January 12, 2009

The New Yorker: An Unhelpful History Of Elitist Breastfeeding Hangups

In modern history, breastfeeding has been fetishized and demonized, considered a woman's ultimate patriotic duty, and a savage, animalistic practice unworthy of mothers of the civilized, fair races. In 18th century Paris, an estimated 90% of women used wet...
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January 9, 2009

DTGIFriday Freakout

What alarming, preliminary research are we supposed to use to revamp our failed parenting this week, you ask? Your kid doesn't have a peanut allergy. No one does. They just have over-sensitive yuppie parents. That's the result of a study...
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January 2, 2009

Oddly, Plummeting Milk Prices Doesn't Result In Plummeting Formula Prices

There's apparently a milk glut on, thanks to the depression, and growing stockpiles of powdered milk:The price of powdered skim milk, used in infant formula, dairy products and processed foods, has fallen to roughly 80 cents a pound today from...
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December 9, 2008

Chuck E. Cheese: "Something Out Of A Quentin Tarantino Film..."

At the kid's preschool's winter fair over the weekend, I was talking to another parent who had been disturbed by all the shooting games at Chuck E. Cheese. "Well, maybe if they aim at Chuck E. Cheese," I said, just...
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November 28, 2008

DT Freakout Friday: Thanks A Lot Edition

Some alarming news and way-too-preliminary research to be thankful for this week: Thanks a lot, FDA, for the giant hit to your credibility about this whole melanine-in-baby-formula thing. I was all prepared to be all, "Bah, melamine-tainted formula is a...
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November 25, 2008

DT Terrifying Tuesday: Powdered Formula Is A Preemie's Best Source For Deadly Meningitis??

Ho-Lee smokes. At least 17 cases of spinal meningitis, a potentially fatal or debilitating brain infection, can be attributed to the use of powdered formula or preemie nutrient supplements. The cases have happened in both NICU and home situations, and...
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November 19, 2008

Kibbeh! Kibbeh Kibbeh Kibbeh!

I was reading somewhere last week that research shows that between 6 and 12 months, a kid can learn hundreds of words, even though they're not yet able to talk themselves. So though it was tempting to take a...
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November 13, 2008

Cookie In The Oven?

The upscale online boutique Stupid.com is selling this fetus-shaped cookie cutter for $10, and that's all I'll have to say about that. update: Except to add that Jason Higgins, the creator of Fetal Bites, The Original Fetus-shaped Cookie Cutter,...
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November 6, 2008

Beaba Babycook By Svan: The Innovation Award Is For Actually Answering The BPA Question

So early in the summer, Williams-Sonoma began selling the Beaba Babycook, a miraculous food processor/steamer/reheater from France that had been a grey market importing sensation for a couple of years. The only problem: Bisphenol-A [BPA] awareness had kicked in...
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October 31, 2008

DT Friday Freakout: Spooked Edition

Happy Halloween! Just in case there wasn't enough to be scared about besides gay people getting married on the beach; Communist Muslim Terrorist Presidents winning in a landslide; lamp post-shimmying Phillies fans dropping from the sky; and the paralytic spasms...
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October 30, 2008

B-O-L-O-G-N-A Juice

That's not all it was, but it was a reminder, as if I needed one, of the downside of "I can do it all by myself." The other day, the kid wanted a snack. Not just any snack, though, but...
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October 29, 2008

FDA Science Panel: This Week, BPA Is Dangerous, Study Is Flawed Again

The scientific-sounding arguments about the health risks to infants and toddlers from Bisphenol-A just bounce slowly. from. damning. revelation. to. exoneration. and. back. again. It's like watching Pong on the world's slowest computer. Or like playing chess by mail with...
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October 28, 2008

Border Guard: If That's A 5-lb Sausage In Your Diaper, You're Not Happy To See Me.

View Larger Map Meanwhile, in Foreigners & Their SUVs News:A 21-year-old woman tried to smuggle nearly five and a half pounds of chorizo concealed in several baby diapers inside her SUV at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge just before midnight Friday,...
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October 25, 2008

DT Friday Freakout: Uh, Better Late Than Never? Edition

You know, these days it just seems like there's no shortage of things to freakout over--but here are a few more kid- and parenting-related bits of news and research to ruin your weekend quicker'n a rainstorm at the World Series:...
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October 17, 2008

DT Friday Freakout: WTFormula Edition

Here, let me ruin your parenting weekend with worry and annoyances torn from the headlines and the annals of way-too-preliminary research: "HEY MOMS!" Holy crap, Similac's new pack could be the greatest thing since Nabisco Double Stuff Oreo-flavored formula, but...
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October 16, 2008

Consider The Lobster. For Dinner

With apologies to the memory of the great David Foster Wallace, I gotta say, this video of a kid meeting his first box of mail-order lobster is SO FREAKING CUTE. [via radar]...
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October 14, 2008

Translation: Bourdain's Kid Eats Mashed Corn, Rice, Cheese

I have a feeling tough guy/chef Anthony Bourdain dictates into a digital recorder, then has some lackey at the Travel Channel to type them up. His blog posts read like a stroll through the Umbrian market in his head, which...
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Posted by greg at 8:56 AM | Comments (6)

October 7, 2008

Curry Rice. K2 Eats Curry Rice.

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Curry Rice Bento Boxes, originally uploaded by SnoopyBento. I'm sort of getting used to K2...
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September 25, 2008

DTQ: Is It The Powdered Formula That's Stinkin' Up Our Fridge?

Because we've cleaned that fridge like three times, it still smells funky. And that's after we put them squirrels Ma shot into double freezer bags, and even after we threw out the rest of that brie wheel I snagged...
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September 24, 2008

Vincent Vegan Thinks That'd Be A Pretty F-ing Good Milkshake

Thanks to everyone who sent in the news story about the nakedly ridiculous announcement by the publicity-addicted animal rights group that Ben & Jerry's should use breast milk in their ice cream instead of cow's milk, just like that...
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September 19, 2008

Exclusive! Scientist, Lackey Discover Solution To 100% Of Picky Eater Cases

Good news for parents who want their kids to eat vegetables: you won't have to plagiarize beet cake recipes anymore! In a study that, barring any nap disruptions, will be published in a couple of minutes, a NASA scientist and...
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September 18, 2008

Too Much Pressure

We really like Dr. T. Berry Brazelton's Touchpoints books; they present research findings and what Brazelton looks for in child development in a very approachable, useful way. Now it turns out Brazelton ["and his colleague Dr. Josh Sparrow," gotta plan...
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September 15, 2008

Seriously, Do NOT Give The Kid Chinese Formula

The Friday Freakout continues. At least two deaths, 1,253 hospitalized kids, and parental complaints dating back to as early as March. The Chinese Health Ministry has finally ordered a recall of Sanlu baby formula after the additive melamine was found...
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September 12, 2008

DT Friday Freakout: Reading Edition

Whoops, only 15 minutes to midnight. I hope I haven't upset your freakout schedule too much this weekend: Take the sushi, leave the mercury. A Harvard Medical School study of 25,000 Danish women and their kids found that moderate fish...
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September 9, 2008

Ha, In Your FACE, High Fructose Corn Syrup Hater!

Come to my Corn Refiners Association party and get all snotty with me about the fruit punch, and I will shut you down. I assume the scene where another parent walks up and says the issue with HCFS is...
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August 29, 2008

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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August 22, 2008

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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August 19, 2008

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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August 15, 2008

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 8, 2008

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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Posted by greg at 10:37 PM | Comments (0)

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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July 27, 2008

Ayum-Day, Aby-Baby! Ip-skay The Unes-Pray Before The Oadtrip-Ray!

With K2 now literally demanding solid food whenever we sit down to eat, I'm reminded again of the direct cause & effect relationship between what goes in a baby's mouth and what--or how and when, really--it comes out. I'd even...
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July 11, 2008

DT Friday Freakout: Eat, Drink & Be Merry edition

It's late, I know--almost midnight on the east coast--but it's not too late to ruin your weekend by jumping to conclusions based on preliminary results from the world of kid-related research: Got HPV-laced milk? A Finnish government-sponsored study of HPV,...
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July 9, 2008

DTQ: How Much Does That Formula Scoop Actually Hold?

Short answer: a rounded tablespoon, or about 3.5 teaspoons. Longer explanation: Breasts travel well, especially to the beach. Just one more way in which they're the best. But the true sign that you love your child is that you don't...
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July 8, 2008

Hippie Farmers, Kid, Camp Out For iPhones, Publicity

I don't see what the mystery is, GearDiary: some hippies have figured out a simple, 4-step plan for saving the earth: 1) Solicit donations and email addresses for a non-existent non-profit with a TBD mission statement ["#1: Draft mission statement...
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July 4, 2008

DT Friday Freakout: Mom & Apple Pie Edition

Scientists and researchers are always coming up with something for parents to celebrate. Here are some freakouts as American as gatekeeper moms and McDonald's apple pies: Actually, this one doesn't have to be a freakout. A psychology study by researchers...
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June 30, 2008

Wal-Mart Seeks To Destroy Our Milk Crate Way Of Life

The milk crate's days are numbered. Record collectors, bodega-haunting codgers, and playroom shelf-building dads of the future will curse the name of Greg Soehnlen, the Robert Oppenheimer of milk packaging design, whose square milk jug stacks tighter and four...
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June 27, 2008

DT Friday Freakout: M-I-C, Vitamin C Is A Trademark Of The Disney Corporation Edition

Oddly, there's no alarming research to freakout over this week. Which only means we're not looking closely enough: The CPSC recalled 320,000 Jardine cribs sold at Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Geoffrey's World, and KidsWorld. There have been multiple...
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June 26, 2008

More Silicone Please, Not Just Awesome Squishy Bowls

When I saw Josh Guyot's cast silicone Squishy Bowls on MoCo Loco last week, I had a feeling they'd be awesome for kids, not just for their original target market: fetishy backpackers willing to pay a premium for just...
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June 20, 2008

The Internet Laughs At The Same Jokes And Has The Memory Of A Gnat

At least judging by the number of people who've sent this to me and the many places I've seen this discussed. And it's not like I'm pretending to be the first person to notice these Lego snacks; I only...
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June 12, 2008

Hey Little Girl, You Want Some Gummi Lighthouses?

