Month: February 2009

There’s a bug in my tub

You’d think after spending at least ten minutes before bath time last night rinsing and cleaning out the bath toys, we would have invested in a new bath toy holder.  We lost our last one to broken suction cups and the one before that to size. Seriously, we have a lot of toys! So at the top of this week’s must-buy list is Boon’s new lady bug bath pod. Similar to their frog pod, the lady bug bath storage container attaches to your bathroom wall, keeping those baby soaps and shampoos organized, and toys dripping dry. Just remove the...

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The bling-free baby track suit. Yes, it exists.

We’re already completely smitten with the offerings from Westcoast Baby, so when we heard that this two-mom team added track suit sets in toddler sizes (woo!), we couldn’t wait to take a look. Created with their signature soft stretch cotton jersey and manufactured in Canada, these casual play clothes are perfect for every season. And no big crazy logos or gratuitous hardware. Wear the hoodie with jeans, or pair the comfy track pants with a bright summer tank– the bold gender neutral colors make them perfect for girls or boys. Just not grown-ups. Darn. -KristenFind beautiful baby clothes and layette options...

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It’s not a bib

A bib is not something that makes you gasp upon opening the package. It’s just not. Whatever combo of terry or cotton or vinyl or whatever…it’s a bib. So why exactly did I gasp when I opened the Bibbie from Dilly Dally? This beautiful reversible um…not a bib, is more like a structured pinafore that covers the body in front and some of the back, then  ties behind at the neck. Inspired by designer Ashley Peterson’s Great Grandma Donna, the beautiful vintage-inspired fabrics are quilted and sewn just marvelously. Lest you think this cover-up too pretty to get food...

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Animal house

Just when I think there can’t possibly be any more ways to make animals into wall art that make me want another baby purely for the decorative accessories, someone goes and proves me wrong. This time it’s Milk Moon Kids, purveyors of limited edition hand-pulled screen prints of critters being awesome. Bedtime Rituals (shown) features one animal for every letter of the alphabet– educational, and therefore totally justifiable. Really. I’m not just saying that because the elephant’s trunk cracks me up every single time I look at it. -Mir Visit Milk Moon Kids to shop for your own must-have...

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Sleep training. Oh, blessed sleep training.

What I remember most about the early days was that the money I spent on batteries for the swing could have easily funded a semester in private college. Because my baby didn’t sleep unless he was in motion. For months. Know what I needed? Someone who knew how to help me help him sleep in his crib. So hooray for child expert and sleep guru Katie Smith of The Independent Child. She’ll conduct in-home sessions in LA county, but will also work with parents anywhere in the world via telephone, as well. This isn’t about CIO versus non CIO;...

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Bunk Bots: Domo Arigato Mr Roboto

The other night, as my son crept into my bed, he hit me in the head with a robot. Thankfully, unlike the plastic trucks and action figures he has adopted as lovies in the past, this robot was a “crazy soft” Bunk Bot named Night-Vision Pinch. And that’s the point. Pinch is one of several plush robots created by a brilliant Portland, Oregon product design engineer who saw his sons cuddling up to hard, pointy robot toys and decided to make something a little more sleep-friendly. I love that each of the ten gray fleece robots comes with a...

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Baby washcloth 2.0

All three of my kids love to take baths.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean they love to wash themselves. Enter MiniMitts by BellyLaf. These cute bamboo/cotton blend wash mitts are the eco-friendly version of traditional bath mitts. Embellished with your choice of cute sea creatures, you’ll find your kids can scrub themselves way easier with these mitts than with a baby washcloth. If you’ve got a baby, then try Grippees which has little silicone gripping dots strategically placed at the heel of the hand  right where I need it when wrangling a slippery, squirming baby who’s determined to elude my...

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What says “welcome new baby” better than flowers?

I cannot tell you how guilty I feel tossing a baby announcement. Not only does it stink to have to add to the landfill, but it just seems odd to put a baby’s picture in the trashcan. So I had to check out Botanical Paperworks, a Canadian company that creates all their stationery products from plantable paper. Cool, right? All you have to do is place the card under a thin layer of soil, put it in the sun, and give it some water and you’ll get a pot full of wildflowers. Flowers that will always remind your friends...

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Love is all you need

Hearts, schmearts. Not every printed proclamation of love needs to involve pink or red or lacy frilly things. Me, I’m digging the screenprinted love poster from Jennifer Ramos of Made by Girl that simply says love. What more do you need? The poster does come in more traditional colors, but there’s something about the steely gray that may be just the thing for sentimentalists who don’t want to get all that sentimental. In other words, the husband might not be like, get that thing off our wall. Ah, romance.  –Liz Happy Valentine’s Day, cool...

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Come on baby light my fire

Hands down, this Perfect Match necklace gets the award for most creative expression of true love handcrafted out of metal and meant to dangle from your neck. Far more original than an “eternity band” and definitely more affordable, the matchbox pendant is roughly stamped with Perfect Match and has two little matches inside. And because the boxes fit together, you can wear the pendant open, closed, or somewhere in the middle. It’s pretty snazzy as a 925 sterling necklace, but there’s something about the brass (shown) that just works for me. It’s too late for Valentine’s Day, obviously –...

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