Ultimate Urban Ride, Bugaboo Bee Three Takes on the City with Style

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We have now lived with the newest version of the Bee stroller for a month or so and we are really digging it. We can’t get over the cool style of the structured bassinet that looks super comfy and easy to manage. The agile stroller is easily matched with the narrow city streets and aisles of your favorite shopping spot and the foldability is a snap.

Not only did Bugaboo amp up the bassinet feature of the Bee, but they also added an extendable sun canopy that’s UPF 50+ protected, and increased the size of the underseat basket. There are a number of other tweaks and improvements for the city stroller, including a reinforced chassis, better rain cover and 5-point harness.

And this customizable stroller has so many color options, it’s really “as you like it.” Choose from an aluminum or black frame, seat and bassinet fabric in dark khaki, red, gray  mélange or black and then select one of eight different canopy colors: off white, dark khaki, bright yellow, red, soft pink, ice blue, gray mélange or black.

For on the go, this one’s got game! Come into the shop to check it out and give it a stroll or see it online.

 

 

Easy Chair: Choosing the Best High Chair for your Baby

high chairs at Babesta Bloom Stokke Nuna OxoShopping for a high chair is not as tricky as for a stroller, but there still are some things you may want to consider. Do you need it to fold up, or multi-task? Wipe clean in a jiff or transition to a desk chair? Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve put together our top picks in sweet seats.

Table Topic #1: Multi-functional, Newborn ready

Although children don’t generally sit up in a high chair until they are 6 months old, some seats can do double duty, acting also as lofted loungers for infants until they make the jump to solid foods. Giving them this lift is great, especially if you have other kids or pets who might be overly interested in the new baby.

fresco high chairOur picks: The Fresco Chrome high chair by Bloom easily transition from lounger to high chair, and, as a high chair, can be adjusted seamlessly from table to breakfast bar level. Of course, with a nod to mod, these chairs make a strong style statement in the kitchen. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table Topic #2: Easy Clean

One of the biggest concerns with high chairs, since table manners are not included, is the ease of cleaning. You want to look for chairs with minimal or no crevices, easily removable pieces, and materials that can be swiftly wiped down après-lunch.

zaaz high chairOur picks: The Nuna Zaaz features a no-crevice design and also has removable dishwasher safe parts. The Oxo Sprout is made of molded plastic and can be wiped down quickly with a damp cloth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table Topic #3: Long Lasting

When you invest in a design piece, you want to be able to use it for the duration. They’ll all take you through the high chair years (usually 6 months-3 years) and some can be used long after.

trip trap by stokkeOur picks: Where the Bloom Fresco Chrome has the front end, as the only one from 0+, the Stokke Tripp Trapp and Nuna Zaaz can be used from toddler to adult, each holding over 200 pounds. Both of these chairs can saddle right up to the table or can be used as a “satellite solution” (our words) where baby is backed up from the table with a tray.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table Topic #4: Easy to Store

Nano by bloom Our picks: We love the slim pack-ability of the Nano by Bloom.  It folds right up and is easy to store in a closet when not in use.

 

 

Diesel Cool: The New Limited Edition Bugaboo Rocks

Bugaboo Diesel stroller Cameleon 3

We are anxiously awaiting our stock of the new Bugaboo Diesel Cameleon 3 at Babesta! The Bugaboo–Diesel collab stroller and accessories are ready to rock the road. The stroller features army green canvas with grommets and patches, true to Diesel’s cool rocker vibe. The wheels are logoed and handlebar is in faux leather, adding to the stroller’s x-factor. Even if you already have your Cameleon³ in another flavor, the seat liner and footmuff are still fair game, as they are sold separately.

Italian clothing company Diesel has long been known for their edgy denim jeans and fashionable clothing and accessories. Now, paired with premium mobility company Bugaboo, they are fueling some of the most stylish city strolls. Look out for the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Stroller by Diesel at Babesta.  For more details, call Babesta Cribz at 646 290 5508.

