March 31, 2007
March 30, 2007
At first I thought the Diaper Caddy was a silly product. Why would you need to carry your diapering materials all over the house? But as I thought more about it, I began to realize how nice it would be. Now that Andy is a little older, it can be a pain to bring him to his changing table. He doesn't like laying on his back and rolls around on it a lot. He seems to be stronger than me already, so I worry about him falling off while I am trying to wipe him. I'd much prefer to change him on the floor where he'd be safer. Soon we will also be moving into a two story home. I doubt I'd want to bring him upstairs for every changing. It would be nice to have a caddy like this that I can carry around the downstairs with me throughout the day as I need it. I have a cute basket already, but it doesn't have a handle, so I need two hands to carry it around. The Diaper Caddy could be very useful. Besides blue gingham, it's also available in blue denim, sage pique, pink pique and yellow pique.
March 30, 2007
Baby Dagny has a few Easter basket options for you. There's a basket for a baby boy, another for a baby girl, and a third made up of those plush pacifiers that we love.
At Oompa Toys, get 10% off everything in their Easter collection. Just use the code "2007EASTER" at check out. My pick is the Bunglie Duck from Jellycat. I just love stuffed ducks this time of year!
March 30, 2007
Our infant seat wasn't nearly this cool looking. Of course, we got ours as a hand me down, but if I had to buy one, I certainly wouldn't mind the Coco Rocker in any room of our house. This rocker comes in a variety of different colors. You can get a cappuccino, or natural finish on the base and a coconut, black, or henna cushion. Eventually there will be an option for a crystal clear plexiglass base as well. The seat features a 5 point safety harness and is for babies from birth up to 20 pounds.
March 29, 2007
Do you remember the Change is Strange books that we wrote about in December? There's a new one out! Entitled We're Moving?!?, this book helps your child deal with the move and a new home. It's available May 1 on the Change is Strange website. At this point, it can't be personalized like the other books, but it's still a great idea if you're moving in the future!
I just recently discovered the loveliest booties from Portugal, the Party Baby Shoes. I'm not entirely sure what size they are in, only the sole length is given. But they are just too adorable for words and would make such a great present. If you like these, check out the shop by PortMade, for there's a bunch of other varieties of cute shoes as well as other products.
If you're like me, you don't know whether to be creeped out or fascinated with this Cow Baby Bottle. This bottle has all the things you would normally expect from a bottle, measuring marks, replacable nipple, high temperature plastic, etc. But if you dig the udder, then this would be a great bottle to take out in public. Imagine taking this thing out in a fancy restuarant to help calm your fussy baby? That would be awesome. I wouldn't expect many people to get this for themselves, but this would make a great shower gift. So buy a few and give them out to all your breeding friends!
March 28, 2007
Get $10 off your order at Emmy and Ally when you spend $50 or more. Use the coupon code "take10off" at check out. This deal is valid through April 1. I really like the Mod Print Kimono Set they're currently selling.
Also between now and April 1, get 15% off your order at Black Wagon. Just use the code "aprilfool07" at check out. Consider the Chickpea Chirp Messenger Diaper Bag, the design is amazing!
Congratulations to Sharon from Cincinnati, who reads Super Cool Baby to find gifts for her grandchildren, and Grace from MA, who reads to find new products and reviews for her baby, both of whom won a Threadless t-shirt from our giveaway. We'll be doing another one soon, and you can only win if you are signed up for our newsletter.
From the beginning, we've wanted something at the changing table for Andy to look at and play with. He's always been very aware, and when he was only a few weeks old he would stare intently at the wall during changings. And as he's gotten older, it's harder to distract him when we change him. We never found anything we liked, so we never put anything there. I really wish we had the Wall Mounted Mobile & Mirror. This very colorful product has a lion with dangling legs and a mirror that faces the baby. I think any child would love this, and any parent who has had a hard time with changing the baby would appreciate the distraction.
Anderson never took to a pacifier. While this is good in that I don't have to wean him from it (although I do wish he would take it for self soothing reasons). For those of you who have a baby that uses a pacifier, I know that the end up on the floor quite often, and a mother needs to figure out how to deal with that. Some products are on the market for such a problem. The Personalized Pacifier Holders at Lilliput Designs clip to the child's shirt. As long as your baby isn't rolling on the ground, this can work quite well. I love how you can choose the color of the clip as well as have his or her name on it.
