GIFTS FOR THE MAMAS- AND PAPAS-TO-BE
THOSE EXPECTANT PARENTS ARE IN FOR ONE WILD RIDE
THE GEAR THAT’LL HELP THEM ON THEIR AMAZING JOURNEY
There’s something about the French and food that just go hand in hand. They’ve got healthy ingredients, the finest of fine fare, and don’t even get us started on their pastries. Delish! This petite appliance that’s already swept Europe has made the trip across the pond to America. It works as a steamer, blender, warmer and defroster to prepare fresh meals for Baby with vitamins and minerals preserved. Direct from the good eggs at Nurture, a veritable chic-porium of drool-worthy baby-to-toddler essentials, this uber-hot new-baby must-have makes mastering the art of homemade a snap. C’est magnifique! ($149.99, www.shopnurture.com
and Birth Announcements
Looking for a present for a stylish expectant couple that’s got it all together? Try Nesting Shoppe, which offers stunning custom birth announcements printed on premium, 100 percent recycled card stock. For a bundle of joy on the way this time of year, any of the announcements can be done in a holiday theme. And speaking of the holidays, the season’s greetings cards are adorable and chic—definite winners to stand out from the crowd of all those other Christmas cards. The high design, eco-friendly company letters in customer service and their absolutely stunning custom birth announcements, personalized stationery and invitations are definitely something to write home about. (Prices vary, www.nestingshoppe.com
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Organic Muslin Swaddling Blankets
At once delicate and durable, these muslin swaddling blankets are crafted from 100 percent certified-organic cotton, offering the utmost comfort for newborns. New parents will sleep a little easier knowing that lightweight wraps like this one help prevent overheating and reduce the risk of SIDS. From the organic baby gear top shop Bambino Land, these bambino-wrapping blankies also get bonus points for being as adorable as can be.
(From $29.95 to $39 for two-pack, www.bambinoland.com
Want to support your favorite mom-to-be? Here’s how: Help her take a load off with the Baby Hugger, a support system that provides a central lift that aids in relieving back and hip pain, keeps pressure off the bladder and pelvis, and protects against overstretching ligaments, which helps prevent aging incontinence, stretch marks, varicose veins and edema down the line. She’ll thank you now—and later.
($49.95 to $55.95, www.coreproducts.com
Wax Seal Necklaces
Surprise an expectant or new mom with one of these timeless and oh-so-meaningful necklaces from the ever-elegant Lauren Nicole Gifts, specializing in memorable monogrammed keepsakes and sentimental-meets-cool personalized jewelry. Choose from “It’s a Girl,” “It’s a Boy” or an image of footprints, depending on what best suits the mama you’re shopping for. You also get to select two beads for each necklace; pick from birth month stones, pearls, erinite and more. It’s sure to become a treasured part of her jewelry collection.
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Daddy Diaper Bag and “Team Daddy” Raglan/Onesie Set
In all the hubbub of a new baby on the way, don’t forget about that very proud (probably very nervous) dad-to-be. Start him off with a totally cool diaper bag, like the Cross & Skull Daddy Diaper Bag, which not only has a rockin’ exterior but all kinds of handy features on the inside, like a quick-access wipes window, a changing pad and bottle pockets accessible from the outside or inside. If he’s a sports fan, round of his ensemble with a “Team Daddy” baseball tee for him and a onesie for Baby declaring, “I’m on Daddy’s Team!” These super man gifts come to you from eDaddyStyle.com, the essential dapper depot of unique gifts for your favorite father and father-to-be.
($79, Daddy Diaper Bag; $18.43, Onesie; www.edaddystyle.com
With a dash of style, a sprinkle of user-friendliness and all the ingredients for one helpful tool, the Delivered to you from Busy Mommi, one mother of a stylish mommy gear boutique, Prego Planner is the recipe for organization that pregnant women need. A three-ring binder allows users to change the order of the pages or remove those that don’t apply, and there’s a whole host of must-know info in this book, like the ultimate nursery checklist, interview questions for potential pediatricians, a hospital packing list and space for all that necessary contact info: doctor, hospital, insurance, pharmacy and friends.
Gladiola Baby Bag
Just because a new mother welcomes a baby into the world doesn’t mean she has to lose her sense of style. Help her accessorize the fashionably fabulous way with this baby bag from Amy Michelle, the queen of posh mom purses designers. Available in five hot color-combos, no one will ever guess that this head-turning arm candy has a washable changing pad in the back pocket, a quick-release pacifier holder, pockets for bottles, compartments for diapers and all the stuff Mom needs, like credit card slots and a zippered pocket. This is one carryall that truly does carry it all. ($135, www.amymichelle.com
Nursing Cover and Matching Burpie
A breast-feeding mom can nurture Baby in style with this set from Darling Droolers, makers of ultra stylish bibs, burp clothes, loveys, change mats and more. Sturdy boning in the neckline of the nursing cover allows Mom to see her little one, a corner of terrycloth comes in handy for wiping Baby’s mouth, and a strap around the neck ensures the only peekaboo action going on will be between mother and child. A matching burp cloth is as cute as a newborn’s chubby cheeks, because hey, even the tiniest of tots has a right to make a fashion statement.
($35, Nursing Cover; $9, Burpie; www.darlingdroolers.com
Eco-Friendly Heavenly Baby Blue Organic Set
Cozy up that newborn angel baby in this luxurious crocheted set—a cocoon-like stocking and matching hat. Made with soft-as-a-baby’s-bottom organic cotton, this dreamy duo from Love Baby J Boutique, an upscale specialty one-stop shop, is the perfect baby shower or holiday gift. In fact, the cocoon, which is handcrafted in the round to avoid irritation, is so snuggly, moms and dads just might wish it came in their size.
Reversible Baby Wrap
Because two is better than one, this baby wrap, from the designer baby carrier creatives at Lovey Duds Baby Boutique, allows you to choose two designs from more than 100, giving your gift double the impact. Try picking one design for the mom-to-be and one for the future dad—that way, both parents will feel great taking Baby out in comfort and style. ($65, www.loveyduds.com
Babysoy Year Round Reversible Hoodie
Help parents keep their new little bundle of joy comfy no matter the date on the calendar with this adorable hoodie in four color-combo options, available at the hip shopper's mecca, Tiger Lily & Rose. With lightweight soy fiber for supreme comfort and a structure that wicks away moisture, this little sweater is more than just a pretty piece of clothing. ($28, www.tigerlilyrose.com