Great stuff for new parents, Fall 2008

Banda BibsPass the peas, pardner!

Here’s a stylish new option for lil’ dribblers who want to be sporty — not spitty! Banda Bibs are worn close to the chin to soak up drool and just look plain adorable! $11.99;



Wee Hat

Wee beanie

These teeny little toppers are sized just right for newborns! The Wee Hat is made of supersoft cotton, with no seams or scratchy tags to bother downy little heads. Packaged in color-coordinated sets of three, they make a charming shower gift. $35;


PonchosSweet swingers

Got a tot who shuns sleeves? Why fight it with this stylish option around? Created by a Seattle mom, these adorable ponchos are made from fleece and sport a hood, two hidden pockets and loads of twirl-ability. Supersnuggly and sewn locally. In four sizes. $39.99;


Fashion forward

Sick of “diva” and “cutie pie” tees for girls? Girl Mogul offers a line of feminist fashion for juniors, with empowering messages like “Future rocket scientist,” “I like math” and “Computer geek.” Each message is available in several different designs and colors — yes, even pink! From about $13 to $22;

Food fight?

Oopsie daisySo often, baby mealtimes come down to this: food mooshed in the hair. Harried moms of food mooshers now have a quick option for coping with high-chair hair: Oopsy Daisy’s all-natural rinse-free shampoo. Just foam out the mousse onto baby’s head, massage it in and towel it off. No harsh detergents, but this product is not tear free, so be careful around baby’s eyes, as always. Also, check out the rinse-free body wash! $16;


Sweet and simple

Another outstanding line of simple and pure care products for sensitive baby’s skin; Sum-Bo-Shine(!) shuns artificial fragrances, parabens and preservatives, and many of its products are also certified vegan. The company is named for the founder’s kids: Summer, Rainbow and Sunshine. From about $6.99;


Emily's productsHi, Emily!

Created by an acupuncturist/herbalist dad to ease his infant daughter’s eczema, Emily Skin Soother packs a mighty moisture wallop. With only seven ingredients — all of which I recognize — this balm is one I’ll happily use on my crispy critters all winter. $14;

— Kristen Dobson

    Labor kit


Labor kit. Here’s an ingenious little shower gift: a sturdy little kit packed with all kinds of goodies for the hospital and beyond. Kit includes various pads, ice packs, lanolin, lip balm, a stress ball — even thank-you cards and a journal — packed into one of those hang-able travel bags. From $35.95; Win a free “standard” labor kit! To enter, e-mail us at by Nov. 30. Be sure to put “labor kit” in the subject line.


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