 

The Vintage Circus is in Town with Aden + Anais

 

aden and anaisWe are crazy about the new vintage circus prints by Aden + Anais. Of course we already adore the muslin blankets for their softness and versatility, and now the prancing zebras, parading giraffes and marching elephants have us cheering for more. The print adorns an array of products from nibble bibs to swaddling blankets. Come one, come all, shop Aden + Anais at Babesta!

 

Runaway Circus, new kids fashion editorial in the Fall/Winter issue of Babesta Beat

We had so much fun shooting Runaway Circus in the streets of Tribeca with photog extraordinaire Stephanie McNiel, super stylist Lynn Levoy and uber groomer Vicktor Stevenson. We knew we needed to focus on the animals, and pops of color for this photoshoot featured in Babesta Beat. The clothes of the season had so many species, and we couldn’t resist highlighting our faves from brands like Mini Rodini (like that bear sweatshirt! the penguin jacket!) and PopUpShop (that Cheetah dress is off the hook and there’s a zip up hoodie as well!), Quinn and Fox (that bunny sweatshirt and bear sweats!) and of course some goodies from Munster Kids (hippy pandas, anyone) and Tootsa MacGinty (3-D interactive pandas). We imagined the city as a circus and collected some fun props like masks and inflatable zebras and set off on a gorgeous May day. There were a lot of stares, of course, as we were a conspicuous bunch! In the most quintessential Tribeca shot (the little bridge on Staple Street), we were vying for position with a bride & groom who were also keen on snapping some shots in the hip little street (we were there first, but we gave them the floor, knowing they had to get to the church on time!) Hope you enjoy the result!

The ringleader, donning a Quinn & Fox tee and Welkin NYC skirt. Photography by Stephanie McNiel.

The ringleader, donning a Quinn & Fox tee and Welkin NYC skirt. Photography by Stephanie McNiel.

 

An adorable sweatshirt by Mini Rodini topped with a reversible puffer by Jordan. Photography by Stephanie McNiel.

Elephant on the loose, featuring PopUpShop sweatshirt, Nununu pants and Tootsa MacGinty sweater.
Elephant on the loose, featuring PopUpShop sweatshirt, Nununu pants and Tootsa MacGinty sweater.
So cool animal graffiti in Tribeca with PopUpShop jacket and Quinn & Fox sweatshirt

So cool animal graffiti in Tribeca with PopUpShop jacket and Quinn & Fox sweatshirt at Franklin Place

Love the PopUpShop dress and Baby Degen knit hat, and pet giraffe of course! Photography by Stephanie McNiel for Babesta

Love the PopUpShop dress and Baby Degen knit hat, and pet giraffe of course! Photography by Stephanie McNiel for Babesta

Mini Rodini Weightlifter prints, Tootsa MacGinty cardigans and Dr. Marten boots - so perfect for fall. Photography by Stephanie McNiel for Babesta Beat

Mini Rodini Weightlifter prints, Tootsa MacGinty cardigans and Dr. Marten boots – so perfect for fall. Photography by Stephanie McNiel for Babesta Beat

Now that's something to see! The Panda (with zip pocket where he opens his mouth) and Mini Rodini clowns!

Now that’s something to see! The Panda (with zip pocket where he opens his mouth) and Mini Rodini clowns!

 

An inflatable zebra is on the loose in Tribeca. Last seen with fashionable girls in Bobo Choses and Mini Rodini.

An inflatable zebra is on the loose in Tribeca. Last seen with fashionable girls in Bobo Choses and Mini Rodini.

Munster Kids hippie panda and Bobo Choses jeans and bag. Photos by Stephanie McNiel

Munster Kids hippie panda and Bobo Choses jeans and bag. Photos by Stephanie McNiel

The penguins are coming! Cool penguin coat by Mini Rodini and Hansel from Basel tights. Photography by Stephanie McNiel for Babesta

The penguins are coming! Cool penguin coat by Mini Rodini and Hansel from Basel tights. Photography by Stephanie McNiel for Babesta

All photos by Stephanie McNiel for Babesta Beat magalog – all rights reserved. Styling by Lynn Levoy, Art Direction by Babesta, grooming by Vicktor Stevenson.

