August 2008 Archives

August 31, 2008

Buy It For The Name, Keep It For The Cute: Skummis Plush Creature

I don't know what a filur is in Swedish besides a house music band and a military drone plane designed by Saab. But I do know what Skummis are: justsocuteiwannaeatthemup! Whether it's a blobby plush creature or a set...
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Aha, Bloom's New Flat Furniture Is Stephen Procter's Old Flat Furniture

Or should I say Duh? I can't believe it's taken me this long to connect the dots. I swear I'd written about Stephen Procter's fold-flat baby furniture and stroller when he debuted it at Milano in 2007. I mean,...
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August 30, 2008

Alphabet Truck By Eric Tabuchi

Awesome. Paris-based artist Eric Tabuchi spent four years collecting the photographs for his latest project, Alphabet Truck. He's exhibited them in combination to make words and phrases. [I don't know if there are signed editions of the individual prints...
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Hirst & Koons Kids T-Shirts I Can't Get Too Excited About, Frankly

Was it only last year that I actually looked into making a bootleg version of Damien Hirst's diamond-encrusted skull printed on a black Onesie? Because now I can't think of anything more played out and boring. Though if your...
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Feet Shirt

Why should delivery room nurses and their paperwork have all the fun? Congratulations to Andy, Erin and Elsa, and welcome, Astrid!...
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August 29, 2008

Those Don't Sound Like Working Class Names To Me

First off as an Obama man myself, and not knowing anything at all about her before today, I must say Sarah Palin seems like an excellent VP pick for John McCain. Were they to win the election, I would hope...
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First, Make Some Black Rice Pudding...

Recipe Corner: How to Make a Horrifying Diaper [tomscocca.com via choire] Gee, ya think?? I've been thinking of adding squid ink to k2's bottles when she wears her blue-black Album di Famiglia outfits; they show formula drool stains like crazy....
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Did Muji Have Kids Furniture Before? Because They Have It Now

Maybe I just didn't notice Muji's kids furniture when we were in Japan because it was so plain-looking. The plain, square-legged pine table sure is plain-looking. And the most notable thing to be said about the rounded leg table...
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Big Phil & Teds Recall: Better Get That Folding Joint Fixed Chop-Chop!

Hey, is the CPSC muscling in on my Friday Freakout action? Regal Lager, the US distributor of Phil & Teds strollers, has issued a voluntary recall in conjunction with the CPSC covering a whopping 44,000 strollers. They're not a threat...
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August 28, 2008

After Two Strangulations And Corporate Shrugging, CPSC Orders Retailers Pull Simplicity Co-Sleepers Off Market

Normally when a product is found to cause injury or death, the Consumer Product Safety Commission works with the manufacturer to issue a recall and provide either a fix or a replacement product. But when two kids in the...
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Why Is The Ferrari Tipo 500 The Rolls Royce Of Pedal Cars?

OK, so there's De Parma, a slightly cheeky antiques dealer in London, who's selling this vintage Ferrari Tipo 500 F2 racer pedal car--dated to the 50's and sourced to Italy, but otherwise no manufacturer is mentioned--in very nice original-looking...
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Kinda Eamesy Kid's Chairs Put The Phen Back Into Phenolic

Welcome to slightly lazy children's antique blogging week here at Daddy Types. But no sooner do I think that all this time, I'd had the wrong impression of all these antique dealers, than I come across a description like...
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Wise Australia Keeps Fantasies Of Bush & Naked Children To Themselves

After her bush baby characters appeared on the cover of another author's book, and in a series of popular booklets, Australian illustrator May Gibbs published The Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie in 1918, during the country's Armistice celebrations. For...
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August 27, 2008

Vintage DIY Scooter: They Don't Make Them Like They Used To

Instructions: Take one set of roller skate wheels, an old handlebar, a 2x4, some boards. Add a bent sheet of tin to give it that proper Ralph Kramden Drives This Bus snout, then paint it with whatever's left over...
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Don't Sit On That! Kids Chairs In Fancy Pairs, Via 1st Dibs

