Archive: For Babies

What’s the Haps this Winter?

    We are truly in the mix of December festivities! Now that November craziness of Thanksgiving, black Friday & cyber Monday have ushered in the holiday season we are ready for all the winter months have to offer.  Here at Babesta all the holiday gifting, picking out kiddie attire, keeping babies warm and cuddly is under way. Our winter calendar is full of festive, fun events for infants to tweens & all the little ones in between.

Start off by catching the last few days of the “Nothing Personal” art exhibit by Austin Lee right here in Tribeca. At Postmasters Gallery, Lee brings his imagination to life for his second exhibit at the gallery. His depictions, full of bright colors and out-of-this-world, slightly cartoon-like figures, touch our sensibility with his sometimes sweet, sometimes slightly more sinister representations. Cool side-note, Lee first creates his pieces as digital sketches on an Ipad and then brings them to life on canvas. They are eye-catching enough to draw the attention of the youngest art-enthusiasts. Exhibit goes through Saturday, December 5th.

MeAndMyDad_lg         Me and My Dad – Austin Lee – Postmasters Gallery

     Brookfield Place is a dazzling destination this time of year. Arts Brookfield lights up Winter Garden with its Luminaries interactive display. While enjoying the light display you can stop by Santa’s Winter Wonderland and say ‘cheese’ to capture the holiday spirit.

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Rock out with Loog Guitars! The musical geniuses behind Loog Guitars will be in store to teach your littles how to strum the six string (or 3 string) like a champ! Saturday, December 5th, 1:00-3:00pm at Babesta at Brookfield Place, 2nd floor.

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Sip & Shop is an event for the “big kids” join us at Brookfield Place December 17th for a Thursday evening shopping spree!

Babesta teams up with Le District and offers a free activity at the French Eatery! We’ll be making gingerbread houses, but not any abodes, Tribeca-style townhouses for the season. Saturday, December 19th @ Le District at Brookfield Place.

   Stay connected to social media, new events and specials are being added throughout the month! #staytuned

We always want to see your Babesta spirit! Tag #mybabesta @babesta on InstagramTwitter & Facebook when your little one is rockin’ their fly fashions! We’ll repost our faves!

by: Pia Finnigan

Nursery Decor 101: Want, Need, Love!

1. Best bassinet – We love the Ninna Nanna and Rockwell bassinets by Monte for their modern look & high functionality.

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2. Convertible Crib – We’re crazy about Oeuf’s new colors for the ever-popular Sparrow Crib, now in Petal Pink & Charcoal Grey. Or if you’re really wanting a pop of color, check out the newest Alto Crib by Spot on Square with bright acrylic panels.

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3. Organic Mattress- Whether it’s a traditional spring mattress or one made of coconut fiber, wool and latex, we think having a great quality mattress (with a waterproof crib topper) is essential for a good night’s sleep for both parent & child.

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4. Great Glider- We think Monte makes some of the best out there. They’re perfectly sized for a New York apartment and elegant enough to live in the living room. Check out the Como, Joya, Luca, Grano and more!

luca glider5. Sweet Sheets – Bedding can be tricky, but we love some of the newest Oeuf designs as well as the super cute Auggie prints. Going for bold, try Sack Me’s donut prints! And if you’re in a New York state of mind, try the Aden+Anais for Babesta exclusive city prints for crib sheet, dream blanket, swaddles, sleepsack and more.

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6. Awesome Art- No need to put “kid art” in the nursery. Find a local artist that you love and give the room some pizzazz. We love the custom work by Gregoire Ganter and the whimsical art by Instagram star Rebeca Raney for instance. Modern and bold yet playful prints by Noodoll are also a lot of fun.

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7. Smart Storage- Dressers, changers, and shelving by Oeuf and Spot on Square are great companions to your chosen crib. For books & toy, Oeuf’s just launching a tall & narrow option of their always popular Mini Library.

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8. Rockin’ Rug- We love the rugs by Lorena Canals, because they are both cute and machine washable. The new Spot on Square round and modern rugs also make our top list for cool bedroom accessories.

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It’s Go Time: Getting Around the Nabe, Made Easy

Scoot:

The Comfort Wheeled Board by Bugaboo is the most anticipated stroller accessory of the season. It invites toddlers to sit or stand while riding. Attaching to the left of right of the stroller, the board also allows parents extra space for easy walking. Another option, try the Lascal Buggy Board that fits multiple strollers, but don’t forget, its standing room only.

