Category: Baby Clothes

Tyin’ Up My White Tie, Brushin’ Off My Tails.

I admit that I was the type who kinda liked the guy who might have worn the tuxedo t-shirt to the prom. That is, before Screech did it on Saved By the Bell, or whatever TV nerd turned it from semi-rebellious to positively dorky. So it’s not surprising that I laughed out loud when I first caught Small Paul’s tuxedo onesie. I totally dare you to put your baby in it at that upcoming wedding. Or even just to take him on a Stop n Shop run. –Liz [thanks...

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Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

I love my husband and am perfectly happy giving his name to my children, but just a teeny tiny part of me would like to take some visible credit for pushing them out of my nether regions. (Except for the stretch marks, that is). That’s why I instantly had to grab one of the Mitetees onesies for our third bundle soon to arrive. They’ll combine your last name with your spouse’s ala movie production credits, celebrating both of your roles in the new baby’s arrival. If you’re on baby number two, three, or heck, six, make sure to grab...

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Dream Big, Little Girl

We’re always on the lookout for cool empowering tees for our girls that aren’t so empowering that they’re cheesy. You know what I’m talking about. Oh yes you do. A nice example of ones that work: The tees from Ava’s Closet, mom Katie Dietrich’s effort to send more positive messages about girls out into the world. With slogans like President not Princess and Doctor not Diva, newborns to six year-olds can proclaim some pretty lofty aspirations. Plus it’s a diplomatically subtle hint for the relatives to ease off the sparkly princess crowns at birthday time. –Liz Congratulations to Lisa...

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Victorian Goth Hipster Baby Redux

Oh Lou and Lee, where were you when my daughters were still young enough for your beautiful handmade onesies? I suppose I’ll have to forgive LA designer Ann Dewitt, who’s captured my heart with unusual details like vintage lace and tromp l’oeuil felt cameos or vests, yielding the kinds of shower gift that put all others to shame. I love the Marguerite Pink Felt (shown) and Amy Fancy Lady onesies if you’re lucky enough to find either in stock. Plus Ann may actually have the first floral headbands for girls I really could get into. More Carrie Bradshaw than...

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We Love Wee Hats

When I was expecting my first child, I packed my hospital bag quite ambitiously with pair of pre-pregnancy pants for myself (don’t laugh) and a few newborn hats so my sweet baby’s head would not have to suffer in those awful polyester ones they give you for free. But what I didn’t realize about those darn hospital caps is that they actually fit. While most newborn hats, even with my daughter’s gigantic head, do not. This time around, however, I’m fully prepared with an adorable set of Wee Hats from Wee Baby. Created from super soft 100% cotton without...

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The Happy Face Gets a Long Overdue Makeover

I don’t think I’ve seen a good happy face redux since that mutant icon with the single eye. (Doesn’t anyone have any idea what I’m talking about?) In any case, Foxibaby has taken on the task with great charm, turning their happy baby face logo into a pirate, alien, or punk rocker–complete with safety pin in the ear and a cartoony “scar” up the back that totally makes the shirt a must-have. Likewise, the devil raglan has a forked tail up the back, and the angel tee has, you guessed it, wings. You’ll find a few of the tees...

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Like Personalized Baby Gifts But Hate Most Personalized Baby Gifts?

Nothing says “welcome baby” like a personalized gift. But aside from all the economically unfeasible keepsakes out there, I’ve only found a few options that 1) I can afford and 2) won’t end up shoved in the back of a closet somewhere. So, take my advice and bookmark jig, a sweet shop that carries the most adorable personalized onesies I’ve seen in a very long time. Artist Alyssa Coberly turns unique graphics (love the seahorse or the flags, pictured) into iron-ons, transforming a plain cotton onesie into the perfect baby gift which comes beautifully wrapped in a wooden box and sealed with a ribbon and...

