Here are our picks for the latest great new baby products to come onto the scene since our last edition…
Here are our picks for the latest great new baby products to come onto the scene since our last edition…
Meet our seven favorite baby & kids clothing brands for stylish, high-quality pieces at non-astronomical prices! (Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. We just call ’em like we see ’em!)
Baby Gap will hardly be a new discovery for most shoppers, thanks to its ubiquitous retail presence, but it’s such an important cornerstone of the American baby clothing market that we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention it. It churns out a wide range of good quality, well designed staples that consistently deliver. Look to Baby Gap for everything from layette basics and toddler activewear to sleepwear and special occasion outfits. They regularly have sales of 30-40%, so be patient with that itchy trigger finger.
This British import creates high-quality clothing with indubitable style. It is sold at select retailers (e.g. Nordstrom) and can also be purchased directly from the Boden website. We particularly love their print/applique graphic tees, baby jeans (so easy to pull up and down), and adorable sweaters. We regularly salivate over their collections, and always make sure to load up at their regular sales. (If you’re new to Boden, also don’t miss their women’s collection!)
This Swedish brand is synonymous with unbeatable quality. Their clothing is engineered for performance and comfort and washes extremely well; pieces often still look practically new when outgrown, and are often handed down through multiple children. Over 60% of Hanna’s products are Oeko-Tex
Standard 100 certified, meaning they are free of any hazardous substances. Hannas are also backed by an unconditioned guarantee, and can be returned at any time. Hanna makes our absolute favorite sleepers/pajamas and training pants/underwear, and is also a great choice for layette items and playwear.
Zutano, one of our favorite brands for newborns through toddlers, offers cute basics and prints. Their basics (e.g. tops and pants/leggings), hats, and booties are favorites for newborns and infants. Note that sizing runs small.
For fast fashion for the tiny set, look no further than H&M. Swedish brand H&M offers a nice range of clothing — including basics, some organic cotton choices, and on trend pieces — for newborns through big kids. And all at very reasonable prices! We scoop up their 100% organic cotton basics (like bodysuits and leggings) by the armful! If you don’t live near one of their retail locations, you can also shop their website.
Spain-based Zara Mini/Kids offers a different twist on fast fashion, producing a more classic feeling collection (mostly solids, in a more muted set of colors) at great prices. They also offer a selection of organic cotton pieces at impressively low everyday prices. If you don’t live near a Zara retail store, you can also shop online (free shipping over $50).
We adore J. Crew’s in-house Baby & Kids collections, which sport signature J. Crew style, as well as their curated selection of third-party brands (e.g. aden+anais, Nature Baby, Petit Bateau, Baby Oeuf). (The cashmere pieces aren’t the most practical we’ve ever seen, but most everything else is both adorable and machine washable.) Kids styles (2+) are available in selected J. Crew stores; Baby styles aren’t available in most stores, but shipping is free on all online Baby orders.
It seems like most baby checklists are a mile long. Most of the retailers who author them, after all, are just trying to sell you stuff — and many sleep-deprived parents are only too willing to shell out big bucks for the promise of an extra few minutes of peace. Babies do require a lot of stuff, but let’s face it, a lot of parents overbuy too. For those who prefer a more minimalist approach, this article will outline the bare minimum essentials that you need for baby’s first six months — and will also provide advice from moms who’ve been there on what you don’t need. (PS: For those of you who are decidedly NOT minimalists, also check out our Ultimate New Baby Checklist 🙂 )
For most families, this is a must have. But hold on — a select few families who go with the “family bed” hardly ever end up using theirs. If you think this might be you— wait until after baby arrives to invest in a pricey crib (a playard or travel crib might suffice for occasional usage instead).
Many families buy a smaller, cozier place for baby to sleep in the first few months, especially if they plan to co-sleep in the same room. This is definitely a nice-to-have if you have the extra cash, but if you’re a minimalist, you can definitely avoid buying a separate piece of furniture. A playpen with an adjustable height mattress or a “newborn napper” type station is a good solution that can be repurposed later for use in the living room. Or, hey, you could go even more bare bones. Consider that many babies in Finland sleep in a cardboard box for the first few months of their lives, and Finland has a much lower SIDS rate than the U.S.
