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More Than A Swaddle

We’ve all heard the quip “babies don’t come with instruction manuals.” While it’s true that newborns don’t arrive with instructions, many of us are lucky to have access to plenty of resources, including pediatric care and education, to help us navigate parenthood. Not all moms around the globe are so fortunate. The high infant mortality rates in places like Uganda make it all too clear that moms could use more tools. With the support of local health care providers, Neil Powell’s team gathered the vital information needed to combat infant mortality rates and found the perfect medium to display it: a baby blanket. The Information Blanket combines easy-to-read icons and instructions (in the mom’s native language) to convey basic knowledge about breastfeeding frequency, vaccination schedules, checkup reminders, growth rates and illness warning signs. The blanket serves as a daily reminder of the importance of potentially lifesaving baby care. Neil’s social enterprise operates on a “Buy One Give One” business model; for every blanket sold, Information Blanket gives a blanket to a mother in need somewhere else in the world. So far, nearly 600 blankets have been delivered to moms and their newborn babies in Uganda. Next time you’re shopping for a gift for a baby shower or to celebrate a newborn’s arrival, think about the Information Blanket. Every baby needs to be swaddled, and the Information Blanket is a cozy choice. It’s also an impactful choice. For every blanket we buy, there’s a twin that makes its way to a mom around the world, where infant care instructions printed on a blanket could be a lifesaver. Education alone isn’t enough to prevent infant deaths, but it’s a vital contribution.

The Information Blanket

Baby Swadling Blanket

More Than A Swaddle

We’ve all heard the quip “babies don’t come with instruction manuals.” While it’s true that newborns don’t arrive with instructions, many of us are lucky to have access to plenty of resources, including pediatric care and education, to help us navigate parenthood. Not all moms around the globe are so fortunate. The high infant mortality rates in places like Uganda make it all too clear that moms could use more tools. With the support of local health care providers, Neil Powell’s team gathered the vital information needed to combat infant mortality rates and found the perfect medium to display it: a baby blanket. The Information Blanket combines easy-to-read icons and instructions (in the mom’s native language) to convey basic knowledge about breastfeeding frequency, vaccination schedules, checkup reminders, growth rates and illness warning signs. The blanket serves as a daily reminder of the importance of potentially lifesaving baby care. Neil’s social enterprise operates on a “Buy One Give One” business model; for every blanket sold, Information Blanket gives a blanket to a mother in need somewhere else in the world. So far, nearly 600 blankets have been delivered to moms and their newborn babies in Uganda. Next time you’re shopping for a gift for a baby shower or to celebrate a newborn’s arrival, think about the Information Blanket. Every baby needs to be swaddled, and the Information Blanket is a cozy choice. It’s also an impactful choice. For every blanket we buy, there’s a twin that makes its way to a mom around the world, where infant care instructions printed on a blanket could be a lifesaver. Education alone isn’t enough to prevent infant deaths, but it’s a vital contribution.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Neil
    Neil

    Hi everyone! I am so excited to be today's Grommet. This effort started as a small project a little over a year ago and has now grown into such an amazing movement. I have a passionate belief that the right kind of information can save lives. The Information Blanket provides basic, vital knowledge every parent needs to care for their newborn. And, every baby deserves a warm blanket! I look forward to answering your questions and having a stimulating discussion about reducing global infant mortality.

  • Neil
    Neil – Special Guest
    9/13/2011 12:04 PM

    Hi everyone. I'm really excited to be today's Grommet and ready to talk about The Information Blanket.

  • Lydia
    Lydia
    9/13/2011 12:23 PM

    Any chance that you will make a Swahili version that could be used in Kenya? I run an organization that works with street children in Kenya. This would be a perfect teaching tool for the teenage girls on the street who become moms way too early.

  •  Gregory N. Gioiosa
    Gregory N. Gioiosa
    10/29/2012 4:20 PM

    @Lydia

    Hi Lydia,

    I made the blankets and printed them for Neil's agent. Please let me know what chances you want in your blanket etc.

    Regards,

    Gregory 917-226-4450

    New York City

    [email protected]

  • Neil
    Neil – Special Guest
    9/13/2011 12:32 PM

    Hi Lydia.

    Possibly. In Africa our focus, right now, is Uganda. As we gain traction on the ground there, I think we will be looking to expand to other areas.

  • CAROLINA PLATA
    CAROLINA PLATA
    10/7/2011 7:47 PM

    @Neil Powell: hello from Colombia. Is there a way to export this program to Colombia? Thanks so much and congratulations. Carolina

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/8/2011 9:26 AM

    @CAROLINA PLATA: Hello! I have forwarded your message on to Neil. I know that right now he is concentrating his efforts on a few locales.

