Fashion Friday: Baby Gear Meets the Fine Arts

Art School

Baby gear brands get a lesson in the fine arts. By Angela Velasquez

Andy Warhol may have famously declared his love for boring things, but I bet that even the pop culture enthusiast and artist would have loved the new and creative baby gear hitting store shelves. From prints pulled from Warhol’s archive to today’s leading fashion designers and innovators dipping their toes into the children’s category, a bright and funky selection of strollers and diapers bags are carving a colorful niche sure to catch the eye of art and design enthusiasts—who are also new parents. Check out this curated selection of some of the finest examples of this art movement.

Bugaboo stroller

Bugaboo stroller

 Pop Art

Few things have outlasted its 15 minutes of fame as long as Andy Warhol’s iconic prints have. From retro T-shirts and snappy home décor to limited edition must-haves such as Alien Workshop’s Warhol-inspired skateboard decks, the artist has changed the way the world looks at soup cans and blonde bombshells by becoming part of everyday life. And now babies can be introduced to the artist’s screen prints from day one by way of baby gear brand, Bugaboo. The limited edition Andy Warhol + Bugaboo collection features the artist’s famous red flower and graphic car prints on the canopies of some of the brand’s most popular stroller styles including the Bugaboo Bee, Bugaboo Cameleon3 and the Bugaboo Donkey. An electric blue flower parasol for strollers is also available. The collection is in stores now, but only for six months.

Uniqlo tank top

Uniqlo tank top

Alien Workshop Skateboards

Alien Workshop Skateboards

 

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Magnolias

Magnolias

Skip Hop Jonathan Adler diaper bbag

Skip Hop Jonathan Adler diaper bbag

In the Bag

Best known for his simplistic yet quirky pottery and his eye for unique color combinations, furniture and homeware designer Jonathan Adler is expanding his retro cool lifestyle brand down to fashion for chic mamas. Along with bringing his original prints and designs to everyday essentials such as iPhone cases, stationary and socks (created by BabyLegs global licensee and distributor, United Legwear Co.), the New Yorker has linked up with Skip Hop to create a bold and graphic collection of diaper bags. The Skip Hop Jonathan Adler collection includes lightweight totes kitted out with insulated pockets for bottles, adjustable stroller straps and easy to clean laminated materials in three of Adler’s signature prints, as well as the Pronto, an on-the-go changing station to store wipes, diapers and creams. And with prints that span black and white geometric squares to trendy Chevron designs, there’s something for everyone.

Jonathan Adler knit pillow

Jonathan Adler knit pillow

Jonathan Adler iphone case

Jonathan Adler iphone case

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zippy Zebra-BL12-1027

Zippy Zebra

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

 

 

Jeremy Scott stroller

Jeremy Scott stroller

Food for Thought

Fashion designer Jeremy Scott’s designs have been called a lot of things: whimsical, crazy, avant-garde, controversial. His sneaker collaboration with Adidas Originals has introduced zany plush toys to the streets and his eponymous clothing line dresses men and women as comic book characters one season and in cow prints another. And now, thanks to his collaboration with German baby gear brand, Cybex, you can add delicious to that list. The joint project includes a collection of strollers, car seats and accessories done up in an exclusive Jeremy Scott-designed print. Inspired by his own childhood, Scott created a pop art “Food Fight” print for the products, featuring popcorn characters taking on burgers and soda bottles duking it out with a hotdog. The one-of-a-kind line will be out in stores later this year.

 

Jeremy Scott x Adidas Originals poodle sneakers

Jeremy Scott x Adidas Originals poodle sneakers

Jeremy Scott runway

Jeremy Scott runway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow

Rainbow

Race Stripes

Race Stripes

 

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About the Author:

Angela Velasquez

With 4 years of experience as a children’s stylist and magazine editor, Angela brings you an insider’s perspective on trends and seasonal looks that will make babies and toddlers shine in their holiday photos and at birthday parties!  Angela also has a way of making everyday clothes and accessories look special — she’ll show you how.

