Can’t help but love these Haute Couture football helmets by designers like Donna Karan, Diane von Furstenberg and Narciso Rodriguez. This fundraiser, brainchild of the National Football League, CFDA and Bloomingdale’s challenged designers to create over-the-top fashionable helmets. The helmets (that are on view at Bloomies) will be auctioned off February 4th to benefit the NFL foundation that supports sports programs through grants and helps educate about childhood obesity, nutrition and the importance of physical activity. Wanna bid? go to Bloomingdales.com/superbowlhelmets to just do it! Then check out Babesta’s Super Bowl picks, including some Rockin Green detergent (football is a dirty game!), a Man of the House Onesie for the wee one to lay back in his bouncer & watch the game, a DIY Horse (bronco? – and I’m just saying, it’s the year of the horse!), and a time capsule to remember the day forever!
Every year the Super Bowl comes around, I can’t help but remember back to the best Super Bowl song ever! Apparently some of the original crew (Including the punky QB known as McMahon) are in court these days over a rights dispute for the song, according to Forbes. Too bad. This vid is pretty poor quality (remember, it came out in 1985) but the throwback tune makes you want to dance. Challenging the SeaHawks or Broncos to come up with something this catchy!
We are always crazy about the clothes by Australian brand Munster Kids and we just got word it’s on its way and should be in the shop any day now. We have quite a following for the boys’ and girls’ fashions, as Munster gets it spot on with comfort, cool and style. Our suggestion: bad weather be-gone! Pop in soon and snap up the awesome stylish kids’ hoodies, tees, jeans, swimwear and dresses that the new season brings.
Wanna shop Munster right away? Be our guest!
The start of the year means New Year’s Resolutions and one that we hear all the time: a pledge to spruce up the kids’ rooms! If this was on your 2014 to-dos, we have some room-inspiration for you.
Upgrading to big-boy / big-girl bed: Moving from a crib to a toddler bed or a toddler bed to a twin (or if you jump step two, a crib to a twin) is a big rite of passage for a kid! If you decide to go the toddler bed route, first consider getting the conversion kit for your crib. Try to anticipate your need – these things go in and out of stock and you don’t want to order when your child has one leg over the rail of her crib!
Shown: the Eicho crib by Spot on Square with its toddler rail option.
If you’re crib is earmarked for child #2, then forget the toddler rail: You have to choose between a toddler bed & a twin.In the city, many take the toddler route for its small size and the fact that it’s built for a little one. Twin beds, as they serve everyone from kid to adult, aren’t usually made anticipating a two year old’s needs. So you’d have to look for one with curved edges or not-too-dangerous corners, that is low (ideally) and able to have a toddler rail. You want to think of one that can have a trundle – ideal for the inevitable sleepovers in your future. Note that for those who are moving from crib to twin, sometimes the twin bed you’ll buy for a two year old isn’t the same one you’d pick for your 5, 8 or 12 year old. Try to pick one with “staying power!”
The Monte Dorma (pictured) is a great choice with upholstery, trundle if you want – safe and totally staying power!] The Spot on Square Eicho Twin Bed and the Sparrow Twin by Oeuf are others fit the bill well, relatively low, the Eicho sleek & simple and the Oeuf more classic-modern with a sleigh bed-type styling; both have a trundle option.
Once you make your decision, make sure you also nab an organic mattress, ideally with two sides, one waterproof for when they are younger, and one quilted for later. Shop Twin Beds!
Taking the plunge to bunk? For city folk this is a popular solution. Urbanites are short on space and a stacked sleeping situation is ideal. But for kids, you have to be sure that they’re old enough and ready for the responsibility. If they are, then you want to decide on a model : we like models that offer the opportunity to split, just in case down the road you want to change your bedding configuration and would rather two twin beds or a lofted bed and a twin. Some of our faves: Oeuf Perch, Nurseryworks Duet and Duc Duc NY bunk system. Shop Bunk Beds!
If you decide to bunk, choose your organic mattresses and be sure the top bunk mattress fits the requirements of the bed – normally they have to be thinner than a normal mattress (“trundle” mattresses).
Storage, storage, storage. You can never have enough storage, especially if you’re a city dweller with kids (and no basement playroom). Choose some open shelving for easily accessible books and goodies. [We adore this Radcliffe shelving (below) by Jonathan Adler, a luxe addition to a kids room for board books and decor] And a closed storage for items that are intrinsically disorganized or are best put away (rainbow loom anyone?). Oeuf also makes the Toy Store which is a pretty cool storage unit that suits things that are in many pieces or are hard to store otherwise: make a section for Legos, Playmobil characters, Dunnys, whatever they are collecting and is in and out often and a bear to put away. Shop Storage!
