29 Jun 2015, 1:52pm
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Introducing New Brand: Nenu

There is an exciting new company entering the juvenile product market. Welcome, Nenu!

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Nenu creates thoughtful and simple products for you and your family. We like their clean aesthetic and modern color choices (Sky and Watermelon) that suit both boys and girls.

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Founded by family friends seeking well-designed, safe, and functional products for their babies, Nenu set out to develop products completely designed, manufactured, sourced, and packaged in the USA.

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Nenu Spoons and Teether Bugs are FDA-rated, medical-grade materials which are free of phthalates, latex, vinyl, and BPA products. The Spoon is not your ordinary baby spoon. The spoon depression is designed with a ramp so that the food collects in the front, decreasing changes of spills and messes.

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It is simple for infant and toddler use.

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Nenu was generous enough to send me samples of their new line, Spoon and Teether Bug, for my thoughts in person, so let’s take a look! I was immediately impressed by the sleek, modern packaging design and mature choice of colors. It’s often hard to find shades of red and blue that seem gender neutral, but they made excellent decisions on both, in my opinion. The Spring 2015 Catalog was fun to browse through for a glimpse inside the design process and to get a sneak peek at some new products (hopefully!) coming soon.

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The Teether Bug makes helping a teething infant look easy. The flexible loop is easy to grasp with tiny fingers, and little bumps on each leg will help soothe baby’s sore gums. If you have more than one Teether Bug, they can be stacked and played with beyond the teething years. My three-year-old immediately grabbed it and set it off on bug-escue rescue missions.

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The Spoon has little leg rests so that you can set it on the table if baby prefers to feed himself or if you want to prop the spoon on the edge of the plate without having it roll over. The narrow handle of the Spoon creates an easy finger-like size for infants and toddlers to grasp. As you can tell from the photo, the Spoon is not flexible like the Teether Bug. You can see my thumb applying pressure and there is no give. If you’ve ever given your infant a flexible spoon for use (food flinging all over), you know how much more helpful this firm design can be for eating and clean-up.

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It’s not every day that a product line launches that impresses me so much in terms of design, function, packaging, and my scrutinizing in-person impressions, but Nenu has proven itself worthy of our strong recommendation. Also worthy of a mention is the fact that they donate to the charities Water for Life and No Kid Left Hungry to help provide children with food and water. I love supporting a generous company.

If you would like to try Nenu’s new Spoon and Teether Bug out for yourself or as a shower gift, they are offering BuyModernBaby readers a discount code for purchase until July 2 — this Thursday!

SAVE 20% ON ANY ORDER WITH CODE: BUYMODERN20
This expires Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.

I hope you enjoy this new brand as much as I do!

Baby Bibs from Make My Day

BPA free silicone bibs with a pocket AND they’re super cute… check, check, and check! Make My Day makes some of the cutest dishwasher safe bibs.  These make amazing baby shower or first birthday gifts. Here are a few of my favorites…

Breakfast-at-moms

Pearls bib

Lookin Dapper

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Little Genius

bow tie bib

and coming June 15th, keep an eye out for Round-Em-Up

sheriff bib

On Fire

fireman bib

and more!

19 Mar 2015, 7:39pm
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Hungry Mats from doiy

These clever place mat and plate combos are sure to make mealtime infinitely more fun. New from doiy, the sets come in three designs; Tiger, Pig and Panda.

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I’ll update this post when we can order these domestically in the US.

 

23 Feb 2015, 10:35pm
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Fun with Food

Even easier than cutting their food up with cookie cutters or shaping it in Japanese bento molds, these plates and dishes really are worth it for that bit of joy and fun that they add to mealtime.

My favorite is Dinner Winner from Fred and Friends. It’s a board game with a treat as a prize at the end. $20

Dinner Winner from Fred and Friends

Also from Fred and Friends, the Food Face dinner plate featured endless creative possibilities! $16 Fred and Friends Food Face dinner plate

The customized Dress Up Plates from Little Me have cookie cutter shapes for the clothes so you can really go all out with the mealtime prep. Customize a boy or girl. These make amazing gifts!

Customized Dress Up Plates from Little Me

The Transportation plates by Bogusław Śliwiński are another fun surface on which to play with your food. $17

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From Constructive Eating, this plate isn’t as fancy, but the utensils really amp up the fun factor. $33

Constructive Eating

I can vouch for the fact that fun dishes make memories in childhood. We had the boy and girl set of these stacking dishes when I was little.

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Nowadays, you can delight your kids with these stacking sets from Wee Gallery. $40

Wee Gallery stacking ceramic dishes

So, why settle for regular, boring dishware?

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10 Feb 2015, 1:10pm
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Tray Dinner Sets from DOIY

I’ve been waiting for the new designs to come out before sharing these with you, but now that you’ve got a selection to choose from, get shopping! These Tray Dinner Sets from DOIY will impress even the pickiest eaters and their parents as well. I LOVE these.

The Landscape Set is the original.