I remember when 1st Dibs was just an email blast back to the States of one designer's weekly finds at the Paris flea market. But after signing up hundreds of shops around the world, it has long since turned into...
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Have You Seen My Dog, Monsieur? Ja, At Der Auktionhaus

So we're driving along one day and out of the blue, the kid goes, "Did you know dogs are hunters by nature?" It took us a while to figure out where she picked it up: Zoboomafoo, the animal TV...
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August 26, 2008

Some Blogger Got Backstage At Yo Gabba Gabba Before I Did

So when we went to Los Angeles in the Spring, I tried to meet up with the Yo Gabba Gabba folks, introduce the kid, etc. They were really cool about it, but they were also in the last, frantic stages...
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Matte Black, Raindrops, Penguins In The Forest, Spinners! Holy Smokes, It's Quinny X Henrik Vibskov!

Dude. They have Blackout aluminum frames! Rainbow hoods and linings. Penguin sleepsacs! Wooden dangly toys that look like the venison drying rack in a Dali print, or the display window of an Icelandic puffin butcher shop. Spinners that look...
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DTQ: What's A Dad To Do [When He Gets Home From Work]?

I got an email from a reader the other day asking for advice. At first, I felt like I knew the "right" answer, but then I caught myself. I realized I was trying to parse the email for clues, identifying...
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Whoops, Daddy Types When His Hard Drive Stops Making That Horrible Clicking & Scraping Sound

the one that means he gets to give some guy in a clean room bunny suit $1800 again to poke through the photos he hadn't backed up. When I was scheduling my trip to the Apple store to drop this...
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August 25, 2008

But There's No P-Train! NYC Subway Map Rendered In German Bathroom Tiles

NY Times illustrator and subway fanatic spawner Christoph Niemann is at it again. Last month, it was his awesome story-in-paint, "The Boys And The Subway," which detailed his young sons' fascination with the New York City subway system. Now...
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Now That's A Sale? Or Is Half Off The New Retail For American Apparel?

Am I just oblivious? Is American Apparel always this cheap on Amazon? I mean, six bucks for the karate pants K2 basically lives in is a great price, but I don't know how urgent or limited time only this...
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Inhabitots Looks For The Right Cloth Diaper

Did you know the classic ecotrend blog Inhabitat just had a babybloig? Mazeltov! So cute. So far on Inhabitots, the most actively discussed topic is Andre McCann's extensive roundup of the best cloth diaper options: pocket, one-size, pre-fold, g-Diapers,...
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Rebel Dad Buys A Like-A-Minivan

In his post at the Washington Post's On Parenting blog, Brian told of crossing the parenting rubicon: they got a minivan. Well, not exactly They got a miniminivan, the Mazda 5, which was the only car that met his criteria...
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August 24, 2008

Got Too Many Euros? Kidstuff Roundup From German eBay Auction

You know how The Economist publishes the Big Mac Index, to show how over- or underpriced certain currencies are for the exact same thing? Well, the price estimates the Munich-based auction house Quittenbaum has placed on US vintage auction staples...
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Ghetto Phil & Ted's

And I don't mean no disrespect, Detroit. My heck, Juney is getting so grown up... Parents too cheap to buy a double stroller? Sick of walking? Improvise. [sweet juniper's flickr stream]...
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August 23, 2008

Y, It's Bamboo! Bam Bam Baby Tricycle

Not only did Andrew Grigor's Bam Bam Baby Tricycle win the 2008 Launch Pad Source One packer's prize for emerging Australian designers a few weeks ago, the prototype's flatpack, anti-plastic, sustainably harvested bamboo ply, recycled aluminum, and off-the-shelf O-ring...
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Karl Lagerfeld x Steiff Bear Mashup Scarier'n A Roomful Of Dolls

I don't care how many Diet Coke butlers you send my way. Come September, don't let me find out you got one of the 2,500 ridiculous Karl Lagerfeld bears Steiff is selling at places like Colette and Neiman Marcus....
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They Are They Might Be Giants' Friends' Kids' Music Picks

John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants shared some interesting picks for children's music with the NY Times [not his own, though they do get a few obligatory plugs]. References run from the Shaggs to Julie Andrews, but this comment...
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August 22, 2008

