God forbid that the dog should feel sibling rivalry once you start having kids. Make the pooch feel like a real part of the family, with a Babawowo matching onesie and dog coat.
It's silly, yes, but... no, wait, it's just silly. But hey, a lot of things are. And if you can dig that (as opposed to digging up bones), this NY-based Etsy outfit will ship you a matching set for $40.00. Pieces also available separately.
Ink and Spindle are far far away from me here in the UK, and the majority of our readers, who reside in the USA - but my goodness their work speaks to me directly.
The Melbourne company is the work of two designers, Lara Cameron & Tegan Rose, who print everything by hand. I am especially impressed with their "Pirates and Sea creatures" print (above), which is available on a onesie (AUS $49.00), blanket or just fabric.
The inks are solvent-free and the fabric is organic, so maybe that can go some way towards offseting the carbon miles, if you're ordering from this side of the world.
This is a charming idea, too - Ink and Spindle will send you all the material you need to sew up a quilt for your little one: eight of their prints, and a plain border fabric too. $145 Aussie dollars, which are at the time of writing very close to the US dollar in value.
With the exception of a couple of dresses, all of its garments are completely unisex, and it doesn't hurt that they're totally adorable, too. Dungarees, tops, smocks, leggings, pyjamas and jumpers are all on offer.
We have a thing about moles just now, so the all-over print of British animals is a particular favourite. The stripy leggings and tops do a great job of being both bright and unisex - it's so funny how some colours are ok for boys and others just aren't, but Tootsa MacGinty pull it off.
Also love this smiley face sweatshirt, available in a choice of three colours.
Tootsa MacGinty will ship worldwide and each garment costs in the region of £25.00.
I'm never very sure about heels on girls' shoes, particularly as I believe girls want to hop and spin and run and jump and... well, you know. But on the other hand, there are always the more formal occasions, and Swedish Hasbeens have a bit of a cult following among those in the know - for comfort, durability, and looks. Plus, I guess there's the argument that walking on heels is a skill you might want to teach your girls early (I never got the hang of it myself).
For girls, they're available in pink, yellow, read and blue - open or closed toe - and now also in these silver and 'au naturel' versions. Stockists are here.
You can feel it in the air - back to school season. It's more years that I care to remember since I left the school gates forever, but I really think that feeling, as September approaches, never leaves you. The anticipation of a new classroom, perhaps a new pencil case and new shoes...
Is this pencil scarf (above) from Sara Carr spelling it out just that little bit too unsubtly? I don't know: I rather like the idea of heralding the first frosty mornings with a thoroughly apt piece of neckwear - and I reckon that despite the touch of pink on the eraser, this'd be fine for girl or boy.
But if you prefer something less obvious, a flower scarf (above) is just as much of a treat and will keep little necks just as snuggly. The pencil is $66.00; the tulip $42.00, and shipping is just $5.00.
While you're there, check out Sara's beautiful tree cushions, too.
I don't know about you, but round these parts, little plastic bracelets seem to be multiplying. Up until now, not literally... but check out these nifty multiplication bracelets by Caroline Lisfranc (we featured her t-shirts before).
Now clearly neither these, nor the even sneakier pen, above, is going to be allowed in the exam hall - but they might be a good aide memoir during the times tables learning process. At least they go some way toward making it fun.
Once I had picked myself off the floor from laughing, I realised that the limited edition Rock Star Baby line from Birkenstock, designed by Tico Torres of Bon Jovi, could have been a lot worse.
I mean, sure, they include what is fast becoming the epitome of naff, the Swarovski crystal, and honestly, isn't the whole concept just a little bit nuts? But the actual shoes themselves are quite inoffensive, and as we all know, Birkis are brilliant for feet. Plus there's no doubting that little girls are going to love that bling. I give them a nonplussed five out of ten. No doubt Bon Jovi fans everywhere will be far more enthused than me.
Adatinė is a collaborative effort between Elena and Ieva - "two friends and neighbors, working separately, but creating together." Adatinė means a pincushion in these ladies' native Lithuanian, which is apro pos, because sewing is the creative link they share. Though one tailors beautiful children's clothes while the other makes charming animal friends, both are devoted to hand crafting simple and stylish items from natural materials. Utterly original and fun, all products by these uniquely talented ladies share the same singular character and flare.
black bear brooch made from 100% Lithuanian linen
This remarkable dress from Max & Lola is unlike anything I've ever seen for small girls before - in a good way! Those big blue skies and what I can only assume are flamingos would make it look like your little girl is carrying the essence of summer around with her.
Max & Lola stockists are here - mostly in Europe, with a couple in New York.
Put a little rainbow into your kids' steps, with the gorgeous Mingus boots (above) from Nathalie Verlinden, through French store Enmarge. Or if that's a bit too many colours all at once, how about the stunning green pair of shoes, below?
At 140 Euro a pair, cheap they ain't, but nobody can deny that they are the epitome of chic. Beautiful.