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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.

 

 

Back-to-school shopping in a snap

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With the new back-to-school season  here, it’s time to size up your kids’ closet and hit the refresh button. But where to start? Check out Babesta’s top  tips on how to make a style splash this season and shop with purpose, hitting the trends with separates that will mix and remix with swagger.

Brilliant Basics: First you want to establish your baseline fashion – the easy things that can be combined with anything else. That means a subtly awesome tee, some solid yet stylish sweats and skinny jeans, and some black boots (like Doc Martens or Native Jimmys). For girls, a great skirt (see Omamimini) or solid shorts (to be worn with tights) can be added to the mix! Don’t forget the spiffy socks!
WOW items: Add to your wardrobe some awesome items that will make you feel all that and a bag of Terra chips. That means some rockin’ concert tees, roaring animal prints, fabulous faux furs and crazy kicks. Girls, a fab dress goes a long way!
Unexpected combos: Now its time to mix and remix! Don’t only play it safe with the basics, but mix a couple complementary WOWs to get a OMG! Remember, kids can be the most daring fashionistas and time is limited. You won’t always be able to pull off so many colors and patterns so this is the time to play! Polka dots and stripes: Check! Checks and all-over prints? Why not!
Keepin’ it comfy: Most important thing for kids: they have to be comfy. If they love it, it will be worn into the ground. If its uncomfortable (itchy tags, yucky fabrics) they’ll rebel. Love tag-free when you can (Rowdy Sprout is always tag free), and organic cottons.
Accessorize freely: Keep a stash of cool hats, backpacks and jewelry to jazz up an outfit and add to the fun!

Car Seat Conundrum: Demystifying car seats & boosters with Dr. Alisa Baer

choosing a safe car seat for your infant, toddler and childWe 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.

How to choose the best double stroller for you!

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!

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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.Phil and Ted navigator stroller

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.

city mini double

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!

bugaboo donkey

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.