Category: Baby Clothes

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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Mommy = 1, Wiggly Baby = 0

I used to think baby clothes with snaps were the best solution for a wiry, wiggly baby. And then my brute of a son came along, and it was like wrestling a greased squealing pig into pajamas. So take my advice ye mothers-to-be, and invest in a few kimono tops, like the fantastic new designs from one of our favorite labels, Westcoast Baby. There’s just too much to love about them – they’re decidedly un-babyish with a huge range of truly amazing fabrics fabrics, and the ties mean no annoying snaps. Plus they’re extremely versatile, easily matched with their...

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When You Just Have to Give In To the Cuteness

Maybe it was all those bad seasonal sweaters we grew up wearing in the 70s and 80s that somehow infiltrated our consciousness, but sometimes we just can’t help ourselves – we must must have a snowman-emblazoned onesie for the kid this winter. The limited edition winter wonderland onesie that we spotted at Beebee Mod lets you indulge your sentimental side with style. The hand-stitched appliqué created from beautiful Japanese fabrics definitely puts that sparkly snowman monstrosity in the mall store windows to shame. Better yet, it looks cute on kids on the 25th or beyond – no matter what...

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New, and In No Need of Improvements

It’s been said that babies are a marketer’s dream – if only they could make purchases themselves. Which is why I’m quietly chuckling over the new New! onesies from new mom/pop run shop, Huddy Buddy. It’s the newness trifecta. Of course there’s inherent hilarity in packaging a baby like laundry detergent or breakfast cereal so what’s more to say? It comes in blue or pink in size 0-6 months (natch) and is nicely handscreened on good quality US-made cotton onesies. Also, a percentage of sales support the Hospital for Sick Children. That’s not a new idea, but it’s a...

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Genius Baby Clothes. Really.

We parents often have no problem sticking our kids in clothes that proclaim cutie or sweetie-pie or (gak) future model. But when it comes to proclaiming their obvious genetically-determined intellectual superiority, for some reason we stop short. No longer. The Scrabble Lounge Pants from Angelic Genius surely are genius. In that they spell out genius. Which, really, is so much cooler in every way than writing juicy on a little kid’s butt. You can even pair it with the shop’s matching Scrabble tee. Or heck, you’re the one with the brilliant baby on your hands. Why don’t you just...

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Mommy’s Little Headbanger

If there’s one lesson that I’ve learned about being a mom in 2007 it’s that I have layette options. Lots of them. Just ask baby bearers from the good old nineties about trying to find a Vivenne Westwood-style onesie or socks that didn’t have cutesie pink bows on them. Lucky us, mothers of the ‘OOs, we’ve got head to toe alternatives for our little rockers, and taking care of the toes is Baby Socks that Rock, maker of these punkalicious socks. We found them at one of our favorite rock n’ roll baby clothes hotspots, Babesta. Because certainly it’s...

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The Best Wrapped Package of All

So we swore we weren’t covering any cutesie Christmas onesies this year. No Baby’s First Christmas shirts, no Jingle Bells jingly caps, no Bwing Me Pwesents Santa bib. (Eek.) And then we found this clever little holiday design snapsuit from My Rock Star Baby. And we agreed oh okay, just this one. In red or green, the trompe l’oeil design seems to wrap your bambino up in a big white ribbon ribbon and stamp him fragile. You’ll almost be tempted to leave him under the tree Christmas eve....

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Crankypants Makes Us Not So Cranky

Handknit baby stuff, as we’ve seen, runs on a remarkably broad continuum from scratchy grandma styles to painfully amateur designs that seems sized for dolls. With three legs. And then there are the few amazing rock star knitters who totally dominate with the needles, from concept to design to fit. In this final camp is Crankypants.  Amy Kett’s ridiculously in-demand designs speak for themselves. Her classic "longies" are made of soft merino wool, with a little monster face, sock monkey, or jolly roger making your baby’s bum even cuter than it already is. Amy also takes custom orders if...

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Hair Clips That Make the Other Hair Clips a Little Envious

In our house, stocking stuffers weren’t the cheap crappy things you didn’t feel like wrapping, but rather the really nice (and sometimes expensive) loot that just so happened to fit in our stockings. Thus is the case with the sweet appliquéd and embroidered barrettes from Little Something. Handcrafted from wool felt by Mara Greenaway, these adorable hair clips will make any little girl squeal, including the little girl inside you. My must-have favorites are the flowers, but if you’re looking for something fun, try the set of seven (of course) day-of-the-week clips that we spotted at Tiny McSmall. Way...

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In the News[boy]

I am now calling my son "The kid with the largest head on this planet" — said with love, of course. The search has been on to find a hat for him that’s cute, warm, and won’t cut off all blood flow to his brain. Well thanks to Faith’s Hats at Portland-based boutique Tilly Jane my son’s huge dome will not be cold this winter. Made by hand from so-soft recycled sweaters, these hats are beyond comfy and cozy. The infant styles are even made from cashmere. Fancy! And the newsboy style, while not only super hot this season...

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I Go to Extremes

If you rummaged through my son’s drawers you’d find absolutely no sports themed wear. I’m just not a fan of overpriced licensed jerseys that help fund overpaid athletes. But I am loving Milkshaxs, a Vancouver clothing company that caters to the sports fanatics of the extreme kind. Their soft and versatile baby onesies, outfits, and shirts are screen printed with skiiers, snowboarders (shown), and even mountain bikers. Even if you’re not so much into the sports thing, you’ll be glad to know Milkshaxs takes all the typical boy themes (trains, trucks, you know…) over the edge as well. My...

