For centuries, mothers in the Czech Republic have used otas as baby wraps and swaddles. Adjustable, comfortable and safe, they eventually became family heirlooms that were given as gifts to new parents. Now they have been brought over to America as the latest baby swaddle.
Baby Ota will be at the New York Baby Show on May 14th and 15th, at Pier 92.
The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler. From top products to trusted parenting experts, the New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!
Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.
We spoke with Baby Ota founder Ivana Otahalova to learn more.
For someone unfamiliar with Baby Ota, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?
Our core mission is to introduce Americans to a tried-and-true baby swaddle that will help parents get more sleep and be more rested. Mommies have so many choices and new blankets, swaddles and wraps. This has been around for 100 years, and prevents a baby from rolling over or pulling a blanket over his or her face. I believe every baby is different and so the Baby Ota swaddle can be adjusted in three different areas for a perfect cuddle. It can fit if your baby is skinny or chubby.
What is the background of Baby Ota? When did it start and how has it evolved since then?
I started the company in 2011 after many American women saw me with my infant child in an ota (zavinovacka) from the Czech Republic. They were impressed and wished they had something like that when their children were born and that gave me the idea to bring something like this to America.
What are the most popular and/or newest services from Baby Ota?
The Baby Ota swaddle is the only product we sell because it is all a mother needs. No need for extra blankets or bedding; the Baby Ota swaddle is an all-in-one.
What sets Baby Ota apart from other baby wraps or carriers?
The Baby Ota swaddle is the original Czech swaddle, with a heritage of over 300 years, which we adapted for the American parent be practical and safe, and it can also be a special heirloom that can be passed down for generations. The Baby Ota swaddle is made from the highest quality bamboo fabric and is adjustable in three different areas, while other swaddles and wraps are difficult to use, have Velcro and cannot be adjusted to fit exactly for every baby.
What can parents expect to see from Baby Ota at the New York Family Show?
We will have a small demonstration of how to properly use the Baby Ota swaddle so your baby will deeply sleep in comfort. We will also demonstrate how the Baby Ota is easy to clean and can be used as a playmate.
Learn more at babyota.com!