Category archive: parent company

September 4, 2004

Star Trek Baby Names

Any name's fine, as long as it's Jadzia. Also popular: B'elanna, and Seven (of Nine). i.e., all the alien hottie characters. Let me go on record here: any Star Trek name is going to be several circles deeper in taunting...
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August 31, 2004

In LA, Everyone's Unique (In The Same Way)

Gee, good thing I added the "parent company" category; it'll give me a place to post the birth announcement of every stylist/graphic designer/publicist/musician/freelancer in Southern California. Apparently, it's the law that when you have a kid in LA, you start...
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August 30, 2004

Starting a 'Parent Company'

Patemm, Elizabeth Mitchell, and a post I'm working on right now... It's been staring me in the face for months: a lot of parents are so dissatisfied with the pregnancy/baby/kid industry, they feel compelled to do something about it. You...
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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 25, 2004

Like A Bike, extreme retro bike from Germany

While Italians are poppin' out futuristic stroller/trikes instead of babies, designers in Europe's other rapidly aging country, Germany, are waxing mod-nostalgic. One result: LikeABike, a sleek, pared down reinterpretation of one of the earliest bicycles, the 1817 Draisienne (named after...
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August 19, 2004

Cinnamon, the Stroller Test Dummy

Translated from Baby Pro News. Baby Pro bills itself as a "Baby Item Laboratory," and I humbly bow my head in the presence of a supreme master of baby gear-related websitery:Although strollers have quickly become compact and light, there...
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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

DadFrat Gear-apalooza

OK, I realize I'm not going to build a daddy gear empire with half a dozen t-shirts. But if I had any delusions of grandeur, or any misplaced sense of accomplishment for coming up with a design (that's basically the...
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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 13, 2004

Aromatherapy for Kids

John and Helen During, parents of Alastair (8 years) and Andrew (5 years), [and founders of the AromaKids brand of aromatherapy and massage oils for children] feel strongly that the touch of a parent's hand and the sound of their...
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July 7, 2004

Mountain Buggy Urban Stroller

Now this is one I see all over, especially in New York. Mountain Buggy is another New Zealand-based all-terrain stroller company (Is all that Lord of The Rings landscape really so irresistible to hike through?) that's been making a...
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July 6, 2004

Phil and Teds E^3 Off-Road Buggy

I found out about Phil & Teds on a research trip to Right Start, where I was tracking down a decent-looking double stroller we'd seen in the park. The saleswoman said, "Have you seen Phil & Teds? We sell out...
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June 21, 2004

Handmade Modern Baby Blankets

To regular Daddy Types readers, this architect couple's dilemma hits home: "My husband and I were constantly looking for furniture, clothing, and toys that would complement our modern style. Unfortunately, it was much more difficult than we imagined." Not one...
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June 17, 2004

Molded, Modern, Modular Bed for Kids

LA-based designer Pazit Kagel introduced a line of cleanly designed modular furniture for toddlers and children at this year's International Contemporary Furniture Fair. The ply and laminate units can be used for storage and as a platform bed that grows...
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June 11, 2004

Be Prepared: A (Great, Funny) Practical Handbook for New Dads

I'll come clean. I was a Boy Scout. Growing up, our parents drilled it into my and my brothers' heads that we wouldn't get our driver's license until we finished our Eagle Project. [Needless to say, I got my...
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June 2, 2004

PlayDine: In-Restaurant Baby-sitting

Last Tuesday, in the early evening, the playroom at Big City Bar & Grill held 10 children who were supervised by two baby sitters. One mother, Chris P. [no sense taking over her Google results], hung over the railing and...
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May 31, 2004

Tall Grass Crib

You may have noticed how rare cleanly designed baby furniture is. Architect and craftman Christopher Ross noticed, and did something about it. His firm, Hiccup, makes great-looking cribs, dresser/changing tables, and more for the Tall Grass Collection. The Tall...
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May 27, 2004

Taggies: Entertaining Doodad-covered Blankets

Double dad Bill Brown writes in, "I just bought two baby blankets that my girls adore. They're called Taggies, and they're nice fleece blankets with tags of all sorts sewn around the edges...I can't emphasize enough how much my daughters...
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May 17, 2004

Rocker Baby T-shirts from Infantile

They grow up so fast. It was only two months ago that a couple of San Francisco rockers started a kiddy clothing line called Infantile, and now they're in the Washington Post. If the baby industry's going to be saved...
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May 10, 2004

Mom Invented TP Saver

Also from the International Juvenile Products Show: Mom Inventors ("Moms helping moms!") announced their latest product, TP Saver, designed to "baby proof your toilet paper!" TP Saver prevents your adventurous little kid from unfurling the whole roll of toilet...
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