Being a stylish modern mom means that my son’s gears can’t be an eyesore and they must perform well. But more importantly, it teaches my son about good design.
I bet that your kids won’t complain about eating the healthy food inside these tidy snack boxes. Boon cutely named them Trunk (the elephant) and Cargo (the snail). Assuming that my son likes it as much as his Hippo backpack, he would proudly carry it around. The neat compartments and the snap-seal lid will keep food fresh while we travel. Plus, it is easy to clean everything in the dishwasher.
The Coolest Baby Bottle Warmer and Drying Rack Accessories
photo credits: Boon Orb Baby Bottle Warmer
Zack was formula-fed from the day he arrived home. The futuristic design of the Orb Baby Bottle Warmer has look and feel that I was looking for when we bought our bottle warmer almost 2 years ago. It would have look sharp against my mamaRoo and Fresco high chair. Continue Reading
sourcing: Fruit Punch Medical ID Bracelet $49.95 | Tropics Stainless Steel Medical ID Cuff $39.95 at Lauren’s Hope
I bet that you will not to fight with your kids to wear their medical alert bracelet if their bracelet looks like that. I think that it is a brilliant idea to have access to fun designs. The selection goes from silicone alert bands to stainless steel or leather bracelets or dog tags for boys. The selections get bigger for girls with the addition of fun and funky models. You won’t have to be jealous of your kids, Lauren’s Hope carries them in adult sizes.
Parents of active kids who do many sport activities, you will appreciate that they are waterproof and durable. There is also a vast collection of necklace for kids with allergy and In Case of Emergency necklaces.
Medical alert jewelry is something that I now care about. My son has a stent. I need to carry a card with me to be shown to doctors and dentists that would treat him. Even if most of the times that medical information is irrelevant, you never know when it will. He is still too young to wear a bracelet or a necklace but when it will get older I would certainly revisit Lauren’s Hope to pick a bracelet that suits his style.
Besides the obvious diapers, wipes, clothes and sunscreen tube, these are items that you may need to bring at your toddler’s day care or nursery school. A playful backpack is not really required — since I usually carry it for my 18 months old son — but I think that it adds a cute touch. In my book, the classic Croc shoes work the best for wearing inside all year long since they can be wore with or without socks.
I was glad that the day care asks for a toothbrush and toothpaste. They will teach my son how to use it. Some day cares supply the sheets for nap time while others ask that you bring your own. Both options have their pros and cons. More importantly for me is the fact to bring them a doudou. Zack likes to hold his muslin blanket while he sleeps. His must have plush is Mr. Tsé Tsé. I bought him a new one to bring at the day care because I don’t want to risk the chance of forgetting it one day. My husband called the second one, Yé Yé. So far, he doesn’t care for it. I still want to hope that he will develop some attachment towards Yé Yé.
Here are the specific items that I brought at the day care:
Something New: 1. Hippo zoo backpack by Skip Hop $20 USD, 2. Kids’ Crocband II.5 $36.99 CAD, 3. Stage 1 toothbrush by Oral-B and Colgate toothpaste, 4. VITAMINER RAND 4-piece crib bedding set $14.99 CAD
Something Old: 5. Mr. Tsé Tsé beginner doll by Raplapla $44 CAD, 6. Aden + Anais Star-bright swaddle set $49.95 for pack of 4
Next week, I will tell you about labelling your toddler’s things.
→ A Healthy Way for Kids to Play with Their Food
photography: Sport Plates by Boguslaw Sliwinski
With less than a month before the start of the London 2012 Summer Olympics, the six Sport Plates that drew and sell Polish designer Boguslaw Sliwinski seem to be ideal to share the spirit of the games at the table. Creating your scene with food is probably easier with his plates than cutting and assembling bento style food.
photography: Transportation Plates by Boguslaw Sliwinski
My little boy would prefer his Transportation series since he enjoys playing with trucks lately. All 6 drawings illustrate one way to transport merchandises. What I like about Boguslaw Sliwinski’s drawings is that the kid can learn stuff at the same time. They can invent their own storyline.
Plus, the game is about eating. I am strict about how kids should behave at the table. My son doesn’t play at the table. I thought him that there is a time for eating and another for playing. Since he loves vegetables, we don’t need to stimulate his appetite. But he enjoys looking at his decorated plates and bowls.
If shipping these plates from Poland seems too cumbersome for you, maybe that you can recycle his idea with your own designs the next time you go to a painting ceramic studio with your kids.
+ via MoCo Loco
Look at the adorable rock chic doll that I bought this morning for my son Zack. Pax will be a nice addition to his hip and soft doll collection. When I shown him a picture of Pax on my iPhone, he laughed and he appeared to love him. Plus, I got an awesome deal. I bought the last one in stock at half-price at Indigo. I can’t wait to put Pax in my son’s arms.
What sold me Pax is the fact that Woon transformed a couple of quirky little dolls by adding music inside. You safely tuck away your iPod (and I assume your iPhone) or a MP3 player inside the doll’s torso pocket. The doll comes with built-in speakers. As a mom on the go, I love that I can attach Pax to a stroller or my bag.
I bet that little girls would love having Lulu as their friend. Both dolls exhibit a hint of British eccentric flair. I found them absolutely adorable.
+ Pax ou Lulu iPod Doll by Woon
+ click here for the list of retailers
I stopped by Indigo yesterday. I could not pass on Petit Collage alphabet garlands. I like the fact that it is reusable. With 80 alphabet and animal tiles and 5 yards of ribbon, it is easy to custom made the party garland to fit the occasion. I suggest that you tailor even more the garland to your party scheme by updating the color of the ribbon.