Shop Runaway Circus at http://www.babesta.com/Runaway-Circus/

AKID Shoes, the Top Sneakerhead Styles, Custom Made for Children

AKID shoes at Babesta

AKID shoes now available at Babesta

When the Babesta crew first came across the AKID brand, we knew we had something special. The brand successfully provides the styles that the modern  Sneakerheads look for, for children. Sneaker enthusiasts, or  “Sneakerheads,” have traditionally gravitated toward brand athletic sneakers. However, while the athletic sneaker still reigns supreme, some of the  flyest and fashion conscious Sneakerheads have veered away to a different style of sneaker. AKID shoes encapsulate this style for children. And the great thing about the AKID brand is that they are specially designed for a child’s growing foot. From the shoe design, to the quality breathable materials good for children’s sensitive skin, these aren’t just adult shoes shrunken down.

Historically in sneakerhead culture, the brand name meant everything. Only the top three or four athletic sneaker brands were acceptable. But, in recent years, emphasis on the big brand names has decreased as sneaker enthusiasts pay more attention to an awesome looking shoe, regardless of who makes it. In speaking with sales representatives at some of the top sneakerhead shops in NYC and San Francisco, they noticed this change in customer taste over the past few years.

Around 2010, the Sneakerheads stopped caring about brand name as much. They just wanted bright, crazy colors, like fluorescents and pastels. This taste for wild colors has since filtered to the mainstream market.

The rise in popularity of the skinny jean has also played a major role in the change in sneaker styles. A lot of the traditional athletic sneakers that worked great with baggier jeans just don’t look good in skinnies. They’re just too big and bulky for the skinny jeans and they stand out in a bad way.  As a result, the most refined sneakerheads had to seek out a more slim style of shoe. Sneaker designers are now more focused on using cool innovative materials and patterns instead of the day-glo colors (or along with!). With their faux snake skin, paint splatter and printed kicks, AKID definitely has their finger on the pulse of sneaker fashion, and is sure to inspire a new generation of pint-sized Sneakerheads.

AKID now available at Babesta.

-Asa Barnla

 

Box Trolls: Cool movie for the little ones

 

Babesta.com is always on the prowl for the coolest movies for kids. We’ve come across something that looks pretty awesome. Check out Boxtrolls, in theatres September 26th as it’s expected to be one of the most eye-catching movies of the year. And from what we see, the Babesta crew doesn’t disagree, this film looks pretty darn cool. From the makers of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman”, comes the mischievous Boxtrolls and their beloved boy Egg hang in the underworld of Cheesebridge.

Boxtrolls looks to be a nice heartwarming movie that teaches good values about not judging books by their cover. And we definitely predict the cardboard critters will be a hot costume for this year’s Halloween festivities. If you’re in need of a box for the costume, we’ve got you covered: Nuna’s Pipa Infant car seat has the perfect box for your lil toddling troll. Not only is it an awesome car seat for the younger sibling (if you’re in the market), the box is the perfect size for your older one’s Boxtroll costume this Halloween!

Hip-Hop Breakdance Classes for Kids and B-Boy Fashion at Babesta!

 

As hip city parents, we’re always on the lookout for the coolest activities for our trendsetting tots. Leave it to the cool cats over at Downtown Dance Factory to bust out the breakdancing, ensuring all the little B-boys and B-girls of Tribeca can do the worm, robot and  can backspin like pros.

We all know how great an activity dance class can be. They’re active, constructive, social, challenging, and of course, great fun. B-Boy lessons have all of these great qualities, but they also add the amazing “crowd goes wild” moments. The excitement your kid will feel after successfully busting his first “top rock” to “six step” and hearing the cheers from the cypher can make for such a wonderful, memorable, priceless moment.

The “Kindiboys” lessons are offered for preschoolers, ages 3-5 and are taught by one of the studio’s resident B-Boys. The 45-minute classes introduce hip-hop and B-Boy moves, simple freezes and funky footwork. The Dance Factory also offers classes for older kids from kindergartners progressing all the way to teenagers.

Check out the B-Boy classes at the Downtown Dance Factory. And, when looking for the dopest B-Boy gear, saying we have you covered at Babesta is an understatement!