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Thursday, June 26th, 2014
A woman can never have too many handbags. A clutch for date night, a tote for the beach, a purse for day-to-day activities…the list goes on. Plus, within each category, you also have to consider your color preferences, decide whether you want to save or splurge, and choose whether you prefer something trendy or classic.
When it comes to purchasing a diaper bag, you’ll have to make the same decisions! But we all know moms are too busy to browse website after website, so we’ve rounded up a few options (most of which come with changing pads!) that will satisfy you no matter your palette, budget, or style. Now get shopping–we even feature an option for your man! Click the images for details.
Conservative with a Twist: This Baby Essentials bag is nice and simple on the outside (love the gold handles!), while the leopard interior (surprise!) adds a wild element. It’s perfect for the mom wants a streamlined style with a little bit of funk. ($25, Target.com)
Pink Lady: What spit-up? This tote by Trend Lab will remind you of your days as a full-time fashionista but is also roomy enough for all of your current essentials ($30, Kmart)
Baby Got Backpack: This Bumble Collection sack can be worn multiple ways, and its cheerful print is great for spring and summer. ($100, Wayfair.com)
Pattern-Friendly Parent: Preppies and design fanatics will love the Greek Key print on this Hoohobbers tote. Bonus: it’s super eye-catching (read: it’s difficult to misplace among your stash of baby gear and dirty clothes!). ($88, Diapers.com)
Messenger and a Bottle: Can’t forget about Dad! He won’t need to send out an SOS when he’s armed with this Diaper Dude bag–its no frills look makes it an excellent choice. ($123, Hayneedle)
Plus, some tips from a pro:
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Thursday, April 10th, 2014
I’ve noticed some expectant parents “making” a travel system by buying the stroller that they want with a different brand’s car seat, figuring out through research that the two are compatible. But we love this new development: Baby Jogger has partnered with Maxi-Cosi, offering the popular City Mini stroller along with the gorgeous Mico AP car seat for a ready-to-go, super-stylish travel system you can buy in-store at Babies “R” Us or online at Diapers.com.
Note there isn’t a huge savings; the $450 price is about what you’d pay for them separately, which makes this travel system a bit different than others. But this “bundle” can still make your registry more efficient and assures new parents that these two products are made for each other. (And on a side note, I could sit and play with the color combinations all day.)
Baby Jogger and Maxi-Cosi are offering ONE lucky GoodyBlog reader the chance to win a Baby Jogger City Mini & Mico AP travel system, worth $450! (The stroller will come in crimson/gray and the car seat will come in total black, as shown in the top photo). To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day April 16. Be sure to check back on April 17 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!
And if stroller-speak such as “travel system” is making your head hurt, watch my little tutorial!
Congrats to our winner Phil Taylor!
Click here for official rules.
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Thursday, March 27th, 2014
My niece is fully onto solids. On most Tuesdays I do Facetime with her, and I eat my dinner while my brother spoons food into her mouth. She seems fascinated to watch me eat while being fed herself!
This week, when she was done, she started to try and dismantle her high chair. The one she is using is portable and not super sturdy. That got me thinking, gear-obsessed editor that I am, about the Baby Bjorn High Chair. It’s sturdy as a rock, great for small spaces, has a comfy shape and footrest to keep a kid sitting, and wipes down quickly. The $300 pricepoint stops a lot of people, but I would maintain that if you watch the video on the product, you can understand why the design and features are worth it.
Don’t be fooled by the fact that it isn’t giant; a baby doesn’t need a big seat (and you don’t want to clean one). This high chair fits a 5-month-old to a 3-year-old, and BabyBjorn is giving it away to ONE lucky winner. (But not to my brother! He’s going to have to pony up.)
To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day April 2. More Qs about our giveaway? Read the official rules. Be sure to check back on April 3 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!
Starting solids? Watch our cute video for some tips!
Congrats to our winner Joanna Garcia!
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Friday, March 14th, 2014
Kourtney and Kim’s baby girls (Penelope and North, respectively) have inspired the new (for now all-girls’) Kardashian Kids line, launching today on BabiesRUs.com and in Babies “R” Us stores starting tomorrow. The design collaboration involved sisters Khloe, Kim, and Kourtney, who have been designing their women’s Kardashian Kollection at Sears for a few years now. We talked on the phone with Kourtney to find out more about the new line for little ladies.
What is uniquely Kardashian about the new baby girl clothes?
“We have little touches of leopard. I feel like it wouldn’t be a Kardashian line if it didn’t have a bit of leopard. And I feel like leopard on babies is so cute because it’s pretty neutral.” (a 2-pack of bodysuits, right, is $20)
“Also, coming out in June is a tribal-print jumpsuit . We’ve done some tribal print in our women’s collection, so it kind of reminds me of our women’s collection as well.”
Did you have any baby-clothes pet peeves you wanted to address when designing your own line?
“As far as fabric, that was a big concern. We made sure that nothing is itchy, that everything is really soft and the best fabrics. Especially when it came to the details, I know my sister Kim and I definitely loved flaps that would fold over an infant’s hands. The little details that we used and appreciated, we wanted to make sure those were in our line.”
What was the most fun piece to create?
“We did a really amazing little tulle skirt that is ruffles in a few different layers. We played with the different fabrics of what the layers were going to be. I would say that was really fun. It’s a really whimsical piece that can be worn with tights or leggings.” (skirt, right, is $30)
You know I have to ask, will you design for little boys eventually as well? Your son, Mason, is such a dapper little dude!
“Thanks! I would love to. I love little boy’s clothes. And I think my style for him has evolved. I’ve learned so much about what, depending on the age, you can get little boys to wear. They have such an opinion. Well, mine does! I feel like I would love to do a little boy’s line. So hopefully that will be soon.”
