Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
As the holidays roll around and I start planning gifts for friends and family, I've been thinking about my favorite books for different age groups.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Ok, so up until today (which is 63 degrees) it has been getting progressively colder in NYC. It was cold enough that last week I broke out the winter gear - hats, mittens, boots, coats and "bundlers." This week is devoted to some of my favorite winter gear.
Friday, September 4, 2009
The Pronto Travel Changer is the very best changer I've come across. Compact enough for a diaper bag/backpack/stroller, just enough pockets for the essentials (wipes, diapers, etc.). Perfect for changing in the park, in the airport, or - God forbid - an airplane bathroom. At $30 it's a little expensive, but totally worth it.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Hands down my favorite travel/spare highchair. It actually folds even more compactly and one of the straps becomes a handle. Great for playdates, keeping in the trunk for restaurants, or for Grandma's house - especially if she lives in an apartment or just doesn't want the enormous highchair kickin' around her kitchen when you're not there. We often take this out to restaurants for our 9m old Tot #2 to use since it gives the back support (and security) that the restaurant high chairs seem to lack. Tot #1 also loves to sit in it to eat, draw, play playdoh or watch Grandma bake. Oh yeah - it's also $19.99!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
If these bath kneelers EVER come back in stock on Amazon (I've been waiting for my 2nd set for the in-laws house for 2 months) order them! They are the best ones I've tried. They are extra cushy and even have a removable insert in the upper part so you can use on a tub with sliding doors. They come in 5 colors (the four shown plus graphite). They are totally worth $35.
I LOVE this travel bouncer from One Step Ahead. It has all the features of a regular boucner (vibration, music, etc.), easily folds/unfolds, stows in a handy carrying bag and is light enough to schlepp to a playdate a 1/4 mile away (or throw in the back seat of your car). This was key for Tot #2 at Tot #1's playdates. Also, at $39.95 you can't beat the price!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Ah, Boon. Beautiful contemporary design. Continued botched execution. Ok, so that could be the review right there. Here is the long version.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
So almost every mom I know (and a lot of dads) are struggling to get back in shape after having a baby. I should preface this with the fact that I don't love the gym. Not bad, just expensive, time consuming and impossible to do with kids (unless you have a gym with kid care and even then, ew....). I figured for the $150/month that I saved in dropping my gym membership, over a few months I could get some great gear to stay in shape. Here's the short list of what I bought and love.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Ah, every parents' favorite words 5-10 minutes after you leave home (or 5 minutes after the plane takes off)..."need to go potty!!" Unless you're traveling in an RV - and even if you are - this poses a problem. You can either ignore it - at your peril - or find a place for them to do their business.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
So we're in full potty training mode at our house. It all started so innocently about three months ago when Tot #1 was 18m old and came across a copy of Alona Frankel's classic "Once Upon A Potty." After initially skipping through most of it, all of the sudden Tot #1 got REALLY into it. We had to read it every time she took a nap. And every time she went to bed. I'll admit we - as parents - got a little into it too. We used some WiteOut to replace the name with our daughter's and to fix the terms to be those we use (I just never grew up saying "pee-pee" and didn't really want my daughter to...).
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The new Skip*Hop Swipe is my new best friend. I don't know why no one thought of this before, but kudos to Skip*Hop for another product that is not only modern and stylish, but conveniently meets the everyday needs of parents.
With 2 kids - heck, with one kid - I've always hated having to rifle through my diaper bag to get at the wipes every time I need to clean messy hands, runny noses, or miscellaneous nastiness off my stroller. It is easy to snap on to the handle bar of any stroller, but I love this so much I bought one for each stroller.
It also easily opens you can quickly refill it with your wipes of choice. No more hunting around for travel-size packs of wipes. Woo hoo!
My only minor complaint is that it is tricky to get the red button completely closed so if you don't use it for a while your wipes can dry out. We go through wipes at a fast enough rate that this isn't an issue at our house. The trick to closing it is to slide the red button all the way down and then gently push it in towards the wipes until you feel a "click."
If you don't own one of these yet you should go buy one (Amazon.com and Magic Beans carry it or you can buy it directly from the Skip*Hop website). It really is fantastic.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Ok, so I'm going to break the "strictly baby gear" rule already. A few of my pregnant friends recently asked me what you need to have in your bag for the hospital. Here are the essentials. Pack it at least 4 weeks before your due date. In fact, while you're thinking about it, pack it now. Make sure your husband/partner/significant other/labor coach knows where it is. Maybe just park it by your front door (or toss it in your car).
- Plastic bag of Essentials (copies of hospital paperwork, insurance card, doula/doctor/pediatrician names and phone numbers)
- Clear hard candies in flavors you like (life savers, jolly ranchers, etc.)*
- Gatorade (powder mix if you can find it)*
- Large bottle of water (~1L)
- Bendable straws
- Extra hair bands
- Flip flops
- Magazines, Book or iPod w/ headphones (you could be there a while and might need a distraction)
- 2 Pillows with COLORED pillow cases
- Eye glasses (if you have them)
- Exercise ball and pump (if you’re using one)
- Gum and bland snacks (for your Significant Other)
* if your OB will let you have them. Make sure to ask at your next appointment
Small Suitcase for your stay in Maternity:
- Cardigan or zip hoodie
- Lightweight cotton bathrobe
- Medela Comfort Nursing bra (1-2)
- Underwear (3-4)
- Nursing nightgown (1-2)
- Toiletries (shampoo/conditioner, body wash, hair stuff, a little blush + lip gloss for pictures, extra contacts + saline, deodorant)
- Outfit to wear home (not involving pants/tights/leggings)
- Balance Bars or some other pre-packaged snacks
- Cellphone charger
Significant Other (if they are "rooming in" with you during your stay in Maternity):
- Underwear (1-2)
- T-shirt (1-2)
- PJ pants
- Flip flops
- Outfit to wear home (sleep suit or similar coverage)
- Outerwear (depending on the season - a sweater for spring/summer or a jacket, hat, mittens for fall/winter)
Have Someone - i.e your parents or a close friend - Bring You:
- FOOD and SNACKS (hospital food really is terrible)
- Bottled water (4-6, 20oz+ size bottles are best)