Pearls of Wisdom: Newborn Skin Conditions

shutterstock_28299541We’ve all seen pictures in books and magazines of the perfect newborn, swaddled in a hospital blanket, nestled into her parents welcoming arms. She is as perfect as a rose, with a tiny upturned nose and lovely, clear skin. It’s no wonder that parents are often surprised when their newborns present with a variety of rashes and skin conditions. The Majority of these rashes are harmless and self-limiting, and will resolve on their own or with appropriate treatment.

Normal newborn skin is thin and less hairy than older children and adults. Also, the ratio of skin surface to body volume is high which leads to increased absorption of topical medications.  Frequent manipulation, hot water and harsh soaps are some of the factors that lead to irritation and skin breakdown. Once there are breaks in the skin, these become portals of entry for bacteria, leading to serious skin infections.  Frequent use of moisturizers helps re-hydrate the skin and prevents excessive dryness and skin infections.

There are a number of benign skin changes that are seen in the first few weeks after birth. The more common ones include the following:

* Salmon Patches (also known as “stork bites”) are vascular stains frequently found on the nape of neck as well as the glabella (space between the eyebrows and above the nose) where they are called “angel’s kisses.”  They are found in 70% of white babies and 59% of African American newborns. Although these lesions may fade over time, 25-50% may persist into adulthood.

* Hemangiomas initially appear as flat red patches that darken and spread with time. They may be elevated , bright–red or violet in color, depending on how deep they are. Rapidly growing lesions may require steroids and/or laser therapy, although many will just fade and regress with age.

shutterstock_113526559* Infantile or Neonatal Acne usually appears at 2-4 weeks of age and resolves by 6-8 months. Experts believe that this is an inflammatory response to an organism called Pityrosporum yeasts.  This skin condition usually does not warrant therapy unless very severe in which case, a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide treatment as well as topical antibiotics may be prescribed.

* Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) is an extremely common itchy scaling disorder that appears between 4-6 weeks of age. It may present on the cheeks, trunk, in bends of elbows and behind knees. Many babies either have a family history of eczema and/or allergies. A good 60% of babies who have eczema or atopic dermatitis outgrow it. Medications can help control flare-ups but does not cure it. I usually recommend avoiding long, hot baths and applying moisturizers daily. Sometimes, we recommend non-steroidal or steroidal creams and antihistamines for itch.

shutterstock_56934568* Seborrheic Dermatitis is the most common scaling skin disorder in infants. It appears immediately after birth, usually affecting the scalp (called “cradle cap”), behind ears, and on the face. It appears like well-demarcated, confluent red patches with greasy scales. This type of dermatitis does not itch and usually resolves by 3-6 months of age. Treatment depends on severity; usually your doctor may prescribe antiseborrheic shampoos that contains zinc and selenium sulfide. Using mineral oil before shampooing may help remove the scales. In the presence of a superimposed fungal infection with Candida, an anti-fungal may be prescribed.

* Diaper Dermatitis is a nonspecific term that pertains to all skin eruptions in the diaper area. Irritant diaper dermatitis is secondary to a variety of factors that include fecal enzymes that erode the skin barrier, prolonged exposure of skin to moisture, and the presence of ammonia in the baby’s urine. Babies with diarrhea and those taking antibiotics also are at risk. Mild cases can be treated with topical zinc oxide paste or a petrolatum emollient which acts as a protective barrier against soiling elements. Frequent changing of diapers is recommended to reduce moisture and time exposed to extrinsic factors. In severe instances, 1% hydrocortisone cream applied after diaper changes may be given.

Plain water with or without a mild soap should be used to gently clean the baby’s skin. Your infant does not require frequent bathing if you wash the diaper area thoroughly during diaper changes. Bathing babies too frequently dries out their skin especially if soap is used. Patting her dry opposed to rubbing hard, followed by application of a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, moisturizing lotion immediately after bathing can help prevent dryness and eczema. In other words, be gentle with your baby’s skin and avoid substances that have triggered skin rashes or irritations in the past. When in doubt, do not diagnose and treat baby without visiting your pediatrician, who can decide whether the rash is a harmless, benign lesion or something that needs referred to a dermatologist.

 

All information contained in this blog and on our web site(s) should be independently verified by you by a medical professional of your own choosing and you should always conduct your own research and due diligence before making any decision related to the subject matter of this blog or our web site. 

