Category: Baby

A crocheted gift set for those who can’t really crochet

Of the many talents I wished I possessed, crocheting is at the top of the list, right along with singing in key and being able to sketch something other than stick figures. Since I don’t expect to inherit any of those talents any time soon, I look to outside sources for my fix. Which is why I was thrilled to discover a beautiful hand crocheted baby gift set. Personally, I can’t think of anything sweeter–and more classic–for a baby gift than something crocheted. Loralin Design owner Lynne Buchman designs this Booties and Hat Gift Set herself and then has...

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Hooray, it’s Hooray by Cynthia Rowley’s spring collection

I love it when a cool designer creates a less expensive line for the masses. I’ve swooned over the adorable styles and appealing price tags of the Stella McCartney for Gap Kids and Baby and Splendid Littles for Target lines; and now I can add Hooray by Cynthia Rowley to the list. Rowley’s collection of baby and toddler clothing and accessories, designed exclusively for Babies R Us, does in fact make me want to do a little cheer. The spring 2011 offerings from Hooray, which just hit Babies “R” Us stores yesterday, feaures a line of cute clothes for...

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Personalized blankets for baby, and the child she’ll become (sniff).

I first discovered the fleece personalized baby blankets from mom-run Admiral Road a few years back, and really liked their bold, child-friendly designs right away. Having owned one for several years now, it sure has held up over time; it’s gone from a stroller blanket for my babies, to a toddler blanket when they outgrew the crib, and now it’s in its third career as a doll blanket that moonlights as a superhero cape. And it still looks great. [don’t miss a special offer after the jump] Looking to see what’s new at the shop since back in the...

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The best breast pump you’ve never heard of

I’ve always been a pretty casual user breast pump user, since I work from home and rarely leave the baby (sigh). However this year, we decided to leave my littlest one with my mom for a few days so I could spend some quality time with my other three kiddos on a short jaunt. And that means my casual pumping was not going to cut it. It was the perfect opportunity to try out a new breast pump that bills itself as a green breast pump, which helps to keep the 2 million pumps purchased each year out of...

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The baby book that almost writes itself

My first daughter’s baby book is a masterpiece of elaborate details, funny stories and photos. But my second child’s baby book? Almost empty.  Every time I open it, I’m overwhelmed by all those blank pages and I’m struck with such intense guilt that I invent an excuse that I’m too busy (or maybe I am) and put it down. I know I’m not alone here. My Own Little Story (love the name!) is exactly what I need. This website was designed to make recording all the details and memories easy and fast. Seriously, you can create a baby book...

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Cribstyles of the rich and famous

If MTV’s show Cribs was actually about cribs, this is what you’d see: Custom, handmade, super-luxe linens for only the poshest of tots. As narrated by Robin Leach. Of course, you can also buy it retail, but it’s still going to cost you. Olena Boyko is pretty much the celebrity wedding cake of the nursery linen world. From her sumptuous crib sets to her confectionery bassinets and high style Moses baskets, every piece is handmade and can be ordered completely custom, down to embroidery color, font, and monogram style. (What? Your own baby didn’t have monogrammed silk sheets?) The...

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Even one of the pickiest girls in the world loves these clothes

My daughter is a bit of a choosy dresser. To say the least. If I’m being perfectly honest, it takes at least half an hour to get her ready every morning and she balks–nay, tantrums for an hour–if anything she’s wearing is even slightly unacceptable. You know, like if it’s anything but that gaudy, sparkly, too-small tank top her Nana gave her. Given her pickiness, her temper, and her penchant for wearing summer clothes in the middle of a Canadian winter, you can imagine my relief when I pulled out the stunning capelet sample from Patouche and she asked...

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Tiny bubbles end the whine

My favorite parenting hack: If you give your kids a bubble bath and encourage them to roll around a lot, they get clean and smell great without loads of scrubbing and whining. Most of the store brands give my daughter a rash, so I’m super picky about what I’ll pour under the faucet. But now I have a new favorite, and it’s from an old favorite of mine. Babo Botanicals wowed my socks off with their phenomenal line of hair detanglers for kids. And now they’ve won me over yet again with their new Lavender Meadowsweet 3 in 1...

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Baby shower gifts with a sense of humor. (Unlike most baby showers.)

I’m proud to admit that I like a good breastfeeding boob joke. And I always say that if I wasn’t laughing about parenting, I’d be crying. So too bad the awesome products from Egg2Cake weren’t around when I had my baby shower, four births ago. [don’t miss a fun giveaway after the jump!] These funny, lighthearted gifts are a welcome change to the often very serious and sentimental baby books out there. Sure, I get it – having a baby is a big life change, blahblah. But there’s nothing wrong with infusing a little bit of laughter in it...

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Custom baby quilts for the very picky

I love making quilts. Well… quilt. I made one quilt. The job, the kids, life in general, and time in particular have since conspired against me.  So Quilt Creator is a dream realized. It’s the chance to be a quilter extraordinaire–without having to sew a stitch. Essentially you can design your own baby quilt or full-size bedspread at Quilt Creator in a variety of fabulous layouts and beautiful colors.  The fabrics–there are more than 150 of them, each 100% natural cotton–are gorgeous vintage-inspired prints and patterns, grouped together in themes like Noir or Spring Bouquet. You simply drag the...

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