Iconic designer Orla Kiely has created a bold floral print with playful colors and artistic detailing making the Quest Stroller unique in its sophisticated appearance. The orange wheels and harness straps create a striking contrast to the navy blue quilted seat and the entire stroller stands out with style.
Mid-century modern-inspired prints pair beautifully with sleek, modern technology. The stroller features a five-point harness, fully reclining back, adjustable footrest, compact fold, foot brake, handle, shopping basket, and ID tag. A coordinating raincover with storage pouch is included.
The gorgeous, washable, quilted fabric shows off embroidered details and includes a head-hugger, padded shoulder strap covers, all snug and cozy for ages newborn through 55 pounds.
Authentic Orla Kiely materials and detailing are used to make this stroller a true Object of Design.
You can buy the Orla Kiely Maclaren Quest Stroller ($375) with free shipping and returns at Maclaren. Coordinating accessories will be available soon. If you love all things Orla Kiely, check out her most recent collaboration with aden + anais at Target. This is one designer that is a must-have for this year!
Our coverage of Skip Hop products and designs is extensive, and we are big fans here at BuyModernBaby. From toddler backpacks and feeding gear to nursery bedding and their new layette, they truly have something for every family. Their diaper bag selections have always been wildly popular among moms of all income levels because they are not only stylish and affordable, but their functionality is outstanding and their prints and patterns are on trend. Skip Hop recently added several new styles and designs to their changing bags collection, and we are excited to review the Duet 2-in-1 Diaper Bag for you today. I believe this bag adds style and luxury to the Skip Hop line and I love this new concept for them.
My son is three years old, and while he’s potty training, we have been toting around extra changes of clothes, Pull-Ups, swim diapers, underwear, and the works. It’s as if this age gives us the last hurrah before not needing a “diaper” bag any more. Mind you, I was the girl carrying diaper bags even pre-child because I loved the pockets and organizational capabilities! Nothing beats a diaper bag as a beach tote, pool bag, car trip bag… Name an occasion and I can give you a reason that a diaper bag will enhance your lifestyle. I know, I’m a bit obsessed.
I have been using the new Skip Hop Duet 2-in-1 Diaper Bag for the past several weeks, and I have been incredibly impressed with its range of practical, professional, and personal uses. The Duet is truly two bags in one as the exterior is a sleek, chic, faux-leather tote, and the interior consists of a removable organizer that can be worn alone as a crossbody bag.
It works great for those days when my son doesn’t want to carry his own items; I can throw everything in the Tote and use the Crossbody comfortably.
Skip Hop diaper bags are known for being organizational workhorses. The Duet 2-in-1 contains seven different pockets for all of your storage needs. The Crossbody Bag includes four large exterior pockets and two interior pockets sized well for bottles, diapers, wipes, and more. A changing pad is included and folds up nicely into one pocket. An exterior, zipped pocket is perfect for immediate needs such as your cell phone, lip balm, or other small items.
The texture on the front of the Tote is sophisticated and stylish, bringing an air of class to the structured bag. Silver studs complement the bottom while keeping the bag off of the ground.
The innovative turnlock on each side secures the Crossbody Bag to the Tote while making it quick and easy to remove when needed. The Crossbody zips closed and the Tote has a clip to draw in the sides along with an interior clip for keeping keys and toys secure. Both bags include stroller straps and an adjustable shoulder strap can attach to either bag.
Bottom line? This bag rocks. It’s large and in charge. I had it packed daily with diapers, the changing pad, a magazine, my personals, wallet, phone, keys, sunglasses, sunblock, tissues, hand sanitizer, snacks, toddler cup, and more. In addition to this, on top of everything, I would throw our large dry bag with a towel and swim gear for my son’s swim lessons. We took it to the beach and it easily held our extra layered clothes with the sand brushing right off of the bottom of the tote. It would be a great bag for two or more children, too. There were only two negatives to this bag from my point of view. One, it’s huge, so if you’re in the habit of throwing your keys in the bag and not being consistent with placement, they do tend to get lost easily. The second is that the fabric on the Crossbody bag is very plain. It doesn’t stand out on it’s own as anything noteworthy fashion-wise, but that can be easily overlooked due to its pack-ability.
You can choose either Black or Taupe in the Duet. I absolutely love the lightness of Taupe for the summer, it’s simple and casual yet sophisticated. You can search all of Skip Hop’s diaper bag collection online; there is truly something for everyone!
This product was graciously provided to us by Skip Hop. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
One of my favorite creative toy brands is Invisible Creature. They have done collaborations with Odd Galaxy, Uncle Goose (Stack and Scare Blocks), Super 7’s Wormwood, and now (thankfully!) again with Uncle Goose with their addition of the Barn Blocks.