DT Friday Freakout's A Freakout, Except They Call It Le Freakout Edition

I had so much fun poring through the months-long buildup to the recent decision by the French government to ban television channels and programming that targets 0-3 year-olds--or as they're adorably called in French officialdom, "les tous petits." I mean,...
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I Spit On Your Five Second Rule [And Put It Right Back On The Tray]

Seriously, screw the Five Second Rule. We have the Our Floor/Not Our Floor Rule. But now that's not enough. So I ask you: How many times do you return a piece of food to the kid's tray after it gets...
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La Grande Petite: The Smaller Minivan Canada Couldn't Wait For Any Longer

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Super short wheelbase Plymouth Voyager Minivan, originally uploaded by dave_7. Whether it's complaining about the...
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AWE.SOME. Vintage Go-Cart-To-Stroller Conversion At Hemmings

Hemmings Motor News, the bible of the classic car world, just launched a new title: Hemmings Fifties-Era Midget Race Car Into 21st Century Hot Rod Stroller News. There's only one issue so far, but I'm hereby signing up for...
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August 21, 2008

Wait, What? Evel Knievel Was A Skanky Tool

Dammit, I wish I would've found this before I got caught up in my Evel Knievel nostalgic posting spree. Because really, nothing takes the gleam off a childhood hero like hearing him make casual homophobic rape jokes about his own...
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Evel Knievel Electric Toothbrush

Holy smokes, I just checked, and the kid has eight toothbrushes, nine if you count the ToothTunes Junior musical toothbrush a publicist recently sent. [1] It turns the kid's skull into a soundbox; she hears "Hakuna Matata" inside her head...
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How Many Evel Knievel Tricycles Do You Think Are Still Out There?

I'll take a flying leap--hehe, yes, pun totally intended--and say, uh, not that many. Maybe a hundred? A dozen? Only two mentions of a 1975 AMF Evel Knievel tricycle seem to have gotten themselves embedded in the auto-compiled text...
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Liberte! Egalite! Pas De Bebe Tele!

The High Audiovisual Council of France has banned television programs targeting kids under 3 years of age because of the developmental risks posed by exposure of babies to screen media. The ban was precipitated by the 24-hr baby TV networks,...
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One Ikea Antilop, Two Ikea Antilop, Red Ikea Antilop, Blue Ikea Antilop

We were at the Big Blue Box last night looking for some kitchen shelves, and I stopped off to buy my in-laws the greatest high chair bargain in the world, an Ikea Antilop, to replace the horrible, plaid, ruffled...
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Not A Station Wagon, Huh? Wood Decals For The Ford Flex

Good Lord, I like the Flex from afar, but is Ford trying so hard to avoid calling the car a station wagon that they don't even offer a factory woodgrain decal option? And what's this nonsense about applying it...
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August 20, 2008

Corporal Punishment Study Finds A Large, Reddish Welt On America's Freshly Whooped Ass

And all this time, I've been putting the accent on Bible, when I should've been putting it on Belt. Still, it answers a question that's had me stumped since elementary school in North Carolina. Whipping was every week, right...
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Webkinz, I Need To See You In My Office.

Because it's getting out of control. I understand that the social networking and community aspects of virtual worlds based on real world plush toys are quite powerful draws, especially for the youngest, least marketing savvy consumers who are your targets....
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August 19, 2008

Uh-Oh, Rachel Whiteread Got All The Doll House Furniture, Too

Seems that at least a few of the hundreds of vintage dollhouses sculptor Rachel Whiteread has been hoarding over the last couple of decades had some furniture in them. And when she could no longer resist its miniature charms,...
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Crocheted Katamari Prince/ss Cap

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Katamari Prince(ss) of All Cosmos!, originally uploaded by Veronica M. Crochetblogger/meganerd/new mom Veronica and her...
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Bob The Builder, Bob The Peace Disturber

I know it sounds crazy at first that a kindergarten party in New Zealand was almost shut down for loud music. But they were playing Bob the Builder. I mean, just look at the guy, he's a veritable Menace II...
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Does Your Mouth Move When You Spoonfeed A Kid?