  • Kate
    Kate
    9/13/2011 3:08 PM

    I am always inspired by those who make it their life's mission to help others. Thank you for being one of those people Neil. This is a great product and I hope that it helps many moms.

  • Neil
    Neil – Special Guest
    9/13/2011 3:10 PM

    @Kate: Thanks Kate. A year ago I had no idea this is what I'd be doing. It's been an amazing adventure and I've grown a lot as a person. I appreciate all the support from people like you.

  • Valerie Schwartz
    Valerie Schwartz
    9/13/2011 5:12 PM

    I'm so happy this project is taking off! I am so proud of you Neil! Keep it up.

    Val

  • Gary Hibberd
    Gary Hibberd
    9/13/2011 7:05 PM

    I'm just disappointed the price is so high. I'm used to supporting charities that provide quite a bit for a low cost, ie. mosquito nets to curb the spread of maleria. I can't quite recall if their cost is $5 or $10 per net, but it's a heck of a lot lower than $20 per unit. My apologies for taking the risk of drawing a conclusion without full information, but I would say that this organization either needs to figure out better efficiencies, or cut some of it's profit margin.

  • Julia
    Julia
    9/14/2011 6:50 AM

    @Gary Hibberd: Hi, Gary! Forgive me for jumping in here, but I'm guessing you might be talking about Nets For Life or Nothing But Nets. I've lived in many developing countries, have a background in global public health, and appreciate the difference mosquito nets can make. I don't know the financials of those particular organizations, but I know that the average donation to Nothing But Nets is about $60 from each individual. That organization had already raised $20 million a few years ago, so their capacity for scale is a lot larger than that of the Information Blanket. There are four or five organizations who supply mosquito nets, and productions costs are very low. In addition, if I'm not mistaken, most of the mosquito net projects out there have a lot of financial support from large foundations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as other international bodies. Nets for Life even has backing from ExxonMobil and Coca-Cola among other companies.

    It's not easy to get any project off the ground - much less important ones in which founders like Neil Powell are paying attention to every detail from the source of the cotton and the soy-based inks to the right partnerships with NGOs on the ground who provide not only the blankets themselves but also healthcare education and support to the women who receive them. Information Blanket is a social enterprise as opposed to a 501(c)3 organization, and therefore it must sustain itself through the sales of its products as opposed to relying on grant money and other sources of funding. I personally am very happy to support organizations like Information Blanket in these early stages because I see great potential in their innovative ideas. If I have a friend who is having a baby, I won't hesitate to purchase one of these blankets because I think it sounds like the perfect (and very meaningful) gift.

    Thank you for the support you're giving to the organizations who supply mosquito nets. If we all think about our purchases a bit more and consider how we can use our spending power to improve lives, we'll most certainly create a better world.

  • Ann
    Ann
    10/20/2011 8:59 AM

    @Julia: Thank you! That's great information to have...in general!

    @Neil: LOVE this project and love that you were led to do something...and DID it!

  • Christine Lucy
    Christine Lucy
    9/14/2011 12:48 PM

    What a wonderful product! This will be top of my list for the next baby gift I give! Thanks DG!!

  • Trisha
    Trisha
    10/27/2011 4:11 AM

    I am brand new to grommets and this is page that caught my eye and my heart. I worked as a La Leche League leader for many years which relies on mother to mother support and information and it was sad to talk to a new mom on the phone or at a meeting who really didn't have an idea what to look for in a babies growth and healthy thriving. This blanket would have been so helpful. I am glad you have made it a reality. I am really so impressed with the information on the blanket that I am buying one and giving one. I am sending the one I buy to my niece, a labor and delivery nurse, who says that this is something her new moms could use.

    I just have one question. Even enlarging the blanket on my screen I can't quite read all the information and I wondered if you had put on the blanket how many wet diapers a baby should average in a day to tell that the baby was well hydrated? It is something mothers here have problems with because of super absorbent diaper material, so sometimes I would have them go by weight of the diaper, but with less expensive disposables or cotton it is much easier to tell if a baby has urinated. Just wondering with the drought in East Africa continuing on so long.

    I applaud your work. You are doing something wonderful.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/27/2011 12:39 PM

    @Trisha: Thanks for stopping by. We're so appreciative of your support for Neil's mission and for all the work you've done with new moms over the years. I shared your comment with him and he wanted you to know that is a wonderful insight and not something that has ever come up. They will certainly consider adding to the content and appreciate your input as they continue to optimize the information.

