Month: August 2008

Babywearing twins. Yes indeedy.

My hat’s off to all moms of twins–double the gear, double the diapers, double the feedings. And not being able to wear both babies at once? That seems the most daunting prospect of all to me, since babywearing has saved my sanity with all three kids. So when I saw that the Baby K’Tan baby carrier could be used to wear twins, I was amazed. These two loops of cloth feel as soft as a well-worn tee shirt, and they can be arranged in all sorts of  configurations including a cradle hold for two babies up to ten pounds...

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I love you, you’re perfect, now finish your carrots

Some of my fondest memories of lunchtime as a kid involved reaching into my brown paper lunch bag and feeling around between the sandwich and the granny smith apple for a surprise note from my mom, replete with her trademark curly-haired happy face sign-off. That’s just what the heart-shaped cards from Paper Source called up and suddenly I needed a whole ton of them for my daughter’s upcoming school days. Those and some glitter glue. Never mind that I could probably make them myself out of construction paper. Never mind that my daughter isn’t actually in school long enough...

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Baby videos actually entertaining for mamas too.

Now that I’ve got three children, I’ve given up trying to protect the youngest from his older sisters’ tastes in TV shows. Is it cliché to mention that I saw Road Runner get clobbered at least a thousand times as a kid, and I’m still an upstanding member of society? Even so, it’s nice to pop in a DVD that’s actually geared toward my baby that doesn’t simultaneously make me want to take forks to my own eyeballs, which is why the new titles from Sparkabilities are my kind of baby videos. The content is based on the PlayWisely...

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Yo Homes, to Bel Air!

Now if I told you that Sir Hayes, the kids’ label emblematic of urban Brooklyn chic, was making a onesie inspired by “Carlton,” what would you think that means? Because when I got wind of it, right away a single image popped into my head: Alphonso Ribeiro in his preppy polo shirts dancing the White Man’s Overbite to Tie a Yellow Ribbon. Indeed The Fresh Prince’s not-so-fresh cousin has inspired the awesome new Carlton Onesie. In baby blue or classic navy, it’s a beautifully made little piece of goodness worthy of any hipster-prepster in training. And sorry to stick...

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You Know Build-A-Bear? Well This is Build-A-Bar.

I spend a lot of time complaining about breakfast, but that’s what happens when you take an anti-morning person and add kids. One of my tricks for dealing with mornings when I’m feeling less than perky is to hand over a breakfast bar. So when my old friend sent me the link to YouBars, I was psyched. Not only are these nutritious and easy, they are customizable. Really! My daughter and I had a lot of fun creating our own combinations of grain, fruits, nuts, and flavors online and then giving them silly names. What kid wouldn’t want to...

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A is for Atticus, aka How to Sound Smarter Than You Actually Are

If you’re shopping baby names (or just browsing), you have to check out Lorilee Craker’s A is for Atticus: Baby Names from Great Books which give you far more erudite options than naming your child for the latest celeb du jour. Or worse, the latest celeb du jour’s kid. Do future teachers really need to have Zuma Nesta R and Zuma Nesta D in their classrooms? I love the concise descriptions of major works of literature interspersed with cheeky commentary from Craker on names from Atticus (Finch) to Zelda (Fitzgerald). You won’t find every name in between, but you...

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Dave’s Presidential Hot Sauces – Promoting your democratic right to spice up your bloody mary with your candidate of choice

There are plenty of ways to pledge your allegiance to your presidential candidate – bumper stickers, t-shirts, anonymous troll comments on Daily Kos. But Dave’s Gourmet has perhaps the most appetizing idea with a line of presidential hot sauces that are perfect if you’re planning on hosting a convention-watching party. With buffalo wings. Barack Obama and John McCain – along with earlier contenders on both sides of the aisle – each have their smiling mugs featured on a bottle of Cool Cayenne hot sauce, not the company’s trademark Insanity Sauce. Although in a way, the latter might be more...

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One banana, two banana, three banana, four…

It’s not that there aren’t great television and music options for the kids that are new, it’s that the resurgence of our old favorites brings a nostalgic tear to our eyes. I can clearly remember dancing around to the groovy tunes of The Banana Splits back in my youth, when Hanna-Barbera first brought their furry faces to Saturday morning television. Viva la comeback, baby! Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper and Snorky are just as kid-friendly as ever, and I’m sure your kids will be toe-tapping and na-na-na-ing along with you in no time. If you’re in a hurry to get your...

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Tiesies – ‘Cause every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man

I’m all for outfitting my baby boy in some fine threads on special occasions.  But dressing a wee one in the same style sported by a forty-something man (sweater vests, anyone?) isn’t special–at least not the way you’d intended. Try a tiesie on for size instead.  These organic cotton onesies and tees by Pumpkin Girl are hilarious adorned with vintage men’s ties, carefully sewn into place, so they don’t fall into the wee one’s soup bowl, of course. They’re perfect for those events where other less fashion-forward babies squirm around uncomfortably in rumpled pint-sized trousers and vests....

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The Belle Baby Carrier – You Can’t Go Wrong With Denim

My husband is totally willing to wear the baby, so long as it doesn’t require a mei tai (too many straps) or a sling (too uncomfy on his bad shoulder). That basically leaves him with our Belle Baby Carrier, which is both easy to use and light on the back, thanks to the smart waist strap and backpack-inspired ergonomic design. Plus it lets your baby face in or out when he gets a bit older. When I heard that they added organic denim (yes denim!) to their line, I knew I had come up with one more reason that my husband could take...

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