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Just Stuff We Love

From baby toys and cool threads to store openings and things to do with your little one. We cover the new, the old favourites and the best-kept secrets for everything baby.


Sleep Tight for Mother's Day

If you’re looking for a unique and powerful Mother’s Day gift why not donate a crib (or a portion of a crib) in her name? Hope for Children has launched their Sleep Tight campaign just in time for Mother’s Day.

In 2012, 48 infants died in Ontario because of unsafe sleeping conditions. “Too many parents are forced to put their infant to sleep overnight in a playpen or stroller because it’s cheaper,” says Jennifer Miles, a nurse with the Catholic Children’s Aids Society. Hope for Children wants to give low-income families another option and provide a safe sleep environment for all children.

“Just $400 will buy a new crib and can save a life,” says Miles. Any donation counts. Even $25 will pay for a sleep sac. The goal is to raise $50,000 for new cribs across the province.

 

Handy Toy Organizer

If the post-present apocalypse has left your house looking like a daycare at 5 p.m., we feel your pain. Here's a solution: a trip to Staples for the new Tot Tutors Toy Organizer. It took no time to assemble (unlike most of the toys we tidied into it) and with 12 bins of different sizes, there was room for everything, even all the gifts from grandma!

 

Dream a Little Dream

We love the Dream baby cot by Babyhome. The aluminum mini cradle weighs just six kilograms and has three interchangeable structural positions, allowing for swing, four wheels or stationary position. It’s ultra easy to disassemble and the fabric is easily removed for washing. The Dream baby cot also looks great and comes in eight fab colors. Finally, a portable sleeper you’ll actually want to have in your room.

 

My Favorite Blanket

In a sea of pink and blue, it can be tough to find original baby blankets. That’s why celebrities such as Julia Roberts and Kate Hudson choose Admiral Road, monogrammed blankets. Your child’s name is intricately woven into the design (which usually includes a cartoon animal such as the owl seen here). Blankets are 29 x 43 and made of non-pill polar fleece. Cuddly, cute and practical–what else would you expect from a company founded by Canadian moms?

 

Sleeping with the Stars

Maybe the next reality TV show should be Design Babies. Lauryn Anabelle Martinez, daughter of Dancing with the Stars season 13 champion JR Martinez, has a nursery that would make any baby envious (If lust were possible in the under 12 months sect.) The custom nursery is designed by Little Crown Interiors and includes the Oilo Freesia crib bedding, Oilo diaper change pad and topper and Oilo glider.

“We love the Oilo glider,” says baby daddy Martinez. “It has such a unique, cool design and is very comfortable.” The Oilo company was founded by Annalisa Thomas, a former art director, while she was looking for the perfect bedding for her first child. The goal was to make high-quality, modern designs at an affordable price so that every baby’s room can look as posh as a star.