No need to post the photo; it'll be all over the web by lunchtime. Gummi Lighthouses: When Candy Design Goes Terribly, Hilariously Wrong [joydevilla via waxy]...
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June 10, 2008

Magical Baby Butler Somehow Frees Up A Hand

Through some unexplained miracle of strap technology, the ingenious Baby Butler enables you to free up a hand while you're giving the kid a bottle. With that free hand, you can do anything you like, say, read a children's...
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May 25, 2008

Unhappy Meal

This photo at Consumerist of a funny sign at McDonald's reminded me of the kid's own discovery of the secret of Happy Meals. Personally, I was just going for the pies, but I couldn't very well just eat pies...
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May 19, 2008

Sweeet. Similac Sucrose Organic Formula A Gateway Drug For Lucky Charms

It's been four years since the first Daddy Types Formula Taste Test, and I have not been eager to do another one; they all pretty much taste like crap, if they taste like anything at all. Well, clear the table...
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Posted by greg at 9:11 AM | Comments (9)

May 12, 2008

In 'N Out, In 'N Out. It's What A 4-Month-Old's All About

Never mind that I can't believe K2's already four months old. After she checked out fine with the doctor last week, we thought we might as well get ready to try her out on solid food sometime, so my wife...
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May 6, 2008

NYT BREAKING: Long Waits To Eat At Crayon-Filled Chain Restaurants

My sister-in-law came down to DC from NYC over the weekend, and she wanted to go to Olive Garden. I'm an Outback guy, but she was a guest, and it was her birthday, so she got to choose. At dinner,...
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May 1, 2008

You Gonna Finish That? Yes, Yes You Gonna.

A 5-lb bag of trail mix. A 3-lb canister of cashews. A 2-lb bag of dried mangos. A 3-lb jug of peach salsa. With a giant bag of Tostitos. A 1-lb box of edamame. A 1-gallon jar of sweet relish....
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April 29, 2008

Elmer The Unambiguously Awesome Dishware Set

You know, I thought it was just a phase, but I'm liking Elmer the patchwork elephant a lot more these days. Not sure why. And that goes for this pretty sweet-looking Elmer tableware set, too. Not that we'll be...
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April 23, 2008

Study: Boys're Always After Yer Lucky Charms

Never mind that the University of Exeter, UK study just published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences [?] shows that higher nutrient, higher calorie diets at the time of conception are significantly linked to having a...
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April 15, 2008

UK Study: It's Part Of A Brightly Colored, Wildly Imbalanced Breakfast!

I don't know what's more headscratching about this UK study linking commonplace processed food colorings and additives to ADHD in kids: the possibility that some of the most common food additives in the world [may be contributing to hyperactivity and...
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April 12, 2008

DT Headline Update: The International Breast Milk Project Is Also The Milk Supplier For Prolacta Bioscience

The ABC News report yesterday on the International Breast Milk Project actually didn't lead off with their donations of breast milk to HIV/AIDS orphans in Africa. Instead, it began with a domestic tragedy, the tale of Kim Sciulli, who...
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DT Headline Roundup: Wait, What? Edition

Things in my inbox and browser tabs that make me go, wait, am I missing something here? From This Week In The British Surveillance State: A local school board in a London suburb used an anti-terrorist surveillance law to surveille...
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April 11, 2008

Uma To Lactivists: Never Gonna Give You Up

uma_the_lactivist Originally uploaded by daddytypes...
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April 3, 2008

DT Link Round-Up: Imagine All The People Edition

Seems that even when I'm on the road, the browser tabs just keep filling up with interesting stuff. And how: The Birth Tour 2008 is coming to a yoga center near you: "What is THE BIRTH TOUR? Imagine a room...
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March 5, 2008

I Think We're Gonna Need A Bigger Doodad Shelf

So I got a little sick of bottles strewn across the counter and little rubber valves slipping between the drying rack, and I bought a Skip*Hop Splash bottle rack and brush combo [Wow, $28? Seems a little pricey, but...
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Posted by greg at 4:22 PM | Comments (3)

February 28, 2008

Tattfoo Tan's Nature Matching System Placemat, Mural

Tattfoo Tan's Nature Matching System mural has been getting a lot of attention lately. He made it in collaboration with elementary school children in Brooklyn [it's installed Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass], based on his first incarnation of...
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Posted by greg at 3:38 PM | Comments (0)

February 27, 2008

The New York Times Is The New Urban Baby

Five months ago, Keith Dixon and his wife lost their dining room to the new baby, and now he's struggling to figure out how to cook dinner in silence so the toppling towers of pans don't wake up the just-asleep...
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PR Idiots Will Name Baby Brooklyn For Food

Look, I've got nothing against the name Brooklyn, not at all. Some of my best friends have named their kids Brooklyn. I'm just saying if you trade the kid's birth certificate for a freakin' Domino's Pizza, you're a gigantic chump:ANN...
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February 19, 2008

Swedish Scientists On Eczema Cause: Smells Like Floras

A study at Sweden's Lund University shows that infants who have an imbalanced intestinal bacterial flora a week after birth are more likely to develop eczema.The composition of a child’s bacterial flora is dependent on the mother’s microflora, since...
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Uma's Choice: Milk Bank Can Either Save Preemies Or Cure Cancer

It's devastating, but simple: Fort Worth has so many teen pregnancies with so many premature births, the Mothers' Milk Bank has to turn away throat cancer patients who would otherwise be cured by the liquid gold. Fortunately, the solution is...
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February 17, 2008

DTQ: What To Do About The Plastic Bottle Crisis?

It figures that just as we get back into the swing of the baby bottle phase, and we break out a new pack of the Playtex Ventaire bottles--in mix-and-match pastel colors--a new study comes oot of Canada showing that all...
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February 6, 2008

DT Headline Roundup: A Good Meal, A Little Massage, & A Minivan Edition

Or, what's in my browswer tabs: If You Give A Baby A Protein Shake... Thirty years ago, researchers in Guatemala wanted to test the impact of high nutrition and protein intake on preschool growth and development, so they gave fortified...
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Posted by greg at 11:53 AM | Comments (2)

February 4, 2008

From The Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time Dept: First Year Take & Toss Sippy Cups

Now we're satisfied customers of the low-key, no-frills functionality of First Years' Take & Toss lids and cups. We prefer to think of them as "losable," not "disposable," and until the Great Toxic Plastic Scare of '07, we used...
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January 30, 2008

Actual Study: Double Dipping IS Like Swapping Spit

The Clemson University molecular biologists who disproved the 5-Second Rule have published the results of the first known scientific study of double dipping. On the question of how many bacteria are actually transferred by double dipping, the scientifically irrefutable answer...
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Posted by greg at 10:30 AM | Comments (0)

January 28, 2008

I Suppose The Bisphenol A Industrial Complex Is To Blame For Shortages Of The Safe Sippy

Every new baby gear company needs a Big Vision. For the Baby Boomers who founded Munchkin, the dream was to "excite and delight parents" and make their "lives easier and more enjoyable." Which meant first, a baby bottle with...
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Posted by greg at 9:29 PM | Comments (7)

January 23, 2008

Oh, Crap: NYT Tests Our Maguro, Finds Freakout Levels Of Mercury

The New York Times had tuna sushi from 20 Manhattan stores and restaurants tested for mercury, and they found levels so high, they freaked out the chefs and restaurant owners and everyone else. Samples came from places we go, too:...
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Posted by greg at 10:32 AM | Comments (5)

January 16, 2008

Aftermarket Tray For Stokke Tripp Trapp: "Worth Every Kroner"

One of the reasons we love the Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair was because it doesn't have a tray; the kid sits right at the table and eats and plays along with the family. It's a dynamic that works...
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Posted by greg at 10:15 PM | Comments (6)

January 13, 2008

All That And A Bag Of Rice: The Dakigokochi Virtual Baby Simulator/Announcement

To celebrate the birth of a baby in a way that makes it feel like the kid's right there in your arms, a rice shop in the southwestern Japanese city of Kita-Kyushu will send out a customized dakigokochi, a...
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Posted by greg at 10:42 PM | Comments (6)

January 10, 2008

Searing Lactivist News! Nestle Brands Babies In China, Gets Smoked By Children's Book Author

Train your headlights on these tantalizingly ample developments in the lactivists' global battle against the ringleader of Big Formula, Nestlé. Lactivists got to Sean Taylor, the author of When A Monster Is Born, which won gold medal in the 2007...
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January 2, 2008

Look For Buffy Breastfeeding! Sesame Street's Lakota Lacktivist Returns

Alright lactivists, you may now drop your placards along with your tops. The vintage Sesame Street breastfeeding clips that disappeared for a while are back on YouTube. The one above was from the mid-1970's and featured American Indian folk...
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Posted by greg at 4:00 PM | Comments (1)

December 14, 2007

What Chair Is This Bubkin-Wearing Kid Sitting On?

