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Tiny G’s Holiday Gift Guide

In Baby Love on November 30, 2009 at 8:40 am

With the holiday season upon us, Tiny G wanted to share a few of his favorite things for the stylish mister about town. Clockwise from top left:

Eames Plastic Elephant, $290. Eames has reissued this classic design (originally issued in plywood) in plastic, making it extra durable. Plus, it can go outside. This is the one item on the list Tiny G does not have, and he may have to settle for a lump of coal instead. We’ll see.

Tea Collection “Nippon Pullover,” $65. Tiny G’s latest fave, this 100% Pima cotton pullover is perfect for L.A. weather and totally machine washable.

Chomp & Clack Alligator Push Toy, $50. Somebody crawls at the speed of light, but at 16 1/2 months has yet to walk. He’s taking his sweet time about those first hands-free steps. In the meantime, he is crazy about walking around the house with the help of a developmental wooden push toy from Melissa & Doug. Fantastic for toddlers 11 months and up. It’s incredibly well made, sturdy and a huge hit with the little ones. Tiny G’s younger lady friend, Hazel, is also a fan.

Crocodile Creek 7-inch Dinosaurs Playball, $9. We got this awesome rubber ball on Larchmont Blvd when Tiny G was about 11 months old, and it has been the toy in heaviest demand and rotation ever since. Tiny G might not be walking yet, but his hand-eye coordination with a ball is pretty tough stuff!

Cozy Fleece Hat, $12. This fleece hat just went on sale over at Hanna Andersson and is the BOMB. Super soft and all important—machine washable.

Bear Snores On, $8. This classic board book was a present from a family friend, and is Tiny G’s absolute fave. Last night I tried to read him another book, which he took and threw and then reached for Bear Snores On. Nope, don’t think bratty behavior is all that cute, but I see where he’s coming from. The rhythm of the text is great. Love this book and don’t mind reading it every damn night.

Sigg Kids Water Bottle, $18. I learned the hard way that you have to try several different types of sippy cups before you land on one your kid likes. The Sigg is Tiny G’s preferred bottle, and that’s a good thing because it’s non-toxic, durable should someone throw it out of a stroller onto a cement sidewalk, and a green choice you can feel great about.

Hanna Andersson Sleeper, $38.  The best pjs on the planet and although the price tag is steep, worth every cent. (Not to mention, you can snap them up on sale every few months as new patterns/colors are introduced.) Thanks to his grandmother, who sends a pair or two of these organic cotton pjs every few months, Tiny G is kitted out with a variety of colors. His mom and dad may or may not have coordinating long johns, too.

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

In Baby Love on August 12, 2009 at 10:37 am

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Two of my friends are pregnant with baby boys due in September and October. It’s fun hearing about all the gear, because even though Tiny G is just a little over a year old, already there’s new and improved stuff on the market. Except no one has yet to improve upon the ultimate baby bassinet from Lalapanzi Beds. My friend Jill gave us this, and it was the most useful—and stylish—baby present. For the first four months of his life, Tiny G slept in this super soft, handmade bassinet in nectarine suede with a faux-Burberry check lining. It’s great because you can pick it up and move it anywhere – the bassinet itself only weighs about 4 or 5 lbs. And then when you’re ready to transition baby to a crib, you can just set the Lalapanzi bed inside the crib during naps to get them used to it. (Get the smaller size, which will be plenty big for up to a six-month old.)

HauteLook for Kids!

In Baby Love on June 25, 2009 at 8:19 am

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Calling all moms, if you’re not already a member of HauteLook.com (where fashion, beauty and design labels sell current merch direct to customers at up to 75% off), this might be the sale that hooks you. Over the next few days HauteLook is catering to the tiniest of customers with baby chic from Feather Baby, Dwell Studio Kids, Liz Lange, Tokidoki and more. The Dwell & Tokidoki just went up on sale a few moments ago…

Eat Your [Purple] Veggies!

