Backpack Bonanza at Babesta!

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We’re excited for the start of a new school year! Everything’s new: new teachers, new classrooms and new backpacks! We have amassed some of the raddest rucksacks on the planet! Which to you love? Shown clockwise from top left: white gator backpack by Madpax; python backpack by Sprayground; blue/red settlement backpack by Herschel Supply Company; orange bubble backpack by Madpax; red polkadot backpack by Herschel Supply Company; diamond backpack by Sprayground. Shop all Babesta Backpacks here. Don’t see on you love online? Call us at 646 290 5508!

 

Happy Back to School!

We’re totally enamored with the blog A Subtle Revelry, and all the delicious things they post and adored their “back to school” chalkboard cake with some good words to live by as you begin a new year! Find out the recipe (an many yummy more) at A Subtle Revelry. -SR

 

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Friday Face-Off: Car Seat Clash!

Friday Face Off Car Seat Edition 2

Clockwise from the left: Pipa, Maxi Cosi, Anton 2, and The Mesa

Stepping into the ring this week to inaugurate our new series, we have four of our favorite car seats:

FROM CYBEX, THE ATON 2!

With its innovative Linear Side-Impact Protection (LSP) system, the bets coming in say it should be able to go a few rounds.  Especially with that new pattern, Jeremy Scott’s Food Fight fabrics featuring anthropomorphic, pugilistic versions of your favorite snacks!  Weighing in at 3.7 kg (8.2 lbs) this car seat is designed for kids from 0-13 kg (0-28 lbs) or 0-18 months.  It’s compatible with Cybex strollers as well as many other major brands making it a strong contender for parents on the go.  Designed for ease, all fabrics are machine washable and the system features include an optional newborn inlay and removable seat insert.

Certainly the easy, safe choice, we’re sure some of you will be laying down your money in favor of this model.  But let’s see about the other contenders…

FROM UPPABABY, THE MESA!

The Mesa also features innovative Side Impact Protection Systems, this time with an adjustable headrest for optimal safety and comfort.  For the parent that moves as fast as NYC, the One-Push Stroller Release on the carry handle is a dream.   The Mesa boasts a 10 second accurate install thanks to a red-to-green tension indicator that provides visual confirmation that the seat has been installed correctly.  However, it’s designed specifically for the Uppababy Vista and Cruz strollers, so it loses some versatility points.  The Mesa is optimized for especially little ones (preemies weighing 4+ lbs) up to babies 38″ in length.  Its Hide-Away Canopy boasts SPF 50+ sun protection to keep those harmful rays away.

For some, not all, this particular car seat is certainly a contender for Uppababy-loyal parents of especially little babies. But, as we turn to the next contender we meet…

MAXI COSI’S MICO AP!

For rear-facing kids from 0-12months and 5-22lbs, this car seat features some very unique features.  With the option of a stay-in-car adjustable base, this seat becomes particularly convenient for parents who need to drive frequently.  For us, this is an interesting take on the challenges of being an on the go parent.  It’s Air-Protect Side Impact technology compliments the stay-in-car features to keep your little one safe.  This particular model is also super adaptable featuring the Cozi-Dozi infant support system for smaller babies and adapters for many stroller brands available from the manufacturer.

Are you driving the Babesta City Kid spirit out of the literal city?  This just might be the car seat for you.  But wait!  There’s one more contender to be examined and we think you’re going to like what you see…

FROM NUNA, THE PIPA CAR SEAT!

New to the scene, the Pipa seat is super adaptable and easy to use.  The lightest contender – it weighs in at just 7.7 lbs – this car seat is designed to make baby’s first outing safe, comfortable, and chic.  Like the other contenders, Pipa features Side Impact Protection, but it also features healthier-for-baby oeko-tex fabrics to keep the little one safe and comfortable.  It’s also aircraft certified and can be installed with only a car or taxi’s seat belt, no base required.  Versatile, this car seat works with Nuna and Maxi Cosi adapters to expand the range of compatible strollers.  For little ones 4-32 lbs and up to 32″ in length, this is the optimal choice for the parent on the go.  Not only does it cover road travel, but also air travel.

Well matched, the four contenders in this week’s face-off are all good picks.  Which one are you going to lay your bet on?  Let us know what you think!

