Ah, sleep! All new parents cherish every minute of it. We buy the best swaddles and baby carriers to help our little ones snooze. We read anything and everything about getting our babies to sleep at night. Long-suffering new moms and dads will be interested to know that one innovative company, Little Lotus, is offering a new NASA-inspired solution in the form of baby swaddles, blankets, and sleeping bags that help regulate a baby’s temperature, so the infant is neither too hot nor too cold, and sleeps longer. Really.
The spacesuit tech behind Little Lotus’s baby products draws away excess heat when babies get warm and releases heat when they start to cool down. The technology was first developed in 2008, when Little Lotus CEO and Co-Founder Jane Chen and her Stanford graduate school classmates invented the Embrace infant incubator after being tasked with creating a low-cost solution for baby warmers. The life-saving incubator has helped more than 200,000 babies thrive, earning the praise of former President Obama and a contribution from Beyoncé to provide Embrace incubators to nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
“We realized that we could help babies sleep better after receiving feedback about our Embrace infant incubators from doctors all over the world who had used the product. They reported that babies were sleeping better, and longer, thanks to our temperature regulation technology,” says Chen. Once Chen realized that the Embrace incubators helped premature babies sleep longer, she developed Little Lotus, a consumer-based brand, which would bring this tech to new parents who struggle with getting their babies the rest they need.
Chen and her team consulted with dozens of moms to design products that would solve the ultimate new-parent problem: sleep. In addition to the NASA-inspired fabric, a bottom zipper makes it easier for nighttime diaper changes, and velcro shoulder straps make it easy to take on and off — even while your baby is sleeping. The Little Lotus Signature print is a collaboration with artist Drue Kataoka and features hand prints from moms and babies from 14 countries who have been helped by the Embrace incubators. Dozens of notable figures also lent their hand to the Signature print, including the Dalai Lama, Chelsea Clinton, Christy Turlington Burns, Heidi Klum, Stella McCartney, and Arianna Huffington.
“With every Little Lotus purchase, we donate a portion of the sales to ensure more preterm babies in the developing world get access to the Embrace incubators,” says Chen. We consider it a huge win to help babies across the world to develop while also allowing sleep-deprived parents to get some extra rest while their baby naps or (YASS!) sleeps through the night.
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(Photos via Embrace Innovations)