All the latest, greatest products along with the tried & true, to keep you comfy during your pregnancy.
Allegro Customer’s Top 10 Picks for Expecting Mothers
Band Be Hold – Maternity Belly Band – A must-have support piece for all pregnant women.
Beattitude – Skivvies – Breathable microfiber fabric “shorts” with expanding tummy section, back support panel and extra-wide under tummy support band. Great for evening wear or exercise. See all Amon Briefs, Bands & Shapers.
Car Seat Belt Cushion – An excellent solution for pregnant women who need a little extra cushion on their seat belts.
Obus Forme Body Pillow – This 4 1/2 foot long pillow fits perfectly between the legs and under the belly for a comfy night’s sleep. Antibacterial fiberfill.
Rest EZ II – Two connecting pillos filled with supporting foam. Soft removable cover. Adjustable. See all Summer Infant products.
Heart-to-Heart Prenatal Listening System – Hear your unborn baby’s heartbeat, kicks & hiccups. Two headsets. Includes cables to record sounds that can be emailed. Very cool.
Preggie Pop Drops and Preggie Pops – A natural, drug-free way to ease morning sickness.
Comfort Body Pillow – Promotes healthy leg circulation and healthy spinal alignment. Supports the back and the belly.
Baby Belly Ups – Keeps Your Pants Up! Attach your bra to your waistband. No extra bulk or layers. Machine washable.
Bounce-a-Bye Baby Ball – can be used as a pre- and post-pregnancy fitness ball, a birthing ball, and a baby soothing motion seat.
See All Expecting Mothers Products.
Our newest line is from Amon, and it is for the mommies (please). They make these great, super comfy under garments for pregnant women. There’s even a thong! Whichever Amon bra, panties or belly band you choose (get them all) you’ll look and feel supported and smooooooth under your clothes – before and after the baby arrives. See All Amon Garments.
Strollers & Stuff
Make way for the Zoopers! Our newest line from Lan Enterprises is mostly Zooper strollers, but there is the CUTEST Peas & Carrots High Chair too. Sturdy, extra-comfy and high quality.
MobiCam AV Wireless Audio/Monitoring System – It’s the most versatile color, handheld, 900 Mhz wireless monitoring system available. Move it anywhere in your home, instantly! AV output can connect to your TV or other audio-video device. Automatic see-in-the-dark night vision. Transmits up to 300 ft. 2″ X-large color hi-res TFT LCD display.
PalmWatch III Baby Monitoring System – Another 900 Mhz wireless monitoring system with night vision. This one has an alarm triggered by motion and sound. The monitor is 2.4″ LCD and can be connected to a recorder or bigger screen monitor. Supports up to two cameras. I like the look of this one. Very cool.
Your pillow is just as important as your mattress when chasing that perfect night’s sleep. If you have headaches, neck pains, shoulder pains, numbness, sneezing, snoring or wheezing when you wake up, your pillow may not be causing the problem, but it is likely contributing.
It may be time for a new pillow for several reasons. Here’s a really good one . . . it is probably crawling with fungi and buggies. Yes, it’s true. The journal “Allergy”, published in 2006, says that pillows as young as 18 months old contained up to 47 different kinds of fungi! The researchers found about four to 16 fungi species per pillow, with synthetic pillows having more. In that case, if you have allergies or asthma, your pillow is probably not helping matters. Besides, it’s gross. Consider tossing your old pillows and replacing them with a new fungus free or anti-microbial pillows. While you’re at it, you might as well choose your pillows according to the most important criteria: how you sleep.
At AllegroMedical.com we display about 70 bed pillows in our Pillows category. To save you the trouble, I’ve separated them according to sleep type and specialty pillows. I’m searching for the perfect pillow myself, so I’m hoping this endeavor will bear fruit for us all.
The perfect pillow will keep your head aligned right on top of your shoulders when lying down – not too far to either side, or up and down. Therefore, the thickness of your pillow is important, depending on how you sleep. Think you need the biggest, longest, fluffiest, most expensive pillow every made? Au contraire. In fact, pillows that are too dense, fluffy or wide merely create tension in your neck and shoulders.