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Dreaming of Boobs. And…Boobs. Maybe Also Boobs.

People often ask me what my baby girl really wears. Is she always in fabulous, splurge-y one-of-a-kind pieces? Um, no.  Case in point: One of my favorite go-to garments is the sweet, simple dreamer onesie, courtesy of mom Kristin Hammond’s shop, Baby Brewing. Designed by her sister, writer and illustrator Jen Lemen, it’s great quality cotton, beautifully screen printed, and I just love the message. Plus in easy shades of pink or blue, it goes with pretty much any pair of hand-me-down bottoms we’ve got crammed into the drawer. I mean…any pair of outrageously awesome $200 hand-cut denim infant...

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Not Your Mother’s Polyester

I’m a mom who tends towards cottons and natural fabrics. So when I heard about the quick-drying kids duds from Milk Factory I admit I was skeptical.  But I’ve come around. Two smart Vancouver momtrepreneurs created this line of quick-drying performance gear and yep, it actually is quick drying. So they’re really great for active kids on the playground or the bunny slopes–or for teething babies like mine who spend half the day wet with drool because I forgot to pack 16 bibs in our diaper bag. The fabrics are all SPF 40 for the summer, and in the...

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Alterna-Sleepers

As easy as it is for us to track down modern baby outfits out there, finding a sleeper that’s not soaked in pastel teddy bears or demure rosebuds is more of a challenge. What’s a slumbering alternababy to do? Answer: Check out the must-have sleepers from my one of my new favorite stops on the web, M.O.M. Designs. Created by a mom and dad team, the Yite Bub line (think "light bulb" in toddler talk) is full of quirky, refreshing prints on so-soft cotton that you haven’t seen anywhere else. I’m a freak for the Busy Bots pattern for...

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Argyle Isn’t Just for Sweaters

If there was ever a time I that I wished my son would keep a hat on his head, it is now. The leaves are turning, the wind is chilling, and Kitsel is mocking me with their fantastic selection of Born to Love beanies. I’ve even considered super glue. Okay, I’m not that desperate just yet, but when you see these hats, the thought might pop into your head. Designed by a stay-at-home-mama and her artistic husband, these locally made beanies are way cooler than your classic baby skull cap but just as effective in keeping head and ears warm for...

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The Cow Jumped Over the Calico Moon

From the calicos to the bold geometrics to the disco dots, I’m a confirmed retro fabric junkie, always searching for kids clothes I won’t see on every other child on line for the slide. If you’ve got a love for vintage, the onesies and kids’ tees from mother-daughter designer team Lily+Amy (isn’t that cool?) will be just your cup of tea. Cotton onesies and tees are decorated with hand-cut appliqués made from truly vintage fabrics, not reproductions. In fact, Lily+Amy search for out-of-production finds that would otherwise be headed for the scrap heap. That way you won’t see the...

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Hooray for Hoodie Season!

Did I mention I’m a freak for Fall? The cool crisp air means no fights with the winter coat just yet, but it’s definitely time to pull out those cute sweaters or hoodies and start getting your layering chops back. But not just any hoodie, mind you–I did specify the cute ones. Like the whimsical felt appliquéd ones from Jasper Hearts Wren, a two-mom run company based out of California. You won’t be sad covering up your kid’s carefully picked outfits with these hand-stitched beauties. If you’re not a hoodie junkie (is that even possible?) then check out the...

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Long Johns (Or Jaydens)

If I had the ability, I’d probably be embroidering everything from my kids’ tees to their underwear. I love the look of hand-embroidery–but I don’t have those crafty genes. So parents like me turn to the skills of Tracey Hageman of Tiny Sprouts. Her haphazard, lowercase style makes newborn clothing even cuter than it already is. You can go with a child’s name or a favorite saying of course,  but I especially love how well Tracey’s embroidery style goes with nursery rhyme lines. Especially on something like her long johns, just in time for cooler nights. Customize everything down...

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Onesies as Modern Art

When you see as many baby onesies as we do–and holy hell do we see a lot of baby onesies–it’s exciting to stumble on the ones created by an artist experimenting with a different kind of canvas. That’s how I feel about the ones from brand spankin’ new shop, Born Babe. These swanky all-cotton snapsuits (up to 18 months) created by a team in Portland feature bold, simple graphics in modern hues, like the cotton candy pink cassette tape (shown), an old-style airplane, or a crimson flock of birds. I particularly love the designs you just don’t see everywhere,...

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Oh Those Clever Dutch

I love poking around European kids shops because the sensibility is just a little…different than ours. Think fewer fire trucks appliqués, and more apples on stilts doing ballet while wearing French poodle masks. Or something like that. Zazou is a fabulous Netherlands-based shop featuring creative duds for the under-four set, from independent designers that we are swooning over. Now let’s just pretend for a minute that the US dollar was actually worth something these days. My shortlist would include the knitted hoodie dress from Kidscase, raglan tees from Petit Louis, and pretty much everything from the Dutch Design Bakery....

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Solid!

Why is it that I can find the greatest quality shirts chock full offunny sayingsand funky patterns–but the solid shirts in stores are limited to the mall store’s 2 featured ugly colors of the season, or the discount three-pack with the too-tight crew necks?

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Style-Conscientious

Onlytwo minutes of searching the web forbabyshoes for my newly crawling little man of the house and I’m drowning in a sea of leather booties. Love leather booties, but isn’t there something different out there?

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