new York – It’s almost time for Baby Girl Sussex to arrive, and that likely means some new outfit for Harry and Meghan.
A glimpse into their life in Montecito, Calif. Reveals some baby brands they loved for their big brother Archie, including Boden and J. Crew, and it’s clear their eco-friendly approach to human existence didn’t. not changed while waiting for the birth of their daughter this summer.
So if you’re looking for a baby gift with a touch of luxury, durability, and a California vibe for your friends or family, consider one of these:
BUY MONTECITO AND BEYOND
Look no further than the hamlet where members of the royal family reside. A pretty Montecito store, Asher Market, designs right there, near Santa Barbara, but sources materials in Peru.
It has a collection of black and white baby clothes and accessories adorned with math equations, ranging from jumpsuits ($ 23) and rompers ($ 36) to jackets ($ 48) and dresses ($ 39). Another collection includes llamas and a range of handmade alpaca wool plush animals, including a shaggy 13-inch alpaca itself for $ 65. Or order a pair of flower moccasins created by artisans in Peru ($ 45). Available on Ashermarket.com.
Boden wears a sun-resistant wetsuit adorned with jungle animals. $ 47 on Bodenusa.com. A company called Elfin Los Angeles sells a soft and comfortable Mama Coco jumpsuit in a soft green eucalyptus design that eliminates over-the-head baby clothes and frustrating Velcro closures with a criss-cross design. It’s reversible into a solid sage. $ 46 on Elfinlosangeles.com and Buymamacoco.com.
Archie’s look is really cool. He and his mother Duchess were recently spotted in Los Angeles with the 2-year-old little brother wearing a gray cotton-blend J. Crew sweatshirt that also comes in bright yellow, green and coral. $ 49.50 at Jcrew.com.
You can always pick up a pair of baby Uggs, as seen at Archie’s feet.
FOR SLEEP TIME
Gunamuna, a company founded by a mother, makes a 95% soft bamboo diaper style sleeping bag filled with hypoallergenic microfiber that mimics the feel and insulating ability of luxury down. It also has a convenient four-way zipper that makes it easy to change diapers. In mottled gray, a bear motif or pink flowers. $ 50. Available on Gunamuna.com.
This one is more for Archie’s age, and his little sister later. This is the Slumber Sloth hug and bedtime book, the latter offering an interactive approach to helping babies and toddlers relax to bed through breathing and counting activities. The sloth is certainly comfortable. $ 37.40 for laziness and the book. Go to Slumberkins.com.
From Olive & Cocoa, a handcrafted crate contains a fluffy friend, Lulu the lamb, and an ivory chamois blanket. Lulu is 16 inches tall and the blanket measures 30 by 36 inches. $ 94 on Oliveandcocoa.com.
For newborns, ergoPouch manufactures premium natural fiber sleepwear and zip-up diapers in a range of colors and designs. Optional arm holes. Cocoon Swaddle bags range from $ 29.99 to $ 49.99, depending on the level of thermal insulation. Looking to add some extra warmth underneath? Get matching short or long jammies. Up to $ 24.99. All are made from 95% organic cotton.
If you’d like to offer help with baby’s inevitable “rashes”, head to Boomboombabyco.com or Amazon for a bodysuit with an impenetrable organic cotton back from neck to bottom. $ 42 to $ 46 in black and white or pastel stripes.
Have you subscribed to a group gift? Suggest the Sparrow Egg Crib ($ 860) with the Toddler Bed Conversion Kit ($ 248). The design is in contemporary birch wood, a tree that takes up one-third to one-half the length of an oak tree to reach maturity. It’s a clean and minimal atmosphere for a contemporary look. On Parachutehome.com.
Avanchy sells stylized plastic-free bamboo bowl and fork sets. There is a silicone suction bottom which color matches the spoon in light green to gray. $ 19.99. The company offers a sectioned plate with a suction cup bottom with a matching fork for toddlers. On Avanchy.com and Amazon.
Also made from durable, toxin-free silicone, free of BPA, BPS, PVC, latex or phthalates, Ezpz sells Complete First Food Sets with a bowl on an attached mat, two baby spoons and a small cup. All are dishwasher safe and are designed not to fade or corrode. Lots of colors ranging from neutrals to lime green. $ 34.99 at Ezpzfun.com.
Looking for a bigger gift? The Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair is made from sustainably harvested wood with non-toxic water-based stains and varnishes free from volatile organic compounds. They are formaldehyde-free, without emissions of their glue. There are no flame retardant chemicals in their cushions, and no PVC, BPA, phthalates or non-renewable petroleum-based materials in their plastic parts. And parents say they are made to last. Beech and oak options available.
The Tripp Trapp, with several accessories sold separately, adjusts from infant seat to toddler booster and, finally, to adult-sized chair by turning an Allen key. It can be used with a tray or pulled up to the table. Base price of $ 269 on Stokke.com and a wide range of retailers.
SOME OTHER IDEAS
From Fiji with Love, a business called Loloma was founded by a mother who sought to soothe her children’s eczema without the chemicals found in pharmaceutical creams. He sells pure organic virgin coconut oil to fight everything from diaper rash on baby’s bottom to fine lines on mom’s face. Naturally processed in Fiji, it contains no chemicals or additives and comes in the form of a golden gifty sphere. $ 32.50 for 100 milliliters. Go to Lolomafiji.com.
Archie and his little sister are perfect for a double stroller. Bugaboo has a convertible model that expands sideways with a cradle option. It’s the Bugaboo Donkey 3 Duo, and its price isn’t for the faint of heart: $ 1,759 to start. The frame simply folds to the side for solo riding. It is 29 inches wide and weighs 33 pounds. It includes two seats, a carrycot, two canopies and a side luggage basket that cannot be used in duo mode. It would be a great group gift.
Made in France, the Charlie Crane Levo rocking chair in beech wood with an off-white padded seat is a luxury fit for modern royalty. The wood is produced in sustainably managed forests in Europe. Good for newborns up to about 7 months. The rocker adapts to the rhythms of the child. $ 249, with an activity bar add-on sold separately. Widely available. Start on Charliecraneparis.com.
For the deliberately minimalist mom and dad, there is a deliberately minimalist changing bag. It’s actually more like a belly bag with a magic nylon changing mat that folds into a back compartment and attaches with Velcro. The Kibou features a vegan leather exterior and stain resistant nylon liner with a waterproof pocket that can hold wet wipes easily within reach. The bag, with a key hook, is large enough to hold the basics needed on a trip to the playground: sunscreen, cards and cash, a snack or two and, of course, a diaper. In six colors. $ 89 at Kiboubag.com and Maisonette.com.