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Baby Shower Gift Ideas – Part 1: Baby Basics

Baby Shower Gifts :: Everyday items

Baby Shower Gifts :: Everyday items

When shopping for a baby shower gift, it can be hard to resist adorable onesies and teeny tiny footwear. And, if the Mom-to-be is a first-timer, baby essentials like blankets and diapers are practical though somewhat impersonal options.

If you’re looking for gift options with a little more longevity, we’ve collected ideas that are sure to please stylish parents-to-be and their stylish babies. Let’s start with baby basics.

Baby Comb and Brush Set

Stylish babies need equally stylish grooming tools. This modern set is cute and compact: bunny ears are actually a gentle brush and comb, while the base has a round, baby-safe mirror. Bonus: it’s BPA- and PVC-free.

Swaddle Blankets from Aden + Anais

There’s no shortage of beautiful baby blankets on the market, but these sweet swaddlers are practical too. Made of lightweight cotton muslin, the blankets are gentle on skin and allow a baby’s body to breathe. Check out this brand for other prints and organic options too.

Lifefactory Glass Baby Bottles

With so much worry about chemicals in plastic, when it comes to baby bottles, glass is the way to go. These non-toxic, colorful baby bottles from Lifefactory include a silicone sleeve and convert into cups when your child is ready.

Sophie the Giraffe Teething Toy

Though Sophie has been in production since 1961, in recent years the popular teething toy has re-emerged mostly due to it’s safe-for-baby materials. Sophie is made from 100% natural rubber and non-toxic paint to soothe baby’s gums while teething.

+ Baby Comb and Brush Set from SkipHop $20 USD
+ Swaddle Blankets from Aden + Anais $45 for set of 4
+ Lifefactory Glass Baby Bottles from $12.49
+ Sophie the Giraffe Teething Toy $26 CAD at Indigo

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Beautiful Bibs by Oktak Mini | Etsy Finds

reversible large bib by oktakmini bird and red stripes

reversible large bib by oktakmini bird and red stripes

I bought several pouches from Oktak, the brand of Aki Takada, a Japanese bag designer who lives in Manhattan. Aki has launched an Etsy store for baby stuff called Oktak Mini. Like for her coin purses, pouches and clutches, her fabric choice is awesome.

reversible large bib cars

The small and large bibs would make baby shower gift that parents will appreciate since you need a few ones.

reversible small bib fork and spoon

+ Large bib – bird and red stripes $12.50 USD on Etsy
+ Reversible large bib – cars $12
+ Reversible small bib – spoons and forks on light blue $14

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Bugaboo Donkey: More Storage and Tailored for Parents of 2

bugaboo donkey

bugaboo donkey

On September 16th, 2010 (tomorrow), Bugaboo will launch its latest stroller at the Kind & Jugend Fair in Cologne, Germany. I am happy to share a sneak peak at Bugaboo Donkey. As you will see, the new stroller adds storage and is more versatile for young families. It’s particularly interesting for family of 2.

In three clicks, you can easily convert the Bugaboo Donkey from a full-sized mono stroller to a full-sized side by side duo stroller and back again to a mono stroller. In mono configuration the Bugaboo Donkey has the same width than the Bugaboo Cameleon. This is possible since the Cameleon fits a bassinet. Here, they move the position of the seat to fit an expandable side luggage basket. There is also storage under the seat.

For parents with two young children or twins, the Donkey converts into one of the narrowest duo strollers (72 cm in width). Unfortunately, you will have to wait until Spring 2011 to buy a Bugaboo Donkey in the USA, UK, Netherlands and Spain. Other countries will follow later.

I saw it in action on a private video and it seems pretty easy to convert. I am looking forward to see color pictures. Sept. 22nd Update: I added the video which is now public.

+ Bugaboo Donkey

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Beautiful Textile Baby Goods at oktak

oktak baby goods :: burp cloth :: drawstring bag :: bibs

I bought a couple framed handbags from the New York designer oktak. I enjoy them. With the baby boom I see around me, I more inclined to show you cool baby goods that would be perfect for baby showers.