Favorite brands/products: The Arms Reach is the most popular co-sleeper in the US; it can feel a bit flimsy, but does the job. Moms also rave about the Rock ’n’ Play, which is even more affordable. More TotScoop parent favorites here.
You just need 2-3 blankets with which to swaddle your baby and/or keep her warm. Don’t go nuts — lots of parents go overboard buying dozens of swaddles and receiving blankets even though they don’t even really know what they’re for. Exercise common sense and just get a few items. Wait until you see what baby likes and what you find easiest to use (e.g. regular square swaddle blankets, swaddle “aids” with velcro, regular blankets) before buying extras.
Favorite brands/products: Aden + Anais swaddle blankets, SwaddleMe velcro wraps, Under the Nile swaddle/receiving blankets. Check out our more detailed guide to best swaddles and receiving blankets here. Also, more TotScoop parent favorites here.
After baby transitions out of a swaddle (usually around 2-4 months), you’ll need some wearable blankets (a.k.a. sleep sacks) to keep her warm. (Recall that the AAP does not recommend use of any loose blankets in the crib until after at least 12 months.) TIP: Babies outgrow sized sleep sacks quickly. Consider looking for an adjustable sleep sack. They may be more expensive, but they are higher quality and last much longer.
Favorite brands/products: Halo sleep sacks, Baby Deedee Sleep Nest, Merino Kids and Woolino adjustable merino wool sleep sacks. Check out our in-depth guide to best wearable blankets here. Also, more TotScoop parent favorites here.
Worthwhile if you don’t have any other chairs in your house that can offer you good head/neck, back, and arm support while you’re sitting with baby for hours on end (particularly if you plan to breastfeed). If you’re going to buy new furniture, you might as well get something ideal — look for one with a tall back that reclines.
Favorite brands/products: Dutailier is one of the biggest, baddest names in nursery wood gliders. See also the Monte Design Joya for our favorite modern rocker. See more TotScoop parent favorites here.
This is one of the few bare bones essentials that you absolutely must buy before baby arrives — in fact, most of the time you won’t be able to leave the hospital in a private car without one.
Favorite brands/products: The Chicco Keyfit and Graco Snugride are among the most popular. For a higher-end seat, our favorites are the Cybex Aton Q and the Nuna PIPA. Also consider the highly rated Britax B Safe or UPPAbaby MESA if you are looking at full-size strollers from the same brands. See our detailed buying guides and parent reviews here.
You definitely want to have a car seat-compatible stroller of some sort so you pop baby’s infant car seat in and out of the car. You can either get a car seat stroller frame or a car seat adapter for your full-size stroller to accomplish this. If you don’t mind getting an extra piece of gear, we’re very partial to the stroller frame, as it’s much lighter weight and more convenient. But, if you’re a committed minimalist, you may prefer to just get the adapter.
Favorite brands/products: For car seat stroller frames — get the Chicco Keyfit Caddy if you have a Chicco car seat, the Graco Snugrider Elite if you have a Graco car seat, and the universal Safety 1st Clic It! or Joovy Roo (whichever one is compatible with your car seat) otherwise. Try to get one with a click-in rather than strap-in connection. See our full set of editors’ picks here.
Yep, you pretty much need one of these, unless you plan to wear your baby in a carrier all the time (and never want to be able to cart around groceries, etc.).
Favorite brands/products: For lightweight full-size strollers — our top picks are the City Mini (GT) and Britax B-Agile. For luxury strollers — we are absolutely salivating over the upcoming 2015 model (shipping Nov./Dec. 2014) of the UPPAbaby Vista. Our top pick for an all-purpose jogging/full-size stroller is the BOB Ironman. See our full set of full-featured stroller editors’ picks here, and parent stroller reviews here.
Nice to have for in-and-out of the car and plane travel, but not strictly required. Consider just getting a lightweight full-size stroller instead. (Also, note that most umbrella strollers can’t be used until 3-6 months, when baby develops good head/neck control. So consider holding off buying until later, until after you’ve figured out what’s really important to you in a stroller.)