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Fear Not, Little Girls

Turtle Papers is one of those shops that we’re always checking back with because every new item they make, from stationery to wall decor to kids tees, is pretty much something we’re coveting. The latest: The I’m Fearless lap tee for the littlest adventurers. I’m presuming the white lizard motif on sweatshirt gray is meant for little guys, but pair it with a pair of pink karate pants and your daughter will look both adorable and amply empowered to do what she probably already does. If you’ve ever seen my youngest daughter and a light socket or laptop cord, you’ll know just what I’m talking about....

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The Loch Ness Hoodie

My sister’s lament is that there aren’t enough boys’ clothes for her son that are cute without being cutesy – cutesy including things like pastel colors, puppy motifs, and embroidered sayings like, Mommy’s Lil’ Slugger. I can’t wait to show her the adorable hoodies from LuCoo Kids. Seattle mom and designer Amy Laybourn’s clever through-the-pocket design is a hand-made felt appliqué. And no pastels in sight. If you have girls in the house, LuCoo also has a funky selection of tees and some super cute plush toys coming soon from the looks of it. Plenty of cute and cool...

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A Taste for Popadum

Boy, am I liking this new flowy peasant top trend for kids this season. With any luck it will stick around, while the prematurely provocative belly shirts and tight blingy tees take a permanent hiatus. In hell. As a change-up from the Mexican-style blouses, take a good look around online shop Popadum where mom Bipasha Shom has gathered a small but stellar collection of tunics and tops for kids inspired by classic Indian artistry. As soon as I laid eyes on the jaipur tunic I needed two; in person the natural cotton weave is luscious and the embroidery work...

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My first shades, hold the gratuitous use of bling

Sunglasses are at the top of my list of fun kids’ accessories – it’s a riot to watch my three year-old push her sunglasses on top of her head "just like Mommy." But fashion aside, sunglasses on kids are really about protection and My First Shades delivers just that. These basic glasses (no bling, no star shapes) are designed to fit a child’s face snugly yet comfortably, whether a newborn or a grade-schooler. They’re shatter-proof (good thing!) and you can drop in a prescription lens if need be. Most importantly, they stay in place with  a stretchy neoprene band....

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Use Your Head, Save the Earth (Or At Least Your Baby’s Head)

I’m trying to be a more environmentally-friendly mom when I can, and fortunately I’ve found a way to conserve while indulging my shopping habit. The handmade knot hats at the bluemchen etsy shop are made from colorful pre-loved (or recycled, if you prefer) fabrics each in two contrasting fabrics. Founding mom Ellen Carlson creates these jaunty baby hats – perfect for keeping bald little newborn heads warm and covered. At just $7, find a Springy fabric that works for you.  I’m still carrying a modicum of guilt for the size of my carbon footprint, but decking my little guy...

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Hand Picked Pumpkin: A Set in the Right Direction

I tend to steer clear of sets for my kiddos. Sure, they’re an easy grab when you need to dress them in a snap, but other than that, they’re not hugely versatile, particularly when you’re trying to get the most bang for your buck. But sometimes, I just can’t resist, like these adorable tee and bloomer sets from Hand Picked Pumpkin. Designed and handmade by owner and mom Allison Case, these two-piecers are the perfect romp-around outfits for summer babies, featuring bright, uniquely patterned fabrics for both boys and girls. And the best part is that you can use the bloomers under skirts separately,...

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Earth Day Pick: Old Tees Made New

After discovering Courtney Chu’s original recycled t-shirt dresses, I am pleasantly reminded that eco-friendly kids wear doesn’t necessarily mean expensive organic onesies. Hooray for that! Her sweet, definitively cool kids dresses combine sometimes old and sometimes new adult t-shirts along with the artist’s own limited edition screenprints. The result is totally one-of-a-kind dresses that your daughter (and you) are sure to love. And since Courtney is working with existing materials, you can show your find off to your eco friends with pride. This is a site worth checking in on often; you definitely won’t want to miss when she happens to put...

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Tea For The Twos. And Threes.

