Handmade by Etsy seller and designer April Barbere, Just Born makes hats specifically for newborn babies. I particularly like this one, Chunky Monkey. It is made from a thick 100% cotton yarn, and will fit babies up to 14 inches (which is generally 0-3 months). All of the hats are custom-made, so if you’re thinking about buying one as a gift, you might want to order early. To view all of the newborn hats go to Justborn.etsy.com. If you’d rather buy a hat for all ages (including adult), you can visit her other etsy store at Zbelle.etsy.com. The hats average $15 each.
Playdate N.Y.C. is a babies’ and childrens’ apparel company started by two moms, a Texan and a New Yorker, who met on a playdate in Central Park, N.Y.C. All of Playdate N.Y.C.’s products are handmade. Playdate N.Y.C. apparel comes in many colorful shirts, onesies, yoga pants, dresses and hats all made of 100% cotton, with whimsical designs. I particularly like this Happy Face boys’ shirt, available in sizes from 2 to 10, at PlaydateNYC.com, where it sells for $28.
This custom-made Pregnancy Journal by PickMePaper Designs is made to your specifications, with the cover and colors you desire. There are sections for each trimester and also include sections on Naming the baby, Doctor’s Visits, The Nursery, Showers, Thoughts, when you found out you were pregnant, Birthing classes, Maternity clothes, and much more. This would make the perfect gift for an expectant friend. You can purchase it for $34 at PickMePaper’s Etsy shop.
In French, a baby’s first soft toy is called a “doudou.” It is considered to be a toy the baby will keep forever. That’s the idea behind this Doudou Choco, made by French designers kaya tine. Safe for newborns on up, the Doudou has a big ear that’s easy for little hands to grab, and a heart embroidered on its bottom. Doudous come in a variety of colors and patterns; I just loved the look of this particular one. Made in France, the toy is machine washable and sells for the equivalent of $28 USD at kayatine.fr.
How often do you find quality clothes for baby that are hip and trendy, too? I really like this Beatles shirt by jillybeangreen. This long-sleeve lap tee is handmade in the USA of 100% preshrunk baby rib cotton. It comes in sizes to fit 0-3 to 12-18 months, and sells for a reasonable $22.95 at jillybeangreen.com. Makes a great gift for any child whose parents are music lovers.
Etsy seller ONElittleBELT sells leather belts for infants and toddlers, something you don’t see every day. Most belts for babies and toddlers are made of canvas or cheap fabric. These belts are made of full-grain brown leather and come complete with a nickel-plated buckle. Belts are available in the etsy shop for ages 6-12 months up to 12 to 36 months. This one sells for $15.
Lil Chatterbox makes felt hair clips and headbands for babies and toddlers. They are all hand stitched together, with no glue involved in the making. Made from 100% Holland wool felt, these headbands are stretchy and soft. They range in price from $10 to $12 each at Etsy.com/shop/lilchatterbox.
Kate Landers Events creates custom-made party accessories, such as these Felt Party Hats. Embroidered by hand, styles range from a farm scene to a friendly lion to your own custom design and color combination. What a great idea for an original children’s birthday party! They range in price from $16 to $29.50 each at KateLandersEvents.com.
Etsy seller prettydarncute makes these unique and beautiful baby hangers, which would make a great baby shower gift. They are custom-made to your specifications, including color, style, and image. Each hanger measures 9 3/4″ long and comes with coordinating ribbon. They sell for $12 each and are also available in custom sets.
These handmade ice cream cone rattles look good enough to eat! Made by a fair trade women’s cooperative in Bangladesh, these knit rattles measure 5″ long. They are available in strawberry, mint chocolate chip, and french vanilla, and are sold individually for $9 each at Elsewares.com.
I found Discovery Totes on Etsy seller HELICOPTERstudios shop and am quite intrigued by them. I love that they fold up into a tote and unfold into a dream world. It’s a wonderful travel toy that your child can carry a few little people and houses in and unfold to play with anywhere. I especially like A Day for a Hike. Because it’s made of wool felt, it is eco friendly and it won’t overwhelm your child with lights and sounds. It’s paired with the imagination only, no batteries. $60 and a real delight.
Etsy seller jdbaby is launching a new line of baby clothing using vintage and recycled fabrics. This Preppy Plaid Seersucker Spring Jacket & Cap for ages 3 to 6 months is a perfect example. The jacket is fully lined with cotton and features big buttons, pockets, and sleeves you can cuff. The matching cap has a chin strap and brim. This darling set sells for $70 at jdbaby’s site.
Smyth and Company makes beautiful, stylish, handmade babies’ and children’s clothing and accessories, like this Farm Days dress. The farm print features cows, sheep, pigs, cats, and roosters, in red, blue, and green. It will delight young and old. Made in the USA of 100% cotton, the dress has a zipper back and self-tie bow in the back. It’s on sale for $29 (regularly $60) at SmythandCompany.com.
I’ve discovered the cutest hats for adults and kids on www.etsy.com. They are called Chiahats and are made by seller Chiahats; I love that they are like nothing I’ve seen before. Totally conversation starters and sure to get tons of attention. Can’t you just picture your little one keeping warm all winter in these fluffy wonders? It’s faux fur, so no worries about hurting any fluffy animals in their making. For $50, you choose the lining, size, color, and a Velcro or ribbon closure. You could even choose to buy matching hats for everyone in the family!
Etsy seller birdieprints has created these cute Quack Quack Baby Shower Invitations. Each is printed on one side of 5″ x 7″ card stock paper, and they come in sets of 10. The price is just $16.50 per set, which is a bargain when looking at prices for custom-made invitations. You can view and purchase them at birdieprints.