-L.E.

*These car seats are all available at Babesta. They go in and out of stock, so if you don’t see the one you want online, just give a Babesta stylist a call  (646) 290 5508 and we can tell you when they’re back in stock or that they are in stock and you caught us before we updated the website :) ))

P’Kolino’s Clothes Tree is the Natural Choice for Organization

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In all our favorite fall hues, these clothes trees from P’Kolino are the natural choice for kids’ clothing organization.  Founded by two dads, P’Kolino seeks to combine playful style and smart functionality and this sculpture-esque storage solution for everything from blankets to diaper bags comes in an array of cheerful colors to brighten and neaten any room.  Although it looks so fabulous on it’s own, you may not want to cover it up…

-LE

Smooth Design Means Smooth Sailing with the Roh Collection

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Spot on Square’s Roh Collection is a breath of fresh air design-wise.  Made in America with sustainable, non-toxic materials and finishes, the clean, refreshing lines of their furniture are classy without being stuffy.  We love how the Roh Crib really gives your kid a room with a view with its acrylic siding framed in Michigan Walnut.  Roh, roh, roh your boat down to Babesta to grab the Roh collection for your nursery today!

-LE

I whale love you forever!

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Our additions to the Fall/Winter Collection!
Our adorable Whale Sweater will turn heads of everyone because it’s just so adorable!
It surely is cuddly and warm! Great for breezy fall weathers and frigid winter days.
Our ESP. NO.1 jeans have shifted their colors from the bright skinny jeans they introduced for Spring and Summer.
This Bright Blue pair of skinny jeans stretch and is so stylish.

Be like Fishy the Ugly Doll and catch your sweaters and jeans before they disappear!!

musical mondays!

rock_outThis is for the babes who love jammin’ out to music!
Certainly for those who love dancing to and playing music!
The babes who want rock star attires have come to the right place.
From sunglasses to lounge pants, we have the perfect rock star and music lover styles!
Click away at the links below to check them out online!!

Bibs: 

1) Sex Pistols Pretty Vacant Bib: Perfect for those babes who love Punk to Alternative Rock and love London! This bib will rock your babe’s spilt food away!

2) AC/DC bib: It’s time for rockin’ and eatin’! This black vinyl bib will be easy to put on and clean.

Shirts:

1) Run DMC Logo Tee: For all those hip hop lovin’ babes! RUN DMC are from our very own New York! This Tee will match will a pair of jeans, leggings, or skirts. Matches with everything!

2) White Headphone Snaptee/Tee: Headphones define music lovers! This tee comes in 5 different colors with White Headphones. Simple and stylish. Comfortable and cool.

3) Van Halen Off Black Tee: An all american Rock Band that made many love music more. For the babes who love jammin’ to rock music while looking extra stylish.

4) Rock Hand Snaptee/Tee: No words are needed to describe this awesome tee. Just rock out. Pure Rock.

Bottoms:

1) Cosy Ruched Leggings: Comfortable and cute gathered down the legs with a pointelle design. It will go well with a tee, a cardigan, or tank top, with sneakers or boots! Great for wearing indoors, too!

2) Blue Barney Jeans: A vibrant blue colored pair of jeans that are just too adorable. Great with tees!

3) Striped Leggings- Turquoise: These leggings give a rock star impression. It will go great with solid colored tees or hoodies!

Accessories & shoes: 

1) Tiger Sunglasses: These fierce sunglasses are so stylish and bold! Rock out with fierceness!

2) Babiator Sunglasses- Black Op: Stylish and sturdy. The aviator design that everyone loves. There are many different colored Babiators for the babes who like rockin’ out with flying colors!

3) Hunter Sunglasses- Blue: Tinted lenses to block out the sun while dancin’ and strollin’ in NYC. Cool and adorable. So stylish!

4) Loog 2 Guitar: Parents need to help guitar loving babes put together this Loog 2 guitar. Only a screwdriver is needed. Real sustainable wood with 3 strings on a 21″ neck. Jam out and create your own music.

5) Red Studded Belt: With a removable buckle, this belt will go great with dark colored and light colored jeans. A big necessity for rock stars!

6) Fitzsimmons Boots: Waterproof and awesome. Stylish and comfortable.

