29 February 2008

Babycape: Easier and more versatile than a jacket

BabyCapeMost of us are still in for plenty more cool weather. But now that Spring is around the corner the on-and-off nature of kid jacket-wearing is already full swing. Too hot! Too cold! Take it off to buckle into the car seat! Put it on again! Annoying for all involved, especially if the jacket-wearer isn't in complete control of his or her arms.

I recently received (for review) a GORGEOUS alternative. Elizabeth (of the custom embroidery business Suzi Homemaker) sent me a Babycape: the softest, coziest little hooded poncho. (I think I've already been pretty open about my attraction to soft things.) If you can bring yourself to get past the luscious warmth of the thing, you notice the coolest functional feature: a snap-open flap down the length of the back which allows you to open it up over a car seat, front pack, or set of stroller buckles. No fussy zippers and no hard-to-negotiate sleeves, either. The sizing is flexible...I can see a kid wearing this for a long time. Better ventilation (and therefore temp control) than a jacket. So many problems solved by one simple design. And it's killer cute, too.

If you've got a special baby gift to buy -- or you're sick of the winter jacket mambo -- think about a Babycape. An investment ($89-$109), but certainly a good value given the handmade quality and the long wear.

Win it! This ice-blue (gender-neutral!) cape is all yours if you're the Parenthacker who answers the following question AND gets chosen in my random drawing:

What's your favorite family-friendly springtime vacation destination?

(We're having serious getaway craving around here and I'm thinking a little collective armchair travel might be fun.)

I'll choose a winner Saturday at 3pm PST. Good luck!

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