January 31, 2007
We all know that alcohol is strictly verboten while you're pregnant. So many a new mother look forward to their first glass of wine. The only problem is, nobody wants to pass that alcohol along to their nursing infant. So, just how can you be sure that your breastmilk is in the clear? Well, the folks at Milkscreen created a product that provides a simple and fool-proof test to do just that. Mothers first saturate one of the reactive pads with a drop or two of breast milk. After a two-minute wait, if the pad shows a change in color, this indicates a positive result, meaning alcohol is present in the breast milk. If the pad shows no change in color, there is no alcohol content in the breast milk. So new mothers, enjoy your new found freedom, and remember to drink, and test, responsibly!
January 29, 2007
We love multi-functional high chairs, especially when they look as cool as this. The Nest highchair, designed by Sally Dominguez, has three different modes. When your child is 6 months to 2 years old, you use the tray to feed your baby. Then from 2 to 4 years, you can use it without a tray as a booster seat. And finally the whole chair lowers so your child can continue to use it until they're 6 years old! The chair is made from polyethylene and powder-coated steel, so its built to last that long as well. I bet this would look really cool at the breakfast bar, next to a set of matching stools.
January 25, 2007
Andy takes one bottle a day unless I am out of the house, so we only possess a couple pretty unexciting bottles. But if you have a child that takes a bottle often, you may like these cute ones from Urban Baby Runway. They say fun things on them like Diva, Rock Star, Dude, Milk Junky, and Sucker. Each bottle's nipple is replacable with any other standard nipple, and they are dishwasher safe on the top rack.
January 18, 2007
Although Andy is mostly breastfed, we do try to give him a bottle every day. This way, I have the freedom to leave the house without him now and then. It's really helped my sanity, but the problem is now washing all those bottles. They add up quickly however, and it's a big pain to hand wash everything. That is why I think the Dishwasher Basket Combo is a great idea. You just load all the parts into the baskets, place it on the top rack, and you're done. Besides the Infant Basket, there is a Toddler Basket that cleans teethers and cup parts (which we could really use right now as Andy also takes a sippy cup of water every night) and a Spill-Proof Valve Cleaner. Don't need the Infant Basket? You can also get the Toddler Dishwasher Basket Set which includes the Toddler Basket and the Spill-Proof Valve Cleaner.
January 16, 2007
The Rinki is a new type of highchair. It's a stool that, with a quick pull, changes into a highchair. If you're like us, your highchair is enormous, and probably takes up way too much room in your kitchen. The Rinki is nice and small, and best of all, you can use it as a regular stool when your child isn't in it. The only problem of course is the lack of tray. However, if you have a bar or island in your kitchen this might not be a problem. In fact, it might just be a great place to feed your child. The only problem? This chair doesn't seem to be available online, at least in the U.S. If you live near a Seimi distributor, give them a call and see if they can get it for you.
January 15, 2007
The folks over at Plum Organics were kind enough to send Super Cool Baby a small sample of their food. We received two containers of Super Greens and Banana Peach Rice Pudding. Gigi Lee Chang, the founder of Plum Organics, believes that the joy of eating starts with the very first spoonful. Plum Organics provides your baby a wide range of delicious foods that offer the best building blocks for a lifetime of healthy eating. Research indicates that eating habits and food preferences are formed by the age of two, so it is definitely important to get things off to a good start, and you definitely can't go wrong with Plum Organics. The food comes in two stages: Real Smooth and More Texture.
Even though these are in the Real Smooth stage, they definitely had some texture to them. In fact, they seemed very reminiscent of homemade baby food.
The Super Greens
are made from organic peas, spinach, and green beans. Using a unique cooking process combined with flash freezing, Plum Organics locks in the fresh flavor and helps retain vitamins and enzymes that are essential to your babies development. Even though these are in the Real Smooth
stage, they definitely had some texture to them. In fact, they seemed very reminiscent of homemade baby food. Now, Laura is a vegetarian, so we're used to eating our vegetables in this house, but when I tried these veggies myself I found that they were very good. Definitely a much more pleasant texture than your typical pureed baby food. Anderson didn't agree with me at first though, and since he is one of the least picky eaters in existence, you may want to introduce these slowly before stocking up your freezer. I think it was the texture that bothered him the most, as we only recently started introducing food with a little more texture. But too his credit, he ate all of the Super Greens
without any more fuss.
I was a little more skeptical about the Banana Peach Rice Pudding. Made from organic bananas, peaches, rice, and cinnamon, I figured this would be a good chance to introduce Anderson to some new flavors. However, the pudding was much thicker than I was expecting. It came out of the container in one solid chunk. When I tasted it, I thought it was very nice. You could definitely taste the bananas and peaches, with the tiniest hint of cinnamon. And there was no mistaking the texture of the rice pudding. This would be a nice dessert for anybody, not just your baby! My first thought was to put little chunks in front of Andy and let him feed himself. This actually went surprisingly well, and the ate at least half the container that way. After a while I mashed everything up a little more and finished feeding him the container myself. Interestingly, he had no problem with the texture of this one.
In addition to Super Greens and Banana Peach Rice Pudding, Plum Organics currently offers Pears & Apples, Sweet Potatoes in the Real Smooth stage. And in the More Texture stage, they offer Chicken Whole Wheat Pasta, Super Greens Multigrain, Vegetable Stew with Beef, and Red Lentil Veggie. You can purchase Plum Organics at Whole Foods, Wild Oats, and Wegman's nationwide.
December 19, 2006
It's going to be a while before Anderson is eating off of a plate, but when he does I bet he'd like these animal plates and bowls as much as I do. They feature really colorful designs, they're made of durable melamine, they're dishwasher safe, and can handle as many whacks, spills and drops as your toddler can dish out. In addition to I'm Not Lion and Bronto Stripus pictured above, giggle also offers Whacky Pachy, and Monkey Daisy styles.
Laura and I were just discussing how we really needed some divided trays with which to feed Anderson. Then today, I stumble on these awesome melamine trays made by a company called
Goodnight Moon. These whimsical trays are a product of British artist Liz Murphy. In addition to Pirate, they are also available in Animals and Princess. And most importantly, the trays are dishwasher and microwave safe (just don't put them in the oven!).
Check out these totally awesome ROBOT plates by French bowl. Each depicts a different ROBOT character on a patterned background. Anderson would totally get a kick out of cleaning his plate off, if he wasn't so interested in throwing his Cheerios on the ground. But someday, he'll appreciate their inherent coolness. These 7" square plates are dishwasher safe, but they are NOT microwave safe. If you or your child love robots, be sure to check out these awesome limited edition prints by the talented Eric Joyner.
Maybe I've been living under a rock, but I've never even heard of a bottle cover before. So while looking around Babesta yesterday, I was quite surprised when I found them. I don't know if a baby would like them or not, but they are adorable. Babesta has them in four different designs: rooster, lion, monkey, and even Santa! So if you want to make your feeding time a little more fun, here's a cute way to do it!