Favorite brands/products: Our top picks include the UPPAbaby G-Luxe and and the Maclaren Triumph. For a cheap travel stroller, check out the First Years Ignite. See our full set of umbrella stroller editors’ picks here, and parent stroller reviews here.
Whether you need one of these depends in part on your parenting style, but we view it as a necessity for all but the most easygoing babies. Be sure to get something that works well for the newborn stage — many standard infant-size carriers are simply sized too big, and/or require the use of bulky inserts.
Favorite brands/products: Stretchy wraps such as the Moby and Boba Wrap are the most popular for this stage. Woven wraps (e.g. Didymos, Girasol, etc.) are pricier, but will last through infant and toddlerhood. If you prefer a Soft Structured Carrier, our favorite newborn-to-infant options are the Beco Gemini, Boba 4G, and Lillebaby. For ring slings, we love Maya (basic) and Sakura Bloom (luxe). See our full buying guides and more TotScoop parent favorites here.
This is a must for most families — for times when your baby seeks closer contact than a stroller can provide, and/or you need to navigate tighter spaces or uneven terrain (think festivals, narrow store aisles, hiking, etc.).
Strictly speaking these are not necessities, but unless you are a super hard core minimalist, you will probably find at least one “baby holder” to be a worthwhile investment (just ponder how else you’re going to take a shower!).
Favorite brands/products: Our favorite is the Baby Bjorn Bouncer Balance Soft. Fisher Price bouncers are also incredibly popular — they can be eyesores, but they’re cheap and the brightly colored toy bars are very effective at holding baby’s attention. Another alternative is something like the Boppy Newborn Lounger. See all TotScoop parent favorites here.
It’s nice to have one of these for tummy time and/or playtime during the non-mobile stage (~2-8 months). While commercially available floor mats and activity gyms are convenient, they aren’t essential; a blanket or towel on the floor will do the job just fine. However, gyms with arches are handy because they conveniently position hanging toys right above baby.
You do need something that you can carry dirty diapers and lots of little accessories around in. You don’t necessarily need a dedicated diaper bag, though — if you already have a roomy bag with plenty of organizing pockets that can be easily cleaned, you’re all set. You can consider getting a small changing kit with a portable changing pad to organize diapers and wipes within your bag and simplify trips to the bathroom.
To contain baby at home, or as needed for sleeping while traveling or at Grandma’s house. Minimalists might consider getting a travel crib to use as either their primary crib at home, or as their co-sleeper for room sharing, in order to avoid buying yet another piece of gear.
Favorite brands/products: Top budget picks include the Joovy Room2 and the popular Graco Pack N Play series. Our top premium picks are the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib, Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib, and Nuna Sena. See all TotScoop parent favorites here.
Clothing is another area where it’s easy to go overboard. Yes, baby clothing is adorable; there’s just no getting around it! But, if you are a committed minimalist, you can get by with a lot less than you think. Many parents end up overbuying clothing, and end up giving away (or selling at a huge loss) tons of like new or even never worn clothing (keep in mind that early on, clothing is outgrown in only a few months). Just use your common sense to guide how much you actually need to buy: for example, if you plan to do laundry every three days, then you only need three days’ worth of clothes (taking into account a few changes per day, due to spit-up, accidents, etc.). At the very beginning babies can wear pretty much the same thing night and day — so no need to invest in distinct daytime outfits vs. sleepwear, etc.
What’s most important in the first few months is that the clothing you buy is loose and comfortable (e.g. not constrictive at the waist), and is weather-appropriate. In hot weather, a simple short-sleeve onesie may be enough; in moderate or cool weather, one-piece sleepers or long-sleeve onesies along with stretchy pants/leggings/footies may be appropriate. In cold weather, you’ll obviously need additional layers, particularly for going outside. For the first month or so, until the umbilical cord falls off — consider side snap tees that won’t irritate the umbilical area.
