January 13, 2009

Première Heure by Thierry Bouët

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Samaritaine Paris. Photo's by Thierry Bouët., originally uploaded by fotorené. The giant babies that have...
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January 2, 2009

Turns Out Babies Are Born Inflight All The Time

It's only on slow news days that they get worldwide media attention. Here is a roundup of news, background, and data about babies born on airplanes: In 2007, a British woman gave birth at 25 weeks on a flight from...
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Waitaminnit, That Baby Born On The Northwest Flight Is NOT Canadian

OK, so on New Years Eve, an 8.5 mos pregnant Ugandan woman--and US resident--was on a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Boston. By the time flight attendants called for any doctors traveling onboard to help with a medical emergency,...
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December 24, 2008

Daddy's Gonna Stop Typing For A Couple Of Days

We flew to my mom's [she of the handknit iPhone and hand-crocheted blanket fame] in Salt Lake City Monday. Our non-stop flight helped miss all the weather. K2 screamed for 45 min and slept for 3 hrs, but the bar...
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December 13, 2008

Grand Magasin: It's Kiosk For Commies!

With the US government busy de facto nationalizing major swaths of our crumbling economy, this Christmas season is a good time to turn our attention to the glorious, proud, worker-owned co-op factories of Europe--and then go all capitalist on...
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December 2, 2008

No We Can't! Strollers Banned At Obamafest09

Longtime DT reader Buck sends word that infants and kids may have a rough go of it at Obama's inauguration next month. The US Capitol Police have banned baby strollers, backpacks, thermoses and large bags from the secured audience area...
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November 30, 2008

Babar Heartily Endorses This Event Or Product

I picked up a copy at the library sale of one of the stranger Babar titles I've ever seen: the 1965 Babar Comes To Amerca. Any history of the decline of children's culture into the pit of commercialism will...
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November 29, 2008

Private Jets Are For The Children, Part XVI

If blogs didn't exist, sociologists would invent them. Or more likely, they'd just complain to each other about the unjust slowness of traditional publishing. As it is, they are able to publish eleven--count'em, eleven--fun-to-read blogs at Contexts, a [the?] magazine...
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November 20, 2008

Aung San Stokke? Guy Delisle's Burma Chronicles

If you are a journalist who followed his wife to Burma for her Medecins sans Frontieres gig, and so you ended up being the one who took care of your infant son most of the time, and you ended...
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November 7, 2008

It's The End Of The World As You Know It

You live in San Francisco. You find out you're having a kid, which means you'll never be able to hop in the car with your friends on a whim and just go wherever ever again. What better way to celebrate...
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November 3, 2008

Lost New York: Gary Panter's Paramount Hotel Playroom

Uh, Campana Brothers, can I see you outside for a minute? When Ian Schrager reopened the dumpy Paramount Hotel in Times Square in 1990, it had been redesigned by Philippe Starck. The rooms were still tiny, but the lobby...
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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 21, 2008

Palin Comparison

A couple of news stories about Sarah Palin and her family get me thinking a bit about how differently our culture--or at least the media and the people who parrot it--treat men and women in the same job. Politico reports...
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October 14, 2008

If You're On Our Flight This Afternoon, I Apologize In Advance

I think K2 must be cutting an upper tooth while contracting the flu and food poisoning and growing pains, because the last 24 hours have been the single worst day and night of her short life. She was an inconsolable...
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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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October 13, 2008

Wow, Did The Kid Love Digging Up This Fake Dinosaur Skeleton

Somewhere in the past few years, a farmer in the city my in-laws retired to, St. George, Utah, found a motherlode of super-detailed dinosaur tracks and fossils, and they built an entire museum around them. Just like that. So...
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October 10, 2008

Zach & Henry's Excellent Adventure

Zach, a friend in DC who is finishing law school, was going out to a job interview in Salt Lake City a couple of weeks ago. At the last minute, he and his wife thought it'd be fun to surprise...
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September 24, 2008

Iran So Far Away

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } lotfollah mosque, isfahan oct. 2007, originally uploaded by seier+seier+seier. Two Danish architects took their daughter...
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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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August 12, 2008

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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July 29, 2008

Kids These Days And Their Spiral Jetty Roadtrips

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Bugaboo @ Spiral Jetty, originally uploaded by daddytypes. Hey, it's not sparkly white crystals surrounded...
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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 24, 2008

DT On Location: ATV-Riding Daughters of Utah Pioneers

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Daughters of Utah Pioneers riding on an ATV, originally uploaded by daddytypes. Pioneer Day in...
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July 23, 2008

Irasshaimase! Maclaren Store Opens In Minami Aoyama

High-touch Maclaren stroller service centers: they're not just for SoHo anymore! Nomura Premium Products, the importing agent for Maclaren in Japan, just opened the company's first storefront in the Minami Aoyama neighborhood of Tokyo, or as the publicists prefer...
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July 21, 2008

DT's First Class Advice For Flying

So Saturday we flew out from Washington, DC to Utah for a couple of weeks to see various grandparents--and the Spiral Jetty, of course, but that won't be until next week. No matter how many times we do it, flying...
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July 9, 2008

Vietnamese Dad, Sling, Tattoo By Pratchaya Phinthong

Thai photographer Pratchaya Phinthong took this photo in a mountain village in centrsl Vietnam, where he traveled with the artist Danh Vo and Dominic Eichler, who wrote about the trip in the Summer issue of frieze magazine. Travels with...
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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 7, 2008

New York City Subway Map Socks

Though Christoph Niemann's boy laughed at the obsolescence, I'd buy these NYC subway map socks [$7] precisely because they still show the Q running as an orange line to 21st Street, Queens. Back in the day, the Q was...
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July 5, 2008

Christoph Niemann's "The Boys And The Subway"

I'm glad he resisted the urge to send each of these anecdotes piecemeal into Metropolitan Diary, because put all together with his own illustrations, Christoph Niemann's story of his sons' obession with the New York City subway system is...
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June 27, 2008

Antiques Backroadshow: Vintage Vinyl In Goldsboro

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Olde Country Store, Goldsboro, NC, originally uploaded by daddytypes. Full of Wilber's barbecue and looking...
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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 22, 2008

Wilber's Barbecue, Hwy 70 Bypass, Goldsboro - NO

Oh wait, it's not NC Men's Room Changing Tables? Never mind. Nice hush puppies, though....
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June 20, 2008

DT Road Trip & Head Count

In her new book, ARE WE THERE YET?: The Golden Age of American Family Vacations Susan Sessions Rugh says Ford had an ad campaign selling their cars as "America's schoolhouse on wheels." Which reminds me that I have to finish...
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American Post Office, @)#($* YEAH! Children In The Mail

And I'm proud to be an American Where at least I know I'm free To mail children via parcel post by sewing stamps to their clothing. But then the Postmaster General did stand up! And changed the regulations about...
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June 10, 2008

Freakin. Awesome. Banaue Filipino Like-A-Biker Gang

So you want to talk about wooden walking bikes? Kevin Kelly's got a small but amazing collection of photos of Like-A-Bike-like wooden bikes from all over the world. [If you're a bike entrepreneur looking for a way to out-maneuver...
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May 28, 2008

Wagons You Can't Get In The US, Vol. XLVII

Cool station wagons are being spotted somewhere else! The new Mercedes C-Class estate in Italy! [via moseleyworld] The new Citroen C5 Tourer in either Africa or the UK, I can't quite make out. [above, via iafrica.com thanks dt reader dt]...
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May 7, 2008

