Four "it" picks we love right now:
Double Drop Ultimate Twins Necklace. http://www.kathylo.com/. $18-$195.
Graffiti Cotton Baby Sling. http://www.mammasmilk.com/. $45-$75. Use discount code "Chicago" for 10 percent off.
Transportation Multi Weekender. http://www.dwellshop.com/. $265.
Baby Briefcase. http://www.organizedfromthestart.com/. $30.
Changings on-the-go are tough, but hauling a supply of diapers big enough to waterproof the length of Lake Shore Drive just seems unfair.
Korbie. Parents who feel the need to pack up the entire nursery can with this saddlebag-style, all-in-one baby bag that's part bassinette, part changing table and part diaper bag. http://www.korbie.com/. $180.
Dante Beaxtrix. Moms looking to lessen the load while maintaining their modness have a funky option in the Baby Pouf. Made from lightweight nylon trimmed with pearly leather, the bowling-bag-styled stunner turns heads long after that diaper-clad cutie riding in the stroller does. http://www.dantebeatrix.com/. $220.
Rowdy. Products The edgy, 200 percent trendy Rocker Convertible diaper bag puts those proverbial socks within reach with parent-designed (a.k.a. smart) features like a removable/washable liner, detachable clutch purse and straps that convert it into a backpack. http://www.rowdyproducts.com/. $110.
Ubi. Both the basic and deluxe natural- or cherry-wood models of this ultra-modern changing table come in retro-mod prints with surface fasteners that hold diapers in place during changings. The deluxe adds a built-in, spring-loaded diaper dispenser that automatically feeds one to the top surface each time baby is changed and its low-to-the-ground design means no ER trips when baby decides to try base jumping. http://www.ubi-baby.com/. $89-$119.
Ticklebug Baby. Minimalists can make this namesake Changing Kit
their go-to, go-out option since it includes everything but the
changing table. Velcro tabs unfasten to reveal a full-length,
water-resistant, super-soft pad. There's even an extra-large size
for children with special needs.
Ah Goo Baby. Just in case, pad it and any other surface in the house, park or public loo with The Plush Pad. Made with body-contouring memory foam and trimmed with trendy fabrics like Spa and Retro-Daisy. Plus: it rolls into a compact cylinder and unfolds to a sprawling 2-feet by 2-feet squared. http://www.ahgoobaby.com/. $47.
Pick of the knitter
Heirloom-quality throwbacks and politically motivated pieces are hot ticket items with a style resurgence calling the vintagey knits and '60s chic comeback kings in a contemporary, metro-retro kind of way.
NannyGram. Luxurious merino wool and cashmere blends,
mother-of-pearl buttons, picot trim and crochet detailing are spun
into high-end keepsake cardigans, booties and layette gift sets by
a bonafied Irish granny and her group of knitting "nannies." http://www.nannygram.com/.
Crankypants. Demand for these 100 percent merino wool, endearingly offbeat namesake longies-there's a waiting list-are far surpassing the eclectic company's ability to crank them out. http://www.crankypantshome.com/. $70.
Revo Baby. This bold line of super soft, combed cotton tees is a single dad's brainchild, giving movement messages like "I Want My Rights" and "I Will Not Be Pacified" a witty, childlike spin for pint-sized politicos. http://www.revobaby.com/. $18.
Monsters in Mittens. Offers a tailored collection of pixie-esque hats, booties, tops, bottoms and blankets made from pure New Zealand merino wool, inspired by fun and functional designs from the '50s, '60s and '70s. http://www.monstersinmittens.com/. $37-$265.
Going green or turning hybrid is branching out to include more than just four-door modes of transportation.
Morgan & Milo. These fledging cobblers prefer to toe the middle, offering parents a modern, cute-without-being-precious alternative to pricier European models or cheapie, licensed character-covered styles. Their cool Navy Flames slip-ons, funky Alligator Madras lace ups and funky-chic Cole Mary Janes bring together all the timeless, enduring qualities of classic brands with a twist. http://www.morganandmilo.com/. $38-$40.
Camper for Kids. This eclectic, geocentric Majorcan shoemaker has been around for more than a century. Its rich cultural, historical and geographical ties inspire cheeky-casual must-have collections built around quirky designs, like pairs that have secret messages tooled into the soles or its unusually cool kids' Twins line, where the shoes don't match on purpose. http://www.camper.com/. $79-$110.
Robeez. The premier, soft-sole shoemaker's latest line of hybrid baby shoes-Robeez Tredz-provides all the original features of its flexible, stay-on elastic ankle counterpart, while offering tootsies 22 new designs, leather construction, a cushioned insole and the added protection of a sturdy, non-slip sole. http://www.robeez.com/. $42.
Maria Pilar Clark is a writer living in Lisle with her son, William, and husband. Check out her CosmoTot blog at www.chicagoparent.com.