Pillows by Sleep Type
Side Sleeper Pillows are lofty and thick so they keep your head staight by filling in the space between your head and shoulders. Our most popular pillow, the Better Sleep Pillow was originally designed for side sleepers, but it also works great for back sleepers and stomach sleepers because of it’s mult-positional, multi-functional contoured design. This is also true of our Sleepmatterzzz Dual-Valve Cervical Pillow, a super popular pillow with 5 star reviews. See all Sleepmatterzzz pillows.
Back Sleeper pillows are designed so that when you are lying on your back your head stays neutral – perfectly aligned with your spine, sitting squarely on your shoulders. We have several pillows that support both side and back sleepers by automatically adjusting as your sleeping position changes. If you alternate between your back and your side (or your side and your stomach) be sure to get one that works in multiple positions.
Stomach sleepers are just weird. Okay, that’s what I tell my stomach sleeper boyfriend Todd anyway. Seriously, though, experts say it is not the best way to sleep because if your bed is soft and you use a pillow, then you are not keeping your head neutral. But if you must sleep on your stomach then please use a specially designed pillow, a very thin pillow or no pillow at all. The Sleepmatterzzz Dual-Valve Cervical Pillow would be perfect for sleepers who switch from their side to their stomach.
Allergy-Free Pillows and Covers are a must for allergy sufferers. We even have an Anti-Allergen Mattress Cover.
Anti-Snore Pillows: The Snore-No-More Anti Snoring Pillow is our most popular, but from reading the reviews, it either works or it doesn’t work at all. It was featured in Woman’s World Magazine as the “best snoring pillow” though, and it seems to help a lot of people. See our Snoring Section for all of our anti-snoring products.
Bed Wedges and Body Positioners are ideal for helping your body maintain a comfortable body position while you sleep. They are often used for post-surgery bedrest , footrest or blank support as well. The leg/knee wedges and back wedges are especially popular. You can put them between your knees for side sleeping, or under your knees, or behind your back.
Body Pillows are especially good for side sleepers and pregnant women who like to keep their spines aligned, and circulation going by sleeping with a pillow between their knees.
Cervical Pillows come in all shapes and sizes, but they are all designed to support the neck. Cervial pillows help relieve pain associated with muscle tension, stress and strain by promoting proper alignment and support.
Cooling Pillows/Covers are heaven for hot summer nights and hot flashes. I have two Chillow Pillows that I use all Arizona summer long. They are super popular and I highly recommend them.
Water Pillows allow you to personalize your pillow by filling a water pouch inside the pillow for soft, medium or firm support.
You can’t tell what’s going to work until you sleep on it so try to get the one that fits the best with your sleep style. In my case, I’ve kissed a lot of toads, but I will continue to seek out the perfect pillow. Even punching and feeling it in a retail store doesn’t make much of a difference.
See our new category, Beds, and also read how to retrofit the rest of your bed in my blog Bed Check for Better Sleep.
At least we have a lot of products to choose from, right? Happy shopping!
Shopping for Babies and Kids
The world of baby products is vast, and it takes constant research and information sifting for pregnant women and moms to keep up with it. All the info influx – the product reviews, parenting magazines, books and blogs can be overwhelming, and they often contradict each other. Expensive trends can also sway new parents into spending more than is necessary on baby gear. Parents have to make decisions on what they can afford, what their babies really need, and what is going to truly be helpful to them in raising a healthy, happy child.
Some of the best sources of information on baby products and taking care of infants are other moms, friends, family, and even our own mothers (though if you plan on spending $900 on a trendy new stroller, don’t expect your mother to automatically be on board). Tried and true methods of taking care of babies are usually the best. Listen to what other mothers have to say, and it will often ring true when you try it for yourself.
What to Buy, What Not to Buy
Most new moms don’t know what type of breastfeeding pillow they will need, or if their child will like being carried in a sling, or which song is going to make him fall right to sleep, until they give different things a try. Babies will respond to some things and not others. Your best bet as a parent is to gather information and make informed decisions on what you hear and read, and what products you can afford. You and your baby will find what works best for you.