Another option is the Keep-it-Kleen Pacifier. Made with a shield instead of a handle, the shield on it closes automatically whenever the pacifier is dropped. The shield also locks closed so that you can store it without a cover. It's currently only available in red, but soon it'll have nine other cool designs.
Have you been having a hard time finding cool clothes for your baby to wear? I know that the selection at our local Babies 'R' Us is paltry at best. But luckily the folks at Little Ruler have been working to correct this problem. Founded by 80s skateboard legend Jeff Kendall and his wife Maureen. Inspired by Jeff's former profession and the birth of their two sons, Cole and Parker, Little Ruler offers some really cool clothes. You can get onesies, tees, outerwear, and shoes. Most items are available from size 3 months to 6T. In addition to the skater wear, they offer some great officially licensed designs from bands like Black Flag, Weezer, and NOFX.
March 27, 2007
I love the color combinations of the Embroidered Garden Changing Kit at Craftsbury Kids, so I wanted to share it with you all. It has a large zipper pocket for diapers and wipes, a waterproof interior that is easy to clean, is thickly padded, and is has a handle for carrying if you don't want to put it in your diaper bag. Diaper your baby in style with this great changing pad.
Last summer, Peter and I would walk to get ice cream sometimes in the evenings. As it started to get darker earlier, we'd sometimes be walking back as it was getting dark outside. We were on sidewalks the entire time, but I would have loved to have a Tykelight City Stroller Light. It has patented white LED lights that have a long battery (up to 100,000 hours!) and a bright illumination, can be either steady or flashing, can be attached and removed easily, and has an adjustable mount that allows you to use it in multiple locations and angles. I'd never even heard of one until recently, but I think it would come in very useful for parents who use their strollers often who want the added safety.
Anderson is starting to like toys that light up and make noise. The Fridge DJ Radio, seems like it would be right up his alley. It features 13 songs and 3 different learning stations. Each song is accompanied by an animated LED light show that help to reinforce the learning songs. The radio will teach numbers, letters, and more. If you can stand the extra noise in your house, this might be a great toy to give to your year old toddler.
March 26, 2007
I have about a thousand baby blankets or various different shapes, styles, and textures. However, one of my favorites is one that a former boss made for me that has a bunch of different prints so I can play games with it with Andy. I like how interactive it is; it's so much more than a regular blanket. Therefore, I think the Interactive Play Quilt is a great idea. Each square (16 in total) has a flap with a picture underneath. There are matching pictures, so you can play a memory game with the quilt. It's handmade, an easy game to bring anywhere, and it obviously can be used as a regular blanket as well. I think it'd be great to keep in the car so you always have a game in case you suddenly need one (as well as a way to keep your child warm or a place for him to sit if you suddenly end up at the park or at the beach.
Laura wrote about one of our favorite parenting websites the other day, 365 First Time Parenting Tips. Jeff, the writer over there sent us a copy of his book 365 First Time Parenting Tips: Infant Edition: Day-to-Day Guide to Surviving the 1st Year for review.
For those of you following this great website, this ebook is a collection of the tips and essays posted there. From Day 1 when his son was born, to the day before his sons 1st birthday, the book presents a helpful tip that will be invaluable to any first time parent. For example:
Day 8: Clean your baby's cord stump twice a day with rubbing alcohol
It's black. It's ugly. You hate to touch it. But first time parents have to get over their squeamishness to take care of it correctly. I'm talking about the cord stump. Keep it dry. Keep it uncovered...
Day 36: Breast milk will last for up to 4 hours at room temperature
If you're pumping your excess milk or are taking a trip out of the house and don't feel comfortable breastfeeding in public, it's important to know how long milk will last out of the fridge...
Many of these tips you probably learned in your child birth or similar class. However, many of them serve as a reminder that other parents are going through the same frustrations that you are. Other tips are helpful reminders, and others cover things that you would never thought of before. This book is great for any first time parents, and even for parents on their second go around. I know I've forgotten a lot of things that happened early on in Anderson's life, and this book would be a great refresher. And best of all, the ebook edition is only $9.99. At that price, you can't afford NOT to get this book.
