Landmark Exhibition Exploring Beauty, Power, and Spiritual Resonance of Native Indian Art Opens at Metropolitan Museum March 9

A major exhibition (Exhibition location: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, Second Floor, Gallery 999) featuring extraordinary works created by Native American people of the Plains region will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, beginning March 9. Bringing together more than 150 iconic works from European and North American collections—many never before seen in a public exhibition in North America—The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky (made possible by the Enterprise Holdings Endowment, an Anonymous Foundation, and the Diane W. and James E. Burke Fund and organized by the Musée du quai Branly, Paris, in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and in partnership with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City ) will explore the beauty, power, and spiritual resonance of Plains Indian art.  Ranging from an ancient stone pipe and painted robes to drawings, paintings, collages, photographs, and a contemporary video installation, the exhibition will reflect the significant place that Plains Indian culture holds in the heritage of North America and in European history. Many nations are represented—Osage, Quapaw, Omaha, Crow, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Lakota, Blackfeet, Pawnee, Kiowa, Comanche, Mesquakie, Kansa and others. It will also convey the continuum of hundreds of years of artistic tradition, maintained against a backdrop of monumental cultural change. A selection of modern and contemporary works not seen at other venues of the exhibition will provide a compelling narrative about the ongoing vitality of Plains art.  The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky.

The exhibition was previously on view at Musée du quai Branly, Paris (April 7–July 20, 2014) and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City (September 19, 2014–January 11, 2015) before arriving in New York City. In New York, the walls of the galleries –as a special feature of the exhibition–will be decorated with panoramic photographs of earth and sky printed on theatrical scrim. The photographs were taken by Shania Hall, an enrolled member of the Blackfeet tribe, on Molly’s Nipple Road on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Ms. Hall lives in Missoula, Montana.

Drawn from 81 institutions and private collections in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States, the exhibition will represent the art traditions of many Native Nations. The distinct Plains aesthetic will be revealed through an array of forms and media: sculptural works in stone, wood, antler, and shell; porcupine quill and glass-bead embroidery; feather work; painted robes; ornamented clothing; composite works; and ceremonial objects, works on paper, paintings, and photography. 

Organized chronologically, the first gallery will showcase pre-contact works, including important sculptural pieces in stone and shell. One of the highlights in this room will be the 2,000-year-oldHuman Effigy Pipe made of pipestone, depicting a deified ancestor or mythical hero. Influential works from adjacent regions are included in this section.   

The 19th-century works in the exhibition will include key pieces long associated with westward expansion. Among them are calumets, the long and elaborate pipes shared and given as gifts in the systems of protocol that were developed to establish diplomacy and trade between Europeans and the inhabitants of the “New World” whom they encountered on the Plains.

The reintroduction of the horse to North America by the Spanish, beginning at the end of the 16th century, revolutionized Plains Indians cultures in many ways—particularly as a boon to the buffalo hunt. In the exhibition, there will be a section presenting some of the best examples of 19th-century horse gear, weapons, clothing, and shields associated with a florescence of culture in the area. One highlight among them is a Lakota horse effigy, believed to honor and memorialize a horse that died in battle as the result of multiple gunshot wounds.

The substantial changes brought on by reservation life, beginning in the 19th century, engendered various artistic responses, ranging from instances of assimilation to acts of resistance to confinement. They will be conveyed by several masterworks in the exhibition, including important regalia used for the practice of prophetic religions. Among them are an elaborate bead-embroidered Otoe-Missouria Faw Faw coat with symbols, associated with ceremonialism and the desire to restore balance in a world that had become untenable; and a richly painted Arapaho Ghost Dance dress with visionary symbols associated with ritual practices.

Record books, paper, pencils, and ink were introduced on the Plains during the last quarter of the 19th century by settlers and traders. Among many fine examples of those included in the exhibition, the highlight will be The Maffet Ledger, a book consisting of 105 drawings, created by more than 20 Northern and Southern Cheyenne warrior artists to record their exploits in battle.

Modern and contemporary works of art will be exhibited near the end of the exhibition. Traditional-style works were still produced in the early 20th century for Wild West shows, agricultural fairs, and Fourth of July parades, and for the powwow, inter-tribal opportunities for the celebration of culture, dance, and art. Watercolors and “easel paintings” grew from long-standing Plains graphic traditions and through dialogue with other Native North American regions by the mid-20th century. Many fine examples of  paintings from the era will be presented in the exhibition. Brilliantly executed beaded works by such artists as Joyce and Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty (b. 1950 and b. 1969, both Assiniboine-Sioux), Rhonda Holy Bear (b. 1959), Sans Arc, Two Kettle and Hunkpapa Lakota), and Jodi Gillette (b. 1959, Hunkpapa Lakota) will also be included in the exhibition.

The final gallery will also shed new light on 20th- and 21st-century works by artists of Plains descent, as well as by Native American artists from outside the region who have been inspired by its traditions. On view in this gallery will be one element of Edgar Heap of Bird’s (b. 1954, Cheyenne and Arapaho) site-specific installation Building Minnesota (1990), as well as a captivating four-channel video installation piece by Dana Claxton (b. 1959, Hunkpapa Lakota) called Rattle (2003) that incorporates the rhythmic images, colors, and sounds of artistic and spiritual life on the Plains, a perspective that endures in the exhibition galleries through the application of 21st-century media.

Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum, said: “Through outstanding works of art from the Plains region, this ambitious exhibition demonstrates the long history of change and creative adaptation that characterizes Native American art. It is an important opportunity to highlight the artistic traditions that are indigenous to North America and to present them in the context of the Met’s global collections.”

The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky is curated by Gaylord Torrence, Fred and Virginia Merrill Senior Curator of American Indian Art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. In New York, the exhibition is organized by Judith Ostrowitz, Ph.D., Research Associate in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum. In conjunction with the exhibition, an array of education programs will be offered, including a Sunday at the Met (March 15) panel discussion with contemporary artists Edgar Heap of Birds and Dana Claxton, moderated by Mario A. Caro. It will be followed by comments from Jodi Gillette, artist and Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs for President Obama’s Domestic Policy Council, as well as by an original performance with video projections composed for the Metropolitan Museum by Ms. Claxton. A gallery talk by Native American artist Brad Kahlhamer (March 13) and a printmaking workshop by Edgar Heap of Birds (March 14) will also be presented. The Audio Guide program (supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies), offers a tour of the exhibition, the curators and contemporary Native artists discuss the rich artistic traditions of Plains culture as seen in painting, drawing, embroidery, and sculpture.

TOMS Launches Its Fourth One for One® Product, The TOMS Bag Collection, To Address Maternal Health

TOMS – the company known for starting a global movement through its One for One® business model – has launched its fourth and newest product, the TOMS Bag Collection, addressing the issue of maternal health worldwide. With every TOMS bag purchased, TOMS will help provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need. The announcement was made today by TOMS Founder Blake Mycoskie.