DT Headline Roundup: First, The Bad Ideas Edition

So a family from Northern Ireland goes to Portugal for a little vacation, by the evening, the parents are puking, the kids [ages 6, 2, and 1] are in protective custody, and there's a court appearance set for drunken...
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May 6, 2008

Bribes For Surrounding Passengers: They're Not Just For Infants Flying To Australia Anymore

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Collin's Gift, originally uploaded by mnot. This is awesome. A couple flying from San Francisco...
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April 26, 2008

Surprising No One, The My Pee Pee Bottle Was Her Husband's Idea

Wow, how in the world did a dad ever come up with the idea of peeing in a bottle when you're on the road? If only the My Pee Pee Bottle weren't made of BPA-laden polycarbonate, it'd be damn...
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April 11, 2008

Parisian Baby Photographer Sks Free NYC Pool For Fun, Mostly Profit

Let me get this straight. You're an underwater maternity photographer who charges $1,000 for a 30-minute shoot with each pregnant woman and/or newborn baby. Your currency has never been stronger, and now you want to come to New York...
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Now That's A Disney Dad: Awesome Dork Films Family's 1956 Trip To Disneyland

Dr. Robbins Barstow began his amateur filmmaking career directing himself and his brothers in a Tarzan movie in the 1930's. By 1956, little Robbins was all grown up and living in Connecticut, where he pursued more stable work in...
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April 10, 2008

NYT Gives Camp-Friendly Cribs The Zagat Treatment

Alternate article title: Q: How many little Coloradans can you stuff into a Phil & Teds Traveller? [A: At least four.] The NY Times enlisted a young, large family to try out five travel cribs of various sizes, price...
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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 31, 2008

We Are Freaking Living A Bugaboo Daytrip, People

Thanks to everyone for the tips and suggestions for our Los Angeles trip; we made it safe and sound, with an entirely uneventful, if gear-heavy flight. Over the weekend we had family visits down in O.C., and a trip...
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March 25, 2008

DTQ: Road Trip Tips? We're Coming To Los Angeles

So my wife's got an astrophysics conference next week in downtown Los Angeles, and we all decided to tag along. I think I know my art world Los Angeles, and I know my way around some of Sunset's scene-ier, but...
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March 13, 2008

Imagineers Set To Screw Up Mary Blair's It's A Small World Ride

When I was little, Mary Blair's animatronic masterpiece, the Disneyland version of It's A Small World, made me want to become an Imagineer so bad, I sent off for the brochure. Instead, I ended up becoming what no kid in...
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March 10, 2008

March 20th Is Won't You Be A Neighbor By Wearing A Sweater? Day

I swear, I didn't know about this. Next week, Thursday, March 20th, would be Fred Rogers' 80th birthday. The standardbearers at Family Communications, Inc., Rogers' production company, are encouraging everyone to wear a sweater--I repeat, to wear a sweater--on...
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February 22, 2008

Security Theater Of The Absurd: Scan-It Toy Security Checkpoint

I know it looks like just a cardboard box with a jacked up Homeland Security Threat Level sticker on the side, but the Operation Checkpoint Scan-It toy security X-ray machine is much more. It has some little beeping thing...
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February 5, 2008

Transnational Migration & Parenting Style

A bit random, sourcewise, but interesting. It's from a project by a neighbor of ours in DC, an online journal called Migration Information Source, which just got a glowing writeup in the NY Times yesterday. Wellesley sociology professor Peggy Levitt...
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January 28, 2008

Still Less Offensive Than A Dora Backpack

Brian is in BF Poland at the moment, tormenting some stranger with postcards, and snapping photos of the local kids' gear, like this embroidered backpack. Which somehow, is not the most unfortunate product he found. Poland Dispatch: Unfortunate Products...
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January 22, 2008

The Least Favorite Floor Puzzle In Free & Independent Papua New Guinea

The kid's been something of a puzzle fanatic for a while now, which gives the grandparents just the in they need to shower her with unbidden gifts. Making the most of it, we've been explaining what states, countries, and...
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January 14, 2008

NYT/Babycenter: Hotels Not Just For Sleeping Anymore

What, exactly is going on in the next room? Well, if you're at the Parrot Mill Inn B&B in Chatham, New Jersey, it's probably a latenight lactation consultation for frustrated new parents. That's where the $500/night [!] Mommy Nest suite...
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January 13, 2008

Experts Help Parents, Children, Manage The Private Jet Question

According to New York magazine the two things every wealthy parent wants to know about raising his kids are: how not to raise another Paris Hilton, and how to keep flying private without turning the kid into an over-entitled monster....
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January 6, 2008

Sept Petit Jappy Chaps? Miss Bravi, I Must Protest!

Soledad Bravi is apparently the Sandra Boynton of France, if Boynton also worked for Elle Magazine in addition to drawing cutesy-sweet children's books. DT's European travel correspondent Darren and his crew picked up a copy of Le Livre des...
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January 3, 2008

Una Bassinet Maravillosa, Uno Aluminum I-Beam Like-A-Bike From Barcelona

Traveling to Europe for the holidays sans car seat apparently frees up your hands to take sweet photos for random blogs. That's the lesson we learn from DT CARES testing correspondent Darren. Here's an awesome-looking wood-and-plexi box-on-sticks bassinet he...
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January 2, 2008

Dad Finds Out The Hard Way: Car Seats Have No Business In Cathay Pacific's New Business Class

A dad named James took his family--wife, two sons (5 and 2), and the nanny--along to Hong Kong for a combo business trip/vacation, Cathay Pacific both ways. On the way home, he's told that little Rex's car seat is...
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Japan Launches Toy Train To Nowhere

Alright, people, enough with the hyperventilating over Japan's "Omoden" Toy Train [Omoden is short for Omocha Densha, or Toy Train]. Saying there's a Toy Train in Japan is like saying there's a monorail in America, except that at least...
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December 31, 2007

Parenting Advice Is Different In China, The Old Days, Every Damn Book On The Market

In an excellent Boston Globe article, writer Tom Scocca lays out what you already kind of suspected: the burgeoning crop of parenting advice books is designed to lock you in with a combination of authoritativeness and anxiety. Also, yes, the...
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December 21, 2007

This Week In Airline Coming To Their Senses News

Can someone please explain what's going on here? Are airlines actually paying attention to what their passengers and potential customers are saying? Are they actually updating their policies even as we type--and wait on hold for the next available agent...
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December 19, 2007

Who CARES? The FAA's Car-Seats-On-Planes Policy Is A Total Train Wreck

This is getting ridiculous. Though the FAA approved the CARES safety harness for use on planes more than two years ago, a quick look at eight major US carriers' stated policies on flying with kids found seven different, contradictory treatments....
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December 17, 2007

Pissy 'USAir Flight Attendant' Has Own CARES Flying Harness Laws

Well, we all knew it would happen. On the bright side, it didn't happen to you! Rather than schlep a car seat around on the trains of Europe this holiday season, DT regular Darren is field-testing a CARES flying harness,...
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December 12, 2007

Quirky 'Air Canada' Has Own Umbrella Stroller-Only Gatecheck Policy, Laws

Wow, if you're flying on Air Canada anytime soon, heads up. It's apparently not enough to have two separate official languages; in order to make clear that they're an airline from an entirely other country, Air Canada has its...
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November 26, 2007

Does USAir Forbid FAA-Approved CARES Safety Harnesses?

