Summer is nearly here, and with longer days and sunny weather bringing out the babies, Cosmotot has gathered the best in nature-themed finds for your newborn's firsts.
Little ones love a soft friend, making Petite Miette's Mini Miette an environmentally friendly solution. The little bunny head with attached blankie is ideal for self-soothing in the crib, car or stroller, and each is made with organic cotton fleece and batting. The eyes and nose are embroidered on securely, so there's no need to worry when baby chews his new chum. Older babies will dig Escargot, the company's soft snail. $24-$32; www.petitemiette.com
My Pillow Pets
Make tummy time a tactile experience with My Pillow Pets. The collection of animal-shaped pillows disguised as plush companions are made from high-quality chenille and can be machine washed. The menagerie comes in more than 20 different styles (think bee, hippo, moose and more) and two different sizes. $15.99-$24.99; www.mypillowpets.com
Bamboo is an eco-friendly, sustainable crop grown without fertilizers and pesticides, and Kicky Pants uses it in its entire collection of bamboo baby basics (layette gowns, footies with paws, blankets and more). Its gathered bamboo dresses are luxuriously soft, naturally antibacterial and completely adorable. Pair it with a darling fleece hoodie with ears or sweet ruffled leggings on cool spring and summer mornings. $22-$32; www.kickypants.com
Bebe au Lait
Bebe au Lait is legendary for helping breastfeeding moms keep their milk-makers under wraps. Its newly launched hooded towels for babies are no exception. Each thick and thirsty towel features a double-ply hood, extra length to cover tiny feet and promotes post-bath relaxation with a swaddle design. $40; www.bebeaulait.com
Kids Preferred introduces infants to literary classics in the form of rattles based on Beatrix Potter characters. Designed for tracking and clutching, each soft rattle has a quiet sound and plush feel. Features are stitched on for safety and different textures (smooth velour, waffled fabric and silky cotton knit trim) offer tactile stimulation. $8 each; www.kidspreferred.com
Grab a blanket and make the floor an exciting play space with help from Baby Zoowon (Amharic for "elephant"). For every blanket purchased, one will be donated to a child in need. What's more, the mom-run company also donates a portion of every sale to help families with the overwhelming cost of adoption. $35-$55; www.babyzoowon.com
Keep little ones comfy in organic Playtime Wraps from Petite Miette (French for "little crumb"). The socially and environmentally minded, mom-run company combines simple elegance with soft fabrics and unique colors, resulting in a line of convenient, modern products. The wraps are kimono-styled and lined with soft, 100 percent organic cotton fleece that allow for easy changes. $84; www.petitemiette.com
My Little Pakora
One mom's Indian heritage, the principles of organic living and the cultural influences of South Asia come together in a line of clothing and accessories from My Little Pakora. Each onesie, tee and blanket features the Indian word for peacock, elephant, lion, monkey and other sayings. $22; www.mylittlepakora.com
Set your little flower child on the path to happy, healthy living with organic soft sole shoes and new 1st Stepz from Robeez. Naturally tanned leather linings and eco-friendly uppers allow baby feet to breathe, while suede and leather soles provide comfort. $21.95-$34.95; www.robeez.com
Pediped takes comfort to a new level with 60 new spring/summer shoe introductions featuring everything from Roman gladiator-inspired metallics to memory foam technology to machine washable shoes featuring DRYZ technology. What's more, it now offers a tights/socks/leggings line to make coordinating outfits even easier. $32-$42; www.pediped.com
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
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