I remember feeling pretty annoyed with everyone telling me how difficult it was to have a winter baby – more blankets, big coats, being stuck in the house all day. The list goes on. But what they all failed to mention was the adorableness of winter baby wear, like these ridiculously cute baby booties from Funky Shapes. Handsewn in the UK using gold and chocolate felt and Japanese fabric, these limited edition baby shoes will keep those tiny tootsies warm and cozy, and the careful seam-free construction ensures that they’re actually comfortable, not just cute to look at. Take...Read More
Category: Baby Clothes
There may be nothing more perfect on a baby girl than a simple little white hat. No pompons, no animal ears, no purple organza flowers bigger than the baby’s own head. I found a serious contender, a hand-knit baby hat from Natural Star, at one of our favorite new boutiques, Australia’s Trifle Shoppe. The soft cotton bamboo fabric looks absolutely cozy, and the crocheted flower adornment isn’t too fussy, too frilly, or too overwhelming. Sizing starts at 0-6 months to get newborns through the cold months, but goes right up to a 5+. Because who says only babies deserve...Read More
My four year-old daughter recently informed me that jeans were “stupid.” Which, okay. Not the term I would use, but I get her point that she’d rather be wearing a dress, even to kick a soccer ball in the park. I know for a fact mom, designer and entrepreneur Wendy Feller has walked in my shoes, because she invented Zupers. These durable, SPF 50 leggings for girls are commendably made right in the USA and feature a pair of cushy, removable, heart-shaped neoprene kneepads to encourage girls in dresses to do more than sit around and look demure. Including...Read More
When I was in Spain last month, I was introduced to Snoods from Kid Cashmere, these beautiful handmade cashmere sleeves from mom Jolie Sutton. Over the head they’re like ear-warming hats, but down around the neck they replace scarves – maybe even better, after hearing all those scary stories about little kids who get their scarves caught in bad places. (Eek.) All the items in the shop are handmade from Italian and Scottish spun cashmere, and silk yarns, making them really smooth and not the fuzzy kind of cashmere that ends up in your mouth. And now that I...Read More
The cold weather snap has made me look like a pretty unprepared mom, with my littlest one wearing her older sister’s way too big winter hat that I had to scrape up from deep within my closet. Too bad I didn’t have one of the adorable, handmade children’s hats from Colette Kids. Made in the USA from 100% cotton, these hats are a great gender-neutral option for keeping wee heads warm. And the contrasting brown fuzzy ears are just cute enough without turning my baby’s head into a stuffed animal. At just $8.95 a pop, even your kids only keep their...Read More
I’m going to be perfectly honest with you; in general the notion of putting cashmere on a baby seems absurd to me. In my world, babies and “hand wash only” are two things that don’t go together. But now I humbly eat my words, having checked out Liza Taylor’s cashmere hat and bootie sets. First of all, ohmygoshsocute. Second, the materials are recycled — or upcycled, if you prefer that term. And third, this former Ralph Lauren designer may now be selling her creations at Barney’s, but she’s also donating hats to orphans through Warm Woolies. Would this be...Read More
I’m constantly on the lookout for fun little gender-neutral baby gifts. (I mean, what is it with all these moms who “want to be surprised” anyway? Can’t everyone be as impatient as I am?) One of my favorite new finds are the adorable bamboo-blend newborn sock sets from mom-run Hank & Jojo. These bold, stripey, retro, White Shadow-era knee-high socks come four to a box and by box, I mean one of the cutest reusable lunchbox-style containers you’ve ever seen. But don’t just buy them for the box. Buy them because everyone will ooh and aah and coo over...Read More
The latest dispatch in the You Get What You Pay For department: The stunning new Kahu winter baby boots from Nui Organics, the wonderful New Zealand company that creates beautiful items from organic Merino wool using sustainable farming practices. These booties are no exception: In fact, the soft, high quality lambskin comes exclusively from those lambs that have died of natural causes on the farms. I don’t imagine the laces will pose much of a problem for little feet — you can probably just slip them in then tighten the tops to keep the booties on. And the flexible...Read More
We’ve always thought that the personalized baby tees from Little Uni make the most thoughtful little $30-ish baby gifts – which is also why they’re featured so prominently on our 2009 Baby Shower Gift Guide. So it’s nice to see this mom2-run company coming out with some new designs on their high-quality tees to keep the choices fresh. The new hoot owl tee is a fun choice for a fall baby and I looove the little argyle sheep tee on pink for girls. Plus, there are crown tees now for little kings and queens. It was only a matter...Read More
It’s still a little depressing to put a really ugly bib over a really cute outfit, if not as depressing as staining the really cute outfit with carrots. Problem solved: b amici’s beautiful cotton bibs are like wee accessories themselves. Made of soft cotton jersey with cool print accents, they are both subtle and funky. The fabric is just beautiful, even if you can’t entirely tell from the pictures on the site; the guitar bib pictured here is a designer Michael Miller fabric, while the rest of the line features Liberty of London prints (including a super cute car...Read More
