We get it. Your kids’ a Picasso. And a prolific on to boot. What to do? It’s hard to find the space for all that work, but you can’t bear to part with it forever. Love this app that I just read about on Cool Mom Picks called ArtKive. You can save all the artwork digitally and bound it in a sweet book, so it’s easy to go back to yet fits neatly on the shelf. I for one am going to grab my unruly boxes of artwork-past and give this a whirl. Read more on Cool Mom Picks. (pic from Cool Mom Picks)
This week High Chairs enter the Babesta Ring to see who will emerge victorious from the seat sortie…
Let’s kick things off with THE NUNA ZAAZ!
Endurance tested from when your child can sit upright unaided up to 220lbs, this chair will certainly be in the game for a long time. To compliment it’s endurance, the ZAAZ is flexibly designed to grow with your child. A lift behind the footrest adjusts height and air foam cushions support bottoms of all sizes so you can customize the seat to any size, height, or amount of wiggles. A three or five point anti-loop harness with quick release button allows for ultimate safety and peace of mind. It’s no crevice design allows for easy cleaning and all plastic components are removable and dishwasher safe. It’s made of high-quality, BPA-, PVC-, and DEHP-free and weighs in at 22.1lbs.
Moving around the ring, we meet THE BLOOM FRESCO!
Having shown on runways from Moscow to Milan, Estonian fashion designer Xenia Joost is known for her high style women’s collections, but this season she tries her hand at kidswear. From our recent chat, it’s clear Joost is having fun in this new market and eager to make her mark in children’s fashion.
Why did you decide to bring your line from adult fashion into children’s fashion?
Read more of Babesta’s interview with Xenia on Bubble London’s Blog: http://bubblelondon.blogspot.com/2013/11/introducing-xenia-joost.html
Clockwise from the left: City Select, Vista with Rumble Seat, and The Donkey
This week we welcome three strollers to the Babesta Ring that market themselves on customizability. They’re a little more robust than the lighter-weight models we looked at earlier that pride themselves on similar traits, so we should have a good fight today…
FIRST OFF: THE BUGABOO DONKEY!
The Bugaboo Donkey is one of our favorites among convertible strollers for kid(s). In just three simple clicks, the Bugaboo Donkey converts from a full-sized mono to a full-sized duo stroller. And back again. In it’s Mono Configuration, the Donkey features an innovative side basket as well as a spacious under-seat basket. Large swivel wheels and the one-piece handlebar guarantee maneuverability in places you’d never imagine you could go. The wheels are air filled, so the need for in wheel suspension is negated. It folds up in one piece and stands on its own so you don’t have to worry about storage. The seats recline with a one-hand mechanism and are reversible to allow your kid to look at you or out at the world.
The Donkey also expands to the Duo/Twin configuration for two kids of mixed or similar ages. In fact, there are 17 different configurations – thanks to its interchangeable seats and bassinets, and flexible luggage options – which don’t compromise on comfort or functionality. Its width – just 6 inches wider than mono-configuration – means you can go in and out of entrances with ease. It’s also car seat compatible with the variety of adapters available for a variety of manufacturers
SECOND IN LINE: THE UPPABABY VISTA WITH RUMBLESEAT!
It’s rare we get to say that a seat is ready to rumble in the Babesta ring and have it be literally true. Called the rumble seat for a reason, this expansion kit allows you to convert the Uppababy Vista into a two-child, in-line stroller with ease. The Rumbleseat attaches and detaches (you need to remove it to fold the Vista) in 10 seconds without tools and the wheels are far from child reach, no fender kit required. It’s also guaranteed not to flip when one child gets out. The removable canopy extends fully to back of primary seat and all fabric components are all machine washable.
FINALLY: THE BABY JOGGER CITY SELECT!
The City Select offers parents the unique opportunity to customize their stroller into 16 different combinations to suit their family needs. The multi-position seat reclines for passenger comfort and the multi-position sun canopy features peekaboo windows and adjustable head height. The footwell is also fully customizable for optimal support and comfort for your child. Patented Quick-Fold technology allows you to fold the stroller in one, simple step and the City Select features a secure fold latch for easy transportation or storage. The hand operated parking break makes stopping a breeze and, on the go, the 12″ forever-air rear and 8″ lightweight front wheels with front wheel suspension and sealed ball bearings ensure a smooth ride.
