Thursday, February 28, 2008
What is cuter than a tiny naked butt? Urchin Rock is a British company specializing in professional underwater baby portraits. For about $100, you get a half hour photo session in their special pool once you and Flipper have had the proper lessons. After you've had some baby swim classes, I think you could achieve similar results with a disposable waterproof camera and a trip to Hawaii.
Sure, it is expensive at around $1,000 (and only used for a few months), but the cuteness factor is priceless! The Riposo wooden cot, available at Within4Walls, can keep Baby Snoozefactory safe indoors or out. Once baby grows out of it, make it a deluxe teddy bear trolley.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
This shirt with an elephant balancing a mouse on his trunk is part of the new Good Natured Friends collection at Janie and Jack. Happy friendship, Little Guy!
This is absolutely my favorite book in Rainbow Bunny's nursery. I bought What Makes a Rainbow? by Betty Ann Schwartz before I was even pregnant, I think, and I've given it as a new baby gift several times. With each turn of the page, a satin ribbon unfurls and becomes one of the colors of the rainbow.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The six designs on these animal puzzle blocks just make me so happy. At $89, this was definitely a splurge purchase for our Little Tiny, but the cost divided by an elephant, lion, monkey, hare, owl, and bear isn't so bad for such a quality piece. This puzzle was designed in 1975 by Aoi Huber Kono for Naef Toys of Switzerland and is available at Grow Modern.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
I only recently discovered what fantastic deals can be found at the Talbots online outlet. These girls corduroy skirts are only $9.60. Ruffle Bum's favorite corduroy pants come from Talbots, and they're great (and, yes, they have ruffles on the bum).
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Ah, I can almost hear the creaky springs of a pram like this lulling me to sleep in my infancy. I'm pretty sure my parents' car cost less than this particular $990 classic pram by Inglesina at PoshTots. Maybe they make a mini verson for Mini Mama's doll.
Well, the toy chocolate cake I posted about here was a big disappointment (1 cm high! For $23!), but this tin of wood pineapple slices from Haba more than makes up for it. For only $6.49 at Moolka, it is a rattle, a stacking toy, an opening and closing toy, an emptying and filling toy, a rings-on-your-fingers toy, and of course a grocery and cooking toy. And nothing is cuter than hearing your Fruitie say, "Bybapple."
Mealtimes are getting a little crazy around here, what with Chef Tiny insisting on doing everything herself. This pig cutting board from Wisteria might come in handy, giving her a safe little place for culinary experimentation. It has to be easier than cleaning the whole kitchen.
Friday, February 22, 2008
This space coaster bead toy from One Step Ahead has suction cups on the bottom, so it stays stuck for mealtime playing. We used it happily until Power Girl started doing pull-ups with it. Those months of distraction while we cooked were worth the price though.
Here's a cute way to get kids (and certain husbands) to eat their vegetables. These Heritage vegetable garden playing cards feature 54 cards with beautiful illustrations and interesting facts. So far, lettuce is the only vegetable Niblet doesn't like, but that isn't so bad since she prefers broccoli over cookies.
We have some wild strawberries in our garden, and it is very exciting to watch the two or three berries we get per year ripen. The slugs always get to them before we do though, so I don't know if Berry Baby will ever get to eat them. This handmade strawberry top by etsy seller littlegirlPearl is so, so cute and has enough strawberries to share with everyone.
The sun has been shining here in Seattle, and it is time to clean up the garden. So far, Baby Gardener has mostly been interested in rocks. Soon she'll be needing some rubber boots to really help me in the garden, and these lotus flower boots are just the thing. They are made by Kidorable in natural rubber and are available at Tree City Diapers.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Is this the sweetest thing you've ever seen? This expertly crafted puppy doll was custom ordered from Apple & Eve at etsy. Eva was so kind to embroider all these little forget-me-nots, the Alaska state flower, as a gift for my friend Cynthia in Alaska. And the puppy is the spitting image of Zoë the Weimaraner from back in the day when she was a tiny puppy dancing in my bed while I slept. I also got a bunny with sweet peas for my Sweet Bunny. Thank you for the daily joy, Eva!
Like I always say, blue is for girls. Look at this beautiful room! Reversible cotton blue star quilts are from Zara Home Kids. (Just click at the bottom of their web page to choose a language.) First I have to find you a bed, Little Star, and then you can snuggle in this.
I had a vintage denim jacket that looked a lot like this sunflower jacket at babyGap when I was a student at my hippie college (UC Santa Cruz), but I lost it after leaving it in a classroom. Boo. But now Mini Hippie can relive the magic. Do your homework, baby, and stay away from those boys!
The description for this wood spinning top toy at Black Wagon doesn't specify an age range, but I'd bet the handle for launching this top makes it easier for smaller hands. No need for finger finesse, Baby Digits, just pull the cord and away it goes!
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Until I had a baby, I had no idea I was obsessed with bunnies. Then I started calling her Bunny, and suddenly bunnies began popping up everywhere. I wish this rabbit dress at ittikid came in big momma size. It is designed by Smafolk in Denmark.
Red spotted mushrooms remind me of my Oma's packages from Germany when I was little, so I was immediately smitten with this little mushroom dining table for tiny tree fairies, part of the Tree Trunk Collection available at Magic Cabin. Maybe now that my Tiny Tree Fairy's room has reached maximum bunny capacity, I could start incorporating red mushrooms.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Summer is almost here? Well, not really, but surely there is a tropical vacation in Baby Sunny Day's future, at least? Keep those shoulders from burning by covering up with this lotus and koi fish print cotton blouse by Lilly Pulitzer at CWDKids.
After months of daydreaming about it as though it were real, I finally bought this Erzi chocolate gateau from Moolka. It's wood! But nyumm..nyummm, delicious! I want Hostess with the Mostest to serve this to me at every tea party for the next 20 years.
UPDATE: This thing is 1 cm high! How can it possibly cost $23? Very disappointing.
What to do with those childhood board games (missing pieces, of course) still at grandma's house? Hang them up and make a colorful wall of games for the nursery. If your grandma is as tidy as our Oma, you can also find vintage board games in thrift shops or on eBay. Or buy new ones with a vintage look, such as this Uncle Wiggily game at the Vermont Country Store, and save the pieces for when Baby Wiggily is old enough to play. (via ohdeedoh)
Years ago, I went to a military surplus store with my brother and fell in love with a giant roll of seatbelt material. I just couldn't think what to make with it, but Harveys could. They make lots of bags, including this seatbelt diaper bag. Just add their handy baby kit to any of their bag styles, and you're ready for Baby Wet One's next gift.
Monday, February 11, 2008
I recently chopped down our camellia tree because it was just too, too messy--everything brown and rotting all the time. But look at this Camellia Nazzari frozen in time in all its perfection! This is a reproduction of the botanical print done in the 1800s by Jean and Lucien Linden. Get it for Baby Botanist for only $15 at Fine Art Prints Store.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
My only regret about this whole baby thing is not being organized enough to keep up with the scrapbooking. And now that Baby Stretch can reach into cupboards, I've found her more than once with a crumpled photo of herself as she points at her chest with happy recognition saying, "Me! Me!" Luckily, Exposures sells these baby memento storage boxes to keep everything safe.
Restoration Hardware is coming out with a line for babies and children this summer. Maybe they'll have a kid version of this gorgeous faux bamboo daybed with a hidden pop-up trundle. This one is pretty pricey, but it looks like just the thing for sleepovers or snuggling in with a book and a Book Baby.