Is anyone sick of Julian the monkey yet? Putting aside the question of just how long Paul Frank can capitalise on a single motif, I guess it's an attractive image to the babies out there. Friendly face, big ears, plus, they've just been born so they haven't already seen it like a million and one times.
Anyway, Elodie Details has teamed up with Paul Frank and put out a capsule range of goodies, including the bottle and bandana bib you see here, plus some dummies and a blanket.
To be fair, they haven't just slapped a monkey on some stuff: a bit of good design has gone into these things. The numbering on the bottle is extra large, to make those 4 am blurry-eyed feeds just that bit easier. The pacifier clip has a squeak in it. The bibs absorb moisture. That monkey's not just a pretty face, you know.
First of all, apologies that the image is so small. Believe me, if we could have sourced a larger picture online, we'd be using it. But the idea behind No-Mal, a recycled top from Swiss designers Tät-tat, is good enough to feature nonetheless.
These kids' aprons are made from old recycled umbrellas. Genius! For what could be more liquid-repellent? Sling the worst excesses of your paint at it; unleash your messiest toddler eater. For these retired umbrellas, it just adds variety to their previous single-purpose lives. And what's more, you're allowed a certain degree of smugness for the recycling brownie points, so it's win-win.
From the picture, it looks like sizes range from petite and dainty, to full-size golfing umbrellas, which, it has to be said, is a good look. And if they ever run out of raw materials, they should come to my wind-ravaged hometown. Every bin has an umbrella stuck in it.
It's interesting to see how Trunki keep expanding their line - to me, especially, given that we've just returned from a holiday. Ours is still going strong, and is now being subjected to the weight of an almost-six-year-old. So I guess we're happy customers.
I wonder whether this latest innovation would have been even better for us. Less suitcase, more toy-box, it still has the ride-on capabilities, and will allow for several to be linked together to form a fun train. Perhaps not quite so useful as a travel accessory, but a lot of fun around the house.
Still, if you have a younger kid, or you travel by car, or you simply wish there was more room in your Trunki, this is a great alternative. Maybe take it away for the holidays, and it can come home filled with all those new gifts.
Fluf is a two-woman operation out of Toronto, designing fabric and selling a small range of goods made from it. Everything's as sustainable as possible, and their mission statement makes inspiring reading.
It's nice to know that something as basic as a sturdy, sizable lunch bag can be bought ethically, and that it needn't mean it's dull, either. Fluf worked with illustrator Matthew Langille to produce a range of bags that very much have their own identity. Practical and attractive - now that we can buy into.
Last September, I posted about Quick Brown Fox of Dulwich, saying they had fabulous cotbed sheets but no duvet covers as yet. Well, a quick check reveals that they have now added duvet covers to their range, so it's a big hallelujah from me and, no doubt, all those other parents who have been looking for something a bit fresher than High Street fare.
Me? I love the Dinky Apples print, below (available from April onwards), but there are a good few to choose from.
Oooh, imagine the possibilities. Spell a name or special message with letter buttons on bags, on coats, hats or even down a trouser leg - apart from anything else, your child will never lose an item of clothing again.
These'd also make a fun addition to a birthday card or as a little extra, attached to a gift. It might be worth buying a whole lot and keeping them in stock for special occasions.
The retro circus-style font makes these, for me, and the seller promises that she will mix colours, even if you have a repeated letter in your requested selection. Perfect.
Found on Poppytalk blog.
Definitely one for the art hipsters, this: a bib featuring an Opie print. Is it just me, or is it veeerrry slightly strange to have a picture of a baby's head... right under your baby's head? OK, it is just me.
Everybody else can display their fine knowledge of art history by picking this up at the Tate Gallery shop for £8.00.
Once people try the ride-on suitcase known as the Trunki, they tend to be converted. We certainly were, though I must admit that continued use does reveal a few flaws in the design.
One frustration is that if your Trunki is filled with amusements for your journey, it is actually hard to open it up on the go without everything spilling out from the other side.
It looks like Trunki has spotted this problem themselves, and now address it with two new add-ons. Choose from the Tote, a pouch which fits within the case and can easily be removed, or the Saddlebag, which fits over the top and can carry crayons and comics, while also functioning as a seat. It also has a few fun features such as a squeaker.
Of course, each of these extras costs a little bit more, and does actually nod to a failure in the original design, but they should enhance your Trunki experience. See these, and a range of other accessories, on the UK Trunki site; they do not yet seem to be available on the US site, but it's worth keeping an eye open if you are interested.
Has your small child got a perpetually runny nose, but would rather be climbing trees or collecting bugs than bother to stop and give the nose a good blow? This may be the hanky to win him or her over: better buy seven of them.
The beetle handkerchief is from Custard.
I haven't seen a neoprene nappy bag before, but it seems like a good idea when you think of the likelihood of leaks from bottles and less mentionable sources. It's stain resistant, cleaned via a cold wash, and tough: one begins to wonder why all nappy bags aren't made of the stuff. Throw in the neat colourways such as these spots (there is also a choice of stripes or plain black/red), and you get a bag that's just as good-looking as any other on the market, and a whole load more practical.
US$70.00 from Built.