Congratulations to Katie from Puj on the arrival of sweet little Liberty!
This makes it a great day to let you know about Puj’s new Infant Gift Set, which includes a Puj Tub, Nubs and my favorite, the Hug towel for $85. This is really gift perfection.
In honor of Liberty’s birth, you can get 10% off and free shipping until Friday, 11/14 with code: LIBERTYFAITH10.
And if you’re past the newborn stage, take a look at the Big Hug. It’s my favorite product that I haven’t told you about yet and my 4 year old is obsessed with his. In fact, my son was very upset last night because his Big Hug was in the laundry and he had to make do with an ordinary towel.
I love that he can use it on his own, dry himself off and then hang it on a hook by its rubber tab. This has been life-changing! The name “Big Hug” really describes this towel perfectly. All the kids have to do is hang the hood on their heads, tuck their hands in and give themselves a hug. Presto! They’re wrapped up and cozy.
We’ve been using the Big Hug for 8 months straight now and it still looks as good as new.
By way of disclosure, I was lucky to be a Big Hug product tester so I received one from Puj to review. But really I just wanted to be one of the first to have one! I would have bought it anyway.
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In addition to the bath items from Skip Hop, I noticed a few other cool bath items on the floor at the ABC Kids Expo 2013.
Brica debuted a whole new bath line with a complete range of products.
… and Super Spout Cover with Rinse Cup, you can enjoy a matching set of all the baby bath necessities from Brica.
For all you fans of the Blooming Bath, they’re introducing a new green color flower…
… some washcloth accessories, and this monster version.
OXO showed a new bath toy bin…
… as well as this simple but useful toilet seat cover. I would have preferred this over the Diego printed seat we used!
Boon‘s bath toys are always among my favorites and these new ones are great additions. There’s the Ray drain cover, some 3D foam shapes, Fleet stack-and-pour boats and a foam puzzle.
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With a great deal of pomp and circumstance, 4moms debuted three new items at ABC Kids Expo 2013. Most of the photos from their special presentation were pretty crummy, so instead of in-person photos, I’m going to introduce the new products an appropriate level of pageantry. I think these videos will do the trick…
Meet the 4moms rockaRoo…
Next, check out the 4moms origami mini…
And last but not least, the 4moms infant car seat. The seat that installs itself!
Thoughts? Is the infant car seat too good to be true?
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Babyhome has become a very popular nursery and baby gear brand since its US debut at the ABC Kids Expo in 2011.
This year brings another beautiful special version of their Dream travel cot. The Dream Premium is made from natural micro-perforated leather with a polished black aluminum frame. This looks really posh and carries the $1200 price tag to match.
I’m ALWAYS excited to add another modern option to my list of baby bouncers and loungers so the new Wave Bounce Chair is a great find this year. Made from laminated wood, the Wave will be available in several frame and cushion combinations and should retail for about $180.
The Babyhome Emotion stroller is coming out in a few new colors– Aqua, Cloud and Coral and some new accessories like a cup holder and diaper bag will make this lightweight stroller ever more versatile.
The bassinet, high chair and bed rail will also feature new colors and the bed rail with built in light (Side Light) is on the horizon.
Finally, the so-ro mini cradle is now part of Babyhome and is a real stand-out in their product line. I’m glad that Babyhome has taken on this beautiful product and hopefully they can give it the distribution and attention that it deserves!
I love the look of this sturdy chair through all its stages. It’s a truly modern, stylish seat both as a high chair and as a child’s chair.
It comes in three color combinations and I’d say if there’s any room for improvement for the Zaaz it lies in the color choices. I’d love to see all 7 of the European colors brought here as well.
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Having gone through our baby years in the days before Bugaboo even came out with their cup holder (I seriously was waiting for that!!), stroller organizers are a foreign idea to me. I know there have been stroller organizers and hooks and bags and pouches available all along, but it all just seemed to add to the clutter of crap that many parents seem to carry around with them. I travelled with my stroller and the smallest diaper bag that made sense, and this minimal, low key approach worked for me 99% of the time– which is good enough in my book.
A new crop of stroller organizers has come out recently and while these could be additional clutter culprits, in the hands of clever modern parents, they might help you haul around less junk than you otherwise might. In the interest of simplifying stroller outings, if you can use a stroller organizer and the basket of your stroller to store all the items you need INSTEAD of carrying around a diaper bag, I’m all for it! If this sounds appealing, here are a few stroller organizers for you to consider.