As my oldest daughter starts to get more into fairies and princesses and all things pink (God help me), I’m still trying to keep her just a wee bit rock ‘n roll. So I love the looks of this handmade guitar lap tee that feels both girlie and rocking all at once. I think the multiple textures in the applique is a great touch, and my only complaint is that the shirt doesn’t come in bigger sizes. But if you’ve got a rock star in training who’s 3-18 months, you’re in luck. Earplugs not included. –LizFind the guitar lap...Read More
A box of crayons and a coloring book are a staple toddler gift around these parts, but now with the sweet Crayon Rompers from The Baby Bunch, even their newborn siblings can get in on the budding artistry. This set of three bright, soft, beefy onesies is neatly packed in an adorable crayon-like box, making it the perfect new baby gift for boys or girls. And a welcome change when you find yourself drowning in a sea of pastels. Grab one for a new baby along with some art supplies for the older sibling and you’ve got yourself a...Read More
I used to feel bad when my baby wasn’t the only one sporting holiday themed clothing. But when your kid only has a week to wear it, it’s really not the smartest budget choice anyway. So here’s a way to stretch a buck — grab something that works for Halloween and the rest of the fall – like this adorable dinosaur baby onesie from mom-owned boutique Cattiwampus. Made from super soft organic cotton and designed by artist Rebecca Foster, this spooky T-rex glows in the dark, making it a fun Halloween choice that’s different from your standard issue bats...Read More
If there’s anything that can give my retired uterus a few pangs, it’s a pair of adorable hand knit baby booties, like the new ones from CMP fave Tiny Sprouts. Known for their sweetly embroidered personalized baby blankets and baby clothes, they’ve added these teeny tiny baby shoes to their shop, all of which are hand dyed in vibrant shads of pink, blue or green, and made from super soft cotton. The smaller foot openings and criss-cross straps ensure that these booties actually stay on your baby’s feet — what a miracle! And considering how much time I spent...Read More
I’m always kind of bummed when I fall in love with a line of baby blankets or clothes and realize there’s nothing left for me from that label once my kids turn toddlers. So it’s nice that Portland’s Baby Star has been taking their crowd-pleasing modern prints and expanding them beyond just blankets and newborn basics. The double-lined baby dresses with rick rack trim and a cute little pocket on the front are just adorable, and you’ll find a great selection of them at Alex Casey Baby to get you through the rest of summer–especially if you are blessed,...Read More
It had to happen eventually – -first Cookie Monster, and now pirates have gone on a health kick. Now your wee sea raider can easily sport a message of terror best befitting his or her station in life (right at the highchair) with these adorable pirate onesies. And really, is there any message that strikes more fear into a kid’s heart than the directive to eat yar peas and carrots! Find them from the terrific design studio, Red Prarie Press for just 15 bucks. Then when dinner is refused, you can feel free to declare it’s time for someone...Read More
I am definitely digging the logic behind the “reflective learning” alphabet tees at Milalu – that by screen printing the alphabet in reverse, a kid can get to know the ABCs every time he looks in the mirror. But I also like the notion that the other parents will think you have a lock on some sort of newfangled genius-enabling parenting methods. Which maybe you do. After all, the label was created by an early educator-graphic designer team. They also offer the design as a onesie. Because heck, if a kid hasn’t mastered at least up to M by...Read More
As the weather starts to really heat up, I’m inclined to just leave my youngest daughter in a onesie and call it a day. But the bright, adorable hot weather onesies from Brooklyn Junior have a little something extra that doesn’t make it seem like I’m just too lazy to get her dressed. Made from 100% soft pima cotton, these cute one-pieces have a pleated bodice and a ruffle leg detail that make them a little fancier and way more stylish than your average baby snapsuit. And with the snap shoulders, you don’t have to deal with pulling it...Read More
I just opened the baby onesies that came in from the mail from Angel Dear and suddenly I found I had a little catch in my throat. Something about the teeny teeny little size and that tag reading newborn just made me all sentimental for the days that my girls were just squirmy little things. These are just the sweetest little cotton jersey onesies, featuring a bird pulling a pennant that spells out boy, girl, or baby. There’s even little embroidery detailing around the silkscreening which make this really special at any price. But they’re not any price —...Read More
My six-month old is at a point where she could use a little something on her feet other than socks, but doesn’t yet have a need for heartier leather (or fake leather) booties. Enter Wombagully Wonders cotton baby booties, handcrafted by Aussie mom Charlotte Northrope, and perfect for those in-between babies like mine. The baby shoes feature cheerful cotton uppers and a soft microsuede sole for early walkers. I’m loving the adorable apples (pictured), but am also digging the bluebirds and the vintage Japanese fabric booties. Similar in style to various more popular leather baby booties, these cloth baby...Read More
