Parents of newborns will go through 196 diapers in the first two
weeks, a quart of breast milk a day and countless bottles and wipes
as baby blooms virtually overnight. Show off growth spurts with
finds that combine practicality with originality this fall.
Moms and babies alike will go ga-ga over the Paci Plushies from
Nookums. The supersoft, super-cute plush animal attaches to any
infant pacifier to make finding it easy for mom and dad and helps
baby develop motor skills. Slip off the pacifier to wash or replace
and pop the plushie in the washing machine. $13.99, www.paciplushies.com.
From Bambi to Minnie Mouse, Disney offers options with
character, like a Garden Spin Pooh mat that makes tummy time sweet
or a knit hat complete with mouse ears. $14.95-$49.95, www.disneystore.com.
Help toddlers tackle their "I do it" ideal with soft seating
from Pottery Barn Kids. Lightweight and cozy, the chairs are
eco-friendly with recyclable foam inserts that contain up to 30
percent soy-based materials. A handle makes room-to-room transport
easy. Slipcover prices include personalization. $29-$80, "Anywhere
Chair" from Pottery Barn Kids
Education meets recreation on gallery-quality canvas prints from
Name Your Design. Perfect for the nursery since no mounting or
frame is needed, all are covered with an earth-friendly coating
that protects against moisture, humidity, abrasions and
fingerprints. $18-$180, www.nameyourdesign.com
Milk junkies, insomniacs
and boob guys can celebrate their pint-sized personalities with
onesies, socks and New York taxi cab-themed soft soles from Bibi
& Mimi. $9.95-$26, www.bibiandmimi.com.
Give credit where credit is due with personalized onesies from
Mitetees that celebrate both halves of baby's parentage by
displaying mom's and dad's family names. $24, www.mitetees.com.
Repurposing is the mindset behind Chicago-based Seven Smooches
and its one-of-a-kind, handmade collections created from 100
percent recycled wool sweaters, vintage feedsacks and pillowcases.
Little Boy Chic offers globetrotters an Inky Dink Guardsman tee
that isn't afraid to poke fun at the across-the-pond icon. Tagless
for toddler comfort. $21, www.littleboychic.com.
Pediped delivers with 27
new toddler styles and a safari-themed couture collection
showcasing exotic leather skins. A collaboration with No Slippy
Hair Clippy offers clips to match. $32-$59, www.pediped.com.
Based on findings from leading podiatrists and pediatricians,
Stride Rite developed a Sensory Response Technology collection for
early walkers optimizing baby feet biomechanics with eco-friendly
materials, feedback pods, multidirectional flexibility and mid-foot
support. $50, www.striderite.com.
Soft soles mimic bare feet by supporting, not constricting.
Robeez promote flexibility and balance with elasticized ankles for
stay-put style. The Mini Shoez line for walkers features cushioned
foam insoles and non-slip, water repellent soles for indoor/outdoor
wear. $27.95-$34.95, www.robeez.com.
Zoom Album offers
portable, professional-looking photo albums made at home using a
computer, digital camera and color printer. $23, www.zoomalbum.net.
Dads will flip for the new HD Flip video camcorders by Pure
Digital Technologies Inc., Flip UltraHD, with double the memory,
yet still not much bigger than a cell phone. The camcorder plugs
directly into a Mac or PC to let dad edit and share videos of baby
immediately. $199.99, www.theflip.com.
Ju-Ju-Be gives the chief haul monitor fabulous boutique style
with smart function in its innovative line of well-appointed diaper
totes and ergonomic backpacks.
Teflon-coated exterior fabrics fight messes while AgION
anti-microbial linings repel germs. How-to videos online offer
inside details. $118, www.ju-ju-be.com.
For moms who want to keep wearing their cute, pre-pregnancy
pants as the belly bump grows, Western Springs mom Annie Tandy has
a solution: Pocket Dots. Made to work with a pregnancy band, the
Pocket Dots clip to a back pocket and the <>band to keep mom
from showing too much skin. Available in black or nude, $6.95 per
For baby wearers everywhere, NAP Inc. has launched a soft
organic cotton wearable baby carrier, the Organic Sleepy Wrap, that
will make you the envy of the tot lot. Available in natural and
khaki, $59.95. www.sleepywrap.com.
Fall brings scientific fun, and Step 2's Nature Station
Playhouse encourages eco-minded exploration with a shovel, bug
collector, butterfly net, working lantern, microscope with slides,
tweezers, bug trap and binoculars. A storage bin doubles as a
planter to grow herbs or small vegetables. $249.99, www.step2.com.
Blabla's collective of Peruvian artisans hand-knit new doll
babies from natural fibers that are made to look contemporary, yet
feel as comfy and familiar as old friends. Now with clothes to
match. $44-$72, www.blablakids.com
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
See more of Pilar's stories here.
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