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Comotomo Single Green 150mL Amazon

Photo Credit: Amazon.com

Comotomo offers an update on so-called “natural nursers” – baby bottles made out of silicone or a similar material, and designed to more closely approximate a mother’s breast.  These bottles tend to resonate with folks who primarily breastfeed, and especially those who experience trouble getting baby to take a bottle.

Sporting a more compact, squishable shape, Comotomo Natural Feel bottles improve upon an earlier competitor – the Adiri Natural Nurser – in their smaller size and more flexible material, which make for a more intimate in-hand experience.  A big benefit of the flexible silicone is the ability to manipulate the milk somewhat as you feed by squeezing the bottle, keeping air pressure more constant and presumably decreasing the air your child might take in through the nipple, especially as the bottle runs dry.  It also looks to fit more nicely in the hand – Adiri bottles are quite wide, and can be less ergonomic for smaller hands.

Reviewers on Amazon have mentioned that it can be challenging to balance Comotomo bottles neatly on their bases – we can definitely see that in their exaggerated egg shape.  But the shape also allows bottles to nest (when disassembled) in storage, which is a big bonus over nearly every other bottle on the market.

Comotomo Natural Feel Bottle Squeeze

Photo Credit: comotomo.com

You can buy Comotomo bottles on Amazon in two sizes as well as multi-packs.  A single bottle will run you a pretty steep $15.99 for 150mL or $16.99 for 250mL.  As with other bottles, there are additional nipples (or “bottle teats” as they call them) available for $6.99 per two-pack, with variable flow based on the usual age ranges (0-3 months, 3-6 months, etc.) translating to slow, medium, and fast nursing styles.

Bottom line: Comotomo Natural Feel bottles are a bit expensive, but are also thoughtfully designed and even award-winning.  They deliver both style and function, and are a great BPA-free option worth considering.

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8/18 GREAT BUY ALERT: Comotomo Natural Feel bottles are featured for sale on design discount site Fab.com at a decent discount – $12-$13 for the bottles, and $5 for nipple packs.

Oh no!  Not MeToo!

Phil Ted MeToo Chair Round Table

Photo Credit: Amazon.com

I’m going to try and tread lightly here, as one of my all-time favorite gear items is called out by the CPSC for safety concerns.  We used (and still use) Phil&Ted’s iconic MeToo clip-on chair in lieu of a high chair for both our children, both of whom are on the heavy side of the scale (75% and 110% at almost every weigh-in), and believe firmly in the strength of those beefy metal clips when tightly secured to the appropriate surface.

We’ve primarily used two in tandem, attached kitty corner on our built-in kitchen island, which is a solid inch and a half of sturdy maple.  Our kids could potentially kick the center of the island while in the chairs, but honestly, that’s not how they roll.  For us, the risk (and reality) was more that they would climb out of their seats, stand on the island, and swat at the pendant lights – whee!  (The arm straps on MeToo are weak sauce and a totally tough sell on top of a bib and broccoli.)

I’m actually comforted and pleased that Phil&Ted’s isn’t responding immediately with a worldwide recall – this to me indicates they believe the issue is not one of product integrity or basic design, but perhaps more one of user error.  They are issuing rubber pads or boots to make it safer – not to fix a fundamental design flaw.  Not exactly what the CPSC ordered, but as an owner, it seems logical – the rubber pads ours came with finally came unglued after their 50th trip through the dishwasher (and clothes dryer).  It’s not unlike the recent brake fix on our Bugaboo Bee.  Or the hinge covers issued for our Maclaren Twin Techno (for your precious fingertips).

In my humble opinion, keeping things safe with MeToo is a matter of physics and attention to detail – you have to assess the weight of your child, the curvature and heft of the furniture you’re attaching the chair to (round ones are tough, yet pictured in official photo at right), and use the clamps properly, tightening until you can tighten no more, and then tightening one last time.  I shudder to think any children actually did have their fingers amputated as they hit the floor from an improper installation and extra case of the wiggles, but I suppose it must have happened?  Or perhaps we’re at a point now where we if we dream it, we really CAN do it?