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Dr. Pearl

 

Dr. Pearl Cenon

A pediatrician in private practice in New Jersey for over 15 years, Dr. Cenon (we like to call her Dr. Pearl) also has two children of her own. Dr. Pearl’s husband, Kevin McDonough is also a pediatrician and they work together. She writes basic posts about topics that interest many parents, from skin care and nutrition to seasonal issues, such as allergies and colds. Her kind, approachable tone in each blog post will have you looking forward to the next one.

Fashion Friday: Mothers (and aunts) of Invention, Pt 2

From themed birthday parties to creative ways of sneaking veggies into kids’ meals, moms are full of bright ideas everyday. In fact the BabyLegs brand began with one mom who made legwarmers by snipping the feet off a pair of socks so her baby’s diaper rash could get some fresh air, and in doing so also discovered that the impromptu accessory made diaper changing and potty training a breeze.

Got a million dollar idea? Here we take a final look at moms and aunts who have made the hectic lives of parents a little easier with inventive baby products—a little inspiration to turn those million dollar ideas into a fruitful reality.  By Angela Velasquez

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Magnificent Baby

A magnificent head of hair inspired Magnificent Baby. When Lauren Levy’s nephew Charlie was born with “neon orange” hair, her entire dark-haired family became enthralled with protecting it. “We were fascinated with the color and then one day his hair got caught on the Velcro of a bib,” she recalls. “Well, no one touches the hair!” That moment, along with challenges dressing a crying infant in snap one-pieces, got the aunt thinking: “There must be a better, more efficient way.”

Levy connected with her college friend Lawrence Scheer and together they developed a plan to create a line of infant apparel with easy-to-use, pain-free magnetic closures. Levy made a risky bet by leaving her career in investment banking and enrolling at F.I.T. to learn the ins and outs of fashion design, but with a sharp, detailed business plan in tow, Magnificent Baby was launched.

The company was stamped with moms’ seals of approval early on, helping secure Magnificent Baby’s fate as a go-to line for infant and toddlers. “Parents really love our products. We were asked for bigger sizes, then sleep sacks, then new fabrications… we have been able to expand the line into an entire range of accessories,” Levy says. Today, the company has a “board of moms” to sound off on what styles and designs they like before they ever reach stores

Magnificent Baby Girl Magnificent Baby Boy Magnificent Baby Hoodie

Captions: owl print gown, two-piece pant set, hoodie

 

SnapMe swimsuit 1

SnapMe Swimwear

Moms might scoff at the idea of a relaxing beach day, but Renee Marrin, beachgoer and mother of two girls, was determined to find a way to simplify the process of changing a sandy tot during a jaunt to the beach. “Going to the beach always seemed like more work than fun,” she adds. That moment of frustration led her to develop SnapMe Swimwear. The line features one-piece swimsuits made with durable UVP protective fabric and rows of snaps for easy diaper changes and bathroom breaks.

Marrin says she had the luck of having a lot of people helping her including folks with expertise in pattern making, manufacturing and behind-the-scenes experience at behemoths such as Kohl’s. “There’s certainly been a learning curve,” the former graphic designer adds. For example, early on she ran into sizing problems. “I had to urge customers to order a size up,” she reports. And the 2013 line was perfected during “endless rounds of changes.”

Color and prints are supped up, because from her own experience Marrin finds it is easier to “pick out your kid from a big group of kids when they have on something distinct.” Crowd sourcing has been a resourceful tool for the company’s development, too. She says, “I put my suits on Facebook and get immediate feedback from moms. I learn what they like, what they want. As a result, I’m in the process of adding rash guards to the line.”

SnapMe swimsuit 2      SnapMe swimsuit 3

Captions: polka dot swim suit, rash guard one-piece, striped bathing suit

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About the Author:

Angela Velasquez

With 4 years of experience as a children’s stylist and magazine editor, Angela brings you an insider’s perspective on trends and seasonal looks that will make babies and toddlers shine in their holiday photos and at birthday parties!  Angela also has a way of making everyday clothes and accessories look special — she’ll show you how.

