Bloom Fresco Loft High Chair Review

September 16th, 2011

Bloom Fresco Loft High ChairThere are lots of high chair options out there these days, so it’s important to do a little research and choose the right one for you. There are chairs with or without trays, ones that are height adjustable and some that are fixed. There are even high chairs out there that can support your own weight, such as the Stokke Tripp Trapp

with a maximum weight capacity of 250 pounds!

The Bloom Fresco

and Freco Loft High Chairs are relatively new on the scene, and have been gaining popularity. Since many customers are only hearing about them for the first time when they come into our shop, I thought it would be helpful to write about the features and benefits a bit.

There are two versions of this high chair; The Fresco and the Fresco Loft. To the naked eye, they look identical. That’s because they are, aside for the height. The Bloom Fresco High Chair

can reach a maximum height of 30 inches (at tray/table level), while the Fresco Loft extends to 36 inches. The decision of which one to purchase can be made when considering the height of your dinner table. While most people dine at a regular table, many families have kitchens bars or islands that are considerable higher. For those people, having a chair that can extend to bar-height (36 inches) is ideal.

Aside from height adjustment, there are numerous other great features. To keep it organized and as concise as possible, here’s a quick rundown.

Bloom Fresco Loft High ChairWeight Capacity
The Bloom High Chairs can hold up to 78 pounds! When it comes to buying these expensive baby products, it’s always good to understand all of the benefits first. At least that way, it will help you get over the sticker shock. When evaluating the $400 to $500 price tag of these chairs, consider how long you’ll be able to use them. In this case, your child can comfortably fit in this chair for the next 10 years!

Age Range
When you buy this high chair, it comes with 2 seat cushions. One is for use from birth with the booster seat (included), while the other larger cushion is for the toddler years. So, technically, this chair can be used from birth.

Flexibility
The Bloom Fresco and Fresco Loft is height adjustable; the seat can rotate 360 degrees (and can lock into place); has wheels on the base to make moving it easy and effortless; and can recline too! The reclining feature is especially helpful during the first few months, and allows you to be able to bottle feed your child with comfort and ease.

Bloom Fresco Loft High ChairThe Tray
The tray on a high chair is often a permanent fixture. They all come off, but most require the child to eat on them rather than on the dinner table. I love the idea of your child being able to sit at the table and join in on the conversation. With 2 kids of my own, this feature provided much more engaging family time while eating our meals together. The great thing about the Bloom Fresco and Fresco Loft High Chairs is that the trays are removable. So, your child can eat with the tray beside you or without the tray pulled up to your dinner table. Each chair comes with 2 trays. The larger one that you usually see in all the pictures online is usually used for eating, while the smaller one (which is tucked underneath the larger tray) is a great play tray.

Color Options
The Bloom Fresco Loft comes in two base colors; Black or White. The Fresco comes in white only. However, both chairs offer 10 different seat cushion colors. So, you’ll definitely be able to match it to your home decor. The cushions are also sold separately, so you can change the entire look of your chair for $90. This comes in handy if you are preparing for your second child and need to change it up a little.

Overall, the Bloom Fresco and Fresco Loft High Chairs are as beautiful as they are functional. If you can get over their expensive price tag (remember, you’ll have it for 10 years), the features will be sure to win you over.

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Snuggledry Hooded Towel Review

September 13th, 2011

SnuggleDry Hooded TowelBathing your little ones is kind of fun. They splish splash in the tub and laugh and giggle there way through it. The only problem is getting them out without getting drenched with water. As the sign says, babies are slippery when wet. It’s important to grab them with both hands, but then how do you get their towel around them before soaking your own shirt? The Snuggledry

towel will definitely help with that. It’s a super long towel that attaches around your neck (mom and dad’s, not baby’s!) like an apron. So, when you are ready to take your child out of the bath, you can confidently use both hands and bring them straight onto your chest without juggling a towel under your chin and/or between your teeth. Since it’s super long, all you need to do is take the bottom part and bring it up to swaddle your baby. Simple and so easy to use.

There are so many hooded towels

out there. We sell many of them, and sell them well. They are great looking and come in a seemingly infinite number of color and pattern combinations. However, I always recommend them for babies that can stand up. That way, when a parent takes their child out of the bath, you can stand them on the bath mat and safely wrap their towel around them. for the first 9 to 12 months, though, I highly recommend the Snuggledry. It’s more functional and safer to use.

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The Best Teething Relief!

September 12th, 2011

Nobody likes teething time…It’s painful to watch your kids go through it, and it’s painful to be a parent tasked with taking care of kids going Teething Bon Bonthrough it. The whining, the drooling, it’s all pretty tough. There are several great toys on the market to help. There are normal chew toys, such as Sophie The Giraffe and friends

and Banana Brushes , that are natural and safe for your kids to chomp down on. Then, there are the freeze-able ones… These are the ones you’d normally find at your local pharmacy. However, there is one that truly impressed us for its clever design. Cold packs are great, but the problem is that they freeze your child’s hands along with their gums. The Teething Bon Bon is a cool new product that addresses the issue. It’s basically a cloth with two knots on either side and a warm wooly center. Too use it, you simply dip the knots in water and place it in your freezer. The result? frozen, chewable knots with a warm woolly pillow to hold on to. So, your child will get relief only where he/she needs it; the gums.

Every so often, a product comes along that addresses a real need and a better way of handling it. We try to write about these companies and the products they produce. For teething, my hat’s off to the Bon Bon!

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Orbit Baby Stroller Review

September 9th, 2011

 

 

Orbit Baby Stroller

Orbit Baby Stroller Infant System

 

 

We’ve been selling Orbit Baby

products for years, and have done extremely well with them. I’ve wanted to write a review of their stroller for quite a while, but felt that we needed to experience the product a little longer first to write something meaningful.