The TOMS Bag Collection features three distinct bag lines including Artisan, Travel-inspired, and Campus and Tech, in canvas, leather and global prints ranging from $28-$298 USDollar and will be made available at TOMS.com as well as select retailers worldwide.
The Artisan line is hand-crafted, hand-beaded and hand-sewn using special construction techniques that have been passed down from generations. The Travel Inspired line draws on TOMS’ employee’s experiences as world travelers, and are extremely lightweight, utilitarian, multi-functional in design and are built to wear-in beautifully with everyday and travel use. The Campus and Tech line is colorful and multi-textured and is designed to carry computers, iPads, tablets and more in style, with many of the offerings being unisex. Key silhouettes for this collection include the tote, baby bags, bucket and the hobo crossbody.

Image courtesy of TOMS (PRNewsFoto/TOMS)

Image courtesy of TOMS (PRNewsFoto/TOMS)

Infection is a leading cause of death among mothers and newborns worldwide, and by providing clean birth conditions and skilled birth attendants, nearly half a million lives can be saved each year. (Source: UNFPA and Every Newborn Action Plan, 2014). Each year, 40 million women around the world give birth each year without the help of a skilled birth attendant (Source: Millennium Development Goals Report, 2014), but with the training of skilled birth attendants and proper materials to help provide a safer delivery, women are up to 80% less likely to develop an infection and nearly half of newborn deaths can be prevented (Source: UNFPA, 2015).

TOMS Maternal Health. Photo credit Jared Chambers (PRNewsFoto/TOMS)

TOMS Maternal Health. Photo credit Jared Chambers (PRNewsFoto/TOMS)

After years in the field, I recognized a need for advancements in maternal health,” said Mycoskie, “so we developed a program with our Giving Partners to identify two key ways TOMS can aid in safer birthing conditions. Being able to give in this way – one that helps save the lives of mothers and newborns – is incredibly special. The issue of maternal health is very close to my heart, as I just became a father this past December. I truly believe people around the world will be amazed at what these bags can do.”

Of the potential impact the TOMS Bag Collection can have around the world, Mycoskie added, “While in the field, I’ve met mothers and entire families who have been affected by the physical and emotional repercussions of giving birth alone, or in unsafe environments. We feel it’s our responsibility to change this through the TOMS business model, and we’re so proud to be able to present the first One for One product that can actually help save lives.”

Funds from TOMS bag purchases will help provide safe births in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Haiti and India. This work will be done by a network of TOMS Giving Partners involved in maternal and child health programs, who will help provide training for skilled birth attendants, along with a safe birth kit that includes vital materials like soap, gloves, gauze, a cord clamp, surgical blade and a clean surface, to help a woman safely give birth. TOMS’ Giving Partners in this area include respected organizations such as United Nations Population Fund, BRAC and ayzh. In addition, TOMS has selected Every Mother Counts as its maternal health advocacy partner.

UNFPA (www.unfpa.org) is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. Since 1969, UNFPA has been working in over 150 countries that are home to 80% of the world’s population. BRAC (www.brac.net) is a development organization founded in Bangladesh in 1972 and a global leader in creating opportunities at scale as a means to end poverty. With more than 102,000 employees, it is the world’s largest non-governmental organization, touching the lives of an estimated 135 million people in 12 countries. A for-profit social venture, ayzh (www.ayzh.com) provides health and livelihood solutions to impoverished women worldwide. This includes developing low-cost, appropriate technology designed to meet the unique needs of women in resource-poor settings. Every Mother Counts (www.everymothercounts.org), founded by global maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. Every Mother Counts informs, engages, and mobilizes new audiences to take actions and raise funds that support maternal health programs around the world. The organization supports programs in Haiti, Uganda, Malawi, Indonesia, India, Tanzania and the United States that address three critical barriers to maternal health care: lack of education, transportation and supplies.

The TOMS story is one worth retelling. In 2006, American traveler Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One®. Since then, TOMS has given over 35 million pairs of new shoes around the world. Realizing that One for One® could serve other global needs, TOMS launched TOMS Eyewear in 2011 to help restore sight to persons in need with every purchase of sunglasses and optical frames. Since then, TOMS has helped restore sight for over 300,000 people worldwide. In 2014, TOMS Roasting Co. launched with the mission to provide clean water to developing communities with the purchase of premium coffee. Since its debut, TOMS Roasting Co. has provided over 67,000 weeks of safe water to communities in need in seven countries.

 

World’s First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip

Images provided by Marina Nicola and Erika Pope/Vox Solid Communications for Swarovski

Created for Swarovski’s custom pavilion and six-story-tall Starburst, the Swarovski Midnight Celebration was designed to be the centerpiece of the new Grand Bazaar Shops.

Visitors to Las Veags now has a brand new feature to the town-that-never-sleeps to look forward to and be excited about. Last night, at midnight, the Las Vegas Strip welcomed its newest outdoor entertainment spectacle: the Swarovski Midnight Celebration at Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas, a dazzling three-minute-long light-and-sound show designed to mark the dawn of a new day, which was envisioned as a way to bring the annual New Year’s Eve-style excitement to the Strip every night of the year. The production incorporates the Swarovski Starburst–a one-of-a-kind, 14-foot-diameter structure composed of 911 custom-cut Swarovski crystal spheres–as well as a large video screen embedded into the multi-faceted facade of the Swarovski pavilion. Evocative scenes from exotic bazaars, together with the Starburst’s more than 1,800 points of LED light, are choreographed to a dramatic original score featuring enchanting beats of world music.

 

The Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Veags (an outdoor shopping –and dining– mecca at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip inspired by the world’s legendary great open-air markets, located at the busiest pedestrian intersection in Las Vegas) also opened its outdoor shopping attraction earlier that morning, featuring unique international retailers and well-known merchants at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. The dynamic mix of tenants and must-see attractions offers visitors a one-of-a-kind retail experience in Las Vegas that is very much a signature of the town itself. A list of current retailers, service provider and dining establishments can be found at http://www.grandbazaarshops.com/retailers/.

World's First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Swarovski Midnight Celebration to Dazzle Shoppers Each Night at New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's Las Vegas.

World’s First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Swarovski Midnight Celebration to Dazzle Shoppers Each Night at New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas.

Representing a first for Swarovski, the 400-square-foot boutique is a free-standing pavilion whose exterior is composed of dozens of large, angular facets designed to make the structure resemble a cut crystal. Inside, the boutique boasts hand-selected finishes–such as linen, paper and burlap forms and inlays–throughout, as well as eye-catching, crystal-enhanced glass spheres playfully suspended from the ceiling. Specially crafted panels provide an artful platform for the presentation of Swarovski jewelry and decor.

World's First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Swarovski Midnight Exterior Shot of the new Swarovski Boutiqe at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's Las Vegas.

World’s First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Swarovski Midnight Exterior Shot of the new Swarovski Boutiqe at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas.

World's First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Interior Shot of the new  Swarovski boutique at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's Las Vegas.

World’s First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Interior Shot of the new Swarovski boutique at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas.

World's First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Interior Shot of the new  Swarovski boutique at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's Las Vegas.

World’s First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Interior Shot of the new Swarovski boutique at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas.

