Happy 1st Birthday, Prince George. Watching this royal cutie change and grow over the last 12 months has been a treat for all of here in the States. I personally love to see what he’s wearing, given how stylish and well put-together his beautiful mum is. But I can’t help but wonder: Once little George is back at home in the nursery and out of the public eye, just how dashing are his onesies? Most moms know how many of these babies go through in one day alone. Stocking up on this baby essential is not only necessary, but it’s pretty much a no-brainer. Of course, like any parent knows, it never hurts to have a sense of humor, and that means having fun with your little one’s wardrobe. Gift givers looking for something fun, yet functional for a new baby should take note of The Spunky Stork’s Romper of the Month Club. Each month, you’ll be asked to select a particular onesie design for your intended gift recipient, along with their size, and it arrives in a few days. It’s a practical, yet fun way to make sure your favorite baby is well-dressed (and a great excuse to toss those spit-up stained rompers). Choose from any number of witty sayings (“as seen on ultra sound”) to fun prints (imagine the future King of England wearing a–gasp!–Eiffel Tower romper?). And since babies seem to grow awfully fast, you can update your order with the right size each month. Now that’s cause for celebration.
In a Nutshell: A baby gift that keeps on giving, and that’s fit for a future king. Sign us up.
Juggling two kids’ schedules competes for my attention every day. As a mom who’s been working from home for the past decade, I’ve become a master at time management and, on most days, feel like I have a pretty good handle on things. Even though my girls’ lives are undeniably busier than mine was at their ages, their schedules are predictable for the most part. But for moms of little ones, trying to get a baby to nap on queue, or take a bottle when they’re good and ready, is easier said than done. Aiming to make new parents’ a little less overwhelming comes Baby Bundle, a brand-new mobile app designed to simplify your baby’s everyday routine at the swipe of a finger. Monitoring Tools let you record and manage your baby’s sleeping, feeding, diaper-changing and even your breast-pumping activities. Super-techie, on-the-ball parents can even export the data to share with their pediatricians at monthly visits. Wonder how Junior is measuring up to his baby cousin in Denver? Just consult the Growth Tracker where you can record height, weight and other vitals while comparing to national averages. (Right up there for sports dads checking game stats!). Or, get your geek on by linking your doctor appointments to your calendar, while learning what you can expect at each check-up. Of course, no baby development app would be complete with a photo journal–aptly named Stream of Life–that lets you organize pix, note milestones and create journal entries to share with family and friends. Or just to moon over when you look back at how fast that first year went (sigh)…
In a Nutshell: This is one baby app that will help you feel you’re more in control of your life. The sweetest part.
Anyone with a new baby knows all too well how many diaper changes they go through in one day. And when you’re in a frazzled, sleep-deprived state of mind, trying to close up a squirming baby’s pajamas at 3 a.m. can be a little daunting. Ollie and Bess two snap crawlers aims to simplify the diaper changing experience. These sleepers are designed with just two snaps–strategically placed in the back–so your little one is ready to go…hopefully, back to sleep. Your first thought might be like ours: only two snaps must mean gaping holes. And yet, that’s not the case; these crawlers provide ample coverage without a tight-fitting feel. Made from 100-percent pima cotton, these one-piece outfits are soft and snuggly, and come in a variety of whimsical prints, like alligators and crabs. So, while you may be in Diaperville for a while, at least you can make those changes…well, a snap.
In a Nutshell: Make like a quick change artist and stock up on these two snap crawlers for easy diaper changes.
Diaper duty doesn’t have to be a drag…unless, of course, you happen to be Top Fuel driver Morgan Lucas. This fuel drag racer and father-to-be is reportedly a big fan of the Baby Sherpa Real Tree Camo Diaper Backpack, which is being praised not only for its sporty style, but its features and functionality that let you get your hands on what you need, when you need it. And anyone who’s a new parent can attest to the importance of that! But you don’t have to be a drag racer to appreciate the Real Tree Camo Diaper Backpack‘s universal appeal. Because this backpack goes beyond basic diaper bag fare, you’ll be able to take advantage of its many extras. We love the built-in, soft-sided cooler with plenty of room for snacks and drinks (parents need to keep hydrated, too!) There’s also a separate storage component specifically designed to hold your iPad, video camera or any other electronic device. And of course, the diaper bag itself is spacious and sturdy to handle your daily duties as mom or dad, no matter if you’re a professional athlete or not.