The Invisible Creature Barn Studio blocks create a replica of a barn 30 miles east of Seattle. The barn was originally built for horses in 1964, but was remodeled for use as an artist studio last year. The blocks were made by Uncle Goose, and depict all kinds of creative and fun prints on each side. Can you spot the Eames rocker?
I love the whimsical pictures on each side and the concept of using the blocks to build one specific building (among many creative free-play uses). My toddler son would have a blast using these blocks, and I have to admit that I would love them just as much as him. These are going on my next wish list for upcoming holidays.
When we announced Pantone’s new Color of the Year, Marsala, I immediately thought it may be difficult to find diaper bags in this particular shade for those who find it fun to stay on-trend with their baby gear picks. Surprisingly, I found a lot more than I had expected! Let’s take a look.
1- Oemi Baby Diaper Bag in Wine- $340
2- LeSportsac Large Weekender Handbag in Marsala Entwine- sale $110
3- TWELVElittle Allure Convertible Satchel in Plum- $230
4- TWELVElittle Allure Weekender in Plum- $310
5- TWELVElittle Allure Tote in Plum- $210
Oemi Baby’s bag looks so beautiful, and the LeSportsac would be the perfect travel bag; I’m going to look into that choice to have in the car and for quick trips. There is no question that TWELVElittle is going to be a heavy hitter in the popular bags category for gear this year.
If you’re not 100% committed to Marsala for the season, here are a few options that offer more of a pattern or hint of the hue.
6- timi & leslie Dawn Diaper Bag in Burgundy- $149
7- Skip Hop Duo Special Edition in Plum Sketch- $64
8- Tory Burch Convertible Nylon Baby Backpack in Cabernet- $375
9- Babymel Satchel Diaper Bag in Cherry- $85
10- Storksak Tania Bee in Burnt Orange- $210
11- Tory Burch Nylon Baby Bag in Cabernet- $395
12- Petunia Pickle Bottom Society Satchel in Plum Tart Cake- sale $226
Now… Drumroll please… If you have an expanded budget for bags (I would love that), here are my two personal luxury favorites for the season. I wish I could find these in person to run my hands over every seam — they’re gorgeous.
Surprise! I just found one more while writing this post, so I will add it here. I’ll have to keep this a growing list for the year.
15- timi & leslie Hannah Diaper Bag in Burgundy- $262.17
What do you think? Are you feeling this trend for winter? Do any of these diaper bags stand out as one you would like to throw on your shoulder immediately? Let me know if you find any others that were not included in this list, and stay tuned as I know a couple of companies will be launching a few more late in the season!
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Leslie Newton, one of the founders of the well-known brand timi & leslie, has recently announced news of her customizable collection of diaper bags called Newlie. Newlie has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help spread their brand and raise funds for this fresh new line.
Newlie is a “Moms-Based Business” which is designed for modern moms by modern moms. If you have ever wanted to have input into creating your perfect diaper bag, than this is the line for you. How is that possible? Each season, you help make selections for the style and then you can customize that style to fit your specific needs. I love this concept.
The first two bags in the collection are solid: The Perfect Backpack and The Everything Tote. These bags have it all; created with high-quality faux leather that is easily wiped clean, these bags are PVC-free, include a clutch purse, changing pad, interior and exterior pockets, bottle tote, key fob, and stroller straps.
The Perfect Backpack (This bag converts to both a backpack and a crossbody bag.)
The Everything Tote
A quick search for alphabet-related items on our blog reveals that we absolutely love seeking out cleverly illustrated, modern designs for you. Today we feature alphabet flashcards which could easily double as gorgeous artwork for your nursery and child’s room.
Giantsuper was founded by father-of-two, Paul Lee. Paul originally illustrated the super-deluxe set of flashcards for his son when he was learning the alphabet. The cards feature modern, iconic animal designs enclosed in a beautiful, premium box.
I’m not sure that I have ever used the word ‘gorgeous’ to describe flashcards before, but I am pretty certain that these qualify for that use. They are gorgeous!
Each card has a detailed animal image in the center, with corresponding capital letter in the top left corner and animal name on the bottom right. The animals look as if they are created in origami form and they seem to hold motion on each card.
They really are incredible. Also incredible is the affordable price point.
If you haven’t seen or heard of the Lollacup already, you should definitely check it out. It’s cute, playful, and receives rave reviews from many (including Shark Tank), so it was only a matter of time before Lollaland expanded on that success and launched more feeding options. It is always nice to have more options in the attractive mealtime category! New from Lollaland is the Mealtime Set.
Included in the Mealtime Set is a plate, bowl, and dipping cup. It looks to be the perfect size, too. I know my son would love that for the mustard he’s obsessed with currently.
Simple details rule the roost here. The Lollaland chick is featured subtly on the plate and the dipping cup. The bowl features the Lollaland logo along the rim. Attractive, pleasing to the eye, and complimentary for any table.
