Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

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Metro Mamas soon-to-be bundle can sling into spring with the Rockin’ Baby Sling, which was treasured by Courteney Cox Arquette for her little CoCo and Brangelina for gorgeous Zahara Marley. The A-list users of these artful baby carriers read like a Vanity Fair post-Oscars party, and there are solid reasons why these slings truly rock: high quality craftsmanship, distinctive designs, and artful touches. Located at the Rockin’ Baby Shop in Los Angeles, or at www.rockinbabysling.com.

Milkdudz, nursing wear for hip moms all around the globe, are lauded as “not your mommaz nursing wear.” Truer words were never written. The proof: A beautiful breastfeeding pashimas with designs that are a cross between Lily Pulitzer, Japanese anime, and Martha Stewart’s clean lines. This is another brand that attracts a constellation of celebrities, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Denise Richards, Liv Tyler, Debra Messing and Molly Shannon. Join the hot crowd and feel stylish and radiant while you breastfeed. Constantly elegant yet casual Goddess Gowns, whimsical T-shirts, a flattering nursing nightie, and other offerings can be found on www.milkdudz.com and cruise the site to see what best suits your style.

The Utterly Yours Breast Pillow won two consecutive awards for outstanding product innovation, and this is definitely an item much-appreciated by new moms who breastfeed. This soft pillow provides breast support for hands-free feeding and comfort. No more holding your breast for twenty minutes! Don’t waste another minute and visit www.utterlyyours.com. It’s washable, too.

Ever notice how infants and toddlers are more interested in the tags on toys and clothes than the items themselves? Well, Julie Dix did, and soon after she created Taggies. Taggies are made of soft fabrics and sport tempting ribbons for little hands. They’re made for the long haul and are safe and cheerful. Quick click www.taggies.com to scoop some up for your curious tot.

You’re a mom who wants a convenient web source for everything kid and all things baby. From adjustable, brightly-colored toilet seats to cool portable drinking cups for kids to car seats and toys, check out www.munchkin.com. Kids don’t come in one size, so training potty seats shouldn’t either, and Munchkin’s Deluxe Potty Seat thankfully requires no assembly.

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Metro Mamas can jog with (or without) baby to get back in shape for summer, and the Oakley Thump 2 Music Glasses make it a pleasure. An entire music system is built into stylish sunglasses in black or white for hands-free dancing, running, frolicking or chasing toddlers. You can jam 240 of your favorite songs into this digital music eyewear. Oakley’s thump 2 has officially broken the “ball and chain” of tethered portable music players with this lightweight, 100% UV filtering, adjustable pair of sunglasses that offers six hours of battery life before recharging is needed. Premium sound and performance optics combine to make this a season of sweet music. Check out www.oakley.com or call 949-951-1603 about “spec”cifics.

Another goody new moms will savor is the Rollermax. This rejuvenating, rolling pin-like of an exercise “tube” will loosen stiff muscles and muscle knots, and feels as relaxing as a shiatsu massage. Work upper back and shoulders, buttocks, legs and hips, lower back – whatever part of your body feels tight. In conjunction with yoga or cardio, this is a great tool for helping new moms work out as well as de-stress in the comfort of home. Find it at www.rollermax.com.

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A unique way for new moms to de-stress comes in red and white, heats up and vibrates: the HydraGel Infrared Massager from HoMedics. It sports a heat switch, invigorating vibration feature, rubber grip, interchangable acu-node stimulating massage cap, gel cap, and satin cap. Metro mommies can relieve muscle tension, relax muscles, or simply enjoy this ingenius massager upgrade. Every metro mama’s home should have one! Available at www.ulta.com.

Spa amenities at home are a godsend for frazzled moms, and Christine James products have special features that render them memorable. The Sootheze Buckwheat Hull Pillow smells like a fragrant field of fresh lavender and comes wrapped in an embroidered silk cover. These pillows can also be heated in the microwave for an uber-relaxing effect. Sachets, eye pillows and Sootheze Tiger bears are also in the Christine James line, along with other delights found at www.sootheze.com.

Originally published April 2006
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