We’ve introduced you to three uber-flexible contenders for the Customizable Primary Stroller Title, now it’s your turn to head to the comments to duke it out. Tell us what you think below!
Big thank you to TimeOut New York Kids for including so many Babesta bests in their holiday gift guide! This is one of our favorite mags for negotiating the big apple with kids!!! http://www.timeout.com/new-york-kids/shopping/holiday-gift-guide
Babesta remixed some fun stuff for a future artist! A Keith Haring Creative Kit, Pre-Splattered Sweatshirt by NuNuNu, the book “World of Andy Warhol”, Frida Kahlo doll and some finger paints by P’kolino. Next stop, MOMA!
Elyse Kroll, the interior designer who transformed Babesta Threads last year, offers some tips on designing a standout nursery, toddler or kid’s room.
1. Create a comfy reading nook.
Instill a lifelong love of reading with a special spot devoted to it. Choose a grown-up sized upholstered chair (for reading together) with an easy-care slipcover that can go in the wash. A reading chair should have its own lighting source. Skip the overhead lighting when reading in favor of a nearby standing lamp or table lamp.
2. Involve your child in the design process.
The surefire way to create a room your kid will love is to let him make some of the key choices, particularly with color. Since a favorite color can change from one year to the next, limit these decisions to things that are easy to change as well, like an accent wall or pillowcases.
3. Pick an easy rug to maintain.
Indoor/outdoor area rugs are a great choice for kids’ rooms – they now come in more patterns and colors than ever, and can literally be sprayed clean with water. Or consider a colorful mix of carpet tiles – it’s easier to replace a stained tile or two than an entire rug.
4. Choose furnishings that grow with your child.
Invest in pieces that don’t scream “baby furniture.” While bedding and accessories can be easily changed wiht your child’s evolving tastes, a foundation of white and neutral furniture with clean lines will last through childhood and even the teen years.
5. Mix old & new.
The most interesting, dynamic rooms contain a mix of newer furnishings combined with unexpected vintage pieces. An old chandelier can be painted a fun color and used as the main lighting source of a nursery. Or turn an ornate, antique picture frame into a magnetic chalkboard. The charm is all in the mix.
Clockwise from the left: Coco Lounger and The Leaf
We’re moving up a weight class on bouncers, and looking at some heavier models designed for at home use. In this round, Bloom returns to the ring with their Coco Lounger to face off against Nuna’s Leaf. Let’s begin, shall we?
THE BLOOM COCO LOUNGER:
Featuring smooth, self rocking motion from your child’s movements or from a little push, this curved single piece frame is fixed in one position but requires no assembly. Optimized for newborn up to 26lbs, it’s MDF-free with baby safe finishes and formaldehyde free adhesives. Available in a variety of frame and seat pad colors, it’s easy to customize to your space and the clean lines and easy styling speak for themselves.
THE NUNA LEAF:
No batteries, no cords, no noise, motion lasts unassisted for up to 2 minutes after first push on the Nuna Leaf designed to mimic the movement of a leaf on a breeze. It’s endurance tested up to a whopping 130lbs, so your kid should stay rocking for many years on the Leaf which itself only weighs 10.5 pounds and features an easy release mechanism to allow the seat to pop out of the base for easy storage or travel. It’s made from baby certified Oeko-Tex fabrics with mesh backing to provide little breezes as the Leaf rocks and an optional organic cotton insert. It’s angled in one, fixed position for play and nap and locks in place easily for feeding.
You decided which of the lightweight bouncers came out on top in the comments in the last round, let’s see who comes out on top in this round! It’s a rumble in the comments section and you’re the ones calling the shots…
We had a great time with all the kids and parents who joined us for a special drawing event at Babesta with Rebeca Raney, the artist whom we’ve been exhibiting on our walls – she’s amazing. At this one on one experience, she took kids through portraiture and the elements that make up a great work. Everyone had their own unique style that made the output so special! Find out about more Xtreme Playdates on Babesta’s Facebook page! Check out Rebeca’s work on Uprise Art (upriseart.com)! photos by Simon Bordwin
We were blown away when we heard we won the gold Stevie Award for Women in Business, for our Babesta Beat magazine and Mimi & the Magic Forest fashionable children’s story and video. Huge high fives to our amazing team: Chandra Sweet, Katrina Tang, Michel Onofrio, Laura Castellano, Taavi Lindma, Aslan Cattaui and all the amazing kids who took part in it! We are so proud!!!