World's First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Interior Shot of the new  Swarovski boutique at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's Las Vegas.

World’s First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Interior Shot of the new Swarovski boutique at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas.

In keeping with the Grand Bazaar theme, the boutique features Swarovski’s first-ever “bartering window,” allowing passersby to negotiate the price they pay for select items. Among the items slated to be featured in the barter window are limited-edition pieces such as crystallized Beats Headphones; a Martin custom-designed crystal classic acoustic guitar; a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar and crystallized white, black and pink skulls. Specific items for which visitors can barter will change from day to day.

The Grand Bazaar Shops and the Swarovski boutique (3641 Las Vegas Blvd. South) will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. For more information, go to Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas and for Swarovski, go to Swarovski.com.

The Bump Best of Baby Award Winners Create the Ultimate Baby Registry List

The Bump, a leading multi-platform pregnancy and parenting brand, announced the winners of their third annual Best of Baby Awards (chosen by the Editors of The Bump) showcasing the most outstanding products of 2015 for parents and baby. The editors assembled, reviewed and played with hundreds of products so parents don’t have to waste time or money figuring out what’s best for them and their new baby. This year’s winners feature perennial favorites and truly innovative gear that elevate parenting products to the next level.

The (coverted) Bump Best of Baby Award Seal is bestowed for excellence in design, safety, value, functionality, time-saving, problem solving or innovation. There are 90 award-winning products representing the best items across seven must-have categories: Baby Gear, Diapering, Feeding, Bath and Skin Care, Nursery, Health and Safety, and Maternity Must-Haves.

Best of Baby 2015: Diapering

PacaPod
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Diaper Bag: PacaPod Mirano

Best Organization

Mom confession: we’d carry this gorgeous PacaPod bag even when baby isn’t our plus-one. What we love:

  • Genius “pod” system that keeps feeding and changing supplies separate
  • Simple cotton matte coated canvas and leather detailing work for both moms and dads
  • Durable and wipe-clean material that’s phthalate-free

Buy it: $195, BuyBuyBaby.com

Fisher Price
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Diaper Bag: Fisher Price Deluxe Sporty Diaper Backpack

Best for Dads

We’re not suggesting things need to be simplified for dads, but diaper duty does get a whole lot easier with this backpack. What we love:

  • Each compartment is labeled with illustrated tags — a bottle goes here, the pacifier attaches here — you get the idea
  • A dedicated exterior pocket just for wipes so you can access them fast
    Buy it: $40, Toyrus.com

JJ Cole
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Diaper Bag: JJ Cole Camber Tote Bag

Most Stylish

This stylish tote will only be revealed as a diaper bag if you have a bottle sticking out of it. But it’s fashion plus utility; the patterned fabric is laminated and easy to wipe down. What we love:

  • The versatility! Carry it over-the-shoulder, as a tote, or attached to your stroller
  • The two front pockets are perfect for separating your smaller essentials (think cell phone, lip gloss) from all of baby’s supplies

Buy it: $60, Toyrus.com

Mustela
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Diaper Rash Cream: Mustela Stelactiv Diaper Rash Cream

Best for Sensitive Skin

Suitable for the most sensitive of baby skin, Mustela’s fragrance-free cream promises to clear up even the most severe case of diaper rash (disclaimer: it’s not preventative).

Buy it: $12, Mustela.com

Boudreaux
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Diaper Rash Cream: Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, Original

Best Old School

Never did you imagine you’d be buying something called “Butt Paste” until you became a mom. Formulated by a Louisiana pharmacist (hence the Cajun name), this cream promises to kick some diaper rash — and it delivers, with a pleasant scent to boot.

Buy it: $5, Toysrus.com

Cerave
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Diaper Rash Cream: CeraVe Baby Diaper Rash Cream

Best Newcomer

Pediatric dermatologists helped develop this gentle but effective cream that contains InvisibleZinc to prevent and combat diaper rash. What we love:

  • Just the right consistency that doesn’t leave a gunky mess on you — or baby’s bottom

Buy it: $10, Amazon.com

Aquaphor
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Diaper Rash Cream: Aquaphor

Best All-Around

The best thing about this ointment? It’s your go-to treatment for almost everything — chapped, dry skin, minor cuts and scrapes and, yes, diaper rash. And it can relieve diaper rash in as little as six hours.

Buy it: $9, Toysrus.com

Best of Baby: Bath and Skincare

Babyganics
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Baby Wipes: BabyGanics Face, Hand and Baby Wipes

Best Eco-Friendly

The messiest places are sometimes the most sensitive too, which makes BabyGanics non-allergenic, plant-based wipes even more impressive: they’re extra gentle yet still clean up tough messes. What we love:

  • They seemingly always stay moist, literally never leaving you high and dry

Buy it: $3, Toysrus.com

Huggies
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Baby Wipes: Huggies One and Done Refreshing Wipes

Best All-Around

Just like the name implies, Huggies’s Triple Clean layers are extra thick and textured to handle big messes. And the cucumber and green tea scent keeps the whole process as fresh as possible.

Buy it: $3, Toysrus.com

Pampers
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Baby Wipes: Pampers Sensitive Wipes

Most Gentle

The mom-trusted brand’s sensitive wipes are hypoallergenic, perfume-free and 20 percent thicker than standard Pampers wipes. And the Softgrip Texture technology means you’ll have less wiping to do. What we love:

  • These moisturizing wipes are gentle enough for cleaning little hands and faces

Buy it: $3, Toysrus.com

Best Of Baby 2015: Bath & Skin Care

Newborns have the softest skin — and you want to keep it that way, right? From the coolest bath tubs to the gentlest washes and skin-protecting lotions, here are our top picks for making bath time fun time for baby.

Boon
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Tubs: Boon Naked

Most Compact

Simplicity reigns in this cool, collapsible tub that accommodates newborns up to 18 months. What we love:

  • A plug allows for quick, complete drainage; no need to dump out water
  • Its space-saving profile let’s you hang it up to dry and easily store away

Buy it: $60, Toyrus.com

4Moms
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Tubs: 4Moms Infant Tub

Most High-Tech

Bath time just became a spa retreat for baby, and a whole lot easier for you. What we love:

  • A color-coded thermometer lets you know when the water is the perfect temperature
  • A side drain and a clean water reservoir work together to filter dirty water out and clean water in
  • It’s still compact enough to fit in a standard kitchen sink!

Buy it: $50, ToysRUs.com

Munchkin
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Tubs: Munchkin ComforTemp Infant Bather

Best for Out-of-Sink

Made to sit on your countertop or in your bathtub, this tub uses radiant heat and a warm water reservoir to keep baby’s underside warm. What we love:

  • The non-slip, reclining design and high side walls keep baby comfortably in place

Buy it: $38.99, Diapers.com

Skinfix
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Body Wash: Skinfix Gentle Body Wash

Best for Sensitive Skin

If your baby’s skin or scalp is super sensitive, bath time is probably the opposite of soothing for baby and you. Skinfix’s two-in-one mild cleanser can alleviate that stress. It’s botanical-based ingredients are fragrance-free, sulfate-free, and best of all, tear-free to help soothe eczema flare-ups.