  • Meg Saunders
    Meg Saunders
    11/11/2011 10:53 AM

    Are these available in Spanish?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/11/2011 11:25 AM

    @Meg Saunders: Right now the only version available to purchase is in English. If you purchase the buy one give one, the second blanket is given in the language of the mother to whom the blanket is given.

  • peggy
    peggy
    12/13/2011 10:40 PM

    I love the blanket idea and thought I would do in lieu of a gift and put in honor of my family member, do you send information to the person the blanket is given in honor of?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/14/2011 11:50 AM

    @peggy: I have been in touch with Neil and unfortunately that's not possible at the moment.

  •  Jan
    Jan
    10/28/2012 11:00 PM

    How about a blanket that teaches BIRTH CONTROL!!!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

The Information Blanket

Baby Swadling Blanket

More Than A Swaddle

We’ve all heard the quip “babies don’t come with instruction manuals.” While it’s true that newborns don’t arrive with instructions, many of us are lucky to have access to plenty of resources, including pediatric care and education, to help us navigate parenthood. Not all moms around the globe are so fortunate. The high infant mortality rates in places like Uganda make it all too clear that moms could use more tools.

With the support of local health care providers, Neil Powell’s team gathered the vital information needed to combat infant mortality rates and found the perfect medium to display it: a baby blanket. The Information Blanket combines easy-to-read icons and instructions (in the mom’s native language) to convey basic knowledge about breastfeeding frequency, vaccination schedules, checkup reminders, growth rates and illness warning signs. The blanket serves as a daily reminder of the importance of potentially lifesaving baby care.

Neil’s social enterprise operates on a “Buy One Give One” business model; for every blanket sold, Information Blanket gives a blanket to a mother in need somewhere else in the world. So far, nearly 600 blankets have been delivered to moms and their newborn babies in Uganda.

Next time you’re shopping for a gift for a baby shower or to celebrate a newborn’s arrival, think about the Information Blanket. Every baby needs to be swaddled, and the Information Blanket is a cozy choice. It’s also an impactful choice. For every blanket we buy, there’s a twin that makes its way to a mom around the world, where infant care instructions printed on a blanket could be a lifesaver. Education alone isn’t enough to prevent infant deaths, but it’s a vital contribution.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Neil
    Neil

    Hi everyone! I am so excited to be today's Grommet. This effort started as a small project a little over a year ago and has now grown into such an amazing movement. I have a passionate belief that the right kind of information can save lives. The Information Blanket provides basic, vital knowledge every parent needs to care for their newborn. And, every baby deserves a warm blanket! I look forward to answering your questions and having a stimulating discussion about reducing global infant mortality.

  • Neil
    Neil – Special Guest
    9/13/2011 12:04 PM

    Hi everyone. I'm really excited to be today's Grommet and ready to talk about The Information Blanket.

  • Lydia
    Lydia
    9/13/2011 12:23 PM

    Any chance that you will make a Swahili version that could be used in Kenya? I run an organization that works with street children in Kenya. This would be a perfect teaching tool for the teenage girls on the street who become moms way too early.

  •  Gregory N. Gioiosa
    Gregory N. Gioiosa
    10/29/2012 4:20 PM

    @Lydia

    Hi Lydia,

    I made the blankets and printed them for Neil's agent. Please let me know what chances you want in your blanket etc.

    Regards,

    Gregory 917-226-4450

    New York City

    [email protected]

  • Neil
    Neil – Special Guest
    9/13/2011 12:32 PM

    Hi Lydia.

    Possibly. In Africa our focus, right now, is Uganda. As we gain traction on the ground there, I think we will be looking to expand to other areas.

  • CAROLINA PLATA
    CAROLINA PLATA
    10/7/2011 7:47 PM

    @Neil Powell: hello from Colombia. Is there a way to export this program to Colombia? Thanks so much and congratulations. Carolina

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/8/2011 9:26 AM

    @CAROLINA PLATA: Hello! I have forwarded your message on to Neil. I know that right now he is concentrating his efforts on a few locales.

  • Kate
    Kate
    9/13/2011 3:08 PM

    I am always inspired by those who make it their life's mission to help others. Thank you for being one of those people Neil. This is a great product and I hope that it helps many moms.

  • Neil
    Neil – Special Guest
    9/13/2011 3:10 PM

    @Kate: Thanks Kate. A year ago I had no idea this is what I'd be doing. It's been an amazing adventure and I've grown a lot as a person. I appreciate all the support from people like you.

  • Valerie Schwartz
    Valerie Schwartz
    9/13/2011 5:12 PM

    I'm so happy this project is taking off! I am so proud of you Neil! Keep it up.