In Baby Love, Food on April 7, 2009 at 8:05 am

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On Sunday mornings we head to the Larchmont Farmers Market with Tiny G and pick up eggs and produce for the week. Some of the veggies I steam and purée in the Beaba Babycook for Tiny G. I like to add a little pinch of spice just to introduce him to new flavors, like ground coriander with yellow beets, or cinnamon with mangoes, or this week, ground cumin with purple cauliflower.

Interestingly, given Tiny G’s paternal Irish heritage, potatoes are the only food he outright rejects, which is bizarre, but I’m not complaining. Besides, I have to believe that brightly colored veggies are healthier than their albino counterparts, and I’ve read that purple cauliflower is particularly heart smart. Plus, it has to be the prettiest baby food ever! It reminds me of African violets.

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Tiny G is a big fan, too. Now if only we could get him to eat with his mouth closed…

Dangerously Cute

In Baby Love, Design on March 30, 2009 at 8:37 pm

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Tiny G loves mealtime, and until recently he was a pretty clean little eater. But then he discovered how to blow raspberries, which he likes to do when he has a mouthful of mushy peas. I’ve learned to keep my distance when he strikes up the band, and keep him covered with a wipeable bib. My favorite is this handmade, vinyl-covered (for easy wiping) skull-and-crossbones number from Sheriff Peanut, available through Mahar Drygoods. By the way, if you haven’t visited Mahar Drygoods, it’s an “online outpost of vintage and artisan-crafted curiosities for children.” I love it, and it’s a great place for gifts that are both functional and well designed. And the owner is so nice. He will gift wrap items in recycled kraft tissue and kraft paper and tie with red-and-white kitchen twine. I might need to “gift” Tiny G with one of these light switch plates, made from vintage wallpaper:

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Slinging in the Rain

In Baby Love on March 2, 2009 at 6:19 pm

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My friend Jill gave me this awesome Hip Hugger Sling that she used for her two kids. I used it this weekend for carting Tiny G all over the rainy Napa Valley Marathon course to sneak peeks of his aunt running along the vineyards, and it was a lifesaver at the airport, too. I was going bonkers over it today to Jill and she said that for some reason they discontinued the “Palmer” (which is what she gave me). She says her friend Shelby was obsessing over it in a photo in US Weekly several years ago – Angelina was carrying Zahara around in the black quilted “Palmer.” So Jill put her super-sleuthing google skills to work and found it for Shelby and got one for herself. And now I’m the proud owner! I can’t recommend this baby sling enough! I find it is easier on my back than the Baby Bjorn since Tiny G can ride sideways on my hip. If I were going to get one today, I think I’d go for the Hampton in khaki (but note to designers: bring back the black!):

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Super Natural Baby

In Baby Love, Design on February 24, 2009 at 5:41 pm

102Great news for expecting moms! Super Natural Baby is having a sale—40% off if you buy direct from their website. Tiny G’s room features this Coral Bird crib set that’s hand screen-printed on cotton, which would have been all the more appealing at 40% off. I love that the products are designed and made in San Francisco. Buy local! The khaki and coral look great against a deep blue wall, and these two reproductions of vintage Tintin posters from my husband’s room when he was a kid also pop against the blue.

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Eco-Chic for the Mom on the Move

In Baby Love, Fashion on February 10, 2009 at 4:44 pm

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I love my (sold-out) Dante Beatrix Pouf diaper bag mostly because it looks nothing like a diaper bag, yet has all the conveniences (lots of interior pockets, including bottle pockets, and enough room for both Tiny G’s and his mother’s accouterments). My one regret is that it’s too big to comfortably shove under the stroller and I can’t easily hook it over the handles either, meaning that I end up carrying the bag while pushing the stroller. Kinda cumbersome.

Which is why their new eco-stroller tote, made entirely from recycled bottles and trimmed in biodegradable canvas, looks very appealing. Still lots of great storage solutions, and changing pad included. The shoulder strap makes it easy to wear, or special hooks fasten to stroller handles. Available  to ship starting February 15 by clicking here.

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