Landscape" Melamine Kids Dinner 7-piece Set

Now DOIY has added the Princess Castle

"Princess Castle" Melamine Kids Dinner 7-piece Set
and Space Set.

"Space" Melamine Kids Dinner 7-piece Set
They are currently available via our Amazon affiliate for about $35.

What is the Best High Chair? 2015 Cribsies

We’re continuing this week reviewing our favorite categories in the Cribsies. The Cribsie Awards select and honor the best baby brands and products and it’s the last week to vote. Nominations are in, the finalists have been selected, but you can still pick your favorite as the best for 2015.

Under the Gear category, be sure to vote for the “Hippest High Chair“. I know that “hippest” high chair doesn’t necessarily mean the “best” high chair, but if you’re going to live with something at your table for a couple years, it might as well be at least a little “hip”.

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The nominees are:
Stokke Tripp Trapp
Bloom Fresco
Peg Perego Siesta Highchair
Joovy Nook Highchair
Nuna Zaaz
OXO Tot Sprout Chair

If I could add one to the list I think it would be the Boon Flair Pedestal Highchair.

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Oh, and what about the Mima Moon? It’s pretty hip…

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So, which high chair are you voting for? Any of your favorites that didn’t make the finals?

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What Tablewear is Best for Toddlers? 2015 Cribsies

Sometimes I think we don’t spend enough time sharing all the fun things for feeding your toddlers, so the next Cribsies category I want to share is “Top Tablewear For Toddlers.” The Cribsie Awards select and honor the best baby brands and products and it’s the last week to vote. Nominations are in, the finalists have been selected, but you can still pick your favorite as the best for 2015.

Cribsies Top Tablewear

The nominees are:
Boon
ezpz
oogaa
Zoli
OXO Tot
Innobaby

Under the Mealtime category, be sure to vote for your favorite as “Top Tablewear For Toddlers.” Are there any others you love that didn’t make the list? We never did get super fancy with the kids tablewear. A few sets of whatever Ikea was offering at the time suited us fine and we’re still using some of it, even if it’s just for Lego sorting!

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Kickstarter Project: Puj Phillup Kid Cups

Puj is launching their newest product today on Kickstarter! We saw the kids cups at ABC Kids Expo, and while the name may have changed, the idea is as genius as ever.

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PhillUp is a cup and hook combination that attaches to the fridge. Your kids can get their own drink of water and then put the cup back so it’s ready to go for next time. The cups are BPA and PVC free and safe for the dishwasher.

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You can encourage your child’s independence and free yourself from the chore of fetching drinks. This also solves my family’s problem of the kids leaving their cups all over the house. When they can’t find the cup they were using, they just take another one. Seriously, how do two boys use a dozen cups each day?!

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Save yourself from my headache and back PhillUp on Kickstarter to get your hands on the first PhillUp hanging cups. They’re now available at the introductory pledge price of $8 for one, $15 for a set of two. There are other pledge levels that include additional Puj products and experiences so if you’re a Puj fan, go see what’s available!

Holiday Gifts 2014: For Foodies Sponsored by Milk Moostache

With preparations for our Thanksgiving feast in full effect, we’ve got mealtime on our minds. For this week, Milk Moostache helped me put together this installment of our Holiday Gift series featuring great gifts for the budding food lovers in your life. This collection for your budding foodies will make their playtime and mealtime extra fun.

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1- NumNum Dip- self-feeding utensils for baby’s pureed foods- $10
2- Rabbit Cuppies- Two handled cup with animal hidden at the bottom- $9
3- Mochi Lunch Box- Adorable penguin lunch box perfect for this winter- $34
4- Apple Print- by Mariann Doherty- $38
5- Chin Bib- Set of three bibs in gender neutral fabrics- $24
6- Coffee Cup- knit NYC style coffee cup from Oeuf- $56
7- In Malibu Bowl- dinnerware from Smiling Planet- $15
8- Le Marche du Vendredi – Groceries- cardboard grocery set from Moulin Roty- $20
9- Landscape Dinner Set- Cutest tray with dishes and utensils- $40
10- Hot Dog- Quirky knit hot dog from Oeuf- $68

Thanks to Milk Moostache for sponsoring this holiday gift series. Milk Moostache is a unique modern online children’s boutique. It’s the perfect place to do your holiday gift shopping. They offer a carefully curated collection of superior quality and innovative children’s products sourced from all over the world, put simply, the must-haves for the cool kids!

25 Sep 2014, 9:01pm
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Kickstarter Project: Less Mess Happy Mat

Here’s a Kickstarter you don’t want to miss! Just a few more hours to go to support this one and get a Less Mess Happy Mat for $25, two for $45 or five for $110.

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What’s so amazing about these? The Happy Mat features sturdy silicone, a cute design, it’s dishwasher safe, but most importantly, it suctions to the table so no dumping or spilling!

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Watch the video on their Kickstarter page to get the whole idea!  I really wish we had these when my kids were little!

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