DooDad of the Day/Birthday Booty: Sip N Spell

November 12, 2011 | By Brent Almond | LESSONS LEARNED

JJ pulled in quite a haul at his 2nd birthday party last weekend, and in sorting through all the booty I thought it would be fun to feature a few of them as DooDads of the Day.

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There are two reasons I’m featuring these awesome little sippy cups: 1) because they’re nutritional and educational, and 2) because they’re made by a company called “Sugar Booger,” a nickname my Mom used to use, and now I use on occasion for both JJ and Cordi (our pooch).

The only downside to the cups is that JJ — who’s in the process of mastering the alphabet — likes to turn the cup around and upside down to read all the letters, invariably dropping the cup. And being made of melamine, it makes quite a big noise (for such a small cup) when bouncing off the floor!

Sugar Booger also makes matching bibs, tablecloths and silverware, as well as a whole lot of other fun stuff through their parent company ORE Originals. Cheers!

DooDad of the Day: Baby Tattoos!

August 24, 2011 | By Brent Almond | THINGS MY KID DIGS

Wondering how to keep track of wayward children during that last trip to the water park? Looking for something hip and sassy to replace the boring name-pinned-to-your-coat for toddler’s first day of preschool?

Look no further… It’s SafetyTat!

Wow, what will they think of next? Seriously. These temporary tattoos come custom printed, as write-on tats, design-your-own, and even versions for adults suffering from Alzheimer’s or severe food allergies. And for those tech-savvy über-parents, new QR tats! Seems a little Orwellian to me… but pretty ingenious.

Additional suggested use: I doubt SafetyTat will ever market them this way, but don’t we all have an “adult” friend who frequently gets lost on their way home from a party? Or wakes up not knowing their own name?

DooDad of the Day: If Tron had a toothbrush

July 21, 2011 | By Brent Almond | THINGS MY KID DIGS

On a recent cross-country-in-a-plane family trip (what were we thinking?) — after having our flights delayed multiple times, two trips to the airport, an inordinate amount of airport/airplane food, we finally arrived at our destination to discover our luggage had (shocker!) not made it. We had to wait a full 24 hours for it to be delivered, somewhat safe and sound. The one bright light in all this (aside from our gracious hosts and an impromptu shopping trip to Target) was the fun toothbrush said gracious hosts gave JJ to use.

The GUM Crayola Timer Light Toothbrush has been around for several years it seems, but as I keep saying — none of this stuff was on my radar before, so indulge me. And not only is it a hoot to use, but it achieves what it promises! Kids (at least ours) will brush longer as they are entranced by the flashing crayon protruding from their maw. For older kids (it’s officially for ages 4-11) the light serves as a timer to let them know to brush until the flashing stops (60 seconds). For my little rug rat, it’s just plain entertainment.

Plus, it’s got a suction-cup base, which is great since no toothbrush that’s been sold since 1970 (or that costs more than 50 cents) fits in a standard toothbrush holder. (And yes, it sticks up horizontally, too…)

One question I have though… does this not inhibit kids from kicking actual crayon eating?

DooDad of the Day: Rainbow Monkey Bandages!

June 9, 2011 | By Brent Almond | THINGS MY KID DIGS

A couple of nights ago, Jon Stewart did a bit on The Daily Show related to Andrew Weiner (shocker). He was making a cocktail and cut open his hand on a margarita glass while trying to shut off the blender… or something. It was a silly mess.

Anyhoo, last night Stewart showed up sporting this super fun monkey bandage covering a nasty set of stitches. How cute is a big blue monkey band-aid?!? JJ loves monkeys, so I checked ’em out.

Turns out they’re called RAINBOW MONKEY BANDAGES and come in every color of the (gay) rainbow — so hey, cool Pride accessory! They come packaged in a nifty tin along with a FREE PRIZE!


DooDad of the Day: Nana Saver (But wait… there’s more!)

May 6, 2011 | By Brent Almond | THINGS DAD DIGS

Apologies for the lack of blogishness. I’ve been attending to some money-making ventures (A.K.A., my actual job).

I’ve been meaning to post this DooDad forever, as it was one of my first purchases when JJ started edging into solid foods. Bananas are a baby staple, but babies being babies (they don’t eat as much as adults, are notoriously persnickety eaters) we were ending up with all kinds of nasty, mushy, half-eaten nanners. So I Googled “banana saver” and found this wondrous device:

The Nana Saver, on actual banana.