Check out extra musical instruments ! Click the photo to check it out online!

 

 

Last Minute Labor Day Ideas You Don’t Have to Labor Over

How about a Stay-cation?

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What a great opportunity to spend some family time at a beach that’s only a subway ride away! Here are some of the best beaches that New York has to offer:

Coney Island! It’s so much more than a beach, check out the amusement park rides, carnival games, food, and so much more to explore. And to top it all off, Labor Day weekend is the last fireworks display of the summer! What a great way to end a day on the beach.

Orchard Beach! As the only public beach in the Bronx, this beach spans for 1.1 miles of glorious sand. Its the perfect location for a family picnic and any activity you can imagine in one of the 26 sporting courts.

Rockaway Beach! The beach with the very best wave and only surfing spot in New York City. This 170 acre beach has 7 playgrounds and fun for absolutely every member of your family!

Water Taxi Beach! The perfect day-adventure for your family. Its on Governor’s Island, ever been? Now’s your chance! Labor Day weekend marks the end of the summer season for this perfect picnic spot. It is also the site of the NYC Unicycle Festival, full of awesome activities and entertainment!

 

How about an easy Getaway?

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Adventure Aquarium, Jersey Shore! Why not check out this awesome aquarium? It’s just a 2 hour drive from NYC and would be a fantastic fun-filled day trip for the entire family. You’ll never run out of activities or things to see inside this aquarium, especially since Labor Day weekend is the last weekend of the summer that offers extended summer hours. Spend one day at the aquarium, one day at the beach, and maybe even a day exploring Philadelphia!

Montauk, Long Island! Surpass the Hamptons this Labor Day weekend and go all the way out to Montauk. There’s a huge variety of lodging options from hotels to houses, your sure to find the perfect fit for your family! Chill on the beach, go fishing, shop all day in town, or even rent a boat and spend the day at sea with the family!

Berkshires, New York!  Escape to the opposite of the Big City and try the humble Berkshires. From outdoor concerts and farmers markets, to tent-sale and so much more, the Berkshires offers a variety of fun and new experiences for the whole family. Maybe you’ll even stay in your first bed&breakfast!

Poconos, Pennsylvania! Labor Day weekend at the Poconos is the location of an enormous variety of the festivals, fairs and carnivals! It is also one of the biggest weekends of the year for family-friendly music festivals. There will be a never-ending supply of animals, entertainment, food, and so much more! The Poconos is one of the most beautiful mountain ranges around NYC, and offers almost every outdoor activity you can think of! You’re bound to find the perfect combination of new experiences for your family!

Get a Leg Up on Fall with Hansel from Basel

We love graphic prints for this season, but we mostly find them on tops and sweaters.  Well, that just makes us all the more excited to announce our tights for this fall from Hansel from Basel!  We’ve got something for every attitude…

Brown Polkadot Green Kneepad Funky, earthy, attention-grabbing patterns and colors are definitely a trend to watch this season, and these tights are perfectly on trend.  I think these would go perfectly with Bobo Choses’ Raindrop Twill Skirt and a fun tee (there are so many to choose from this season!).

Blue Kneepad Ivory-Navy StripeNautical ivories and blues are always in style so we love to see what our designers do with them!  These in particular make a super fun, super easy addition to any wardrobe.  Pair them with a favorite dress or skirt and any outfit instantly becomes a little cooler.

Black Front Heather Polkadot

These great patterns in cozy neutrals are easy to pair with anything.  Black and white dominate the fashion game this fall with Indikidual’s uber-cool domino patterns and Nununu’s classic black and white splatter prints, and these tights are perfectly coordinated to any outfit! These will be in-store by September!

Click through the photos to shop, or click here to see even more from Hansel from Basel!

-L.E.

Thanks, Red Tricycle for Naming Us on their list “Best Baby Boutiques Worth Leaving Your Neighborhood For!”

Babesta In the News:We were so psyched when we learned that our pals at Red Tricycle had chosen us on their list of 6 baby boutiques worth leaving your neighborhood for! We try to whip up a product mix that you won’t find anywhere else, full of some of the coolest nursery furniture, best cribs, best strollers, best carriers, and coolest baby gifts & toys out there. Not to mention the most unique baby clothes with indie spirit and edgy attitude!  Read their post here!

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