Month: January 2008

Enviro+Chic

These days, you can’t throw a virtual stone without hitting a new environmentally conscious boutique. As we can attest, not all are created equal. Note to boutique owners: Just because it’s got hemp in it doesn’t mean I want my kid wearing it. On the other hand, Hazel Wood Children gets it absolutely, totally, 100% right.  Both eco and chic in equal parts, you can absolutely see owner Jennifer Thornton DiDonna’s design background in the carefully cultivated selection of  responsibly made baby and kids wear,  room decor, fun toys, and thoughtful new mom gifts. We especially love their shop’s...

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Child Development Expert? Yeah, Me Neither.

As much as I would like to believe I’m an expert on my own child, I’ve been known on occasion to bring home a book before realizing that yeah, maybe she’s not quite ready for the whole "and then Bambi’s mother dies" thing. Now Savvy Source is helping me out quite a bit in this department. The website (that we’ve reviewed in the past) has evolved quite a bit from its original premise as an interactive preschool database, and one of their newest features is  a very helpful quiz to help match your kid up with the learning toys,...

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You’re So Green and You Don’t Even Know It

In trying my hand at a new greener lifestyle, I have to say it definitely takes effort. But this Re-Run Bag from the Fleurville diaper bag empire spotted at fantastic green boutique Generation Orange, requires nothing but the ability to sling it right over your shoulder. At first glance it’s just a incredibly covetable diaper bag, with a lovely silkscreened print and plenty of pockets, pouches, and handy extras, like a wipes case and silicone cell phone holder. But given that it’s made in part using recycled plastic (10 bottles per bag, to be exact), it’s extremely kind to the...

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Pulp Non-Fiction

You’d think it would be easy to shop for a newly pregnant woman, but it’s harder than it seems. Especially if you don’t know whether the mama-to-be would prefer a pedicure or that everyone just leave her alone and stop touching her, dammit! Pulp Factory Calendars may have the ideal gift for any friend in the throes of her forty weeks in the extremely cute Pregnant Girl’s Life Giftpack. It includes a notepad, sticky notes, and a spiral-bound, undated calendar featuring vivid illustrations on glossy paper. It functions as a journal too, with space for scribbles plus fun stickers...

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Sleeping More Beautifully

It seems that while baby blankets are bequeathed to new moms in abundance, quilts and toddler pillows are overlooked. Blink your eyes and your infant is now a kid whose cold feet are sticking out from under that baby blanket. That’s when you turn to Jesseca Bellemare, mom/designer extraordinaire behind Quilt Baby. Her lightweight quilt and blanket sets feature modern cotton fabrics that reverse to contrasting prints or even just neutral solids. So when a wet spot of unknown origin appears on one side, just flip it over. Eh, who will know. As the mom of two boys, Jessica...

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A New Take on the Good Old A to Z

I had the great fortune of receiving a lovely personalized Ida Pearle print from my gorgeous and brilliant CMP co-editor upon the birth of my son. [Co-editor’s Note: I’m funny, too.] So when I learned that Ida had recently released a set of alphabet cards, I couldn’t wait to check them out. These 6.5" square cards are more like mini art prints on heavy card stock, featuring Ida’s signature illustrations. Each letter brings to life the joyous events of childhood, wordlessly – F is for friends, J is for jumping. Hang the cards decoratively using the twine and mini...

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Handwashing Should Make You Feel Better Not Worse

I suppose it takes becoming a parent, or in my case, working in a hospital, for you to realize that your own parents knew what they were talking about when it came to the whole handwashing thing. Unfortunately most anti-bacterial soaps contain triclosan, the stuff that gets rid of the bacteria but has a questionable track record when it comes to our health and wellness. Enter CleanWell’s anti-bacterial foaming handwash, my new favorite bathroom fixture. It makes use of Igenium, some sort of fancy patented combo of plant oils that kills 99.9% of germs naturally. And I love that the...

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Because Not All Great Gifts Come From Santa

My son has a birthday that falls right after the biggest gift giving holiday of the year, making it a bit hard to figure out what to get him that feels "special." Considering how well he cleaned up at Christmas, it’s not easy giving the old guy in the red suit a run for his money. This simply gorgeous toy block wagon from fourth generation US toymaker John Michael Linck is a strong, strong contender. Handmade of woods like black cherry, walnut, and hickory using good old-fashioned workmanship including dovetail joinery and dowels (no nails or Krazy glue), the...

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Definitely Beats a Big Sibling T-Shirt

As surprised as I was by my third pregnancy, my older daughter was downright shocked. She may have actually gotten used to the idea more quickly than I did, thanks in part to Making Me: The Pregnancy Activity Book for My Big Brother or Sister. Written by mom Julie Carr, this engaging book actively involves older siblings in learning about how the wee critter is developing. Each page includes an update on the baby’s growth, along with an activity like coloring, journaling or answering questions about themselves. (Bonus points for the page that calls for the older sibling to...

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Nipples to Spare

Ever thought to yourself, nursing’s great and all but you know what I could really use? Some spare nipples. Oh admit it, of course you have.  And clearly you’re not alone. Which is why the always clever folks at Wry Baby has created just that – a set of extra nipples. Actually they’re buttons, and the best gag gift for a shower honoree with a great sense of humor. Or drag queens. You know, either way.  –Liz [via...

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