DT reader Darren and his gang are planning a trip to France and Switzerland soon, and he was considering putting his kid in a CARES Safety Harness--which is FAA-approved--rather than haul a freakin' car seat around the Alps on a...
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November 15, 2007

Can You Arrange European Pickup For Your New M6 Kids' Convertible?

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Because then your kid could put the car through its paces at this test course...
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October 31, 2007

The Car Seat Was Grandpa's Idea

An Edmonton, Alberta engineering consultant took his 3-year-old granddaughter flying with him in his Cessna 172. [That's the little one most people learn to fly in.] It crashed, he and his employee died, but the kid survived, after hanging upside...
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October 30, 2007

ITSOCUTEMAKEITSTOP! Frying Pan Bunny Is Flipping Little Wooden Burgers

Holy smokes, I just hit a spot in the Gangukan blog archives that's so sweet, I'm gonna have to eat the 5 lb bag of Tootsie Roll products we bought for Trick or Treat just to come down. Hasutani...
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Whoa, The Gangukan Japanese Folk Toy Museum Has A Blog.

Check out all the awesomeness that is captured on the Gangukan's blog. They have papercraft and wood toybuilding workshops for kids, a lot of craft exhibits [eh.] and a whole array of contemporary folk toymaker showcases and posts: Momotaro-palooza: in...
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FYI, Japanese Folk Toys Are Called Kyoudo Gangu

taiguruma by Futabashi Hariko, Shizuoka pref. image via That's 郷土玩具, kyoudo gangu if you're surfing at home. [that Google link will survive the posting process, even if the characters get mangled.] After seeing that beautiful suite of woodblock prints...
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October 22, 2007

Where's Gumby, Dammit? Awesome Zinus Travel Pillow Thing

Coming back from Miami, I saw a kid with this crazy green Gumby-looking neck pillow on. It looked like a toy being used as a neck pillow, or some weird hybrid of the two, with that tactile nylon &...
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October 20, 2007

DT flickrfind: Parisian Dad Watching Tirailleurs Drives A Maclaren!

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } army and papa, originally uploaded by toog. The blue, red & gold kepis on these...
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October 16, 2007

Playdate At The Mall: Friends With You's Rainbow Valley Playground

When I explained to the kid that I was going to Miami for a couple of days, she drew a blank. Then when I told her it was where the Malfi Playground was, she freaked out. And now I...
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October 14, 2007

"Baby On Board": The Vienna Museum Is Alive With The Exhibition Of Strollers

DT reader Scott and family were just in Vienna, where he saw this poster for what will be--let's face it--THE MOST IMPORTANT STROLLER EXHIBITION IN AUSTRIAN HISTORY. The Vienna Museum opens "Baby On Board" next week, which gives a...
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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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October 3, 2007

Adorable Indian Children Dress As British Oppressors, Also That Wuss Gandhi

To celebrate Gandhi's birthday and the UN's International Day of Non-Violence yesterday [yeah, I missed it, too], Indian children were dressed up as the leader of India's independence movement, Mahatma Gandhi, and the pith-helmeted troops of The Raj, and...
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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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September 30, 2007

Jukka Disk Game & Roller Seat From Finland From Kiosk

I was wondering when the next country would turn up on Kiosk, and it has: Finland. A few times each year, the conceptual SoHo retailer scours a country for exceptionally well-designed and iconic stuff from the rare to the...
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Posted by greg at 9:12 PM | Comments (1)

September 28, 2007

Reference Library's DT Linkbait

And the answer to Andy's question is yes, I will gladly link to a shamelessly self-promotional photo from his recent trip to the woods. Also, Shehaqua just made our naming shortlist. [update: it's off. someone just told me Shehaqua...
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September 23, 2007

My Name Is OJ! I Like To Steal!

IF I downloaded the first few episodes of Yo Gabba Gabba! for the plane, this is how I did it: Bit Torrent. Of course, IF I did it, it'd probably be going since last night, and it still wouldn't be...
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September 20, 2007

Blue Man Preschool: Bang On A Paint-Covered Drum

Look, I'm the first, second, and third dad to be stoked to learn that two founders of the Blue Man Group have opened a pre-school. And not just because it's inspired by the play-and-creativity-based Reggio Emilia approach to child development,...
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Posted by greg at 11:21 PM | Comments (0)

September 14, 2007

Red Roaster Coffee House, Brighton UK - NO

That's a great baby sign. Too bad there's not one on the men's room door. Ladies & Baby changing Red Roaster Brighton, UK [Ulysses68's flickr photos via losu]...
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Posted by greg at 9:25 AM | Comments (3)

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 28, 2007

BP Loves Children And Wants To Fill The Earth With Flowers.

Giant corporations exploiting adorable, emotionally manipulative fictional characters to suck every last dollar out of our wallets, while making outlandish PR claims that are totally at odds with accepted science and the dismal reality on the ground got you...
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Posted by greg at 9:41 AM | Comments (6)

August 27, 2007

Big Mac's A Big Mac, Except They Buy It With A Platinum Card

I am glad to see that American Express's Departures Magazine is on the lookout for kid-friendly travel spots; while the London finds sound brilliant, this month's recommendations for "Lisbon with Little Ones" needs some work. From Sophy Roberts' report ["wow--what...
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Posted by greg at 6:53 AM | Comments (2)

August 24, 2007

It's A Small Goth World After All

NOTE: This has nothing to do with goth freakshow circuses and their vacuum-gluing dwarves. Bats Day In The Fun Park is an annual weekend-long gathering of Goth culture enthusiasts which culminates in a big, black, fishnetty trip to Disneyland. It's...
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Posted by greg at 2:11 PM | Comments (3)

July 25, 2007

I'm Not Enlightened Enough To Know What To Do With This Awesome, Buddha Stamp-Filled Pilgrim Scroll

It doesn't really matter, because it's already sold, but for some reason, this scroll just seems spectacular to me. Part of it's purely aesthetic, because the simple inkstamped cotton technique is so simple. Part of it's the content and...
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Posted by greg at 11:15 PM | Comments (4)

July 18, 2007

Rubber Duckie Gigantique Par Florentijn Hofman

Oh la la, ca c'est le freakin' plus grandest Rubber Duckie que j'ai jamais vu! You may know Florentijn Hofman from the Rotterdam housing block he painted electric blue. Or from the 50-foot-tall inflatable green bunny he installed on the...
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Posted by greg at 8:37 PM | Comments (3)

July 16, 2007

Tako-no-Yama: The Itinerant Octopus Slide Builders Of Japan

In the 1960's in Japan, when the Maeda Outdoor Art Company unveiled a serpentine mound of polished concrete called "Play Sculpture: Stone Mountain," someone trying to be helpful told the artist, "If you'd just put a head on it,...
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Posted by greg at 11:27 PM | Comments (3)

July 12, 2007

"Baby Benadryl"? How About "Flight Attendant Xanax"? Damn.

