Recap: Brooklyn BabyFEST

Yesterday I was up at 6am for my first proper jog since Halloween. To compensate, today I got up at around the same time to make some pretty kickin’ chocolate chip cookies. I packed up half a dozen and headed over to the Brooklyn BabyFEST to support (and bring some sugar to) my friend Donna Walrond – serial entrepreneur and owner of Cleaning Brooklyn.

Cleaning Brooklyn Donna & Lynette

One of these days I need to tell you all about Donna. She’s a trip. Her team of cleaning fairies will go through your house like a hurricane – they’re fast and thorough; but unlike hurricanes, everything is perfect and gleaming when they’re gone. Get more info on the Cleaning Brooklyn site.

A few steps away I met Celine, the maker of these fun and gorgeous dolls.

Celine's Dolls

Celine’s Dolls are full of personality. Each one is handmade and one of a kind. You can find them on Etsy or at Smoochie Baby in Williamsburg.

Next up, I was really excited to meet Karolina, chef and founder of Nourish, a weekly meal plan subscription that sounds perfect for just about anybody I know.

Chef Karolina of Nourish

They have plans for singles, families, pregnant women and babies – all with a focus on healthy, seasonal foods. I’m going to try it out and will report back soon!

Kalulu Kids was a cool surprise. These gorgeous kids clothes are inspired in east Africa and made in NYC.

Basil Tunic by Kalulu

Owner and Cobble Hill resident, Milbert Kiggundu-Bentham is a mom of three and powerhouse maker. I loved Kalulu’s colorful, lightweight clothes that are just perfect for summer. You can find their new collection on the Kalulu online store [link removed].

I stumbled upon Bizu Brooklyn‘s table and I loved their concept – it’s an online consignment store founded by Beza Blouin.

Bizu Brooklyn

They’re still building up their inventory, but soon you’ll be able to browse their selection of high-quality, gently used kids clothes on the Bizu Brooklyn site.

There were lots of other cool businesses – photographers, pediatricians, subscription services. We said hi to Lakey, the owner of the Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center. Their classes for adults and kids are super cool. Little Duck Organics was there with their yummy snacks. Donna of Cleaning Brooklyn joined me for another loop around, and then she got violent.


That’s a crazy cool Eco-bonk by Pueri Elemental that she’s punching. It’s the size of a 5-year-old, and bounces right back. Designed by another Donna (owner and mom of two Donna Brina), who came up with the idea after her son’s Bozo toy broke and she couldn’t even figure out what the thing was made of. You can find them online on the Pueri Elemental site.

Good times at the Brooklyn BabyFEST!