Buy it: $20, Amazon.com

Aden + Anais
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Body Wash: Aden + Anais Hair + Body Wash

Best All-Around

What is “pawpaw” fruit, you ask? Whatever it is, it’s in this mild wash that works wonders cleaning without drying out baby’s delicate skin. Moms concerned about allergenic ingredients can rest easy: this one’s phthalate-free, paraben-free, gluten and soy free too. What we love:

  • The natural-smelling scent on baby’s skin is irresistible, so don’t be surprised if you catch yourself using it too

Buy it: $16, Amazon.com

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Body Wash: Little Twig Calming Lavender Baby Wash

Best for Newborns

Need a seamless transition from bath time to bedtime? This lavender-infused wash has a soothing scent and skin-softening vitamin E that are gentle enough to use on newborns.

Buy it: $14, BuyBuyBaby.com

Baby Pibu
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Skin Lotion: Baby Pibu Baby Eczema Care Kit

Best for Eczema

The two products in this set tackle both dry skin and eczema. Use the Hydrating Ointment daily (and liberally) for preventative care, and apply the Rash Relief cream in small doses to treat flare-ups. (Check with your pediatrician before using: The Rash Relief cream contains a mild dose of hydrocortisone to treat eczema.)

Buy it: $36, Babypibu.com

Baby Bee
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Skin Lotion: Baby Bee Nourishing Lotion – Calming

Most Soothing

Moms give this a big thumbs up for its great “baby smell” (psst, it’s a combo of soothing lavender and vanilla) and non-greasy formulation.

Buy it: $7, Toysrus.com

Aveeno
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Skin Lotion: Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion

Best All-Around

The natural oatmeal in this non-greasy moisturizer makes it a safe choice to use daily. It locks in moisture for 24 hours without clogging pores, plus it’s hypoallergenic and fragrance-free.

Buy it: $10, Toysrus.com

Best of Baby 2015: Feeding

Nourishing baby is something all parents obsess about as soon as baby’s born into the world. From bottles that reduce gas and make-your-own baby food processors to tasty first foods and the mother of all high chairs, here are our top picks for meal time.

Inglesina
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High Chairs: Inglesina Zuma

Best Overall

From form, function to safety, this high chair is hard to beat. Designed for children three months to three years, the five-point harness becomes even more of a plus once baby hits toddlerhood. What we love:

  • Choices! Twelve colors and eight different height positions to accommodate almost any table
  • Washable seat pad and snack tray

Buy it: $280, Toysrus.com

Summer Infant
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High Chairs: Summer Infant Bentwood

Best Classic Choice

Finally, a high chair to match your kitchen table. The wood finish is a welcome change from the plastic baby gear already all over your house. What we love:

  • A three-position recline and four-position height adjustment give you plenty of versatility
  • Want to match your other decor? The comfy replacement seat pads come in five different colors

Buy it: $160, Amazon.com

phil&teds
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High Chairs: phil&teds lobster

Most Portable

Lightweight, compact and super easy to use, the Lobster literally has two “claws” that clamp onto any table top, which makes it a favorite for travel. What we love:

  • Genius foldaway design lets you throw it into most stroller baskets — yes, it’s that compact

Buy it: $80, BuyBuyBaby.com

Mamas & Papas
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High Chairs: Mamas & Papas Baby Bud

Best Booster Seat

Don’t let its small profile fool you: this three-stage seat grows with baby from six months to up to three years. It securely straps on to standard kitchen chairs, so you can skip the standard high chair. What we love:

  • Remove that snack tray, and you have a comfy seat to help keep baby upright for play time

Buy it: $48, Toysrus.com

Mam
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Bottles: MAM Anti-Colic

Best for Colic

Who knew bottles could be so high tech? A ventilation system at the base creates a smoother milk flow, reducing the air swallowed by baby (so you can say goodbye to gas). And if you’re making the transition from breastfeeding to bottle feeding, the Ultra Soft Silicone Nipple will help.

Buy it: $15 for 3, Toysrus.com

Mixie
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Bottles: Mixie Baby

Best for Formula

If you’ve ever had to mix baby formula on the go, you know it can be a messy affair. The solution: Mixie’s air-tight compartment holds formula powder right inside the bottle. When it’s feeding time, push a button to release the powder into the water and simply shake to combine. No pouring, no mess.

Buy it: $20, Toysrus.com

Born Free
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Bottles: Born free

Best Glass Bottle

This classic glass bottle is a go-to for moms who prefer glass (BPA-free and PVC-free) over plastic. The ActiveFlow venting system helps reduce colic and gas as well as let baby control the milk flow — which mimics closely to how baby breastfeeds.

Buy it: $10, Toysrus.com

Munchkin
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Teethers: Munchkin Twisty Teether Ball

Most Fun

Teething might be a pain, but this teether offers a fun diversion for baby: it’s a rattle! A ball! A chew toy with 10 different textures! Who knew you could develop fine motor skills while soothing gums?

Buy it: $4, BuyBuyBaby.com

Zoli
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Teethers: Zoli Baby Bunny Teether

Most Functional

This teether may not have a ton of bells and whistles, but the dual nubs are all you need to soothe hard-to-reach molars. It’s especially easy to grip for little fingers.

Buy it: $10, Amazon.com

Mam
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Teethers: MAM Mini Cooler

Best for Soothing

Toss this in the freezer, and the water-filled cooling piece offers instant relief for a fussy baby dealing with tender gums. And while many teethers on the market are intended for six months and up, this one can be used starting at two months old. And the clip will keep it secure (and within reach) on the most fidgety babies.

Buy it: $7, Amazon.com

Vulli
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Teethers: Vulli Sophie the Giraffe

Best Classic

Like many desirable things in life — croissants, Chanel — Sophie is French. She’s been delighting babies for 40 years and her popularity grows with each passing year. Her chewy body, cute look and adorable squeak all add up to her je ne sais quoi appeal. What we love:

  • She’s made of 100 percent natural rubber and food paint

Buy it: $25, Toysrus.com

Piyo Piyo
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Sippy Cups: Piyo Piyo Easy Reach Sippy

Best Training Cup

Don’t be fooled by the cuteness; this training cup is 100 percent innovative. A weighted ball at the end of the straw ensures baby gets every last drop of liquid. Mission hydration completed.

Buy it: $13, Amazon.com

Boon
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Sippy Cups: Boon Fluid

Coolest Design

Parents who love modern design will fall for this sleek, handleless cup.The streamlined design and angled spout mean less head tipping and easier sipping.

Buy it: $7, Toysrus.com

Lansinoh
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Sippy Cups: Lansinoh mOmma Spill-proof Sippy Cup

Most Spill-Proof

This fun cup rocks back and forth but promises not to spill. The soft dual handles keep the bottle in his grasp, while the silicone spout is gentle on gums — perfect for a teething baby.

