The Best Thing About Going Back to School? Going With a Buddy.

By Kelly Sopp
on August 03, 2015

Back to School. Yes, the three little words that speak volumes! For parents, it means a little bit of sanity. A routine. It means enjoying a cup of coffee from first sip to last drop in sweet, quiet solitude. For the little nuggets, it’s all about seeing old (well, as old as they can be) friends, making some new ones, and getting to know their new heroes (teachers).  

The anticipation of going back to school is really the best part (for everyone). About two weeks before the first day of school, I start daydreaming about motoring through the kid drop-off in my flannel pajamas, turning around and going straight back to bed for an extra hour of shut-eye. Hey, a mother can dream! I also think about cutting little sandwiches into crustless triangles. Making cheese art! And hiding desert under the carrot sticks. Kids on the other hand, usually warm up to the idea of classroom reentry when they get to pick out a new backpack, colored pencils, cute little erasers, a lunch box and new school clothes. I’ve learned from my son that choosing between blue or red tennis shoes can be a significant, life-altering decision!

Backpacks were always my very favorite back to school item. And that’s why I just couldn’t resist making these fun kid backpacks. There’s smart little robot backpack, a bright circuselephant backpack, a scalawag pirate backpack, and (of course) a wise owl backpack. Wearing one of these little buddies means you’ve already got a friend! Wry Baby backpacks are perfect for preschool through about second grade. They hold a smattering of small books, art supplies, snacks and even a drink. We designed them with a nice rounded top (no sharp corners) and an easy to pull zipper. Each backpack also features padded, adjustable straps, a cleverly marked water bottle pocket (the pocket on the pirate backpack is our favorite), easy-to-wipe-clean fabric, and a nametag on the inside of the bag. And just like your little kittle, they’re fun and unique.

So why have an imaginary friend when you carry around a real one? Exactly. And if you really want to have fun, take a sneak peek inside their backpack once in a while and look to see what your nugget’s must-carry-everywhere items are. A handful of found rocks? A prized marble? Maybe a whole bunch of blue crayons. Hopefully, you won’t find yesterday’s triangle sandwiches!

 

5 Ways to Avoid a Baby Shower Gift Disaster!

By Kelly Sopp
on June 15, 2015

There’s a good chance that if you aren't yet a baby-maker, attending a baby shower makes you a little uncomfortable. And with good reason! There are all kinds of "P" words being tossed around, ridiculous games that require you act like a teenager from the 1950’s, and horror stories about epidurals and episiotomies gone wrong. Well I’m here to tell you that you are not alone friend. The reason I even started my company, Wry Baby, was because I had to participate in the most uncomfortable baby shower ever. My own!

I felt so badly for my mostly single, not-yet-procreating friends who knew little about babies, what to buy for one, or what to talk about in anticipation of its arrival. Nobody had a clue, including me. After all, I had only just learned to change a diaper on a practice doll the week prior in my birthing class. In fact, the only thing I knew going into the party was that I was wearing a cute maternity dress, and that I hoped this shindig wouldn’t drag on too long as my back was killing me. Little did I know my Baby Shower Disaster would give me the idea to found a company that makes giving and receiving baby shower gifts fun for everyone.

Let me share with you 5 Tips to Avoiding
a Baby Shower Gift Disaster.

  1.  Avoid HOT BUTTON baby gifts. These include things like Co-Sleepers, Baby Carriers, Cloth Diapers, Baby Formula and Bottles, which could all instigate a ‘Battle of the Beliefs’ among mothers.

  2. Do not use the space in a greeting card to gloat about how your friend’s life is now over. She’ll find that out all on her own!

  3. Avoid Nursery Décor items. Chances are, your friend has been acting on her nesting instinct for the past few months and has already brought her nursery dream-board to life. Gifting a giraffe crib bumper might clash with her butterfly theme, if you know what I mean.

  4. Do not wait until the morning of the Baby Shower to buy your gift.  If you do, you may be forced to show up with a Disney-themed layette set or wildly overpriced baby blanket. Neither of which reflects your best intentions or your budget.

  5. Don’t just go by the registry. Diapers are practical, but try to add some fun, originality and flare to your gift! A fun Snapsuit, a first year baby journal, a baby t-shirt that will predict junior’s future... these are all gifts that will get a big laugh and make you a gift guru!


Finally, relax and have a great time. Sure, the games may be silly but the company is special. Use this time to take a peek into the world of parenthood and just know that your friendship and support is very much appreciated!

 

How Our Snapsuit™ Baby Gifts Are Born!

By Kelly Sopp
on June 08, 2015

We pride ourselves on bringing great baby gifts into the world. So, for more than 15 years, we’ve been doing it “The Wry Baby Way.” When we founded our company, there really weren’t many fun baby gifts out there to choose from. So we asked ourselves what could be practical for a new baby, be affordable for new parents, and fun for everyone involved (even us!)? That’s when the Wry Baby Snapsuit™ became a twinkle in our eyes.

Most people are familiar with the word "Onesie". Typically, a "Onesie" is an inexpensive undergarment that’s often layered under other baby clothing. But at Wry Baby we thought, let's create a better baby bodysuit that has the same quality fabric and fit of your favorite T-shirt, plus the convenience of three snaps for easy diaper changing. Add some top-notch graphic and VOILA! – We created a garment we called a “Snapsuit™.”

Over the years, we’ve learned a few things about making Snapsuits. And we do mean making them! There are plenty of cheap, stock garments that wholesalers resell to anyone who wants to print on them. But those simply aren’t good enough for us. So what makes a Wry Baby Snapsuit special? Let’s get into the design details.

First of all, we only use premium quality cotton, trims and threads. The fabric is just the right weight for a baby… not too heavy and not too thin. Just like your favorite T-shirt! And frankly, it feels like a quality gift, not a cheap out. Our seams are double stitched and our edges are finished. Our trims have just the right amount of Lycra in them so the neck and leg openings don’t lose shape after washing, and washing and washing. (Oh yes, with a new baby, there is going to be a lot of washing!) The neck label is satin soft. We even order our snaps to match the exact PMS color of our garments. And of course, we test our Snapsuits in accordance with all CPSIA safety requirements.

Ready to talk graphics? This is also a big deal for us. Wry Baby Snapsuit graphics have a few simple rules:

   1. It has to be funny. Not crude. Not rude. Funny.
   2. Don’t even try to talk us into saving money by using heat transfers. YUK!

    Our Snapsuits are silk screened, by hand, in North Carolina by real North Carolinians. What’s the difference? Think of your favorite t-shirt after it’s been worn a few hundred times. The inks stay put, becoming soft and part of the fabric. A heat transfer feels like a big piece of plastic across your chest, and it makes you sweat. We’re just not going to put something like that onto a baby!

       3. Good design is paramount.

    Even if the design is all type, you can be sure we’ve agonized over the font and the kerning. Our sense of design truly sets us apart from other brands.

    Extra Credit, Anyone? We like to do lots of extra credit. Right down to the funny washing instructions. And when you order a gift from wrybaby.com, it comes nicely wrapped in tissue paper along with a gift message and a return thank you card that’s pre-addressed so new moms and dads don’t have to lift a sleep-deprived finger to say thanks! It’s the perfect baby shower gift for under $20.