Anyway.  At our house, we’re hanging out in our MeToo’s until the kids are tall enough for our rickety backless bar stools.  It really is a best-in-class solution, from the hefty clips right down to folding fully flat for travel (even won a Cribsie nod recently in the Mealtime category).  But I’ve included the entire CPSC release below, urge you to come to your own conclusions, and promise to keep you posted on any developments.

…………………… official release follows ………………………

NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2011
Release #11-218

CPSC Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC Alert: Consumers Urged To Stop Using phil&teds USA Clip-on Chairs Due To Serious Dangers Posed To Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns consumers that some “metoo” clip-on table top chairs, imported by phil&teds USA Inc., of Fort Collins, Colo. put young children at risk of serious injury due to multiple safety hazards. CPSC is urging consumers to stop using some metoo clip-on chairs immediately.

The product is an infant/toddler chair with a nylon fabric seat and a metal frame that clamps onto tables using two metal vise clamps. The upper part of each clamp rests on the table top and has either a rubber clamp pad on its underside or a rubber boot covering it. The chair is sold in three fabric colors – red, black and navy.

The clip-on chairs affected by this warning do not have plastic spacers between the table clamps and the front horizontal metal bar. The clip-on chairs that have plastic spacers between the table clamps and the front horizontal metal bar are under evaluation.

The company has refused to agree to a national recall of their hazardous product that is acceptable to CPSC. The company has offered a repair kit consisting of rubber boots to place on the upper clamp grips of the chairs. Consumers should be aware that CPSC has not approved a repair kit for this product, despite the firm’s prior statement that it was conducting a recall “in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.”

CPSC is urging consumers to stop using the affected metoo chairs at this time in order to prevent the risk of injury to children.

The affected metoo chairs pose serious fall and amputation hazards to children placed in them. Children can suffer impact and head injuries when the chair detaches from the table and falls with them in it. CPSC staff is aware of numerous incidents involving the affected metoo chairs.

CPSC staff has determined that the clamps can detach from a variety of different table surfaces. Additionally, the chairs can detach when children move around or use their feet to push against other objects. Staff also determined that the lack of adequate space between the horizontal metal bar at the front of the chair and the clamps can cause children’s fingers to be severely pinched, lacerated, crushed or amputated if caught between the bar and the clamp when the chair detaches.

In addition to hazards with the affected clip-on chairs, the product packaging and instructions provide conflicting information. The product’s packaging and marketing information show the product being used in ways that may lead to the chair detaching from the table. However, the product’s instructions do not adequately warn against this type of use.

Tens of thousands of the affected metoo chairs may have been distributed since May 2006 for about $50 through philandteds.com, Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Target, Toys R Us, other online retailers and a variety of independent juvenile specialty stores.

To see this safety alert on CPSC’s web site, including pictures of the products involved, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11218.html

Hey thanks for coming along with us as we start to offer products via OpenSky! Your feedback – in words and clicks – has really been helpful.

GaGaGear is pleased to now be able offer the fabulous organic cotton lunchbugs from Mimi The Sardine in 6 delightful patterns.  (See our back-to-school review of the Ladybugs here.)  Our ladybug lunchbug gets a lot of play – at preschool, on picnics, in the play kitchen, as a hat, and out on adventures.  I just picked up the hybrid cars for our little guy.

Click on each image to see details and purchase in our OpenSky shop.  Lunchbugs are $25 each.  Matching bibs and splashmats are also available in our shop.

Bugs

Ladybugs

Dots Blue

Propeller

Flora Blue

Jungle

Hybrid Cars

Photo Credit: mimithesardine.com

It’s that time of year again – back to school!  And for many, heading to school for the very first time.

These adorable Lunchbugs from Mimi The Sardine are just the right size for your little one’s lunch or mobile snack.  Lunchbugs are machine-washable, made of organic cotton, and treated inside with a food-safe and easy-care acrylic coating.