Our Maternity Care and Children / Pediatrics product categories offer a wide array of products for all kinds of kids, at great prices to help both new and experienced parents.
Children and Pediatrics
Allegro has childcare necessities – from nutrition to toys to car seats and cribs, in stock and at great prices. Looking for a gift for a new baby? We have everything a new mom needs.
Baby gates are important to steer little ones in the right direction. Keep your children away from stairs, or keep them confined to certain spaces, with the right gate for your home. Worried about Jr.’s head getting caught between those rails? Get the Railnet, perfect for indoor or outdoor balconies or gates your child may try to squeeze through.
The right car seat will keep your child safe and comfortable, while giving you peace of mind. Choose a seat for newborns, for toddlers, or a convertible seat that will take your child all the way to 40 pounds.
For older children, Allegro has booster seats and car seats available to keep them safe to the federal regulation height of 4’9″.
Premature babies can be transported more safely in a car bed, designed to keep their bodies snug and secure.
Travel easily with your baby and a portable crib. Folds flat for travel and takes up less space than a regular crib. And for home, a convertible crib will take your child from infant through the toddler years. Worried about insects or pets? Get a crib tent. Your child is protected, and can still see and hear outside the crib.
Childproof your home with safety products that are sure to keep baby out, and keep all his little parts away from household danger. Outlet covers, furniture corner cushions, window blind cord covers, oven locks, cabinet locks and much more can be delivered right to you.
Baby monitors are important for the safety of your child, and for your own peace of mind. Have the freedom to move about your home and keep an eye on your baby at the same time. Choose from handheld or larger screen monitors, or a simpler, less expensive audio system.
Send gifts to the new mother in your life, direct to her door for less from Allegro. Browse through our audio or audio/video baby monitor systems, car seats, strollers, bike trailers and swings, from great brands you can trust. Or, get her something she doesn’t even know she needs like the Bumbo Seat, our most popular baby product. It safely keeps children 3 months to 16 months seated upright and comfortable, and is completely portable. Or, how about an indoor/outdoor play yard with a protective net to keep out bugs and pets? Whatever your new mom needs, get all your baby gifts at Allegro for less.
Nutrition and Exercise
It’s not always easy to ensure your child gets the proper nutrition. The right baby formula can provide properties similar to breast milk, including lipil, which contains the fatty acids that build brain and eye function. If your child has food intolerances or allergies, choose a supplement that provides nutrition without adverse reactions. And if you have a colicy baby, hypo-allergenic formula can sooth his symptoms. Find the right formula for your baby, low priced and delivered to you, from Allegro.
For children who are not getting proper nutrition due to illness, gastro-intestinal issues, inability to eat and more, supplements can help lead them to a more healthy life. Talk to your pediatrician about the proper supplements for your child.
Fight obesity, so common in America’s children today, with a regular exercise and activity program for your children. For fun body and movement exploration, Body Sox are great for kids of all ages. Just put one on your child and see how creative he can be! And don’t forget the instructional video.
Wrist or ankle weights can not only help your child to recuperate from an injury. They can add resistance to simple exercises, and build endurance and strength. Start your child pedaling early with a pedal car, tricycle or scooter. And don’t forget the helmet!
Are there Exercise balls for kids? Sure, and they’re a lot of fun. The hippity hop ball will have your child hopping all over the house, or the Rock n’ Rody rocking horse will provide hours of fun for your toddler. Foam and air filled balls are great for exercise and for play, for learning hand/eye coordination and motor skills. Allegro has child size, air-filled exercise balls, and foam or Slo Mo balls, which are easy to grip and never require air. Since they move about more slowly, your child can learn exercises and movements easily and quickly.
Health and Diagnosis
Check your baby’s growth at home with a digital scale, and a measuring mat. Also, when reporting symptoms to your pediatrician, it helps to have a home otoscope kit. Contains everything you need to see eye, ear, nose and throat issues more clearly.
Take baby’s temperature more easily with the thermometer pacifier. Just 90 seconds in baby’s mouth gives a clinically accurate, digital readout, without the child even knowing what’s happening. And, keep track of baby’s temperature constantly with the fever monitor which beeps when baby’s temperature rises one degree.
