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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.

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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

Sleep sacks and sleeping bags are sending traditional swaddles packing, and for good reason.  While nothing says snug like a tightly-executed baby burrito, those mummy wraps can be quick to unravel once baby starts rolling about.

Thanks to some very bright folks at HALO (“The Original Sleep Sack”), parents can stop losing sleep over loose sheets, instead zipping their little ones into clever baby sleeping bags that provide the warmth and ritual of a swaddle without sacrificing too much snugness.   Other companies are getting in on the idea now, and there are even folks making them in custom fabrics on Etsy.

Sleep sacks, bags, whatever you want to call them, are fantastic gifts for baby’s first year and just beyond.  Most retail between $20-$50 depending on fabric and brand.  Handmade items often fetch a bit more.  Search “baby sleep sack” on Amazon for a good round-up.

Here are a few favorites (click pics for links):

Organic Elephant Sack from SewnNatural on Etsy | Photo Credit: Etsy/SewnNatural

DwellStudio Sleep Sack in Sparrow Lilac | Photo Credit: dwellstudio.com

HALO SleepSack Wearable Blanket in Organic Cowboy | Photo Credit: http://www.halosleep.com

Aden + Anais Mod Bee Sleeping Bag

Aden + Anais - Mod About Baby - Bee Sleeping Bag | Photo Credit: adenandanais.com

Phil & Teds Wriggle Wrapper

Photo Credit: Amazon.com

A month ago, while scouring the web for a toddler booster seat, we came across an infant porta-seat proposition so tantalizingly brilliant, that we immediately slapped it into the cart and checked out, booster still in limbo.

The Phil N’Teds Wriggle Wrapper: “The perfect solution for sitting, feeding & sleeping on the go!”

Too late for our also-wriggly toddler, but just in time for a series of family dinners with our active and well-tempered seven month old, the Wriggle Wrapper (WW) seemed like a cinch to keep stashed in the Forester, along with our Ergo Organic Baby Carrier and Skip Hop Pronto portable changing mat.

Or so we thought.

You see, although the vaunted WW arrived just in time for Thanksgiving Dinner at Auntie M’s, and was even stashed thoughtfully in the trunk as planned, our baby just rolled around on the floor or got passed around the table, and it never got used.

Oh, that’s understandable – you just got it, are not in the habit of using it, etc.

December comes next.  We’re having a birthday party for our toddler, and a new mom’s arms are getting tired.  I’ve got just the thing.  So clever — you will see!  We trot out the WW for its quite public début.  What a bright idea, says the mom.  Maybe we need one of these!  Mid-wrap, I’m distracted, mom’s urgency lessens, and the WW is abandoned in a heap on the chair.

After the party, I carefully collect the WW, blame myself for having stepped away, and stuff WW into it’s carry-bag, increasingly wrinkled, but again unused.

Hmm. That’s odd – I was expecting a review here…and I’m not sure I’m getting one.  Does the Emperor have no clothes?  Is WW simply a brilliant piece of marketing, no more complex or useful than of a pair of old shorts fitted with an extra-long belt?

Perhaps…  (And don’t forget that it retails for $49.99 at Amazon, which could cover not just shorts and a belt but also a hoodie to zip around baby, tying the sleeves behind for extra security.)

But every so often, we make a purchase that helps us dream a little bigger, even if we never use it for its intended purpose.  And that, my friends, is the Wriggle Wrapper.  It’s that little angel on your shoulder saying “come with me, and we’ll nosh that delicious Reuben, enjoy that Mommy Matinée, and even get your hair cut.”

So, yes – I am resisting a “real” product review.  You could say I have nothing to base it on.  But I’ll continue to dream!  I’m taking WW on the airplane with me, next.  And I even bought it a seat.

Finding “the right” photo frame or album can be frustrating – especially if your photo is a gift.

Enter: Rag & Bone Bindery in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, purveyor of beautiful handmade photo books and other bindings.

The accordion photo book retails on the web site for $26.00 (+$5 shipping, but free gift wrap…), accommodates 10 photos, and is available in about two dozen cover options, as are all Rag & Bone books.

That’s a great value vs. individual frames, and makes a delightful gift for so many occasions.  We like the Red Rose binding (pictured) for Valentine’s Day, or any day.



  • 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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