A Bubkin? What is it? It's a napkin with buttons that a kid can wear as a bigger bib, made by an Australian outfit named Third Drawer Down, but that's not important now. Tell me more about these plastic...
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Posted by greg at 9:06 AM | Comments (0)

December 7, 2007

Napfnapf: Double-Sided Suction Cups Hold The Kid's Plate Down

Not content to just watch the kid's design world and report as it goes by, the folks at Kidsmodern have begun designing products. First up: the Napfnapf, a set of double-sided silicone suction cups you can carry in your...
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Posted by greg at 8:26 AM | Comments (4)

November 16, 2007

DT Headline Roundup: Do Unto Others Edition

Clearing the browser tabs before a weekend with the grandparents: Chick-Fil-A manages to bum out yet another family with their freebie toys. I didn't call a company spokesman, but I expect they'd point out that, for us sinners, no meal...
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November 11, 2007

Otouto No Oppai/ My Little Brother's Boobs

I hate to judge a book by its cover, but even though I can't find any information on the just released Otouto no Oppai, I think I have an idea of what it's about. [The artist/author is Miyanishi Tatsuya,...
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Posted by greg at 9:41 PM | Comments (2)

November 9, 2007

Sesame Street Covers Up Its Lone Exposed Breast

Well, I guess one single 1970's mention of breastfeeding on Sesame Street is one too many for today's merch-pushing execs, at least when it turns back up on YouTube. After receiving over 50,000 views in the last few weeks,...
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Posted by greg at 9:57 AM | Comments (5)

November 4, 2007

It's Baaaack! Formerly Addictive & Deadly Veggie Booty Now Just Addictive & Messy

Hide your white pants and wash the slipcovers, because Veggie Booty is back. I was just at the hippie grocery store, and there was a stack of cases of the formerly recalled snack known as Baby Crack. Sure enough,...
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November 1, 2007

Town Crazyman Gives Kids Signed Halloween Candy

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } scariest halloween yet, originally uploaded by daddytypes. So this morning, we're teaching the kid the...
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October 27, 2007

Boogie Pimps: Wait, So The Bottle Is For Her??

As Eric, who "randomly" came across this video says: "So many issues, I don't even know where to begin." Me either, so I will just compliment Ms. Pimps on her very flattering nursing bra. Boogie Pimps - Somebody To...
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October 24, 2007

Wha? They Said "Breast" On Sesame Street??

Yeah, like 30 years ago. That's when Big Bird gets a lesson in breastfeeding from the folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie and her infant son Cody. Of course, Big Bird also has a personality, and Buffy carefully anunciates, "ve-ge-tuh-bles," so...
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October 18, 2007

At Least We Can All Agree That Kids Need More Sugar

OK, so my flamethrowing blurb about vaccination didn't exactly have us all singing Kumbaya today. But I think we can all agree with the thoroughly unbiased research organization, Sugar Information, Inc., when they point out that Suzy here "needs...
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October 16, 2007

Jessica Seinfeld's "Hide The Vegetables In The Cake" Book Sounds Ridiculous

Since I don't watch Oprah and I didn't read the big NYT article about picky eaters, I have to get my Jessica Seinfeld cookbook news from Gawker. And it sounds completely ridiculous. No one but the housekeeper should have to...
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October 10, 2007

DT Headline Roundup: Einstein, Pumpkins, Chico Edition

News from around the browser tabs: The Washington Post has a nice takedown of the "educational" baby TV racket. Frankly, after soloing for most of last week, I have a newfound sympathy for any parent who decides to use a...
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Posted by greg at 12:27 AM | Comments (3)

October 9, 2007

Can We Eat It? Yes, We Can! Digger-Shaped Dinner Set

Seriously, a bulldozer is a hundred times more useful than a knife. Why has no one thought of that before? Despite what you may read at BoingBoing, this construction tool dinner set is not by Tonka, just Tonka-colored. Constructive...
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October 4, 2007

DTQ: At What Age Do You Attain Parenting Nirvana?

And by parenting nirvana, I meant, of course, that your kid could go to the fridge, get you a drink, and bring it back, and the fridge wouldn't be left wide open or dumped all over the floor? The...
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October 3, 2007

Hand-Painted Restaurant High Chair In Springville, Utah

The kid and I went to Springville, Utah last week, in the Provo metropolitan area [sic, but less and less sic every time I go back]. La Casita #1 is still a reliable source of decent Mexican food, and...
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October 2, 2007

Upstate NY Mom Juggles Blow, Job, And Breastfeeding

Today's episode of Saratoga Street is brought to you by the letters, W, T, and F:Schenectady Police have arrested a Saratoga woman in a prostitution bust and they say that woman, Linda Cook, performed sex acts on two men in...
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Posted by greg at 1:29 PM | Comments (4)

September 28, 2007

Gawker Hates On Cheese-Snobbing Alternakid

It's hard out there for a kid, yo. When Gawker's Josh mocked Neal Pollack's cheese snobbery by calling Elijah, his little cheese snob-in-training, names, Neal was understandably pissed. I mean, what's the point of offering up an easy target for...
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September 17, 2007

This Rosle Can Opener Is The Most Incredible Can Opener In The World.

The headline really says it all: I open like two cans a year, and so every time is like an all-new revelation of how easy, safe, comfortable, and good-looking this paradigm-changing can opener is. Rosle Can Opener, $35 [williams-sonoma.com]...
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September 10, 2007

Wait, Say Again? What To Get Lil Derrick For His 4th Birthday?

1) Scarface: Widescreen 20th Anniversary Edition DVD, which was issued in 2003, the year he was born. 2) Dead hookers & blow 3) A toy gun with a whistle in the barrel. 4) An appointment for Big Derrick to...
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Posted by greg at 10:47 AM | Comments (4)

September 7, 2007

Awesome: Day Of The Dead Dishes Set

Here it is, barely after Labor Day, and already, we're talking about El Dia de los Muertos. Skulls hanging from the grocery store ceiling, doily things draped across the food court at the mall. It's not until November, people!...
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Posted by greg at 9:00 AM | Comments (2)

Great Expectations: That Space Shuttle Tableware Set

Sometimes the key to being happy about your online purchases is to have ridiculously low expectations to begin with. I kind of figured that Space Shuttle-shaped meal set would be a piece of junk in person, and when saw...
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Posted by greg at 8:22 AM | Comments (0)

September 2, 2007

The Japanese Tradition - Sushi: Hilarious Deadpan Videos By Rahmenz

OK, it's more than a bit random, but Japan Culture Lab has put out a series of really funny, deadpan instructional videos called "Nihon no Katachi/The Japanese Tradition," starring the comedy duo Rahmenz. Some aren't subtitled, so unless you...
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Posted by greg at 10:13 PM | Comments (0)

August 31, 2007

Bush Administration Sides With Big Formula On Breastfeeding

I've gotta get the kid out the door for pre-preschool [it started yesterday!], so I haven't even had a chance to read this story on the front page of the Washington Post yet, much less think of an outraged, pretend-surprised...
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August 23, 2007

DT Word Of The Day: Galactagogue

n. An agent that promotes the secretion and flow of milk. [found in "Alcohol’s Effect on Lactation," Julie Mennella, Ph. D., published by the NIAAA/NIH] also, galactagogic, adj. also, galactagoguery, n., the title of a 1939 Time Magazine article on...
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Posted by greg at 10:44 AM | Comments (1)

August 22, 2007

Craigslist Brings Sperm Donor Model To Lactation Industry

Spotted on the Birmingham, AL Craigslist:young mom needed for special job need lactater. want to make $100 on a regular basis? I want your milk. no other contact necessary. clean discreet environment, or I will come to your location.A hundred...
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Posted by greg at 5:54 PM | Comments (5)

August 15, 2007

Toys R Us Lead-Tainted Bibs Still Less Lead-Tainted Than Wal-Mart's

The NY Times commissioned its own testing, and found that vinyl bibs made for Toys R Us by Hamco contained three times the lead allowed in paint. Hamco bibs sold for three years at Wal-Mart, however, had as much as...
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Posted by greg at 11:24 PM | Comments (2)

August 3, 2007

The First Time's No Longer Free: NYC Hospitals Stop Handing Out Formula Gift Bags To Newborns

As with so many things during World Breastfeeding Week, news stories about questionable formula marketing practices come in attention-getting pairs. This time it's New York City's public hospital network, which announced that it would stop handing out free formula samples...
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Posted by greg at 12:20 AM | Comments (1)

August 2, 2007

Asked And Answered: Jordan Flaunts Her Artificial Milk Delivery System

note: cans are simulated and not to scale What better time than during World Breastfeeding Week for British "glamour model" and new mom Jordan to rip off her metaphorical top to reveal her chest--is not taking reservations. Sorry, Princess....
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Posted by greg at 5:23 PM | Comments (8)

July 27, 2007

Tempest In A D-Cup: Fighting Over There Vs. Over Here Edition

Dateline: Fort Bragg, North Carolina - After a single, anonymous complaint, a mother of three who has breast-fed all her kids in the food court of an Army-owned minimall where she's worked for seven years, was told to stop...
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Posted by greg at 1:10 PM | Comments (9)

July 23, 2007

You Are What You Eat, And For New Yorkers, That Means Mercury-Laden Fish

A couple of very interesting research results for the food-and-baby-conscious New Yorker: First, new mom Meg Hourihan [mazeltov!] has a very enlightening discussion of how to decide what to eat during pregnancy. Statistically, her data sample has problems, since it's...
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Posted by greg at 10:22 PM | Comments (0)

Serving Size Trix Are For Kids!

