March 8th, 2008
Cash poor—you know the expression all too well.
But you can teach your children to be aspiring homeowners (the fingerpaint decorating possibilities!) with these Canadian-made recycled cardboard playhouses for the yard.
And now you can even get them to mow the lawn. Their lawn.
Paperpod Playhouses are $75 at www.naturalpod.com
March 1st, 2008
The mommy-and-me matching dresses were a 1960s staple.
And now your little man can look as cool as your big man with the big-and-little Roar dress shirts ($50/$145) from Los Angeles that are flying out of Yaletown’s Eden.
No more complaining that there are no cool dress clothes for boys, now.
Four styles available from newborn to 4T plus men’s sizes. Eden, 1042 Hamilton St., 604-685-1737, http://www.edenfashionboutique.com/
View kids shirts here.
February 23rd, 2008
Your baby’s growing like a weed, so dressing him in bamboo just goes without saying.
The new bamboo swaddling blankets, hats and kimono pajamas by Canada’s BebaBean (inventors of the Pee-pee Teepee) are super-soft, antimicrobial and wick moisture away to keep kids warm in winter and cool in summer. Plus the natural UV protection means you can finally stop stressing about sun.
To see the line (and the cutest baby in the world besides yours) visit www.bebabean.com
Nestings Kids, 2835 W Fourth Ave., Vancouver, 604-734-5437.
Kol Kid, 670 Queen St. W, Toronto 416-681-0368.
Bebe Plus 6235 St-Hubert, Montreal 514-271-5200.
February 16th, 2008
Sure, it’s six weeks till the bunny comes, but you’re already thinking about Easter outfits now aren’t you?
And skip over to the Mama side of the site and you’ll find sexy lace nursing bras lined in bamboo.
Now put that in your basket and hide it!
January 26th, 2008
Give those kids a good scrub with the all-natural Lemonaid bath product range from Salt Spring Island’s Hairykids.
The ultra-fresh citrus-scented shampoo, conditioner, bubblebath and body oil contain no artificial or chemical ingredients, and perform so well you might just find yourself reaching for them too.
Remember to share now….
View products and retailers across Canada at www.hairykids.ca
January 12th, 2008
If Alexander McQueen is the Enfant Terrible of the fashion world and Quentin Tarantino the Enfant Terrible of film, your tot can be the Enfant Terrible of the playground with super-chic toys and clothes from Canadian website www.enfantterribleshop.com.
From Tokyo trendy to Bolivian boho, here are our top 5 picks:
An super-sleek felted wool baby swing ($196)
Soft knitted alphabet blocks ($158)
Father and Son slippers ($75/$49)
Cashmere cable knit grampa cardigans ($117)
A soft baby globe knitted in Bolivia ($134)
Now that’s one baaaad baby!
January 5th, 2008
If one more trip to Science World would make your hair stand on end permanently, switch up the indoor activities with this pair of children’s storytelling sessions (ages 3 and up) at the Museum of Anthropology.
As part of a special exhibit, the books are all on the topic of mud, glorious mud, so don your wellies and sink right in.
Sunday January 13 and Sunday January 27, 11 a.m., children under 6 are free.
For details, click here www.moa.ubc.ca/programs/index.php
November 17th, 2007
Ever see kids’ message tees and think: ‘I’m funnier than that?’
iPood? Come on.
The new Canadian website www.simplycolors.ca lets you put your money where your brain is and create customized kids clothes in a flash.
With lots of options under $25, you can order a walking birth announcement with an “I’m a new big sister” tee, state the obvious “Jackson,” or what the heck, why not “The Real Kid Rock”?
View samples and place orders here http://www.simplycolors.ca/bedrukking.php
November 10th, 2007
With holiday photo-ops fast approaching, time to get the tots ready for their Kodak Moments.
And that means ditching the faded dresses, the soup-stained tops and those darn floods (calling them cropped just doesn’t cut it). Especially for boys.
We loved the not-too-formal wear from Canadian designer www.kikikidswear.com that’s dressy without being stuffy. To complement the European styling, all the girls’ pieces are named for supermodels (Gemma, Naomi,) and we especially loved the Twiggy pale rose wool coat and the Claudia girls cardigan.
Boys get glammed up in rock-and-roll long-sleeve Tees that can be worn with an Oxford shirt underneath.
View styles and shop at www.kikikidswear.com
Available this weekend at the Circle Craft Christmas Market, Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, www.circlecraft.net
November 3rd, 2007
If putting little Bennett in front of Baby Einstein yet again leaves you feeling too guilty, here’s the perfect compromise—the new locally produced Green Baby DVD ($19.99).
It has the same captivating effect but teaches the little ones to commune with Mother Nature with cute little animated bunnies and penguins.
Now who’s the genius?
Preview and purchase the DVD at www.greenbaby.ca