A mom and her 2-year-old son were removed in June from a Continental ExpressJet flight from Houston to Oklahoma City because the kid kept saying "Bye, bye, plane" through the safety demonstration: "As she finished, she leaned over the...
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Posted by greg at 6:08 PM | Comments (17)

July 3, 2007

Boys Named Anakin: They're So Cute When They're Little

Hello, adorable little one-year-old photographed wearing a Wookie costume at the Disney-MGM Star Wars Weekend, what's your name? Oh. And what would you like to be when you grow up? And how does having your older brother dressed as...
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Posted by greg at 12:15 AM | Comments (1)

June 29, 2007

Check Out The Vintage Baby Scale In This Japanese Bathhouse

Asahi-yu, somewhere in Shin-Nakano, on the Marunouchi line. I can't believe this sento is only a few minutes west of Shinjuku. It looks like the ones we used to go to in the mountains 20 years ago. Though I...
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Posted by greg at 12:19 AM | Comments (0)

June 28, 2007

Stuffed US Map Travel Puzzle

When I was little, I learned the states from the hand-painted map on the neighbor's camping trailer, which they filled in every summer: "All Lower 48!" it said. Also, I had a beat jigsaw puzzle, where Rhode Island was...
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June 26, 2007

Vintage Creative Playthings Blocks, Mint Next To Box

Though it appears to be missing a block, and the original box has some wear, the eBay seller says this set of Creative Playthings Small Hardwood Blocks is in "perfect condition." Like new, you might say, except for this:...
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Posted by greg at 4:28 PM | Comments (0)

June 18, 2007

Single Dose Bubbles From Germany

These are awesome. Bubbles without the bottle. Three packs and a wand are $9 in SoHo at Kiosk, the incredible concept store by the same folks who brought us Salvor Fauna. Kiosk scours a particular country for beautiful, unusual,...
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Posted by greg at 12:45 PM | Comments (4)

June 15, 2007

The Morrinho Project: My First Favela Playset

Spectacular. Morrinho ['little hill' in Portuguese] began in 1997 as the plaything of a 14-year-old boy in Pereirão, a hillside favela of Rio de Janiero. It's a toy model of the favela itself, constructed on an abandoned hill out...
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Posted by greg at 9:17 AM | Comments (0)

June 4, 2007

So You Don't Have To Read About Kids Flying Private To Camp In The Post

In a dead-on targeting of that Impressionable Losers With More Money Than Brains demographic so coveted by its advertisers, the NY Post helpfully reports about a growing "trend": kids flying to summer camp on private jets. The story idea's likely...
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Posted by greg at 5:32 PM | Comments (1)

June 2, 2007

This Zid Zid Airplane Backpack Is Just Awesome.

Even at my road warrioringest worst, when I was flying somewhere literally every 36-48 hours for months, I refused to get a wheelie suitcase. None of the luggage companies I liked made them, and they just seemed like a sign...
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Posted by greg at 11:01 AM | Comments (2)

Good Babynaming Help So Hard To Find In The Hamptons

As I'm sure you already know from previous seasons in Aspen and the Hamptons, Plum TV is like the free, glossy real estate ad magazines they leave in Upper East Side lobbies, like Avenue or Quest, but on TV....
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Posted by greg at 8:51 AM | Comments (1)

June 1, 2007

DIY Kid-sized Robot Rickshaw

So the kid's Miniboo is sitting in the corner of her room for a year-plus with one of the wheels broken off, meanwhile, a Mr. Wu of Somewhere Outside Beijing has made not one, but two robot-powered rickshaws, a...
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Posted by greg at 3:28 PM | Comments (0)

May 25, 2007

Daddy's Not Typing For A Few Days

Daddy Types, Daddy Packs, Daddy Eats Popsicle At Kid's Pre-school Class Party, Daddy Drives To North Carolina. We're heading out for the weekend, and early reports from the Outer Banks reveal that none of the neighbors have their WiFi set...
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Posted by greg at 1:17 PM | Comments (1)

May 15, 2007

Tips For Travel With Kids, Nos. 1, 10 & 495

NOTE: unless you can't read, there is no reason for you to click on either of these videos. You hear me? NO reason. at. all. 495] Hold the damn kid's damn hand, dammit. That's why they call it Times Square,...
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Posted by greg at 11:05 PM | Comments (2)

May 11, 2007

1996: The Glorious, Play-Filled Future Of Air Travel With Kids

Because it can be hard for everyone--kids, parents, other passengers, and flight personnel--when kids get antsy on a long plane ride, why not create a special child-care section separate from the main passenger cabin? Spaces for play, rest, quiet activity,...
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Posted by greg at 1:51 PM | Comments (1)

April 19, 2007

David Askevold's Enlightened Symbols

The kid's favorite magazine is actually "the airplane magazine," the safety information card that she pores over and demands to have read to her repeatedly, with a fervor that would probably startle even the most jaded-but-secretly-attention-starved flight attendant. Her fascination...
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Posted by greg at 8:55 AM | Comments (2)

April 9, 2007

Salvor-Palooza At Cool Hunting, Kiosk, &c.

Cool Hunting just posted a video visit to the studio of Salvor designer Ross Menuez. Turns out the company's named after his daughter and muse [well, her middle name, anyway. It's Icelandic.] When it came out a couple of...
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Posted by greg at 5:06 PM | Comments (1)

April 8, 2007

Oops. The Kid Loved This Maria Marshall Video At The Met

A couple of Sundays ago, I got a chance to meet a couple of DT readers, Col and Aubrey, who were visiting NYC from America's Capital of Leaving Your Kid With The Valet Parking Guy, Scottsdale. We went wandering through...
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Posted by greg at 11:38 PM | Comments (1)

March 30, 2007

If Found, Please Return This USB Drive & The Kid Wearing It

A geekdad adapted an auto-run software trick for adding an "If you're reading this, this USB stick is lost. Please return it to me at..." message to a USB memory stick into a kidtracking solution for the family vacation at...
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Posted by greg at 12:04 AM | Comments (2)

March 8, 2007

Wha Wha Wha? They Allow Strollers On Buses Now?

The kid and I were making the rounds of some galleries in Chelsea, then we had to go meet my wife and some of her former colleagues for dinner at Columbia. So with a little time to kill and no...
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Dad Spends 22 Extra Nanoseconds With Kids, Relativistically Speaking

Tom Van Baak decided to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Einstein's theory of general relativity and the 50th anniversary of Essen's first cesium clock by taking his family on a trip up Mount Rainier, thereby demonstrating the time-dilating effects of...
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Posted by greg at 2:36 PM | Comments (0)

March 4, 2007

Sweet Tibetan Sheepskin Yakskin Baby Sling--And Birthing Center Vs. Delivery Room

This shot, titled "Father & Son," was taken in Amdo, Tibet, by Brooklyn photographer Raul Gutierrez, and it shows, among other things, an awesome sheepskin baby sling a yakskin robe being used as a baby sling [thanks for the...
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Posted by greg at 3:09 PM | Comments (1)

February 27, 2007

Miffy Loves New York City; Dick Bruna Loves Cashing NYC's Checks

Starting in the fall of 2003, NYC & Company, the official visitors & tourist organization for New York City, launched a marketing campaign to lure families to the city. Central to that effort was Miffy Loves New York City!, a...
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Posted by greg at 2:45 PM | Comments (1)

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)

February 9, 2007

WTH?? Once-Skeptical Dad Pens Love Letter To Disney Cruises

Look, I went on a cruise against my better judgment, now I'm done. End of story. But I guess if you HAVE to take a cruise WITH four boys, a Disney Cruise MIGHT be the way to go. Boat's gorgeous....
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Posted by greg at 12:25 AM | Comments (1)

February 1, 2007

Airlines Eliminating Infant Fares

This oughta help the kids stay quiet on the plane. American Airlines discontinued its discounted fare for kids under 2-yo on Jan. 13. Their spokesman said, presumably with a straight face, "We found out that this was very rarely used,...
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Posted by greg at 2:58 PM | Comments (7)

January 24, 2007

Testing Your Meddle

Some news links that almost warrant their own posts. If you need a theme here, how about meddling? If you want to keep believing that it's not her parents, no way, Marla Olmstead has been a genius painter since she...
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Posted by greg at 10:55 PM | Comments (2)

January 23, 2007

Parents Whine After AirTran Kicks Toddler Off Plane

So a Boston family gets tossed from an AirTran flight from Ft. Myers, Florida when their 3-year-old daughter freaks out and won't sit in her paid-for seat. After holding the flight for 15 minutes, and refusing to let the too-old...
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Posted by greg at 6:09 PM | Comments (23)

Do Barenaked Ladies Cruises And Kids Go Together?