Because I'm trying like crazy to keep mine still, and I just can't do it. It's the "Do you breathe in or out on your backswing?" of babyfeeding....
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Abject British Dollhouse Collectors Now Know Who To Blame: Rachel Whiteread

Pity the lot of the East End collector of old doll houses who, o'er these past twenty-odd years, has been thwarted at every junk shoppe and antique store in his quest. Too late, too slow, too pricey, has been...
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Kippenberger Greifbar: Martin Kippenberger's Dollhouse

I can't find any references to it online beyond the auction sites, but this 1990 sculpture by Martin Kippenberger, titled Kippenberger Greifbar, will be sold at Sotheby's in New York in a few weeks. It's from an edition of...
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August 18, 2008

I'm Gonna Learn Gear/Diaper Jiu Jitsu? Amazon Registry/7th Gen $750/$250 Megadeal

Amazon is in the middle of their biggest Diapers-N-Kickbacks promotion ever. Only this time, instead of buying $100 of diapers and getting $30 back to spend on Amazon merchandise, they've completely flipped it around. Alright, you may need a pencil...
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Kids: It's The Little Differences

I was just saying to Andy, sometimes having another kid feels like Groundhog Day; it only dawns on you slowly that you're going through the exact same ordeals as you did before [e.g., kid fighting her naps like crazy; or...
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At Least 7 Kid-Friendly Apps For The iPhone Generation

Bah! Kids and their dads' iPhones! Back when I was a boy, the phone was on the wall, and we weren't allowed to play with it. We had a toy phone made of wood, that made some ringing noise, and...
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August 17, 2008

Rolls Royce Station Wagon Back On Daddy Types, Still On eBay

I guess it is a small island, so how far could they go? DT's family car man in London Wesley first crossed paths with this 1976 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow wagon on the street, in front of the V&A....
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August 16, 2008

Sesame Street Is Made By Crazy Theater People!

Holy smokes, I get it now! The gratuitous pop culture references, the fawning cameos by celebrities no child has ever heard of, it all makes sense! Sesame Street is created by aging theater people and puppeteers who are righttheresoclose to...
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Safeway Is Apparently A Mom, Who Knew?

Hey girlfriend! Have I got a store brand for you!Finally, a new line of high-quality baby products designed and created by moms, for moms. As moms, we want nothing but the best for our babies. So when it comes...
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Visionary Obama, Protector Of American Children, Threatens To Ban All Chinese-Made Toys

Finally, a leader who refuses to pander to the giant corporations and foreign demons who threaten the greatness of this Nation! On December 19th, at a campaign appearance in Concord, NH, Senator Barack Obama boldly answered a citizen's question--a question...
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August 15, 2008

Is BabyTracker:Nursing The Only Decent Baby App On The iPhone?

Darren Andes' Baby Tracker: Nursing is a tap-friendly iPhone app that allows moms to log their breastfeeding activity, whether it's to keep track of how much and how long the kid's eating, or just to remember which side the...
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Meghan McCain, Children's Book Author, Blogger, Hugger

I had kind of a long day yesterday, and I just couldn't bring myself to write an angry takedown of baldfaced political propaganda feebly disguised as a smarmy children's book. But I'm well-rested now, and Meghan McCain's smarmy-sounding children's book,...
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DT Friday Freakout: Put Down That Hot Danish Edition

Whew, never do the Friday Freakout first. Anyway, just in time for your weekend, here's a round-up of alarm[ing/ist] news from the worlds of baby-related science, health and safety: Not sure why this is news now, since the scientifically baseless...
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August 14, 2008

Don't Forget To Enter The DT WTF? Licensed Product Drawing By Friday

midnight east coast Friday, that is Right now, the odds are ridiculously good that you could get some kind of Yo Gabba Gabba key chain accessory... it's calling your name......
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Diaper Bag Full Yet? Skip*Hop Is Gettin' Into The Toy Business

