Tag: baby gifts

14 smart ways to get your young kids excited about reading this summer

As big-time book lovers here, we’ve learned that a love of reading is acquired and not something kids are necessarily born with, like the color of their eyes or their uncanny inability to sleep past 6 AM on a Saturday. So we love putting together tips for parents on ways to get kids excited about reading — and ideally, keep them reading — especially now that summer is here and we all get a little more lax about things like that. Plus, our bookshelves do tend to have some stiff competition with all that extra daylight after dinner. One of our top ideas,...

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Handmade baby gifts with an Australian accent. (But no, they don’t talk.)

It’s not often I discover a new Etsy shop and automatically think okay, every single thing in there is adorable. But that’s the case with Babee and Me, which I can forgive for being based in Byron Bay, Australia, considering what beautiful work is coming out of the shop. From soft handmade baby toys, to funky teething rattles (oh, those cameras!), and tons of gorgeous personalized wooden blocks in all kinds of styles, everything just has a wonderful sensibility about it with terrific typography, and modern color combination. I like that the selection also includes lots of black and white gifts,...

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Wynn Ruby: One-stop shopping for the cutest baby gifts from small designers.

We’re always happy to discover new online shops that feature some of the small label designers for kids that we love, and now there’s another to add to our list: Wynn Ruby. Right away I knew it was going to be a fun selection when I saw they carried Eleventy-five clothing for kids. But there’s so much more fun to discover. Austin mom Katie Hall opened the shop less than two months ago and I’m already seeing the selection growing by the week. It’s hard to pare down my favorites, but I’m partial to the Kupukupu Kids baby clothing, organic leggings from Babysprouts &...

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5 of our favorite new baby products at the New York Baby Show

This past week I was fortunate to attend the New York Baby Show as a guest of New York Family Magazine. In the past, we’ve found some of our favorite new baby gear there (Ubbi Diaper Pails!), and there is a lot. I’m talking both products and and services that range from the basics to the genius to, okay, the ridiculous. But you won’t see those here, because my job is to weed all those out for you. I had quite a few favorites but here are my top five picks of new baby products that stood out from the rest, and that I think new...

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Handbags to drool over. Literally.

When you’re going through the pain of cutting teeth and the indignity of drool everywhere, you deserve a little reward, don’t you think? Of course, there’s no more appropriate gift for your teething six-month-old than a designer handbag. As long as it’s this Chanel handbag wooden baby teether spotted at Fig & Fawn, made by NYC-based LexyPexy. From designer bags to the perfect French croissant, there isn’t a LexyPexy wooden teether that doesn’t make me smile. They are all so fun and clever; they’ve moved straight to the top of my list for go-to baby shower gifts this summer. And maybe they will keep your baby from chewing...

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Please and Carrots – a baby toy subscription box that’s all about developmental milestones.

You buy all sorts of toys to fill the nursery while prepping for baby, then they start to grow and you find yourself wondering which toys are right for them and for which developmental milestones. Those long aisles full of very brightly colored toys at the store can be a little overwhelming, which is why I’m liking the new Please and Carrots baby toy subscription service, which helps take out the guesswork for new parents. – Don’t miss an exclusive discount for CMP readers below –  Curated by team of expert advisors including pediatricians, psychologists, educators and parents, each box is designed to engage...

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Wearing your baby with even more style, thanks to 4 cool baby carriers.

One of the main reasons I always loved babywearing — besides having both hands free, which is the clear winner — is that cool baby carriers can be a stylish way for new moms to accessorize, especially when we’re not always feeling so fabulous in our regular clothes.  So we went looking for some cool baby carriers to help dress up the new mamas out there, and we’re loving four fun, stylish options we found. They’re great for those of you with newborns or a shower on your calendar. Related: The best baby slings and carriers in honor of National...

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For those planning some hipster 19th century throwback industrial chic decor touches for the kid’s room

Sometimes we just see one cool little bit of kid’s room or nursery decor that’s so clever, we can’t help but share. In this case, it’s the hand-crocheted vintage lightbulbs by Australia’s La Dee Dah Kids. I’m partial to the yellow one myself, which adds that kind of Williamsburg hipster, Edison lightbulb-peppered industrial design style to a child’s room. And you know, that’s a style you might not have considered when you were first picking out cribs.   Just choose from white or the yellow I really love, tether it to a hook from the wall you’re good to go. It’s even washable, should there be...

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Bugaboo + Van Gogh: Two Dutch masters in one amazing collaboration.

I just laid my eyes on the new Bugaboo Van Gogh special edition stroller, featuring Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic Almond Blossom design on the Bugaboo Bee³ stroller, and I’m drooling. Or swooning. Or both, maybe. What a perfect collaboration between the iconic Dutch stroller brand and the country’s Van Gogh Museum. It is, hands down, perhaps most stunningly gorgeous stroller I’ve ever seen, should you be the type who would even see a stroller that way. But you know, a great impressionist master can do that to a piece of baby gear. I love that Bugaboo didn’t do a stylized representation...

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Freshly Picked Moccasins for kids and babies get funky for spring

When we I first met Susan Petersen four years ago and discovered her start-up Freshly Picked Moccasins — well, wow. We knew her totally handmade in the US moccasins were truly special. What we didn’t know is that her brand would grow into a major empire with oh, like a hundred zillion Instagram fans and a whole catalog of styles and accessories, thanks in part to a successful appearance on Shark Tank. We also didn’t know that we would end up with so many pitches from brands completely knocking off Susan’s designs so closely, they get an instant delete from me. (You know who you are, ahem.)...

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Baby socks that stay up? We found them!

