Like me, you're a newish mom or dad to
a drooly, diapered darling who keeps your hands and hips full 24/7.
And, although your days are spent carrying and cleaning your wobbly
wonder, you still want to know what's chic and cool. That's where
CosmoTot comes in. Find reviews on the latest in trendy baby
fashions, retro toys and vintage gear for infants 0-12 months.
When dada takes over baba-tending and
bum-wiping duty, Pilar delights in learning at the chubby feet of
her own original cosmotot, William, who regularly impresses on her
that drool truly is the nectar of knowledge. All three call
Clarendon Hills home. E-mail Pilar at [email protected]
Moms and props
Chicago weather is no match for the
Popover from Beebles, LLC. Designed by New York mom and
self-proclaimed Baby Bjorn addict Jackie Haberfeld, the Popover
keeps baby warm while being carried in a front carrier, car seat or
stroller. Its thick Polartec fleece eliminates the need for bulky
snowsuits or other outerwear-foldover mitten cuffs and a reversible
hood help-and it provides lightweight water- and wind-resistance,
too. My son wore it outside to study the snowflakes, and long after
our toes froze he was still warm and dry. Available in six colors
online (and at three Chicago-area locations), the Popover is
machine washable and won't pill or shrink.
My baby loves his binkie. We keep it
close with the Bunny Haba Pacifier Clip from Moolka. My son loves
to twirl the bunny's wooden feet. www.moolka.com, $12
Fifty percent of heat is lost through
the head, and for babies who sport the cueball look, that makes for
one icy noggin. Doodlebaby, founded by mom Renata Tatman, offers
handcrafted French-style berets to keep mini melons toasty.
Traditionalists will love that these semi-stretchy fleece hats come
in conventional designs-the black beret is Tatman's best seller,
but I like that they also come in quirky designs like the Breakfast
Beret, which features a sunny-side-up "egg" with a bacon brim. You
can bet my baby looks better than a farm-fresh breakfast.
Bonus: The fleece is made from recycled
plastic bottles, so it's beneficial for baby and the
Mind the gap
Spring has sprung, and although the
snowman in my front yard is melting into a snow suppository, this
isn't called the Windy City for nothing. I struggle to keep my
baby's skin safe from the elements, especially since he wriggles
like a worm on a hook. BabyLegs, where have you been for the past
six months! Mom Nicole Donnelly devised these
mod-non-80's-flashback leg warmers to combat what she calls
"gapiosis"-the space between sock and pant cuff. I love the soft
fabrics and trendy patterns like Anemone and Chipotle. Made from 80
percent cotton, 15 percent polyester and 5 percent spandex,
BabyLegs are machine washable and can be used to warm baby's arms,
Tip: Tuck them into a lingerie bag to
avoid pilling in the wash.
My baby is a bathtime Houdini. He
adores the tub, but trying to climb out is apparently much more
thrilling. Had I found The Coocoose-a bathing apron created by two
English mums-sooner, I could have saved myself some soapy scares.
Available at Baby Dagny, brainchild of mom and former Chicagoan
Andrea McGinty, the Turkish cotton creation fastens around your
neck and back.
Afterward, my sweet-smelling boy loves
being wrapped up in Mullins Square Kids Pony Plush Hooded Tubbie
from Lollipop Kisses. Its generous size keeps my cuddly cowpoke
cozy top-to-toe post-bath, and I love that the hood actually stays
on his head.
Rock & roll
The ride-on Wheely Bee from Baby Dagny
lets my busy bug roll forward, backward and even sideways without
crunching my toes. Made from a padded sponge covered with faux
leather, it's simplicity at its finest. My son loves diddling the
With our bohemian-style nursery, a
traditional horse rocker is out of the question. Lollipop Kisses
carries heirloom-quality rockAbye rockers that are the niftiest
versions I've seen, and my son rocks playtime with his soft-seated
creatures. Kids will love the whimsical musical sounds that come
from Danny Dinosaur, Elijah Elephant, Little Bo Sheep and Luc
I'm all for foodie pet names and my
baby hears his fair share of "cookie" and "sweetie pie." Artsy mom
Karry Brook, creator of Wee Wee Wear's edgy, hand-silkscreened
designs makes those monikers sound much more macho with playful
sayings like, "Took My Mama Nine Months To Bake Me" and "Mama's
Little Muffin." Available in long/short sleeve onesies, infant lap
and crewneck tees.
Find more food for thought at Lollipop
Kisses where Stephanie Dubner, owner, offers a sprinkly and totally
yummy terry cloth "My First Birthday" pullover bib by Mullins
Square Kids. The "candle" is the best part. It's really a removable
washcloth suitable for wiping cake smears from baby's ears.
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