Gap is having a really big sale. Get up to 40% off a ton of items. This is a great time to stock up on your favorite for your entire family! Ends April 8.
Easter is right upon us! I hate how the date changes every year, I can never get a handle on this holiday. I know some of our readers probably don't celebrate (and I'm not very religious myself), so I won't go crazy with Easter products. But here are a few cute ones I thought our lovely readers might be interested in if they are Christian!
If you are one to celebrate your baby's first of everything, there's a cute, plush Easter Basket for baby's first Easter.
At Babesta, consider the Lamb Bottle Hugger or the Chillin With My Peeps Onesie.
Pottery Barn Kids also has a bunch of products for Easter. I love the Jumbo Baxter Bunny, but I've always had a thing for extra large stuffed animals.
If you're going to be decorating eggs, you should check out all the kits at Gile Toys. They have a ton of different styles including a Dora the Explorer Easter Egg Decorating Kit and a Marshmallow Peep Decorating Kit. Also get 20% off all Easter products when using the code "EASTER" at check out.
March 23, 2007
When your baby crawls around your kitchen floor, do you know what kinds of chemicals her delicate skin is picking up? How about when she sticks those grubby hands in her mouth? The chemical residues from cleaning products can linger for a long time, and those toxins can be easily absorbed through the skin and mouth. The folks at BabyGanics have created a line of cleaning products that are safe for children, pets, and the environment. Created using all natural ingredients, BabyGanics claim to have superior performance to conventional cleaners. The cleaners have no fillers or dyes, contain no pollutants, caustic ingredients or volatile organic compounds. BabyGanics is available as a concentrated floor cleaner, glass cleaner, tub and tile cleaner, and a all purpose cleaner.
We haven't written about anything punk for babies in a while, so I think you should check out the Punk Rock Baby Blocks by LuLuLux. The set of four blocks has various cool prints. There are two that are 6x6 inches and two that are 4x4 inches wide. They are squishy but still stackable, and the best part is that they are machine washable! If only every baby product was, it'd make every parent's life so much easier. If you like these, check out the diaper bags that LuLuLux makes as well.
March 22, 2007
Last week we reviewed a book about the Year of the Pig, and today we've got a Year of the Pig onesie and bib set. This set is packaged in a clear quart-sized takeout style gift box with a matching gift card; it makes the perfect gift for all those children born in 2007 -- the year of the pig. The onesie is made from soft ring-spun 100% cotton American Apparel, and the bib is absorbent terry cloth. It's available in two sizes - 3-6 months and 6-12 months.
The G-Luxe Bag at Sweet Baby Lane is perfect for a woman who doesn't want her diaper bag to look like a diaper bag. The inside is water proofed and seam taped, and one end pocket is fleece lined to store your personal items such as sunglasses and cell phone. It comes with a changing pad, wipes case, key clip, and adjustable straps. There's a zipper pocket, two end pockets, and two larger zipper pockets, so there's plenty of room for all your stuff. It's also made out of a leather substitute which is better for the animals and the people making the bags. I can't get enough of how purse-like it looks, no one would ever guess it was a diaper bag.
March 21, 2007
You may remember The Bottle Tamer, which I wrote about earlier this month. We were lucky enough to secure a review of this product, and we couldn't wait to try it out. As Andy is getting older and I'm nursing him less, I am finding it difficult to make sure he's getting enough to drink. I give him sippy cups often at home while he's playing on the floor as well as at mealtimes, but when we are out and about, I don't as often because he is in the stage where he loves to throw everything he can get his hands on to the ground (if it doesn't end up in his mouth at least!).
To refresh your memory, The Bottle Tamer is a strap that goes on your child's bottle or sippy cup to keep it from falling on the ground. You can attach it to a stroller, car seat, or high chair, and it ensures that the bottle is always within your child's reach and doesn't get dirty by hitting the ground.