DT reader Matt didn't go--this time--but he pointed to an extended discussion on the fanboards about whether it was appropriate or advisable to bring kids along on Ships & Dip, the Barenaked Ladies fan cruise. I mean, there's Camp Carnival,...
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Posted by greg at 10:02 AM | Comments (0)

January 16, 2007

"That's My Friend!"

You want your kid to have friends, but then what if you don't like their friends? "Elmo and the Gecko Frog are my friends!" [via the kid just outside Baltimore on the way to NYC last week, image via usatoday]...
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Posted by greg at 9:34 AM | Comments (2)

January 2, 2007

Pampers Of The World: One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others

Unpacking the diaper bag today for the first time in over a month, and I realized we had Pampers from three countries: the US, France, and Japan. The Japanese ones [lower left] are far softer than either of the...
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Posted by greg at 2:54 PM | Comments (4)

December 29, 2006

All The World's A Playmobil, And We Are Merely Playmobilers

The kid only had one request of Santa this Christmas, but it was highly specific. And challenging: "A digger, and rocks, and sand." The digger would be easy enough, I thought. Even though I got priced out of that...
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Posted by greg at 11:15 AM | Comments (3)

December 28, 2006

Yet Another Sleepless Travel Day

You gotta figure you're in for a rough ride when the kid sleeps less than either of you. We just rolled in from France, via Munich and the Reston, VA Chick-Fil-A. The kid not only hasn't slept more than 30...
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Posted by greg at 6:18 PM | Comments (4)

December 26, 2006

I Saw Maman Lynching Santa Claus

Bonnes Fetes, everyone. The hypermarches were packed, but the churches were practically empty here in France the last couple of days; That, combined with the fact that all the Peres Noel in the village here in Provence are depicted...
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Posted by greg at 7:06 AM | Comments (2)

December 22, 2006

For Now, Just One Piece Of Advice: Stay Far, Far Away From Frankfurt Airport

If most airport checkpoints are useless security theater, the worst airport in the US is a high school version of Our Town, and Frankfurt airport is every Cirque du Soleil playing simultaneously at the Bellagio with Celine freakin' Dion singing...
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Posted by greg at 3:25 PM | Comments (1)

December 11, 2006

Hong Kong Airport Authority Forgets To Renew Subscription To Mothering Magazine

Previously: Mothering Magazine's International Breastfeeding Icon Design Contest...
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December 5, 2006

Iiwi: Japan's Most Incredible Baby & Dog Store

It's exactly the kind of serendipitous experience you hope for on a trip: you stumble across an utterly unique, mindblowing store that's obviously the product of passionate, discerning and very entertaining people. The kid and I were on our...
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Posted by greg at 1:16 AM | Comments (3)

December 3, 2006

Ugh. How Do You Explain Jet Lag To A 2-yo?

at 4-5AM? We're doomed. On the other hand, mid-night Kyoto is plenty safe for walking around....
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Posted by greg at 7:15 PM | Comments (4)

November 8, 2006

Tanned, Triumphant, Tropical Tot Traveller Tells Tale

When we last heard from Shawn, he was pale and wondering if tropical vacations were a thing of the past now that he had a kid. So as the crappy NY weather turns our hearts to the Caribbean, it's a...
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Posted by greg at 3:09 PM | Comments (0)

October 31, 2006

Unboxing The CARES Fly Safe Planeseat Harness

We're getting more Engadgety [Or is it Gizmodo-y?] every day. DT reader Don has had enough of lugging that Tripleplay Sit-n-Stroll around on plane trips. [You know the one. Looks like someone ripped it out of an RV and...
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Posted by greg at 3:50 PM | Comments (3)

Q: NYC Hotels With Daycare?

DT reader Mark asks a question I'd never thought of before:Do you know any hotels in NYC with daycares? My lovely wife wants to come to New York with me for work, and it would be fun for the kiddo...
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Posted by greg at 2:43 PM | Comments (8)

October 20, 2006

The Swedish Pacifier Tree

There are a million reasons to subscribe to Cabinet Magazine, but here's one more: Mats Bigert writes about the pacifier tree at Stockholm's zoo in Skansen. Since they began to accumulate thirty years ago until they were last counted...
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Posted by greg at 8:47 PM | Comments (1)

Belgian Design Fair Whips Up Baby Holding Pen

What to do with all the kids who might descend on Kortrijk for Interieur06, Belgian's national contemporary furniture and design expo? Easy. Just grab some plywood and some kid-sized product from the exhibitors, add a thin cushion somewhere, scatter...
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Posted by greg at 8:41 AM | Comments (1)

October 19, 2006

GQ: Good Things Come In Pairs. Like Swedish Stroller Ramps

Whoa, check out this set! Of stroller ramps. We've seen some in Copenhagen, too, but on GQ's design blog [I know, I'm as surprised as you.] Michael Hsu can't stop staring at these Swedish models, the likes of which...
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Posted by greg at 8:42 PM | Comments (3)

September 27, 2006

Anna Nicole Has Two Baby Daddies

And one of them is her lawyer. The other is the friend-with-benefits who was told early on that he was the father. This important news brought to you courtesy of Larry King and Gawker. I suspect this will be the...
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Posted by greg at 11:57 AM | Comments (0)

September 7, 2006

FAA: No Airline CARES, So Now Parents Can Buy Carseat Replacement Themselves

Plane travel with a kid is set to get easier, and by "easier," I mean "$80 more expensive and now involves checked car seats instead of carried ones." A while back, the FAA approved the use of seatbelt-supplementing harnesses as...
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Posted by greg at 4:56 PM | Comments (1)

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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Posted by greg at 2:12 PM | Comments (1)

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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Posted by greg at 12:02 PM | Comments (2)

August 25, 2006

Flying, BRB

Great, I raise the threat level of fictional penises minutes before boarding a plane for a weekend with the family. As that dude from DHS said, "Be calm, go about your daily lives, and have fun."...
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Posted by greg at 8:19 AM | Comments (0)

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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Posted by greg at 11:34 AM | Comments (2)

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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Posted by greg at 11:14 AM | Comments (14)

August 8, 2006

Trunki Suitcase: They're Riding Me Like A Horse

I cannot tell you how depressing it is to see little kids pulling wheelie suitcases around. Their bleak, road warrior future flashes in front of me, as I imagine them 25 years from now, schlepping through O'Hare on their...
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Posted by greg at 10:40 AM | Comments (0)

August 5, 2006

Flying Private: Think Of The Children

Mock me if you must, but there was a time when I swore I wasn't going to have kids until I could stop flying commercial. Turns out the IPO gods had a different sequence of events in store for me...
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Posted by greg at 10:45 AM | Comments (2)

July 29, 2006

More Euros Flying: British Airways Toddler Bassinets

A pond-hopping dad sent this in:Last year, as we took our boys to Finland, we encountered a variation on the typical airline bassiets which was quite useful. According to the BA staff, our 767s had an additional type of bassinet...
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Posted by greg at 7:46 AM | Comments (5)

July 25, 2006

Luftikid Inflatable Car Seat: Der Junge In The Plastic Bubble

As Nightcrawler would say, Unglaublich. Sometimes you see a piece of gear that's so completely out of the prevailing paradigm, it's hard to even know how to approach it. The Luftikid is an inflatable car seat. It consists of an...
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Posted by greg at 11:26 PM | Comments (2)

What Carseats Do Euros Use On The Plane?

