The Black Abyss: Being Not-Black-Enough In Angry America

Not black enough, but definitely not white, either.
I am African-American, Dominican, and Cherokee.  I grew up in a home where there was a lot of love, and my family brought in enough money to pay the bills, but we were paycheck-to-paycheck anyway.  When I went to public school, my class was predominantly black.  To them, the Dominican boy was Dominican.  The Polish boy was Polish.  Both of them were lighter than me, but to my class, I was white.

At eleven years old, I received a scholarship for minority students and was accepted into a prestigious private school.  I was surrounded by white people and I was definitely not one of them.  I thought the two Chinese, one Puerto Rican and two other black students that were accepted at the same time as I was would have my back, but they drifted into their cliques and I was alone.  And light-skinned. Continue reading

Carriers, Strollers, and Wraps—Oh My! The 2016 New York Baby Show

Jamie Grayson, the Baby Gear Guy, gives the keynote address to a packed room.  Photo courtesy of MomTrends.
Jamie Grayson, the Baby Gear Guy, gives the keynote address to a packed room. Photo courtesy of MomTrends.

Last weekend, Pier 92 played host to thousands of new and expectant parents at the 2016 New York Baby Show. From strollers that fold down to the size of a laptop to a sleep monitor that clips right onto baby’s clothes, every possible product that a new parent could need was available to check out, sample and in some cases, take home that day. 

With so many options, it was nearly impossible to stop at every booth on the showroom floor, so I made sure to hit the biggest must-haves on our list. Phoenix just turned eight months old, which means that we’re about to give up our amazing infant car seat. So travel gear was a priority for us at this event, and these were by far our favorites:
 

The GB Pockit stroller. Photo courtesy of BabyGizmo.com.
The GB Pockit stroller. Photo courtesy of BabyGizmo.com.
 GB Pockit Stroller: Recently entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the smallest stroller ever, this lightweight lifesaver folds down small enough to fit into a tote bag and weighs only eleven pounds. Despite its small size, it has really durable wheels and a super sturdy frame. It’s a perfect second stroller and great for city life.    

Phoenix and I rocking a Pavo woven wrap. Photo courtesy of Kanji Photography.  babydroppings.com
Phoenix and I rocking a Pavo woven wrap. Photo courtesy of Kanji Photography.
   
An up-close shot of the Gotham print. Photo by babydroppings.com.
An up-close shot of the Gotham print. Photo by babydroppings.com.
 Pavo Gotham Wrap: My husband and I are avid babywearers, and since my daughter was born we’ve been rocking a stretchy wrap as our primary carrier. Well, the Pavo completely knocked our socks off. This woven wrap is made of amazingly high-quality fabric that is breathable enough for warm weather, while literally being strong enough to carry my eight month old, a toddler, or even two babies. It can be tied in dozens of different ways, and unlike our stretchy wrap, supports front, back or hip carrying. Plus, it’s just absolutely beautiful. 

 

Seimone, one of our MomTrends/New York Baby Show ticket giveaway winners, and her daughter, Ashley, trying on the new Baby Björn One carrier.  babydroppings.com
Seimone, one of our MomTrends/New York Baby Show ticket giveaway winners, and her daughter, Ashley, trying on the new Baby Björn One carrier.
 Baby Björn One: What can I say? We love our baby carriers. There are definitely times when I need a quick solution, and as much as I love wraps they do take some maneuvering. The Baby Björn is a classic soft-structured carrier that probably everyone has seen or heard of, but the new One carrier has been designed with several nifty features. Borrowing a page from wraps, it has improved knee-to-knee support, and supports a front or back carry. While it’s insanely comfortable, my favorite thing about it is that it’s infinitely adjustable. The ease of raising or lowering baby makes nursing while carrying super simple, and getting hit on and off is actually a snap (or three). 

There were dozens of other fantastic brands and cool baby gadgets, but these three were our absolute favorites. Now that you have the babydroppings Best in Show picks, tell us—which were your favorite products from the New York Baby Show, and what did you want to see more of?