All materials are made and packaged in the USA, BPA-free and phthalate-free, easily stackable, and top-rack dishwasher safe. The shapes are both fun and educational.
The packaging is beautiful, if I may say so for tablewear, and would make a lovely gift for an infant or toddler. The Lollaland Mealtime Set is available in Spring or Summer colors for $20. The Lollacup is available in black, pink, blue, orange, red, or green for $13 a piece.
Esther recently posted on Instagram about her sadness in packing up their beloved Plan Toys contemporary dollhouse, and I started thinking about the perfect time to introduce my son to a dollhouse that I have had my eye on for quite some time. The Green Alligator is a local toy shop where I live in Jacksonville, FL, and they carry an amazing selection of Hape toys. I have long been a fan of the Happy Family line from Hape and wanted to highlight their range.
The Happy Family All Season House can be purchased fully furnished ($199) or unfurnished ($129). If you have a smaller space or would like to represent a cozier home, the Happy Villa ($99) would be perfect. The home is made from wood with water-based paints, and features reversible seasonal themes, a solar-paneled roof, six rooms, and moveable stairways. I love the details of the front door mail slot, the balcony, and ceiling lighting fixtures.
Make sure to expand outside with the Playground Set ($40). The puzzle-piece base provides the land for the swing, see-saw, and slide.
The Dining Room ($20) could provide hours of entertainment with all of the miniature place settings and tableware. I am dying to order this myself just to sit next to my computer so I can marvel in the details.
Bedroom sets include the Master Room ($20) and a Children’s Room ($20). Keep your Happy Family fed by including the Kitchen Set ($20) and the Patio Set ($20) with the outdoor grill. The pots and pans, mixer, and tiny dish towel all kill me with cuteness.
There are many more sets and figures to add-on for your Happy Family, but Hape doesn’t stop there with imaginative playsets. Every time I stop by our local shop, I am entranced by the Meine Kleine Welt (My Little World) farm, home, and play worlds. Check out the video below for a peek!
Quinny has never held back with color when it comes to their bright strollers– especially in their Moodd design collaboration with pop artist icon Romero Britto. This year, Quinny showed off their latest bold collaboration with Belgian artist Kenson that resulted in these designs for the Yezz and Zapp Xtra.
These strollers are edgy, funky, fresh, and fun.
The Quinny Yezz Special Edition Kenson Collection is a giggle exclusive and retails for $330.
Check out the detail on the seat. The white fabric would probably show dirt easily, but this is a stroller design that could handle some wear and tear and still look great.
The Kenson Limited Edition Zapp Xtra retails for $375.
I love the splashes of green on the wheels, the hood, shoulder straps, and foot rest.
If you missed our review of the Quinny Zapp Xtra, check it out here!
What do you think of this design collaboration?
We are excited to share a new stroller option with you. Jané, Spain’s leading stroller brand, is relaunching in the US and they debuted the North American product lineup at the ABC Kids Expo. Let’s take a look!
The Nanuq is an umbrella stroller with large diameter wheels, adjustable backrest, kickstand for storage, and carrying handle. Accessories included are the hood, cup holder, foot rest, and rain cover.
Adjustable handles make this stroller stand out, as well as the patented “ball joint” system, allowing it to fold to 12% of its height when standing. The Nanuq retails at $299 and is available in colors Aqua blue, Shadow grey, and Cosmos red.
The Rider has a sleek profile as Jane’s top of the range stroller. The aluminum chassis ensures a lightweight frame, and the adjustable rear suspension make it a quick and easy ride to push. The height of the stroller also makes it useful for using as a highchair when dining on-the-go.
The fabric available on the navy blue Rider is patterned with playful, sketches of fish. I love how compact the canopy shade is when in the up position. The seat can be adjusted to face forward or turn around so the child is parent-facing. The basket looks easily accessible and the fold of the stroller gets down to 30% of its size, as shown in the bottom right photo. The Rider retails at $750 and is available in Shadow grey, Blue, and Sand.
Trider Extreme is Jané’s stroller made for those who are looking for all-terrain capability and a stylish, elegant appearance. The larger wheels give it stability and maneuverability on both rough terrain and smooth concrete. Long length suspension and an adjustable shock absorber ensure baby’s maximum comfort. While I am not a fan of the writing on the foot rests, I am really loving the ruggedly sophisticated look. The Trider Extreme retails at $790 and is available in the Deep red and Azzure blue shown above.
The Jané Powertwin Pro double stroller is an all-terrain stroller with a two-position, rear wheel suspension for a smooth ride, including a front wheel disc brake system. Each seat has its own adjustable backrest and canopy. The Powertwin Pro will be available soon.
All of the Jané canopies are water-repellant, made from breathable fabric, and include anti-Uva, Uvb, Upf 50+ sun protection.
These are some good looking strollers, so we look forward to getting to know Jané!