    Val

  • Gary Hibberd
    Gary Hibberd
    9/13/2011 7:05 PM

    I'm just disappointed the price is so high. I'm used to supporting charities that provide quite a bit for a low cost, ie. mosquito nets to curb the spread of maleria. I can't quite recall if their cost is $5 or $10 per net, but it's a heck of a lot lower than $20 per unit. My apologies for taking the risk of drawing a conclusion without full information, but I would say that this organization either needs to figure out better efficiencies, or cut some of it's profit margin.

  • Julia
    Julia
    9/14/2011 6:50 AM

    @Gary Hibberd: Hi, Gary! Forgive me for jumping in here, but I'm guessing you might be talking about Nets For Life or Nothing But Nets. I've lived in many developing countries, have a background in global public health, and appreciate the difference mosquito nets can make. I don't know the financials of those particular organizations, but I know that the average donation to Nothing But Nets is about $60 from each individual. That organization had already raised $20 million a few years ago, so their capacity for scale is a lot larger than that of the Information Blanket. There are four or five organizations who supply mosquito nets, and productions costs are very low. In addition, if I'm not mistaken, most of the mosquito net projects out there have a lot of financial support from large foundations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as other international bodies. Nets for Life even has backing from ExxonMobil and Coca-Cola among other companies.

    It's not easy to get any project off the ground - much less important ones in which founders like Neil Powell are paying attention to every detail from the source of the cotton and the soy-based inks to the right partnerships with NGOs on the ground who provide not only the blankets themselves but also healthcare education and support to the women who receive them. Information Blanket is a social enterprise as opposed to a 501(c)3 organization, and therefore it must sustain itself through the sales of its products as opposed to relying on grant money and other sources of funding. I personally am very happy to support organizations like Information Blanket in these early stages because I see great potential in their innovative ideas. If I have a friend who is having a baby, I won't hesitate to purchase one of these blankets because I think it sounds like the perfect (and very meaningful) gift.

    Thank you for the support you're giving to the organizations who supply mosquito nets. If we all think about our purchases a bit more and consider how we can use our spending power to improve lives, we'll most certainly create a better world.

  • Ann
    Ann
    10/20/2011 8:59 AM

    @Julia: Thank you! That's great information to have...in general!

    @Neil: LOVE this project and love that you were led to do something...and DID it!

  • Christine Lucy
    Christine Lucy
    9/14/2011 12:48 PM

    What a wonderful product! This will be top of my list for the next baby gift I give! Thanks DG!!

  • Trisha
    Trisha
    10/27/2011 4:11 AM

    I am brand new to grommets and this is page that caught my eye and my heart. I worked as a La Leche League leader for many years which relies on mother to mother support and information and it was sad to talk to a new mom on the phone or at a meeting who really didn't have an idea what to look for in a babies growth and healthy thriving. This blanket would have been so helpful. I am glad you have made it a reality. I am really so impressed with the information on the blanket that I am buying one and giving one. I am sending the one I buy to my niece, a labor and delivery nurse, who says that this is something her new moms could use.

    I just have one question. Even enlarging the blanket on my screen I can't quite read all the information and I wondered if you had put on the blanket how many wet diapers a baby should average in a day to tell that the baby was well hydrated? It is something mothers here have problems with because of super absorbent diaper material, so sometimes I would have them go by weight of the diaper, but with less expensive disposables or cotton it is much easier to tell if a baby has urinated. Just wondering with the drought in East Africa continuing on so long.

    I applaud your work. You are doing something wonderful.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/27/2011 12:39 PM

    @Trisha: Thanks for stopping by. We're so appreciative of your support for Neil's mission and for all the work you've done with new moms over the years. I shared your comment with him and he wanted you to know that is a wonderful insight and not something that has ever come up. They will certainly consider adding to the content and appreciate your input as they continue to optimize the information.

  • Meg Saunders
    Meg Saunders
    11/11/2011 10:53 AM

    Are these available in Spanish?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/11/2011 11:25 AM

    @Meg Saunders: Right now the only version available to purchase is in English. If you purchase the buy one give one, the second blanket is given in the language of the mother to whom the blanket is given.

  • peggy
    peggy
    12/13/2011 10:40 PM

    I love the blanket idea and thought I would do in lieu of a gift and put in honor of my family member, do you send information to the person the blanket is given in honor of?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/14/2011 11:50 AM

    @peggy: I have been in touch with Neil and unfortunately that's not possible at the moment.

  •  Jan
    Jan
    10/28/2012 11:00 PM

    How about a blanket that teaches BIRTH CONTROL!!!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.