As a dad to 2 young boys, I’ve had the opportunity to use several different strollers. For the past year, we’ve been using the Orbit Baby Toddler Stroller

for our 2 year old son. We absolutely love it. It’s a phenomenal product for so many reasons. As a general observation, I will say that this company has thought of everything, and managed to solve most of the issues we all seem to have with other leading strollers on the market today. So, specifically, what do I mean? Ok, here’s a breakdown;

For one, there are no adapters! Since Orbit Baby makes their own infant car seat, clicking in from the car to the stroller is as quick and easy as picking it up and putting it down again in one fluid motion. Not only that, but their patented Smart Hub technology allows you to plug any component into any one of the Orbit Baby base products. For example, the Orbit Baby Toddler Car Seat

, Infant Car Seat , and Bassinet will all seamlessly snap into the Orbit Baby Car Seat Base , Bassinet Rocker, AND the stroller frame .  Yes, that’s right, you can even take the big, bulky, permanently fixed toddler car seat and stick it on your stroller frame if you need to. While I don’t recommend using the Toddler Car Seat as a Stroller Seat, that fact that it can be used this way is extremely helpful when traveling.

 

 

Orbit Baby Toddler Stroller with SideKick

Orbit Baby Toddler Stroller w/SideKick

 

 

The most obvious feature to the Orbit Baby Stroller System is the ability to rotate the Infant Cart Seat, Stroller Seat, Bassinet, and Toddler Car Seat 360 degrees. This is a first, and currently the only stroller on the market today that offers this feature. So, what’s the real advantage to it? Well, I can think of too many to write in this entry. However, for me, there are two that stand out the most. The first would be to facilitate ease of entry into the car. With traditional infant car seats, you have to wrench your back slightly to drop it into the car seat base in your car at an uncomfortable angle. With the Orbit Baby Infant Car Seat, you can face the car door, drop the car seat into the base, then rotate it 45 degrees into it’s proper rear facing position. So simple, yet so smart. My second favorite is being able to rotate the stroller seat, creating a number of great new features such as; Turning away from the sun, giving your child a better view of you while still being able to see the world, and being able to use your stroller as a highchair in a restaurant. When your stroller is alongside the dinner table, just rotate the stroller seat and voila! A great high chair is born! Not only is it more comfortable than those nasty restaurant high chairs, but it also allows you to keep your stroller with you instead of the usual mandatory check-in at the front of the restaurant. I hate that.

Aside from these significant advantages, here are a few smaller ones to consider;

 

 

Orbit Baby Color Packs

Orbit Baby Color Packs

 

 

Removable Cargo Pod (Under Seat Bag)
Again, a really simply idea, but solves so many issues. I love it because it doubles as a diaper bag, allowing me to take the bag into the front seat of our car and access the bottles, diapers, wipes, and toys that we put in there. Being able to remove it also allows for easy access to everything in there. It also makes packing up a breeze. We load it up with snacks and toys in the house, then slide it onto the stroller in the garage.

SideKick Stroller Board
This thing is just plain awesome! Every single person stops us wherever we go and comments on how cool it is. The Orbit Baby Sidekick

is a stroller board that connect to the back wheels of the stroller frame to allow your child to stand on the back and “hitch” a ride. These types of boards are common with high-end strollers. It allows you to have a second child standing on the back, or your stroller riding child to take a break from sitting for a while. However, what makes this board unique and better than any of its competitors is it’s location. While all other boards sit directly in the back of the stroller (blocking your walking stride), the Orbit Baby Sidekick clips onto the wheels off to the side. This keeps the center wide open so you can walk and push your stroller properly. Since it clips onto the wheel, there is an option for two of them! This means that you have the possibility of having three children on this stroller at once. Very clever.

Orbit Baby Stroller Panniers (Storage Baskets)
For those of us who need a little extra storage (lets face it, we all do!), these detachable Panniers

are a gift from the heavens. They are sold in pairs (1 on each side of the stroller), and each provide an extra 8 pounds of unobstructed storage. Easy to access, easy to use, easy to remove. These things are just what you need for that stroll to the market, or down to the park or beach.

 

 

Orbit Baby Bassinet and Rocker

Orbit Baby Bassinet w/Rocker

 

 

Orbit Baby Bassinet and Rocker
So, every high-end stroller has a bassinet

option. What makes this one so unique is its size (the largest on the market), and the rocker that comes with it. Earlier in this article, I spoke about how interchangeable all Orbit Baby products are with one another. So, the rocker that comes with the bassinet can be used at home with the bassinet and all 3 of Orbit Baby’s seats (Infant, Toddler, and Stroller Seat), creating an instant rocker/bouncer.

Orbit Baby Color Packs
These Orbit Baby Color Packs

are a brand new addition, allowing you to change the look of your Orbit Baby Stroller Seat . So, if you are bored with the look of your stroller seat, these color packs will offer you 9 different color options. They are also great to consider to make your stroller more gender-specific for your current child or the one on the way!

Double Stroller Adapter!
Although this product has not yet been launched, its pending release has been a huge factor with our customers looking to purchase a stroller that will grow with their family. Orbit Baby has plans to release an adapter to turn your Orbit Baby Stroller into a double! (which will be compatible with the current G2 Stroller Frame). So, come November/December, Orbit Baby customers will be able to purchase one, allowing this popular stroller to carry up to 4 kids! (2 in seats, and 2 on Sidekicks). I think it might be time for a motor!

All-in-all, Orbit Baby is a great company, producing great products that address many of the issues we all face with strollers on a daily basis. There are many phenomenal strollers on the market today. Orbit Baby’s a great one to add to your list to choose from!

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