Archive for the 'Gear' Category

The United Colors of Playskool

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

SkoolLooking around my living room, it’s like a Benneton ad, with all of the multi-cultural toys laying around. We’ve got Mr. Roberto the school bus driver, Paco the guy with the dump truck, Bernard the African-American student and Margie, the red-haired girl in the wheelchair. Not a lot of white dudes represented.

But what happens when the door breaks off of the school bus? That’s right, gotta call the greasy Fonz look-alike who came with the sports car toy.

Luckily my son will have all of the media and most of politics to give him good representations of how white guys in America are supposed to act. WHEW!

Tall Parents need Tall Strollers

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

After hunching over our tiny umbrella stroller for this summer, I’ve been looking for an easy alternative. The simple problem is that the thing is too short for me and my Amazonian bride to push comfortably…it’s like the handles need to be about a half-inch taller for us to accurately maneuver the thing, but as it is, I’m hunching forward with our shoulders and constantly kicking the thing with my feet.

Too Tall Jones
To our rescue come the kind souls at TallParents who have developed a stroller with telescoping handles that can come up to the correct level for us tall folks and lock in place. The obvious news is that there is a manufacturing defect with the stroller that causes the handles to (safely but probably annoyingly) telescope back down while you’re pushing. There’s a little message on their website that says that they’ll notify you when they become available again.

I am here to publicly offer my child and my arms as test subjects when the strollers become available again. Attention TallParents Folks: I will offer a completely glowing review of your product (provided my kid doesn’t end up being rocketed into traffic and my arms don’t end up like cartoon accordions) if you send me a free sample. Hook a tall brother up.

- Zac

The BabyRoadies Endorsement: High Chair

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

When Hank graduated to eating food, we needed a high chair (since feeding him in his stroller was getting to be a drag). We looked around at a bunch of them, finally deciding on the Fisher-Price Healthy Care Booster seat.


It just straps onto your own dining room chair so the kid is right at the table with you. The nice thing is that you don’t need to make room for (yet another) large free standing piece of furniture in your house. When he’s not in it, you can just push in the chair and it goes under the table. Also, the whole damned thing is plastic, so you can hose it down or throw the tray in the dishwasher.It folds up fairly compactly which makes it easy to travel with. We just got back from a week’s vacation and I don’t know what we would’ve done if we had a big monster high chair.It costs about $25, or if you like putting your money into the toilet you can rent it from this place for $25 a week. (How that makes sense to anybody, I’ll never know).- Zac

Coming Soon, to a Nursery Near You

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Coming SoonThese new movie poster style birth announcements from 5-Star Baby are pretty cute.

I especially like the fact that they try to come up with cool movie titles that incorporate in the kid’s name, and also include the doctors and hospital in the small print at the bottom.

I have to admit though, I don’t envy their task of taking the grainy out of focus photos that new parents send in and make them look like movie posters.

I know I took about a hundred pictures of Hank in his little newborn hat trying to get just the right shot to put on his birth announcement, and even then it was a little dark and fuzzy (trying not to use the flash in the dim light of the nursery was maybe not the best technical choice).

Well done 5-Star Baby!

- Zac

Baby on Board

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Mmm mmmm mmmm mmmmSo Hank is now over 20 pounds, 30 inches long and too big for his infant car seat. Kind souls lent us two bigger car seats (an Even-Flo obviously named after the Pearl Jam song and a Britax, thank you very very much) and so we installed ‘em in our cars.

The question is, can he be forward-facing or not?

The rulebooks say that if the kid is over 20 pounds, he’s OK for forward-facing, but some spoil-sports like the American Academy of Pediatrics say the kid has to be a year old and 20-22 pounds. The freaks in Sweden often keep their kids rear-facing until 3 or 4 years of age.

As it is now, with Hank rear-facing, his feet are all jammed against the backseat and it just doesn’t seem to be a good fit.

Any advice? Can his little neck take my horrible driving if he is facing forward? Or should I get one of those little “Baby on Board” signs and let that solve all of my problems?

UPDATE – See, this is what I love about the innerwebs: I have a question and expert parents answer it with facts and personal experience.

We now have two car seats that are rear-facing and have them adjusted so that the kid doesn’t look like a contortionist in a wicker basket. We will leave him rear-facing until he is at least 1, and maybe beyond. Thanks guys.

- Zac

Supply & Demand

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

Funny shirts from Milkdudz that say “Supply” and “Demand” on them.
(Note: I am only kinda posting this picture because it has boobs in it.)


- Zac