Baby gear that will come in handy — and raise the cuteness level of all those social media posts.
Whether you’re shopping for your own little bundle of joy or for an upcoming baby shower, you want hit the right balance between practical and practically unbearably cute.
Here are 15 finds that will come in handy over the first few months, and will exponentially raise the adorableness level of all those social media posts.
Super-soft, organic and photogenic, Parade Organics’ Baby Rompers ($28 each at paradebaby.com) are designed in Vancouver with five prints that are sweet — without being overly precious.
A great gift idea, the Kate Quinn Organics Bodysuit of the Month Club ($180 at katequinnorganics.com) sends the happy family a new organic bodysuit each month. The local company’s kimono-style bodysuits are easier to get Baby into than over-the-head varieties, and the prints are always outstanding.
Jean & June’s Mas Leche Baby Tee ($32 at jeanandjune.com) is sure to get you all the Instagram likes, with its cheeky message and bold styling out of Spokane. A bodysuit version is also available for $38.
Yes, they’re adorable and on-trend, but Minimoc Shoes ($40–$50 at minimoc.com), handmade in Vancouver, are also a practical way to keep Baby’s feet warm and protected in comfort as the weather cools.
Seattle seamstress Haley Corriell sells her adorable printed baby accessories at Pike Place Market on Mondays and Thursdays. The standout Beluga Baby Bandana Bibs ($16 each) are fun, functional and oh-so hip.
Hand-crocheted from organic bamboo, Cheengoo Donut Rattles ($33.50 for three at cheengoo.com) are easy to grasp and shake, and are machine washable when they — inevitably — go in Baby’s mouth.
Speaking of mouths, Baby will have the cutest teether on the block with Seattle company Ollie + Twig’s Wood Teething Ring ($11 at etsy.com/shop/OLLIEandTWIG). The rings are made from maple wood, with fun, printed “rabbit ears” that can be dipped in water and frozen for additional new-tooth relief.
A “lovey” stuffed animal is a great soother, and Senger’s Organic Stuffed Cotton Frog ($58 at spartan-shop.com) takes it up a notch by adding a removable cherrystone pillow that can be warmed in the oven. A camel and goose are also available.
Floor playtime gets a little cuter when Baby is atop the Pendleton Sea Wolf Crib Blanket ($79.50 at pendleton-usa.com). The Oregon company’s virgin wool blanket, featuring an orca and tribal-art motifs, will be an heirloom piece for generations.
Decorate the nursery with inspiring art, such as Portland artist Ashley Goldberg’s Every Girl/Boy is a Super Hero Sometimes Prints ($20 each at etsy.com/shop/ashleyg). The 8-by-10 pieces are printed on fine-art paper with archival ink, and are ready for framing.
Beloved by toddlers, “Three Bears of the Pacific Northwest” ($10 at booksellers) is now available as a baby-friendly board book. Written by Marcia Crews, from Tacoma, and Richard Vaughan, from San Marcos, Calif., and illustrated by Seattle’s Jeremiah Trammell, it teaches kids about our local flora and fauna via the adventures of a lost teddy bear.
Win Pinterest with a Petit Pehr Mobile ($76 at us.pehrdesigns.com), designed in Toronto and handmade of felted wool in India. Choose from woodland creatures, baby lambs, sparrows and more, all with sweet details and modern styling.
Are you the mom who always gets the parents-to-be practical items like fever-medicine and diaper-rash cream? Now you can provide all the gear they need in a cute and compact package with the Three Mommy Doctors babySTAT Hospital-Grade Baby Kit ($85 at threemommydoctors.com). It includes 41 items organized into symptom-based categories including “ouchy,” ”cranky” and “yucky.”
Wrap Baby up post-bath in a locally designed Swaddle Designs Organic Hooded Towel ($15–$36 at swaddledesigns.com) for sweet-as-pie pictures. Baby will love it, too, as the towels are made of ultra-soft terry velour with satin trim.
“Diaper” and “cake” aren’t words that should ever go together, except in the case of The Honest Co.’s Mini Diaper Cake ($40 at Nordstrom), which is pretty adorable and definitely practical. It includes 35 cute (yes, really) diapers, as well as travel sizes of five of the company’s most popular products. It makes for a perfect party centerpiece or happy surprise from a far-away friend.