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Guavamitts Tiny Zoo

NEW! guavamitts make Mom *and* Baby look good! Photo Credit: http://www.guavakids.com

Infant fingernails: a seemingly impossible combination of soft and sharp.  You can “trim” them in an instant with a gentle maternal nibble, yet they can slice a tender cheek in the blink of an eye.

Socks on the hands always elicit the sad trombone, no matter how sweet the cherub.  Thanks to the brilliance and diligence of Lili and Linsey – the two Portland Oregon-area moms behind brand-new label guavakids – makeshift mitts are no longer a parent’s only preventative option.  Beautifully tailored, graphically vivid and exuberantly intentional “guavamitts” are a major infant glove upgrade with more than just protective value – they’re playful, stimulating, eco-friendly and smartly designed so you’ll actually *use* them.

Lili and Linsey took special care in sourcing materials and designing-in special details.  guavamitts boast a tailored look, snug closures, and mod patterns.  Fabric is a knitted bamboo/organic cotton blend that’s breathable, naturally antimicrobial, and sustainably harvested.  Each mitt reverses, sporting two visually stimulating patterns, and (like socks) they are wearable on either hand.

Guavamitts Neutral Pack

Neutral Pack: Cirque and Cobblestone | Photo Credit: guavakids.com

This is a product that holds up and even improves under closer scrutiny – we were duly impressed by the quality construction on this tiny scale, which clearly warrants the suggested retail price of $12/pair (or $20 for a two-pack).  A little extra care during laundry will keep guavamitts looking their best.  Fish them out after washing and air dry to help avoid shrinking or puckering.  A mesh baby laundry bag like this one from Munchkin is always a great option for keeping track of tiny items.

Eminently giftable, guavamitts (in 9 different patterns…18 counting the reverses) are a promising debut!  Launched in select stores just this month, interested readers can shop directly at guavakids.com starting September 21.

Comotomo Single Green 150mL Amazon

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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.

Smith+Noble Tranquility Shades

Photo Credit: SmithandNoble.com

Smith+Noble recently announced its newest light-blocking line of shades, aptly named “Tranquility.”  Behold the power of innovation: these shades got me blogging again!  If I had or was expecting a newborn, I’d easily forego four months of lattés to jump on these immediately!

Smith + Noble Tranquility shades solve pesky nursery “light leak” right within the window frame, with a sleek set of side tracks that hold blinds flush, eliminating the frustrating problem of light escaping out the sides, despite layer upon layer of light-blocking this-and-that.  Tranquility is currently offered in roller and cellular styles, with the latter offering additional insulation benefits – an eco-friendly choice in a particularly sunny window.  Custom sizing gets you a perfect fit, and the side tracks are held in place with stick-on magnetic strips, making them relatively easy to install, adjust, or remove for cleaning.

Folks needing an outside mount light-blocker are out of luck for the moment – for you, we continue to recommend the heavy-duty light-blocking curtain liners offered by folks like Pottery Barn.

Looking to outfit a nursery or child’s room?  A Cordless lift system is available (+$60/ea shade) and recommended.

Custom sizing means a custom price, but you should expect about $300 for a 3/4″ Blackout Cellular Tranquility Shade with standard options.  Smith+Noble runs frequent discounts (like 30% off on an order of 3 or more) so if you play your cards right, or maybe tackle two rooms at once, you can usually get a good deal.  At any rate, new parents know, and those expecting will soon discover: a good night’s sleep is priceless…

You can purchase Tranquility shades exclusively online at smithandnoble.com.



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