You know how sugared cereal manufacturers are hyping their voluntary advertising restrictions, where they say they won't market food with more than 200 calories or 12 grams of sugar per serving to kids under 6? And how they claim they're...
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Posted by greg at 8:07 PM | Comments (1)

July 19, 2007

Hand-Knit Fruits & Vegetables From London, Eng-uh-land

Innocent Drinks, the Nantucket Naked Jambodwalla Juice of England, sure loves themselves some knitting. DT reader Eim tells me the kid's grandma-knitted iPhone made it into the newletter this week [screenshots, anyone?]. Also, they featured some fair-trade knitted fruit...
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There's A Reason Rold Gold Honey Wheat Pretzels Are Shaped Like Crack Pipes

Because they're freakin CRACK. The kid first found these in the nursery at church, then she had a bag at my mom's--a bag-a-day, more like--now we can't stop. That's right, I've switched from Red Vines to Rold Golds. If anyone...
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Posted by greg at 10:13 AM | Comments (5)

July 17, 2007

Sushi During Pregnancy? You're Eating For Two; Get The Platter.

Asian food writer Steven A. Shaw guts, skins, and filets the American medical community's warped recommendations about eating sushi during pregnancy. Then he slices them into tasty, bite-sized morsels and serves them up in the New York Times today:WHEN my...
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Posted by greg at 7:21 AM | Comments (12)

July 11, 2007

DT Retail Scoutabout: Bugaboos And Space Shuttles Edition

image: Space Shuttle tray from Pecoware via superlocal's flickr stream Some news, sales and rumours from the retail wing of the Baby Industrial Complex: First, the bad news: DT reader Ndele reports that when he and his wife tried...
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Posted by greg at 10:51 PM | Comments (0)

July 9, 2007

Two Boobs: Park Slope Pizza Joint A Lactivist Clubhouse

Well, on the bright side, we don't need to rely on the British for long, silly articles about Park Slope Parenting anymore. [update: or at least on the British media. The writer Samantha Storey grew up in London. Oy. Thanks...
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Looks Like It's Going To Be That Kind Of Day

I just put Diet Coke in the kid's sippy cup....
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July 8, 2007

Wha Wha Wha?? Veggie Booty Veggie Made In China?

So that green stuff all over the kid's hands, that gave 57 other kids the salmonella, is made in China. How comforting that Robert's American [sic] Gourmet chairman Robert Ehrlich claimed not to know that their veggie seasoning came from...
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Posted by greg at 11:13 PM | Comments (2)

July 5, 2007

Bamboo Baby Spoon By Bambu

Everyone has his special purpose; it's just a question of finding the right time for it. Bambu's is making plates and bowls out of bamboo. And the time to use it is now, when the earth is teetering on...
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Posted by greg at 7:56 AM | Comments (3)

June 28, 2007

Total Veggie Booty Recall Issued After Salmonella Reports

The FDA and Robert's American Gourmet have issued a recall for Veggie Booty after 51 cases of salmonella in 17 states were possibly linked to the snack food DIETARY FOUNDATION AND SOLE SOURCE OF POWDERED KALE FOR 99% OF AMERICAN...
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Posted by greg at 8:34 PM | Comments (2)

June 14, 2007

Dad Headline Roundup: Don't Hold The Train! Edition

Brand recall: Holy smokes, 1.5 million Thomas The Tank Engine toys are being recalled for lead paint. Wooden railway stuff sold over the last two years. See the CPSC for details [cpsc.gov, via dt reader john] And the Salary.com...
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Posted by greg at 10:12 AM | Comments (0)

June 9, 2007

Gen. Mills Thinks My Fruity Cheerios Love Is Unnatural

I've been meaning to tell you about my Fruity Cheerios love for a while now. At first, I fought it. "Fruity Cheerios? Bah! Real men feed their kids Froot Loops." But then when I was drunk one morning--DUDE, I...
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Posted by greg at 10:03 AM | Comments (1)

May 31, 2007

Chef Robuchon Beanie Baby Almost Done

With just over five hours to go before the auction ends, this Chef Robuchon Beanie Baby bear is clocking in at $1,625. According to Jennifer the Snackologist who posted about them last year, Ty made just 200 of these...
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Posted by greg at 5:46 PM | Comments (1)

May 30, 2007

On Sushi, Mercedes-Benzes & The South

So yesterday, while setting up for the kid's pre-school year-end pajama picnic [where the kid ate sushi and edamame with chopsticks, btw, a bit show offy, I admit], I moved a fellow parent's Volvo XC70. Smooth. And such a tiny...
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Posted by greg at 9:16 AM | Comments (2)

Fighting The Kids Menu Industrial Complex

From the NY Times:I came to the realization that America is in the grips of a nefarious chicken-finger pandemic, in which a blandly tasty foodstuff has somehow become the de facto official nibble of our young. ... ConAgra manufactures a...
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Posted by greg at 7:48 AM | Comments (6)

May 29, 2007

Pepsi Generation One Kid Shy Of A Six-Pack

Here's the tip for all you National Zoo visitors out there: if you don't want me to criticize you for turning your entire brood of small children into walking billboards for the noxious corn syrup-and-caffeine-filled junk food that's going...
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Posted by greg at 1:27 PM | Comments (2)

May 25, 2007

Vegan Cupcakes Solve Like Five Parenting Problems At Once

What if you had the key to perfect parenting, idyllic childhoods, world peace and the end of industrialized corporate farming right in the sidebar of your blog? Because there's a whole category of Vegan Cupcake links on the award-winning...
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Posted by greg at 11:35 AM | Comments (5)

May 22, 2007

Happy Shiny Vegans Having Fun Without Cupcakes

Before anyone else falls for that handmaiden of the Farmer's Market Industrial Complex, Nina Planck claptrap about how vegan is no way to have a baby or raise a kid, have a watch of this documentary from Current TV....
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May 21, 2007

Why Are All The Crazy Parents Vegan?

If 2006 was the peak year for meat-eating meatheads to leave their kids with the valet parking guy, I really hope 2004 was the high watermark for vegan parenting stupidity. That's the year Coney Island vegan dad Raphael Spindell kidnapped...
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Posted by greg at 2:35 PM | Comments (18)

May 17, 2007

Diapers Don't Biodegrade? BioUPgrade By Making A Rooftop Diaper Herb Garden!

The environmental impact of disposable diapers got you down? Which depresses you more? Their non-biodegradability, landfill fillability, non-compostability, non-recyclability, or their weird, chemically enabled absorbability? Well, cheer up, it's spring! The time of year when unpronounceable Dutch design firms...
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Posted by greg at 8:24 AM | Comments (1)

May 9, 2007

Only Men Who Drive Station Wagons Are Man Enough To Ignore This 5-Second Rule Study

A new Clemson University study finds that the five-second rule only applies when you can be sure the floor you dropped the food onto is free of salmonella or E. Coli contamination. The New York Times reports that 5-second rule-ology...
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May 8, 2007

Veggie Booty Maki

+ Posting might be a little light around here this week. Or late. My wife's gone to a conference in LA, so I'm soloing with the kid. Since we just got back in town, too, we haven't been to...
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Posted by greg at 3:58 PM | Comments (2)

May 7, 2007

Bra Open, Case Closed: DT Is A NIP Fan

So Maggie Gyllenhaal shows a little skin as breastfeeds her baby on the Christopher Street Piers over the weekend? Big freakin' whoop. She's still wearing 99% more clothing than 99% of the people who hung out on that pier over...
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Posted by greg at 9:23 PM | Comments (6)

April 23, 2007

Chemical & Industry Journal: Hormone-Laced Formula Will Help Kid Keep The Weight Off

I don't know which is more reassuring: the fact that this study about the possible obesity prevention benefits of hormone-filled baby formula was published in a journal called Chemical and Industry, or the quote from the lead researcher who argues...
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Posted by greg at 10:53 AM | Comments (3)

April 2, 2007

Boston Globe: Toddler Breastfeeders In "Closet," Not "Cult"

So moms who continue to breastfeed their kids are not "earth mother stereotypes"; they just teach at Wellesley. They're "not a cult," says Dr. Ruth Lawrence, who chairs the AAP's breastfeeding section and wrote their "nurse for a year, at...
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March 28, 2007

No Sushi, No Beef, No Sushi, No Beef

First, let me take back the headline. Sure, a University of Rochester study just showed that the sons of women who ate a lot of beef during pregnancy showed sperm count decreases of as much as 25%, which researchers linked...
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Posted by greg at 10:29 AM | Comments (1)

March 22, 2007

I Think My Water Crackers Have Broken!

