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Swaddle Dreams

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Muslin cotton, a textile that has been around for ages, is believed to have originated in Bangladesh.  Aden and Anais uses the softest muslin to produce an amazing collection of swaddle blankets. Swaddling is said to protect from SIDS, comfort new babies by mimicking the womb, and allows for peaceful uninterrupted sleep by preventing reflex motion which may suddenly awake him or her. Purple monkeys, teal elephants, orange stars, or yellow giraffes are only some of the cute choices that are also adult aesthetic-friendly. The even softer bamboo collection made me exclaim, “It’s like butter”. Every package of Aden & Anais’ awesome muslin comes with swaddling instructions, making mastering the art a snap. Strong, washable, durable, and breathable are the qualities that make Aden & Anais a high quality product and a hot item.

Alas, if wrapping and tucking isn’t your thing, and you’re more concerned with style and function…take the quick route to  swaddledom with Baby Bonkie! They’ve made 3am swaddling a breeze in 3 easy steps…1 – place baby in pocket, 2 -fold right side to velcro, 3 – fold left side to velcro….Voila, happy baby, happy parent. Baby Bonkies are available in a wide assortment of fabric styles and colors so you’re sure to find the perfect match for you.

Both options are must haves for new parents. It’s my belief that you can never have too many blankets and the same goes for Bonkies. Think of them as your Swiss Army Knife of baby survival tools. [nggallery id=85]

Hilo….and away we go!

by gg[singlepic id=336 w=800 h=600 float=]The design team behind AGE Design really had their thinking caps on when they came up with the idea for the HiLo chair back in 2007. Since then, they’ve made minor improvements to the comfy molded chair that flips from infant “Hi”chair to a toddler “Lo”chair but the idea remains the same. The HiLo is suitable for children 6 months old to 6 years old so it really does grow with your family and the transformation is effortless. With a quick pull of aluminum tabs located on the sides of the frame and a gentle push to turn the seat over….topsy turvy has never been so orderly! As for safety, features include a removable 3-point harness system and crotch bar which is attached to the tray. AGE recently added a padded seat cushion that fits over the back of the seat and can be easily removed for clean up.  The solid Beech wood frame is accessorized with wheels for easy placement around your home and the one-piece tray has an anti-splash lid to keep spills in one area…..hopefully not on your floor.[nggallery id=84]

Lotus Springs Has Sprung

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Lotus Springs has impressed us with their super soft, sweet and simple baby apparel.  Their recipe for success combines renewable materials with natural fibers to develop cozy and durable fabrics.  The Lotus Springs collection is made of cotton, bamboo, silk, milk proteins, corn, wood, soy and cashmere.  My favorite pieces are the luxurious bamboo terry hooded towel and infant skull cap.  The softness is very addictive but don’t worry, when your sweetie outgrows layette…she can slip right into one of their silky tee/leggings sets or adorable ethereal dresses.

West Village Community Outreach

[singlepic id=330 w=800 h=300 float=]The Children’s Room at Hudson Park Library has served my family well over the years. Whether it’s been for storytime and singalongs or just playtime refuge from bad weather, our children know that it’s a safe place to play, learn and make friends. I know many families in the West Village community and beyond feel the same way. Today, The Early Childhood Resource and Information Center is in need of help. Please donate gently used toys, children’s furniture and games to assist in their effort to support and enrich neighborhood families.

The Center is located on the second floor of the Hudson Branch Library, 66 Leroy Street (between Hudson Street and 7th Avenue South)

Drop off times: Today, May 12 (10am-3pm) and Saturday, May 15 (1pm-5pm)

Email to make an appointment for pick up of larger items like exersaucers, play furniture and bouncy seats.

[singlepic id=332 w=800 h=300 float=]We all know the benefits of having a support group especially as a new parent. Friends of Bleecker Playground have organized a New Parent Breakfast this Friday, May 14th at 10am. BYOB – Bring your own Baby and meet other parents, swap stories, share information and have fun. Map it.

For more information, contact

Boys Will Be Boys

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Boys will be boys and that’s why we think its perfectly alright to stray from the boring old t-shirt and jeans. Why not put your special little guy in one of these dapper tunics? Not only is he going to look awesome, but his daily dude-ies can carry on without disruption. Whether at the park, school or for weekends with family he will leave an elegant impression and you can give those worn cotton t-shirts a break for a more put-together look with designs from our own Yoya label, CdeC, LemLem and Antik Batik.[nggallery id=80]

Celebrate Mom

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Mother’s Day is fast approaching…..yes, it’s this Sunday and just in case you’re still wondering what to get the most influential woman in your life here are a few of our faves.

Mom is always the designated keeper of stuff.  Yoya Reversible Totes are perfect aide for hikes around the city or excursions to the beach. Each unique tote is made from our signature hand-woven foutas and has a hidden zip pocket for extra security.
Our roomy palm fiber diaper bags boast multiple bottle holders and pockets to keep diapers and baby gear in order while our simple leather trim straw tote boasts a rustic metal medallion making them a fashion-yes-yes for summer outings.[nggallery id=82]

Of course our foutas are always high on our gift-giving list.  Hand-loomed in North Africa, these exotic and beautiful cotton blankets are an excellent choice for Mother’s Day. Multi-tasking mom’s everywhere appreciate the versatility of our foutas. A variety of colors, patterns and sizes allow them to be used as scarves,  cover-ups, park blankets, and even decorative throws at home.

However you should decide to celebrate the mothers in your life, do it with all the love they deserve. After-all….where would you be without them?[nggallery id=10]

A mother is a mother still, The holiest thing alive. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Green Play Getaway

[singlepic id=321 w=600 h=800 float=]Kidsonroof, a dutch company, has mastered the art of recycling. Their Casa Cabana is made of recycled cardboard and is printed with a forest theme. You can find a blue kitty high up on a tree branch and even a pink squirrel sitting on the roof. My favorite is the red bunny on one of the seven windows. A door allows for the playmates to enter their home away from home for a little getaway. With a little imagination this recycled cardboard allows for hours of fun.