Filed under: Decor
The other day I noticed a woman with a stroller so large that she couldn't fit it through the door of the coffee shop she was trying to enter and needed someone to go in and purchase her latte for her. Perhaps she was unaware that there are far more fashionable strollers that are not the size of midrange SUVs. The Xplory Complete is one such stroller. Its award winning design features an adjustable seat that keeps children higher up off the ground, giving them a better view and giving parents easier access without back strain. It can also be used as a high chair. The seat can be adjusted to sit upright for older children or to lie down, so babies can rest comfortably. A number of accessories are available, including a baby bag (included), car seat adaptor, changing bag, mosquito net and a parasol. Price: $950.
Filed under: Art
A Tiny Tiara is the sort of thing that would make a cute gift for parents with a new baby girl, since most of them will be overjoyed to get a perfect little crown for their little princess. The miniature crowns, designed by Shelly Kennedy, are made of glass and are completely unique. Each stands about 3-inches tall and comes on a satin pillow packed inside an acrylic cube that will protect it from damage and dust. The tiaras come in three colors - blue, pink and clear - and are $48 each.
Filed under: Gadgets
While some doctors can help parents-to-be select the gender of their as-yet-unborn child, should they be interested in such a decision, it is an expensive and time-consuming procedure. For those interested in a less involved procedure, GenSelect makes kits that are supposed to help influence the gender of a baby, one for boys and one for girls. The kit claims to be 96% effective in "pre-conception sex selection" and comes with a money back guarantee. It's an interesting concept and, while less creepy than having a doctor actually choose a particular embryo, the FDA-approved product is bound to raise some eyebrows. A 3-month kit will set you back $439.
Filed under: Luxury Travel & Hotels
Have you ever heard the term "babymoon"? This word describes the blowout trip that more soon-to-be parents are taking before they have their first child. The premise is that babymoons give "expecting couples a few days of pleasure and relaxation before the diapers, sleepless nights and adolescence take their toll." Perhaps the concept takes a dim view of parenthood, but the trips themselves are anything but. As you might expect, they are akin to honeymoons with the level of luxury that couples are demanding from them, though the focus is not as much on getting some alone time as it is on getting some adult time. The trips generally cost several thousand dollars with travel expenses, and include accommodations in high-end hotels, posh spas, gourmet food at four star (or 3 Michelin star) restaurants and other amenities depending on where the couples go. One thing that they do not include, however, is a lot of drinking, since the women participating are often already up to 7 months pregnant.
Most travel agents can arrange the trips, but some hotels offer packages, like the W Hotels' Baby Me.
Filed under: Gadgets