While we’re talking about Babies “R” Us, is there any little affordable thing that gets Penelope through the day?
“Each of my kids took a pacifier. But they each used a different one. They say you should try different ones with your child [to find one they'll like].”
“I also loved the Beaba Babycook to make baby food. And Beaba has silicone spoons for their first spoons. I loved those, and the machine, and their food-storage containers. That whole system for me was really great for making baby food at home.”
The Kardashian Kids line is sized for newborns through 24 months.
Love celebrities? Play our Celebrity Match Game to see if you can pair the celeb baby name with his or her parents!
Are you, like Kourtney, a fan of pureeing baby food? Check out this recipe for spinach and banana puree!
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Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Swaddling is a hot topic in babyhood these days. The traditional wrapping method is not especially quick or effective for parents like me who can’t seem to get a squirming baby wrapped tight enough. That’s why the inventors of the Woombie were kind of genius, figuring out how to create a zip-up one-step swaddle system. We’ve had editor-moms swear by it!
The Woombie swaddles are a safe way to keep your infant swaddled from birth and through the first few months or to no later than about 6 months. After that, a baby needs his arms free to push up and lift up his head should he roll over. They make a Woombie convertible that can turn into a traditional sleep sack for that purpose. Also the Air Sleepers give babies the use of their arms and helps keep their temperature regulated.
Why all this talk about swaddling and movement and temperature? If you haven’t checked out our recent report in American Baby‘s March issue, How Safe is Your Baby’s Sleep?, give it a read! Our executive editor will also be on Fox & Friends this Saturday morning; watch for her safe-sleep segment in the last half hour!
And this week, ONE lucky winner will get a safe-sleep swaddle set from Woombie, including the Woombie Air plus matching hat, Organic Air Sleeper, and Cozy Dry Towel; all of this retails for $97!
To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day March 12. More Qs about our giveaway? Read the official rules. Be sure to check back on March 13 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!
PS You can also buy Woombie products in our Parents Shop!
Congrats to our winner Lisa Collier!
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Thursday, February 13th, 2014
The highchair aisle has changed in the past few years. The number of just-highchairs has gotten smaller, and the range of seats that morph from infant highchairs to boosters has grown. Seems fair; if you’re going to park a new chair in the kitchen, it should be one that can stay for a few years!
We recently got to preview Svan’s new Baby-to-Booster, and it’s a beauty. Here at the magazine we kind of lust after the old-fashioned wooden chairs, and this chair is birch save for the tray and seat pad. But like a modern chair it folds up, and the footrest adjusts as your kid grows. It’s safety tested for ages 6 months to 5 years, so your baby may just be doing kindergarten homework in it some day!
This week, Svan is offering ONE lucky winner the chance to scoop up a Baby-to-Booster Bentwood High Chair, a $179 value!
To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day February 19. More Qs about our giveaway? Read the official rules. Be sure to check back on February 20 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!
Interested in playing chef for your new eater? Check out this recipe for delicious butternut squash-apple-sweet potato puree:
Congrats to our winner Rachel Rich-Shea!
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Thursday, December 19th, 2013
BabyBjörn, Swedish innovators of the upright-infant front carrier, now have a version that converts to a back carrier. Baby Carrier One can be used from newborn to age 3 (or about as long as you can wear your child without your back giving out). On YouTube you can watch it in action.
I am a big fan of BabyBjörn, and not just because they show cute dads in so many of their ads (though that might help). I think their carriers are incredibly sturdy and supportive; it’s an example of getting what you pay for, IMO, because a bargain carrier might only have enough padding to wear comfortably when your baby is small. I hauled each of my kids around until well past their first birthday because it was so glorious to have my hands free and to not be nipping people’s ankles with my stroller all the time. This new one can last even longer; I wouldn’t be surprised if my little niece (shown below looking like an elf) is in one through her toddler years.
Keep your little one close by entering our latest contest with BabyBjörn; ONE lucky winner will receive the Baby Carrier One, a $200 value.
To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day December 25, and don’t forget to read the official rules. Be sure to check back on December 27 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!
Congrats to Lisa Levenson Friedman!
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Friday, October 4th, 2013
Each year we ask you what baby gear you love best. This year some 58,000 of you voted, and your favorite products have received the coveted American Baby Bests Award. There are 18 products on this year’s list, from the small (Sophie the Giraffe is your favorite little lifesaver) to the large (Graco’s travel system covers both your stroller and car-seat needs).
Fisher-Price often has a couple of winners, and this year was no exception. Both their bouncer seat (see it on the Today Show along with other winners!) and their Jumperoo won. You need safe, entertaining places to sit your baby for a minute; these two products are the key to making a meal, taking a shower, and getting dressed in the first six months.
I used to call our Jumperoo “the office” as in, “He’s going into the office now,” because our son looked so busy while he was in there! Did it take up a fair amount of our living room? Yes. Did we care? No, because I am not sure how we would have, for instance, gotten our older child dressed without it. And he loved being in there!
In fact, that’s the difference I see in our reader comments between the bouncer and the Jumperoo. The bouncer is for an infant, and so it’s all about how much it saves the mom’s day. But the Jumperoo is more about the baby; most readers write about the smiles they see when their baby is in the playspot.
If you’re in the market for a Jumperoo, Fisher-Price has paired with Babies R Us to offer 20 percent off the Go Wild Jumperoo from today until Thursday, October 24th, in honor of our American Baby Bests Awards. It’s $104 instead of $130 for the next few weeks; take that $26 savings while you can! Have a Goody weekend…
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