First, the Bugaboo Organizer is the perfect stroller companion to go with your Bugaboo. As a Bugaboo mom, I can see myself having used and loved having one of these. $30
I spied Skip Hop’s Grab & Go Stroller Organizer at ABC Kids last year and was impressed. It is sleek and simple and just the right size to have a few necessities at your fingertips. $20
Finally, while cutesy characters are not my typical modus operandi, these new stroller organizers from 3 Sprouts might be the perfect accessory to jazz up your stroller situation. $25
Additional thought and comments welcome!
With a little help from our sponsor Babyli.st, over the next few months we’re going to be helping you out with your baby registry. I think a baby bouncer / lounger / rocker (whatever you want to call it) is a great place to start. When you bring baby home, you’ll probably discover that you need a place to put him or her down safely. One of my jobs is keeping track of the best baby seats on the market, and these are my top 10 choices for 2013.
1- Nuna Leaf- $220
The Leaf is really cool because in addition to its beautiful design, it has a gentle swaying motion that requires just a little push to get it moving for several minutes. This is the one that would make it onto my baby registry this year.
3- Bloom Coco Stylewood and Plexistyle Loungers- $195
The Coco loungers are hands down the most beautiful baby loungers. These are the #1 choice for style. You can chose wood or plexiglass frames and the seat covers come in a variety of colors.
4- 4Moms Mamaroo- $240
The Mamaroo is the ultimate baby gear gadget. The seat features special rocking motions to appease the most finicky baby.
5- Maclaren Universal Rocker- $105
The Universal Rocker from Maclaren is lightweight and easy to transport. This is a great one to take along for travelling.
6- Baby Home Onfour Bouncer- $150
The Onfour comes in 8 great colors. It is lightweight and easy to travel with. Its unique feature is the front wheels which make it easy to move while baby is strapped inside.
7- Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper- $100
The 3-in-1 Rocker Napper easily converts from a rocker to a little bassinet in case baby falls asleep while in their seat. This is a great multi-tasker.
8- Apollo Bouncer from mamas & papas- $100
The Apollo Bouncer is among the least expensive but features a fun and modern design. Music book insert plays lullabies and can be removed and used separately.
9- Chicco I-Feel Rocker- $100
The I-Feel Rocker has a stylish design with curved wood pieces. The seat is a simple rocker with mobile but folds flat for storage.
10- Peg-Perego Sdraietta Melodia Bouncer- $220
The Sdraietta Melodia is hard to pronounce but easy to use. It can rock or be placed in stationary mode. It features a removable sun canopy and colorful toy bar.
Add your favorite baby seat to your baby registry with BabyList. BabyList lets you ask for exactly what you want from the retailers of your choice – including your favorite local or independent shops (like Etsy).
The Culla Belly Co-Sleeper has been a popular search on BuyModernBaby ever since I first posted about it in 2011. The transition from design to final product has been a challenge, and I had already given up on ever seeing these available until our newest advertiser, Elm Baby, contacted me and let me know that they now carry the Culla Belly Co-Sleeper in their online boutique. They have a personal relationship with the designers and distribute it directly from them.
Designed by Andrea Garuti and Manuela Busetti, one side of the bassinet unzips to open up onto the parents’ bed. The wooden base is secured under the mattress of the bed. The final design doesn’t have all the style of the initial concept, but this is frequently what happens in the transition from idea to reality.
The co-sleeper is available in seven colors: red, blue, green, orange, light blue, cream, and pink.
The Culla Belly retails for $600 and the stand is an additional $290.
I haven’t seen these in person, so I can’t tell you too much about them, but if you’ve been desperate for a more modern co-sleeper, this is what you’ve been waiting for. If you’ve gotten a look at a Culla Belly Co-Sleeper or if you own one, please comment and let us know your thoughts!
Buy Modern Baby is excited to announce that not only do we cover the best designed gear and nursery furniture for your mini-modernist, but in addition to our stroller guide, we are now also reviewing and highlighting the sleekest, most stylish, and sophisticated stroller options to complete your modern lifestyle.
We are pleased to introduce our first stroller review: The Quinny Zapp Xtra with Folding Seat.
Quinny was kind enough to send us a Zapp Xtra with folding seat to review in person. The stroller has been tested over a period of two months, over which my son has grown from a content 11-month-old to a now walking, curious, adventurous 13-month-old. We have put this stroller to the test! It has been used during a week-long vacation in Florida, over cobblestone pathways, wooden boardwalks, neighborhood walks, zoo outings, mall shopping, road tripping, and pushing around the house to encourage napping. I feel that we have given it a true, comprehensive review.
The Quinny Zapp Xtra with Folding Seat is a full size stroller with an incredibly compact fold. When used with the included infant car seat adapters, the stroller transforms into a complete travel system for use from birth to 50 pounds. Without an infant car seat, the stroller is useable from six months to 50 pounds.
