August 17th, 2012
One plastic bib, worn under the cloth bib (which got changed six times a day). A permanent under-the-chin rash. Stains on every parents’ shoulder. That’s the reality of a baby who drools a lot.
And that’s why we think the Wee Drool is brilliant. A bib that looks like a T-shirt and features a waterproof middle layer is one of the best ideas we’ve seen in a while. Moisture can’t get through, the armholes mean it can’t be ripped off and the design ensures it won’t flip up or turn into a cape. It’s made from a soft, eco-friendly fabric that has anti-microbial features. And best of all, it looks like a cool-t-shirt.
You’ll be washing less bibs, and you’ll be changing less outfits. Less laundry and less work. Now we're drooling. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Wee Drool bibs, $28 at www.wee-drool.com
May 19th, 2012
Once you have kids, there are a handful of retail stores you can add to your "danger" list (meaning highly tempting and potentially damaging to your wallet.)
Ella + Elliot is one of those stores which used to be primarily an online temptation (with a store in Toronto), but they’ve just opened shop in Vancouver. Don't be fooled though, the prices are sometimes deceiving. What looks like an expensive $2,400 crib converts into a bassinet, toddler bed, junior bed, AND sofa, which adds a great deal of value. And that $19 sippy cup is actually the most genius invention we've seen to date, with a weighted straw that means your little one can get to the liquid even if the cup is tilted.
So the prices aren’t as bad as you think. Unless you calculate the number of shoes you could have bought, instead of that crib. Then you’ll be the one crying hysterically.
March 31st, 2012
No, this isn’t about nightmares or airplanes, this is about sleeping gear made by a Canadian mom who understands babies, sleep, and convenience.
2. The zipper system at the bottom means you can easily open up for a diaper change.
3. Openings in between the legs means baby can be transferred from crib to car seat without undressing, the straps can just pass right through the sac.
4. The sac snaps up to a dress-like shape if your toddler wants a bit of playtime before bed.
5. They look good. Yes, this counts for a lot, too.
—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Sleep sacs, $79.99, from Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines, www.sweetdreamsandflyingmachines.com