…and here’s how to use it. LOVE the porn star French nails.

You can (like everything else on the planet) purchase it on Amazon. But I always like to check out the actual companies that make these things. And boy did I hit a motherlode of DooDads…


DooDad of the Day: Devil Baby!

March 4, 2011 | By Brent Almond | THINGS DAD DIGS

Designer Daddy and Papa were recently on a much-needed vacation (hence the cricket noises in blog land) and picked up this little devil of a hat for JJ. It’s super-soft chenille, and so cute it’s downright evil. Looks like we have his Easter outfit picked out!

JJ's not afraid to rock multiple stripe patterns

Yes, that's a little tail on the back.

BTW, I bought it off a street vendor in Miami, but you can buy it online here.

DooDad of the Day: Mr. & Ms. Food Face

February 20, 2011 | By Brent Almond | THINGS DAD DIGS

I’m pretty sure we were all raised not to play with our food, and have passed the same maxim onto our own children. Here’s the exception to that rule.

I happened upon these awesome plates in the Uncommon Goods catalog, but they can also be purchased through Amazon. I can’t wait until JJ is old enough to create intentional “artwork” on them. In the meantime maybe I’ll have to expense these bad boys (art supplies? research materials?) and model the behavior for him…

By the way, if this looks vaguely (or not so vaguely) familiar, you’re probably remembering the classic Wooly Willy toy. Which is also available as an iPhone/iPad app. So. Much. Awesomeness.

Machine washable, and dishwasher and microwave safe. (The plates, not the app)

DooDad of the Day: Silla Soup!

February 11, 2011 | By Brent Almond | THINGS DAD DIGS

And now, a little something for the ladies…

Most of the stuff I post about here is pretty boy-centric. We’re an all-boy household — so sue me. And while there is a ton of fun and fashionable duds I can buy for JJ, that period is quickly coming to an end. Before long he may just want to wear a solid-colored tee shirt every day of the week — or even worse, something with SpongeBob on it. And thus my days of being his personal style guru will be over.

But for those of you with little girls, the variety of (and number of years to buy) hip baby gear is exponentially greater. And some of the most precious around are from Silla Soup.

Silla Soup sells hand-made hairpins, headbands and other adornments out of simple materials but which are just cute as a button. I’ve labeled it my “DooDad of the Day,” but it’s a whole slew of doodads, all of them equally creative and awesomely adorable.

Full disclosure, Silla is a friend of mine from college. And I’ve told her my only regret in having a boy is that I can’t buy some of her stuff for JJ. I’ve also told her she should make some things for boys. Maybe bug, monster, or robot pins they can put on their backpacks? She does do custom work, so maybe…

In any event, dads and moms of little girls (and moms themselves), check out her store and her blog to see the wide array of adorableness for sale.

Her tag line is “Handmade hodge-podge finery,” but I vote for “Silla Soup: Mmmm, Mmmm Cute!”

DooDad of the Day: Crabby baby?

January 6, 2011 | By Brent Almond | THINGS DAD DIGS

I stumbled upon this multi-tasking marvel while visiting family over Thanksgiving. We were poking around this cute-as-a-button store (Ollie’s Gift Shop, they also make their own fudge!), saw this and thought “Our ‘lil Maryland boy should have this!” It wasn’t until we were home unpacking that I noticed not only was it the most adorable sippy cup in the world, but the bottom screwed off to hold snacks! How awesome is that?!?

Unfortunately JJ’s still working on his straw-drinking skills, so for now it’s in the pile of “Cute Stuff We Bought Knowing JJ Wasn’t Ready For Yet, But It Was A Once-In-A-Lifetime Find.” This pile is very large. Come summertime, though, he will be sipping juice and munching Cheerios in style at his very first crab feast!

The “Crab Sip N’ Munch” can be purchased directly from the manufacturer, Mud Pie, which has several other styles, including a version with baby’s initial (as long as it’s one of the 14 letters they offer… huh?) Only downside — the fabric lining of the cup has to be removed before washing. Bottom’s up!

DooDad of the Day: The Drooly Bib!

December 11, 2010 | By Brent Almond | THINGS DAD DIGS

Check out this hilarious – and functional – bib from my favorite new web site,! I ordered one for JJ for Christmas, and will report back on how it works.

Check out the rest of the site for tons of cute and irreverent outfits and accessories for your cool tot. My only gripe about the site is that they only stock clothes for baby up to 12 months. Almost makes me want to have another kid…

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