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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!)

Here’s an update – dare we say, product review – for Phil N’Teds Wriggle Wrapper: “The perfect solution for sitting, feeding & sleeping on the go!”

A while back, we posted about the beautiful unfulfilled promise of the Wriggle Wrapper, which had sat gathering moss while our little babies rolled gleefully along, stopping only to nosh in the infinitely superior Phil N’Teds MeToo.  After several noble attempts at proper use, we felt wasteful and downright ashamed at having gotten suckered into another $50 of gear we didn’t need.

Then – the baby turned 1, the toddler hit 2.5, and we all took off to co-op preschool together, working parent shift (with tag-a-long) one day a week.

The first few times, I just struggled & juggled with the baby – swapping deftly between the Ergo, a Pack N’Play (not popular), and furtive sideway glances to keep Mr. Increasingly Mobile in my sights.  This wasn’t working, so I deployed the MeToo – but with much more at stake (glue sticks – how delicious!) the little guy grew even more determined, finding a way out of MeToo’s safety straps and onto the table.

As it turns out, toddlers are pretty good at sounding the alarm – not out of concern of precious baby’s health or welfare, but because glue is “mine” and they’re not sharing.  Yet another rescue pop into the Ergo.

Phil & Teds Wriggle WrapperLater, physically exhausted and emotionally bereft, it hit me like a ton of mossy rocks: Wriggle Wrapper.  The perfect solution for sitting…on the go. (Their words.)  It would bind baby’s wiggly little bottom to a tiny preschool chair.  As though the chair were wearing the Ergo.  Sort of.  Well, at this point, anyone or anything else wearing the baby is welcome, and my back thanks you.

I brought Wriggle Wrapper to Co-op my very next shift and it worked like a dream.  The WW’s extra-wide velcro-buckle waistbelt/short is genius for sitting securely, since it immobilizes the hips – baby has no leverage to wiggle his legs into standing position.  Best of all, baby seems to love it.  I think the secure hold might actually feel comforting – like he feels wrapped, not bound.

The other parents were impressed – what’s that?  That’s brilliant! For the first time, I finished shift with energy to spare.  I’m a fan of baby-wearing, and still wore my 23-pounder for a good two hours out of five, but the Wriggle Wrapper gave me *my* mobility at key moments in the Co-op day.  I felt like Supermom.  No…I felt…normal!

So I’m updating the review, and giving WW high marks – at least for sitting and feeding!  Sleeping…remains to be seen.  But I’ve got to find a way to test it.  Because the $49.99 just got paid off (good luck hiring a nanny for that for five hours) – and now I’m curious.

Some kids like to wear shoes, others just socks, still others run barefoot every chance they get.  And most of the time, we are happy to indulge them.

At daycare or preschool, though, there’s often a footwear requirement – usually the ambiguous term “slippers” – or socks at the barest minimum.  And this makes sense to us parents – hard flooring can be cold in winter, slippery for foot races, and downright unsanitary in the potty.

Enter, Bical Grippers – the sock with a shoe attached!  Bical offers a snug-fitting performance sock with a fiercely grippy full-length rubber sole.  This alone would be the perfect toddler “shoe” but they go a step further with colors and patterns ranging from simply cute to absolutely badass.

Our shoe-shedding toddler pulled these on the moment they arrived, and had them wrestled off at bedtime.  She wore them the full day at preschool, even waiting patiently to don her “piggies” before racing off for the indoor slide.

Bicals retail for around $22.00 ($24.99 for the knee-high version) but there are a number of great stores offering them for less.

Online deal (updated 5/22/10): BestDressedTot.com – currently on sale from $15.50 on up.

Local steal: Bella Stella in NE Portland regularly stocks new Bicals for around $16.

Be careful buying Bical second hand on eBay, since the washing instructions are very specific and you’ll want to inspect them pretty closely for snags from the grippers.

Also: Bicals run almost a full size *small* so definitely size up to buy a little growing room.

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

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



  • JHeff: I have read a good number of comments about most users of the boba not really ever using the foot rests. Looking at the videos I've seen, the back on
  • Mama GaGa: Oh, boo! Thanks for the manufacturing update - I will make note in the post. Cheers - MG
  • Cathy: I know this is a couple years old but I ran across this post and was so excited when you said the Boba was made in America - a big selling point for m

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