Buy it: $7, BuyBuyBaby.com

Beaba
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Feeding Gear: Beaba Babycook Pro 2x

Best Food Maker

The Babycook Pro just doubled its coolness. Now, you can make two meals at once (for a grand total of 9 cups of food!) but still get the same great steaming, blending and re-heating features Beaba is known for. Plus, the bowls and attachments are all dishwasher-safe.

Buy it: $200, Toysrus.com

Babymoov
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Feeding Gear: Babymoov Turbo Steam Sterilizer

Best Sterilizer

We know — it looks kind of extraterrestrial. But it does have some out-of-this world features, including being the first product to sterilize down to the core of bottles, where milk residue gets stuck. What we love:

  • It sterilizes six bottles in 10 minutes flat

Buy it: $65, Diapers.com

Silico Sili
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Feeding Gear: The Silico Sili Squeeze

Best On-the-Go

Traveling with pureed food just got easier with this spill-proof reusable pouch. And getting food inside the pouch isn’t hard either with the Sili Funnel.

Buy it: $15, Amazon.com

Beaba
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Feeding Gear: Beaba 360 Spoon

Best First Utensils

Self-feeding can be tricky. But the Beaba 360 Spoon is self-leveling, so it always remains parallel to the floor. Can we promise the food will make it to baby’s mouth? Nope. But you just greatly boosted the odds.

Buy it: $8, Amazon.com

Kiinde
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Feeding Gear: Kiinde Twist Starter Kit

Best for Breast Milk

If you plan on breastfeeding, this all-encompassing kit streamlines (and cleans up) the process of pumping, storing and feeding. What we love:

  • You can express from any pump brand directly into the storage pouches
  • Need that frozen milk ASAP? Toss a pouch in the Kozii warmer, which defrosts as quickly as it steams

Buy it: $40, Toysrus.com

Gerber
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Food: Gerber Good Start Powder Formula

Best Formula

Opting for formula? Gerber Good Start is an incredibly popular choice among moms. Inspired by the composition of breastmilk, this formula uses Comfort Proteins to help with easy digestion for sensitive tummies.

Buy it: 26, Toysrus.com

Happy Baby
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Food: Happy Baby Starting Solids

Best First Food

Ready to introduce baby to their first taste of solids? These nine natural, single-ingredient purees of fruits and vegetables offer baby’s palate a fresh, organic menu.

Buy it: $2, BuyBuyBaby.com

Plum Organics
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Food: Plum Organics Super Puffs

Best First Snack

Admit it: you’ve caught yourself munching on these too. And we don’t blame you; these fruity puffs pack a healthy punch, serving up 14 vitamins and minerals. What we love:

  • The puffs are the perfect size for little fingers to encourage self-feeding

Buy it: $3, Toysrus.com

Best of Baby 2015: Gear 

If babies came with instruction manuals, a good 15 pages would be devoted to the “stuff” they need. Car seats, strollers, carriers, swings, rockers and the list goes on. Luckily, we’ve found the best gear that makes traveling with baby safe and comfortable and sourced the products that’ll keep baby entertained at home.

Mamas & Papas
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Stroller: Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip

Best Lightweight Stroller

City moms rejoice — this “big little stroller” has the most compact fold of any stroller on the market. And the one-handed open works no matter which direction you choose to face the seat. What we love:

  • It’s designed to accommodate newborns to four-year-olds, so it’s both bassinet and car seat compatible

Buy it: $500, MamasandPapas.com

Britax B Agile
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Stroller: Britax B Agile

Best Travel System

This reliable stroller features the Click & Go system that makes it easy to use and compatible with nearly every other major brand. Features we love:

  • The three-wheel design makes this stroller easy to stop, pivot and turn

Buy it: from $375 (with car seat), Toysrus.com

Vista
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Stroller: Uppababy Vista

Most Versatile

We put Vista’s “one for all” promise to the test and it more than passed — for two babies, a toddler and a baby and, yes, even three kids. What we love:

  • Shock-absorbent wheels and rear suspension make this one smooth ride no matter how many kids are in tow

Buy it: from $820, Buybuybaby.com

Bumbleride
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Stroller: Bumbleride Indie Twin

Best Double

A twin stroller doesn’t have to be the size of a Hummer to do double-duty. Case in point: the Bumbleride Indie is narrow enough to navigate the grocery store aisle, but doesn’t sacrifice seating room or cargo space. What we love:

  • The 12-inch wheels are made to handle any terrain

Buy it: $730, Toysrus.com

BOB
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Stroller: BOB Revolution Pro

Best Jogger

This jogger will have you eating hills for breakfast thanks to the hand-activated rear drum brakes that help conquer inclines. It’s just as great on flat terrain too. What we love:

  • It’s not just for jogging; turn it into a travel system with the Accessory Adaptor, BOB car seats and snack trays

Buy it: $540, Buybuybaby.com

Chicco
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Car Seat: Chicco KeyFit 30

Best Infant Car Seat

Just one click, and you know the KeyFit is locked in place. It’s that easy installation, plus extra-thick cushioning that make this car seat a standout. Features we love:

  • This seat comes in 17(!) different colors

Buy it: $190, Toysrus.com

Peg-Perego
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Car Seat: Peg-Perego Share Primo Viaggio Convertible

Best Convertible Car Seat

The stylish convertible seat has all the safety features for peace of mind and its roomy seat keeps baby rear-facing longer — which is the recommended car seat orientation until your child reaches age 2. What we love:

  • 10 adjustable positions, even while your child is in the seat

Buy it: $350, Buybuybaby.com

Urbini
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Car Seat: Urbini Petal

Most Affordable

Easy installation and ease of use earn this lightweight seat — just eight pounds — high marks. (An additional insert can be used for preemies.) What we love:

  • Wide openings make threading the seatbelt so easy

Buy it: $100, Walmart.com

Mamas & Papas
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Bouncer: Mamas & Papas Apollo Bouncer

Most Advanced

Keep baby entertained with fun new sounds and hanging plush toys. Once baby is ready to doze, turn on the vibrating function and lullabies to lull him to sleep. What we love:

  • It’s way more versatile than your standard bouncer
  • The music book insert lets you choose from four different melodies, catering to nap time or play time

Buy it: $100, Mamasandpapas.com

BabyBjörn
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Bouncer: BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft

Best Design

Modern and ergonomic, this sleek bouncer requires no batteries; baby’s own movements power the bouncing. Plus, it folds completely flat for easy travel and storage. What we love:

  • Once baby outgrows this, it can be used as a chair

Buy it: $200, Buybuybaby.com

Babyhome
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Bouncer: Babyhome Onfour Babysitter Bouncer

Best On-the-Go

The wheels really sold us on this stylish bouncer. Move it around the room or from one room to another without waking up baby. It adjusts to four different positions, one of which lets baby lay completely flat.

Buy it: $130, Toysrus.com

Ingenuity
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Swing: Ingenuity Power Adapt Portable Swing

Most Versatile

Between the five swing speed options, eight melodies and three nature sounds, there’s plenty to keep baby entertained while you take a “me” break. It also helps that the swing blends in with almost any decor.

