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

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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.

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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.

Boon Flair High Chair

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.

MM Budding Foodies

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!

Feeding Finds at ABC Kids Expo 2014

Everyone would love to find the perfect infant and toddler feeding solution, but there’s not one single line that is perfect for everyone. Just like we all eat different foods, there are different feeding products that work for each family. Maybe this new crop of feeding products contains the perfect product for you.

First from Puj, this Filla kids cup is actually really perfect for MY family. I let my boys get their own cups and water whenever they like, but somehow two boys manage to use about a dozen cups a day! With a Puj Filla, they might actually use a cup more than once! With this type of great thinking, I hope Puj continues to grow beyond the bath and starts to expand more into the kitchen!

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I’d never heard of jj rabbit before so I consider this one of my great finds from the ABC Kids Expo 2014. Starting with the adorable eco-friendly Cuppies with hidden animals inside, the line also includes plates, utensils and bibs. These are really awesome.

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Re-Play is another great eco-friendly brand of recycled kids feeding products. Available in a range of bright colors, their product range is comprehensive enough to be all you need at home.

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Re Play

Another new product I’m REALLY excited about is the Straw Top from Silikids. They’ve already had the Siliskin Top that turns your glass into a sippy cup, but now you’ll be able to cover almost any cup and turn it into a straw cup. These are great for home and for when you’re on the go. You’ll be able to use these for years.

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Wean Green has always been a favorite of ours (and not just because they advertise with us), but I think these starter sets like the Kitchen Set and the Baby Feeding Starter Set are a great way for people to get started with Ween Green. Great idea!

Ween Green

I’ve admired the silicone placemats from modern-twist and while they now have some new placemat designs

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… what’s really fun are their new silicone cups and covered bowls. These go with their baby bibs and placemats and are soft and cute.

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Kid Basix is expanding beyond their safe steel cups and sippies.

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Soon they’ll have steel food containers as well as some fun dishware for kids.

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Zo-li has a reasonably complete set of feeding products, but I did find myself admiring the Snip ceramic food scissors. We usually use a pizza cutter, but this would be great for so much more. Why did I never think of these?

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Boon‘s 2015 additions include this new Nosh container. Looks so space-age, no?

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On the feeding gear side, Babyhome is phasing out the Eat high chair and will be replacing it with the very similar Taste. The upgrades are to how easy the tray is to remove. Coming in December, the Taste will retail for $170.

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The Childwood Evolu high chair is one of those European designs that is usually out of reach. I was excited to see Childhome showing at the ABC Kids Expo. I hope this means we’ll be seeing them domestically in the near future. Fingers crossed!

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Delta showed a high chair that actually looks cool too! The 5-in-1 High Chair (needs a better name) is also a kids chair and booster. It’s a prototype that they really should move forward with– hopefully keeping this great stylish design.

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So who’s ready for a snack?!

Coming Soon: What’s New from Skip Hop at ABC Kids Expo 2014

My visit with Skip Hop is always a highlight of my trip to the ABC Kids Expo.

This year, the most exciting new debut from Skip Hop is their Zoo Pals Rain Gear.  With matching umbrellas ($15) and raincoats ($30), your toddlers can take their favorite zoo pal even further. Monkey, Ladybug and Owl lovers are in luck this time around.

Skip Hop Rain Gear

Skip Hop’s Playspot playmat is reaching a new level of style and sophistication with this Triangle Tiles set. With the same cushy comfort for playtime, the zig zag design blends into your home’s decor.

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A few fun new toys are being added to Skip Hop’s line like the Roll-Around Rattles, Click Clack Hedgehog and Bandana Buddies.

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The Zoo Line is also expanding its mealtime accessories with a 4-piece Zoo Lunch Kit, Insulated Food Jar, and Zoo Snack Cup. They are all ridiculously cute.

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These Zoo Packs and Lunchies will be limited editions for the holidays, so if you love them, please snatch them up asap. I’m really digging the Polar Bear.

Skip Hop Limited Edition Holiday Zoo Packs

The Moby bath range now has a tub stopper. It’s a very comprehensive set now!

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The owl nightlight and projecting mobile are on their way. These are actually really stylish little electronic accessories and I think they’ll be big hits.

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Finally, for it’s 10 year anniversary, Skip Hop’s Duo Signature diaper bag is relaunching with new and improved features like tote handles and a smart phone pocket. Just think, we didn’t have smart phones 10 years ago!

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The Special Edition Duos are also really cute bags.

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Great job, Skip Hop (and thanks for the cupcake)!

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