Baby & Toddler

How to Set Up a Cozy, Laidback Baby Nursery

When we found out we were expecting, there was a whirlwind of questions, appointments and uncertainty. But the one thing that was clear from the start: we wanted to remain surprised when it came to the sex of the baby, so we were all about a gender- neutral nursery. From simple colors to laidback themes and personalized touches, here are a few ways we set about creating a cozy and welcoming space.

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4 Alternative Uses for Your Bottle Drying Rack

If you hate kitchen clutter, thinking of ways to maximize the utility of some of your favorite countertop mainstays is always a worthwhile endeavor. For our family, one of those items is the Bottle Drying Rack, which we got when our son was born. This rack in particular is our favorite because we go through many bottles a day and it can hold around eight at a time. There’s also a nice, flat space in the front of the drying rack for small pieces and generous raised ribs on the bottom, making for much quicker drying time than others we’ve tried. While its purpose is obvious, there are a handful of additional ways to use the rack when you don’t need it for bottles or your baby is all grown up.  

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OXO’s Baby Registry Guide

Creating a baby registry was almost paralyzing for me—there are thousands of competing products out there and, especially when you’re having your first baby, you’re completely unsure which things are essential. Friends and family are bound to get you a few meaningful and sentimental gifts, so I’m a big fan of creating a very useful, practical registry with your must-haves and big ticket items (because you never know!)

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What Meals and Gifts to Bring New Parents

Those first days of parenting are often a blur – and for good reason: around-the-clock feedings and a sudden change in schedule result in days that feel jumbled together at best. I remember feeling so thankful for our friends and family who diligently dropped by hot meals in the late afternoons, pints of gelato in the evening and little surprises to help make our lives easier along the way. While there’s nothing wrong with a good casserole, here are a few other ideas for what to bring to a new family in those early days as they’re getting to know their new addition.

Baby & Toddler, Behind The Scenes

How We Designed the Cubby Strollers

At OXO we apply our “question everything” philosophy to every product we develop. When it came time to design our first line of baby strollers, we knew we wanted them to be lightweight and easy to fold, but also address pet peeves we experienced as parents and questions we had about strollers. We interviewed nearly 1,000 parents, both first-timers and old pros, met with baby store staff, and pored over hundreds of online reviews, to discover what people loved about their strollers—and what drove them nuts. Those pet peeves led to some of the most important and parent-friendly features in our brand new Cubby and Cubby+ Strollers.

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Fall Purees to Feed Your Kids

Introducing your baby to solid foods is one of those super fun parent moments you’ll remember forever. The moment my daughter first tasted avocado is brilliantly captured in a photograph that we still laugh about. As a parent, I love seeing how my children interact with their new world, and as a food lover, I’m super committed to raising adventurous eaters.

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How to De-Stress Your Morning Routine

With a child in preschool, two babies at home, and a nanny who comes over at 9 a.m., I know a thing or two about chaotic mornings. Mine usually start at 6 a.m., a lifetime before I actually begin to tackle my work day. Most days, my husband and I dance a highly choreographed routine that involves packing lunches, changing diapers, feeding babies, making coffee, and yes, showering (priorities!).

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Staff Picks: OXO Products We Can’t Live Without As New Parents

A baby boom in the OXO office? In the span of five years, 25 babies were born to OXO’s (then) 50 employees. Discussions around the office soon shifted towards how we could make life easier for new parents. In typical OXO fashion, we set out to solve pet peeves by creating a line of thoughtful products that help parents guide, nurture, and care for their little ones—that’s how OXO Tot was born. We asked some parents in the office what Tot products they can’t live without, and here’s what they said.