Pearls of Wisdom: Dr. Pearl’s Bookshelf

With warmer weather springing up in most states around the country, it’s a good time to stroll to your local library and introduce your children to new stories and/or picture books. My patients’ waiting room often echoes with children repeating their parents’ recitals of “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish…”  This brings back memories of reading aloud with my own two children, now ages 15 and 12, so I thought I’d share with you BabyLeggers some of our favorite children’s books.

Parents also frequently ask for recommendations of clinical books that offer developmental, practical and medical information.  Such basic reference guides are well worth keeping on hand and I bet you will find yourself consulting them again and again as your children grow. So today, I present to you the first installment of “Dr. Pearl’s Bookshelf.”

Happy reading!

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Children’s Books:

Children

Charlotte’s Web, Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Cat in the Hat, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Secret Garden, Madeline, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Are You My Mother, Little Bear and A Wrinkle in Time

Clinical Books for Parents:

Most of the clinical books are available on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ website — www.aap.org — in their bookstore.

Parents

Building Resilience in Children and Teens, Patient Education for Children, Teens and Parents, Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools, Caring for Our Children, Nutrition: What Every Parent Needs to Know, Home Strength Training for Young Athletes and Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics.

Please go to the BabyLegs Facebook post about books for parents and children and tell everyone what books you and your children love!

 

All information contained in this blog and on our web site(s) should be independently verified by you by a medical professional of your own choosing and you should always conduct your own research and due diligence before making any decision related to the subject matter of this blog or our web site. 

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Dr. Pearl

 

Dr. Pearl Cenon

A pediatrician in private practice in New Jersey for over 15 years, Dr. Cenon (we like to call her Dr. Pearl) also has two children of her own. Dr. Pearl’s husband, Kevin McDonough is also a pediatrician and they work together. She writes basic posts about topics that interest many parents, from skin care and nutrition to seasonal issues, such as allergies and colds. Her kind, approachable tone in each blog post will have you looking forward to the next one.

Staff Picks: Casey C.

Casey_CurtisMy name is Casey Curtis, and I’m the Director of Ecommerce at BabyUnited. Though I’m not yet a mother, I’ve clocked some serious time with kiddos when I was a nanny in college. I had the pleasure of spending my afternoons with several wonderful children from newborn to 10 years old. I was fortunate enough to learn the value of BabyLegs early on, and when I had the opportunity to join the BabyLegs team, I couldn’t have been more excited!

Now that spring is in full swing, and summer is fast approaching, I wanted to show off a few of my favorite BabyLegs styles with great outfits from Baby Gap. It’s no secret that the vintage/retro vibe is trendy this year, and that’s definitely extended into the children’s wear arena as well. BabyLegs Spring collection has great styles that coordinate well with this trend.

TranquilityTranquility:

This adorable dress has a sweet muted palette and adorable bow straps. Paired with strappy sandals, a sunhat and BabyLegs Tranquility warmers, you’re little one is all set for a trip to the waterfront or tea-time with their imaginary friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosette

Rosette:

She’ll look sweet as can be in this simple, yet chic, lace dress. Pair with BabyLegs Rosette and white sandals for a classic ensemble perfect for a summer picnic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Petals

 

Petals:

There are few things cuter than a babe in a romper. This sweet number is perfect for rolling around in the grass or playing on the jungle gym. Add BabyLegs Petals for a pop of mod styling and these dot chambray sneakers to complete the look.

 

 

 

 

 

JanelleJanelle:

Color blocking is a great trend from fall which transitioned effortlessly into summer. Pair this adorable top with Janelle warmers and these sweet pink floral shorts and she’ll be ready to go anywhere!

 

 

 

 

 

 

EdwardEdward:

Who says boys clothes have to be boring? Break away from the cargo shorts rut and put these hip neon shorts on your little man for a fun pop of color. Pair with this fun sub shirt, hat and BabyLegs Edward warmers to complete the look!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fly Away Fly Away:

A simple pocket tee and sandals, paired with these casual striped shorts and Fly Away BabyLegs make the perfect outfit for a lazy afternoon spent reading under a tree or hanging around on the playground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BoardwalkBoard Walk:

How could you resist this adorable mustache bodysuit? Paired with Board Walk newborn warmers and bright loafers, you’re little man will look so charming!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heart FeltHeart Felt:

Spotted- your little gal looking cute as can be in this garden bodysuit and Heart Felt warmers!