My Favorite Baby Book
While I was there, I explored the rest of the collection. It is when I saw the best made baby book. It provides room for fun facts about mom, dad and the baby plus, photo pages for milestone events and for each monthiversary of your baby’s first year. The baby book comes with a keepsake box. It would make an awesome baby shower gift.
+ Petit Collage Garlands $19.95 CAD at Indigo
+ Deluxe Baby Box with Memory Box by Petit Collage $50 USD at Petit Collage
+ Deluxe Baby Box with Memory Box by petit Collage $60 CAD at Indigo
Any parent knows that you can avoid to keep close by a couple of bins filled with your baby or toddler toys. So, it’s best to look for great looking toy bins. Three friends who lived in New York and Toronto started 3 Sprouts in 2007. They produce cute, fun and practical toy bins and storage caddies that parents and kids would love to use.
You can put on the storage caddy all the essential nursery items – from diapers to lotions, washcloths and onesies – that you need in one spot and ready to go. My son’s nursery is on the second floor. When I have a babysitter, I carry all these essentials on the main floor. Having a tote like this will eliminate some steps. Later, the storage caddy could be repurposed as a magazine holder, a craft tote or a toy tote. I just wish that we could wash them in the machine.
You have a choice of 8 animals for the storage bins and 3 animals for the caddies. You can buy those online at 3 Sprouts (they ship to Canada and the United States) or from these local retailers. These would make wonderful baby shower gifts that would be appreciated by mom and dad.
+ Organic Cotton Nursery Caddy by 3 Sprouts $23.99 USD or CAD
+ Organic Cotton Storage Bin by 3 Sprouts $39.99 USD or CAD
One way to foster good eating habits for your kids is to develop their taste buds through cooking. Plus, it allows parents to pass time with their kids. You will make it more special and fun if they wear a chef’s apron. Beansoup specializes in kids aprons.
The aprons are available in two sizes: for toddlers (2-5 yrs old) and for children (5-9 yrs old). The choice of patterns is awesome. Beansoup makes their aprons from machine washable 100% cotton. They are reinforced with double stitched binding.
Update: Just learned on Twitter that you can get 25% off right now if you enter BACK2SCHOOL at checkout.
+ Chef’s apron for kids by Beansoup $24 USD
Leave it to Japanese people to create the cutest food presentation for kids. Here, parents do not have to be food sculpting artists to create a fun plate for their toddlers. Pitekan sold them in a pack of 2 assorted plates. You get one china porcelain red-haired boy plate (Paul) and one china porcelain blonde girl (Kate).
I found these at Trico, on online store that is operated from Japan. They suggest to send them an email to order in English. The Happy Smile Paul & Kate Plates are pricey so you could use them on Sundays and special occasions.
About Porcelain Plates for Kids
I know that many moms will be horrified at the idea that these are not melamine plates. I have seen it work. I cannot tell you how to educate your kids but I believe that kids should be taught at a young age to eat on proper plates. This way, they learn how to behave at the table. The quickest they learn not throw food or to hit the dinnerware with their cutlery, the less work it will be for you.
If wish to hear your thoughts on when and how to switch to actual dinnerware instead of plastic ones?
+ page translated by Google: Happy Smile Paul & Kate Plates for Kids at Trico ￥4,620 for a pack of 2 assorted (approx. $53)
This reusable shopping bag is designed for a parent. It also aim at improving the safety and the bound between kids and parents. You see the little handle on the front. The idea is that your small kid will hold onto the bag. You tell your kid that you need their help to hold the bag to encourage them to hold the handle.
Even when you are alone, you will appreciate the fact that it comes with a pair of short handles and two long handles for your comfort. The tear -proof polyester bag has an interior zipped pocket to safely store your odds and ends. There is also a mobile pocket. The bag is available in 4 colors.
For a limited time (57 days remaining), Reisenthel will donate 1 Euro on every purchase of his Motherchildbag for the Promotion of Selected Children’s Day Care Facilities in Germany.
+ Motherchildbag by Reisenthel 19,90 €
+ photos: Reisenthel – see dealer locator to find a local shops
It’s no secret that I am a fan of Modern-Twist. I eat almost every day on their soft and durable placemats. Since my last visit to the site, they added the Kidz Box and new patterns to their kids placemat collection.
You always had the option to color and draw on the Modern-Twist mats. What they did with Kidz Box was to assemble a gift box with marker colors that will please the design-savvy parents. A mat and 6 non toxic washable markers come in every Kidz Box. Day at the Pond and City Kids are the drawings currently available.
Like I said, you can color with markers on all Modern-Twist mats. Carrying two mats take the same space as one. I recommend Hide & Seek (best for a little girl), Major Damage (I’m banana…) and Kat in the City for coloring.
Cute and Practical
You first notice the refined illustrations on the silky food-grade, hand silk-screened silicone mats. Later, you discover that they are the best mats you ever own. You can roll your Modern-Twist mats or fold them for months and they will never show a crack, a crease or any sign that they did not lay flat. I know, I did it. I believe that it is a worry-free carry-on option for when you eat at a restaurant, visit friends without children and when you travel.
I bet that if you arrive with a Kidz Box at a kid birthday, both the kid and the parents will adore your gift. I think that they are so cute that I might get a kit just for myself.
+ Kidz Box $26 USD
+ Kids Placemats $18
+ Store locator with the Modern-Twist collection