Category: Gear

Building a better sleep sack

It must be hard to come up with new twists on old baby gear, like sleep sacks, but it seems there’s always a smart mom out there ready to devise a brilliant improvement. And if there is, we’re going to find her. Or in the case of the Gunapod wearable blanket, three moms. This soft and cozy fleece baby sleep sack –which is available in three sizes ranging from 3 to 24 months– isn’t just another adorable wearable blanket. That’s because the mama creators behind the blanket know a thing or two about middle-of-the-night diaper changes and sleeping-baby-transfers. Their experience is our gain....

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Breastfeeding Week Pick: Hygeia Breast Pump

This week, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, our contributors are sharing their favorite nursing picks.I’ve never actually needed to pump other than for comfort until my most recent baby. Thank goodness I’ve had the Hygeia Breast Pump to keep me company on various hotel rooms and yes, even airport bathrooms. The rechargeable battery is genius, but the recording feature that lets me bring the sounds of my baby with me really makes this such a smart choice.- Kristen More World Breastfeeding Week Picks: Medela Nursing Cami, BOOB Nursing TopsThe Breastfeeding BuddyBella Materna Nursing BraNursing Halter...

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Cool baby booties made for sleep deprived parents

The last thing I need as a mom of a newborn is an article of clothing that takes actual brain power to figure out how to put on. Give me no-fuss onesies and slip-on pants and I’m a happy camper. I always thought booties fell into the too-much-work-to-put-on-baby category until checking out the new Uno booties from Puj. Puj, the company famous for the foldable foam Puj infant bathtub that’s so smart it’s in our Baby Shower Gift Guide, just introduced Puj Unos. Aside from the glaring Puj label right smack dab in the middle of the bootie, these...

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Breastfeeding Week Pick: The Breastfeeding Buddy

This week, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we’ve asked our contributors to share their favorite nursing picks. How annoying is it to have to carry around dozens of different cloths, bibs and blankets whenever you take your baby out? The Breastfeeding Buddy, a handy little strip of fabric with clips on both ends, allows you to get double duty from those various baby blankies. Clip one on and it transforms any blanket or swaddler into a hooter hider. Genius.  -Melissa Stay tuned this week for more great nursing picks. And if you missed Monday’s post, click to check...

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The Brita water bottle. Pretty smart.

While lots of companies are trying to build a better water bottle (just search water bottle on our site sometime), I’m actually surprised it took Brita so long to get into the game. But now here they are, with a sports bottle that has one of their filters built right in. Fill up the substantial, BPA-free Brita Bottle right from a water fountain or sink, and the filter, which is attached to the sippie part at the top, filters out “chlorine taste and odor” as you drink. Note they say chlorine taste–not actual chlorine. So don’t be filling it with pool water. But it does mean if you need a refill on the road or at the gym, you can feel better about your choices. The filter needs replacing about every 20 gallons or so, so if your kids are downing one of these bottles a day, that’s only once every four months. It does come with a huge Brita plastic wrap label over it but fortunately, it’s easy to peel off. Then you’ve just got a nice, big blue sports bottle, and some well-hydrated kids. –Liz Find the Brita Water Bottle online from shops like Target, Walgreens, and our affiliate...

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A stroller sunshade that makes sense

I can get a little crazy about sun protection (just ask my husband). I douse myself in SPF 30 every single day–no matter the time of year–and I run for the shade at the playground and the park. So it’s only natural that I want the same safe sun vigilance for my kids. I’ve been looking for a good stroller sunshade–a non-black one that still lets my sons see the world–and I finally found one. Thank you Maclaren! The new Sunshade from Maclaren is a smart and stylish light grey color. I never understood why so many stroller sunshades...

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Ergo and Petunia Pickle Bottom make babywearing oh so pretty

My first Ergo was a lot like my first boyfriend. Solid, comfortable, and dependable, if a little thick. But not pretty. Not swoon-worthy. Then Petunia Pickle Bottom got involved. In a babywearing version of She’s All That (or Can’t Buy Me Love, or Clueless–you get the picture) The Ergo got an extreme makeover, and now it’s one of the prettiest baby carriers on the block. For along time, the main complaint of Ergo carriers was that they weren’t stylish. Well, the new collection of Petunia Picklebottom Ergo buckle baby carriers includes three gorgeous prints in soft organic cotton, and...

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Banish bug bites without using any nasty chemicals

The first sign of summer for me is always my first mosquito bite. I always consider bug bites to be the price I pay for good weather and barbecues. But now that I have kids, I feel the need to douse them in something to ward off bug bites, and I’ve never been a fan of that hideous bug spray smell mixed with all those nasty chemicals. Thanks to Erbaviva, I’ve found a way to fend off the bugs, while still keeping my family chemical-free. The new Organic Buzz Spray bug repellant from natural mom and baby skincare line Erbaviva...

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The latest stroller accessory is off the hook

You know what I love most about my stroller? Having something to toss all my stuff in whenever I’m out. I’m not kidding. I really do depend on a stroller to be my pack mule. And now there’s the simplest little invention that helps me do it. The Jumbo Swirly Hook from the mom inventor of the brilliant Buggy Cup, is right up my alley. It attaches to a stroller handle bar (think Bugaboo type, not umbrella handles) with a velcro strap. And then you’ve instantly got yourself a handy-dandy hook to put lots of bags on, even with...

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The best lightweight city strollers? – Reader Q&A

I’ve been a huge fan of my Maclaren Techno XT. It’s a 2003. Sadly, it’s reaching the end of its usable years and I’m in the market for a new stroller. It must be subway friendly, lightweight and comfortable. Before I just purchase another Maclaren, I’m wondering if there is anything new out there I should try first. -Michelle I’m a subway-riding, stroller-pushing, big-city-dweller, too, Michelle, so I think I have an idea of what you’re looking for. My intial thought is that another Maclaren will probably be your best bet again. They’re excellent, hardy strollers that are lightweight,...

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