For the first few months, when baby is small, consider side-snap tees and onesies so you don’t have to pull them over baby’s head. For easy diaper changes, consider sleepers with full-length zippers (instead of full-length snaps) or gowns. For ease of dressing, consider tops with built-in newborn mittens, and pants with built-in footies. Also, make sure you get a few skull caps to keep baby warm through the newborn stage.
A note on sizing: Most babies need NB sizes for a month or so, but not all do — consider buying mostly 0-3 month clothing ahead of time, and only a few NB size pieces, before baby arrives.
Favorite brands/products: There’s no shortage of baby clothing stores. Just a few of our favorites include Under the Nile, Kate Quinn Organics, and Kushies for organic cotton basics; Gap, Old Navy, and H&M for cute, dependable basics; Mini Boden and Janie & Jack for splurge pieces. See all TotScoop parent clothing favorites here.
In the first six months, you should have absolutely no (legitimate) need for…
This isn’t strictly a necessity (plenty of moms get by without one), but honestly if you aren’t on a super tight budget, we think it’s more than worthwhile. Nursing is hard enough as it is, and you’ll use it enough to make it pay for itself many times over!
Favorite brands/products: The Brest Friend is the top recommendation of most lactation consultants, and therefore is our top pick. The Boppy is also very popular, and can also be used for propping up baby, etc. See all TotScoop parent breastfeeding favorites here.
If you plan to breastfeed, you will almost certainly need nipple cream/ointment at the beginning. A few good nursing bras (including at least 2 daytime bras and at least 2 comfortable nighttime bras) and some nursing pads to stop leaks are also must haves. A nursing cover is a nice to have, but not an essential; if you want to cover up, you can also use a swaddle blanket or similar.
Favorite brands/products: See all TotScoop parent breastfeeding favorites here.
For burp cloths, you’ll need something soft and easy to wash that you won’t mind getting spit-up on. But that doesn’t mean you need to pay a lot for fancy dedicated burp cloths. This could be something as simple as an old t-shirt, a multi-purpose swaddle blanket, or (our favorite) a cloth diaper. For bibs, you’ll probably want to get some basic, waterproof bibs once baby starts feeding from a bottle and/or drooling heavily (most babies start teething around four months).
Favorite brands/products: See TotScoop parent bib & burp cloth favorites here.
These aren’t necessities, but many parents find them helpful in the first few weeks or month. They’re so cheap that it’s probably not a bad idea to have one or two on hand. Don’t invest in any more, though, until you figure out whether baby will take a pacifier at all, and if so which type she prefers.
Favorite brands/products: See TotScoop parent pacifier & teething favorites here.
If you plan to ever be separated from baby at mealtime during her first year, you’ll need some bottles and nipples. If you’re breastfeeding, pediatricians recommend waiting to introduce a bottle until around four weeks old, to avoid nipple confusion. If you want to minimize how much gear you have to buy, skip the smaller 4oz. bottles (which babies can only use for a few months anyway) and go straight to 8-9oz. bottles. Also, we recommend you buy one or two bottles from several different bottle “systems” to start; avoid investing in any one system until you see what baby likes best (many babies are very particular). For breastfed babies, consider getting wideneck bottles with more natural nipple shapes to ease transition between breast and bottle.
Favorite brands/products: Our favorite general bottle systems are Born Free, Avent, and (for colicky/gassy babies) Dr. Brown’s. For breastfed babies, here are wide-neck bottles from Avent, Tommee Tippee, and Dr. Brown’s. If you prefer glass, here are top options from Born Free and Dr. Brown’s. See all TotScoop parent bottle feeding favorites here.
If you plan to pump, a good breast pump is worth its weight in gold. It’s worth it to get a double-electric pump (as well as a hands-free pumping bra) if you plan to do anything other than very occasional pumping. You ‘ll also need milk storage containers if you plan to freeze milk longer term, and cleaning wipes if you plan to pump anywhere where you won’t have access to soap and running water.
