From Japan come these cute number mugs, ideal birthday presents once they are over the 'bash mug on table' stage. Why not stock up on all the numbers now, and start an annual tradition?
How this bib goes down in your family is very much going to depend on the house sense of humour.
After a night during which you got up fifteen times and changed a few nappies? You may be tempted to recite a list. But on the good days, d'awwww... the winning smile right above this sassy slogan will have you singing out your agreement.
Encourage jollity at the dinner table, and a degree - it has to be said - of insanity, with this fun cup. What kid could fail to enjoy food or drinks served this way?
Viewed from above, it looks like a beaming smile. From the side, it's an Alison in Wonderland style surreal chopped-in-half mug, ideal for offering to those kids who invariably leave half their drink. Oh wait, that's all of them, isn't it?
Novelty aside, I can see this working well for healthy veg with dips, or, say, blueberries and ice cream.
Back when equipping baby was a simpler matter, a gift of a sterling spoon was par for the course. But modern practical matters: diaper pails, monitors, slings, swings, breast pumps, bouncers, car seats, co-sleepers, etc., seem to have pushed them aside. Pity really, since I still have my grandmother's baby spoon, which I used to feed my own children. (Let's see, that's 4 generations of use!)
So if you're looking for something a little more precious than a diaper pail, but equally practical, then perhaps you should consider one of these rare spoons from PaPaJa. Handmade from sterling silver by Finnish designer Anneli Aaltonen, they're still luxurious. But a lot less stuffy than the typical Tiffany variety, they actually invite daily use! You can even have them engraved (like my Grandmother's is) with baby's name and birthday for a truly enduring treasure for generations to come.
No doubt your kid has trouble picking out his or her lunchbox from a sea of identical Hello Kitty and Toy Story ones - if the array at my daughter's school is typical, that is. Well, here's a solution: a personalised lunchbox. Bonus: the designs are really rather nice. Note: only works if your kid doesn't have the same name as everyone else in the class.
Find these for $36.75 at Feterie.
I saw these cute little brightly-coloured tins on the counter at my local deli yesterday, and had to explore further. Turns out they are Peque Olivia, an olive oil developed especially for kids.
According to their website, the oil is formulated to be low-acid, and is marketed to parents in an attempt to counter infant cholesterol, apparently a growing problem since kids have so much saturated fat in their diets.
I hold my hands up here - I would have thought all olive oil would pretty much do the same, meaning that the main bow in Peque Olivia's quiver is its child-friendly packaging. Otherwise, is it any different to other olive oils? From their website, I am unsure.
Times sure have changed from when my parents used to tell me not to play with my food: these days, there are endless products to encourage kids to muck about, not only with their meals, but with the table settings too.
At least Doodles for Dinner brings out junior's artistic side, and, well, if you're not keen on the whole 'drawing at the dinner table' thing, it might be nice to keep for those special occasions like restaurant meals, when you just need a few moments' peace and quiet.
I don't know much about Sean Sims, except through Print and Pattern blog, where I saw these images for a wonderful toddler dining set. As far as I can work out, the talented man is setting up his own kids' product design company, named Marsh Mellow - check out these toddler t-shirts, too.
I'm especially taken with the Pink Panther-esque one. Just me, or could you also see a boy wearing that quite happily? After all, the original Pink Panther was male, was he not?
But I digress. Just... look out for the Marsh Mellow range, I guess. I will be.
Ahhhh, beautifully graded colours. This simple dinner set also comes in light blue, and makes design look simple. In hard-to-destroy melamine, it would make a good play set too.
Heaped with food, the ears of these melamine plates from 100drine will be the only clue to which of the four agreeable faces lurks beneath. Sounds like a good incentive to eat up all your food, for even the fussiest eaters.