September 13, 2013

Baby Safety Month ft. Rhoost

This week we decided to interview Vianka Perez Belyea, Rhoost co-founder, in honor of our Baby Safety month giveaway! She tells us about herself, Rhoost, and childproofing your home.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.
I am married to Aaron Belyea and have two great kids – Soledad, 6 yrs old & Lucas 16 months. Soledad was the inspiration behind Rhoost.

What is Rhoost and how was the company started?
Rhoost designs and manufactures eco-friendly, stylish and non toxic babyproofing products. The idea came about when I started childproofing my home and couldn’t find solutions to meet my style. This was not an issue with other juvenile categories such as strollers, car seats as there were various options. I spoke to my best friend Tavinder and Rhoost was born.

What makes your products different/better than those in your market?
We offer smarter childproofing – our products do not use any screws or adhesives, are BPA free and complement the home décor. In addition, our products are portable – you can take them to grandma’s house and on vacation.

When should new parents begin thinking about childproofing their home?
This is a really great question. Parents usually wait until the last possible minute to childproof. We really encourage parents to childproof before the child recognizes that his/her environment has changed. The idea behind Rhoost is to design products that blend with the home décor to make it easier on parents and safer for kids. Our message to parents is to be proactive – when the baby is 3-6 months is the ideal time.

What are the most important tips you can share concerning Baby Safety in the home?
There are many areas in the house parents should consider when childproofing. It is really great to start with the basics until you have a better sense of key dangerous zones for your child. Outlets, dangling cords, sharp corners, cabinets and stairs are primary areas to focus on.

What are your thoughts on childproofing your home? Any lessons you learned with your first child that became valuable with your next?