While I’m not a member of the matchy-outfit fan club, I’m definitely partial to mix and match clothes from Daily Tea, the everyday knitwear from CMP fave tea collection. Frankly with the amount of sleep I get these days, I hardly remember to put shirts on my girls, let alone shirts that match the socks that match the skirts and Tea makes it easy. The quality is superb, the cotton soft and stretchy, the colors sophisticated but still kid-like, and while everything coordinates, nothing looks like a set swiped out of the J.C. Penny catalog of 1974. You’ll find...

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I See Some Cute Socks In Your Baby’s Future

In my mind, "lucky socks" means that I don’t lose one every time I do the wash. But in the case of Fortune Tootsies, I think it means your baby will have extra luck when he wears them. Each pair is emblazoned with fortune cookie wisdom for those too little to read them themselves. Like Your smile is a treasure to all who know you. And you will soon sleep through the night.  (From their toes to God’s ears.) Even better, the set comes with two pairs of white socks and one pair of red, all mix and match....

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So the Girls, They Like to Twirl

The notion of a dress "that twirls" used to seem kind of foo-foo to me until I thought back to my own childhood and my many hours simply spent spinning. I was like that kid in Parenthood who just spun until I fell down for fun, while other kids were doing tae kwon do or quantum physics or whatever. If my daughters inherit my twirling gene, they will probably flip for the Iris Dress by one of our fave designers, Ses Petites Mains. The red eyelet fabric is guaranteed to be easy washing and wearing, which does make the...

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Forget Duckies, Have the Only Baby With a Sea Urchin On Her Chest

One of our fave T-shirt discoveries last year were the bold alphabet toddler tees from BioME5 featuring alligators, bears and camels that actually look like alligators, bears and camels. And not some lame cartoon rendition. Seriously, I’m a little scared of the octopus. And I think I like it. Now babies can get in on the graphic, educational wildlife action with the company’s new line of infant onesies. Not that they can read the company’s trademark upside-down type describing the animal, but they will probably appreciate the unbleached, organic cotton fabric. In their own silent way. Very much like...

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Foot Fungus: The Good Kind

We realize that baby booties are a frivolous purchase for a cute little lump who doesn’t do much more than poop and sleep (or if you’re my kids, not sleep). So that’s why you don’t buy them for your own baby. You get other people to get them for you. Moving to the top of your list–or shower gift arsenal, you generous mama–should be these mushroom booties from Funky Shapes. Completely hand stitched with no sign of glue, lumps or bumps for those tiny feet, these booties will protect toesies from all those pinches and grabs.  Plus they’re made in England....

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Lucky Wang = Lucky Baby

Oh how I love kimonos on little babies. Just love them. While I’m excited that my eleven month-old is waving and clapping and saying YAH YAH YAH (seriously, does that count as a word?) I am sad that she’s moving past that age where I can just stick her in a kimono onesie and call it an outfit. My faves are easily the breezy, flowy, spectacularly gorgeous cotton kimono one-pieces from Lucky Wang. It’s nearly impossible to choose among so many yummy fabrics in very wearable color combos. But don’t be deceived by the beauty – we just toss...

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Preppy, By Way of Bed-Stuy

The argyle for babies just keeps coming our way in new and fun ways. Like this sunny yellow romper from CMP fave label, Sir Hayes. The color is perfectly calibrated to spring you out of your Winter baby wardrobe blahs, and the argyle print has just enough irony, considering the straight-outta-Brooklyn sensibility of the shop. Digging whole the postmodern urban prep vibe? Don’t miss the "Carlton" onesies, an Izod-style polo turned snapsuit featuring a smiling Sir Hayes crown logo where the alligator might be. The name comes courtesy Carlton Banks. You know, Fresh Prince Carlton. Hilarious. –Liz EXTRA COOL:...

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Future Foodies, Your Wardrobe is Ready

We have been blessed with a picky little eater in the family who won’t indulge in standard American kids fare like hot dogs and chicken nuggets. That said, she is partial to a fine grating of Reggiano-Parmigiano over her fusilli and nibbles of mama’s sushi.  If we only knew then what we knew now, we’d have decked her out in the Foodie onesie from the Connoisseur collection at family-run Fig Leaf Baby. The quality is terrific, with hand embroidery over soft-as-artisanal-butter Peruvian Pima cotton. If you’ve got a petit epicure in the nursery, no doubt he’ll be picky about...

