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Four "it" picks we love right now:
Double Drop Ultimate Twins Necklace. http://www.kathylo.com/.
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/.
Baby Briefcase. http://www.organizedfromthestart.com/.
Changings on-the-go are tough, but hauling a supply of diapers
big enough to waterproof the length of Lake Shore Drive just seems
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/.
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
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/.
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/.
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
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/.
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/.
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/.
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/.
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/.
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.
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