Not possessing a uterus myself, I confess, I'm stumped. Anyone able to help a lady out with her party planning?"Hi I Have just had a baby and brought my placenta home to make placenta pate i am trying to...
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Posted by greg at 9:52 AM | Comments (11)

March 12, 2007

Crafty Miracleworkers Transform Busted Entertainment Center, 10 Lbs. Cottage Cheese, Into Mod Toy Kitchen

Instead of dumping their busted, old entertainment center, a fine Craftserwoman and her hubby [...] transformed it into a play kitchen for about $40, not counting the cottage cheese:...We measured just below the rim of the bowl, cut a...
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Posted by greg at 4:51 PM | Comments (3)

March 8, 2007

Get Into My Belly: New Baby Cake By Michelle

Michelle Christian is an award-winning cake and sugar artist located in Burgess Hill, a small town between London and Brighton. And she made a cake in the shape of a newborn baby. Also in the shape of the Millennium...
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Posted by greg at 2:19 PM | Comments (17)

March 6, 2007

Puzzle Place Setting Teaches Kid Where The Fork Goes. In Europe.

Fresh outta school Dutch designer Wendy Boudewijns won the Red Dot Award for her Puzzle Dinner Tray. Everything fits together like a puzzle, and most things have those little red knobs on them.] "At Royal VKB, we like our...
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Posted by greg at 11:09 PM | Comments (3)

March 4, 2007

WSJ Scoop: Rich People Spend More Money On Their Kids

Yes, that's the gist of this article in the Wall Street Journal. Over the course of 17 years, parents with more money spend more money raising their kids. Some people even spend up to--wait for it--one million dollars. The...
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Posted by greg at 4:27 PM | Comments (1)

February 28, 2007

About That BOTTLE OF DEATH You Just Put In The Kid's Mouth. Again.

Bottles of Doom in order of descending toxicity, l to r: Avent, Evenflo, Gerber, Dr. Brown's, Playtex This just in from Environment California, an advocacy group which commissioned the University of Missouri to test five major brands of hard,...
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Posted by greg at 3:08 PM | Comments (18)

February 21, 2007

Q: What Makes A Nice Restaurant High Chair?

I've been thinking a couple of things about restaurant high chairs recently [yes, forecast calls for a high dad-dork alert in the area. whatryagonnado?]. 1) We went to the cafeteria at MoMA last week for lunch. [A pannini, ravioli,...
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Posted by greg at 8:49 PM | Comments (10)

Why Rent A Room When You Can Trade The Breast Milk For Free?

DT reader Mimi has a communal living situation next door to her that involves a mime. So she was perhaps better prepared to see this recent Craigslist posting than I was: We are offering a free room for a woman...
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Posted by greg at 8:14 AM | Comments (7)

February 14, 2007

Leggo My Lego!

The kid doesn't know what a Lego is, but, thanks to Kellogg's™ Lego® Fruit Flavored Snacks, she can learn a valuable lesson: Legos are for putting in your mouth! Also, they're an important source of vitamin C, almost as...
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Posted by greg at 12:12 PM | Comments (9)

February 12, 2007

Knit Tits A Hit With Brits

Lactation consultants in Liverpool are deploying handknit model breasts to teach new mothers proper latching and milk expressing techniques. The idea started when one consultant brought a pair in from home and got a favorable response. More were needed, though,...
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Posted by greg at 9:28 PM | Comments (3)

February 11, 2007

I Try To Feed The Kid A McNugget Now And Then, And THIS Is The Thanks I Get??

I gotta say, I don't know where to start with this McDonald's commercial. First off, they got rid of the damn pies in several key European countries, so no French, Dutch, or German dad in his right mind would...
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Posted by greg at 9:17 PM | Comments (8)

February 1, 2007

Big Pork Says Blogger's Breastmilk T-Shirt Isn't Kosher

Lactivist/blogger The Lactivist got a cease & desist order from The National Pork Board, demanding that she destroy her trademark-infringing, pro-breastfeeding t-shirts that say "The Other White Milk." [Cafepress pulled the shirts before The Lactivist even knew what was...
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Posted by greg at 8:56 PM | Comments (9)

January 31, 2007

Sweet Stainless Steel Sippy

Good morning clean, cool water from a stainless steel sippy cup. Stainless Steel Sippy Cup [Klean Kanteen, Greenfeet]...
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Posted by dt-andy at 11:51 AM | Comments (11)

January 30, 2007

Moms Who Whine: Salon Writer Spits In Your Mac & Cheese

Anastasia's Pointless Rant About Annie's 1 protagonist, Annie Withey 2 successful yuppie product launches, Smart Food & Annie's Mac & Cheese 1 giant packet of powdered marketing buzzwords 1/2 c. piss 1 T. vinegar Directions Throw protagonist into boiling pot....
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Posted by greg at 5:01 PM | Comments (4)

January 23, 2007

Sooooooooey!

Awesome t-shirt from The Grateful Palate. Available in kid's size 7/8, $16.95. Previously: Lips Stuck On A Pig...
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Posted by dt-andy at 11:20 AM | Comments (2)

January 22, 2007

Lips Stuck On A Pig

If you're really, irrationally attached to your Denny's Extreme Slam breakfast with the all-bacon option, I suggest avoiding this BoingBoing roundup of the evils of the industrial hog farming world. Also don't read if you're really, irrationally attached to...
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Posted by greg at 1:20 PM | Comments (5)

January 9, 2007

Sweet Juniper Butter Knife For Kids By Alfredo Haberli, $150

Swiss designer Alfredo Haberli created Kid's Stuff, a complete dinnerware service for kids, for the Finnish dish company Iittala [that's two i's, two t's, btw] in 2003. It's thought through to the smallest details, to like making sure the...
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Posted by greg at 9:00 AM | Comments (2)

December 1, 2006

The Kid, The Bunny Boiler

Until the kid exclaimed, "The bunnies go into their swimming pool!" as she poured out the box of her favorite food, just now, I never made the Annie's Organic Bunny Pasta - Fatal Attraction connection. Now it seems so...
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Posted by greg at 11:58 AM | Comments (0)

November 30, 2006

Increase Your Milk Supply With Breastea: 'These Bags Are Big'!

They're not just for men anymore. And by 'they,' I mean spam ads promising to increase your performance and size using unscientifically tested herbal treatments. Check out what DT reader Robert spotted in the hippie alternative [sic] to Craigslist in...
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Posted by greg at 12:26 PM | Comments (3)

November 29, 2006

FLASH: Non-Alcoholic Beer Just Not The Same For Some

After reading this agonized NYT article about how some women decide to have a drink now and then when they're pregnant, I am dying to hear some French mom confess to eating a salad:Many women who choose to drink have...
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Posted by greg at 10:31 AM | Comments (3)

November 22, 2006

See If You Can Guess What I Am Now

Normally, the kid is anything but a P-I-G pig, but this morning when she sneezed with her mouth full of banana, she just got guaranteed early admission to Delta house. Two hours later, I just found another chunk six...
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Posted by greg at 10:44 AM | Comments (0)

November 20, 2006

OMFCNG! [Hint: The Last Three Are 'Chocolate Nursing Goddess']

Canadian artist Veronica Stewart's elemental sculpture of a mother nursing her child is available in chocolate. At just under 8 oz. and about three inches high, it would fit nicely in the cup of your hand, though it has...
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Posted by greg at 2:06 PM | Comments (0)

November 14, 2006

EXCLUSIVE: INTERNATIONAL BREASTFEEDING ICON SMACKDOWN

EXCLUSIVE!!! JUST HOURS AFTER DADDYTYPES REPORTED ON THE NEW MOTHERING MAGAZINE INTERNATIONAL BREASTFEEDING ICON [IBI], A CONTROVERSY IS ALREADY BREWING. ACCORDING TO THE DRUDGE REPORT, MATT DAIGLE'S WINNING IBI DESIGN WAS COPIED FOR A PHOTO IN MARIE-CLAIRE MAGAZINE OF ABC...
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Posted by greg at 8:26 AM | Comments (1)

November 9, 2006

You've Come A Long Way, Baby Mama

It's always something. In Greenwich in the 70's, it was Valium-and-key parties. In the Valley in the 80's, it was mesclun parties and environmental sickness. In the 90's in South Central it was 40's-n-shorties. Women trapped alone at home with...
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Posted by greg at 9:44 AM | Comments (6)

November 1, 2006

"I Got A Rock!" Or, Not Quite Getting The Halloween Concept

I wasn't there [work], but the kid and the wife went to the 'burbs, Grandma's neighborhood, to do a bit of trick-or-treating last night. It was the first time. [Call us sticks in the mud, but we didn't dress her...
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Posted by greg at 11:11 PM | Comments (2)

October 12, 2006

One Rejected Slogan: "How Mother Picked Up Baby [And Swung Him While She Was Drunk]"

Wait, now was the Greatest Generation the one who fed their babies beer, or did the beer-fed ones go on to give birth to the Greatest Generation? Either way, a case of Blatz beer in the house certainly does...
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Posted by greg at 11:58 AM | Comments (2)

