Lions and bears and tigers, oh my! Oh my, were they in abundance this year at the New York International Gift Show! While there was certainly no shortage of delightful gifts for tots and kids of all ages, quite a few items managed to stand out at this year's show. Looking for a gift for an expecting friend or your own child? Take a gander at some of my favorite family finds from NYIGF 2013 below.
I wrote about Mary Blair's art in nurseries a few weeks ago and then spied her work on a new line of bags from Le Sport Sac, including this diaper bag. It features imagery from Disney's iconic It's A Small World.
You might not expect a potter to design diaper bags. But of course, we all know Jonathan Adler is no average potter. In addition to all his other design ventures, Adler has teamed up with Skip Hop to bring his signature patterns to a line of diaper bags.
I never really was the master of my diaper bag. With one hand I'd reach in, dig around, and fling various packets and tubes out all over the place while simultaneously holding a baby down with the other hand. If I'd had something like this baby-on-the-go kit, diaper changes would've been a lot more organized and a lot less slapstick.
When it was suggested that I tackle the topic of cloth diapers I was hesitant, to say the least. In doing research into the issue before my daughter was born, my wife and I suddenly became aware of an emotionally charged debate being waged on hundreds of message boards and blogs. Lines were being drawn and sides were being chosen and the whole issue was quite overwhelming. It still is, and if you go looking for an argument you can find one pretty easily. But not here (hopefully). Without wading into the cloth versus disposable fracas, I thought I'd offer a personal account of how our cloth diaper experience is going, almost five months in. If you are thinking of cloth diapering or wondering if it is right for you, hopefully you can take something away from this look inside cloth diapers. Not literally, of course. That would be gross.
As a new stay-at-home dad it became clear to me pretty quickly that as a group, we are still something of a novelty in our society. We are the unseasoned rookies in the locker room of major league parenting and as a result, our specific manly needs are sometimes underserved (I can hear the tiny violins playing a sympathetic tune for us already)…
It's a perennial question here at Ohdeedoh: which potty is best? There are plenty of great designs on the market, but they generally don't come cheap. At home we have a Baby Bjorn potty, but I don't love the thought of toting around a potty training ring every time we hit the road (especially when I'm already hauling a toddler and twin babies). So where does that leave us for trips to grandma's house?
For those following along at home, in the past I have admitted to having a small crush on a Skip Hop bag in the past. It's held everything from diapers and pacifiers to camera gear and church books (did I mention it's still around?) and I love it dearly. I didn't think it could get any better until recently when we spied this new Bento Bag. Well color me corrected as this bag is all that and a bag of chips (assuming you remember to pack them that is!). Did we mention it's even cool for dudes to carry?