In a Nutshell: When it comes to extreme parenting, this is a one tough diaper bag. Great for new dads and dads-to-be.
How do you know you’ve just entered the home where a baby lives? The unmistakable smell of dirty diapers. That truly never occurred to me until the day my kids were fully potty-trained, and that all-too-familiar scent had finally left the air. Even the finest air fresheners could never rid that lingering odor, and diaper pails that claimed to trap that poop smell did a semi-decent job…until it was time to empty them. Well, we may have found a diaper disposal system that makes good on its word. tommee tippee 360 o sealer takes the stop, drop and close drill one step further; after you deposit the dirty diaper in the top, simply turn the dial to seal the deal, so to speak. (If your nursery is anything like mine was, you are often shoving the diaper into an already-loaded up pail…and who has a free hand to hold their nose?) By sealing each diaper as they enter the pail, the scent gets trapped, so you don’t have to re-experience any earlier…”deliveries.” While the 360 o pail can hold up to 30 diapers, each refill can hold up to 100 diapers. This definitely one diaper disposal system that’s taking care of business. The 360 o is available at BabiesRUs.com.
In a Nutshell: A diaper pail that gets traps odor and keeps it under wraps. Your nose will thank you.
When my younger daughter was in diapers, my legs got quite a workout. I was forever forgetting to bring an extra pack of diapers downstairs, and so made many a mad dash up to her room to grab a fresh diaper, wipes and other necessities. When I finally got my act together, I put together a small wicker basket filled with supplies. As tasteful as it was, this basket wasn’t entirely practical. I sometimes tripped over it when it was in the middle of the floor, and it never looked right in the middle of the dining room table. Now, if the Windel had been around when I was a new mom, my home might have looked a lot less cluttered, and I might not have stubbed my toe so often. This wooden wall accessory may look like a picture frame or hanging photo cube, but open the doors and you’ll discover a cleverly concealed changing caddy with plenty of room for a stash of diapers, diaper cream and more. There’s even a hidden opening that dispenses wipes, so you can grab a few in the midst of changing without missing a beat. And that means no chance of a stubbed toe.
In a Nutshell: A discreet diaper caddy that fits into your home decor. Add a photo of a proudly smiling mama, and the look will be complete.
Well, the Royal Baby is finally out of the hospital and settled in his new home. Even though we still don’t have any official word of his given name, that doesn’t mean the business of taking care of baby is put on hold–and that includes diaper changing. Like any new father, handling his first diaper change is a rite of passage, and according to Kate, Prince William has successfully completed his initiation into Nappyville. While we imagine this task will soon be relegated to the royal staff (if it hasn’t already), might we suggest a calming accompaniment to this regular routine? The Organic Pharmacy’s Nappy Balm is a princely panacea to the universal diaper rash. Made with soothing ingredients like lavender and evening primrose, this cream works wonders on sensitive newborn skin. We think it’ll be a diaper bag mainstay, especially for this special baby.
In a Nutshell: Because even heirs to the royal throne get diaper rash.
When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I knew I wanted an old-fashioned pram in which to parade my new little love around town. By the time my second daughter arrived on the scene, I had grown weary of the neutral-colored baby gear I had acquired along the way. Sure, a cream-colored bouncy seat may have fit into my traditional home decor, while a steel grey car seat meshed well with my car’s interior. But at the end of the day, I found everything to be a bit…oh, how can I put it? Bor-ing. If someone had told me that those first few months of life with a newborn would be filled with lots of cat-napping, diaper changes, rattle shaking, sleeping, bathing, feeding–did we mention sleeping?–punctuated by a bunch of mini milestones, I might have done things differently, especially in the baby gear department. First-time moms who dare to be different will have no trouble showing their sense of style this season, thanks to the brand-new Cybex by Jeremy Scott collection. We got word of the line just as it was making headlines and boy, are we jazzed! Having been in the baby biz for quite a while now, we can safely say that we’ve never seen anything this awe-inspiring before! Jeremy Scott, the fashion visionary, has lent his colorful eye to an entire “Food Fight” baby gear design motif that takes “playful” to the nth degree. Soda pop duking it out with a hot dog? Popcorn kernels pummeling a defenseless burger? A refreshing departure from an infant world saturated with ho-hum prints and yawn-inducing solids, the Cybex by Jeremy Scott is one baby line that remembers what it’s like to be a kid–and celebrates it. The Cybex by Jeremy Scott collection of strollers, car seats, a diaper bag and other accessories will be available in June.