The Quinny Zapp looks really smart. Strangers often made comments about the beautiful color (Natural Mavis) and the Quinny logo in bright pops of neon yellow. People commented about the clean design and its upscale appearance. I kind of felt like a celebrity, which, I admit, is pretty nice when you are just running errands with your child in tow. It is a very attractive stroller – Quinny has an amazing sense of design and it certainly shows.
The shoulder straps are padded, comfortable, and ridiculously easy to adjust (just push and pull through the back of the seat). The seat bed is definitely roomy enough for my son to move around, squirm, kick, stretch, and recline using the footrest.
There are two recline options, and they certainly have come in handy allowing my son to nap, and even to carry shopping items while I wore my son in his baby carrier.
The sunshade is large and is very sturdy, with a small window strip to peek in on your child. The wheels handle well on many different terrain types, as said above, over brick driveways, a trip to the zoo, on a boardwalk by the river, and on city sidewalks. It is easy to turn with one hand when the wheels are unlocked and also a smooth ride when wheels are locked straight. The handlebars easily hold my small, lightweight, travel diaper bag. The handlebar height is a little shorter than my husband and I are used to, since we are both tall, 6’4” and 5’10” respectively. The brake is simple to use—just step on one footpad to lock and step on the other to unlock. This brake is PERFECT for wearing sandals and flip flops. The lack of brake bar or brake lever also ensures that you will never kick it while walking or engage the brake when pulling the stroller backward up stairs. The storage basket is a bit smaller than other full size strollers, but that is to be expected with the stroller’s small size, light weight and compact fold. Easy tradeoff.
The option to have your child face forward or face you is wonderful for bonding and reducing stimulation. The process to change the seat from forward facing to parent facing was a little cumbersome for me as the frame seemed to expand slightly when the seat was removed, just enough to have to press it together with both hands to lock in place.
This is a ONE-HANDED, four-step fold which is super easy. Make sure the parking brake is applied and the seat is in forward facing position. Push the release button labeled 1, then push the release button labeled 2 and fold the handlebars forward. Fold the seat forward by squeezing the seat recline button and collapsing it on top of itself. Press down on the gray pedal with your foot and push towards the front of the stroller. Wrap the transport straps around the frame to fasten. Voila!
The fold is extremely compact and the stroller barely took up any space in a Subaru during a 12-hour road trip in our fully loaded trunk, which included a travel crib and a 70 pound dog. Folded, the stroller is very small, light, and the carrying strap makes it simple to hold with one hand.
Additional stroller accessories include a travel tote, parasol, footmuff, WeatherShield, and cup holder. Seat adapters for the Maxi-Cosi Mico or Prezi infant car seats are included.
The Quinny Zapp Xtra Stroller with Folding Seat is available in three color choices, Natural Mavis, Rebel Red, and Rocking Black and retails for $349. Find your favorite color available here.
Although Quinny provided us with the Zapp Xtra with Folding Seat Stroller to review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Some affiliate links included.
We had a rough time over winter vacation with much of the family being sick. There were even a couple nights when I wanted to sleep with a humidifier in the room, but my little one needed it more.
Humidifiers are one of those funny items that every family with kids should have, but you kinda just go grab one when you need it. The first time we needed one, I just ran over to Target and grabbed the nicest one they had that day. If you plan ahead, you can do a little better and get something you might actually like.
Here are my top 10 modern humidifier picks for those of you interested in being prepared…
1- Crane Drop Shape Cool Mist Humidifier- $50 (5 color choices)
2- Stadler Form ANTON Ultrasonic Humidifier- $140 (4 color choices)
3- PlusMinusZero Humidifier Version 3- $330
4- Stadler Form FRED Steam Humidifier- $130 (5 color choices)
5- Nearmore Hybrid Aroma Humidifier- $150 (in ivory or green)
6- Stadler Form OSKAR Evaporative Humidifier- $150 (in black or white)
7- Chimney Humidifier by Takeshi Ishiguro- $200
8- Mood Ultrasonic and Hybric Humidifiers- $130 or $190 (3 colors of each)
9- ICHIRIN Aroma Mist Humidifier- $170
10- Middle Colors Humidifier- $120-180 depending on size (LOTS of colors to choose from)
I also can’t help but love the Adorable Humidifiers from Crane.
We got the penguin one from Target and used it until something in it broke. Then the next time I had to run and grab one from Target (the store is VERY close to the house), I picked up the Blue Drop humidifier. One of my kids came up with the brilliant idea of putting the penguin head on the Drop body and it works perfectly!
It’s not too late to get a great humidifier for the dry air this winter!