 

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Carry:

Getting around town hands-free is the easiest way to hit the streets with your little one. The assisted piggy back ride position using your Baby Bjorn One Carrier is the position of choice for bigger kids with tired feet. One Carrier makes it easy to move from front to back with its buckle clips, simple color coding and padded waist band and shoulder straps. The simple, chic solution for mobility is our go-to for farmer’s market runs, quick jaunts to the store or just for short walks outside to breather the crisp fall air.

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Sit & Stand:

The Micro Kickboard Scooter is a rite of passage for city kids. Breaking free of the stroller, they use their own wheels to roll around the park or head to and from school. We love how the Micro Mini & Maxi handle the city sidewalks. Don’t forget a Nutcase helmet for the ultimate safety in style.

 

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2 for the Road:

City Select by Baby Jogger ~ Hitting the road in the city with two in tow is made easier with Baby Jogger’s City Select. With the most flexibility on the market, it features 16 different positions. Your dynamic duo can be same or mixed age and the stroller can be adjusted to accommodate one or two kids in a jiff. Make any combo of bassinets, car seats and seats. Kids can face in, out, each other or back-to-back. We love its narrow footprint, making it simple to navigate busy city streets. It’s got great staying power too, with seats that can hold up to 45lbs. Got a third child? Add a glider board and go!

City select baby joggerVista by UPPAbaby ~ Great storage options. Check. Flexible seating? Check. Start with one and add a rumble seat to accommodate two with your favorite primary stroller. We love the UPPAbaby Vista, because it provides one of the best single options that can turn into one of the best doubles. Use bassinets or car seats to manage the youngest riders, or use the seat for toting toddlers. Switch it up as you like and add the piggy back board. Now that’s easy strolling, city-style.

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Family Fun at the New Whitney Museum

Newly reopened Whitney Museum is catering this November to the next generation of artistic minds.

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The Whitney is celebrating the work of Frank Stella in Frank Stella: A Retrospective through February 7th 2016.  Stella, an abstract artist and sculpturist currently lives in Greenwich Village.

Enjoy the hands-on experience by participating in interactive events. The Whitney suggests skipping the lines and buying your tickets early. The museum is exclusively open from 9:30am – 10:30am for families to enjoy! Most programs are free with museum admission (some include an extra fee).

Have a newborn, the Whitney has designed a guided stroller tour made for you. Crying babies are actually encouraged! Join Whitney Teaching Fellows, PhD candidates in art history, on engaging tours that highlight works in the exhibition. Tours are for new moms and dads when the museum is closed to the public.

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Kiddos aged 4-5:  Choose from Whitney Wees: Color, Color, Color! or Shape It! In November, Color, Color, Color!, will explore the vivid colors in Frank Stella’s work—engage with shimmering silver surfaces, multicolored stripes, and the dark tones of Stella’s Black Paintings and coming in December (Shape It!) will explore shaped paintings that zigzag across space and look at sculptures made with parts that twist and turn.

Older kids can enjoy sketching tours. Start off in November discovering what inspired Stella’s works. Look closely at his works of art and create experimental sketches based on what you see. Frank Stella was inspired by nature, architecture, literature, music, and art history. Discover how he incorporated these inspirations in his work.

Chock full with events this fall, the Whitney, has  planned extensive activities that will educate and inspire children of all ages!

by: Pia Finnigan

Latest & Greatest: Denim Days Are Here!

Donkey stroller seat_CMYKDiesel & Bugaboo have done it again! The denim-ic duo launches the latest special edition stroller, and it has the best “jeans” we’ve seen. Diesel gives nod to its roots in denim with this fashion-forward rider. With chunky zippers and hardware, a pocket in the back, this tricked out Buffalo stroller is a perfect 10.

It features Pollock-esque paint splatter, a blue anodized chassis, a black faux-leather handlebar and a copper central joint cap. If you’re not in the market for new wheels but are digging the denim, no worries: There’s also a Bugaboo Donkey tailored fabric set and a matching denim nursery bag available. The Denim Diesel stroller is in-store now!

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Superior Interiors: Hitting the Mark in the Big Apple

Make the most of your space for your new city baby. Whether this is your first child or you are ready for a nursery redo we have the Superior Interiors that will hit the mark for city dwellers. Lexypexy Pretzel teether & Lucky Jade City

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The perfect solution for smaller rooms, Spot on Square’s Eicho collection is chic and smart, adding serene panache to baby’s nursery. Now available in skyscraper grey, the Eicho Crib has a small footprint and companion changer has amble drawers and a perfect sized top surface for changing baby.