There are several fantastic patterns to choose from, incorporating kid favorites like airplanes, hybrid cars, ladybugs, regular bugs, and jungle friends.  Our daughter has the ladybugs, which match her shoes…

Lunchbugs retail for $24.  Help us launch our new online store on Open Sky, by purchasing Lunchbugs at GaGaGear!

***Special OpenSky Promo Code***

Through August 16th, receive 25% OFF your order. Just enter coupon code EXCITE25 when you check out. (And then come back and let me know how much you love it!)

Toddlers are famously picky eaters.  Okay let’s face it – toddlers are picky, period.

But if there’s one thing they seem to universally love, it’s animals.  So if your little monkey needs some extra encouragement at mealtime, consider packing his PB&J into one of these kool & kid-friendly lunch bags.

Dabbawalla’s Penguin Backpack is made of insulating neoprene, and is roomy enough to play double-duty with snacks and a few small essentials.  It’s also supremely food safe, using only Oeko-Tex 100 certified dyes.  Available at Oompa Toys for $39.99.

Skip Hop’s Zoo Lunchies are insulated, BPA- Phtalate- and PVC-free – – in other words, a safe and healthy place for food.  The new owl design is a hoot, and there’s a set of matching backpacks too.  Pick one up for just $13 at skiphop.com – and through 5/5, you can use code: MOM for free shipping (offer extended).

Dabbawalla Penguin Oompa Toys

Photo Credit: http://www.oompa.com

Oompa Dabbawalla Penguin Open

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Eco Baby Gear Portland Oregon

Site Logo: ecobabygear.com

In news of local interest to my Portland readers, eco-minded families have yet another great place to shop in the stretch of SE Division between 20th Avenue and 39th – ahem – César Chavez Way.

Eco Baby Gear has moved 20 blocks closer to the Willamette, joining Bar Avignon, Twill, and Sushi Mazi in the rehabbed retail space at SE 21st and Division.

The new space is just a couple doors down from New Seasons Market and this momma’s favorite: Zenana Spa and Wellness Center, it’s a great location on a major bus line, bordering well-heeled and family-oriented Ladd’s Addition and funkier Clinton neighborhood.  The Division Vision project is busily beautifying this stretch of inner SE, which is still relatively affordable for owners and renters alike.

Truth be told, there was already a great eco baby gear shop in the area: Mother Nature’s at 26th and Clinton.  Mother Nature’s (across from Piccolina Resale, a great stop for eco-as-reuse shoppers) has a similar product set, if more limited in scope, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Chan-Pie-Gnon at Eco Baby Gear

Available at ecobabygear.com: Chan-Pie-Gnon

At the moment, Eco Baby Gear is doing a lot of things right – perhaps most importantly, maintaining a well-stocked online store and boasting the top Google result for “Eco Baby Gear.”

If I could wish for one thing in this burgeoning cluster of eco-shops on/near SE Division, it’s a more expansive vision.  Babies are a lovely target for green living, but they grow up quickly.  What about the rest of the family?  We, too, want to grow up BPA-free…

Kipiis Bib Clips

Photo Credit: amazon.com

There’s something really wonderful about a simple product idea executed elegantly for a nice low price.  Better still if it’s something you use every day.

I first bought Kipiis Bib Clips years ago to have in my diaper bag instead of the cloth bibs I’d inevitably forget to wash or restock.  I’d use them occasionally this way, but recently discovered their true calling: BREAKFAST.  Baby cereal and yogurt are the morning routine in our house, and with our toddler feeding herself, I was burning through bibs like never before.  One morning I pulled out the bib clips and a paper towel, and we haven’t looked back.

Buy on Amazon.com for $12.

In PDX at New Seasons Market.



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  • Mama GaGa: Oh, boo! Thanks for the manufacturing update - I will make note in the post. Cheers - MG
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