Buy it: $90, Toysrus.com

Fisher Price
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Swing: Fisher Price Power Plus SpaceSaver Cradle ’n Swing

Most Compact

More compact than most, the SpaceSaver gives you all of the options — choose from six swing speeds and 10 sounds — with a smaller footprint. What we love:

  • It converts to swing in two directions: the classic front-to-back motion or as a side-to-side cradle

Buy it: $95, Amazon.com

4Moms
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Swing: 4MomsRockaRoo

Most Advanced

As you probably guessed from the name, this rocks rather than swings. And with an MP3 hookup, you can literally rock out right alongside baby. What we love:

  • It’s designed so baby experiences more motion up by her head, enhancing the rocking experience

Buy it: $180, Toysrus.com

BabyBjörn
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Carrier: BabyBjörn Baby Carrier WE

Grows With Baby

The life span of a baby product is often short — when baby grows out of it, that’s it. That’s why the WE carrier is notable — it grows with baby until age 3. What we love:

  • It’s designed for you to use unaided, even for back-carrying positions
  • The carrier can open from the front so you can seamlessly slip baby out without waking her up

Buy it: $140, Toysrus.com

Baby K’Tan
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Carrier: Baby K’Tan ACTIVE Carrier

Best Wrap

Lots of wraps come with instruction booklets that feel like advanced origami. So when one comes along that slips on your body like a T-shirt and you tuck baby inside, we couldn’t not share this simple ingenuity with fellow moms. What we love:

  • The double loop design means baby is extra secure
  • It offers UV protection for baby’s delicate skin

Buy it: $60, Diapers.com

líllébaby
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Carrier: Líllébaby COMPLETE All Seasons

Most Comfortable

This carrier was designed with your comfort in mind. The center panel can be unzipped to keep you cool in the summer, or zipped up to retain heat in colder months. What we love:

  • Special lumbar support — coupled with the light 1.3 pound weight — is a back saver
  • Choose from six different carrying positions

Buy it: $135, Buybuybaby.com

4Moms
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Pack and Play: 4Moms Breeze

Best Overall

The name says it all — it’s so easy to set up and stash away, it’ll convince you that traveling as a family isn’t… crazy. What we love:

  • An easy-to-grip handlebar that retracts and opens the playard in one motion
  • It comes with a bassinet and leak-proof changing pad, so this is your one-stop baby station when you’re traveling

Buy it: $300, Toysrus.com

Ingenuity
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Pack and Play: Ingenuity Washable Play Yard Deluxe with Dream Centre

Most Bang for Your Buck

Think of this as a portable nursery: attach a Dream Center bassinet (with optional toys), a changing table and an organizing tray right on top, and baby is set wherever he is. Other added conveniences include the washable fabric that unzips easily for laundering. What we love:

  • The sound station (five melodies and three natural sounds) is an added sleep aid for baby

Buy it: $180, Toysrus.com

KidCo
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Pack and Play: KidCo Travel Pod

Best On-the-Go

There’s nothing complicated about this play yard. Sure, it doesn’t open in one motion, but the easy transport makes up for it. And at just 10.5 pounds, this one’s great for overnight travel.

Buy it: $170, Buybuybaby.com

Best of Baby 2015: Health and Safety 

Baby’s health and safety are concerns that can literally keep parents up at night. The good news? We’ve found products out there — from high-tech baby monitors to highly accurate thermometers — that can give you peace of mind.

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Best of Baby 2015: Health & Safety

Belly Armor
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Monitors: Belly Armor Smart NOVA

Most High Tech

Leave it to Belly Armor to make a virtually radiation-free baby monitor that looks as cool as an iPhone. Two-way communication, a 72-hour battery life and room temperature display make this super safe monitor a game-changer.

Buy it: $149, Amazon.com

Mimo
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Monitors: Mimo

Best Wearable

The turtle sensor on this onesie will tell you everything you need to know about baby – we’re talking breathing pattern, sleeping activity, skin temperature and body position. Best of all, that information is sent right to your smartphone.

Buy it: $200, ToysRUs.com

Levana
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Monitors: Levana Keera

Best All-in-One

Pan, tilt and zoom remotely, even in the dark. You’ll never miss a thing with this 24-hour monitor, which also lets you to record video and snap photos. Plus, two-way communication lets you talk to baby.

Buy it: $190, BuyBuyBaby.com

Braun
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Thermometers: Braun No Touch Forehead Thermometer

Best No-Touch

If invasive thermometers aren’t for you, Braun’s forehead model lets you take baby’s temperature without skin contact. What we love:

  • A color-coded screen lets you know if the temperature is within a safe range — done

Buy it: $60, BuyBuyBaby.com

Kinsa
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Thermometers: Kinsa Thermometer

Most High Tech

Used with a compatible app, this oral thermometer plugs right into your iPhone and lets you track and monitor baby’s symptoms — a perfect record for your pediatrician. What we love:

  • A 10-second temperature read time means taking baby’s temperature won’t be a battle

Buy it: $30, Amazon.com

Exergen
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Thermometers: Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer

Pediatrician-Recommended

The brand doctors use in their own offices, Exergen promises an accurate read by gently stroking the forehead (so no invasive ear, mouth or butt readings). What we love:

  • This thermometer takes 1,000 readings per second, and chooses from the most accurate

Buy it: $38, ToysRUs.com

FridaBaby
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Didn’t Even Know You Needed: FridaBaby NoseFrida

Best Nasal Aspirator

Back the pinky away from baby’s stuffed-up nose. This Swedish-made nasal aspirator is guaranteed to get the job done safely. And the disposable filters mean it’s 100 percent sanitary.

Buy it: $15, Amazon.com

Bellybuds
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Didn’t Even Know You Needed: Bellybuds

Best In-Utero Gadget

At 20 weeks in utero, babies can start hearing sounds. And now you can connect with baby through BellyBuds speaker system, which attaches to your bump and can play soothing sounds or voices for baby. What we love:

  • The VoiceShare technology lets you share direct messages with baby

Buy it: $50, BuyBuyBaby.com

Zoli Baby
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Didn’t Even Know You Needed: Zoli Buzz B Nail Trimmer

Best Grooming

Cringing at the thought of clipping baby’s nails? That’s why Zoli’s trimmer — which uses oscillating cushioned pads to file the nails down without harming the surrounding skin — is worth the peace of mind.

Buy it: $35, Amazon.com

PELV-ICE
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Didn’t Even Know You Needed: PELV-ICE MamaStrut

Best Post-Delivery Relief

Whether you had a natural delivery or a C-section, the Mama Strut is a soft brace you can wear right under your clothes that works to relieve post-delivery swelling and cramping. It also supports your abdomen and back with medical-grade compression. In other words, it’s like a pain-relieving Spanx that can be used hot or cold.

Buy it: $129, Amazon.com

BEST OF BABY 2015: NURSERY

A nursery that’s beautiful and works hard to keep baby safe and comfortable — those are our favorite rooms in the house. Here, the standout items that help promote good sleep and some sweet dreams.

