Category archive: gear not strollers

September 7, 2004

Weeblock Baby Cup

"Haven't you ever heard of just holding up the diaper??" That bit of advice comes from weatherman/curmudgeon/author/dad Al Roker, who, we learn on this Today Show segment, "is too big for these." "These" are Weeblocks, soft jersey cotton-covered foam cups--as...
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September 4, 2004

Hee Hee: Pee-Pee Teepee

If you're the type who can't say "urination" or "penis," 1) I don't know what you're doing on this site, and 2) the Pee-Pee Teepee for Sprinkling Wee-Wees is for you. Stop draping a diaper wipe or washcloth over your...
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August 30, 2004

Patemm Round Changing Pads

With her two kids, Grace Welch found out what we've been finding out lately: it's damn hard to keep a wiggly kid on a rectangular changing pad. Unlike me, though, Grace did something about it. She designed a circular changing...
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August 23, 2004

Fold-up Infant Cabana (yes, small as a dinner plate)

Finally. After scouring sporting goods stores, tentmakers, and baby shops, I'd given up on finding a simple sunshade so we could take the kid outside (and not fry her while I lay my pasty self out). I want(ed) a tensile...
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August 21, 2004

Pop-up Travel Beds

While my nose has been buried in Japanese diapers, the UK has apparently been overrun by springloaded travel beds that fold up "as small as a dinner plate." Baby Chic 101 (a new blog with enough baby designer links to...
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August 18, 2004

New LL Bean Camo Tote/Diaper Bag

Now the LL Bean camo tote bag is available with a zip-top and hooks for a shoulder strap, two features that I'm definitely missing on the one we bought last winter. The lack of a shoulder strap made it less...
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August 7, 2004

Awesome Japanese baby snot siphon

Well, as awesome as a system for sucking the snot out of your kid's nose gets, I guess. I found this Baby Mucous Sucking Device at the Baby Paradise superstore next to our hotel. It consists of two 9-inch or...
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July 28, 2004

Hipseat Baby Carrier from Hippychick

OK, I gave them grief for the aromatherapy, but maybe hippychick's onto something. The Hipseat is basically a fannypack your kid can perch on. By extending this little shelf from your waist, you're able to hold a kid without thrusting...
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July 27, 2004

Wipe Warmer? How about a wipe cooler?

A friend in Minneapolis with a brand new kid calls his favorite nursery appliance--a wipe warmer--as "a sort of crock pot for wet fragrant tissue. It is awesome. It seems to cut the indignity of diaper changing, from the baby's...
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July 26, 2004

Baby Banz: Australian for sunglasses

Actually, "sunnies" is Australian for sunglasses; Baby Banz is Australian for "infant sunglasses with built-in Croakies." These sunglasses have a neoprene strap that gives them a fighting chance at staying on a scrambling 9 month-old. Banz are Aussie-tested to block...
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July 22, 2004

Handmade Blanket, Stuff from Guatemala

Thomas Heaton, 44, a single United Methodist pastor in Nashville, Ind., has been making rice and beans for Sunday supper since adopting his son Manuel, 9, in Guatemala five years ago. (Because Guatemala is one of the few countries that...
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July 16, 2004

Disposable 8 oz cups for anything

We got a pack of these 8 oz. cups w/lids to start the kid on solid foods. They're fine for mixing tiny amounts of rice cereal--not that she's actually eating any of it yet--but we find we're using them for...
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July 10, 2004

Fingertip Toothbrush

I've finally realized our kid's a mutant, and we're living a cheerful, never-aired episode of The X-Files. Not only does she sleep through the night--often after putting herself to sleep--she recently sprouted a couple of teeth with so little fuss,...
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July 5, 2004

Hang-out Baby Lounger, by Oeuf

Modernseed is selling this paper clip-looking bouncing chair for kids up to 18lbs. It comes in--surprise--pink or blue. It's very goodlooking, if a little more design-y than the solid navy blue Bjorn Babysitter. It's not adjustable. Brooklyn-based French designer Sophie...
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July 4, 2004

Carrot-shaped Bottle Cleaner

The Italian company Vice Versa Baby makes a bottle cleaner shaped like a carrot, and a bottle drying rack that looks like a little garden--complete with a little tulip. They also make a bottle with a cow's udder for the...
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July 1, 2004

Tiawanese Gaiam Ball Attacks Squirrelly

In a piece of colossal celebrity baby non-endorsement, Matthew over at Defective Yeti describes what happened when the balance ball he was bouncing on to put his kid The Squirrelly to sleep exploded. The comments contain all sorts of "YOU...
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Celebrity Baby Uses Disposable Bibs

Move over, Gwyneth, there's a new Effect in town. A candid photo of a celebrity using a branded baby product causes a sudden spike in sales. Shoppers emptied the shelves at drugstores around the country when Trixie was photographed wearing...
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June 25, 2004

Utterly Random Bottle-Related Products

OK, Great Baby Products turns out to be the SkyMall of baby gear: thousands of Innovations you had no idea you needed, that solve hundreds of problems you didn't know you had, all pitched with breathless optimism and urgency. As...
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Nipple/Bottle Adapters in the US of A

The Bib'Evianis only available in France, but it turns out you can buy adapters for putting a nipple on a standard drink bottle right here in the US. In fact, Great Baby Products practically demands you stick it to the...
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June 24, 2004

Please Redesign the Diaper Genie

Dads should be the greatest beneficiaries of the Diaper Genie's magical powers. Even if you don't change every diaper (Remember EBB?), you're still probably the one to take out the trash. If that's the case, Playtex's Diaper Genie, like so...
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