Archive: For Kids

Inspiration: Newport Rhode Island

chic getaways for families in Newport Rhode IslandWe were inspired this week by Newport Rhode Island, a beautiful and elegant town replete with seaside mansions, museums, great restaurants, beaches and more.

The “Must Do List” in Newport, includes Cliff Walk, where visitors can take a walking tour of the shoreline dotted by spectacular mansions, home long ago to the Vanderbilts and their ilk. If just seeing the outside is not enough, get a ticket to go inside and enjoy the opulent furnishings and lush settings- saddle up to a tour guide, as some of the stories are entertaining, especially for the kids, of well dressed dog companions, table manners and dining habits.

Speaking of dining, when you’re done drooling over these over-the-top pads, for a bite, head on over to The Clarke Cooke House on Bannister’s Wharf, for some fresh fish and lively atmosphere. For an after dinner ice cream, Sprinkles is a good choice on Bowan’s Wharf, where you can enjoy a casual cone while you check out the shops in the area.

Our heart belongs to The Chanler at Cliff Walk (a hotel with a delicious restaurant inside) for Sunday brunch – their menu and enviable perch are both scrumptious. The hotel is hop and a skip from Second Beach that surely wins beach with best land-view (back at the Chandler House). After showering off the sand after a delightful day at the beach, catch a   movie in town at the charming Jane Pickens theater, and then grab an appetizer or two at Forty 1° North, one of the chicest hotels in  town.

Tempted? Time to pack: get yourself in the spirit with these hand picked goodies: Go old school with the vintage mauve bathing suit, snazzy it up with a pair of stylish shades, hold tight to a Coco Chanel doll (in lieu of teddy), don’t forget a Pride & Prejudice primer and play set, and, if you’re really setting up shop and outfitting more than just yourself – say installing yourself in the Breakers or Rosecliff – we suggest a (so not shabby) shabby-chic canopy bed - perfect for those of us who’s last name should have been Rockefeller.

Been there, Done that? Check out some of our other travel ideas!

City Solutions: Uber Family

Dr. Alisa Baer and Uber launch UberFamily in New York CityOne of the biggest problems in the city is how to get a toddler around in a cab or car service safely and easily.  Enter, UberFamily to solve the problem. We had first heard about this revelation while it was in development from Dr. Alisa Baer, “The Car Seat Lady” who collaborated with Uber on the service.  Now a couple months in, it’s addressing a true, underserved need in the market, much to city parents’ delight. She trained and certified the highest rated UberX partner drivers on how to safely secure the car seat so you know its properly installed in the car.

Uber now offers an on-demand car seat option for a $10 surcharge (additional to the UberX rates). That’s a small price to pay for a lot of peace of mind.

Want to know how to choose your own car seat? Read more about what Dr. Alisa Baer has to say in Car Seat Conundrum. Need to compare models? Read our Friday Face offs as we compare models and pick the best features of each.

Shop safe car seats at Babesta.

Reviewed: Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes

We’ve started to rev up our youth book selection and as such have asked our 10 year old reviewer Amina (a voracious reader & my daughter) to read and write a blurb about the books in our collection.
Peter Nimble and his fanta
~Review of Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes~by Jonathan Auxier
“If you know anything about blind children, you know that they make spectacular thieves,” states the author in Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes. So starts the story.
An orphan is born into the world. In the water he lies, nameless, parentless, sightless in his tiny basket. He was sent by sailors into a church, in order to be given a real sense of the world. Yet the church, having no use for a blind child, called him Peter Nimble and sent him off into the streets alone.
Peter Nimble somehow managed to survive the hard roads by robbing the markets of
food. After that had been done, he saw to getting himself other important items, such as
a bandage for his eyes, clothes and more necessities.
A horrible man named Mr. Seamus saw his obvious talent, so he milked the boy for all his worth.
For little Peter, life was hard. He earned his food by stealing. He earned his life by stealing. He earned his gift by stealing. That all changed the day he found the Fantastic Eyes.This powerful, moving book allows people to see what blind children such as
Peter go through, speaking with the power of imagination.
Though Auxier had stolen more than just time in the making of this book, he can be
forgiven for his masterful work, done by skillful hands.

-Amina, 10

Summer Sale at Babesta!

Summer Sale at BabestaTime to get cool! Our summer sale is going on at Babesta and we have the best indie brands–Munster Kids boys and girls clothing, Sons + Daughters sunglasses, Ruff & Huddle shorts and more. Snap up your faves to be spot on style for the summer! Meanwhile, we’re prepping the shop for fall, Back-to-School, if you can believe it! (As much as we love B-2-S, it’s so hard to think of sweaters and jeans when it’s soooooo darn hot!)

Shop Babesta Sale!

Modern Tots need Modern Toys: Hittin’ the Beach in Style

beach toys 2_ by QuutWe think that every modern tot needs modern beach toys. These sleek and artful toys are beautiful objects in their own right, but to boot, they’re super fun. Meet the Quut sand rake, Ballo pail, sand sifter and sand castle maker. Let the fun in the sun begin! Shop Quut!

coolest beach toys by Quut

 

Welcome to the Jungle – 10 Great Animal Themed Gifts for Babies & Kids


It’s a jungle at Babesta this days, what with all of the super cool animal-themed goods, from onesies and tees to pull toys, sneakers and rattles. Check out some of our fauna inspired faves in the shop right now! Shop the Babesta Jungle! http://bit.ly/1nieYv1

Ronaldo-ready duds and more at Babesta

soccer style for kids

Check out some of our favorite soccer inspired duds and more at Babesta!

1.Babiators: Cool shades in sunshine yellow. http://bit.ly/1nypjo9

2.World Map by Janod: Be sure you know exactly where your team is from! http://bit.ly/1kPvft9

3. Vilac Ball: Have a ball practicing some goal-getting. http://bit.ly/1v3C2SW

4. Native shoes: They’re no cleats, but they’re great summer outdoor shoes! http://bit.ly/1oXhXtX

5.Retro shorts: Throwback and so sporty! http://bit.ly/1oXhyb0

6. Sunshine sweatshirt: This Bobo Choses sweatshirt is from Messa’s club team-town, Barcelona. http://bit.ly/1gcjGFU

 

 

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Shark Week Draw a Shark

It’s that time of year again…. SHARK WEEK.  If you’re anything like us, the ocean makes you a little nervous right around now (what do you mean the Megalodon doc was fake?) but don’t let that keep you out of the water altogether.  With Boon Inc. Dive Bath Appliques and Yikes Twins Shark Towels inject bath time with some sharp, shark week friendly accessories.  Or maybe you’re a little extra inquisitive about what’s hiding in the deep; there’s A Strange Place to Call Home, Love the Earth, and What Animals Really Like to sate your curiosity.  And of course, there’s plenty of nautically inspired outfits to put together.  We’re especially into Native’s Jefferson Slip-On, La Miniatura’s Ocean Blue Jeans, and Beatrix’s Shark Gear.  There’s so much to take a bite out of for shark week, you might need a bigger shopping cart!

-LE, photos by S.R.

New heroes at Babesta!

ugly dollsBabesta has been looking for heroes to look over NYC!
Recently, we have received two Superheroes that promised to devote their lives to keep our children safe!
These two cuddly superheroes promise to become best friends with as many children they meet!
Superman Babo and Ice Bat promise to be the best friend & hero!
Click the photo for our Superhero Ugly Dolls!