Eicho-Crib-Grey_CMYKWho knew that a mattress could be such a style statement? Organic, eco-friendly and sophisticated, the Pebble Pure in grey makes a crib or twin bead a chic spot to catch some zzzs!

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We’ve come up with our Fantastic Four – our heroes of the nursery save the day for eating, sleeping or plain old relaxing in style! Nuna Sena & Nuna Zaaz high chair

GRAPHITE SENA BASSINET_CMYKPLUM ZAAZ HERO_CMYKKick the luxe factor up a notch with Monte’s limited edition walnut and wool collection.  Some of Monte’s most popular designs of gliders, rockers, and beds are available in handcrafted Italian wool spun at a family run mill outside of Florence, Italy.

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Spiffy Miffy: Celebrating 60 Years of the Beloved Bunny

Miffy, the cherished girl bunny, has been delighting children since her inception in 1955. This year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the beloved character. Miffy officially became 60 years young on Sunday, June 21st, and premiered her movie in London’s West End. The beloved bunny, however, deserves more than just one day, why not a parade? The Miffy Art Parade has no less than 60 statues designed in the bunny’s honor by esteemed artists and will be touring worldwide. Throughout Japan and Holland, where Dick Bruna created Miffy, more than half a decade ago, the statues are on display to delight Miffy fans. Since March, one by one, a new Miffy doll has been revealed. The final statue shown, designed by Marte Röling of Holland, (Miffy’s birth place), is all in gold.
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Another Miffy favorite was designed by two New York based artists Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin using florals, Drew Barrymore and Lara Stone (a Holland model) for an inspirational mashup. While some statues have replicas for you to snatch up, the original statues will be auctioned off for UNICEF after the tour is completed this October. Happy Birthday Miffy!
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by:Pia Finnigan

Walk This Way :Akid & MiniMode Sneaker Launch at Babesta

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Babesta shoe brand best-seller, Akid, is teaming up with chicest spot on the web for stylish moms, MiniMode. Babesta at Brookfield Place is hosting “Walk This Way,” the Akid & MiniMode collaboration with a little get together September 30th! Wine, cupcakes, an awesome photo booth and lots of fun will help celebrate a new super cool sneaker launch! Akid’s collection is already full of the flyest footwear this season; from Axel Lip sneakers to Jasper Metallic boots and of course classic Black Knight Snake sneakers. Created by Maria Benetos and Colleen Crivello, MiniMode, has become the destination for savvy moms (& moms-to-be) who know how to keep their fashion edge.

Insta-Infant Influencers: Meet @badboi_vivi

Rocking so many of Babesta’s favorite brands including Mini Rodini and Bobo Choses, with the effortless style only a 1-year old can pull off, we have to introduce you to an Itsy Bitsy Instagrammer. Meet super-fly Vida (aka BadBoi_Vivi), a fashion influencer to watch in today’s world of younger and younger style stars.

Handle: @badboi_vivi
Age: 1 year
Hometown: LA
Fave Fashion: vintage Levi’s jean jacket
Must Visit: Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena (A.K.A. Baby Coachella)
Follows: @tinykaper, @momcrushmonday

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Little Vida is looking forward to seamlessly transitioning his layette from summer to fall. “I can’t wait for layers! Lots of darker staple items; boots, chunky cardigans and denim jackets,” says Natalie (aka Vida’s mom). She notes his vintage Levi’s jean jacket is a can’t-live-without!
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Vida’s style extends to bedroom decor too. We loved watching Vida’s nursery unfold on Instagram. “I thought it (a revamped bookshelf) would look nice against a black chalkboard wall, says Natalie, I then picked up some colorful tape and free-styled a geometric wall…It’s cheerful and fun, just like him!”
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by: Pia Finnigan

Perfect Pairing: Aden + Anais Exclusive Collab with Babesta

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An exclusive launch of the Aden + Anais + Babesta collection, especially crafted for a NYC city infant, is days away. The swaddle masterminds behind adorable and organic infant gear from crib sheets to baby wraps will launch their handpicked new assemblage featuring NYC staples from poppy yellow taxis to street cart snacks. Celebrate your newbie’s urban adventure with the gender neutral muslin goodies. Little ones from any borough will enjoy snuggling up in these city selection (perfect for gifting).
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Crib sheets in Pretzel/Hotdog 23871, $30, or Taxi 23870, $30; Burpy bibs two-pack, 23872, $22; Dream blanket (reversible, one pattern on each side), 23873, $50. Sleeping bag in both patterns, S/M/L, 23879, $32 & nibble bibs, 23874, $20.
Babesta.com/uniquelybabesta

by: Pia Finnigan