In a Nutshell: A stroller that packs a punch. A diaper bag that defies its identity. Because now, you get to be a kid…all over again.
I admit that I’m not much of a personal shopper, but when it comes to kids’ clothes, I can’t resist. This time of year, our mailbox has been stuffed with catalogs ranging from Growing Up Garnet Hill , to crewcuts. I love every minute of paging through the glossy spreads and perusing the frilly frocks, sweet sundresses and tons of stylish warm weather items. Maybe all these clothes remind me of my own teen years, as I lay sprawled across my canopy bed with magazines like Sassy, Seventeen and YM checking out all the back-to-school possibilities. Or maybe it’s because checking out kid stuff is so much more satisfying than all those women’s swimsuit catalogs that quickly find their way into the recycling bin (thanks, but no thanks). Shopping for my girls is almost like building a wardrobe for a new baby, and with the Vera Bradley Baby brand debuting this spring, it’s more fun than ever to welcome a bundle of joy. We were tickled pink to get our hands on the VB Baby look book this week. From bibs to bodysuits, plush bunnies to diaper bags, each item embodies the true Vera Bradley style in a signature floral print. As a gift giver, I try to put myself in the place of the recipient, wondering what would would catch her eye if she were the one doing the shopping. I know from experience that most new moms not only appreciate the practicality–will I use this gift?–but the presentation. And Vera Bradley Baby does not disappoint in either department. Sweet first shoes are accented with soft bows, while stylish bibs in a patterned print are poised to stand up to any pureed veggies (what’s the point of a white bib, anyway)? As we usher in the season of spring, baby showers and of course, all those new babies, we’re predicting the VB Baby line will go far, appealing to dedicated fans (like my mother-in-law and my niece) and attracting a new generation of fashion-forward babes. The Vera Bradley Baby collection will arrive in stores on March 14.
In a Nutshell: Welcome to the world, Vera Bradley Baby! The quilted handbags powerhouse moves into kiddie territory with an entire product line that’s as sweet as it is stylish.
Eight-plus years into the parenting game, and I still feel like I don’t know what I’m doing. Whenever I think I’ve finally figured things out with my 8- and 4-year-old, WHAM!–they go and pull a fast one on me. The younger one lovvvves Double Noodle soup? I stock up at the store…only to have her tell me she “no longer likes the noodles ’cause they’re too long.” The older one showing signs of being more independent? Suddenly she can’t go 15 minutes by herself without wandering into the kitchen to “find out what you’re doing.” (Laundry, kid. It’s just not that exciting.) I know I should feel like a pro after this many years on the job, but I continue to live and learn…and take comfort in the fact that I’ve been feeling this way since Day One, with only my sense of humor still intact. That’s probably why the cleverly titled parenting book The Intrepid Parent’s Field Guide to the Baby Kingdom jumped out at me when it crossed my desk. With each chapter, author Jennifer Byrne embraces the wackiness that is parenting, while packaging in some hands-on advice between the laughter. One of the more poignant parts appears in Chapter 9, “Grooming the Wild Infant,” featuring practical tips on how to trim your baby’s fingernails without biting off yours in the process. (One of the few areas of babycare I relegated to my husband, I could never manage manage the nail clippers while holding on to a baby escapee.) Byrne offers up some rather blunt suggestions, but never loses her knack for injecting subtle chuckles (I admittedly fall into the “be a wimp” category). For the crazy ride that is parenting, this book makes a great gift for a new mom or dad who doesn’t claim to be an expert–and doesn’t plan to check her sense of humor at the door.
In a Nutshell: Attention don’t-know-it-all’s: This tell-all parenting book tells it likes it is, without taking itself (or the job) too seriously. The perfect approach to modern child-rearing.