Well, there’s pretty much no way getting around needing diapers (unless you are super crunch and are doing full-time Elimination Communication…). Diapers should be changed promptly upon being wet or soiled, so you’ll go through quite a few in your baby’s lifetime. Newborns go through 10-12 diapers per day; older babies fewer.
If you are so inclined, you can save some money over your child’s diapering career by opting for cloth diapers. As a bare minimum (if you can consistently do laundry every 1-2 days), you can get by with a stash of ~15-20 cloth diapers and ~5 diaper covers. You can find several guides related to cloth diapering here.
If you’re going disposable, consider buying just a single large pack of NB size diapers to start. Some babies go straight to size 1 diapers, so you don’t want to overbuy.
Favorite brands/products: For disposable diapers — our favorite premium, green, non-toxic diapers are Bambo, Naty, and Earth’s Best (our value pick). You can find a number of more detailed guides on diapering as well as TotScoop parent favorites here.
For newborn wipes — you can hold off on the regular, solution-based disposable wipes for the first month or two. Most pediatricians recommend using only wipes with water for the first few months anyhow. For older babies, wipes with water will still do the job, or you can graduate to traditional solution-based wipes. Reusable cloth wipes are also a great alternative at any age.
Diaper cream is also a must-have to treat rashes (once they appear; some babies are more prone to rashes than others, so no need to stock up prematurely).
Favorite brands/products: For newborns — dry wipes like these work great (just add water), or you can get premoistened Water Wipes (which contain 99.9% water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract). For regular baby wipes, our top picks for safer baby wipes (including fewer questionable chemicals) include Honest Company, Naty, and Earth’s Best. Find more diapering guides & TotScoop parent favorites here.
A changing pad is not a strict necessity, but it sure is handy (to provide a soft surface and keep baby from rolling away). If you want to go the strict minimalist route, you can just use a towel on the bed or on the floor too.
Favorite brands/products: Our top pick for a safer (e.g. no vinyl), but reasonably priced changing pad is the Oeuf. If you have a bit more to spend, check out the Naturepedic and the Keekaroo Peanut. More diapering guides & TotScoop parent favorites here.
Some sort of safe place to bathe your newborn/infant (before they can sit up themselves in the big bathtub) is a must. The best option for most parents is to get a infant-to-toddler tub, which have both a reclining newborn sling/position as well as an upright seated position for toddlers. If you’re a minimalist, you’ll skip the newborn bucket tubs and sink inserts that will be outgrown after just a couple months. If you like — and you have a suitable bathroom setup (e.g. a huge sink, or a tub that is comfortable to kneel over) — you can also consider skipping the infant tub and just using a bath support like one of these in your sink or big bathtub.
Favorite brands/products: If space is at a premium in your bathroom, get the The First Years Infant-to-Toddler Tub. If you have a bit more space, get the Primo Eurobath. See more baby bathtime buying guides and TotScoop parent favorites here.
Unless you already use a very gentle shampoo/body wash and lotion for yourself, it’s worth getting a specialized baby shampoo/wash and lotion, especially for the newborn stage when skin is super sensitive. Look for products that are gentle and fragrance free.
We consider a baby monitor to be in the necessary category — and preferably video rather than just audio. But before you splurge on an expensive dedicated unit, definitely check out smartphone apps such as Cloud Baby Monitor, which may satisfy your needs (you do, however, need to have an extra device that can be left as the broadcasting unit in baby’s room).
Favorite brands/products: Our top budget video monitor picks are from Infant Optics and Levana. For a bit more, you can upgrade to an Infant Optics model with interchangeable lens, the Motorola MBP33/36, Samsung SEW-3037W, or Dropcam. See more TotScoop parent favorites here.
MUST HAVE. A necessity, unless you already have a forehead/aural/rectal thermometer at home. Rectal thermometers are the most accurate, but minimalists may be able to squeeze by with just an aural thermometer (which is more useful as baby grows). Just be prepared that you may need to run to the drugstore to get a rectal thermometer as well if baby gets a high fever as a newborn.