There’s no shortage of adorable, swoon-worthy items on Etsy, but Amy Joyner’s She Knits shop is clearly trying to kill me with handmade cuteness. Her 100% organic cotton/wool blend “chocolate dipped” baby booties do indeed look good enough to eat, and they’re so soft, to boot. (To boot! Get it?) The pink or blue fibers’ natural variegated appearance coupled with the brown toe and sole make these booties a quiet yet gorgeous statement for babies up to 12 months. Everyone knows the feet are the most delicious part of the baby. This just confirms it. -Mir Congratulations to Kelly...Read More
I wasn’t sure what to think of Belle Heir’s fine vintage children’s clothing when I first visited their website, but the more I browsed through, the more fascinated I became by the clothing made when my parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents were young. I think I clicked on every single vintage outfit on the site simply to see the handiwork and unbelievable condition of clothes 50-120 years old. I totally fell in love with this 1930’s cotton romper (shown) and the cotton embroidered dress from 1900. These clothes are not exactly for everyday wear. But for an occasion like...Read More
Aside from good calves and bad toes, my many years of ballet training gave me a huge soft spot for ballet flats, especially when they come in mini versions for little girls. I nearly squealed when I saw these silver baby ballet slippers from Cheeky Little Soles. Like most soft leather booties, they’ve got a non-slip sole and lots of elastic to ensure that they stay on. But unlike the others I’ve seen, these have a flexible sole and truly look like real ballet shoes which is fantastic for crawlers and early walkers. I’m just hoping they don’t inspire...Read More
After my daughter was born, I had to institute a no-smocked-dresses rule in my house after countless handmade gifts from well-meaning relatives somehow relied on this form of embellishment. Thank goodness shops like Livvysue Boutique exist and can provide adorable alternatives. Three generations of females are behind these handmade children’s clothes, each of them obsessed with finding the perfect fabrics for clothes like their handmade kimono tops. I’d say they are doing a pretty darn good job. And at just $19, they’re half the price of the fancy boutique brands. The simple nature of the kimono top and shoe...Read More
I’ve always loved the durable, comfy, mix-and-match style of Zutano, ever since I was first pregnant and my BFF tipped me off about this mom-and-pop run boutique brand for kids. And now they’ve launched a new Itzy Bitzy boutique online with an extended line of clothes for preemies and newborns that is going to take away at least 10% of the stress of pregnancy. It’s got all the features you want in a newborn layette — rollover cuffs, covered snaps, thick cotton interlock, prints that make women squeal at their baby showers in an octave way too high for...Read More
I realize that you probably have no problem finding a cute baby layette for under $25, and for that, I salute you. But to find one made with vegetable dyes out of soft pima cotton? Well that creates a bit more of a challenge. Well, say hello to the lovely mint classic gift set from the cool fair trade company, Baby Alpima Kids. Perfect for girls or boys, this soft-as-anything infant layette set includes footed pants and a long-sleeved onesie with hand mitts, all beautifully packaged in its own reusable little tote bag. Plus, I love the beautiful stitching...Read More
We hit a stretch of gorgeous weather here in Atlanta and aside from making me run out for a pedicure and shave my legs (ha!), these balmy spring days have me packing up all the long sleeved onesies and swapping in the warmer weather baby clothes. My top pick thus far is the beautiful 100% cotton bloomer set found at Ginger and Scallion (love that name!). Made in the USA by designer Aiko Decelles of Dan Dan, this delicate, beautifully tailored set is adorable together, but can also be used as separates; pair the cute floral top with a...Read More
Just when I thought I’d seen every sort of soft soled baby bootie out there, I was introduced to Scooterbees. And being the obsessed but still picky shoe nut that I am, I fell instantly in love. These truly eco-friendly baby booties are made in San Francisco of recycled fibers from soda and water bottles. The soles are completely water resistant and anti-slip, thanks to a cool, but extremely safe ThermoPlastic Elastomer material (just go with me on that) and the amazingly soft lining is made from bamboo. But the best feature, you know, if I had to pick...Read More
I continue to be impressed with the ingenuity of the crafters out there and how many awesome things people are doing with upcycled materials. Our latest find: The new-again baby clothes from Frankenbaby Chicago designer (and cool Aunt) Virginia Tucker takes vintage tees and turns them from something outgrown and discarded into a baby one-piece that’s new and fabulous. She’s got a great eye for hip designs, and the workmanship she brings to them is really impressive. Obviously every handmade piece is one-of-a-kind, so if you see the Charirman Mao onesie or Doors L.A. Woman onesie of your dreams...Read More
My preschooler is currently on a dress kick and I cannot tell you how many times I have to argue with her about wearing dresses to the playground. It’s not that she can’t move around in a skirted bottom, but since she tends to be a little rough and tumble, her regular cotton dresses often get stretched to the limit. Well, oh how excited she was when I showed her the bright Kuki Kids dresses found at Raspberry Kids. Made from a hearty cotton canvas fabric and fully lined with a lightweight muslin, these pinafore-style dresses can go from...Read More
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