Month: May 2008

Chiara Kruza Maternity: One Shirt Flatters All

With my first two kids, I collected a pile of mediocre maternity clothes, not one of which I could wear from start to finish. Even my favorite pieces had to be retired after a couple of months – or when I hit the "sausage stuffed in casing" look. Now with the third on the way, I’m going to be smarter about my purchases. Enter Chiara Kruza, a designer (and mom) who has made me excited to get dressed every morning. Her simple, super comfortable pieces will not only take you from trimester to trimester and beyond, but they’ll make you feel like a...

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Sometimes Playtime is Way More Than Playtime

We’re seeing more and more toymakers and shops reaching out to kids with autism and other developmental challenges or delays and we think it’s pretty darn awesome. Parents of these kids often have their hands full, let alone having to reasearch which playthings will be the most suitable. I’m happy to learn that eBeanstalk has added a whole section of toys for children with developmental delays, all assembled by a group of impressive experts who are also parents themselves. What’s particularly cool though is that the stuff isn’t all lumped together under one heading like "for children with autism,"...

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BYO Kids’ Placemats

Going out to dinner with the kids can give me indigestion even before the food arrives. That is why I am in love with Doodles at Dinner, a smart solution for “the itchies” that strike kids who are forced to sit still at a restaurant table. Even if all you can find in your diaper bag is a broken crayon, your kids will have fun sketching mini works of art on the 36 tear-off sheets, following instructions like how to take a number 4; and turn it into a heron. Be sure to leave a few of these masterpieces...

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A show for kids with two mommies, two daddies, or even one of each

Who says great preschool entertainment has to be heteronormative? (There’s a new word for Scrabble for ya.) Not Dottie’s Magic Pockets, the self-proclaimed “greatest kid’s show not yet on TV” for alternative families. And lest you think it might be all about alternative families, well, it is and it isn’t. What it is is what would happen if someone put Mr. Rogers and Captain Kangaroo in a blender, and then topped it with a few sprinklings of Bear in the Big Blue House: There’s puppets and singing and animation clips and real life issues discussed in silly ways and...

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How Do You Know if the Bath Water Is Too Hot? The Whale Will Tell You.

I am one of those sad NYC moms with a single bathroom to accommodate our family of four. My greatest dream in life, besides the one about the full scholarships to college for both kids, is a second bathroom – one which I could fill with all that fun goofy kid stuff. My first purchase might well be the heat-sensing, non-slip tub decals from organize.com that turn from blue to white if the water gets too hot. It’s an easy way to head off that fear mamas have of lowering the baby into a scalding bath. Which, come to...

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Clogs: They’re Baaa-aaaack.

Remember those clunky wooden shoes with the suede leather strap that were all the rage about 25 years ago? Yeah, I’m trying to forget about them too. They were our generation’s Crocs, another trend I’m happy to avoid. I’ve found a much more fashionable option at Cape Clogs. These Swedish-made shoes feature alder wood soles and all-leather uppers in such a wide variety of cool patterns,  like dinosaurs and ladybugs, that any little girl can find one (or six) she likes. Plus, they make that wonderful clomping sound when you walk. What kid doesn’t love that? They make them...

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Green is the New…Well, Yeah. You Know.

Some of the kids eco-tees we’re seeing are a bit heavy-handed for my taste. There’s a fine line between a clever slogan and some creepy preachy statement on a preschooler. Junkfood’s ultrasoft Live Free/Live Green tee spotted at hip kidswear purveyor Stinkypants strikes the balance and finds the cool. Not that I entirely know what the line means – unless it’s some sort of Zen reference to the existential freedom one experiences by cutting back on needless consumerism. But that wouldn’t fit nearly as nicely on a size 4 tee. If you really want to practice what you preach,...

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The Incredible, Invisible Bib

I have long come to grips with the necessity of the bib. I have not, however, been swayed by the bib to match the outfit concept. To me, the bib and the outfit are entirely individual entities. Until now, that is, courtesy of the matching bib sets from Bibs and Match. The idea is pretty simple — the bib attaches right to the onesie with a snap so you don’t have to mess with food residue in velcro. You can even attach the bib before you put the onesie on the kid if you’ve got a squirmy one. Once...

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The Wii Fit: Getting In Shape Hasn’t Been This Fun Since…Well, It Never Has.

As bathing suit season approaches, I mourn that I am not more of a gym person. I am more of a sit on my butt and play Guitar Hero then complain about how bad I look in a bathing suit person. So I decided to give the new Wii Fit a whirl. Oh my goodness, am I smitten. No wonder these things fly out of stock as fast as they come in. Basically there’s a little balance board-like thingie that’s got a remote sensor to the Nintendo Wii system. It functions like a scale tracking weight, balance and BMI...

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Green Up, Green Up, Everybody Green Up

If you’re not yet familiar with Method Home, you haven’t been in my bathroom where the pink grapefruit liquid soap is a permanent fixture. (Don’t worry, you’re not missing much not having been to my bathroom.)  Their nifty line of household and cleaning products would best be described as "light green" – eco friendly and non-toxic, but not exactly made in small batches in some hippie’s bathtub. What’s most appealing to moms, besides the whole they won’t kill you thing, is that they smell way better than cleaning products have any right to. I recently tried out their Squeaky...

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