book plates

We love the look of these book plates from Oiseaux so much—they are a great gift for a new baby, or a teacher…but really, they would make a nice gift for anyone. (Well, maybe not for your bad ass uncle who isn’t going to like a book plate on his muscle car book.) You can […]


amber necklace

When my daughter was little we got her an amber necklace—partly because it was so cute, but also because I’d heard it helped with teething. My sister-in-law Irene recently bought this one made of unpolished Baltic amber, made by a mom of two in Lithuania who has her own Etsy shop.  I like all the […]


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Talk about a special present for the holidays, or Mother’s/Father’s Day…these custom wooden rattles are actually custom family portraits. You upload onto the Cameo by Rux site, portraits that are done in profile, of each parent, and then they are carved into the rattle. The baby’s name is also etched onto the handle.


teething toy

I just bought a letter E teething toy from this wooden toy company. I’m not a toy snob–Emilio’s last new toy was a stack of plastic measuring cups from the kitchen–but these convinced me to splurge. And then I discovered they have this toy of the month club (three months for $67), which seems like […]



tradition

My dad gave our daughter a silver coin for her first Christmas, and continues to do so at every year. He buys her the American Eagle Silver Coin that is one ounce of silver, which the U.S. Mint puts out each year. We keep all of them in a coin book, which has become one […]


hansa

If given the choice, I’ll take jolie laide over cute any day, which is why I love Hansa stuffed animals. My son has the baby emu, owl, and baby boar—they were gifts from my mother-in-law, who was inspired by the adorably ugly baby animal photos by Sharon Montrose that are hanging in his bedroom—and, though […]



crewcutsbabyshirt

It seems that Crewcuts has expanded its line to include baby/new mom, which is great news. I noticed they are selling sailcloth bags (genius as a diaper bag idea, satisfying practicality and fashion quotients) and other new mom and baby items, such as the $15 diaper pouch, which makes a great small new mommy gift […]


Momfileter_Pic

I love these custom prints from Babywall out of Sweden. Wouldn’t they make a perfect gift for a new mom? They’re around $47, and the shipping is around $12, and they even have a suggestion for an Ikea frame that will fit the prints just right. (Of course the Swedes stick together!)


library

It wasn’t the doll-sized diapers, laundered onesies or eensy cotton tufts posing as socks that made me feel ready for baby, but rather the bookcase lined with children’s books. I realized how totally impractical this was. Still, when I bolted up in bed one morning in overblown nesting mode, my husband indulged my panic by […]


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