We just flew in from Las Vegas, and boy, are my arms tired. Seriously, we've been--to use the Henry Rollins phrase that launched a thousand dadblog--baby roadies all day, hauling the car seat around from rental car to shuttle to...
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Posted by greg at 12:36 AM | Comments (13)

July 20, 2006

Yes, That IS A Toilet Seat In My Suitcase, And Yes, I'm Happy To See You

We're about to fly cross-country with a toilet-training child who is growing wary/weary of diapers, which anyway seem to make her confused sometimes, not always sure if she's OK to go in her pants or not. So after some discussion...
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Posted by greg at 12:59 PM | Comments (5)

July 17, 2006

Other Daddies Typing: The Zero Boss Edition

Would you believe that I had this ready days ago, but the server went down just as I was posting it? Actually, I was waiting until Jay "The Zero Boss" Allen came back to the dadblogworld. Now here's a wildly...
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Posted by greg at 10:46 AM | Comments (0)

July 14, 2006

Latest Hotel Amenities For Families: Deathtrap Cribs

As you book your summer vacation, be sure to ask the hotel reservations agent if they have a complete supply of outdated or misassembled cribs for your child to sleep in. Also, check to see if they outfit their cribs...
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Posted by greg at 3:13 PM | Comments (4)

June 2, 2006

Quick Flying Tip: Change Sides

Here's an idea if you're flying with a kid in a car seat, and you have connecting flights: try reserving seats on the opposite side of the airplane for each flight [i.e., put the car seat in A for one...
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Posted by greg at 2:05 AM | Comments (2)

May 4, 2006

Benadryl As A Jetway Drug?

The Wall Street Journal has an article today about some parents' "guilty secret": sedating their kids to get through a long flight. For the kid's first trip to Japan when she was just five months old, she actually slept like...
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Posted by greg at 10:56 PM | Comments (29)

March 30, 2006

4-4-5-4: A Travel Haiku

My wife flew into Dulles last night, and the kid and I went to meet her. It never fails to impress me how such an airport can be so goodlooking from afar, and such an annoying, unpleasant logistical experience when...
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Posted by greg at 12:43 PM | Comments (2)

March 21, 2006

Believer Bigwig Brings Babies To Baja

Some new dad surfers went to Baja, all the way down to Todos Santos, a surf/sleep-on-the-beach/fish-taco kind of mecca a thousand miles from TJ. And they took the kids, three of them, all under the age of two. For two...
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Posted by greg at 11:13 PM | Comments (7)

Las Vegas and Babies: Make'em There, But Don't Take'em There

Looks like the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas is still banning strollers on the premises, except for registered guests. Wynn Bans Baby Strollers [hotelchatter via hotelchatter's juliana] previously: Whatever Happens In Las Vegas, The Stroller Stays In The Car...
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Posted by greg at 5:20 PM | Comments (2)

March 8, 2006

Travel Today, Bed Tomorrow

One factor that might contribute to the in-car puking: snot. [sorry, should I have set this topic up a little better?] When the kid sits back in her car seat with a runny nose, and that runs down her throat,...
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Posted by greg at 11:01 PM | Comments (3)

February 28, 2006

Business Travel With The Kids: One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others...

A great tease of an article in the NYT today about how many parents take their kids along on business trips. There's the author mom who took her one-year-old on a book tour to New Zealand where the publicist who'd...
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Posted by greg at 8:31 PM | Comments (2)

February 23, 2006

Tiny Tots Traveling Tropical: Terrible? Or Totally!

+ ? A question from Shawn, an unseasonably pale new dad:My wife and I travel tropical at least once a year. We skipped last year during my wife's pregnancy. We just had our first child in January, and we're...
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Posted by greg at 9:13 PM | Comments (18)

February 21, 2006

Baby Boom Contributes To Hamptons Summer Rental War?

Uh, I guess I'm not going to dispel the notion that I'm writing for an elitist demographic this week... According to one realtor talking to the NY Post, one of the reasons there's a run on good summer rentals in...
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Posted by greg at 5:40 PM | Comments (2)

February 17, 2006

Give Me Some Of Your Tote A Tots

I'm sure you know the boilerplate deal by now: for the first nine months, the man is off the hook while the woman hauls the baby around. In exchange for this--and for pushing the kid out or having her bikini...
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Posted by greg at 4:57 PM | Comments (3)

February 2, 2006

Boy, I Wish I Was On That Plane

Beverly Beckham must have teenage kids who aggressively ignore her, because she sure got all nostalgic about a recent flight where a wired 8-year-old boy kept bombarding his patient, understanding dad with eager questions:''Dad! Dad! Did you feel that bump?"...
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Posted by greg at 7:15 AM | Comments (5)

December 23, 2005

Urgent: Parents Should Read New TSA Guidelines [At The Onion]

While most media attention has focused only on the new permissibility of knives and scissors, so far only The Onion has uncovered this new TSA guideline: "Seat kickers now under strict 'shoot to kill' disciplinary guidelines." Fortunately for the kid,...
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Posted by greg at 10:44 AM | Comments (0)

November 24, 2005

Splitting The Rocks Of Traveling Ignorance

Yesterday on the way to Gram's house, I ran into many fellow members of my secret society, BODCCATA [aka Brotherhood of Dads Carrying Carseats At The Airport]. We didn't talk to each other, of course, not in public [It's part...
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Posted by greg at 9:42 AM | Comments (2)

November 13, 2005

Other Daddies Typing, Vol X.3 - Etc

Here's the info stuff from the blog round-up: So parents [Swedish dads, New York moms] taking their kids into prison with them? wtf? [bloggingbaby] Beth of Blogging Baby flew solo with the kid and did just fine, thanks. She had...
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Posted by greg at 11:23 PM | Comments (0)

October 17, 2005

JetBlue: Go Ahead, Everyone's Doing It

JetBlue is running this ad on the street around NYC, touting the sedative effects of parking your kid in front of his own, personal TV screen for a few hours. Related: Do you use the electronic babysitter? [bloggingbaby.com] Tips...
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October 6, 2005

Self Hating Zoos

We took an extended visit to the zoo yesterday (in DC) in lieu of the playground, and whoa, it was totally empty. Like no people at all. And while the kid was excited to see animals we usually don't--to...
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September 11, 2005

Grrr. Homeland Security...

I have too much to do, it's September 11th of all days, and yet I can't help but be thoroughly pissed off when I read about the sheer stupidity that Dutch and his 2-month-old kid had to endure at the...
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August 29, 2005

Baby Store Recommendations In [Your City Name Here]

A while back someone [who missed some good stores on his trip to NYC, I believer[ had the suggestion to get people to put together a list of favorite stores in their home towns. So let's see what we can...
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August 28, 2005

If You're Taking The Kid To Burning Man...