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Best of Baby 2015: Nursery

HALO
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Crib: HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper

Best Safety

Skip co-sleeping and keep baby right by your side with this bassinet that can come right up to and over the side of your bed. It also swivels a full 360 degrees and one side is retractable, allowing you to easily maneuver baby onto your bed without lifting her up. What we love:

  • It includes lullabies, vibrations, a nightlight and a nursing timer

Buy it: $250, Toysrus.com

BabyHome
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Crib: BabyHome So-Ro Twin Cradle

Most Contemporary

Designed by an occupational therapist, this simple crib is exceptionally built for two. What we love:

  • It rocks from front to back rather than side to side, mimicking the way you’d rock baby in your arms

Buy it: $419, Giggle.com

Bloom
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Crib: Bloom Alma Mini

Best Space-Server

Living in a city apartment? This compact crib folds up for convenient storage and can be wheeled from room to room. What we love:

  • 5-minute set-up time — you can’t beat that

Buy it: $340, Diapers.com

Swanling Innovations
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Sleep Accessory: Swanling Innovations Slumber Swaddle

Swaddle

Easy swaddling and safe swaddling go hand-in-hand with this product. It snaps in place with the Slumber Sleeper, keeping your newborn comfortably on her back and in the center of the crib. Worried she’ll be too warm? The bamboo fabric is lightweight and breathable.

Buy it: $30, Buybuybaby.com

Aden + Anais
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Sleep Accessory: Aden + Anais Classic Crib Sheets

Crib Sheets

While we love these sheets for their pretty patterns alone, the breathable, soft cotton muslin is what makes it a standout. The sheets, sold individually, even come pre-washed.

Buy it: $20, Buybuybaby.com

Colgate
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Sleep Accessory: Colgate Nuzzle Snuze

Best Mattress

Colgate’s most advanced mattress yet, the Nuzzle Snuze is made out of recyclable fibers that help promote a good night’s sleep. This NaturesNest technology is also pretty good-looking; the mattress comes in three different patterns.

Buy it: $370, Amazon.com

Duux
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Humidifier: Duux Mushroom Humidifier

Coolest Dual Function

It’s a humidifier, it’s a nightlight, it’s a mushroom…it’s perfect for the nursery because it’s just so cute. Its kid-friendly design is also big on function. Features we love:

  • It uses 80 percent less energy than other humidifiers and has an automatic shut-off

Buy it: $60, Buybuybaby.com

Crane
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Humidifier: Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Drop Humidifier

Most Quiet

This isn’t a space saver, but it gets the job done and looks great doing it. What we love:

  • With a 24-hour run time, the Crane is dry air (and dry skin’s) worst nightmare
  • The fun shape and bright colors are perfect for the nursery
  • It’s ultra-quiet and turns off when the tank is empty

Buy it: $46, Diapers.com

Vicks
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Humidifier: Vicks Starry Night Humidifier

Most Soothing

It’s not quite Van Gogh, but we know your child will love the projected stars from this humidifier that can run up to 24 hours before needing a water refill. What we love:

  • Those stars change colors!
  • An integrated scent pad heater disperses congestion-clearing Vicks into the room, perfect for when you’re sick

Buy it: $55, Toysrus.com

BEST OF BABY 2015: MATERNITY BASICS

Once baby arrives, you’ll be attending to his or her needs almost every waking moment. So who’s looking out for you? We are. Whether it’s the breast pump that expresses in half the time or the stylish nursing top that’ll make you wonder how moms before you ever lived without these, we’ve found hard-working items to make your new life as a mom a little easier.

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Itzy Ritzy
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Nursing: Itzy Ritzy Nursing Happens Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf

Most Fashionable

A gorgeous infinity scarf should be a staple in any woman’s wardrobe. This one just happens to serve as a nursing cover. And comes in nine cool patterns. So there’s no excuse not to have one that looks this good and does double duty when you breastfeed.

Buy it: $25, Buybuybaby.com

CupCake
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Nursing: CupCake Nursing Pads

Most Functional

Leaks happen. And now there’s a convenient, comfortable and eco-friendly way to deal with them. These organic cotton and hemp pads have a pocketed front — slip in up to two liners depending on how much absorbency you need.

Buy it: from $17, Amazon.com

Lansinoh
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Nursing: Lansinoh HPA Lanolin

Best for Soothing

Sore, cracked and dry nipples are words that should never pass a mom’s lips. And they won’t have to with Lansinoh’s emollient all-natural, single ingredient cream that can be used often and liberally while you nurse baby.

Buy it: $10, Buybuy.com

Boppy
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Nursing: Boppy Heirloom Pillow

Best Nursing Pillow

Always a classic choice, Boppy is still the nursing pillow breastfeeding moms rave about. It’s ergonomically designed to support all sorts of milestones, from feeding, tummy time to sitting upright. Plus, the adorable fox and owl slipcover is easily removable for machine washing.

Buy it: $40, Toysrus.com

Medela
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Nursing: Medela Pump in Style

Best Pump

This double-electric pump is a favorite among moms for good reason: it’s hard-working, portable and efficient — essentially perfect for when you need to express milk often and daily. Plus, its many speeds and suction settings closely mimic how a baby breastfeeds, helping to express the most milk every time you pump.

Buy it: $300, Buybuybaby.com

Simple Wishes
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Nursing: Simple Wishes B3 All-in-One Bra

Best Bra

Designed by four sisters, this comfortable and functional bra is meant to be worn while nursing or pumping. Yep — even hands-free pumping; special straps keep your breast pumps in place.

Buy it: $59, Amazon.com

Loyal Hana
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Maternity Fashion: Loyal Hana

Best Nursing Tops

Putting the layered look on hold to make breastfeeding easier? Not anymore. Hidden zippers allow you to pump or feed without taking off your shirt. And these tops are cool enough to wear long after you’re done nursing.

Buy it: $105, Nordstrom.com

Hatch Collection
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Maternity Fashion: Hatch Collection Easy Pant

Best Maternity Pants

Anyone going through a pregnancy can tell you: if they could go pants-free, they would — that’s how hard it can be to find flattering and comfortable maternity pants. Polite society dictates we need to wear pants, and luckily Hatch created these tailored trousers that are super comfy and amazingly stylish.

Buy it: $158, Hatchcollection.com

Wendy Bellissimo
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Maternity Fashion: Wendy Bellissimo

Best New Line

Flattering, easy-to-wear pieces that are versatile enough to layer or mix and match, who doesn’t want that? We especially love the bold navajo knit cascade cardigan that can span all nine months of pregnancy and beyond.

Buy it: $48, Wendybellissimo.com

Liz Lange
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Maternity Fashion: Liz Lange

Most Affordably Chic

Liz Lange helped maternity fashion move past some dark times (read: the ’80s) when expectant moms wore muumuu-like coverups (not cute). Her figure-flattering shirtdresses should be a staple in any maternity wardrobe: they’re comfortable, versatile and, best of all, affordable.

