Month: July 2008

High Chairs of the Rich and Totally Lucky

A high chair isn’t exactly the kind of baby gear you think you’ll fall in love with. A crib, perhaps. A diaper bag, absolutely. But that eyesore in the middle of your dining room that you will spend the next 30 or so months of your life scraping dried baby food and milk-soaked Cheerios from? I think of it more as a necessary evil. But then I found the Fresco Loft High Chair from Bloom. And oh, did my heart go thump thump thump. It’s gorgeous and modern, as are all things from Bloom. But more than that, it’s...

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Haute Looks for Kids That Moms East of Hollywood Can Afford Too

It seems like everywhere we look, there’s a super cool new site popping up that hosts limited-time online sample sales of designer kids clothing. First it was Gilt Groupe, and now it’s Haute Look. Essentially, Haute Look emails you about steep online sales that only last a day or two. Their designers are truly excellent–they launch kidswear with Primp on July 30, move onto Splendid Littles on August 5, then hook you up with the likes of of Neige, Jigsaw (shown), and Tea Collection. And the discounts are spectacular. Like in the “how can they get away with it?”...

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Oh How Fast They Grow

When it comes to growth charts, we’re the pencil on the wall type of family. Believe me. It’s not like we love to write on our walls, but we have yet to find a growth chart that is both functional and is something we’d actually hang somewhere other than inside a closet door. But when I saw Tiny Sprouts’ new Grow With Me cloth chart, I thought that it was something I could definitely see putting up in my house. This extremely simple yet brilliant chart is hand embroidered with the text of your choice and includes numbers (in...

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Death to Scrunchies!

I find it hard to believe that there are still scrunchie wearers in the world, unless they have all arrived here via time machine direct from 1991. Better option–wayyyy better option–is Knotheads. I will admit it took me some time to come around on these no-pull, pipecleaner-esque hair accesories, but that may be more a matter of my utter spazziness than any sort of product flaw. The long ones are a most excellent solution for getting long hair off your neck without resorting to ponytails, and the 4-inch ones can stand in for barrettes or elastics. Check the site...

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Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

I love my husband and am perfectly happy giving his name to my children, but just a teeny tiny part of me would like to take some visible credit for pushing them out of my nether regions. (Except for the stretch marks, that is). That’s why I instantly had to grab one of the Mitetees onesies for our third bundle soon to arrive. They’ll combine your last name with your spouse’s ala movie production credits, celebrating both of your roles in the new baby’s arrival. If you’re on baby number two, three, or heck, six, make sure to grab...

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Like a new mom’s group where you never have to get out of your PJ’s

The very best gift you can give a new mother is a group of slightly more-seasoned moms upon whom she can rely. I was lucky enough to have such a thing after my first was born, but I also had times that I was pacing the floor at 2:00 a.m. with a fussy baby feeling more alone than anyone in the history of motherhood has ever been. Donna Holloran is a social worker who runs BABYGROUP, a playgroup designed to help new mothers gain confidence and, let’s face it, competency, in Santa Monica, California. But now the rest of...

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Make My Own Monster: No Sewing Required

In theory, I do love those make-your-own-doll kits, but even with the craftiest of kids (and moms) at the helm, they still scream “homemade” a little louder than you’re hoping for at times. (Oops…there goes Teddy’s eye.) With Make My Own Monster, a cool service from the folks from North American Bear Company, you get the best of both worlds – your kid gets to design his own monster, and someone else gets to make it for you. Purchase of one of their kits and you get a few drawing pages, coloring pencils, and a series of questionnaires to help...

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Back Away From the Stinging Nettles, Young Person

Having grown up in Iowa on a farm, I’m probably at a slight advantage for identifying poisonous plants and snakes. But for the rest of us, or just kids who love all things creepy and crawly and generally nasty, there’s Don’t Touch That! by Jeff Day, who is coincidentally both a pediatrician and an artist.   The colorful cartoon illustrations have my four-year-old daughter pretending to consult this book every time she goes outside. I skimmed the book cover-to-cover in about an hour while waiting for the turkey burgers to grill, noting the sections on snakes and spiders (gah)...

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Bring It.

It’s the invasion of the eco-bags! They’re flooding the market and the truth is, as long as they keep being cute, we’re going to keep posting about them. The latest entry: BYOB from two ever eco-consicous women up in Vancouver, Canada. The ethically-made totes have a nice lightweight but sturdy quality about them, and I really like the size and length of the handles. Definitely a fine substitute for a plastic bag and a half at the local deli. The certified organic collection includes some wonderful designs, from retro poppies to the not-fit-for-PTA-meetings F*ck Plastic. (Although let me tell...

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Barney. The Good One.

A certain purple dinosaur has given this dude a bad name. But I’m thinking Barney Saltzberg is taking the name Barney back (yeah!) with 30 incredible children’s books and four really swell CDs in his arsenal, including his latest musical artistry, Crazy Hair Day. (Did this pacifist just make a weaponry reference in the other Barney’s general direction? I think I definitely did.) Maybe it’s my Austin roots, but I’m really loving the laid back folksy brilliance of this album, which sounds like a relaxed rainy Sunday afternoon–the children’s music equivalence of the great background soundtrack you want to...

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