November 22, 2006
Although Andy isn't quite there yet, soon I'm sure he'll be eating with his hands and therefore getting food all over my dining room. We are lucky to have hard wood floors, but I don't want to be mopping up after him every time he eats. Therefore, I think the Chowhound Splat! Mat is such a great idea. Simply place it underneath your baby's high chair, and it'll catch all the food that ends up on the floor (unless your little one can throw long distances). The mat comes in six different designs (my favorite is naturally Vintage Andy). It is 35 x 35 inches, is made of a wipeable fabric, and the best part is that you can flip it over and use the other side as a chalkboard! It even comes with chalk and an eraser. So once you clean it off, it will keep your child occupied while you wipe down the high chair or do whatever else you need to do! It also stores easily and can be used as a blanket as the beach or park, so this product is truly a multi-tasker! If you like this, consider the Chowhound Placemat as well, which is almost identical to the Splat! Mat but smaller, the Travel Mat, or buy all three in the Gift Set!
November 21, 2006
The Tripp Trapp High Chair from Stokke is truly innovative. It was designed by Norwegian designer Peter Opsvik after he couldn't find a chair that would allow his growing son to sit naturally at the family dinner table. The chair features an adjustable footrest and seat that allow your child to sit in a natural position with his feet resting on the ground while still supporting his back. As your child grows the chair grows with him, getting you through that awkward time between highchairs and adult chairs. And when your child has grown up, one more quick adjustment and you can use the seat as well! Besides natural beechwood, the Tripp Trapp comes in a variety of colors, including black, lime, blue. And if you're going to have your infant use the Tripp Trapp, be sure to get the baby rail.
November 17, 2006
Anderson is just beginning to figure out how to grab his sippy cup by himself. It has large handles on the side which give him something easy to hold. So, when we make the transition to a regular cup, the handles on the Dumbo Training Cup will probably be very helpful as well. The cup is designed by well-known designer Richard Hutten. It's dishwasher safe, and comes in blue, orange, and pink.
November 8, 2006
The folks at Skip Hop definitely seem to have a knack for making products that at first I don't think I need, but on further reflection would actually be quite useful. Take the Skip Hop Splash Bottle-Drying Rack, for example. We don't even use that many bottles in our house, but they always seem to clutter about the kitchen sink in various states of cleanliness. This drying rack would definitely make things much more organized in our kitchen. The drying rack features taller prongs that hold up to nine bottles, while the shorter ones are perfect for nipples, straws, valves, and other small items. And as an added bonus, the middle compartment holds a scrub brush perfectly contoured for the inside of bottles. So even if you're not planning on bottle feeding exclusively, this is one contraption you just might need, but don't even realize it!
Also available at Amazon in white, poppy, and marine.
As much as I want to say the Skip Hop Baby Food Organizer is a ridiculous addition to anybody's household, I'm forced to think about the woeful state of my own baby food organization. If your anything like me you either leave all your baby food in the box it came in from Costco and play "What's Andy Eating Tonight" like we do. Or maybe you stack your food at the back of your kitchen counters, as we're also known to do. Therefore, this organizer would probably do pretty well in our house. Each shelf spins independently, and the opening allows you to see the labels. You can even set it up with 2 shelves instead of three, if the space in your pantry is tight. But if your anything like me, you'll leave this out on the counter where its easily accessible, and easy to restock.
Also available at Amazon in white, poppy, and marine.
November 7, 2006
If you're like us, you wouldn't even consider diapering your baby with cloth diapers. However, that doesn't meant that you can't use cloth diapers in your nursery. These singly-ply diapers really have dozens of different uses. They make great burp cloths — they're big enough to really cover your shoulder when you're burping your child, and they're absorbent enough to clean up all but the biggest of spit-ups. They make great changing table covers when you're hard-pressed in a restaurant bathroom. You can even use them as a light blanket during the summer! We keep 2 dozen of these in our nursery, and they're usually scattered around the house so there's always one within reach. These are definitely a nursery necessity!
November 1, 2006
Don't you hate it when you water tastes all plasticy because of the bottle that its in? I hate to think about what sorts of chemicals I'm dumping into my body whenever that happens. The folks over at FLAX art design are selling Sigg Kid's Bottles that combat this problem. Made out of seamless lightweight aluminum that has been tested for 0.0% leaching so you don't have to worry about the bottle breaking or contaminating your child's beverages. Its not clear how much the bottle holds, and the top looks more like a squirt bottle than a sippy cup, so its probably best for kids that are a little older.
October 16, 2006
I love this high chair, the Flair Standard by Boon. It has a diner feeling to it I think, which makes it seem very retro. It has a pneumatic lift, so height adjustment is easy. It also has an easy to clean, waterproof pad, which is also soft for your baby to sit on, a tray that is adjustable to three positions, a five point harness, wheels that lock, and the tray is dishwasher safe. As your child gets older, it can also be used as a chair, with the tray, harness, and cushion detachable. You may also like the Flair Elite. It seems to be very similar to the Flair standard except instead of a plastic base and frosted glass colored seat, the Elite has an opaque high gloss seat and a stainless steel base. I don't know if it's worth an extra $200 for those features, but either way, both seats are pieces of art to me! Both high chairs are available at some point this fall, but you can preorder them now!
October 13, 2006
I think many families aspire to feeding their young children the same food the adults eat, ideally without having to pull out the food processor at every meal. This mini food mill from giggle lets you puree your baby's food easily and quickly. Simply place the food inside the mill, and rotate the crank. Out comes pureed food, which you can feed directly to your baby! At $15 you can take the risk that you'll never use it, if you are like me and had grand illusions that you would make all your own baby food.
One thing that I really enjoy about having a baby is seeing all the things out there for them that are just smaller versions of adult objects. Like little pairs of jeans, little spoons, and more. So I just love these little Booster Seats from Dottie Doolittle, little chairs are so cute! These seats can be used in a variety of situations and are easily cleaned. They come in a variety of colors: diner pink, diner blue, gingham pink, gingham red, hibiscus red, pink polka dot, red polka dot, pink strawberry, and yellow strawberry.