There are some wildly expensive bassinets out there, but for something that you’ll use for three months, the Contours Classique bassinet offers modern style and convenience. It’s elegant, with a dark wood frame, and offers 3-in-1 functionality: a full-size bassinet, a Moses basket (my favorite feature) and a changing table. The basket is especially handy to move your sleeping babe from room to room. Contours Classique bassinet; $199 kolcraft.com (click the Contours brand link)
If simple is your style and on-the-go is your lifestyle, check out the new Gemini 4-in-1 by Beco Baby Carrier, an O.C.-based company. The Gemini trends with current patterns, is made of organic cotton and has little hardware. Its versatility lets you carry your child (newborn to toddler) front-facing in, front-facing out, in-hip carry or back- carry configurations. Dads look good in it, and moms can multitask more. Gemini 4-in-1; $130 becobabycarrier.com and O.C.’s Granola Babies
Two great names to know are L’oved Baby and Kicky Pants. L’oved Baby designs a fashionable nursing shawl (versus those that look like aprons). The cover is silky, travels well (folds to almost nothing) and hardly wrinkles. Loved Baby nursing shawl; $32.95 lovedbaby.com
Kicky Pants kicks baby booty in the area of chic bamboo attire. It’s soft (the hospital nurses ooh’d and ahh’d over our baby’s gown), and the line is perfectly playful. Kicky Pants attire; $20-$35 kickypants.com and Bel Bambini in O.C.
Debbie Lavdas is a SoCal writer and
now a mom of three. Keep up with her on her OC Family blog at ‘Debbie in
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≈ THE MOST POPULAR BABY NAMES ≈
While the official list of top baby names for 2012 won’t be released by the Social Security Administration until next month, here’s a peek at the current list of names deemed “most popular” at press time. Compiled by Kylie Malstrom Source: babycenter.com