Buy it: $25, Target.com

BOB
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Stroller: BOB Revolution Pro

Best Jogger

This jogger will have you eating hills for breakfast thanks to the hand-activated rear drum brakes that help conquer inclines. It’s just as great on flat terrain too. What we love:

  • It’s not just for jogging; turn it into a travel system with the Accessory Adaptor, BOB car seats and snack trays

Buy it: $540, Buybuybaby.com

BOB
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Stroller: BOB Revolution Pro

Best Jogger

This jogger will have you eating hills for breakfast thanks to the hand-activated rear drum brakes that help conquer inclines. It’s just as great on flat terrain too. What we love:

  • It’s not just for jogging; turn it into a travel system with the Accessory Adaptor, BOB car seats and snack trays

Buy it: $540, Buybuybaby.com

BOB
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Stroller: BOB Revolution Pro

Best Jogger

This jogger will have you eating hills for breakfast thanks to the hand-activated rear drum brakes that help conquer inclines. It’s just as great on flat terrain too. What we love:

  • It’s not just for jogging; turn it into a travel system with the Accessory Adaptor, BOB car seats and snack trays

Buy it: $540, Buybuybaby.com

BOB
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Stroller: BOB Revolution Pro

Best Jogger

This jogger will have you eating hills for breakfast thanks to the hand-activated rear drum brakes that help conquer inclines. It’s just as great on flat terrain too. What we love:

  • It’s not just for jogging; turn it into a travel system with the Accessory Adaptor, BOB car seats and snack trays

Buy it: $540, Buybuybaby.com

BOB
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Stroller: BOB Revolution Pro

Best Jogger

This jogger will have you eating hills for breakfast thanks to the hand-activated rear drum brakes that help conquer inclines. It’s just as great on flat terrain too. What we love:

  • It’s not just for jogging; turn it into a travel system with the Accessory Adaptor, BOB car seats and snack trays

Buy it: $540, Buybuybaby.com

BOB
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Stroller: BOB Revolution Pro

Best Jogger

This jogger will have you eating hills for breakfast thanks to the hand-activated rear drum brakes that help conquer inclines. It’s just as great on flat terrain too. What we love:

  • It’s not just for jogging; turn it into a travel system with the Accessory Adaptor, BOB car seats and snack trays

Buy it: $540, Buybuybaby.com

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Double World Premiere For Porsche at The Geneva International Motor Show 2015

Porsche to Highlight Two New High-Performance Cars for the First Time

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG is celebrating the world premiere of two extreme sports cars at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show. The new Cayman GT4 is the first high-performance sports car belonging to the GT family that is based on the mid-engine coupes. Clocking a lap time of seven minutes and 40 seconds on the North Loop of the Nürburgring, the new entry-level model makes a great debut.

Porsche's New Cayman GT4

Porsche’s New Cayman GT4

Porsche's New Cayman GT4

Porsche’s New Cayman GT4

The second new model is another exceptional Porsche that sets new standards on the racetrack. The world premiere will take place during the Porsche press conference at the Palexpo Arena in Geneva at 11:30 (CET) on March 3, 2015. A live webcast will be available in German and English on: http://porsche.gomexlive.com/. This vehicle confirms the sports car manufacturer’s commitment to high performance sports cars that manage to make a very special link between everyday driving and motorsports.

These two premieres continue Porsche’s tradition of presenting motorsport highlights at the spring car show on the shores of Lake Geneva. The 911 GT3, 918 Spyder and 919 Hybrid has all celebrated their debuts in Geneva in recent years. With the new Cayman GT4, Porsche impressively maximised the driving dynamics of the mid-engine sports car and positions it as the new benchmark in its segment. This high-performance sports car clearly stands out from the other Cayman models: the 3.8-litre engine, which is derived from the 911 Carrera S, produces 385 hp (283 kW). The completely new front end with lowered front spoiler and additional air outlet in front of the bonnet as well as the rear wing make it the only Cayman with downforce at both axles. The chassis, which features a 30 mm lower body position and an extra-large brake system, is set up for motorsports with components from the 911 GT3.

Porsche’s sales figures also continue to develop sportily. With about 16,000 vehicle deliveries to customers in January 2015, the sports car manufacturer continues its success of the past year. This corresponds to an increase of 31 per cent in comparison to the same month of the previous year. The 911 is in especially high demand internationally. More than 2,400 happy customers took deliveries of the sports car icon in January. In 2014, Porsche delivered nearly 189,850 new vehicles to customers all over the world – an increase of 17 per cent over the previous year.

Porsche’s sales figures were also very good in Switzerland, with about 39,000 Porsches owned by a population of approximately eight million. The steady growth is especially pleasing for Porsche. In 2014, Porsche delivered 2,871 new vehicles to Swiss customers, an increase of about 29 per cent over the previous year.

Established in 1984, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA) is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche 918 Spyder, 911, Boxster and Cayman sports cars, the Macan and Cayenne SUVs and Panamera sports sedans. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia since 1998, PCNA moved into a brand new, cutting edge building at One Porsche Drive in January 2015. This one-of-a-kind facility showcases a commitment to design and functionality, serving not only as an inspirational workplace for Porsche employees, but also a brand experience center featuring a 1.6 mile test track, human performance center, and event space. PCNA employs approximately 300 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 189 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand’s 65-plus year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency. PCNA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.

And The Winner is…. Patrica Arquette, Best Supporting Actress, Boyhood

Here we are not surprised but a most deserving win just the same.

Actress Patricia Arquette, Oscar® winner for Achievement in Actress in a Supporting Role, for work on "Boyhood" arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 22, 2015. (Mark Suban / ©A.M.P.A.S.)

Actress Patricia Arquette, Oscar® winner for Achievement in Actress in a Supporting Role, for work on “Boyhood” arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 22, 2015. (Mark Suban / ©A.M.P.A.S.)

Okay, Jesus. Thank you to the Academy, to my beautiful, powerful nominees. To IFC, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland, Molly Madden, David DeCamillo, our whole cast and our crew. My Boyhood family, who I love and admire. Our brilliant director Richard Linklater. The impeccable Ethan Hawke. My lovelies, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater. Thomas and Paul, thank you for giving me my beautiful children. Enzo and Harlow, you’re the deepest people that I know. My friends who all work so hard to make this world a better place. To my parents, Rosanna, Richmond, Alexis and David. To my favorite painter in the world, Eric White, for the inspiration of living with a genius. To my heroes, volunteers and experts who have helped me bring ecological sanitation to the developing world with GiveLove.org. To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

And The Oscar Goes to… J.K. Simmons, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Whiplash

Wow, thank you. Thank you to the Academy. Thank you to everyone involved in the making of Whiplash. And I am grateful everyday for the most remarkable person I know: my wife, the wonderful Michelle Schumacher. I’m grateful for your love, your kindness, your wisdom, your sacrifice and your patience. Which brings me to the above-average children—even though I may try their patience more. Joe and Olivia, you are extraordinary human beings. Smart, funny, kind, loving people and that’s because you are a reflection of your mother. And if I may, call your mom, everybody. I’ve told this [to], like, a billion people, or so. Call your mom, call your dad. If you’re lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call ‘em. Don’t text. Don’t email. Call them on the phone. Tell ‘em you love ‘em, and thank them, and listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you. Thank you. Thank you, Mom and Dad.