Finds mod mamas and papas will go gaga over
Friday, September 12, 2008
When seasons greetings consist primarily of drool
Bright Beginnings Booties from Russ Baby keep tiny tootsies toasty with colorful patterns and plush animal heads to wiggle and waggle ($8/pair). russberrie.com.
Every baby needs lucky socks, like Fortune Tootsies from Present by Design. Each take-out-style box contains two pairs of white and one pair of red, each with individual fortunes printed on the bottom ($18.95/three pairs). presentbydesign.com.
Curious hands and shiny ornaments don't mix, but with the Busy Basics Busy Ball Choo Choo from Playskool, parents can encourage hands-on exploration through sight, sound and touch. When the train is in place, put-and-take ball action keeps wee ones entertained and when it chugs forward, crawling children can follow ($19.99). playskool.com.
Hot chocolate and turtlenecks aren't the only ways to stay warm. The Winter Stroller Coat from Warm as a Lamb keeps stroller-bound kiddies protected against the elements with an easy access front zipper window that lets parents take kids out and a plush interior lining with built-in shearling blanket that will keep them in. Adjustable pulls on each side ensure a secure fit for standard, lightweight, twin and tandem strollers ($99.99-$129.99). warmasalamb.com.
More shoes than Victoria Beckham
Feet come first at Warmbat Australia, where eco-friendly, fashion-forward footwear-try the Infant Kangaroo Classic or Kangaroo Classic Joey Short Boot-is a must. Not only are their plush, iconic sheepskin boots environmentally friendly and dermatologist tested, they're processed using biodegradable/recyclable chrome-free tanning agents, which means each cushy pair is perfect for pint-sizers with sensitive skin ($80). warmbat.com.
From Funky Monsters to adorable Quilted Mary Janes, Robeez has kids covered with their new Mini Shoez, Tredz and original soft sole collection ($27.95-$49.95). robeez.com.
Free shipping when you purchase two or more pairs.
Beyond the everyday
The Fonz-esque '50s Diner from Step 2 Company has a nostalgic-looking oven, grill, fryer, sink, ice cream dipper, icebox, metallic divider window, retro-style tabletop and working jukebox. Comes with a coffee pot, dishes, silverware, cups, spatula, ice cream scoop, sundae dishes, deep fryer and ketchup and mustard bottles. Play food includes burgers, fries, hot dogs, ice cream, cones, sundae fixings, soda and pie ($149.99).
For creators who opt out of kitchen duty, there's a Creative Projects Table with extra large work area so siblings and friends can make masterpieces together. A molded-in storage tray and removable storage cups offer handy storage compartments for art supplies. Includes two 11-inch-high stools ($129.99). step2.com.
The Kettrike Limited Edition Navigator from One Step Ahead offers an attractive combination of value, state-of-the-art features and a fit for tots ages 1-5. Its steel frame, ergonomic seat, dump basket and removable push bar make it easy for kids to steer and parents to push and turn, thanks to rear wheels that swivel like a stroller's ($149.95). onestepahead.com.
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Tiny Revolutionary's mission strives to make the world a kinder, more socially conscious place with 100 percent sweatshop-free eco tees that bear messages of peace, hope, love and equality. Pick up the Gandhi "Be the Change You Want to See in the World" and Buddha "A Child Without Courage is like a Night Without Stars" styles-$1 from each purchase goes to children's charities ($25-$42). tinyrevolutionary.com.
If your mini-me digs flicks, then big screen-styled tees featuring comical takes on film quotes-"He Made Me A Bottle I Couldn't Refuse"-from Baby Fish Mouth are the butter on the popcorn-they're even packaged in a popcorn box ($24). bfmwear.com.
What's old is new again at casual classic Huddy Buddy. 100 percent cotton, ethically made garments-a percentage supports The Hospital for Sick Children-feature retro graphics and cheek such as "Huddy Buddy Fuel Co.-Just like junior, we've always got gas!" ($24-$26). huddybuddy.com.
Nice but naughty
Channel the disciplinary powers of "Nanny 911" while nixing your
child's chances of getting a lump of coal in his stocking with
plush, 27-inch non-skid rugs from Time Out Spots ($22).
• African Playground, $14.98, putumayokids.com
• Pig in a Blankie, $29-$59,
• Boost, $19.99, worldwidefred.com
Greener than hybrid
Wild Dill is an amazing one-stop, green-living shop specializing in organic, fair trade, sweatshop-free, natural and/or recycled products, giving parents plenty of planet-friendly gifting options like a Babysoy Reversible Hoodie ($28); Gnome Tee by Jasper Hearts Wren made with recycled felt ($24); Soft Star Shoes crafted from all vegan materials ($42); a 17-piece Green Toys Tea Set made from recycled milk jugs; a lovable Lana Organics Goose-we love the blue one with red-striped feet ($30-$36); a Maple Landmark Scoot Set made from sustainable harvested local pine painted with non-toxic colors, ($32) and an Organic Storybook Quilt by High Desert Naturals ($90). wilddill.com.
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Sticky J offers 15 interchangeable, budget-friendly nylon straps with everything from sports to flower themes, along with personalized/engraved medical ID tags to let anyone who needs to know about conditions from autism to allergies ($5.95-$9). stickyj.com.
• Due Date Maternity Necklace, $48-$51, gobellygo.com
• Sashay, $25.95, sassabies.com
• Bella Band, $30, ingridandisabel.com
• Baby Love Letters (not pictured), $28, canopycards.com
• Special Delivery Kit, $79.95-$84.95, pajamagram.com
• Duo Double Deluxe Edition Diaper Bag, $80, skiphop.com
• Name Disc Necklace, $30- $210, tjandco.com
Use cosmotot15 for 15 percent off on any order through the end of September.
• vedaDUDE New Dad Gift Set, $75
• Dad Survival Kit, $110
• Changing the World Daddy Tee, $38
CosmoTot's 2nd Annual Holiday Gift Guide takes the guesswork out of gifting so you can forget those gas-guzzling excursions and have a holly jolly holiday online.
This year, Santa's comin' to the town of Lisle early where it'll be the more the merrier at the Clark household. Pilar, Jeff and soon-to-be big brother William will welcome a baby girl to the brood in November. Check out Pilar's CosmoTot blog at ChicagoParent.com and her reviews at mommytrackd.com.