Continue reading: "Review: The Bottle Tamer"
Whenever I bathe Anderson alone, I always wonder how I could take him out of the bath without getting myself all wet. Usually I just pick him up, let him drip for a few seconds, then hold his wet body against my shirt while I put a towel around him. Luckily I've never had to run out of the house after doing this, but I always knew there had to be a better way. Well, the folks at Coocoose have found it. Designed by two mothers from England, the Coocoose fastens around your neck and back like an apron. That leaves your hands free to bathe and then coocoon and cuddle your baby, all while protecting your clothes from splashes. In addition, one corrner of the bathing apron/towel is hooded to keep your child extra warm and comfortable after his bath.
I'm realizing how much I love vintage children's fabrics such as the one on the Receiving Blanket by Eloise & Etienne. I just love the look of the circus animals here. It's so classic and yet somehow so new and fresh. This blanket has a 32 inch diameter. Because of availability of the vintage fabrics, your blanket may not look just like this one, so check to make sure you like what you are getting before ordering. But I think with almost any vintage fabric, you'd end up with a beautiful blanket either way.
March 20, 2007
Mango Ink is another company in the business of high quality photo cards and announcements. They recently contacted us, and sent us a few samples of their products. We received a "Limited Photo Card", a "Personalized Thank You Note", and a "Personalized Photo Card".
Limited Photo Cards
Limited photo cards are available for a number of different events. Mango Ink carries cards for birthday invitations, baby events (like birth announcements), wedding events and holidays. All designs are availalbe as photos on a stiff cardstock backing, and the birthday invitations and baby events are also available as envelopments where the card stock backing extends to fold around the photo card in the middle.
The limited photo card we received is a birth announcement. It is a two-tone pink design, with a black and white photo in the center. It is mounted on a Coal cardstock backing, which is black with subtle sparkle flecks. The photo itself can be endlessly customized by you and the designers at Mango Ink, but the backing is available only in a dozen or so different colors. These photos are probably hand mounted, so there is a chance that your photo will be slightly off kilter like the one we received. Now, I'm kind of a perfectionist when it comes to things like this, so most of you might not even notice. Overall, the quality of these cards are fantastic. I would love to send these to all of my friends and family at every opportunity I get.
The Limited photo cards are $3.00 each, and must be ordered in groups of 8 ($24.00). The price includes all text, photos, modifications etc, and each card comes with a colored envelope. If you want to spend a little more, for $3.50 each, you can receive each card as an envelopment. Each envelopment comes with a clear envelope.
Continue reading: "Review: Mango Ink"
Every so often we discover a baby product that makes us wonder why we didn't think of that. My Swing Thing is one such product. With three clips, it turns any chain swing into a toddler swing. It's small so you can easily find a place for it in your car for those times when you want to go to the park or use a friend's swing set but there's only big kid swings. My Swing Thing is fully adjustable and can support up to 60lbs.
You all have probably realized how much I love Threadless. I think they have great designs, and I love how they come out with new ones every week and anyone can submit designs and vote. Now there's a big development over there, they've started Threadless Kids! This is a whole separate site dedicated just to their children's line. They still only have that one design of onesies that we mentioned earlier, but since you can search by onesie sizes as well as tee sizes for the bigger kids, we are hopeful that they'll make more in the future.
Their new designs this week are Mr. Toxic Waste (which glows in the dark) and Paint By Numbers.
March 19, 2007
The folks at BabyPro were kind enough to send us their series of sports themed DVDs for review here at Super Cool Baby. The DVDs are labeled for children from 9 months to 4 years. In all, there are 3 DVDs covering basketball, baseball, soccer, cheerleading, dancing, gymnastics, swimming, diving, and surfing. The DVDs were created by a PhD mother and a sports-aficionado father and have garnered more than 15 national awards.
These DVDs cover a range of different sports activities. They're great for introducing your young children to new forms of physical activity. We sat down and watched a few with Anderson this week. He was captivated at times, especially when there were very young children playing on screen. At other times, especially when older children and the pros were playing, he lost interest. So, while the DVDs are targeted at children ages 9 months to 4 years, you may find that your child is not interested in certain parts of the DVD at all.
Continue reading: "Review: BabyPro DVDs"
You all know by now that I love my clothing. Here are some really cute designs at SquidFire. They sell onesies, bibs, t-shirts, and hoodies for babies. Some of my favorites include the Mice & Cheese Bib, the Dragon Onesie, the Dinosaur T-Shirt, and the Squid Hoodie. They also sell clothing for men and women as well.
