Want to get Rock Star Gift-Giver status? Check out some of our favorite Baby Shower gifts that will be definite crowd pleasers! Clockwise from top: Brooklee Dr, Martens, $65; Metrocard Rattle, $16; BabyLit Sense & Sensibility board book, $19.99; Hansel from Basel Mexican wrestler socks, $10; 7AM Enfant Doudoune snowsuit, $98; Aden + Anais Twinkle gift set, $50; Late Greats Biggie Smalls doll, $39; BabyZen YoYo stroller, $469; Rockabye Baby David Bowie CD, $17; Rowdy Sprout Bob Dylan onesie, $37; Naif milky baby body oil, $17.95.
Archive: Gear Guide
Nook sets the standard in cool, organic mattresses, so when we saw that they jazzed up feeding pillows (notoriously un-chic) we were over the moon. Dubbed the “Niche,” the feeding pillow is organic in and out and made in America. Breathable and comfy, it can also be used as a prop seat for a baby or a side sleeper for mom or dad. The cover is made of organic cotton and eucalyptus, while the core is fashioned from organic kapok. It fits the Babesta niche just right!
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.
Shopping 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.
Our 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.
Our 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.
Our 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
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.
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.
We know that choosing a car seat is tricky (you want the safest car seat that’s easy to install and transport while looking great in your car!). No doubt, there are a lot of factors at play, but it needn’t overwhelm! There is a science to it. Guiding factors include the age, height and weight of each child, how many kids you have, your lifestyle and type of car you are most likely traveling in. Luckily most seats work with most models, but some work better or worse depending on your vehicle and the backseat configuration. “It’s like a puzzle,” says Dr. Alisa Baer, dubbed “The Car Seat Lady.” With thousands of car seat installations under her belt, she has created magic formulas of seats countless times.
There are a few things that you can look for or consider when making your purchase to ensure a good choice, including how long it remains rear-facing (the longer the better: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends at least two years) and how secure the seatbelt installation is. Even if you picked a great seat, proper installation is key. “What’s shocking,” says Baer, “is that an overwhelming number of car seats are not installed correctly.” Baer notes, “If you’re not sure how to do it, you can go to seatcheck.org or safekids.org and find a certified installer in your area.” In fact, considering the misuse rates, she’d recommend it.
Living in the city can add extra complication to the car seat question. “Although it’s legal to travel in the city in a cab without a car seat,” says Baer, “this doesn’t mean it’s safe.” The best solution depends on the baby’s age and stage she says.
We love the latest car seat by Cybex, the Aton Q. Does it make the grade? We say decidedly yes!
Beauty: A+: It’s got an XXL canopy, comes in lots of fashion colors (but we’re New Yorkers, so we’ll almost always go for black) and is made with premium fabrics. It’s sleek and modern and as far as car seats go, it’s a stunner.
Brains: A++: Superior side impact protection ensures forces are distributed in the car seat shell, away from baby; it features super easy and secure installation; and requires no rethreading the straps—the adjustable headrest does it for you! To boot, the seat’s even safer for preemies due to super flat positioning.
Also, like the Aton 2, the seat has a load leg that reduces forward pitching of the seat, reducing the stress on your baby’s head and neck in case of an accident, is washable and works seamlessly with a range of strollers making for an easy travel system.
Here are some of the features in detail:
Superior Side Impact Protection: The seat features “Telescopic Linear Side-impact Protection”, which means that in an accident, the first forces are transferred by the pull out side protector facing the door and distributed to the car seat shell, thereby absorbing the forces of the impact and channeling them away from baby. This is an upgrade from the Aton 2 increasing the safety quotient.
Automatic height adjustment of the seat: For preemies and newborns especially, the angle of the head, neck and chest is important, as the wrong position can create breathing difficulties. The new Cybex Q adjusts the sitting angle as the baby grows and you adjust the headrest.
No more rethreading straps! With the new 8-position height-adjustable headrest with integrated harness guide, the length of the harness changes automatically when the headrest is adjusted. This prevents any need for the difficult threading in and out of the harness and makes it almost impossible to misuse.
An XXL foldaway sun canopy: UVP 50+ sun canopy protecting baby’s skin. It also protects from wind and rain!
Easy travel system: The Aton Q infant car seat can be effortlessly converted into a travel system with many buggies and strollers.
- Load leg reduces forward movement upon impact decreasing the stress on your child’s neck and head in the event of a collision. The load leg distributes the force into the back of the car seat instead.
- Seat is equipped with EPS foam, which absorbs energy in a collision.
