Friday, September 19, 2014

Tegu Magnetic Blocks On SALE

One of my all time favorite toy brands, TEGU, is on SALE today at Zulily! These magnetic blocks are so much fun for any age. Guaranteed to be addictive for parents too! You can read my full review HERE.









Saturday, September 13, 2014

New Double Stroller Contender - Valco Baby Snap Duo 2

Remember my double stroller dilemma? Well, while I was busy obsessing over my choices, another contender just appeared on the horizon. 

Meet Valco Baby Snap Duo 2
The Snap Duo 2 is a 2014-2015 upgrade of a previous Snap Duo model. 

What's awesome about this stroller:
  • Ultra lightweight frame, weighting only 24lb. For a double stroller, that's light!
  • One-hand fold
  • Frame folds inward, protecting the seats from dirt
  • Automatically locks and stands upright when folded
  • Large individual canopies (upgraded feature)
  • Adjustable leg rests (upgraded feature)
  • Roll-up pockets for extra ventilation
  • Individual bumper bars
  • Peekaboo windows on hoods
  • Large basket
  • Carrying strap
  • Car seat compatible with adapter
The stroller comes with tubeless EVA tires, but Valco Baby offers an option of transforming the Snap Duo into an all terrain stroller by replacing the wheels with pneumatic air filled tires, which can be purchased separately.

Ventilation mesh

Standing fold

Adjustable leg rest 

At this time, Snap Duo 2 is only available in black, but then I saw this gorgeous grey version on Facebook, due in stores sometime in 2015. Grrrrrr! I'm totally smitten with the grey, but I will need a double stroller much sooner. What to do? And here I am, back to my double stroller dilemma


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cybex Cloud Q And Other Flat-Reclining Infant Car Seats

Since it's unveiling at the ABC Kids Expo, there's been a lot of buzz around the new Cybex Cloud Q reclining infant car seat, winner of the JPMA "Best in Show" award.

photo via BabyGizmo

First of all, let me say that the car seat looks absolutely awesome! Since there's been a lot of concern in the medical community regarding infants spending too much time in their car seats and the potential health risks that may result from this (too much pressure on the spine, compression of the lungs, reflux), initially, I was relieved at the thought that a flat-reclining infant car seat was finally released. I must admit, however, that something troubles me.

The Cloud Q will retail at around $400, and I'm sure that a large percentage of parents will find the cost of this car seat completely prohibitive. It really bites that only an elite minority will be able to have a peace of mind by using a healthier alternative to a typical infant car seat for their baby. I understand that a company who's pioneering a new product is out to make a profit and doesn't have to be altruistic, but I do hope that other car seat manufacturers will follow suit and bring similar car seats to the US market at more affordable prices. As far as I'm concerned, a reclining car seat should be an industry standard and not an overpriced alternative.

The fact that babies should sleep on a flat surface is nothing new. I'm sure your grandparents were well aware of it. What's new (and hopefully will become "old" soon) is that in United States, we're prepared to close our eyes on a lot of "outdated" health risks in favor of conveniences. We tell ourselves that these beliefs are old-fashioned and that EVERYONE takes advantage of infant car seats outside of the car without any proven adverse effects. I know people whose infants literally live in a car seat all day long. They ride in it, they go for walks in it, they sleep in it at home. I always thought it was irresponsible, but when you're a sleep-deprived parent, you'll let anything go, as long as your baby seems happy.

A reclining car seat is not as innovative as the current baby industry media buzz would have us believe. Flat reclining car seats have been available in Europe and Asia for years. Even the Cybex Cloud Q has been engineered in Germany. Seems like we, Americans are a little slow when it comes to questioning the old status quo. Unfortunately, despite the fact that SOME European car seats are way more advanced than American  car seats, they cannot be used in the States because they have not been tested to meet US very questionable safety standards. Magic Beans has a great article on the difference between European and American car seats and their safety testing.

Of course the safety of a car seat and it's performance in a crash test is top priority, but I do wish that the positioning of a newborn's developing spine in conventional infant car seats received a little more concern in the US as well. Instead it took a German brand to show us what we've been doing wrong all these years.

Here are a few flat reclining car seats that have been in existence long before  Cybex Cloud Q.



This is a car seat/bassinet that goes from your car to the stroller. The backrest angle is adjustable.



 This car seat, made by Aprica Japan, can be used in a reclined position in the car! The possible configurations and all the innovative features of this car seat blow my mind. How I wish this car seat was approved for use in the US. The demo video makes me drool!

Can be installed in either a lie flat position across the seat, or a rear facing upright position. This car seat also has a unique ventilation system.


Mutsy Traveller Car Seat


Monday, September 8, 2014

Summer Infant By Your Side Co-Sleepers On SALE!

Zulily is having a SALE on Summer Infant nursery products, including By Your Side Sleepers, Breathable Mesh Crib Bumpers, Crib Sheets, Monitors and more!
Summer Infant is a pioneer in safe baby sleeping products. Whether you're co-sleeping with your baby, or have him in a crib, safety is of utmost importance. 

A sturdy metal frame prevents you from rolling over on top of your baby during sleep. Mesh sides promote air circulation to help prevent your baby from overheating and allow you to easily check up on your sleeping baby.

On sale for $34.99 (reg $50)

On sale for $48.99 (reg $70)

Evaluated and recommended by pediatricians, this award-winning crib bumper features a patented mesh design that facilitates airflow for maximum safety and security in the crib. Adjustable ties hold it snugly in place, and machine washable fabric makes cleaning effortless. 

More colors and patterns are available.
Check out all Summer Infant SALE item on Zulily.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

New UPPAbaby VISTA 2015

The new upgraded version of UPPAbaby Vista 2015 is a magnificent stroller with loads of configuration options. The new Vista can now take two car seats, two bassinets, and two toddler seats facing in either direction. It now has a one-step fold, similar to that of the Cruz.

The frame is made of a lightweight yet sturdy aluminum and magnesium combinations, and features new never flat wheels with AirGo technology that mimic the cushioned ride of an air-filled tire with the lightweight benefit of foam.

The Rumbleseat has been significantly improved for 2015, with the ability to recline and face in either direction. The bumper bar is now one piece, making it easier to clean.

Bassinets now come with a zip out liner and boot cover and are compatible with 2015 Cruz stroller and new Legacy stroller as well.

Not surprisingly, all this goodness comes with a pretty hefty price tag of $819.99 – $859.99.

The new Vista 2015 should be available for purchase in October 2014.



Vista 2015 Colors



Retro Style Baby Clothes

Mamas & Papas is a brand best known for their super cool and functional strollers and stroller accessories. However, if you take the time to thoroughly explore their site, you'll find a multitude of adorable and unique baby products, including toys, nursery decor, bedding, slings, high chairs, bouncers baby clothes and maternity clothes.

Browsing through Mamas & Papas clothing line, I was taken with how adorable and stylish the clothes are. There's a sweet vintage feel to many of the outfits that would make them perfect for a portrait session. If Anthropologie had a kids clothing line, this is what I imagine it would look like. The prices are pretty reasonable, given the uniqueness of the clothes and many styles are currently on sale.