We've written about Frugi before, but two-and-a-half years later, I reckon it's worth a revisit to this organic brand that's still going strong.
An excellent place for breastfeeding pieces, from basic stripy tops to practical everyday dresses, Frugi is based in the UK but will ship worldwide. They also now do kids' clothing up to age 8, also all organic, reasonably priced and with regular sales too. My top picks are the girls' Truly Scrumptious dress and the boys' tractor vest and pants.
Above, one of Frugi's breastfeeding dresses, £55.00 and available in a choice of three colours.
I don't think I ever got much beyond a sarong-style scarf when it came to protecting the wider world from the sight of me, learning to breastfeed: and once I got more adept, even that went for a burton.
Not everyone is as indiscreet as I am, though, and even if you are, there are always those occasions when even the smallest flash is inappropriate. That's when you need a cover-up.
This breastfeeding apron from Monkeyfoot has to be the best thought-out example of its kind that I have seen: what with adjustable strap, boning in the neckline and gorgeous fabric, it seems like they have everything covered... quite literally.
Also available on Etsy.
If you're looking for an original shower gift, unique baby announcement, or personal thank you note, consider these adorable letterpress cards from Sweet Beets. Printed with a vintage letterpress onto 100% recycled cards stock, it's a gift you can feel good about in so many ways. If you have a hard time choosing just one design, then indulge in Sweet Beet's mix and match set. Lisa's birthday cards and gift tags are also pretty swwwweeet.
I really like the setntiment behind the products offered at 5 Minutes Apart. This website is devoted to taking care not only of Mom, but the family as a whole, when it comes to delivering and caring for a new baby. They've got something for everyone, in the form of survival kits and pre-packed overnight bags, including expectant dads sleeping over at the hospital, siblings anticipating the unknown, and those moms out there recovering from a c-section. I particularly love the breastfeeding survival kit since I, like (I assume) many women out there, was clueless as to the less-than-glamorous aspects of breastfeeding that aren't taught in those lactation classes. Included are a My Breast Friend pillow with extra cover, Soothies, washable nursing pads and more. A great idea for a shower gift or just something nice for a friend.
There is nothing particularly new about the idea of tagging your child by whatever means - regular readers may recall a recent post about the SOS recorder, for example. The label or wristband is possibly the most basic form of labelling - apart from the tip I recall reading on Parent Hacks one time, suggesting that writing the address with indelible pen across the child's tummy at least had the advantage that they couldn't lose it, eat it, or get up to mischief with it.
Anyway. The Infoband, is, like I say, at the basic end of child-labelling technology, but it's cheap and it's appealing. Perhaps so appealing that your child will wear it with pride. At only a couple of quid (0r 4 US Dollars), you can pick up a few. There's room for a phone number or crucial details of things like allergies.
Also mentioned on the website is an item I'm waiting eagerly to hear more about. Do you wonder where all your kid's stuff disappears to? it asks. Now here's a product to solve that problem. There's no further information, but I'm imagining some fabulous tracking device that will tell me where my daughter's left her precious Tinky Winky doll within a five mile radius. Watch this space: I'll report as soon as I hear more.
We haven't got to the 'time out' stage with Tabitha, so it's hard for me to comment on the helpfulness or otherwise of this product. Instead, let me just detail its features, and perhaps someone will comment with what they think.
OK, so the problems are that kids sometimes disobey the command to take time out, get up too quickly, or just find it hard to judge how much time they have left. The Time Out Pad foresees all these potential pitfalls: the parent can set a timer which counts down, and an alarm goes off if the child attempts to get up too early. A series of 'traffic lights' help even a young child understand how much time there is left to go, and it can be set to a range of times from one to five minutes.
Now, I don't know, but my first thought is that a child would, at first, anyway, be so taken with the coloured lights and timer that they forget why they're even there. On the other hand, if that diffuses a difficult situation, then that's all for the good I suppose. One other important feature, anyway, is that the timer is tamper-proof.
The Momergency Kit may come off a bit gimicky, sure, but on further inspection, it's actually quite useful and creative. Besides, I love a good kit, especially ones with good packaging and this one is stuffed with objects, both expected and unexpected, and a book of instructions for 20 activities to fill the time if you're ever stuck in a situation where you need to entertain some bored, cranky kids. Sound familiar?
Some experiences in life involve pure survival, and then after a few years you're allowed to look back and laugh and be a little nostalgic. Life has a built-in defense mechanism that allows you to remember some times as great and fun and magical and forget all the times you just prayed for it to be over. Of course, I'm looking at pregnancy from the outside, so I can be forgiven for the sense of trauma I still carry with me.
Which is why I was slightly horrified by the Mommy and Daddy Rocks music CD. It's like a greatest hits collection of memories I can barely dredge up from the deepest recesses of my mind. With songs like "My Preggo Beauty Queen," and "Glowing, Hormonal Rage," it's like a soundtrack to your terrifying memories of despair.
I remember one time I dropped an entire Snickers bar into a deep fryer, reached in and pulled it out. It was worth the scorching pain and months of reconstructive surgery: I had a fried Snickers. On the other hand, I'm not putting my hands in any deep fryers anymore. That's how I feel about the kids. Totally worth the pain and screaming fear of dealing with a pregnant partner, but it's not something I'd like to be made into a cute CD. The fun bit is having them now, so let's make songs about THAT, shall we?
Sometimes you run across a disarmingly simple and useful idea and wonder why no one has yet thought of it. That's how I felt with the itzbeen Baby Care Timer, which is a simple piece of electronics that does nothing but count up. The face of the unit has four buttons that correspond to changing, feeding, sleeping, and anything else you can think of. So when you give your baby medicine, for instance, you hit that button and it begins the timer. You can then look at the itzbeen and see exactly how long it's been since your child has had its medicine, or if it's been too long since you've checked for diapers or hunger.
This isn't a substitute for listening to your baby or child and figuring out what they need, but it's a simple and easy way to keep the timing of these needs organized and available at a glance. This is a great idea, and at $30 is a great gift for any parent who is overworked and underslept. And that's all of them.
Lots of misinformation goes round about the issue of drinking alcohol when you are breastfeeding, so Milkscreen seems like a really good idea to me. All you do is smear a little milk onto a strip, and it tells you if alcohol is present. Whether you're the sort of mum who likes to round off the day with a glass of wine, or you're worried about a one-off social event, this would set your mind at rest.