Don't forget about our Threadless giveaway! Anyone signed up for our newsletter will be eligible to win a Threadless 6T t-shirt. We will be giving away two, so there will be two winners, and we will be choosing the winners one week from today. The designs are For Sale by Parents and Big Fish Wins, both of which are sold out right now. So sign up for our mailing list if you haven't already so you can be eligible!
There are a few new sales we want to tell you about.
Briar Patch Heirlooms is giving you 20% off your orders of $100 or more when you use the coupon code "March20" at check out. This deal ends on April 6.
Sophie & Lili is closing, so everything is on sale.
Baby Dagny has 20% off all clearance items for today only! No code is needed for this deal.
March 17, 2007
Baby Dagny is having a huge sale. Get 60% off select items, including the Wheely Bugs, which are so adorable! This sale ends on Monday, March 19, so get moving before it's too late!
March 16, 2007
Andy loves his toys that spin, and spit blocks out, and let him stick blocks into different shaped holes. He still hasn't quite figured it all out, but he definitely appreciates those toys a lot. The Busy Box seems like its right up his alley. Each side has a different activity: a clicking clock, moving beads, shape sorter, telephone with animal sound buttons, pop-up bear and bear in car. Finally, a key unlocks the door to reveal shapes, and gears that move and click. This toy is best for babies 18 months to 3 years old.
If you're a parent, you probably know many of the big parenting blogs out there. Here is one that you may not know about that has been very helpful to me. 365 First-Time Parenting Tips started about two months before I gave birth. I read it very intently both to see what was written about Andy's age but also to look ahead to see where I would be in a few months with him. There are a lot of helpful tips that made things for me so much easier. Now the author has started with toddler tips as well, which I am looking forward to reading. If you like parenting blogs, I highly suggest you add this one to your reading list.
March 15, 2007
With the advent of Google and the Internet in general, kids born these days are going to grow up in a very different world than the one we grew up in. Why not get their appreciation of the information superhighway started early with this adorable Goo Goo Onesie. It is made in the USA from 100% cotton and is machine washable. It's sold out right at the moment, but hopefully they'll make more soon!
Recently we showed you Maternity Buckles which allow you to continue wearing your regular pants while you are pregnant. Another very popular product is the Bella Band. I had heard rave reviews of this product from a friend of mine, so I decided to buy one myself and try it out. The way it works is you wrap the band around your waist so you can unbutton your jeans. You can also use it to wear your pregger pants a little earlier, keep up your full panel pants up or after your baby is born on any pants.
Continue reading: "Review: Bella Band"
Best & Co. has designed a limited edition t-shirt for the Associates Committee of The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Annual “Bunny Hop” and “Kids Kick In” Program. All profits of the Bunny Hop Tee Shirt are going to the Department of Pediatrics at MSKCC, specifically the Clown Care Unit Program. I think this is a great cause, and the tee is really cute. So consider helping out and buying one this spring.
There are a couple of sales we wanted to tell you about. First, get 20% off at The Children's Place with the coupon code "SANR37." This deal lasts only until Sunday, March 18 and is available online only.
March 14, 2007
Cooking together as a family is a great way to spend time together. And the results of your hard work can be delicious and rewarding as well. The only problem is, younger children sometimes have a hard time time with full sized utensils, and many parents don't necessarily want to let there kids have at their nice bakeware either. Kids Central Kitchen tackles both of these problems with their full line of kids sized bakeware and utensils. You can get kid friendly mixing bowls, measuring cups, and measuring spoons. And you can get a set of kid sized kitchen tools that includes a wooden turner, spatula, mixing spoon, rolling pin and stainless steel whisk. And finally, Kids Central Kitchen carries a full line of natural, whole grain baking mixes for kids and their families. These mixes contain no trans fats, hydrogenated oils, refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, artificial flavors or preservatives. And they do all sound really yummy too!
Okay, I take it all back. Boon sent us an Oval animal bag the other day, and I totally dig this product now. Andy still doesn't have too many stuffed animals, but I can totally see that this product would make a great addition to any nursery.