Having successfully branched out beyond diaper bags into the baby-related countertop accessory and playroom floormat markets, Skip*Hop has launched a soft, fuzzy toy collection. There are 14 pieces, optimally sized for the floor, the babyhand, and the stroller bracket....
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Campbell Learns About Bond Trading, Tom Wolfe's Children's Book-In-Waiting

Maybe it was the throwback, sexist conservatism of the 1960's ruling class. Or maybe it was the Hamptons. Or maybe it was that little Campbell McCoy asked her dad the exact same question as Shelby. But discovering Michael Braude's series...
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Baby Chucks

Having a baby is a rough time for Chuck Taylor snobs. I mean, dude. Converse has been owned by Nike since before your kid was born. For the rest of us, the obvious reasons not to buy Converse First...
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Das Boot Mit Zwei Kinder

The NY Times has a nice-but-crazy story about artist Brad Hwang and his family who live aboard the Odin, a 98-foot barge in Berlin. Hwang built out most of the spaces himself, starting with the playroom for the two...
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August 13, 2008

Dear Marketers, Please Keep Ignoring Dads. Please, Please, Please.

So Adweek has a rather lengthy, in-depth article on how consumer products and food companies are totally ignoring men, even though data shows significant increases in the number of men who do things like cook, clean, and shop. I happen...
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Karmazing! Little India Kali Plush Doll By Leeanna Butcher

See? Not everyone riffing on Sanjay Patel's awesome little Little India Hindu deities is knocking them off. Plush artist Leeanna Butcher went to art school with Patel, and he recently asked her to create this plush incarnation of Kali,...
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August 12, 2008

OG 1964 Ford Galaxie Fire Chief Wagon On eBay

Besides the remarkable, unrestored condition and the sheer awesomeness of growing up with sirens and flashing lights on top of your family ride--you'd be the star of every school dropoff line and carpool, and the kid'd totally be a...
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Clueless Detroit Boomer Hates On 'Dad's Old Station Wagon'

I have no idea what a Woodward Dream Cruise is; I avoid cruises on principle. But I do know that no amount of smutty mayoral text-message publishing can make up for the station wagon-bashing nonsense of the Detroit News's Susan...
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My Little Pony Of The Apocalypse

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } My Little Zombie Pony, originally uploaded by dbx1. This is only the second artist-modded My...
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Mrs Mortimer's Bigoted, Victorian English Neighborhood

So great. Favell Lee Mortimer was one of the best-selling children's book authors in 19th century England. Her first book, a sadistic-sounding Bible primer for toddlers titled, The Peep of Day; or, a Series of the Earliest Religious Instruction the...
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DIY Sun Canopy Mashup: Phil & Teds & Jeep

Once the euphoria of stacking two kids into one strollerspace wears off, many Phil & Teds users start thinking about improvements: like figuring out a sun canopy for the rear seat so their other kid doesn't fry. Some track...
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August 11, 2008

Forgive Me, Fathers: The Jack Spade Dad Bag Is Too Big And Too Loud

I've been meaning to write this post almost every Sunday morning since K2 was born. When we're sitting in a relatively quiet church service, and K2 starts calling out to the heavens for her bottle, and I reach down...
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Let's Go Outdoors, And When That Sells, Let's Go Other Places

More finds from the history of children's books that used photography instead of illustrations or paintings: I discovered Let's Go Outdoors in a used bookstore in St. George, Utah a couple of weeks ago. It was Harriet Huntington's first...
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Global Warming? I'll Take Two, Please

Seriously, if it means from now on, DC in August will feel like Monterey in September, I'll leave the Yukon idling next to the marina parking lot while I fill the ski boat up again. Posting will resume after we...
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August 9, 2008

Look, I'm Your Father's Darth Vader Stained Glass Window

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Darth Vader Stained Glass Window, originally uploaded by axoplasm. Finally, a decades-later Star Wars sequel...
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Leopard Prints Valiant

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Safeway Valiant, originally uploaded by Telstar Logistics. Todd spotted this clean 1964 Plymouth Valiant wagon...
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August 8, 2008

Dude. Maybe Baby May Be Having A Baby!

