Chrissy is a busy momma of 4, Registered Nurse and former birth doula. We are excited to have her share her mompreneur side and the reason why ELLIE EARS were created.
Guest blog by Chrissy Mouland
There are so many things to do and know as a new or expecting parent, and a ton of new products out there designed to “make life easier”. But how do you know what you really need, how do you know what will “work” as it is promised, how do you know what to spend your money on? At Ellie Ears we strive to make it easy for you, to answer all your questions, so that you may make the decisions that fit best for your family.
We have created a product that blends function with style. As a momma of four, I understand the difference between WANTS and NEEDS. We WANT those essential items to be beautiful and fun and reflect the style of families today, and NEED them to be safe, practical and durable. Our iconic Ellie Ears positional support pillow leads the way in all these departments. We use 100% cotton fabrics, designed in Canada, and Ellie Ears are manufactured right here in Calgary.
My eldest daughter had plagiocephaly, “a flat spot”, which was not noticed early, and later considered minor, it went untreated. Seemingly minor to most, this was unfair to a preschooler who loved to play dress-up but could never “complete her outfit” as she has never been able to wear a headband with comfort.
After my third babe was born I was gifted a support pillow by our chiropractor. With long drives to and from the family farm and what would be 2 babies who hated their carseats, the pillow became a blessing in assisting them to be more comfortable. After gifting a few to friends and hearing their satisfaction, I researched everything similar in function on the market. There was nothing readily available, made in Canada at a reasonable price point, and backed with research. I gathered feedback from moms and pediatric professionals, including chiropractors, physiotherapists and midwives, and designed a pillow to meet multiple needs - with the purpose of preventing conditions such as “flat spots” and “tight neck muscles” (torticollis) by providing positional support head, neck and spine, with the hope that every little girl will be able to wear her crown proudly and comfortably.
In a seated position Ellie Ears frame babe’s head and cervical spine, providing support and correct alignment, thereby helping prevent babe’s head from gravitating towards one position. The thin connector between the "ears" rests in the natural empty space behind the neck, without pushing the head forward. The pillow is lightweight, soft and pliable, thereby continuing to allow for some intentional range of motion. The connector is thin and wide enough to place babe's torso between the ears, for positioning infants in a side lying position for play time or supervised naps. The connector is closed on all sides, to keep the stuffing in place. Ellie Ears can also be used in hiking back packs and carriers, and with older children in stroller or booster seats for additional head support while sleeping on the go, and are an ideal support for children with low muscle tone, to assist with positioning for feeding or head support in wheelchairs. Ellie Ears help decrease the risk, and can aide in the treatment of torticollis and plagiocephaly. They can also help babies with reflux and colic rest easier, and provide much needed support to children with low muscle tone. Ellie Ears replace the rolled towels or blankets often recommended for positional support, which slip and unravel.
Ellie Ears are held in place solely by the child’s body weight. They do not attach to any restraint mechanisms, and sit in the natural space behind babe’s neck, never behind the child’s back. They can be used in any supported seat - swing, stroller, bouncy chair, car seat or booster seat. They can also be used in play time and supervised nap time, on the floor, in a bassinet, or on the change pad, and in hiking back packs and soft carriers. An important note regarding car seats: manufacturers make recommendations regarding use of "aftermarket products", please read your car seat manual(s) for more information.
For more information about Ellie Ears please connect with Chrissy at firstname.lastname@example.org
To view Ellie Ears and read client testimonials please visit www.ellieears.com
In addition to CCS and supporting families during their childbearing year Erin is a wife, and mother of three busy children. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, reading, cooking, and globetrotting.