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Preemies Need Cool Wardrobe Love Too

Lately we’ve gotten a few requests for cool preemie-wear. Considering the number of twins and multiples out there, we’re not surprised at all; what we are surprised about was how hard it was to track down something that made us go ooooooh. We found one sweet option in the sidesnap stripe layette at Giggle. The kimono style top and footsie bottoms (cute!) are sized to fit babies from two to six pounds. I especially love that they’re made of organic cotton, which is great for the sensitive skin of our littlest progeny. They’re just $28 which is a great...

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G is for Green with a Giggle

If there’s a bandwagon to jump on when it comes to kid’s gear and clothing, going green is definitely the one to pick.  Particularly if you’ve got any photographic evidence of yourself in the 80s. Heck, I owe the ozone just on hairspray usage alone. But then there are shops like our new find, Green With Whimsy, who is serious about making a difference. Well, sort of. While every single aspect of their products, from the actual onesie to the gift box to the packing materials is seriously eco-friendly, their stuff will have you giggling, like our fave the "G is for Girl" onesie. Apparently you can...

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Argyle Goes Rock ‘n Roll

We can’t look anywhere without stumbling into something argyle for kids this Spring. Take these hot argyle shirts from new mom-pop run label, Modestod. A bit more practical than your run-of-the-mill argyle sweater vests and definitely more rock ‘n roll, these super soft hand-printed shirts feature the now trendy pattern highlighted with a funky winged monogram. Choose your kid’s letter, grab one in gray or pink (which actually comes off a bit more on the purple side in person), and you’ll be the trend-setting Angelina of your playgroup. Except without the 12 kids. Or Brad. Damn. -Kristen For a bunch of other...

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Surf’s Up

So it might be a little premature to be thinking about warm sand and wave jumping when we’re still focused on cold dirt and mud puddle jumping. But when I saw this surfer tee from Fierce Hugs, it made those summer beach days seem almost with my reach. A two-mom owned company, Fierce Hugs features original designs from independent artists, all of which are printed on the softest and brightest organic tees I’ve seen. And while these eco-minded moms have worked hard to ensure that every part of their business promotes sustainability and social responsibility, we love that their shirts don’t...

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Spotted: Owls

I’m of course in awe of all the artists and crafty moms we feature here on CMP. But I have a special place in my heart for those multiple-hit wonders who keep cranking out the cool stuff. One of them: The very talented Jennifer Talbot of b.delicious. We first came across her adorable felt/microsuede barrette and appliquéd tees last year, and since then it seems she’s been busy whipping up plenty more covetable cuteness. She’s got far more for the little dudes of the world (love the Kingpin design) and has expanded her line of hair accessories to include...

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Anchovies? Yes Please.

While it’s definitely gotten easier for moms to track down cool onesies, commandeering an entire funky baby layette can be challenging. I suppose "funky" and "layette" aren’t necessarily synonymous, unless you’re browsing Anchovies, a new shop that’s neither salty nor stinky. Their original line of baby duds never gets annoyingly ironic or uncomfortably edgy. It’s just modern, graphic, and cool. I’m particularly smitten with their layette options, featuring sleepsacks and beanies like the post-modern girlie Dream or my favorite, Rocket Man, shown here. And the gift wrapping is awesome – your purchase comes "Pickled to Perfection" in a mason...

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Sometimes Six More Weeks of Winter Isn’t So Bad

It’s only the beginning of February in the Deep South and I’ve already had it with the cold. But then I was introduced to Kaching Design’s new shirts and I realized that maybe I could live with the chilly temps a little longer. San Francisco graphic designer Pearlyn Tan features endangered animals in a series of three whimsical, gender-neutral designs that I dare you to try not to love. My personal favorite is the polar bear, but the less ubiquitous wolf is definitely worth a look. 5% of each shirt purchase goes to the World Wildlife Fund. So if the groundhog does happen to see his shadow, don’t...

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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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