Continue reading: "Animal Bags from Boon"
Reading to your baby is very important as it can help them learn to read (my brother was able to at age 3 because of it) as well as gets them interested in reading which will help them later in school and in life. We make it a habit to read to Andy every night before he goes to bed. Peter's already told you that we read to him Goodnight Moon. Some of his other favorite books include The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle, The Going to Bed Book and Pajama Time! both by Sandra Boynton, Touch and Feel Farm, and Hugs and Kisses by Christophe Loupy and Eve Tharlet. He also really likes Fly Away Ladybug and Hello, Sun! to play with. His absolute favorite that we put with the toys because he loves it so much is Pat the Bunny. He will play on the floor with this book for a half hour or longer. It's even in his hand now as he's watching Sesame Street. I think for his birthday I'll buy him Pat the Puppy and Pat the Cat as he loves both animals!
March 13, 2007
We received a copy of The Year Of The Pig: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac the other day. It is the second book in the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series. It is written by Oliver Chin, and illustrated by Jeremiah Alcorn.
The book begins with an explanation of the Chinese zodiac, and we learn that people born in the year of a particular animal are thought to share a certain personality and identity with their sign. More and more people around the world celebrate the start of another Chinese new year in early spring. This year, of course, is the year of the pig.
The book is the story of Patty, a newly born pig on the farm of Farmer Wu. Patty enjoys doing all the things pigs do, slipping and sliding in the mud, diving face first into her food, and snoring loudly when she is sleeping squeezed in between her parents.
But one day, Farmer Wu loses his valuable jade ring. Patty wants to help, but she is not allowed out of her pig pen. In the end Patty manages to escape her pen and finds the ring in the compost heap, to the delight of Farmer Wu and all the other animals on the farm.
While this book does teach you about the Chinese zodiac, the story of Patty's tenacity is applicable to all cultures. The book is beautifully illustrated, and kids of all ages will be sure to love it. The Year of the Pig contains all kinds of animals: pigs, horses, dogs, sheep and oxen. We learn a little bit about each. Horses like to sleep standing up, sheep like to keep their wool clean, and so on. I think younger children will still appreciate the book, as many pages have a lot going on, and older children will like the story.
Baby Bean is a really cute children's clothing company for girls from 6 months to 6 years of age. Made with all vintage fabrics, they have a ton of super cool pieces. My favorites include the Bloomers, the Ali Halter Daydress, the Annie Pocket Jumper, and the Cuff Capris.
What a coincidence that we have an ad from Baby Dagny right when we wanted to write about them anyway! They sell The Buddy, which is such a cool baby product I'm not sure how we've lived without it all these months. This product is a high chair, changing pad, elevated floor pad, and shopping cart seat all in one. It's under 3 lbs, stores easily in a diaper bag, and has a great restraint system that makes sure your baby doesn't fall or roll off. Check out the website for videos on all the great ways you can use The Buddy. It's available in blue, red, and a blue and red combo.
March 12, 2007
The Threadless sale has been extended until tonight at midnight CST, so if you haven't taken advantage of it, we suggest you do. Who knows when the next sale will be? There are also four new children's tees available today. They are My Playtree, Cyclope, In Case of Fire, and Alphabet Zoo.
Super Cool Baby is having another giveaway! Anyone signed up for our newsletter will be eligible to win a Threadless 6T t-shirt. We will be giving away two, so there will be two winners, and we will be choosing the winners two weeks from today. The designs are For Sale by Parents and Big Fish Wins, both of which are sold out right now. Sign up for our mailing list if you haven't already so you can be eligible!
I love pillows for Andy's nursery. He doesn't have enough yet as I'm picky and probably didn't come up with the best theme for his room. If you have a sailing theme for your nursery, you will love the Sail Away Wool Felt Pillow. It is handcrafted, lined with muslin fabric, filled with a down insert, and sewn in wool felt so it won't pill or tear. I really love the design so much. Other cute pillows made by the designer Branching Out include the One Big Shell Wool Felt Pillow and the Shell Trio Wool Felt Pillow to complete the nautical theme, the Princess Wool Felt Pillow, the Football Pillow, the Sweet Tweet Pillow, and even monogrammed pillows.