October 3, 2006

Write What You Know: The Read-A-Mat Constellation Placemat

A few months ago on a visit to the NASA Gift Shop, the kid picked this placemat out all by herself [gee, never heard that before]. It's from Read A Mat, and it's got an accurate--and almost thoroughly impenetrable--set...
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Posted by greg at 9:02 AM | Comments (0)

September 28, 2006

It's So Hard To Find Good Help These Days

You think the nanny slipping the kid a Happy Meal's a problem? Try coming home and finding out your sitter practically starved your kid instead. I mean, is it really so hard to make Oreo waffles? Memo to Nanny: No...
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Posted by greg at 12:02 PM | Comments (6)

September 23, 2006

This Week In Dangerous Cartoon Vegetables

More news from the front in the global war on cartoon vegetables, who threaten our children and our American Way of Life: Spinach: The Other Deadly Leaf Even though his spinach grower, Boskovich Farms, is in as-yet e.coli-free Ventura...
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Posted by greg at 10:25 AM | Comments (2)

September 22, 2006

The Times Square, They Are A-Changing: Uproar Over Slightly Visible Breast

People have such short memories. Time was when the whole economy of Times Square centered on catching a glimpse of a breast in some "out of the way" place. Now, a mom from Brooklyn is claiming Toys R Us employees...
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Posted by greg at 9:11 PM | Comments (8)

September 19, 2006

Pregnant Chicks Now Selling Cars, Beer*

Beer Ads* in Brazil, car show booth babes in Spain. Can boxing ring girls be far behind? It's Official. Hot Pregnant Women to Replace Stupid Men In Ads [adrants via gawker, who has more images] Seat Altea: The Family Sports...
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Posted by greg at 11:50 AM | Comments (3)

September 17, 2006

Wal-Mart Milk: Organic Enough For Ya? Then What Is?

They should call it the New York Timely. There's a very interesting article about Wal-Mart's big push to sell organic products, including milk, and the ensuing debate over just how "organic" food is when it's produced on a near-industrial...
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Posted by greg at 12:49 PM | Comments (6)

September 15, 2006

Obviously, Throw Out Your Spinach

And to think that just a week or two ago, I was thisclose to writing about the sheer saladic joy I found during the family vacation when my sister introduced us--and by us, I mean 17 members of my family...
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September 14, 2006

We Recently Switched To Organic Milk. You?

I confess, the main reason we haven't given the kid organic milk all the time was my own laziness. If I bought milk, it was usually at CVS, which is a block closer than the grocery store. The 2x cost...
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September 8, 2006

How Was I Supposed To Know Nutella Has Nuts In It?

It looks like chocolate to me, and I'm pretty sure the French have been giving it to their kids for like 800 years or something. Nutella Babies [cabiria's photostream on flickr]...
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September 6, 2006

With Disney Apples, Character Licensing Goes End-to-End

Cartoon characters owned by giant media conglomerates: they're not just for diapers anymore:Among the other arrivals to the produce aisle [besides "peaches with Daisy Duck and Goofy stickers, and table grapes packaged in Mickey and Minnie Mouse boxes. Organic...
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September 1, 2006

Daddy Types Eye On Breasts

They're important enough to get our undivided attention, so here's news from the breastfeeding front: Lactation rooms, company-supplied breast pumps, "sorry about the background noise" comments during conference calls, it's all good news for working moms who want to...
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Outraged Yet? Links From All Over

Over at BoingBoing, Xeni's all freaked out. You'd think she'd never seen a fully illustrated, nothing-left-out, 1971 Danish sex-ed book for preschoolers by Per Holm Knudsen before. [attention t-workers: that first link starts with an illustration from the book;...
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August 23, 2006

WHO's On Fat?

I know there's a new study out showing babies are getting fatter. And I can understand the whole difference between "should be" vs "is," and how the WHO's newly calculated "optimal" height-weight percentile charts might be more logical than the...
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August 17, 2006

Chopstick Kids For Kids With Chopsticks

The chopstick solution search continues. DT reader Deanne suggested these rubbery circus people who use chopsticks as stilts. I'd seen them on Daddy*Drama a while back, too, If you order over $100 worth of these Chopstick Kids from Modern...
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August 15, 2006

Tonight? Tonight? L'Chaim

Maybe it's just me, but even if I was breastfeeding too long, I don't think it'd help to have my rabbi describe my breasts as "an attractive cafeteria rather than a scintillating piece of flesh." Kosher Coupling by Shmuley Boteach:...
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August 14, 2006

Blood Sugar Cheerios Magik

Sheesh, was it really so long ago that the Cheerio plane needed a place to land, open wiiide?the kid this morning: Daddy, I finished my Cheerios all up and now they're in my tummy and my BLOOD is taking them...
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August 12, 2006

Just Give The Kid The Chopsticks Already

For a couple of months, I'd been planning to ask the Rice Daddies for the best advice on teaching the kid to learn to eat with chopsticks. Then I found out they were using chopsticks from IKEA, or these tricky...
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August 10, 2006

Let My Toppers-To-Go Go, Please

Forgot about this, but unfortunately for the marketing director at Table Toppers, I was just reminded that they had handed out a free sample of their new product, Toppers-To-Go, to the visiting journalist(s) at JPMA. It's exactly this kind of...
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If You're Going To Start Choosing Your Baby Formula By Taste...

DT reader Stephen was the first of many to email in with info I'm sure everyone with a baby registered morning. From CNN: “For those traveling with an infant: baby food, milk (the contents of each bottle must be tasted...
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August 9, 2006

Barney Shopping Cart Saves Children's Lives--For A Dollar

How would the shorties of this world get around if it weren't for New Zealand? Think about it: Mountain Buggies, Phil & Ted's, Ents, TV Karts... The TV Kart is the most popular television-equipped, mini-car/grocery cart in New Zealand, and...
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August 8, 2006

It's Raining Breast Milk During World Breastfeeding Week

In case you didn't notice, it was World Breastfeeding Week last week. And if you go over to Celebrity Baby Blog, right now, it's just bursting with a buxom bevy of breastfeeding-related posts. They really took aim and let...
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August 6, 2006

Animatronic Elmo Birthday Cake For A 2-Year-Old

Dude, it's Elmo's World; we just live in it. Will and his wife Liliana are out-n-proud geeks who live in Fort Worth with their two daughters. On their family website, Will has documented a bunch of his different projects: the...
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August 2, 2006

There Are Children Starving For Pomegranate Puree In India

The NY Times has discovered fresh and fresh-frozen organic baby food, and it turns out there are now East Coast-West Coast rivalries a-brewing that could dwarf the LA Bo-Baby/Ho-Baby tussle. Brooklyn-based Happy Baby makes fresh-frozen quinoa [it's KIN-wah, I learned...
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C Is For Complete Loser

So I'm listening to the inaugural podcast over Parents.com this morning, and I'm thinking, "Childhood obesity? Eh, maybe I'll skip to the toilet training segment..." just as the pediatrician guest says something about how "the four C's are cola, candy,...
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August 1, 2006

Sorry, But The Daily Mail Hates Babies!

Seriously, in one week the UK's Daily Mail runs stories called Sorry, but my children bore me to death! AND Sorry, but I HATED Breastfeeding. With a beefy Irish nurse shouting, "Your baby is hungry! These are not for playing...
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July 31, 2006

Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut

After a dad at her son's preschool vetoed the snacks she was sending--twice, two days in a row!--Emily Bazelon found herself not unsympathetic, mind you, but frustrated in dealing with other kids' nut allergies:But it would be a lot easier...
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July 30, 2006

BabyTalk Shoves Breastfeeding Agenda In Innocent Infant's Mouth

When are the nursing nazis at BabyTalk Magazine going to get the message? New parents have enough stress in their life without having to worry that their newborn infant might be inadvertently exposed to a naked, engorged breast in the...
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July 28, 2006

No More Bangers & Soy For You, Little Guv'nuh

After reviewing existing research on the health effects of processed soy in Western diets, the British government's Commitee on Toxicity [CoT] and the Food Standards Agency has recommended that infants not be given soy-based formula except on the advice of...
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July 25, 2006

It Still Sucks To Be Amy Sohn: The Restaurant Edition

Call me an over-entitled breeder if you want, but I think that eating dinner at six-freakin'-o'clock is fair game for bringing a kid to almost any restaurant. I remember when the Times ran a story on one of our regular...
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July 22, 2006

7-Up: The Un-Formula

Kaz hits the dadblog ground running with a think-outside-the-nipple solution to the whole breast milk-formula dilemma: 7-Up. Apparently, it's "pure and wholesome for everyone, even the tiniest tots!" Who knew? [via i hate snaps]...
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July 19, 2006

Mothering Magazine's International Breastfeeding Symbol Contest

Mothering Magazine is upset, and they're not going to take it anymore:The image of a baby bottle on an airport sign announcing the location of a "parents lounge" infuriated us and got us thinking: Isnt there an international symbol...
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July 4, 2006

Amazon's New Deal: $10 Off Pampers + Gummibears

Hm. It's already the 4th of the month, and Amazon hasn't turned up with a new $99/$30 diaper/gift certificate deal yet. Are they all played out? Or are they just too busy promoting their new Amazon Grocery business? Seems they'll...
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June 12, 2006

WHO: Show Us You're Breastfeeding!