Wow, after 26 months of wrestling with infertility, blogger and DT pal Matthew M.F. Miller and his wife got the big news: the positive pregnancy test. Even more awesome: they found out just as he was doing a podcast to...
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DT Friday Freakout: Or Do You Prefer McFreakout Edition?

Here's a host of alarming research and news stories to shake you out of your parenting habits. After all, I'd hate for you to go the whole weekend only worrying about how you can fit a Chinese-style, 500-foot long LED...
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Luigi Colani High Chair Concept

Alright, let's clear the Luigi Colani deck around here. Last winter, while poking around on Colani's own site, I spotted this undated sketch for what looks like a futuristic, biomorphic high chair. At least it looks like a high...
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Luigi Colani's Rappelkiste Kid Unit, Just For Compleatness

Last winter, I had sort of a designcrush on the wacky futurist Luigi Colani. So when Andy posted about this awesome piece of lots-in-one kids furniture, the Rappelkistein, in January, I just assumed I'd linked to it. So since...
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The Top 10 Cars On Fuelly.com, The New Gas Mileage Comparison Community Site

Matt Haughey and Paul Bausch recently launched Fuelly.com, a site which allows you to compare gas mileage with your friends, and to share fuel saving tips and such. So far, over 500 cars over 1,100 cars have been signed up....
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Win A Yo Gabba Gabba! Keycap In The DT WTF? Licensed Product Contest!

The Mall: The kids and I went to Hot Topic yesterday at the mall. [Actually, at the second mall; the first mall we went to on Wednesday didn't even have a Hot Topic. What the point of our country's...
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August 7, 2008

Some Assembly Required: The Porcupine Playdome

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Waiting for The Last Hex, originally uploaded by daddytypes. Alright, I've finally got my photos...
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Speaking Of Random Foreign Baby Appliances: Pipila UV Pacifier Cleaner

Seriously, no one reviews a baby product like AJ. Especially if it's from some faraway land where you have to unscrew the battery compartment lid backwards and upside down to open it. Australia, I'm looking at you! In just...
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August 6, 2008

If Only You'd Bought An Awesome Beaba Babycook Last Year...

Ahh, 2007. It was a much simpler time. We were all younger then. And richer. And dumber. And when we saw the miraculous French baby food-maker, the Beaba Babycook, on Thingamababy, and we saw that it steamed, it blended,...
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Fisher Price: Help Me, Jazz Hands Elmo, You're My Only Hope

If John McCain really wants to protect America's Children, he doesn't need to ban all toys from China, just half of them: the $11 bn/year Yet Another Sorry Robotic Elmo market. I can't tell--and I don't want to know--whether...
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No Hippies Here, Just Post-Vaccination Fever Sufferers

K2 just went to the doctor yesterday for her 6mo checkup and shots, so she's a feverish, cranky mess today, even with the Motrin. Combined with her post-roadtrip nap disruption, posting is obviously a little slow today. So is fixing...
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August 5, 2008

Kung Fu Pander: McCain Threatens To Ban All Chinese-Made Toys

Don't know how I missed this, from an April 2008 Bloomberg report of a John McCain townhall meeting in Youngstown, Ohio:"I have to tell you, if I were president of the United States, the next toy that came into this...
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NY Mag Should Talk To Their Nanny Before Posting

Why's that newborn baby smiling in that $14 million picture? NY Mag say: "We Call Photoshop on the 'People' Pics of the Brangelina Twins" Here at Daddy Types, we call gas. Meanwhile, if Shiloh challenges your kid to a...
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Pick It Up Pick It Up Pick It Up Pick It Up Pick It Up Pick It Up

And so it starts. Yo Gabba Gabba! toys have been spotted at Target. Noisy ones, too. Also: Borat-style swimsuits for boys. Or so it would appear. Yo Gabba Gabba Toys at Target [nontoxicreviews]...
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Then You Close The Trunk! Unfolding The ABC Triplet Buggy By Ted & Phil

Whoa. Triplets stacked like flights over O'Hare, or like Stokke Xplorys on top of Mountain Buggies. Though I'd like to see my multiple stroller revolution-instigating inventors rolling in something sweeter than a 1995 Accord. Assembling ABC Buggy [ABCBuggyNZ's YouTube...
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Jack Spade, 56 Greene St Between Spring & Broome - NO

And no, the burglar hiding in the restroom didn't steal it, or Jason Polan would have included it in the comic book retelling of the burglary. "Breaking And Entering: Jack Spade Comic Book by Jason Polan [racked]...
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August 4, 2008

Is This The Nissan Cube I've Been Waiting For?

