New designs in blankets and sleepers are warming up the Baby Boutique category, along with gift candles designed to celebrate a gender announcement or baby’s birthdays for years to come. But there’s plenty of fun, too. Dishwasher-safe donut-shaped silicon teethers from Silli Chews delight moms and baby alike, while the howling wolf and Indian dreamcatcher on the derriere of the newest Doodle Pants are sure to bring a smile.
Before you know it, babies have outgrown their layettes. The Grow with Me ® sleeper, which debuts in October from Woombie (844-WOOMBIE or woombie.com), converts from a swaddle blanket for newborns 5 to 13 pounds to an arms-free sleeper for babies ages 3 to 6 months. MSRP: $39.99.
Fashionable baby bibs in gender-neutral black and white are featured in the latest baby collections from Toronto- based Wertex (415-537-2137 or Wertex.com). Brands like My Baby Boutique and Chloe + Ethan offer a range of layettes, bath sets, blankets and other gift merchandise tailor-made for baby showers or new arrival gifts.
Gift candles from Milestone Candles (714-928-6398 or milestonecandles.com) come in 6.5-ounce keepsake tins designed to hold baby’s first lock of hair, first tooth or other mementos. Announce the baby’s gender in a ceremony with family complete with a color-changing gender reveal candle series that also celebrates the excitement of maternity. MSRP: $16.99 to $18.99.
Silli Chews silicone teethers from Fun Zone Inc. (310-474-9100 or funzoneinc.com) are designed to soothe babies and toddlers. The best-selling donut -shaped toys are dishwasher safe, can be frozen and come in bold colors easy to spot in your purse or bag. MSRP: TK
Welcome baby with the Grow & Glow Candle, a lasting gift from Ubermom (863-670-0101 or ubermom.com) that commemorates each birthday from age 1 to 18. The candle comes with a keepsake box and a hardcover storybook to remember the child’s milestones. MSRP: $39.99.
Blush & Blue Memory Blankets (915-270-9751 or blushandblue.com) in a floral wreath pattern are handmade by mothers in Utah and designed for swaddling. The blanket can be personalized and used as a background screen for birth announcements or monthly photos to record a baby’s growth. MSRP: $27.99 or $37.99 personalized.
The wooden peg dolls embroidered on the Little Peeps Quilted Blanket from Pehr Designs (416-792-7070, pehrdesigns.com) sets this 100 percent cotton, poly-filled gift blanket apart. A gender-neutral blanket has both boys and girls embroidered on the striped quilt, while a pink blanket features little girls only and a blue version sports little boys. MSRP: $70.00
The newest Doodle Pants (800-299-3572 or doodlepants.com) designs feature a Southwestern flair designed for active, adventure- prone toddlers. The leggings for toddler boys feature a bold howling wolf and dreamcatcher on the seat with plenty of room for diapers. MSRP: $24.99 to $28.99.
These Everyday baby carriers from Beachfront Baby (210-920-4232 or beachfrontbabywraps.com) are made with environmentally friendly recycled-plastic Repreve yarn that allows them to be worn in the water. The carriers, available in four colors, also protect baby from the sun’s powerful rays. MSRP: about $59.99.