- The Aton Q base’s belt-tensioning plates makes installation quick and easy using latch or safety belts
- Seat release is two-step.
- Seat features five point harness with shoulder and buckle pads.
- It’s super light – only 8.8 lbs (seat) and 10.25 lbs (base)
- Removable infant insert to position newborns and newborn inlay
- Indicator confirms the correct attachment of carrier to base (again, making correct installation easy!)
- Breathable fabric covers are machine washable
The new Cybex Aton Q infant car seat is suitable for children weighing 4-35 pounds, and up to 30” tall. Comes with a car seat and base. Additional bases (for additional cars) are available separately.
We wanted to help walk 2nd time parents through some of our favorite options for double strollers! It’s not the easiest category, and we’ve never heard of a parent who looks forward to making the purchase. No matter what, double strollers are bigger, heavier and bulkier than single strollers, there’s no getting around that. They have to hold two children safely so they must be robust. There are a few questions you can ask to help you decide which one is right for you!
First, do you prefer In-Line or Side by Side?
There are great options for either configuration, and we’ve found that most people have a distinct preference between having kids side by side or front & back. If the children are side by side, your ride will be wide. If they’re front & back, it will be long. We find many city dwellers like the front back configuration because it’s easier and less obtrusive in the city streets and down the narrow aisles of the supermarket. But there are some great side by sides as well, and all that we carry clear a standard door frame (sometimes by centimeters) so entry won’t be a problem.
The next question: are your children further apart in age or twins/close in age?
If you’re accommodating twins, you need a solution that can be configured with two bassinets or two car seats. If they’re farther apart in age, you want a solution that can accommodate at least 1 bassinet or car seat, and then have a decent sized seat for your elder child.
Another consideration: Which is more important to you, an easy fold or more comfortable seating?
Most strollers are easy to fold once you get the hang of it, but some companies have really taken the fold as a point of distinction. For those who are taking cars and taxis a lot, with stroller in tow, one with an easy fold is great. But, if you’re primarily using the stroller around the neighborhood and have a lightweight stroller for car trips, you might choose the stroller with the plush seating.
Here are some of our top picks, depending on how you answered the above questions!
If you like inline strollers, and have twins: Baby Jogger City Select. We like the City Select because it’s very flexible. Kids can be in two car seats, two bassinets, two seats, a mix; and they can face front, back or each other. The negative: it’s a bit long and that means maneuverability is a little harder, but really it’s not too bad. It’s a lifesaver for parents of twins and our clients have loved it!
If you like inline strollers, and your children are mixed age: Phil & Ted Navigator Stroller. With a big seat up front and a smaller seat in back, closer to the parent, this is a great compact solution for two kids. Both bassinet & car seat options for one child. Narrow, not too long and easy to push. This one can also start as a single, and you can buy a doubles kit later.
If you like side by side strollers, and you are on-the-go a lot in cars & taxis: City Mini Double Stroller.The fold on this strollers is amazing. It’s hands down the easiest double to fold and put in the trunk and is great for on the go. It’s a little on the wide side, as side by sides tend to be and that means you have to always have two hands behind the wheel. But this stroller is always a favorite pick by busy city parents for its ease of use.
If you like side by side strollers and you are primarily strolling around the neighborhood & comfort is king: Bugaboo Donkey. This is the most luxe of the strollers and its combinations are endless. First of all you can buy it as a “MONO” meaning, it’s a single stroller with a nice sized shopping basket. Then later you can open it up and purchase the doubles kit to convert it into a double stroller. The kids can face forward or back, there can be 1 or 2 bassinets and 1 or 2 car seats. The flexibility and durability of this stroller (not to mention style) is great! It is a little more complicated to fold, but for city parents who are navigating their neighborhood, it’s a top pick. There’s also customization options (you can change the canopies and try out a limited edition designer canopy with an Andy Warhol or Pendleton print) and very comfy seats!
Want to see our selection of doubles? Check them out here, but remember, stock comes in and out daily, so if you don’t see what you want just let us know & we’ll let you know when it will be back! Normally things go back in stock in a matter of a few days.
The new BabyZen Yoyo stroller is the talk of the town for the travel set these days. It folds down to airline “carry-on” size, so that you can avoid the gate check! This easy lightweight stroller feels sturdy and the comfy seat is perfect for an on-the-go babe. When not in use, it features an easy carry strap, so is simple to transport. We have a sample in the store (though it officially launches later on in the spring.) We’re taking pre-orders, so if you’re smitten, we’ll give you first dibs! Here’s a quick demo video! $469.Shop BabyZen here!