Here are some useful links and resources: Kid's not here yet? Check the Pregnant on the Playa section of the Survival Guide. The top three points, though, are dehydration, dehydration, and dehydration. Then heat. As always before going to spend...
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August 24, 2005

Sweet Modernist Daycare Center in Spain

OK, so maybe all Europeans don't leave their kids alone when they go out. Some, in the Spanish city of Manlleu [pronunciation: yo no se], take them to day care. Sweet, Mies van der Rohe modernism-inspired day care. The...
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August 20, 2005

Introducing DT Travel, And One Airplane Tip

Someone suggested it earlier, and I'd been wondering about it anyway, so here it is, a Daddy Types travel category. I'm going back to pull all the travel-related topics into it, including advice and gear for being away from home,...
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Um, About This Baby Jet Lag?

Seriously, kid, you need to sleep. It's been three nights since we got back to the East Coast from Japan, and the kid has not moved her sleep schedule hardly at all. What gives? Flying from the US to Japan,...
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August 16, 2005

Just Because You Didn't Name Him Osama Doesn't Mean He's Not A Terrorist

Sometimes, you just can't add anything to make a post funnier or a story more utterly ridiculous. "Infants have been stopped from boarding planes at airports throughout the U.S. because their names are the same as or similar to those...
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August 11, 2005

Fortunately, We're Pampers People

Because otherwise, I'd have been tempted to buy the imported Huggies at the landmark ex-pat grocery store, National Azabu*. They're 3,987 yen. [$37]. We actually brought a brick of US Pampers with us, about 20 days worth, and filled in...
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August 10, 2005

The Case Of Elmer And The Homesick Baby

Pooking around the kitchen timer section of the kinda offbeat department store Tokyu Hands was this Elmer The Gay Vague Patchwork Elephant kitchen timer, for 1,500 yen. It was too high for the kid to see, but later, when...
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August 3, 2005

And I Thought DC/NYC Was A Tough Commute

The NY Observer has a long article about Lachlan Murdoch, who just quit his job at News Corp in part, it seems, because he and his wife prefer to raise their newborn son Kalan in Australia:Sydney is a great place...
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July 24, 2005

BoBos In Purgatory, or "What's That Guy In First Class Typing About?"

Based on this feeble "Flying with kids? Ack!" Dave Barry impression, NYT conservative columnist David Brooks should stick to spinning his musings from the checkout line at Whole Foods into all-encompassing social theories: It is an iron rule of plane...
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July 22, 2005

The Best Five Bucks We Spent On Our International Flight

The kid did pretty well on the flight to Japan. [Not as well as last year this time, when she was five months old, and slept 11 of the 14 hour flight in her chair, but still, she was nowhere...
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July 8, 2005

Whatever Happens In Las Vegas, The Stroller Stays In The Car

DT reader Chris has this annoying report. Sounds like that whole, "Las Vegas is your family-friendly vacation destination!" schtick has gone the way of Sigfried and Roy's career:Just came from a trip to Las Vegas with the family. Found out...
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June 20, 2005

GoGo Kidz Travelmate: Airport Wheelies For Your Car Seat?

For all the hubbub in the media about equal parenting and dads changing diapers, taking leave, and getting more involved, you almost never hear about moms grabbing the car seat and hauling it around the airport. And that's fine. I'm...
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May 23, 2005

WSJ: Kids Flying In First Class

The Weekend Journal has a story on the increasing number of children flying in first class, and the opportunities and conflicts this causes for airlines and their most loyal, most profitable customers: business travelers and elite frequent flyers. Of course,...
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April 1, 2005

Update: Amtrak/Penn Station - YES

The Amtrak/NJ Transit mens room just inside the Eighth Ave & 33rd St entrance--one of the sketchiest public restrooms I've been in, although I've never been to Port Authority--now has a changing table. Go in the right side....
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January 25, 2005

Fertility Tourism

According to this front page report in the NY Times, the high cost of infertility treatments in the US--especially egg donor programs and in vitro fertilization--are driving increasing numbers of Americans to find foreign clinics. One South African doctor pitches...
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January 13, 2005

Because You Can Never Be Too Rich, Or Your Kids Too Well-Dressed

I'm sure you've all read this already, but I've been kinda busy lately and just came across AnneMarie Iverson's article on classic, well-made kids clothes in the December issue of Departures, the American Express magazine for Platinum and Centurion cardmembers:The...
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January 12, 2005

Bugaboo Daytrips

We just recently began turning the kid's Bugaboo seat around so that she now faces forward, instead of looking at us the whole time. I have to say, it causes a bit of separation anxiety. Now she's facing the whole...
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December 26, 2004

Hip Family Hotels, or Paris on $1,500/Night

So you're a hipster worried that your jetsetting, boutique hotel-hopping days are over? Afraid that all your vacations are belong to Mouse? Well relaaax. According to Jennifer Conlin's report in the New York Times, there's a new crop of hip...
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December 21, 2004

Q. What's in your diaper bag?

The Short Answer: way too much. The Longer Answer: see below. [thanks to DT reader and new dad Bruce] Related, in a ripped off kind of way : What's in Your Gadget Bag, Glenn Fleishman? [homage/apologies to Gizmodo]...
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December 2, 2004

Going Out With Kids

On Ask Gothamist, a single woman seeks advice on going out with her friends who insist on bringing their baby everywhere, even to movies and bars. So: Are YOU aware of how annoyed child-free get when you go out with...
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November 28, 2004

If it's on an airplane, shouldn't it be a planeseat?

Just got back from Thanksgiving at Grammy's house, and here's the epiphany I had at O'Hare, watching armies of dads lumbering under the weight--and bulk--of gigantic carseats while balancing carry-on luggage and personal pan pizzas, and while screaming after wandering,...
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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 13, 2004

Metro North (new) Trains, Grand Central Station [& Points North] - YES

DT reader Craig reports: "While my wife and I would still choose the seat between us for sanitary reasons, the new trains do have fold-down changing tables. I would also worry about a sudden decelleration, which might send your little...
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October 30, 2004

Hotel Gansevoort, 18 9th Ave at 13th St - NO

I didn't check the Ono or O Bar side, but the two tiny bathrooms tucked into the alcove just past the check-in/concierge have sinks so small, you couldn't even do blow on them. Not the Hotel Gansevoort bathrooms I've heard...
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October 28, 2004

Is There A Doctor In The House/Motel/Chalet?