Favorite brands/products: Braun ThermoScan Ear Thermometer
A necessity until your child learns to blow her own nose. Trust us, it’s worth it to upgrade from a bulb syringe (the kind they give you at the hospital) to a suction-powered nasal aspirator like the popular NoseFrida (MUCH more effective at removing snot).
Favorite brands/products: NoseFrida
Optional. Helpful to decrease congestion and/or treat dry skin. Note that cool mist humidifers are preferred to warm mist versions for mobile babies for safety reasons.
Favorite brands/products: Crane
If you don’t already use “green”/“safer” (i.e. EWG “A” rated) cleaners — such as all-purpose and bathroom cleaners, laundry detergent, stain remover, dish detergent, etc.— consider switching to them during pregnancy or when baby is born. They’re safer not just for baby, but also for the rest of your family! NOTE: Do your homework — don’t buy a product just because it markets itself as “baby-safe,” because often those are just as bad as conventional cleaners. For example, Dreft laundry detergent and most Babyganics products get terrible EWG ratings. Check ratings on EWG first — see here.
Babies need a pretty minimal assortment of toys and books in their first six months. You don’t really need anything for the first month or two; if you like you can get one or two high-contrast items to encourage visual development. After baby starts being able to focus on objects other than faces, a thoughtful selection of a handful of soft toys/books, grasping toys, and/or musical toys should be sufficient. You don’t need to go overboard buying dedicated baby toys — as generations of parents will attest, simple household objects (try kitchen objects such as wooden spoons, whisks, mixing bowls, etc.) will do the job as well!
Favorite brands/products: Some of our favorite basic infant toy brands are Manhattan Toy, Wimmer-Ferguson, Sassy, Lamaze, and Infantino. For premium, non-toxic (e.g. wooden and organic) toys and teethers, our go-to brands are HABA, Camden Rose, Maple Landmark Toys, Under the Nile, and miYim. Also see our editors’ picks and TotScoop parent favorites for toys and books.
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Every parent wants the best for his or her child. But many parents don’t realize that there are harmful chemicals in many mainstream baby products. In this guide we’ll arm you with everything you need to know in order to make safer choices for your child. This is going to be a long one — below is a quick preview of what’s ahead so you can jump around easily.
UPDATE 2/17: I’m in the process of updating this post — I plan to update recommendations and links, and also to expand to additional categories. So far I’ve made it through the Nursery section. If there is something in particular you’d love to see updated or added, leave me a note in the comments! 🙂
This week we’re highlighting one of our favorite sources of unique and handmade baby goods: Etsy.
Etsy describes itself as a “marketplace where people around the world connect to buy and sell unique goods. Our mission is to re-imagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world.” It’s also a Certified B Corporation (along with the likes of Patagonia and Seventh Generation), meaning it aims to “use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems” rather than being organized around the primary purpose of generating a profit.
Sounds pretty good, right? And there are lots of benefits for the discerning buyer as well: not only are you supporting an individual artisan or small business, but you’re getting something handcrafted and more unique (sometimes even one-of-a-kind) than the mass-market products sold at major retailers. Many Etsy sellers also choose to use organic and/or sustainable materials, tend toward a more modern style, and produce their products locally.
For all of these reasons, Etsy products also make fantastic baby gifts! Often the presents that get the most “oohs” and “aahs” at baby showers are the unique ones from Etsy. 🙂 You can directly purchase a product to give as a gift, or alternatively you can buy a gift certificate to many Etsy stores to allow the mama-to-be to order something that fits her tastes.
There are so many amazing sellers and products on Etsy that it would be impossible to feature them all. So we will use this post to share just a few of our favorites. 🙂 (NB: We are not receiving any kind of compensation for this post or for the specific shops and products that we have chosen to feature. We are just big fans and want to share some of our favorite finds!)
We love absolutely everything from the Organic Quilt Company. Their expertly crafted baby blankets, quilts, burp cloths, bibs, hats, and towels are made from organic materials, come in a wide range of modern prints, and make perfect baby gifts. We own and love their Essential Organic Baby Blanket ($32.50) — one of our top choices for baby shower gifts.
