remember that these are just six primary evaluation categories that are part of a far greater overall group of evaluation categories used for our product evaluation.



COST BENEFIT: Rating Level 5 - The textile design specialist who evaluated this product made a statement which really says it all. "Considering I have used the grips on my own child, I had first-hand experience with their use. They are more than acceptable and gained my personal approval and recommendation to mothers. The price point on this product is well beyond fair because you really get what you are paying for." The cost benefit in this category is the quite high due to the quality of materials weighed against the retail price point.

Just as with the similar type product we evaluated the last time with consumers, what you have here is a product which has strong potential to be a quick sell with constant re-ordering to stock the shelves. The matter of cost benefit is not even an issue. Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips pull a perfect score in this category.



DURABILITY: Rating Level 5 - Durability of the Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips was nothing short of perfect! The durability level pretty much assures extended use under the strongest wear and tear from a washing machine and actual use, (within reasonable bounds). The stitching with each piece is of the highest quality and is designed to last yet retain the same "new" look. In our testing we ran the Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips through fifty washings in a commercial washer with large, smooth rocks when being dried, to see how they would withstand such abuse. Not a single tear or sign of wear and tear became apparent. The final analysis in our evaluation of Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips in this category was a rating of 5 out of 5.



EASE OF USE: Rating Level 5 - One of the biggest positive elements of the evaluation results was the simplicity of using the Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips. A person just slips them on their hands and they are ready to go! What was especially impressive was what a dramatic impact that the Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips can have when it comes to the bathing care of a child. Just slip on the Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips and wash your child far more safely and with confidence you never had before. Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips pulled a perfect score in this category.



FUNCTIONALITY: Rating Level 5 - When it comes to functionality with the Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips, it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out. Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips were undoubtedly the very best in functionality with our hands-on evaluation participants as well as the specialists who wrote their reports for us on the Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips. When we combined our own evaluation scores with the consumer scores in this category, Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips pulled a perfect score in this category.



INNOVATION: Rating Level 4 - Although Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips are truly original in design, there just wasn't enough distinction in the design of the product to really pull it all the way to the top. However, the Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips are rated well above average in this category and fell short of a perfect score in this category by a single digit.



VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level 3/4 - When it comes to visual appeal, posed an interesting challenge. If you go by just personal opinion, that can go anywhere across the chart, but we use specific guidelines to establish and rate a product. All the same, it was still a challenge. The reasoning behind this is that there are two perspectives to defining visual appeal here.

The thought processes of a consumer at a department store chain such as Target, Wal-Mart, and the sort, are different than that of a person in a specialty or gift shop. At a department store, the visual appeal will be lesser than at a specialty store. The reason for this is that at a department store you have a much greater mass of products which your brain has to take in visually. At a specialty shop, the number of products is far lesser and a product such as Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips has a greater opportunity to shine in comparison to the products around it. Palm-Palms Baby Bath Grips pulled a split score in this category. "3" or average, for department stores, "4" or above average, for specialty / gift shops.






EVALUATION RESULTS - From evaluation for induction into "The Toy Man® News & Reviews"
       
    Overall Rating:   5
     
    Seal of Approval:  
     
    Recommends Award:  
       
       
    eco-Recognition™ Seal:  
     
    Award of Excellence:  
     
    eChoice™ Award:  
       
       
    S. T. E. M. Award:   
     
    Mom Approved Award:  
     
    Award of Recognition:™  
       



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