You can find an array of baby gears in an array of stunning fabrics. The octopus pink burp cloth is lovely. Diapers and feeding bottles of any size will fit comfortably inside the drawstring bags. You can recycle it as a beach bag or a shoe bag.

Mothers never have enough bibs. Her bibs are reversible. The large bibs fit babies over 6 months and toddlers. The small bibs fit newborns, up to 12 months.

+ octopus pink burp cloth $12 USD
+ octopus yellow drawstring bag $18 USD
+ owls on cream yellow bib $16 USD

More oktak on AHWKV:
+ Mother’s Day gift ideas
+ Running errands with oktak

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Cute Baby Essentials by Babyburrito

baby blanket and changingpads by babyburrito

I met Lianne of Babyburritto at the Montreal Girl Geek Dinner yesterday If you are going to a baby shower soon, have a look at her baby blankets and changing pads.

She proposes modern, sophisticated patterns. The Babyburrito blankets have a comfy plush collar and are made of luxe minkie fabric on one side with designer cotton fabric on the other. I particularly like the Kyoto changing pad.

On the functional side, her changing pads roll in a slim fit. Parents have enough baby things to carry that you should look for gears that require less space to carry.

Lianne sells her products online and at selected retailers in Canada and in the United States. All Babyburrito products are handmade in Canada.

Women on Twitter

We went to an after-Geek Girl Dinner where we talked about social media. I am glad to report that we convinced one more mom to join Twitter. Josee of LilyEcolo, a fashionable, reusable shopping bags brand has joined us. If you are interested by what I have to say, follow me on Twitter.

+ Changing pads $25 USD
+ Baby Blankets $40 USD

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Maman Bébé et Café is a Community Destination for Moms

maison bebe cafe in Montreal

Yesterday night’s Montreal Girl Geek Dinner took place at Maman Bébé et Café where Naomi Goldapple talked about her business and introduced cool local baby product brands.

Maman Bébé et Café acts a unique community destination for moms with young children. The place brings under the same roof a cafe, a supervised play area for kids, a studio for fitness and cultural classes, a mini-spa for parents and a baby product boutique. All the suppliers are from businesses started by moms.

It is good to know that the place is available for kids birthday parties. I am sorry that I forgot my camera so I cannot show you my own pictures.

Come To See Me in Toronto

podcamp toronto 2009

There was a good turn out at the event. As I am putting the finishing touch to my PodCamp Toronto session scheduled for Saturday, February 21st, 2009 at 2:45 pm, it was great to chat with women operating mom-based businesses.

+ Maman Bébé et Caféget directions p 514.509.7494
5814 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H4A 1X3

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Daily Quick Links | Baby Scrapbooking and Good Wine

Waste-Free Lunch Kit by Kids Konserve :: hwtm digi-scrapbooking theme :: wines under 15 dollarsThis is my daily collection of noteworthy stuff that I saw online.

+ Kids will learn that they can do something for the environment and look cool at the same time if you get them the Waste-Free Lunch Kit by Kids Konserve. Via ohdeedoh

+ Have a sneak preview at the New HWTM Collection at How Fast They Grow, a site where you do digital scrapbooking. Via Hostess with the Mostess

+ A friend of mine asked me this week if I talk about wines on my blog. I enjoy a good bottle of wine but I am not a sommelier. Seeing the list of 15 wines under $15 by The Nest, convinces me to share 3 of my favorite wines in that price range. From Spain, I suggest the Crianza Red Rioja by Marques de Caceres. We discovered the Rapitala Nero d’Avola last year; my husband Jerome and I enjoy this everyday wine from Sicily. For a white wine that you pair nicely with a lemon grilled chicken, try Les Jamelles from the South of France.

+ Judy Rodgers of Zuni Café blanches her potatoes before roasting them. With the colder temperature, this Roasted Potatoes With Rosemary And Garlic recipe looks yummy. Via Cookthink

+ Afroditi Krassa shows us how we can repurpose a yellow pages book trimmed to 394 pages. We simply roll it up and pop into a metal tube. The harder thing is to find the metal tube. Via Moco Loco