"Breast is Best" is apparently not good enough for the World Health Organization and the Dept. of Health & Human Services, who have instituted a new awareness campaign claiming that not breastfeeding is actually risky, for both a mom...
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New Study: You Only THINK The Kid's Allergic To Peanuts

When the kid first started on solid foods, we did the whole "test one grain cereal at a time to see if she's got a sensitivity to it" thing. And when she spouted a diaper rash the week she started...
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May 22, 2006

Two Family-Run Baby Food Companies, Both Alike In Ingredients

In fair Brentwood where we lay our scene... &c. &c. As I predicted last fall, this West Side of LA Story about duelling organic baby food delivery services founded by two sets of parents is only intensifying. The two companies--Bohemian...
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Boob Nazis Get LiveJournal Abuse Team All Hot & Bothered

Valleywag reports that a breastfeeding advocacy group blog on LiveJournal was told by the LJ Abuse Team that their userpic [above] was "inappropriate" and that they must discontinue it or face blog-suspension. The Boob Nazis [their name] fired back,...
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May 19, 2006

How Could That Kid's Father Let--Oh, Right

[via goldenfiddle] I now return you to your regularly scheduled Britney-free zone, already in progress....
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May 1, 2006

"Custom Cakes. Prices Start At $350."

If you thought your competitive elaborate artcake-buying days were over once you got through your wedding, think again, my friend. At least if you're in the Bay Area. Because the children's section on cake artist [really, there's no other...
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April 30, 2006

While Daddy Types

daddytypes_feb_05 Originally uploaded by reptilica. Great picture tagged with fathers and babies and daddytypes. Reptilica writes that an agency licensed the picture for a Visa campaign. That was a year ago; does it look familiar? When the kid was...
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April 19, 2006

Two Placenta Recipes From Vice Magazine

If including the source in the headline is not warning enough, I'll put it more bluntly: Daddy Types, LLC and daddytypes.com [herein "Daddy Types"] is in no way responsible for the content that appears on third-party sites, and by clicking...
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April 18, 2006

She's Always After Me Lucky Charms

Despite my feeble efforts at concealment, the kid just caught me and asked if she could have some "bright Cheerios," too. A box-sized squishy Lucky Charms pillow is $14.99, but frankly, kind of weird. What's even weirder: I don't see...
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April 15, 2006

Two Years On, It's Still Her Favorite Vegetable

The kid eats pretty well, all tihngs considered. It's always funny to watch the reaction at a new restaurant, but at our regular places, the waiters are used to her ordering "enchilada please" and "pad thai, no shrimp no peanuts."...
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April 10, 2006

Disturbing? The Peeps

I'm gonna go out on a limb and declare that around here, Peeps are and will remain a once-a-year, irresistible culinary temptation that you'll gorge yourself on and inevitably regret later. AND NO MORE. So to whoever the Procter &...
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April 5, 2006

No, I Just Checked My Watch,

And in fact, it is NOT Cheerioke time. Cheerioke.com via coudal...
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March 30, 2006

Slate Dr.: Breast Is Best? Or Just So-So?

So, Dr. Sydney Spiesel, of Yale, Connecticut, Slate, and NPR, you're saying that breastfeeding's probably still better than formula, but that the ecstatic health benefits of breastfeeding are not actually based on definitive research--because rigorous studies of humans, much less...
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Sonogram Cookies: "Well, Listen Up, Sonny Jim: I Ate A Baby."

Now the baby can get into your belly, too. These "white chocolate-enrobed" graham crackers feature a picture of your sonogram printed in edible ink and framed with sprinkles. The box of 8 is $18.50, allow five days from the...
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March 14, 2006

Dadchest Co-Stars In Baby's First Eating Video

The kid and I Googled up Jonathan Coulton's song "flickr," and for some reason, this video was the second result. [No, really!] While Dad holds little Matt-i-chew steady and provides play-by-play, Mom steers the videocamera in one hand, and...
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March 11, 2006

Wow, Trixie Tracker's All Growed Up

Ben Macneill's geek-heavenly Trixie Update was a formative introduction to impending fatherhood for me. Not only did Ben transform the daunting, inscrutable cycles of a newborn's food, sleep, and poo into funny, startle-your-friends! charts and graphs, but he actually teased...
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March 7, 2006

Bloggers And The Cheerios Effect

Last year two Harvard physicists published a breakthrough paper on the Cheerios Effect, which states that "Objects that float at the interface between a liquid and a gas interact because of interfacial deformation and the effect of gravity. We highlight...
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March 6, 2006

A Note To The Makers Of Jell-O

In this season of sickness and flu, my family has rediscovered your fine product, Jell-O brand gelatin dessert, which offers a light, refreshing, easy-to-digest, fun-to-eat diversion from our otherwise saltine-flavored existence. I do have some comments, however: I don't care...
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March 5, 2006

Other Daddies Typing: Oscar-Avoiding Edition

A list of highlights from other blogging dads out there that's as comprehensive as my knowledge of parenting [*cough cough*]: You can't pick your kids, but you can pick their noses. And you can brush their teeth. Adventuredad has a...
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February 23, 2006

"Take up your sword against the tyranny of the O"

SIX BREAKFAST CEREALS ARGUE WHY THEY SHOULD REPLACE CHEERIOS AS THE PREFERRED FINGER FOOD FOR BABIES. [mcsweeney's via tmn]...
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February 22, 2006

The Other K-12: The Kid Visits Katsucon

The wife had just left for a work-related, um, con in Japan, and I was on kid duty, so when it turned out that one of the biggest anime, video games, Japan-pop, and cosplay conferences on the east coast was...
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The Kid Loves Bears, The Kid Loves Tofu. So Naturally...

... the kid should love a Tofu Bear, right? It's made from SOYSILK, a registered trademark name for some kind of soybean byproduct that somehow gets spun into plush fabric. The bear is plain white, with absolutely no distinguishing...
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February 18, 2006

Goodnight, Cheerios?

From that first, tentative moment when the kid tried to pick one up, I wondered what kids ate before there was Cheerios. It's the archetypal first finger food, after all, and it seems somehow indispensible. Of course, it's not, and...
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February 6, 2006

But Bars Are The Perfect Height For Changing A Diaper

Some whiny hipster in Brooklyn [oh, sorry, am I being redundant?] was SO tired of seeing babies in bars, he had to complain about it in the NY Times: "A group of 19-year-olds would be stopped at the door, but...
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February 2, 2006

Because It Looks Like Baby Goat Cheese

According to legend--and Wikipedia--cheese was discovered thousands of years ago by "an Arab nomad carrying milk across the desert in a container made from an animal's stomach, only to discover the milk had been separated into curd and whey by...
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January 25, 2006

[I Don't Care If] It's Fun To Nurse At The YMCA

Gotta say, given all the rules posted around the pool which we're all expected to live by, a woman nursing poolside is iffy for me. A woman nursing IN the pool is not. We started the kid on some swim...
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La Machine A Caca, aka Monsieur Hanky

Breastmilk isn't one of the options, but bananas are. And while it's not set up to allow input of only bananas, any potassium-bingeing athlete or parent of an 8-month-old knows the result. La Machine a Caca is a flash...
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January 22, 2006

Change Your Life: Open Bananas The Monkey Way

Apparently we've been doing it wrong all these years. Monkeys open bananas by pinching the other end, and it's a million times easier. But can monkeys build a multi-trillion-dollar global network of computers to disseminate information on the best way...
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January 19, 2006

The Kid Just Asked For "Fancy Cheerios"

Which means, of course, my stash of Honey Nut Cheerios. I can't get away with anything. [update: whaddya know, Gothamist just posted about these handmade chocolate-covered Cheerios from NYC chocolatier Jacques Torres. We walked by there a couple of weeks...
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January 18, 2006

In Fact, The Kid Ate Pad Thai Last Night

Chefs' children eat duck confit, not Go-gurt? No duh. Not quite sure what this article's about in the Times, but I know that we've had the kid sitting at the table and eating what we eat since the get-go. Still,...
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Pokemon Made Out Of Cheese.

Are you looking to trade a problem with getting the kid to eat cheese for a problem with him obsessing over Pokemon? Because after comprehensive much some testing, Alan Turner has determined that two cheeses on opposite ends of...
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December 27, 2005

Curds And Whey I Understand

Back in the breast pump days, on through the formula days, and now into the milk milk era, we've stuck pretty close to a 45 minute/1 hour time limit for the kid's milk. After a bottle or a cup had...
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December 13, 2005

A Dad's Perfect Night In The Slope

What makes "a classic Park Slope evening," you ask? Here's one dad's answer: babysitting exchange, Al Di La for dinner, Blue Ribbon for dessert, ...and a Paul Bettany/Jennifer Connelly/child sighting. Gawker Stalker [gawker]...
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You Gonna Finish That?