A roundup of dad-related stories about needing to find a doctor pdq have some good advice of where to look: At the JCC in Hamden, CT: In a recent interview with his hometown paper, Gary Greenberg, the author of Be...
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October 24, 2004

LI Dad Delivers Baby On Northern St Parkway

Buy that man a new set of floormats. Robert Pickus was driving his wife to the hospital on Long Island when--due to a combination of construction on the L.I.E., traffic on the Northern State Parkway, and a sudden cry of...
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Posted by greg at 11:31 PM | Comments (0)

August 26, 2004

When traveling with baby formula

Opt for the double freezer bagging rather than just putting the cannister in your suitcase. And be sure to press out as much of the air as possible from those bags. Otherwise, the combination of air pressure changes and baggage...
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August 23, 2004

Fold-up Infant Cabana (yes, small as a dinner plate)

Finally. After scouring sporting goods stores, tentmakers, and baby shops, I'd given up on finding a simple sunshade so we could take the kid outside (and not fry her while I lay my pasty self out). I want(ed) a tensile...
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Posted by greg at 10:58 PM | Comments (3)

August 21, 2004

Pop-up Travel Beds

While my nose has been buried in Japanese diapers, the UK has apparently been overrun by springloaded travel beds that fold up "as small as a dinner plate." Baby Chic 101 (a new blog with enough baby designer links to...
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Posted by greg at 9:24 AM | Comments (1)

August 20, 2004

Rocky Flying with The Squirrelly

Over at Defective Yeti, Matt has a typically wisdom-packed, comedic account of a cross-country flight with his son, aka The Squirrelly....
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August 14, 2004

That's Odd: United decides Bugaboo not a stroller, and other travel lessons

What's the Daddy Types secret for getting your kid to sleep the entire flight, even a 12-hour stretch from Osaka to O'hare? Get her to puke right after takeoff. (Of course, self-induced vomiting will come in handy when she starts...
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Jetlag Special: 5AM Thank-yous

Back from Japan, safe, sound, (almost) all accounted for, and jetlagged. More on that later. Thanks to the folks below, company's coming, and I've gotta start picking up all the stuff lying around the Daddy Types floor. First, DT fan...
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August 8, 2004

Japanese Hotel Crib

This is the hardwood crib the hotel gave us. It folds up to about 1/3 of the depth, but what I like most about it is the basic, no-frills shape: square rails and spindles, no tole painting (although the...
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Bamboo Bugaboo

It's too sunny and too hot for the kid to ride around in a stock Bugaboo/Maxi-Cosi carseat. The pullout shade doesn't cover her legs; the black carseat soaks up heat; and there's no ventilation, either. So I jury-rigged a...
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August 7, 2004

Taking your non-Asian baby to Japan: A Phrasebook

KAWAIIIIII! (kah-wah-eeeeeeeee) Cute. Used as an exclamation by 98% of the Japanese women of any age when they see your kid. Hana ga takai! (hah-nah gah tah-kai) What a big nose! and O-tosan ni sokkuri! (oh-toe-sahn nee soak-curry) She look...
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August 4, 2004

quick japan update

1. flying 14 hrs was a breeze. the kid slept 8-9 w/no drugs, no crying, the only problem was over-eager-to-help-and-hold-her neighbors and total randoms. 2. oh, except she goes berserk as soon as the plane pushes back from the gate....
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July 31, 2004

Daddy Types Japanese Tour '04

Well, I'm actually doing it: taking the kid on a 14-hour flight to Japan, and a 2-week trip to the sticks. Daddy Types is certainly going to sleep through the night, but if they have the "internet" over there, I'll...
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Posted by greg at 10:18 PM | Comments (2)

July 29, 2004

Has Anyone Actually MacGyvered a Diaper?

Early on, when the kid had a blowout at Barnes & Noble, and I had only a spare Onesie (R) for a cold day. I had to turn her hoodie into a pair of pants (with a baggy MC-Hammer-style crotch)...
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Just heard this: Flight attendant spiked kid's juice with Xanax

I was talking with some friends last night about the kid's big flight this weekend (14 hours to Osaka), and one child-free guy asked, "isn't there something you can give them, you know, to take the edge off?" "Haha, where's...
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July 25, 2004

A service for traveling to LA with kids

Gotta hand it to Los Angeles, they have a highly evolved service economy. One hotel I used to stay in had overnight dry cleaning which, if you think about it, everyone should have, but they don't. (Thank the film industry...
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July 21, 2004

How to Fly the Daddy Types Way (v1.0)

1. Check everything but the onplane essentials (and your laptop, which won't fit in the diaper bag, so you stuff the emptied diaper bag into your checked luggage and use a camo duckhunting tote from LLBean. 2. Take the stroller...
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Newark Airport Terminal B - NO

Yeah, I know Newark's not in NYC. I almost went back to change the kid's diaper at the security checkpoint when I found out there's no changing table. Ghe-ttooo...
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July 18, 2004

JFK Terminal 9, American - NO

Thanks to DT reader Sebastian, who also points out the women's room DOES have one. "Actually, places where women's bathrooms have changing tables while men's doesn't bother me the most, since it means they did think about changing tables but...
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Posted by greg at 11:55 PM | Comments (1)

UrbanBabyWatch: Flying

Advice on flying, from the oft-treacherous shoals of UrbanBaby's message boards: Flying w/stroller, carseat and base? "Check the base, gatecheck the stroller and carseat, that way you can use the carseat if there's an open seat." "airlines provide a large...
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Posted by greg at 12:27 PM | Comments (2)

July 16, 2004

Disposable 8 oz cups for anything

We got a pack of these 8 oz. cups w/lids to start the kid on solid foods. They're fine for mixing tiny amounts of rice cereal--not that she's actually eating any of it yet--but we find we're using them for...
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Posted by greg at 11:46 AM | Comments (5)

June 14, 2004

The Right Baby Formula Dispenser

We got this blue-lidded, 3-chamber baby formula dispenser from Munchkin . But we found it leaks so much formula, we had to store it in a Ziploc bag. And it would occasionally leak from one partition to the next, screwing...
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Huggies Disposable Changing Pad

An article this morning in the Deseret Morning News has Blurbomat dad Jon Armstrong sharing this good find, Huggies Disposable Changing Pads, which, he says, have "already saved grandma's carpet on two occasions." Get these at the drugstore; you don't...
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Posted by greg at 10:10 AM | Comments (0)

May 30, 2004

JetBlue, JFK Terminal 6 - YES

Handy after a long flight from LA, we hear. (Thanks, Blake)...
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May 28, 2004

Take Kids to the Hamptons The Gawker Way

Gawker has some advice if you're taking the LIRR to the Hamptons this Memorial Day weekend:2. Children need muzzles too. Duct tape will work. In fact, not only can you tape up their little mouths, when the train gets really...
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Posted by greg at 12:21 PM | Comments (1)

May 10, 2004

Chariots On Hire: renting strollers in the UK

While I blame them for planting the annoying Vangelis theme song in my head, Chariots On Hire gets credit for an interesting idea: They'll rent you a stroller for 2 weeks to 6 months or more, either to let you...
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Posted by greg at 10:27 AM | Comments (1)

April 28, 2004

When your kid throws up

Blast, so to speak, from the past: In 2000, Jonathan Kronstadt gave some counterintuitive advice in Salon about what to do if when your kid pukes. DON'T move him, DON'T stand still. No, like "some kind of deranged hockey goalie,"...
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Posted by greg at 10:44 AM | Comments (0)

LEGOLAND Kidspotter: track your kid with WiFi

Legoland has introduced Kidspotter, a WiFi-based tracking system that lets parents locate their children anywhere within the park. How it works: parents send a text message to the Kidspotter system, which returns the coordinates of their kid's transmitter wristbands. [via...
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Posted by greg at 10:26 AM | Comments (0)

April 26, 2004

Amtrak, Metroliner - NO, Acela - YES

Changing a diaper on the train is an unnecessarily awkward exercise....
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April 23, 2004

Packing Tip: Take Some Pants

We were out shopping today with the kid, and she had a righteous blowout. The whole outfit and the blanket was knocked out of commission. The diaper bag had only a Onesie in it, no pants, socks, anything; and it...
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