shopping guide: baby gear bouncer high chair mobile play mat stroller
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I have to applaud Fisher Price for recruiting Jonathan Adler to bring some much needed style to their brand and Jonathan Adler for really working his magic for Fisher Price. The first items to come from this partnership are the baby gear and toys, which are available now for pre-order from buybuy BABY.
First you have the Deluxe Bouncer. $120
Or you can choose the Deluxe Rock ‘n Play Sleeper. $150
The Deluxe High Chair can also function as a booster. $200
The Deluxe Umbrella Stroller features the same stylish fabric. $180
I think my favorite item thus far is the Sensory Gym. $120
And the Projection Mobile is a fun and functional piece with classic Jonathan Adler motifs! $80
More items will be released in the fall.
The 4 moms High Chair is finally here– literally. After previewing the high chair at the ABC Kids Expo months ago, one recently arrived on my doorstep (ah, the perils of being a blogger) and of course I had to try it out!
Opening the giant box was the toughest part of the high chair assembly. Basically you snap the seat onto the legs and screw them together with the included hardware and tool. This photo of the chair in my kitchen was taken less than ten minutes after I opened the box. Beautiful, no?
The best part of the high chair is what makes it unique. The 4moms High Chair uses magnets both in the tray latches and on the tray top. You can easily attach the tray with one hand and the magnets guide and lock it in place. The tray top is also magnetic and is perfect to use with the magnetic 4moms bowls and plates.
The chair also features an adjustable 5-point harness and the tray can be installed in three different positions as your children grow. There are also three different height options. The sleek seat is easy to clean with the removable foam insert and a dishwasher-safe tray liner.
The 4moms High Chair is available in three color combinations including black/grey, white/grey and white/green, and retails for $300. It comes with one bowl and lid. Additional plates, bowls and utensils are sold separately.
In addition to the new 4moms high chair, there were some other items worth mentioning in the world of baby feeding.
In the highchair world, OXO’s Sprout High Chair has gray and white frames in addition to the current walnut and birch…
… and Stokke’s Tripp Trapp will be available in two new colors as well.
From Boon, you can look forward to the new Bento lunch box…
… as well as the Forb Mini dish brush.
Boon’s straw cup tops and sippy cup tops are also available right now.
We have high expectations for 4moms, and when they debut a new product, we expect to be impressed. But what could be so impressive about a new high chair? Magnets!
One of the trickiest parts of a high chair is removing the tray, right? If you’ve ever tried to teach your parents how to get your child out of their high chair, you know what I’m talking about. But the 4moms high chair is so easy, you can remove the tray with one hand.
The chair is extremely easy to clean and the foam insert can be removed and washed in the sink. The tray liner comes off and can be cleaned in the dishwasher.
The tray top is also magnetic and their high chair comes with a bowl that sticks to the tray. Other magnetic dishes will also be available for purchase.
The 4moms high chair also features 3 height settings, 3 tray positions, a 5-point harness than can be changed to a 3-point harness and it will retail for a reasonable $300. Look for it in early 2016!
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”.
If I could add one to the list I think it would be the Boon Flair Pedestal Highchair.
Oh, and what about the Mima Moon? It’s pretty hip…
So, which high chair are you voting for? Any of your favorites that didn’t make the finals?
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Since their US debut at the ABC Kids Expo in 2013, Mima has really taken the baby gear market by storm. With a style that is part space pod and part luxury car interior Mima is becoming the new “it” brand for stylish urban moms.
Mima’s current US product line includes three strollers, the Xari, the Kobi and the Bo, and the Mima Moon high chair.
The Xari looks sleek with its leatherette fabric and high sitting position. It transforms easily from bassinet to seat and is easy to fold and unfold. The stroller starts at $1200.
You can learn more about it in the Mima Xari Demo Video on youtube.
If it’s not cool enough for you as it is, the Black and White limited edition Xari should push it over the top! Right on trend, the black and white edition is pretty hard to get your hands on. In Canada, try here. Ask your local retailer about it.
The Kobi is Mima’s double stroller. With the same high-end look as the Xari, it can be configured as a buggy, a single forward facing stroller, a rear facing stroller, or a double with any combination of seats and bassinet.
The Kobi starts at $1350.
Mima’s lightweight stroller is the Bo. Mima’s leatherette fabric elevates the look of this 15.5 pound stroller.
It starts at $300.
Finally, the Mima Moon is one of the hottest looking new high chairs out there right now. A seat pad, tray and booster are included and the Moon comes in six colors.
It retails for $500.
shopping guide: black and white feeding high chair modern kids dining
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We’ve started exploring the black and white trend for nurseries, but it works in any room of the home. This clean modern dining room from alebesso.com features a stokke tripp trapp in black. I imagined setting the table in this space and added a little fun for the child at the table. I couldn’t help myself with the pandas. There were just too many great panda items. Believe me when I say I restrained myself! But the plates and place mat are simple and classic and can be used for the whole family beyond the toddler years.
To complete the table setting, I’ve added…
Utensil: Panda Fork Set– $9
Placemat: Chilewich Jet Black Rectangular Bamboo Placemat 0025-BAMB-JETB– $15
Plate: Kate Spade New York Melamine Dinner Plate– $20
Cup: Panda Bear Kids Water Bottle– $11
Bib: Panda Baby Bib– $17
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In case you worried that special editions in the baby gear world were restricted to strollers, Bloom is coming out with special edition high chairs.
This limited edition collection features bright pops of color on the oh-so-modern Bloom Fresco Chrome high chair. 5 colors– blue, pink, orange, green and yellow– are available with either a black or white.
Like all Bloom Fresco Chromes, the Giro edition starts as a cradle and converts to a high chair. Retail price for the Bloom Fresco Chrome Giro is $650 and includes all accessories. Contact bloom for preorder information. These should be available before the end of the summer.