Question: Did you eat more slightly used food off of someone else's plate now or in college? and does it make you a little less judgmental about the Salvadoran busboys who cleared your dinner at Outback Steakhouse the other night?...
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November 14, 2005

The Coming LA Organic Baby Food Home Delivery Wars

Remember how there were two Christopher Columbus movies? And two Alexander the Great movies (unfortunately, Oliver Stone played psycho chicken and drove Baz Luhrman's project off the road)? And two Capote movies? [the second one's coming soon.] If Hot New...
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November 7, 2005

More NY Mag Parenting Insanity: Five Pre-Schoolers At Le Cirque

The set-up has about as much to do with reality as a reality tv show: record the hilarity that will surely ensue when one man takes five pre-schoolers to eat at one of New York City's best restaurants. The restaraunt:...
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November 2, 2005

What I Learned At The Restaurants Today

Every dad should carry a straw snipper with him at all times, because straws are always too tall for little kids. Good luck going through the airport with it, though. [note: these little vasectomy promo scissors'd do the trick.] Also,...
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October 31, 2005

Last Minute Change To The Kid's Halloween Costume

We had planned to go out to Grandma's in the suburbs for some dinner and token trick or treating, but halfway there, we gave up and turned around (DC traffic). The kid was going to go as Little Red Riding...
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October 26, 2005

NYT Restaurant Critic Slits Ninja's Throat

Yeow. Frank Bruni's review of Ninja New York, a ridiculous-sounding, outrageously priced branch of a Tokyo theme restaurant, is more entertaining than a hundred ninjas sword-fighting their way into a fake volcano lair, but the only reason I'm mentioning it...
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October 10, 2005

And The Kid'll Have The Massaman Beef Curry

The traditional first solid food for Japanese babies is rice, not rice cereal. They cook it with milk to make it softer, and then gradually thicken it up. By a year or so, kids are eating straight rice. Of course,...
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October 7, 2005

Stuff Yourself, Your Kid Full Of Newman's Own Alphabet Cookies

Wow, my wife brought these home last night, and I am POUNDING these things even faster than the kid is. Newman's Own Alphabet Cookies are organic, low in fat, low in sugar, taste great in a not overpowering way. They're...
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September 27, 2005

from the Stupidest Ideas In The World Dept.: Caffeine for Kids

"I have more energy and I like them a lot. I would suggest that anyone try them!" 12-year-old gymnast Taylor Foster continued, "!!!!!" She was talking, of course, about Spark, the caffeinated drink for kids from the Texas-based direct marketing...
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September 19, 2005

DT Poll: Mid-Night, And The Daddies Are Feeding

DT reader Matt Haughey writes in:I'm taking an active role in the raising of my daughter, and part of that is we only feed our daughter breast milk. To make sure it's not a burden on my wife, I feed...
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September 15, 2005

Nabisco KidSense Snacks: Almost Good For You

"We know it's not always easy to find great tasting snacks that you feel good about giving to your kids-[and so we figure you'll pay through the nose for this largely empty box of Teddy Grahams made without high fructose...
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Posted by greg at 8:06 PM | Comments (7)

September 4, 2005

Because Models Are Known For Their Good Eating Habits

Does your child have what it takes to be a supermodel? She already knows how to throw up, and that's important. But technically, she has to eat, if only in order to throw up later, and last I checked, it's...
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August 23, 2005

More On Kids In Nice Restaurants, from KCRW

DT reader Mike sends in this clip from Santa Monica public radio station KRCW's "Good Food" program. The host, restauranteur , talks with LA Magazine food critic Patrick Kuh about taking kids to nice restaurants. They cover some of the...
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August 3, 2005

What, No String Cheese?

Danielle (aka Celebrity Baby Blog) and Josh (aka The Food Section) took one last child-free vacation to Italy before those flying restrictions kicked in. Always on the prowl for material, Josh snapped some photos of Italian baby food for his...
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July 27, 2005

Eating: Babies In Japan

Every baby under the age of one in Japan is as fat as a sumo wrestler. They ride around, inert, and sprawled in their tiny strollers like drunks on a frathouse sofa. I can't figure it out. Here are three...
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July 10, 2005

Sure, But Does Hooters Like Babies? The Kid-Free Dining Concept

While discussing the kid-nonfriendliness of Las Vegas casinos [which sounds pretty obvious as I type it now], DT reader/Canadian [or at least Canada restaurant expert] Kirk writes: "There are restaurants in Canada that are also going this way. They do...
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June 22, 2005

Picky Eaters? Or My Kid The Kale Junkie

The NYT says that toddlers who are picky eaters might suffer some health and growth setbacks as a result. Except when they don't. And if it's encouraged or tolerated at a young age, picky eating habits can contiue to haunt...
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May 27, 2005

Trash: Munchkin Disposable Placemats & Bibs

When we ran out of Pampers Bibsters and Table Toppers recently [First off, what is up with that? Those Bibsters are hard to find. I guess I never considered our urban grocery/deli/drugstore chain to be off the grid. All you...
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May 21, 2005

The Kid Loves The Tofu

When we first started the kid on solid foods, we went with the cereal route, testing rice, oatmeal, barley, in turn, making sure the kid didn't have a bad reaction to them. [This solid food introduction process is covered well...
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Posted by greg at 11:16 AM | Comments (4)

May 20, 2005

It's Official

As of tonight, every single one of the kid's spoons and forks has been chewed up in the dispos-all. Just like how it's impossible to keep track of all those tiny socks, there's apparently no way to keep these little...
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Posted by greg at 9:42 PM | Comments (2)

April 21, 2005

So Thick You Could Eat It With A Spoon

The kid's been testing out the spoon on her own for a few weeks now, and the results are generally positive. She obviously makes a mess; she sometimes freaks out if she has to (or can't, you never know, which...
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Posted by greg at 12:08 AM | Comments (10)

April 5, 2005

What is 36 Hours, Alek?

The amount of time it takes for black beans to work their way through a one-year old's digestive system. [An update from mommy type: "Are you sure those aren't raisins from last night?" No, I didn't take that close a...
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Posted by greg at 1:17 PM | Comments (4)

March 26, 2005

Celebrity Baby Eats Pop Tarts

It's been several months since I read Dooce's confession that she and Jon were bad parents, i.e., that they sometimes fed their daughter Leta Pop Tarts. ["but just the edges."] Personally, I avoid the crisis that Jon got embroiled in--when...
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February 13, 2005

Praq: A Restaurant That's Kid-Friendly AND Trendy?

Where did the inspiration for Praq come from? Here's how Frank Tjepkema, the restaurant's designer sees it: "There are already a lot of places for childrenlike McDonald'sbut nothing for parents," he says. Especially parents who go to trendy places, because...
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February 9, 2005

Heat-Indicating Spoons

The business ends of these colorful plastic spoons from Munchkin--like absolutely everything else you'll ever buy during the next ten years, they're available in pink and blue--turn white if the food in them is too hot for baby's wittle mout',...
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January 26, 2005

Calculate This Formula

I decided to figure out the cost of baby formula. In order to identify the least expensive way to buy formula, I quickly settled on calculating the cost per fluid ounce of formula in the kid's mouth, in order to...
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January 23, 2005

Ventaire, Enfamil. Enfamil, Ventaire

8 oz. of water AND 4 scoops of formula in a 9 oz. bottle. Scoops that are almost the exact same width as the bottle's neck, resulting in messy powder spills almost every damn time. Discuss amongst yourselves....
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December 24, 2004

Have Yourself A Smokin' Little Christmas

Man, are we out of practice. We're in DC for Christmas and went to brunch in Adams Morgan. Giant coffee shop/cafe, a couple of children scattered about, no problem. The kid stayed in her carseat on her stroller, and we...
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December 1, 2004

The Squash Industrial Baby Food Complex

Who says new parents can't talk about anything but their kid? You introduce this fascinating topic into the conversation, and you'll be the hit of the office holiday party:...[S]quashes are divided among Cucurbita maxima, Cucurbita moschata, Cucurbita pepo and Cucurbita...
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November 30, 2004

Have You Ever Tried Greek Olive Oil?

I didn't even know it existed. Most people don't. The Italians have olive oil mindshare just about cornered, but then the grocer down the street got all impassioned like I've never seen her when, upon seeing it on the shelf,...
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November 25, 2004

Banana Guard? I'm Just Happy To See You

"Our unique, patented device allows for the safe transport and storage of individual bananas letting you enjoy perfect bananas anytime, anywhere. "The Banana Guard was specially designed to fit the vast majority of bananas. Its other features include multiple small...
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November 24, 2004

Mid-Air Vent-aire Refueling

You already know to give a kid a bottle or pacifier to suck on during takeoff and landing, right? [Actually, after the kid had a near-meltdown before we even left the ground, one flight attendant told me they start pressurizing...
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November 8, 2004

Q. How do you keep the table clean? A. Beats me.

In both our small apartments, instead of high chairs with attached trays, we've opted for models that slide up to the table. Which is fine, except that the kid likes to spread her food--solid and otherwise--all over the table. We...
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October 28, 2004

The Kidco Food Grinder Is Better

Grammy the foodie bought us the First Years Food Grinder first, and well, it totally sucks. You want it to work because it looks like a little Cuisinart. Well, it doesn't and it's not. It has a million pieces, none...
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October 1, 2004

The Man Who Loves Formula. A True Story.

After reading Daddy Types' baby formula taste test, a reader told me about her husband, who has been putting nothing but Isomil, soy-based Similac, on his cereal his whole life. Now that he's got a kid, their bottles of formula...
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September 25, 2004

NYC Kid-Friendly Restaurants, Vol. 1

Partly because I'm slack, partly because we were traveling, and partly because I was a bit skeptical at first, I didn't start up a list of kid-friendly restaurants. Well, now I have. Though a lot of Daddy Types readers are...
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