Urba Baby is a locally owned family store in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park area. Founded by two city parents, this store offers the hard-to-find and standards that city moms have come to depend on. Urba Baby is also proud present a wide array of classes, workshops and story times to promote a community for urban families to grow and learn.
Urba Baby is proud to announce our partnership with Neighborhood Parents Network! Now you can purchase an NPN Gift Membership and save a little cash on goods here in our store! At Urba Baby we specialize in bringing not only unique essential items to city moms, but also classes, workshops and events geared toward community growth in Chicago. Here are our highly recommended and parent-tested problem solvers categorized by age group for your little one or little ones on the way, all at reasonable prices!
Are you and your newbie having conflicting sleep schedules? I’d like to tell you that it’ll pass naturally, but that doesn’t offer much help.
We suggest the Miracle Blanket. Any user of this product will tell you that it certainly lives up to the name. This easy-to-use swaddle works by keeping your baby entirely still in a burrito-like fold, kind of wish they made these for adults. Miracle Blanket, $29.99.
One of the best parts of being a baby is the ability/luxury of sleeping anywhere you want. The BabbaCo BabbaCover is a lightweight, cover that goes over the baby carrier offering your baby privacy and protection from the elements. Cute as a bug, this thing even has a window so you can watch your baby sleep! BabbaCover, $49- $69.
Spring is the time for lovely trench coats, but also for runny noses. Are you at the risk of combining the two? Well fear not and get Boogie Wipes. Boogie Wipes are a saline-based wipe that literally eats boogers! Better a wipe that eats boogers than your baby. Boogie Wipes, $5.
While on the pleasant subject of snot, tired of that old nose bulb yet? The Nose Frida is a Swedish snot-sucking device that operates via mom’s mouth and a straw. Controversial among parents, and hardly a casual purchase, we get so much feedback on this product. From our users, the buzz is good! This thing actually gets all that pesky mucus that keeps your baby from being comfortable. Thanks to the filters, none of the snot ever ends up in your own mouth. Nose Frida, $15.99; filters, $3.99
The Ergo Baby carriers are great and makes wearing your baby super easy…in the summer. If you hate packing it up for the cold weather months, try the ROSK Woobee Pouch. It’s a pouch that fits into any kind of carrier and even the stroller! Made of a sturdy weather-resistant outer and doubled with a soft and cozy plush interior, this makes carrying baby all year long a pleasure. It even has a pocket for mom’s hands too! ROSK Woobee Pouch, $69.00.
If you make your own baby food and find yourself constantly pureeing but also find Alicia Silverstone’s way of mashing food horrifying, then consider the Wean Machine. This manual food masher is perfect for on-the-go baby food making. You can literally mash any cooked food, turning grown-up food into a quick meal for baby. Comes with everything you’ll need and clean-up’s a breeze. The Wean Machine, $19.99.
Do you remember having a problem with straws? Me neither, but it is a transition that every baby must go through. Why not make it easier on your tot with the ZoLi BOT? This clever sippy cup contains a straw with a weight on it, so no matter how much your baby moves the cup, the straw follows the liquid. ZoLi BOT Straw Sippy Cup, $12.99.
Itzy Ritzy Snack Happened Bags are great for everything. I kid you not folks, this is one of the best inventions of this century. It’s a washable fabric baggie with a vinyl inner lining. You can put anything inside of these and it keeps it from spilling all over your diaper bag or luggage. We have a few different sizes and you’ll never stop finding uses for these eco-friendly bags. Itzy Ritzy Snack Happened Bags, $10.99-$18.99.
This is about the age your baby starts thinking for him or herself, that can sometimes mean accidently wandering off in the grocery store. This can be as terrifying for you as it is for them. Why not encourage them to stay by your side with these nifty Hold On’ Handles. Shaped like fun animals, it will give your child a much bigger sense of independence than the “baby leash” of your mother’s generation. Hold On’ Handles, $19.99-$24.99.
All of this and more can be found at Urba Baby. We are located at 1117 W. Armitage Ave, Chicago IL, 60614. Hours are 11am to 7pm M-F, 9-6pm S and 10am – 5pm on Sun (Open on Monday’s only thru the Spring/Summer and holiday season). Buy the Gift of NPN in the store and receive a special discount when you spend $50. Check out www.urbababy.com for a list of our upcoming events and workshops.
Written by John Accrocco, Urba Baby. Photos credits: Urba Baby