Decor you both love! This is your time to let your child’s loves shine–unicorns, jungle, urban jungle, things that go – whatever they love, you want to go with, while keeping it tasteful, modern and clean. Check our faves Crowded Teeth and local artist Gregoire Gantor. Shop Art!
Want to shop some of our favorite youth furniture: Check out our selection of twin beds and bunk beds by Oeuf, Spot on Square, Duc Duc NYC and more, Storage by Jonathan Adler, Oeuf, Spot on Square, Nurseryworks and more; Playtables and Desks by Duc Duc NYC and Bloom Baby and Decor from a host of designers and artists like Gregoire Gantor and Crowded Teeth.
Thanks Well Rounded NY for naming us on their list of Best Baby Shops! We are thrilled! We work so hard to scour the world for the coolest kids’ clothes, baby clothes, and accessories, and then find the very best nursery furniture, strollers, gear, toys and more all curated for the cool city child. It’s a tough job (ha!) but someone’s gotta do it! If you haven’t been in to Babesta in a while, swing on by! We’re constantly getting in fresh goods from everywhere and our stylists are ready to give you the scoop!
On that note, we love Well Rounded NY for being so on-point about the unique experience and needs of a city mom! Check it out here!
We wanted to put together some great outfits by size and gender, so you can easily spot some sale must-haves while supplies last. Using amazing brands like Mini Rodini, La Miniatura, NuNuNu, Rowdy Sprout and more, our stylists mixed and remixed to find the fly-est frocks for your trendsetting tot!
Girls Size 12-24 months:
Our friends Tristin & Tyler just celebrated their 10th in style, sponsored by Diesel, at Pink Elephant Club in NYC. The dance party commenced with a DJ lesson for the boys & friends and as the music pumped (thanks to 10 year old DJ Kai), some dancers came out to lead the kids in some serious club-ready dance moves! Pretty much everyone was decked in neon bracelets, flashing rings, disco balls and even flashing dayglo sunglasses. It was quite a scene & made me wonder, what next year? At 16? at 21? Mom, you’ve got your work cut out for you! And, by the way, are you free to plan my next shindig? -xx j
We’re in Sale mode, with lots of amazing items 30-50% off. Some amazing jackets, sweaters and sweatshirts, as well as floor sample cribs (including the Dwell Century & Kalon Studios) and more! We are making way for spring, though I feel like the spring weather might take a little time to come. In the meantime stay toasty in Mini Rodini, Indikidual, La Miniatura, Munster Kids and more! Shop Babesta sale! PS: What do you think about our Piñata Letters!?!
A sneak peak into Mini Rodini Spring Summer ’14 kids fashion collectionWe are super excited about Mini Rodini’s spring/summer ’14 collection. It’s hard to believe we’re there already, especially on ”polar vortex” days like today. But alas, the sun is coming and new fashions are being packed and shipped to arrive at the shop end of January/early February!! Mini Rodini’s collection for spring features tons of amazing animal illustrations by Cassandra Rhodin, tapping right into why we adore this brand so much! Between the lounging lizards and the slithering snakes with the slightly Ab-Fab eyes, it’s definitely spot-on, achieving what we’re dubbing sophisticated whimsy. Shop all Mini Rodini. Read more about Cassandra Rhodin here.
Want to plan a ski trip with the family this season? Here are some great spots not too far from New York City!
Mountain Creek: A bit over an hour, this ski site, formerly Great Gorge/Vernon Valley, is perfect for a day trip. The NJ mountain isn’t huge but it’s definitely ample for learning to get your ski legs on. Also some fun snow tubing!
Hunter Mountain: Head up to the Catskills for some great snow tubing and skiing. Only about 2 hours and 30 minutes away, it’s an easy hop upstate. Ski, snowboard and snow tube, then warm up with some hot chocolate. Features a new race course for speedy skiers. We like the Roxbury to stay (it’s pretty close) and is a real crowd pleaser for its funky rooms (we liked the Genie in a Bottle room).
Jiminy Peak: The Berkshires ski mountain of choice is in Hanover, MA. It’s just shy of 3 hours from the city and is a nice choice for kids. There’s not only skiing and snowboarding but also some great tubing trails and night skiing.
Stratton: This is the longest “reasonable” distance for a nice little weekender in our opinion- just about 40 minutes or so from Brattleboro in Southern Vermont – and a 4 and a half hour drive from the city. The snow is great, and Stratton’s after-ski scene is cool. The village features some great little restaurants and shops that will make any ski bunny smile. For kids who are new to the sport, there are some good learning options – both ski school and private lessons for ski and snowboarding with a battalion of awesome instructors.
Shopping for a snow bunny? Here are some great gift ideas!