Get ostomy supplies for children at Allegro. Products are child sized and meant for active little bodies.
What is the best way to promote learning outside of school? Make learning fun! Electronic, interactive educational toys featuring your child’s favorite characters can get them learning before they even get to preschool, and keep them learning on the weekends and during summer vacation.
Children with autism and other learning disabilities need special education, and you can help your special needs child at home with educational aids.
Modular and Light Therapy
Therapy programs for children with special needs and those that suffer from illness can make a world of difference. As directed by professionals, these products can help the child and his or her caregiver and parents, to lead easier and more comfortable lives.
Pedal systems can help children develop motor skills and balance, and help those needing rehabilitation from surgery or accidents.
Potty seats for young children and those with special needs can help position them correctly, and encourage them to go. Positioning chairs will keep a functionally impaired child or a child in therapy sitting upright, provide head control, and allow freedom of movement. Also get stable seating with adjustable benches, perfect for therapists and caregivers who are rehabilitating children, or those teaching children to sit and stand up.
For help in the bath, a bath seat provides stability and restraint where needed, while allowing for play. Available for children of all ages and sizes.
Modular seating systems for children with cerebral palsy, neurological and motor dysfunction can help as part of therapy programs, at home or at care facilities. Ideal for a variety of positions and functions.
Tumble Forms Bolster Rolls are adaptive positioning shapes that (in their simplicity) are used to create postural challenges during therapy. They are great for stretching, rehabilitation and various exercise techniques for adults and children.
Versatile therapy wedges are for both fine and gross motor skills development. They are adaptable to your child’s growth and changing therapeutic needs. Or, strap wedges provide additional positioning control with wide straps that hold the torso in place.
Seating, Positioning and Standing
Floor sitters for special needs children of all ages and sizes provide secure, comfortable seating during relaxation, play and interaction. Choose from several styles, in 2 and 3 piece models, which include a feeder seat (originally created for feeding), a wedge to securely position the seat, and optional base to secure the wedge on the floor. Made of durable material that is easy to clean.
Children’s chaises are not only good for the bath and shower. Take your child to the beach and reduce your worry about his safety. Straps and comfort headrests keep him in place.
To keep your child in a therapeutic, safe or comfortable position, a positioning pillow may be what you need. Provides support for particular body parts, or the entire body, depending on the pillow. Semi permanent positioning pillows allow you to place the body or part of the body on the pillow, let it mold around the body, then suck out the air with a vacuum. The pillow will remain in this exact position until you decide to change it.
Get the most versatile children’s chair there is — it starts as a high chair that can be pushed right up to your table, and will be used by your child at the dinner table and beyond, into his teens! Contemporary style and solid wood form. Allegro also has other name brand high chairs at great prices!
Baby and children’s seats make it convenient for parents to watch their children and know they are safe and secure. One lightweight toddler seat (with a carry handle) is 5″ high on one side, and 7″ high on the other, so it can be used as your child grows. The Bumbo Seat safely seats a child approximately 3 to 16 months old, and can be placed anywhere! It works with baby’s posture and helps him to develop trunk control. Add the tray for toys and snacks.
Your special child may be using standing therapy. If you need a stander, we offer a variety for children of various heights and weights. Standing can be very beneficial for disabled children’s self esteem, and physical well being.
Strollers, Walkers, Wheelchairs
Allegro has the right stroller for your child. Keep jogging, and bring the baby along with a jogging stroller, or try a 2-in-1 that can be attached to the back of your bike as a trailer.
Pushchairs for special needs children, adolescents and teens are important investments. Your child should be comfortable and safe, and the chair should fit your lifestyle while allowing the child to be as active as possible. Compare our prices. Check out our pushchairs and accessories for your child.
Walkers and crawling aids for children with developmental delays, cerebral palsy and other special needs can make all the difference in their mobility for life. Find the walker for your child at Allegro.
A child’s wheelchair needs to work with his or her individual lifestyle, while fitting the home, transportation and surroundings, and will grow with the child as long as possible. The right wheelchair will help a child’s confidence, allowing people to see the child, not the chair.