Ever since Nissan announced they were bringing the next generation of their awesome little Scion spanker, the Cube, to the US, I've been periodically scanning the Japanese car web for spy shots. Japan's auto spy photographers must be a...
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Mamas & Papas Knocks Off Bloom Fresco For A Loop

Because they don't have Target in the UK, the task of knocking off the innovative kids products of young start-ups falls to the local industry giant, Mamas and Papas. In this case, the Bloom Fresco high chair seems to...
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Cord Blood Banking Is Utter Waste Of Time, Money, Say Cancer-Loving Baby Haters

The Boston Globe's Beverly Beckham went to the "Ultimate Baby Shower," at the Wellesley Club, and all she got was seriously pissed at how the whole thing was actually a PowerPointy sales pitch by the umbilical cord blood banking company,...
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August 3, 2008

Grandparent Gifts And Your/Their Childhood Memories

Dan Beachy-Quick [great name] has a nice, unresolved essay in the NY Times about the relationship between his childhood memories of his father and his own experience as a father himself. The story hinges on his dad's penchant for sending...
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Big, Black Mimesis: Chaise Morphogenesis

To really be of use for new parents, Timothy Schreiber's Morphogenesis chaise lounge, developed in an "intensive research process of natural structural systems," needs to be a straight-up rocking chair, easier to get in and out of with a...
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August 2, 2008

Don't Forget, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Is Slated For Demolition

So PBS can build some glitzy, new kiddie mall. See the details here and get on the horn to PBS....
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Baby Hulk Hungry, Want Carrots

Chris Wass spotted a She-Hulk feeding a Baby Hulk at Comic-Con. It's not clear whether they're rolling in the Bugaboo Bee up there, or in the smudgy green umbrella stroller to their left in the bigger picture. She-Hulk and...
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August 1, 2008

DT Friday Freakout: Three Senators Actually Voted Against Banning Lead Toys

It's a vacation edition of the Friday Freakout, just one item: Congress passed a ban on lead in toys with a strong, veto-proof margin. The bill also includes a ban on phthalates in children's products, and it has a bunch...
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Action Baby Has Nothing To Do With U2

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } IMG_3481, originally uploaded by Pulp-Secret.com. I had to look it up. Captain Action was the...
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Sith Baby At Comic-Con

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Sith baby, originally uploaded by bonniegrrl. Here's another Star Wars costume from this year's Comic-Con,...
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Gangsta Babies Keeping It Very Real, Unfortunately

Mezco Toyz introduced Gangsta Babies, a set of four 10-inch vinyl baby dolls decked out like refugees from a 2004 ad agency trend board. They illustrate perfectly the risks of designing a product that parrots fleeting trends instead of...
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Vaders Shorter Than A Light Saber? Must Be Comic-Con Season

Since the 31st anniversary of Star Wars doesn't have quite the convention draw as the 30th, we've had to wait until Comic-Con to see fanbois' kids dressed up in little stormtrooper and Darth Vader costumes. Star Wars Blog has...
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Greg Learns About Didactic Children's Book Publishing

In the 1960's, at the height of the Cold War, and just as their country needed them to fight the Communists in Southeast Asia, America's Youth were abandoning the ideals their parents had fought so hard for, turning into...
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Why Can't They Just Call Her Talula And Be Done With It?

It's Internet-old news, this case in New Zealand family court where a custody dispute for a 9-year-old girl included the judge's order that precludes the parents from naming her Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii. [Horse out of the barn,...
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Sesame Street Is Brought To You By The Letters T and V

Feist can't help you now; there are way more than 1,2,3,4 celebrities stuffed into this trailer [sic] for the new season of Sesame Street. Which is nothing new. This 35th anniversary montage is full of celebrity cameos over the...
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