Petunias features its own digital designs on its quilts, wet bags, and bags. Their Hoot Hoot quilt ($81) is perfect for a newborn photo shoot or as a floor mat. Because they print their own fabrics, many of their products can also be personalized with your child’s name or birth details.
Wall decals are a great way to make a big impact on the look and feel of a nursery very quickly. There’s a wide range of decals available on Etsy — from these simple, classy clouds ($35-45) from Katazoom to weeping trees and elaborate animal scenes. You’re sure to find decals to match or inspire almost any theme for your nursery.
Fabric storage bins are great alternatives to ugly plastic totes. We love these expertly crafted, made-to-order storage bins from Baffin Bags. They are available in a variety of fabrics and sizes — from the 5×8″ version shown below (perfect for use as a diaper caddy; $18) to larger versions appropriate for toys.
If you’re looking for some unique threads for your little one, there are many sellers on Etsy who make handmade baby clothes — many with organic fabrics and modern prints.
North Carolina-based holdyoume is one of our favorite baby clothing shops. They make pants, matching hats, headbands, and swaddle blankets in modern graphical prints. Check out their adorable whale pants ($28-38):
Shoes with soft soles are perfect for crawlers, cruisers, and early walkers. Many Etsy sellers offer made-to-order soft soles in a range of fabrics, including these wonderful nature-inspired shoes from Growing Up Wild ($28):
There are many products made out of recycled wool on Etsy as well, including these adorable owl slippers ($32) from Little Friends. We’ve bought several pairs of slippers from Catherine over the years, some for own our littles and some as baby gifts, and all have been cherished.
We also love Etsy for amazingly affordable (especially given the quality) soft soled shoes made out of leather, like these fabulous owl shoes ($24-27) from Starry Knight Design (are you noticing a trend here? we just can’t get enough of all these adorable owls!):
There is no shortage of adorable handmade baby hats on Etsy. Here’s a classic skull cap/knot hat sporting an adorable elephant print from Paisley Pair Designs ($18). Also available in many other fabrics.
Drool bibs are a must for little ones, and it’s easy to find unique, modern, and organic ones on Etsy. This organic cotton woodland theme bib and burp cloth set ($25) from wilder & bean is just perfect.
And don’t forget some organic washcloths. CurlyMonkey has some organic hemp/cotton cloths that are great for bathtime and for wiping baby’s face ($11.50 for 6-pack). They can also be used as reusable diaper wipes if you’re cloth diapering.
Imagination Kids, based in Indiana, is a favorite Etsy shop that hand creates fantastic wooden toys from sustainably harvested wood and non-toxic paints. Their range includes animals, push and pull toys, stacking toys, and more. Two of our favorites are this rainbow stacker (reminiscent of Grimms, but at a much more affordable price) and adorable hedgehog family ($25 each).
Smiling Tree Toys, based in Minnesota, makes heirloom-quality, natural-colored wooden toys like this name-personalized truck ($20). Its products are hand-crafted from certified sustainably harvested hardwoods and are finished with an organic oil-and-beeswax-blend finish.
Nicole’s Critters specializes in crocheted stuffed animals. Our farm-obsessed toddler has this adorable sheep ($45) and is in love with it. The seller was very happy to work with us to create a custom version out of 100% cotton yarn.
100% organic stuffed animals are hard to find in most stores — but not on Etsy. This pumpkin monkey ($76) from Yarn Miracle is hand knit with organic cotton yarn and stuffed with organic cotton batting. A bit pricey, but an amazing choice if you’re in the market for a new best friend for your child.
For kids in daycare or preschool, we LOVE the personalized clothing labels from Ananemone Labels. You can choose from basic name only (in your choice of fonts) or a wide range of graphic designs; most designs are available in both sew-on and iron-on versions. We couldn’t resist these adorable robot name labels ($18) for our resident toddler. But word to the wise(r than we are): don’t try ironing them onto an insulated lunch box – you’ll melt it (oops!).
Well, that’s it for our Etsy round-up. Hope you discovered at least one new product that you love for your little one or your next baby shower. Did we miss any of your favorite Etsy shops or products? Let us know in the comments!