We love the Doudoune for so many reasons. This is a great option for babies who are little and for whom a one-size-fits-most footmuff is cumbersome. They’re easy to get on and off with their two zippers (normal snowsuits have one zipper) and the legs can be separated or not, depending on whether they are chilling in a bassinet , being carried, or sitting up in a car seat or stroller. Not too many blankets fit comfortably without a lot of fabric when baby is strolling around in the bassinet, so this really fits the bill. There are even little hand coverings, a scarf and hood to keep fingers toasty when on the road. The Doudoune also features waterproof fabric (so when you’re walking along the water (read into the wind) baby is better protected) and a plush inner making it super comfy.
We’ve already gotten our candy ready (we are trying to not nibble throughout the week!) so be sure to come by on the 31st for some treats at Babesta! And after hitting the Tribeca shops, make a plan to head on up to “Seal Park” in Chelsea, known as the coolest place to trick-or-treat in Manhattan. In the area around Tenth Avenue and 22nd Street, families gather for the Halloween festivities on October 31 around 6pm. It’s sure to be jam-packed, but, between the magnificently decorated brownstones, awesome treats, and delightfully dreadful atmosphere, Seal Park never fails to be an unforgettable Halloween experience in the city. October 31.
photo from http://www.thekitchn.com/5-small-diys-for-halloween-treats-211241
Babesta scored a backstage pass with a brand that’s been rockin’ the cradle since 2003 with a top-of-the-charts kids’ fashion line.
What’s the playlist of your closet? If you’re a fan of hip baby tee company, Rowdy Sprout, your rotation might include Johnny Cash, Sublime, Jimi Hendrix, Blondie, Bruce Springsteen—and lots of Grateful Dead and Dylan. California native Laura Angotti, the brand’s founder and self-proclaimed “hippy at heart,” has been rocking the kids’ fashion world with her band tees since 2003. Formerly an art installer (she used to hang classics on the walls of everywhere from the Guggenheim to the New York Historical Society), Angotti got an opportunity to appease her love for fashion. Ten years ago, at the behest of a friend, she says, “I made 26 iron on transfer band tees.” She was excited by the idea of shaking up the very pink and blue baby world with something more edgy. Her concept quickly made its way up the fashion charts, and now a decade later, the hits keep coming.
We got to chat with Angotti about what’s new at Rowdy Sprout, her new collection “Unplugged” and why, when other trends come and go, the music always plays on.
Were you ever in a band? OMG I have serious musical envy—I’ve never been in a band and don’t play an instrument. I sing, but not well!
If you ever started a band, what would be your band’s name? The name of my band would be “The Blistered Nipples.” We’d play a mix between folk and punk rock. I would be a singer/guitar player. We would definitely hit small venues all over the world—Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, NYC, and all over USA.
OK, you’ve been making band tees for a decade. Music changes a lot in 10 years. Does musical taste in fashion change? It’s funny because the truth is the same bands are still my best sellers. ACDC, Beatles, anything with Grateful Dead. I constantly am searching for new bands and new licenses but it’s harder than you would imagine to find the people who have the authority to license merch. And then you come across a lot of companies that do everything in house and won’t work with anyone else which is a real bummer.
How has Rowdy Sprout changed over the years? The longer I do this, the more seriously the bands and merch companies take me. At first it was really hard to get bands and companies to give me license rights. Over time it’s gotten a little easier but unfortunately the bands and companies are getting harder and harder to work with. I have found that I have to work five times as hard to get the same amount of shirts approved. However, over the years, I have also created a much better product than what I first started with—lots of variety in color and style. I also now have two children which has made a huge difference in my design. In fact, my daughter has inspired me to create a whole new look for girls (coming spring ’15!)
This season, you launch your new Unplugged line–how did that come about? I’m so excited about Rowdy Sprout Unplugged. The bands are great but many have gotten harder and harder to work with. Unplugged was originally started so I could have something that I have complete control over. I love a good tee shirt and vintage inspiration is always big for me. Of course, I also design things out of need in the marketplace. The sweatpants were created because I simply can never find cool sweats for my kids. I think comfort is key for kids and why not look cool at the same time?
Why do you think it’s so important for kids to be exposed to music? I think music shapes us from a very early age. I have memories of music that are almost more palpable than any other memory. Like chocolate, I think music is one of the finer things in life and very important to share with your children!
What do you listen to at home? We listen to a lot of everything. My husband is the DJ of the household mostly! We listen to Spotify all the time and get lots of new music from there. Our current favorite song is by Lord Huron “Ends of the Earth” It also happens to be in my kids’ favorite movie “Walking With Dinosaurs.”
If you could meet any musician, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Easy, that’s Bob Dylan! Lyrical genius.
Here we go! It’s now less then a week until Halloween! Babesta has you covered for all that’s trendy for the urban parent-whether you are expecting or have a 12 year old, all compiled into a pretty dope Pinterest board. Planning the perfect Halloween Party? We found tasty treats like Peanut Butter Apple Mouths and Graveyard Pudding Cups. Want to spook-out your child’s room or play area? Check out eyeball pillows, owl mats or skeleton chairs. Of course costumes are essential: Bob Dylan, Burritos or Rock Star?! Bobo Choses faux fur or special pieces from Milk on the Rocks transform everyday pieces into Halloween standouts. Here are a few of our fave kids costumes
Ready to decorate the playroom? Or, for city dwellers, define a cozy and stylish spot in the room where your toddler can set up shop. We’re crazy about the Cubino chair and loveseat by Monte! It’s the perfect perch from which to read, play or relax, meshing seamlessly with a sophisticated and modern interior. The chair is made of thick durable foam covered with a soft durable microsuede. Add a shelf of books and voila! Shop Monte at Babesta.
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.