06. 7.2011

Hooded bath towels

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French store Mellipou has a wide selection of capes de bain, or hooded baby bath towels to you and me (€ 37.00 each). Patterns cover all tastes, with camo, floral, paisley, polka... and these.

Goodness knows why the hot pink and leopardskin combo so appeals to me when I wouldn't touch it in any other walk of life... but it does. My favourite of all, though, is the San Francisco map design. I can't find it anywhere else, let alone, ironically, in any US stores.

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So, if you aren't in France, it's international shipping for you. Or, you know, a holiday to Paris. There are worse excuses.


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05.28.2011

Tangle teezer, where have you been all my (baby's) life?

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As my daughter's hair grew longer, mornings grew more fraught. I didn't like being the mum who made her daughter sob every morning, but then again I didn't want us to be late for school, either - and the tangles in her hair were getting more and more stubborn. Hair brushing was well on its way to becoming "a thing".

So last time we were at the hairdresser's, I warned them not to brush too vigorously, and that's when they got out their Tangle Teezer. Seriously, not a peep was heard.

Now, no design-conscious home is going to be crying out to have one of these on display - hot pink, as pictured above, is about the most appealing of the colour choices available. But anyone with a kid who's prone to squealing, wriggling and running away when the hairbrush emerges will be sure to forgive its looks at first try.

The trick's in some extremely fine plastic bristles: why no-one's thought of this before, I have no idea. With this single small purchase, we've gone from sending a tousled urchin to school each morning to having the glossiest child on the block, which I can tell you is not a position I ever expected to be in.

Available in the USA in Sally stores and in the UK from their own website, Tangle Teezers cost around $10.00 or £10.00.

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05. 3.2011

Gelli Baff

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If you have a reluctant bather, I may just have found the answer - Gelli Baff. What kid would drag their heels to get into a bath which was about to turn into jello (non-edible, I hasten to add)?

The secret is in a sachet of powder - apparently the beauty and spa industry have used the same material for years as a skin-softener, presumably without the lurid colouring.

Parents need not fret: a second sachet dissolves the goo back into liquid form so that it can be drained away.

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12.22.2010

It takes a strong toddler not to cry sometimes

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Recognise the strength your little one is bringing to bear as he or she contains that super-grade wobbly lower lip... with a Strongman plaster. They'll coax a smile out of your weeping wounded, and if you're a lover of Seventies-style illustration, you may get a kick out of them too.

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09.28.2010

Dews stand-up toothbrushes

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It always seemed to me that toothbrush holders have that integral design fault, which has you cleaning unsavoury gunk from their interior every couple of weeks... ew.

So the Dews toothbrush, which finds its equilibrium and balances on its own tip, seems like an excellent example of designers actually solving a tangible problem of daily life. I love it when that happens.

Plus, the child or baby in your life will enjoy playing with it too, just like one of those stand-up dolls - win/win. Just a prototype right now, though, apparently, so let's hope this one goes into production and we can enjoy a life free from toothpaste gunk in the very near future.

Via Swiss Miss.

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06.16.2010

Flexibath, the foldaway baby bath

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No-one can ready you for the sheer amount of stuff that encroaches into every square inch of your living space once a baby arrives.

One of the biggest - and often ugliest - items is a baby bath, so applause to Flexibath for making a fold-flat version that can be tucked away almost anywhere.

Perhaps ironically, it comes in a wonderful range of colours that you'll actually be happy to display. No matter, should you ever want to admire it, or, you know, actually use the thing, flipping it open is the work of mere seconds.

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Via All Baby Advice.

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04.10.2010

Stuck Bath Plug

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Warning: If your toddler loves fish and is deeply attached to them, this is not the bath plug for you. However, if your little one likes a good chuckle and can appreciate that bath time has gotten a little redundant for mom (cue soaking wet parent in full dress at end of proverbial rope), this may be the one for you. A bright orange goldfish tail made to fit almost any drain and available at perpetual kid for about $12.

It's also available from Amazon.

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03. 1.2010

Kangaroo Towel: Keeping Moms Out of Hot Water

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Ever had the feeling, while giving your baby a bath, that you might as well just hop in the tub with them? The Kangaroo Towel from small made simple might just make life slightly easier for you. This nifty towel drapes around your neck so that when you lift baby out of the tub, you can cuddle him against your chest with one hand, while lifting up the "pouch" (complete with hood) to cover and dry him with the other, all while keeping yourself dry. Pretty smart thinking.

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Made of thick terrycloth for kids up to one year and available here.

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02. 2.2010

City Slickers Rejoice: The Puj Infant Sink Tub Is Here!

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The struggle against clutter and gadget accumulation is an (almost never-ending) uphill battle when it comes to kids. At long last, however, those of you dwelling with baby in less than palacial spaces can breathe easier. The Puj infant sink tub is made from a soft plastic that can be manipulated to fit into any sink. When I saw its dimensions (26" x 27" x 1"), I didn't quite believe it. But watching the video made me a believer.

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My husband and I dealt with a giant blue plastic tub with our first while living in a fairly tiny apartment. We discovered the Munchkin safety baby cradle several months ago (after we moved to a house), but I must say that I probably would have bought the Puj when my second was born, had I known about it. Easy to clean (anti-bacterial, anti-fungal), easy to store (just hang it on the door) and easy on the eyes. All good things. And the price ($40) is comparable to some of the big plastic tubs.

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Available here for babies up to 17 pounds. Also at Amazon.

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01.26.2010

Getting Clean: Shark Steam Mop

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With my first baby, we had a small junior-four in NYC. Maintaining a tidy floor was much less daunting of a task when we had a mere 100-300 square feet to keep clean. I didn't even feel so bad about using chemicals because we needed to use only a minute amount! Living in a house, however, has changed the game. Now that I've got another full-on crawler who will eat and (yes) lick anything off of the floor, its cleanliness has climbed slightly higher to the top of the priority list. And with much more surface area to cover, I'm not so thrilled about using a ton of Clorox (many a grandmother's best friend!).

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But fear not! The Shark Steam Mop is here (and being promoted left, right and center) to close that generational gap simply using reusable micro-fiber cloth, tap water and "super-heated" steam to annihilate dirt, spills and even e.coli. Weighing a mere 5 pounds with a nifty swivel head and ergonomic handle, this child and environment friendly product will run you about $100. Two top models are not cordless and carry only a one-year warranty, which might turn you off to this product.

Reviews for the product seem mixed. I, for one, would love to test drive it. Anything that could turn my grey-ish kitchen floor back to its original white without completely destroying my ability to smell anything would be worth its weight in gold.

Check it and its handheld version out here.

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