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Category Archives: Mommy Gear

Lots to carry? Natalie can help.

When you have a new baby, packing light to go anywhere is nothing short of comical. Babies may be small, but it always seems like you need a lot of stuff. And the longer you’ll be away from home, the more you’ll need. A full day’s worth of supplies – diapers, wipes, a couple of changes of clothes, a few ... Read More »

Go Gaga Slide Bag Makes a Splash

The diaper bag I liked so much at the ABC show in Las Vegas has landed in our stores, and it’s getting a very warm reception. The Slide Bag is a messenger-style diaper bag that offers parents a variety of innovative features to make this one of the most flexible, functional (and almost certainly the most comfortable) diaper bags on ... Read More »

Skip Hop goes deluxe

The new versions of the popular Skip Hop diaper bags have just arrived. By way of a reminder, here’s what has changed (from my Skip Hop recap at the ABC show): The Duo and Dash are both getting some upgrades, significant enough to earn them both the subtitle “Deluxe Edition.” Magnetic closures and PVC-free changing pads are two of the ... Read More »

Sock it to ’em

Don’t even talk to me about stretch marks. You might think you had it bad, but let me assure you, mine were worse. I won’t go into details, but trust me. So this is a product that is, at least to me, particularly genius. The Belly Sock is basically exactly what it sounds like – a big sock for your ... Read More »

Skip Hop Props

OK, yes, several weeks have passed since the ABC show, and I’m still playing catch up. I’m carrying around a Stokke tote bag filled with press kits and catalogs and notes on a bunch of vendors and items I still haven’t gotten to. It’s frustrating, but I’m chipping away. Today, I’m tackling Skip Hop. Famous now for their simple yet ... Read More »

Gone Gaga for Good

I have this friend of a friend. She went to business school, where she developed a plan to start a business designing clever products for parents. After graduation, she followed her dream and got down to work. I met her a couple of times, and while I was very impressed with her, I wasn’t sure she could pull it off. ... Read More »

All in the wrist

In the beginning, we stuffed diapers into diaper bags, and just dealt with it when they got all puffy and pilled. We tossed our wipes case into the abyss, and then had to grope around to find it while our babies wailed in distress on the changing table. Then, Diapees and Wipees came along, with a clever cloth pouch that ... Read More »

A must-have calendar for mom

My own mother is a devoted fan of Sandra Boynton’s “Mom’s Family Calendar”, and though the illustrations are irresistible, it’s the clever layout of this calendar that makes her hunt it down year after year. Instead of the traditional grid layout, this calendar looks more like a chart. There’s a column for each family member (up to five total), and ... Read More »

Good Logic

When JJ Cole first showed me their Essentials Bag a few years back, I had one question: Where’s the changing pad? There wasn’t one. What was the logic? I can’t remember exactly how they rationalized it, but it made no sense to me. I liked the small footprint of the bag, and the skateboard-chic sling design, but how could they ... Read More »

Diaper Duty

These days, diaper bags have a lot of pockets, but even so, I still often have to dig to find exactly what I’m looking for. When I saw the Diaper Bag Organizer set from ORE Originals, I thought it was a pretty bright idea. Basically, it’s a set of four zippered cotton/mesh pouches, each color coded and labeled. There’s one ... Read More »