March 9, 2007
The other day we were at a friends house and I noticed a tiny bowling set in their child's room. At first I thought it was a little strange, but then I realized, what kid doesn't love setting things up only to knock them over! My Nature Bowling Set from Latitude Enfant, is a great bowling set for toddlers 18 months and up. Your child will love the smiling characters on each of the plush pins, and will take pleasure in knocking them over with the rattling green ball. And in case of the inevitable accident, everything is hand-washable in cold water.
I know there are tons of cute onesies out there, more than you could ever have a chance to put your baby in. But the Robot Onesie from Hardboiled is definitely one of my favorite designs. The robot is dropping hardware as he walks, and there's some more screws and nuts and bolts on the back as well. Hardboiled as a few other onesies for sale as well as really nice tees (which I wrote about over at Shirt Snob). Consider supporting an independent designer by buying this cute onesie.
March 8, 2007
Swell Baby, one of our favorite baby sites, is having a spring sale. Get 25% off everything in the store when using the code "SPRING07" at check out. They also have free shipping on every order over $75. I suggest the Retro Rocket Mat, I love the print!
I've been meaning to write about Orbit Strollers for a while now, I'm glad I finally get the chance. They are so neat, I really wish I had one. To begin with, it has a 360 rotation that allows your baby to face any way you want (a feature I really could have used countless of times on my walks). It also has easy one-handed folding, aerospace grade aluminum that is both very strong and light weight, it has a smooth ride with unique front suspension and rear pneumatic tires, and the car seat has a full EPP foam liner for maximum energy absorption. And besides all of that, it's quite sleek looking as well. It also has a cargo pod for carrying your essentials, a cup holder, and the handle height can be adjusted so almost anyone can comfortably push the stroller. It's available in mocha and black. We know it's a little on the expensive side, but since it's very safe and so convenient, it might be worth it!
A week ago, we embarked on an 800 mile car trip with Anderson. Previously, the longest we had been in the car with him was 3 hours. That trip didn't go so well, so we were definitely anxious about this trip. In anticipation, we bought the Snack & Play Travel Tray. We were hoping that it would allow Anderson to feed himself, and play with some toys while we were on the road.
We ordered from Traveling With Kids because they were able to guarantee that the item would arrive before we left. Their customer service people were nice and friendly, and were able to help us through a billing issue (since we had already changed the billing address on our credit card, but the item had to be shipped to our old address).
The problem we had with the tray is that Anderson's car seat still faces backwards. While facing backwards, car seats are still reclined fairly far back. So, when the tray was placed in front of him, Andy could only reach the first few inches of the tray. So any food or toys that rolled away from him were out of reach, and caused him to get frustrated. I think that once his car seat is turned around the tray will be much more useful as he won't be reclined as much.
The tray is made of 100% nylon with a foam insert which creates a relatively firm surface to play with toys and eat dry snacks. At the same time, this allows it to collapse on impact, so it will not present a hazard in a car accident. However, make sure that you don't use any toys that can become dangerous missiles in the event of an accident.
The Snack and Play Travel Tray is also available at Amazon.com
March 7, 2007
When I was first pregnant, I started showing pretty quickly. I was not at all prepared, however, for my expanding waistline. I remember one day having no pants to wear to a dressy event that I had planned myself (I don't do skirts), and I was so embarressed with what I eventually came up with. The b-buckle would have helped me a ton. It hooks into your belt loops and allows you to wear your non-pregnacy pants longer. I wish they had more muted designs besides Camo with Pink Peace Heart and White Rock Mama, but either way I would rather have worn one of these to my event than the only pair of pants that still fit me (that were not nearly dressy enough) with a hair elastic threaded through the button hole. The b-buckle comes in three sizes, so it should work for all sizes of newly pregnant women.
Our approach to sunscreen has long been "keep Anderson out of the sun". But as he gets older, that gets harder and harder to do. These Babysafe SunScreen Towelettes are a great addition to any diaper bag for applying sunscreen when you're on the run. Each towelette is saturated with a gentle SPF 30+ sunscreen and enriched with Vitamins E and B5, marine silk, aloe and oat to protect, soothe, and moisturize your baby's skin. At $26 for a 15 pack of towelettes, these might be a little expensive, however if they're always in your diaper bag, you'll have one handy when you need it the most. If you like the products made by MD Moms, be sure to check out the Baby Silk To Go Travel Set as well.