It’s a small #firstworldproblem as far as parenting goes, but baby socks that don’t stay up are one of my pet peeves. Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve spent more money than I care to admit on tiny pairs of socks the last two years, but it just sucks when one sock goes missing or sometimes, when both mysteriously disappear. Knowing that I’ll never be as organized as I want to be, and that I’ll never get my two-year-old and four-month-old to cease pulling or kicking off their already-loose socks, imagine my delight to discover Little Grippers socks, a UK brand that specializes...

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The sweetest and sassiest new swaddle blankets for spring and summer: Bunnies, birds, bees and zoonicorns

I think I probably speak for most parents of young babies when I say that swaddle blankets are my life. And ironically, mostly not for swaddling. I mean, yes, my kids were wrapped up like burritos in the early months, but those handy swaddle blankets also doubled as nursing covers, sun shields, emergency burp cloths, picnic blankets…you name it. So in honor of all you lucky parents of babies just arriving, I rounded up a variety of styles for spring that I love — from traditional to modern to quirky — that will have you brainstorming new excuses to buy more swaddles.   Canada’s Lulujo continues to launch irresistibly cute...

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Because girls like dinosaurs. And well, boys like purple.

I just love when parents get fired up about not being able to find the kinds of off-the-beaten-path things their girls are interested in. Because really, that just inspires entrepreneurs to come up with such things and now we all get to reap the benefits. Such is the case with everything at mom-run shop Nawi Kids. – Don’t miss an exclusive discount below –  Moms Nas and Whitney started their company years ago when Whitney’s daughter was potty training and into dinosaurs. Surprise, there was no dinosaur underwear for girls anywhere to be found. So, smart mom that she is, Whitney decided she...

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New baby memory books for parents who find other baby books a little too traditional.

Being a parent definitely makes you realize how fast time flies by. Case in point: my baby girl, who I feel like I had yesterday, is almost ready for solids. Meanwhile, my nearly two-year-old son is spitting out new words every day. But when you’re running on zero hours of sleep, who has time to document all of baby’s milestones let alone turn them into something Pinterest-worthy? Well, the adorable new baby memory books from Lucy Darling were designed with busy, sleep-deprived parents in mind. And if all the traditional, cutesie, pink gingham and baby blue chevron books aren’t your speed, I really think you’ll like...

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The baby booster seat you’ll be sad to outgrow.

As you might imagine, we see a lot of baby gear ’round these parts (yes, I’m still a southern girl at heart) and that includes all kinds of booster seats. But the new Mamas & Papas Baby Bud booster is worth a look for several reasons, not just because it’s nice to look at. Of course looks are probably not the most critical feature when it comes to boosters, this one’s definitely easier on the eyes than most I’ve seen, in a lovely neutral putty color, along with some more colorful options like lime and teal. Hey, if you’re going to look at it in your dining room every day...

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Swell Forever takes personalized baby blankets to a whole new level.

This spring, two of my friends have had kid number four which as we all know, makes it a little tougher in the gift-giving department. What baby gift do you give to the veteran mom who has three of everything already? Think heirlooms and personalized gifts. (Unless of course you are buying gifts for George Forman’s sons.) I just found the sweetly personalized baby blankets from Swell Forever and think they’re just perfect, since they take personalization way beyond monogramming. Send them your custom message, and they’ll print it on a tag sewn into the luxurious, made-in-the-US blanket. A sentimental message is so sweet, but you could also use a...

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Owls and mushrooms and hedgehogs, oh my!

If you’re looking to bring some happy new artwork to your child’s nursery, or think it would make an awesome baby gift for some other lucky child, I’ve discovered a wonderfully affordable option that I absolutely love, in Woodland Friends. This colorful book is filled with twenty beautifully sweet pull-out prints, all created by five talented illustrators and designers from the US and UK. In other words, twenty gifts under $20. Not bad, right? From the simple muted tones of Dawn Bishop’s work to the Michelle Romo’s bright, vibrant colors, I like that there is so much variety in these heavy cardstock prints. And, yet, since all...

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Teething toys so beautiful, they’re like your baby’s first accessory.

Next to sleeping and feeding, teething is probably the most-talked about baby topic on the hundreds of Facebook mom groups I’m a member of–probably because it always impacts sleeping and feeding too. Thus, my desperation to find cool teething toys that also have a little style to them since I know I’ll be looking at them every single day for ages. Mom favorite Chewbeads is already cornering the market on beautiful teethers for babies disguised as jewelry, and now they’re out with the 100% safe silicone Chewbeads Baby Gramercy Stroller Toy which conveniently attaches to car seat handles, stroller toy bars and even your baby’s jungle gym....

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A sweetly affordable new layette collection from none other than Skip Hop. (What took them so long?)

There’s a reason why Skip Hop is a favorite brand of modern parents. Their ability to create playful and adorable items for babies that aren’t so, well, babyish is what made me a longtime fan, from their nursery decor and crib bedding to their ever popular diaper bags. That’s why I was super stoked to learn about the launch of the Skip Hop Modern Baby Basics layette collection. I wouldn’t call any of the pieces revolutionary, but I like everything I see — and feel. Sometimes the cutest baby outfits are like cardboard, but the new Skip Hop layette collection is made from the softest cotton, even though...

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A modern baby bounce chair without all the bells and whistles. And that’s a good thing.

One of the best new-mom tips I ever received was to invest in a nice baby bounce chair. My BTDT friends swore that we’d use it every single day, and they were right. I’ve had a few over the years, and by far my favorite were the simple, minimalist rockers that just let my babies bounce at their own whim—rather than the battery-operated, light-up, talking and vibrating chairs that can be overwhelming to me, much less my tired infant. Now that I’m waiting for baby number four, I would love to get my hands on the beautiful Wave Wave baby bounce chair from Babyhome (the...

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