March 6, 2007
Threadless is having a $10 sale. All regular tees are a part of this sale, and that includes both adult and children sizes. Besides that, there are new children's designs as well. I really like I'm A Noun! and El Conductor personally. The sale lasts until March 12.
Yesterday I wrote about the issue of bottles falling when you take your little one for a walk. Today I'll cover another potential issue when using your stroller: the weather. Sometimes you want to walk, but it's just a little nippy out. The Secure2Me Blanket is a great alternative. The blanket has a non-pinch clip on each corner that you can use to secure the blanket wherever you need to, such as the stroller. You can also use it in the car, on a baby swing, a baby carrier or sling, baby carrier, infant seat, and even as a nursing cover-up that won't fall off. There are a bunch of different fabric choices in the collection, with Licorice and the Blue and Pink Chiffons being my personal favorites.
I already wrote about the carrier we used with Anderson, the Baby Bjorn. I thought it was a great carrier, but the big problem we had was that Anderson was just too big for it! We had to stop using it after Andy was 6 months old. The PortaMEe solves that problem! It doesn't list any maximum supported weight, but I would imagine that your shoulder and back will probably let you know when its too much. Best of all, its designed with an ingenious lumbar support to help take the weight off your shoulders (a problem that plagues the Original Baby Bjorn). So, this carrier will last you a lot longer, but that's not all! It has pockets all over the place for diapers, bottles, cell phones and keys. You could leave your diaper bag at home when you take your child out in this carrier. And to keep things tidy, a matching tote is included.
via Mommies With Style.
March 5, 2007
I haven't taken Andy on a long walk in a long time because it was just too cold in Boston, and he was afraid of strangers and screamed nonstop when I tried walking with him at the mall. Now that we're in North Carolina and it's warm, I'd like to start again. And this product would be a huge help. The Bottle Tamer is a strap that goes around your child's sippy cup or bottle that keeps it from falling onto the ground when they inevitably drop it. I don't mind when they fall on the ground in my home, but when walking I would find it hard to give the sippy cup back to Andy. I don't ever want to think about what dirt he'd be sucking on after that! The Bottle Tamer is very affordable at $8.50, and you can also buy it with an accompanying sippy cup. We are hoping to do a review in a few weeks as well, so keep an eye out for it!
We recently received a copy of "Going to School in India" here at Super Cool Baby Headquarters (now in North Carolina!). This DVD is well outside what you would call a baby DVD. However, for those of you with older children, this would be a great DVD to help expose them to other cultures and ways of life.
The DVD is composed of a series of short vignettes including "Going to School in the Lake", "Going to School on a Bus", "Going to school on a Mountaintop", "Going to school in the Dark", and so on. Each of these tells the story of a particular child or family and how they go to school. It is quite remarkable how different things can be in other parts of the world. For example, in "Going to School in the Lake", we see a one-room primary school that teaches children of all ages. The students all live on small islands on a big lake, and must take canoes to school. In "Going to School on a Bus", a school-on-wheels travels around Bombay to teach children living on the street.
Again, this DVD is definitely not for babies, but readers with older children may find this subject interesting. Going to School in India is available from Asia For Kids.
March 2, 2007
I've been in the mood for a new diaper bag for a while now. I love the one I have, but it's almost a year old and is starting to look a little dirty and worn. When I discovered the Chocolate Ice Tote Set and Diaper Bag at Calliope Boutique, I realized I may have found what I have been looking for. This bag, which also comes with a changing pad, cosmetic bag, and wristlet (just what I need!) has an easy to clean fabric, a zipper closure, a large interior pocket with a zipper, two open interior pockets, two adjustable interior bottle pockets, two exterior side pockets, and metal feet at the base. Also, there's free shipping on all diaper bags! I love the color combination, and the ribbon going around it makes it seem more like a large purse and less like you're toting around sippy cups!
March 1, 2007
* baby star * has some new fabrics out in time for Spring. I always love the fabrics that they choose, it's hard not to buy something in every design! You can choose between bibs, blankets, burp clothes, diaper burps, minis, and throws in these great fabrics.